I first encountered this paranormal image about five years ago – at the time I struggled to find any ‘extra’ information on it, so I put it on the back-burner and saved it for a rainy day (so to speak!).
Anyway, last week I came across a short yet sweet article on the subject, and it provided me with a little more information on the incident/picture.
Let’s take a closer look at the Coventry Freemen Ghost (or Coventry Freemen Monk!)…
First things first – do you notice anything strange about the photograph at the top of this article?
Take another look, at the ‘hooded’ guy standing at the end of the line…
The image/photograph was taken during prayer at a 1985 dinner event for the Coventry Freemen organization (on January the 22nd).
The photographer who was hired for the night, decided that the prayer time was a perfect moment to snap a great memory of the occasion. The room was dark (to allow for a longer than usual exposure) and everyone was standing still.
A couple of weeks after the event, members and associates of the Coventry Freemen organization began to come forward with concerns regarding a robed figure standing near the end of one of the tables.
Nobody had turned up in this sort of costume for the event – and nobody remembers anyone standing in that position when the prayer took place.
The strange robed figure seemed to be joining in with the prayer – with head slightly bowed and hands clasped in front.
St Mary’s Guildhall – Paranormal Activity
St Mary’s Guildhall, where the event took place, is located in Coventry, Warwickshire. It is known to have a lot of paranormal activity linked to it.
The most famous reports involve a gray lady, a girl in a blue dress, strange lights/orbs and a monk. Many believe that this image from 1985 has managed to capture the paranormal monk!
Over the last decade or so, the ghostly photograph has been put under the microscope of numerous skeptics – most believing that the exposure has captured two people standing close together…
This article will be taking a look at the Hopkinsville Kentucky aliens case of 1955. What were the strange goblin creatures that appeared at the Sutton family farmhouse?
The Hopkinsville Goblin Case
On August the 14th, 1955, a local woman in Dogtown, Indiana, contacted the local press with a strange story.
She claimed that while on a swimming trip along the banks of the Ohio River, she and her friends had noticed a peculiar shiny object above them in the sky.
Without warning, some sort of creature reached through the water and grabbed at one of the group – trying desperately to drag them under the water.
It’s arm, and hands, were fuzzy – as if covered in a type of fur material, it also had claws on the end of each finger.
Exactly one week later, a family gathering took place at a small farmhouse near Hopkinsville…
The Hopkinsville KY UFO Incident
The gathering took place at the Sutton family’s farmhouse, and close friend Billy Ray Taylor was attending.
Taylor was outside getting water from the farm’s well when he noticed something large and bright, falling out of the sky. It seemed to land in a nearby field.
He went back in the house and told the gathering what he had just witnessed…but his claims were met with laughter.
Later that evening, the family gathering were shocked when the Sutton’s dog started barking uncontrollably. Billy Ray and Lucky Sutton decided to scan the area outside, to see what was concerning the animal so much.
Within minutes, the two men ran back in the house screaming and looking for the shotguns – they told the family to lock all the doors and stay away from the windows.
The shocked family members asked what had happened, and the two young men told them that a number of strange creatures were in the nearby field.
Over the next few hours the family were terrorized by these creatures as they hung to the farmhouse walls, and peered at them through the windows.
The creatures were apparently short with pointed ears, claw-like hands and large round eyes. They wore strange metallic, silver-colored suits.
The Terrifying Hopkinsville Encounter
Many of the creatures were shot through the windows of the home, and at one point, Taylor went outside to shoot at more.
Whenever he hit one of the creatures, the bullet seemed to have little effect – the creature would simply float away further down the yard.
After a couple of minutes outside, one of the ‘goblins’ managed to grab Taylor’s head. He managed to get away, and retreated back to the safety of the house.
The family eventually managed to get into two separate cars, and make a mad dash into the nearby town, where they went straight to the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff and a number of local and State law enforcement officers, visited the farmhouse soon afterwards.
The creatures were gone, but they found a lot of shotgun shells outside the farmhouse. The family members pleaded with the authorities to search the house – they were petrified and did not want to go back into the home.
The house was searched, and nothing was found.
Just before the search was concluded, the local media turned up and started taking accounts off the family members involved.
