Mandy the Haunted Doll Story

Mandy the Haunted Doll Story

This article will be taking a look at the Mandy the haunted doll story. What paranormal force is inside this object donated to the Quesnel and District Museum, in British Columbia, back in 1991?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Donation

The doll was swiftly placed on the curator of the Quesnel and District Museum’s desk back in 1991 – the owner claimed that it was over ninety years old and her young daughter had just started playing with it.

Knowing that this was probably an item that was worth a decent amount of money, she decided to take it out of the clutches of the young girl and donate it to the museum instead.

The doll was apparently named Mandy and it had belonged to the owner’s grandmother. The curator couldn’t help but notice that this woman could not wait to get rid of the item – she seemed to have no emotional ties to it!

The curator picked up the doll to examine it once the owner had left. It was a creepy looking little sod…but it seemed to emanate some sort of feeling of unease, of dread.

The Donation of the Doll

It was a well worn item, with tufts of stuffing breaking out in places and faded, old fashioned clothing. But it was the doll’s face that really creeped the curator out – it had cracks along it causing one it’s eyes to stick out slightly.

She felt it looked pretty hideous…but it was an antique piece…


It Moved!!!

The doll was handed over to museum staff so that they could carry out a few repairs, and check whether it was infected by any dangerous infestations. It was placed in a plastic bag for a couple of days (this plastic bag would kill off the insects that were inside the doll).

Many museum employees that were working in the same room as the doll swore they heard the bag rustle as if the doll had moved inside.

On more than one occasion, they also claimed that the doll had managed to move position inside the bag!


The Haunted Doll

After Mandy was ‘released’ from the plastic bag, she was taken to a section of the museum that photographs new additions. It was then left in this room overnight.

When workers entered the room the following morning, they were shocked to find that all the other objects in the room had been scattered about the place throughout the night – the doll remained in the same position it was left in.

The doll was moved to another room…and the same outcome occurred the following morning.

The curator later likened the mess to a child’s tantrum, when it didn’t want something in it’s room, so it kicked up a fuss on everything around it!

The Haunted Doll

The strange doll was eventually placed near the entrance of the museum, but numerous visitors would complain about it’s presence there. Most of them admitted that it would give them the feeling of unease, every time they looked at it.

A lot of amateur photographers, who visited the museum, claimed that the photos they took of the doll would never come out right. In most cases these images were either blurred, or had strange light anomalies present in them.

A psychic eventually visited the museum and asked if they could hold the doll for a reading – to try and find out the origins behind it. The museum agreed…


Mandy the Haunted Doll

Many years ago, a young man was walking past a long abandoned farmhouse, when they heard the crying sound of a child come from inside. Curious as to where it was coming from, the man entered the house.

Once inside, he heard the crying sound once again, coming from the cellar below.

He entered the cellar and was shocked to find the body of a little girl, lying there clutching onto this doll. It is believed that when she died, her spirit decided to inhabit the doll.

The curator of the museum eventually tracked down the woman who donated the doll and found out the truth, once and for all…

The woman admitted that her daughter had nothing to do with the doll, and that she hastily donated the doll because she was sick of hearing the sound of crying sobs…coming up from her cellar…

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Mandy the haunted doll story, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Suicide Drawing

The Suicide Drawing

This article will be covering the suicide drawing that a young woman created, scanned and uploaded, shortly before she killed herself. Now a rather famous internet urban legend – does this picture really contain an overpowering paranormal darkness?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Suicide Picture

The picture is thought to have originally hit the internet sometime in 2004 – all of a sudden it started appearing in various online forums and chatrooms.

People claimed that the picture was originally created by a young Japanese woman before she took her own life (this young woman remains anonymous).

This disturbed young woman was supposed to have put all of her dark feelings, grief and despair into the image, before she uploaded it for the world to see…

The Drawing


Don’t Stare

Legend has it, that if you stare deep into the eyes of the drawing you will experience the emotions she went through during the last few hours of her life. Apparently the eyes will eventually draw you in – no matter what section or feature of the image you are concentrating on.

Once those eyes have captured you…emotions of a deep sadness, darkness and despair will overwhelm your soul.

The image is also thought to be set up so that it changes slightly to mirror the type of mood you are in. Many ‘victims’ claim that the mouth will actually morph into a happy, yet sinister grin, if you stare at the drawing when you are in a good mood.