The authorities and the media left, a couple of hours later…but the family insisted that the ‘goblins’ reappeared later that night, and started terrorizing them once again!
This family had no reason to lie, and left the farmhouse and moved on within a matter of weeks after the incident.
This article will be taking a look at the famous predictions of Edgar Cayce, also known as ‘The Sleeping Prophet’. Was Cayce really one of the most gifted seers to walk the Earth?
Let’s take a closer look…
Who is Edgar Cayce?
Edgar Cayce was born on a tobacco farming site near Hopkinsville, Kentucky in 1877. He was part of a typically middle-class country family who were well versed in the Bible, and attended church whenever they could.
During his youth, he was often regarded as a strange boy, he wouldn’t go anywhere without his bible, and would frequently complain about having strange visions.
His grandfather tragically died in a pond accident, yet Edgar would constantly insist that he had met up with him on multiple occasions after his death, on the family farm.
Many of the locals thought that Edgar was somehow linked to the devil – but Cayce’s family completely loved him and fiercely protected the young boy.
The Sleeping Prophet
When Edgar got into his early twenties, he managed to get set up with a job as an insurance salesman…but unfortunately he lost it due to a terrible bout of laryngitis (he couldn’t speak!).
He then moved on to become a photographer, but the laryngitis condition worsened.
His family eventually sent him to a homeopathic physician and hypnotist, who suggested that Cayce should try to correct the condition by inducing himself in a self-hypnotic state.
On the 30th of March 1901, many witnesses watched as Edgar managed to put himself into self-hypnotic state, and diagnose his ailment and prescribe treatment for it.
The Man With the X-Ray Eyes
Word gets around – and things snowballed VERY quickly.
Before long people flocked from far and wide to meet up with the guy dubbed as ‘The Man With the X-Ray Eyes’.
He was very successful, even using a variety of medical terminology to describe what was occurring inside people’s bodies. But, when he was awake, he was pretty much an illiterate man with no medical knowledge…whatsoever!
The media caught onto the story, and a number of newspapers followed his exploits regularly publishing front page articles on his experiences.
In his sessions, he was known to simply loosen his tie, then lie down on a couch with his arms folded. He would then flutter his eyelids – as if he was slipping into a deep trance. The patient would then ask him questions about their medical problem.
Before long the sessions seemed to be effecting Edgar’s health, and he began suffering with crippling headaches. He and his family decided to pack up and move to a town in Alabama, where he could attempt to leave his past behind.
The Edgar Cayce Readings
Unfortunately, Cayce could not escape his destiny…celebrities were now seeking his advice…
Rumors suggest that Thomas Edison and the U.S. President at the time managed to get appointments with The Man With the X-Ray Eyes. Apparently, big oil companies also got in on the act – trying to use Cayce’s powers to locate new sources of oil!
Cayce eventually hired a stenographer named Gladys Davis in 1923. Her task was to record every word he spoke when he was in his trance states.
During the 20’s and 30’s, Davis recorded astonishing and accurate predictions from Cayce…
The Predictions of Edgar Cayce
Cayce accurately foretold of the Great Depression and even managed to nail the events that led up to the Second World War. He knew the countries involved with the Nazis, and even knew the date that the war would end.
He predicted climate change, the problems with world’s environment would face, President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963…and even went back in time to provide information on ancient civilizations.
Cayce also had a strong link to the subject of Atlantis – in sessions during the 20’s, he described a large continent that existed in the Atlantic ocean that was inhabited by an intelligent and wise group of people.
This civilization were well ahead of their time – creating flying machines and harnessing power from great crystals. But they somehow managed to piss off mother nature…and disappeared into the sea around 10,000 years ago.
If you have any thoughts or opinions on Edgar Cayce, please leave them in the comment section below.
In this article we will be taking a look at the Hull House devil baby story from 1913, when a Chicago address was swamped with locals demanding to catch a glimpse of a satanic child…
Where Was Hull House?
Hull House was built at 800 South Halstead Street, Chicago, in 1856 by Charles J. Hull (that’s where it get’s it’s name!). For a long time now it has been considered to be one of the most haunted properties in the Windy City.
Hull picked this particular neighborhood because it was fashionable for ‘well off’ Chicago families at the time, so it was perfect for his wife and children.