Others claim that once the feelings of despair are shared with you – the image begins to smile just as you pull away from it…smirking away at you when it realizes you have had enough of the power it contains.

Not really the type of thing I want hanging on one of my walls…

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the suicide drawing please leave them in the comment section below.

The Crying Boy Painting Curse

The Crying Boy Painting Curse

England, 1985, incidents of fire break out destroying certain properties, with one thing in common – all of them were linked to a collection of paintings.

In this article we will be taking a closer look at the Crying Boy painting curse that many believe to be behind the bizarre fire outbreaks in the 80’s…


Bruno Amadio

The paintings were created by a restorer in Venice named Bruno Amadio –  the collection of art was dubbed ‘The Crying Boys’.

It is thought that Amadio created the collection to sell to tourists – each picture is supposed to depict an orphan from the Second World War.

At some point in time, a savvy English marketing man got hold of a few of these paintings and took them back to the UK to be mass produced.

Their prints were eventually sold at a relatively cheap price at grocery and department stores.

It is thought that over 50,000 versions of these images were sold.


The Blazing Curse of The Crying Boy

A strange article appeared in a UK newspaper in September of 1985 – The headline of the story read:

THE BLAZING CURSE OF THE CRYING BOY!

The article covered an unfortunate event that had happened to Ron and May Hall from Rotherham.

crying boy painting sale

Their house that they had lived in for over 25 years completely burned down and only one item survived…The Crying Boy painting.

Ron’s brother was a fireman at the time, and he had more mystery to add to the story…

He claimed that several houses had burned to the ground, and that the sole remaining item was a copy of The Crying Boy, found intact, lying face down on the floor.

He also claimed that a colleague back in the fire station, named Alan Wilkinson, had been following these strange events and had logged over 50 fires linked to these strange paintings…


A Paranormal Panic

So, over 50,000 of these popular prints had been sold in the UK – this meant that there were a lot of EXTREMELY worried home owners reading the newspaper that day in 1985.

On top of that, thousands of people started writing in to the newspaper with their own Crying Boy reports. Some of these stories even went as far as suggesting that the paintings could not be burned – even if you covered them in petrol first!

cursed crying boy painting

The media decided that enough was enough after a large Italian Restaurant went up in flames…with the only survivor being a Crying Boy image.

The newspaper asked all remaining owners of the paintings to send them in for destruction. Eventually they managed to destroy over 20,000 of them (but even then they reported problems with setting the images on fire!).


The Legend of The Crying Boy Painting Curse

There are numerous myths and legends behind the curse linked to these images…but one seems to stand the test of time.

Numerous ‘experts’ believe that the models for the various crying boys were orphans who eventually met a grizzly end in an orphanage fire.

Could this be the truth behind this 80’s paranormal episode?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

The Black Angel of Oakland Cemetery

The Black Angel of Oakland Cemetery

In this article we will be taking a look at the Black Angel of Oakland Cemetery – a bronze monument to tragedy that apparently causes the death of anyone who decides to touch it…


The Black Angel in Oakland Cemetery

Iowa City’s Oakland Cemetery is located in a run-of-the-mill neighborhood near Hickory Hill – it is well known for it’s impressive collection of monuments to the dead.

One of these monuments stands out from the others – a bronze Black Angel that stands over the graves of Teresa Dolezal and her family, apparently put in place near the start of the 20th century.


The Dolezals

Teresa Dolezal arrived in Iowa City with her son Eddie back in the late 1800’s and was lucky enough to quickly land a job as a midwife. She worked at this career until 1891, when Eddie tragically died of meningitis.

He was buried in Oakland Cemetery below a strange carving of a tree stump, that acted as his headstone.

Full of grief, Teresa moved on to Oregon where she met and married Nicholas Feldevert. Maybe this new love could mend her broken heart?

Unfortunately, Feldevert died in 1911, leaving her carrying the pain of two family members she had tragically lost.


The Black Angel

Broken and in pain, Teresa returned to Iowa City and commissioned the construction of an eight-and-a-half foot tall bronze angel. The Chicago artist Mario Korbel took on the job and constructed a rather dark yet impressive piece.

The statue was placed in the cemetery in 1913 and her son’s monument was moved so it could stand right beside it.

Her late husband’s ashes were apparently spread throughout the concrete base of the angel. When Teresa eventually died in 1924, her ashes were also added to the base of the strange monument.

For some reason, there were no dates added to the names of the dead on the statue…and this got tongues wagging locally…

The Black Angel

On top of this, the statue lost it’s bronze color to it’s now dark hue by the time Teresa died. This led to rumors surfacing regarding Teresa’s actions when she was alive – was the statue warning the living about this (evil) woman?

Another account claims that there was a severe thunderstorm on the night of Teresa’s funeral. During this storm a stray bolt of lightening hit out and caught the bronze statue – turning it black.

Other versions blamed the blackening of the statue on infidelity – did Teresa really swear on her husband’s grave that she would lay with no other man?

Some locals even went as far as claiming that Teresa had killed her son, Eddie, and managed to cover it up with the sickness story. The monument blackened as a mark of her guilt.


The Angel of Death

The most famous legend to hang off this sinister monument goes something like this – any girl kissed in the shadow of the angel’s wings will die within six months, and anyone who touches the bronze skin of the angel on Halloween, will die within seven years.

But there’s more…

Apparently, if you decide to kiss the actual statue, your heart will stop instantly…but if you are a virgin, the kiss will have no effect on you!

The statue itself is also thought to be a paranormal entity – locals insist that it has been spotted numerous times over the years, walking silently through the graveyard at night.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.

Real Haunted Doll Stories

Real Haunted Doll Stories

In this article we will be covering a handful of real haunted doll stories – these little bundles of joy are not the type of bedtime companions you’ll want your kids to snuggle up with…


Robert the Possessed Doll

Probably the most famous haunted doll of them all – the extremely creepy Robert!

There are two versions of this story that seem to end up in the same place – one involves a boy named Robert Gene Otto receiving the doll off a Bahamian girl who knew the doll had a voodoo past, whilst the other involves the same boy receiving the doll off his grandfather (a gift from Germany).

Either way – the doll was pretty messed up!

Robert became so obsessed with the strange doll that he gave it his own first name, he then began using his middle name (Gene) so that the doll could keep his own identity.

Robert the Possessed Doll

Whenever Gene was in trouble with his parents he would always blame his close doll friend Robert – the pair of them remained together even in Gene’s adult years.

When Gene eventually died, his wife finally took the chance to get rid of the creepy doll – she locked it in a chest, in the attic of their elaborate house.

She eventually decided to sell the house – but Robert did not go with her.

Myrtle Reuter became Robert’s new owner and she kept the doll for several years until she donated him to a museum. She informed the museum that the doll was an extremely ‘special’ object.

Read our full article on Robert the Doll HERE.


Letta the Doll

Kerry Walton came across this haunted doll when he was on a antique hunt in Brisbane, Australia – he was in the process of searching through items stored underneath an abandoned house when he spotted Letta.

Paranormal incidents seemed to follow the doll around almost instantly – when he was driving back home with his hoard of discovered oddities, he noticed the bag containing the doll rustling and moving.

Over the next few weeks he was convinced that the facial expressions of the doll were changing at a daily rate…and pets seemed to shy away from it.

From the moment he brought Letta into the house – his kids started to wake frequently with night terrors.

Letta the Doll

Kerry eventually decided that enough was enough – he was going to get the doll out of the house once and for all. He found someone interested in it and drove it to the new owner…but he never reached that destination.

For some reason Kerry felt an unnatural urge to keep the doll as he drove it to it’s new home – he just couldn’t let go of it!

He returned home with the doll and decided to learn more about it.

He found an expert on antique dolls in a nearby museum who dated the doll at over 200 years old. This expert also informed Kerry that the doll originated from Eastern Europe.

An Australian psychic also took an interest in the doll, and after examining it, informed Kerry that the doll was made by a man who was grief stricken because his son had drowned.

The doll was supposed to act as a spiritual vessel for his dead son’s soul…


Annabelle the Possessed Doll

The famous Raggedy Ann doll that is now under lock and key in Lorraine Warren’s paranormal museum.

The original owner of Annabelle hired a psychic to look into the paranormal activity surrounding it. This psychic concluded that the doll was possessed by the spirit of a dead girl named Annabelle Higgins.

Annabelle the Possessed Doll

When the Warrens became involved in the case they claimed that this ‘Annabelle Higgins spirit’ was actually demonic.