Unfortunately tragedy struck, and Hull’s wife died suddenly…and his children followed her shortly afterwards.
With his beloved family now gone, a broken Hull decided to leave the property and move to another part of Chicago.
Many locals believe that his wife’s spirit stayed behind to haunt her room at the address.
The Chicago Fire of 1871 ruined the neighborhood, but Hull House managed to survive the flames. It then became a run-of-the-mill home for the elderly, until 1889…
The Devil Baby of Hull House
In 1889, Jane Addams and Ellen Starr co-founded Hull House, a ‘settlement house’ that aimed to help immigrants become more socially acceptable.
The program at Hull House became a complete success, and Addams and Starr went on to open other properties in the city with the same immigrant aid setup.
In 1913, three Italian women burst through the doors of Hull House and demanded to be introduced to something called the ‘Devil Baby’.
The workers on duty, and the people staying there, had no idea what they were talking about…
But they would not leave – they wanted to see this devil child!
They managed to get the three ladies to leave…but the neighborhood had caught on to the incident, and hundreds of people began turning up to see this so-called devil baby.
Things got out of hand pretty quickly, and before long people from outside of the Near West Chicago area were calling by, people from all over the country wanted to see this satanic child.
This whole, pretty mad episode, lasted for a total of six weeks.
The Devil Baby of Chicago
So who was the Devil Baby of Chicago?
Well, there are two main urban legends that link to this story…
The first involves a devoutly Catholic woman who hung a religious picture on one of the walls in her home. Her husband was apparently atheist, so he tore it down.
In a rage he stated that he would rather have the devil himself in residence rather than the picture on the wall.
About a year later, the woman gave birth to a devil child, and died with shock. The atheist husband then panicked, and left the child on the doorstep of Hull House.
The second urban legend centers around a man who’s wife gave him six daughters – but he obviously wanted a son!
In a heated argument one night, he told his wife that he would rather raise the devil himself than have another female child.
Guess what happened when his wife fell pregnant about a week later…
Both these ‘myths’ are believed to have some sort of element of truth about them – apparently a strange child was raised inside Hull House at one point in time.
It was a peculiar looking child that was capable of the greatest of blasphemies – resulting in the main owners of the house getting it baptized…or exorcised.
Another myth points to this exorcism not going to plan, and the child spending the remainder of it’s life locked in the attic.
The Hull House Devil Baby Story
In modern times, numerous workers and renovators have reported hearing the ghostly cries of a child, coming from the attic area of the house.
What are your thoughts on the subject – do you believe there is some weight behind the Devil Baby story?
This article will be covering the famous ghost image shot at Fanham Wood Mill in early January, 1929. Is this a true paranormal image or nothing but a clever fake?
Let’s take a closer look…
The Ghostly Image
The photograph was snapped by builder, Robert Walsh, in 1929, when he decided to take a reference shot of the staircase, for carrying out his work off-site.
Walsh later insisted that he didn’t feel anything strange when he was taking the photograph, but his trusty companion, his dog, was ‘playing up’ in the vicinity of the staircase that afternoon.
He was the only worker on-site that day.
Work at the wood mill carried on for several weeks, and no other paranormal activity was recorded.
As with most paranormal photographs, that end up online these days, there are a number of discrepancies linked to this image.
You have to remember that it was taken in 1929, so those linked to the development and production of the photograph are long gone!
The main dispute at the time of writing this, seems to be about the actual location the image was taken – most people believe it was snapped in America, but there are people out there who claim that it was taken in the UK!
The spelling of the location doesn’t really help matters, due to the lack of info on the photograph – some believe it is Fanham Wood Mill whilst others claim it is ‘Farnham’.
Closer inspection of the image shows a woman heading upstairs slightly looking to her right. Her hair is pinned back, in an old fashioned way, and she is wearing a period collar to cover her neck area.
This article will be covering what is known as ‘The Most Haunted Road in Scotland’ – The ghost road A75 Kinmount Straight. Peculiar animals, ghostly figures darting out in front of passing cars…and an eyeless man on crutches…
What is behind these strange paranormal incidents?
Let’s take a closer look…
A Paranormal Report
This paranormal report began with an incident involving Derek and Norman Ferguson, who were driving down the A75 Kinmount Straight.