The original owner was convinced that the doll attempted to kill her boyfriend as he slept by strangling him. She also claimed that the doll would somehow manage to leave written notes on scraps of paper around the apartment.

The paranormal museum where it is now kept has a warning nailed below it’s locked glass casing – Warning, positively do not open.


Real Haunted Doll Stories

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the haunted dolls we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Delhi Purple Sapphire (The Gem of Sorrow)

The Delhi Purple Sapphire (The Gem of Sorrow)

During my recent research for an upcoming article I stumbled across a subject I had heard little about before – a few small snippets here and there online, but nothing more!

Turns out The Delhi Purple Sapphire was also known as The Gem of Sorrow – this was probably the reason I was unable to locate much information on the subject (Google gets fussy like that sometimes!).

Anyway, this cursed object is strangely different to most other paranormal objects – it does not bring death…but hoards of sorrow…


It’s Arrival in England

In 1857 the cursed stone was brought to British shores. It was discovered in India by an English cavalry man named Ferris.

Ferris claimed he had managed to get his hands on the stone by taking it from an ancient temple during an Indian uprising.


Bad, Bad Luck…

From the moment Ferris took the strange stone, his life (and the life of his son) seemed to dive into a downward spiral.

They both lost huge amounts of their wealth whilst their health seemed to get worse by the week (they seemed to catch virus after virus).

The Cursed Delhi Purple Sapphire

Both men blamed the the Delhi Purple Sapphire for their change in fortunes. The gem was eventually removed from the family and sold on to Edward Heron


Heron’s Despair

In 1890 Edward Heron Allen took possession of the Gem of Sorrow. It wasn’t long before he experienced the same fate as the Ferris boys!

Soon after Edward took possession of the purple sapphire he also lost the majority of his fortune.

He apparently publicly blamed the cursed stone and was often furious at social events – always claiming the stone was the working of the devil and it was the sole reason he was failing in life.

Heron eventually had enough of his misfortune – he grabbed the stone in a fit of rage and tossed it far out into the regent’s canal.

He thought that was the last he would ever see of the cursed object…

A week later a local jeweler turned up on Heron’s doorstep with the stone in his possession. He claimed a mysterious stranger had fished it out of the canal and sold it on to him.

The jeweler handed the cursed stone back to Heron.


Protection

Enough was enough – in 1904 Edward Heron decided to study the art of white magic in an attempt to protect himself from the stone.

He locked the purple sapphire in a box that was full of magic sigils and protective talismans, and entombed this box within seven other boxes.

He dug a deep, deep hole in his property’s basement and buried it as deep as it would go!

Following Edward Heron’s eventual death, the stone was dug up from his cellar and donated to the British museum.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Haunted Mannequin – La Pascualita

The Haunted Mannequin - La Pascualita

In the area of Chihuahua in Mexico, a rather creepy mannequin has stood on display in a store window for over 80 years.

This mannequin made its storefront debut in 1930 on March the 25th and became an instant hit with the locals.

But according to local legend, this impressive mannequin isn’t a dummy at all, but the perfectly preserved corpse of the previous owner’s daughter…


La Pascualita – The Haunted Mannequin

The mannequin (La Pascualita) became an instant hit with the public back in 1930 due to the fact it looked the spitting image of the female shop owner.

But many of the locals did not realize that the female shop owner had recently lost her daughter in a bizarre wedding day incident (she was bitten by a black widow spider hours before she was due to wed her sweetheart).

Once the people within this town found out about her tragically deceased daughter they started to believe that this mannequin was not a mannequin at all.

They all thought that the impressive dummy was the corpse of her dead daughter (it didn’t help that both husband and wife decided to dress the mannequin in a wedding dress!).


From Far and Wide…

Word spread….fast. People from all over this area of Mexico turned up to check out this rather creepy figure in the shop window.

It was also met with a large degree outrage.

People were convinced that this was indeed the corpse of the shop owner’s daughter but she insisted it was not.

Instead she claimed that the object had been made in honor of her dead daughter, as she was very heartbroken as she missed her terribly.

The locals did not believe her…but they had no way of proving that the mannequin was in fact a dead body.


Strange Happenings

Within weeks of the mannequin’s controversial storefront debut, strange stories began to surface involving the shop and it’s owners.

Many witnesses would claim that the husband we re-enter the shop late at night and begin talking to the elaborate dummy. They also claimed that the mannequin would talk back to him!

The Dummy's Hands

At times it was reported that he was seen dancing with the mannequin in full flow around the shop’s ground floor.

People also began to notice that the creepy shop display would change positions with no one near it. There were also reports of her eye’s changing direction to look right at passing onlookers.


Modern Day

These days, the regular shop workers at the store are not a happy bunch…and rightly so (imagine being the last one to leave the building!)

Sonia Burciaga, a shop worker says:

“Every time I go near Pascualita my hands break out in a sweat. Her hands are very realistic and she even has varicose veins on her legs. I believe she’s a real person.”

This is an account from a person who has actually changed the clothes of the mannequin on numerous occasions….

Makes you think…doesn’t it?

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.

Tips on Dealing with Paranormal Activities

We have listed some of the surefire ways on how you can deal with paranormal activities. We hope that by the end of this article, you will have already been equipped and armed with sufficient knowledge on what to do if you experience one in the future.

Perhaps it is normal to encounter things in life that may weird us out, frighten or scare us, or just outright make us scream at the top of our lungs. Even in this time and age when everything is easily accessible through the Internet, there are just things that Science finds difficult to explain.

Imagine catching yourself alone in your own house and for some reason a drawer opens up and the air is still and you are far away from it.

Who do you call?

For sure, you would have thought of Ghostbusters, but unfortunately, they are not real. But it’s a good thing that paranormal psychics are here to help you answer stranger questions from strange occurrences in your life brought about by paranormal activities.

But first, let us talk about what is the paranormal, because having had a paranormal experience does not necessarily mean you are dealing with ghosts of the dead or spirits from a different world.

These can very well be energies around you which mean you no harm.

Energies are able to communicate and, more often than not, only need help to know what happened to them so they can finally get a closure and move on.

We have listed some of the surefire ways on how you can deal with paranormal activities. We hope that by the end of this article, you will have already been equipped and armed with sufficient knowledge on what to do if you experience one in the future.


Learning Everything You Can About Paranormal

Not everyone is brave enough to do a research about the paranormal, especially at night. That is why we recommend that you do it out in public with the sun up where light is abundant.

We feel secure and safe in places where it is bright. When doing your research, steer clear of websites that have ominous background music or those that have really dark layout and color scheme.

These elements of the website should not distract you from learning what you want to learn. Watch out for websites that delve deep in the subject matter without using words that are unfamiliar to most humans.

You should be able to learn where most paranormal activities, sightings, and manifestations usually occur so you can prepare yourself should you encounter one in the future.


Being Skeptical and Logical at The Same Time Goes a Long Way

There will come a time when your brain will play tricks on you. It will make you see, feel, and hear—and ultimately make you believe—that you are indeed experience an out of this world activity. This happens mostly when we are scared.

Our minds conjure images that are really not there in the first place. What you can do is compose yourself and do not cause a scene, especially if you are in a public space.

Close your eyes and try to think well if there is a logical explanation of what happened. Those scary and weird noises on the second floor may just as well be mice, the wind, or pipes. It could be the television.

If you panic, you will likely cause a disturbance; worse, you might end up embarrassing yourself. Do not discount the fact that your friends may be playing a game with you, in other term, pranking you for fun.

This is not a good thing to do to someone as it may cause trauma and other permanent fear.


Asking For Professional Help

Some spirits, energies, or ghosts would bother you to no end, and it is normal that you feel scared and helpless. When this time comes and you are no longer able to sleep well at night because of this, asking for help from a paranormal psychic is not something that you should be ashamed of.

Professionals that can help you deal with these paranormal activities, sightings, and manifestations can be in the form of an exorcist, a psychic, a clairvoyant, or a medium.

These experts will know what to do with them and are able to provide you with necessary steps on what you can do to stop these from happening.

They will make sure that these spirits—evil or otherwise—are expelled from your property so you can start getting a good night’s sleep again. Amulets and charms are usually given by paranormal psychics to keep you safe from them, but methods are varying.

These professionals are trained to deal with the paranormal and their years of extensive research and psychic will speak for themselves. You may go online and check for their reputation so you can feel better.


Being Around Friends Also Helps

While professionals tend to your house and dispel the energies bugging you there, you can be with friends for the moment. There is strength in number, or so a popular saying goes.