Without warning, a hen appeared from nowhere and flew straight into their car windscreen. The Ferguson’s braced for impact and covered their faces from the incoming windscreen glass…but nothing happened!
There was no crack of the glass, no horrible thud of the bird’s body and no jolt – the hen simply vanished into thin air.
Luckily, they managed to keep the car on the road, and carried on slowly with their journey…
Until an old lady jumped straight into their path, waving her hands frantically!
Just as the car was about to hit her – she disappeared.
The Ferguson’s barely had time to recover before a man, and a group of animals, appeared and seemed to be chasing after the old lady’s apparition. They also disappeared before the car managed to hit them!
All this had happened in a thirty second period, and the Ferguson brothers were understandably shocked. They pulled over for a breather, to regain their composure.
Within seconds of the car being stationary, it began to rock back and forth, violently. Derek got out of the car but the movement stopped the instant his foot touched the ground.
He sat back down in the car, and was horrified to look up and see a large van hurtling towards them…but it also disappeared just before it hit them.
This incident happened in 1962…but there are many other paranormal reports linked to the A75 Kinmount Straight…
The A75 Kinmount Straight
The haunted section of this dangerous and winding road is thought to be a 15 mile stretch from Annan to Dumfries.
Over the years, motorists have reported encounters with a vanishing couple (two lovers that calmly walk in front of passing cars, holding hands!) and a man in red that flings himself in front of passing vehicles, only to disappear before impact.
Several motorists have also reported seeing a man standing at the side of the road with a dirty old sack over his head. His arms are always outstretched, with a length of rope in one hand.
There have also been incidents involving a mysterious man on crutches. As motorists pass by him they notice that he has no eyes – skin just seems to cover his eye sockets!
This road is considered to be one of the most dangerous roads in Scotland, and it has seen it’s fair share of road accidents over the years. Could these paranormal encounters be linked to the lives the road has taken in the past?
Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.
This article will be taking a look at the strange visions the current Oakabella Homestead owner had before she purchased her dream property…and the ghosts and spirits that still reside there…
Dreams Can Come True…
The current owner of the Oakabella Homestead had spent over forty years dreaming about a white house that sat in a hot and dusty area. These dreams were actually giving her a glimpse into the future – visions of a house she would own outside of Geraldton, Western Australia.
The decades of strange dreams took place when she was living in Canada, but in 1989, she decided to up roots and move on to Perth, Australia.
During the first few months of her new life in Perth, the dream became more vivid – much stronger and much more frequently.
One day she decided to take a short road trip with one of her new Australian friends…and she was shocked to end up at the front door of the house she had been seeing in her dreams, for over four decades.
Oakabella Homestead History
The Homestead was first established by a James Drummond back in 1851…but it did not go down well with the local indigenous tribes.
The property ended up being built on one of their important religious sites – and they were not going to sit back and let that happen, without a fight.
It wasn’t long before a full-on local war broke out between the natives and the pioneers. The indigenous population lost the fight, and also lost of large number of their tribesmen in the violence.
The Oakabella Homestead eventually went through several owners before William and Amy Jackson purchased the property in 1910. They opted to use the land for simple farming chores, and also bred horses for the British Army in India.
History tells us that the Jackson family suffered from numerous child deaths over the decades, due to disease and freak accidents.
In 1973, George Jackson met an untimely end when he sat down to clean his gun…which went off accidentally, and killed him.
The property was eventually closed for refurbishment in 1995 and then opened again to the public in 1997, for tours. During the refurbishment, workers at the property found cat bones in the door and window frames.
The current owner of the Homestead has gone to great pains to keep the property as authentic as possible – numerous artifacts of 1800’s pioneering life are still on display there.
The Portal of Spirits
Many of the locals to the area believe that the Oakabella Homestead is a portal for the spirits – it is somewhere they can meet and appear to the living.
Numerous visitors have reported coming face to face with the ghostly figures of past owners, and children frequently claim to have met with the spirit of a little boy.
The current owners believe that the loudest, and most active spirit at the property, is that of George Jackson. They believe his ghost is behind the frequent banging sounds inside the Homestead’s walls.