Be with your close friends who would never take advantage of your situation and vulnerability. You may start talking about happy memories from the past to keep you distracted from the situation.

Whether they are your family, your close friends, your roommate, be with the people you trust the most who know how to calm you down in a very stressful situation; people who can easily lighten up the mood.

You can choose to put on a really funny movie and start laughing to your heart’s desire. Eat your favorite comfort food. You can also choose to go to the nearest church, if you are religious, and start praying and giving thanks for the good things you have received so far and ask for perpetual guidance and safety from the evil elements of this world.

There are worlds that coexists with us, and it is important to recognize that. Some entities, although invisible to the naked eye, are following us wherever we go as they are trying to communicate with us.

We hope that this article helped you enough on how you can react if you experience a paranormal activity. If you wish to share more tips, you can leave a comment down below.

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The South Shields Poltergeist

The South Shields Poltergeist

Back in December of 2005, in South Shields, England, a happy couple and their son were preparing for the Christmas holidays when some very strange disturbances began to happen in their home.

The couple decided not to include their family names in their report to protect their son (naturally), so for the sake of this article we will call them mum, dad and the son.

Lets take a closer look at the South Shields poltergeist…

Paranormal Activity

The paranormal incidents started off very slowly – simple tapping within the walls and doors opening and closing by themselves.

Suddenly the activity began to snowball – tables and chairs would stack themselves into towers in different rooms and huge and heavy chests of draws would scrape across their living room floor.

Paranormal Activity

At the time, the family reported that they never actually saw any of the furniture move by itself – but they could hear it happening.

By the time they got to the room involved the furniture had already made it’s new destination.

Something Supernatural

At this point both mum and dad realized that something supernatural was taking place in their house – even though they had not yet managed to spot any paranormal presence.

Next came the rather creepy toy incidents – it seems as though the son’s toy box got targeted by some sort of paranormal entity. Various toys would dance around the room and even turn themselves on.

Mum actually woke up one night when she felt a sharp pain against the side of her head. When she got up to investigate she found her son’s toy dog lying right next to her.

She was obviously scared – so she woke up her husband who sleepily laughed it off as nothing more than a weird dream she had experienced.

Within seconds another of her son’s toys flew across the room smacking her directly on the same side of her head. Both mum and dad were awake – and this was the first time they had actually seen the poltergeist activity in action.

Terror

But the entity had not finished with them on this night – it began throwing toy after toy at the couple who sat petrified in their bed.

They pulled the sheets up above their heads to act as a sort of shield against the flying objects – but something invisible inside the room was pulling the sheets right back down!

Entity in the toys

Suddenly dad screamed in complete agony and the barrage of flying objects stopped…

Mum turned to dad to find out what had made him scream in that manner and discovered 13 animal-like scratch marks across his back.

The Toys

From this point onward the entity in the house seemed to target the son’s toys and use them to frighten the occupants.

Both mum and dad would frequently hear certain toys creating some sort of distant moan – it’s as if the poltergeist wanted the family to believe that the toys were alive in some way.

These freaky toy incidents were soon followed by horrible text messages on their phones informing them that they were ‘going to die today!’.

On closer inspection the couple realized that these messages were somehow being sent from their own home landline.

Mike Hollowell and Darren Ritson

The couple went down many paranormal investigative roots before ending up on the phone to Mike Hollowell and Darren Ritson – they agreed to look into their case.

At first, The paranormal investigators were more than a little skeptical but that didn’t last for long – they eventually witnessed all the activity the family members had described to them!

The longer Mike and Darren investigated the more intense the haunting got. Kitchen knives would be thrown at the two men and the toys would seem to direct angry voices right at them.

The Entity

Mike and Darren eventually managed to come face to face with the entity that was terrorizing this innocent family.

They claim that:

“The entity walked slowly from the bathroom, across the landing into the bedroom. As it passed the door to (the son’s) room, it paused and stared at me. Its face, devoid of all features such as eyes, nose or mouth, was cold and menacing. It felt like it was burrowing into my soul. It was large  –  maybe two meters in height  –  and midnight black. It was a three-dimensional silhouette that just radiated sheer evil”

They eventually concluded that this entity had a problem with the father of the family – he seemed to be the only one that was targeted by these strange scratching frenzies.

Without warning – the poltergeist activity stopped during the final stages of Mike and Darren’s investigation.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the South Shields poltergeist please leave them in the comment section below.

The Haunted Wedding Dress

The Haunted Wedding Dress

We’ve all heard of haunted places and haunted houses but the Baker Mansion packs a new kind of weird! The tale of the haunted wedding dress begins sometime in the mid-1800’s…

So what’s the story behind this haunted bridal dress?

Now a county museum, the popular Baker Mansion was once a happy home; built by Elias Baker himself back in 1849 after he had bought a fizzling ironwork furnace in 1836 in partnership with his cousin, Rolland Diller.

The duo later turned the business into a success but Elias bought his cousin out in 1844 to become the sole owner and one of the richest men in Blair County.

In fact, he did so well that he could afford to hire the most distinguished architect in Baltimore at the time; parting with a whopping $15, 000 for the Greek-revival architectural design which was prevalent with the affluent of the time.

The contractor was Robert Cary Long Jr. for those who know a thing or two about America’s history of pioneering learned professionals.

Elias also went all out with the interior; Italian decorative marble for the fireplace, handcrafted furniture shipped in from Belgium and outstanding exterior decorative ironwork that could only be the work of a true master.

The Elias family had it all and they were really living the life!

And now we jump to the all-important question…how did this fairy tale life suddenly go south for the Elias’ family?

Forbidden Love in Paradise…

Remember the saying that money doesn’t buy happiness? Well, this became very apparent to Elias a few years later when his daughter Anna got engaged to a low-class iron worker at her father’s factory.

Although Anna’s mother Hetty was okay with the union, Elias could not stomach giving his daughter’s hand in marriage to a nobody.

And thus, the saga of the wedding dress from hell began.

Anna was beside herself with joy and eagerly looking forward to settling down with her lover. She went out shopping and got the best that money could buy, and this included a wedding dress fit for a goddess.

Too bad she never got to wear it and this was the genesis of Anna’s misery.

Her father’s overbearing decision to stop the wedding left Anna a sad broken woman and she vowed never to get married. That’s exactly what she did until her death as an old spinster in 1914.

So how did the wedding dress end up in Anna’s former bedroom at the Baker Mansion which is now the Blair County Historical Museum?

Do you know how Bellwood town got its name?

It was named after Edward Bell, another high-rolling businessman who also had a daughter, Elizabeth Dysart.

Now, Elizabeth was also getting married and she was not going to let Anna have peace of mind either…

To add salt to injury, Elizabeth went ahead and got the wedding dress that Anna had chosen for her wedding and made sure Anna felt the pinch by openly taunting her for never getting married in the beautiful dress…or getting married at all.

People say that this might be the reason why Anna’s spirit sometimes gets angry and bangs on the glass display where the dress is presently on display.

It seems like she took all that bitterness to her grave.

The Ghostly Museum Curators…

It wasn’t until 1922 that the Baker Mansion was opened for public tours as the Blair County Historical Society Museum.

The museum also houses a few historical exhibits from the Civil War and some from early railroad transportation in addition to Anna’s wedding dress.

After some time, people also started noticing funny things happening around the building with some claiming to see ghosts walking all over the place.

Several investigations by ghost hunters have been carried out and the Historical Society once set up cameras in front of the wedding dress to find out why it moves on its own, or why the glass display is sometimes shaken hard almost to a point of shattering the look-through glass on the wooden display case.

Some reports also say that the display has been rocked almost off its hinges on numerous occasions by an unseen entity that everyone has come to conclude must be Anna’s ghost.

And she’s not the only Baker in the house…

Her brother David who perished in a boating accident is also said to haunt the cold room at the building’s basement where his body had been kept before his burial.

Another ghost is that of Hetty which appears as a lady dressed in a black dress.

Elias himself is known to haunt the dining room while another one of Anna’s brothers, Sylvester, likes banging on floors and causing a ruckus.

More strange noises come in the form of footsteps, and a music box that goes off at sporadic times without anyone’s intervention.

Fans of paranormal activities continue to swarm the County Historical Museum hoping to catch any exciting ghostly activity and see whether Anna will one day reclaim her haunted wedding dress and take it with her to the other side…

…where we all hope she’ll finally have a happy ending to her fairy tale love story.