The Yamaji people are the original owners of the Homestead’s land, and they point out that there were ancient spirits linked to the landscape, many centuries before the property was built. They also believe that these spirits have the power to influence your dreams…
If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Oakabella Homestead, please leave them in the comment section below.
In this article we will be taking a look at the tragic exorcism of Joan Vollmer. Was the 49-year-old possessed by demons and could her tortured and painful death have been avoided?
Let’s take a closer look…
What The Doctor Found…
February, 1993, and a local doctor is called out to farm dwelling in Antwerp, Victoria. When he gets there, he is confronted by the scene of a group of people praying frantically…and a decomposing body in a nearby room.
The body was not in a good shape, and had obviously been decaying in the heat for quite some time.
The doctor angrily quizzed the group of people, and asked them why they had not called him earlier. They told the doctor that they expected the dead body of the woman to be resurrected.
This was the gruesome scene of an exorcism. Those who took part in it, believed that the body would be brought back to life. Outsiders thought it was nothing more than a shocking death that could have been avoided.
The dead woman was 49-year-old Joan Vollmer, wife to 55-year-old Ralph Vollmer.
Locals came forward and claimed that Ralph had believed his wife to be possessed for many weeks. He often complained about her dancing in the garden, yelling obscenities and also acting like a rabid dog.
He eventually called in a group of amateur exorcists from an extreme religious group, for help…
The Exorcism of Joan Vollmer
The exorcism started out timid enough – the group simply started intense praying rituals when Joan was in the home. When this did not work, they forcefully tied Joan to a chair and prayed directly at her.
They began to force her eyelids open to ensure she was still with them – they believed that both she, and the demon inside her, needed to see what they were doing – needed to witness The Lord in action.
Days went by, and still there was no sign of this demonic entity leaving Joan’s body.
The group eventually enlisted the help of a local named Matthew Nuske, a assistant green keeper from a golf course, who’s mother believed he had a god given ability to exorcise demons.
Nuske arrived on January the 30th – which turned out to be the last day of Joan’s life.
Nuske started the exorcism by wrapping the whole house in cling film, as a way of keeping the demons inside. He then went about burning various items around the home – saying they were linked to demons.
The group then concluded that two demons were still inside Joan – and they needed to be ‘squeezed’ out. The group began at Joan’s lower abdomen and forcibly squeezed as hard as they could, moving the demons up through her body and out of her mouth.
Unfortunately, when the group started squeezing her neck area, they caused her to begin having a heart attack.
The group of exorcists later claimed that once the demons had left Joan’s mouth, she let out a hiss, and all the lights in the home blinked out.
Joan died, but the group were not worried, as they believed she would rise once again.
When Joan did not come back to life, the group called up a Mrs. Clugston, who had been offering them advice throughout the proceedings. She told them that The Lord had communicated with her, and informed her that they needed to lay their hands on her body, and command her to walk again.
This didn’t work.
Mrs. Clugston eventually phoned the local minister for help, and he phoned the local doctor…who visited the scene…and called the police.
When Ralph Vollmer was interviewed by the police, he still believed that his wife would rise from the dead. He even told them to save their questions for when she did.
On the day of the funeral, Ralph invited the local media along, because he was positive that this was the day Joan would breathe once again.
He was wrong.
The group involved in the exorcism eventually stood trial – Ms Reichenback and Mr Klinger who were there from the start of the exorcism received 4 months (20 months suspended) and 3 month (15 months suspended) prison terms, while Mr Vollmer and Mr Nuske had their prison terms completely suspended.
When police delved deeper into the case they discovered that Joan Vollmer had once been sent to a psychiatric institution. Her abusive childhood and the suicide of a previous husband had apparently triggered off some kind of schizophrenia.
It was noted that she stopped taking her medication, shortly before the demonic possession took hold.
If you have any thoughts or opinions on the case of Joan Vollmer, please leave them in the comment section below.
This article will be covering the Donaldina Cameron House in San Francisco – a property that used to hand Chinese sex trade workers a second chance at life…until a tragic fire broke out in it’s basement…
The great San Francisco Earthquake took hold of the North Coast of California in April 1906, and managed to claim over 3000 lives.
The earthquake was bad enough…but the fires that followed the event managed to claim the homes and livelihoods of tens of thousands of victims.
During these tragic events, a Presbyterian Home that had been the center for helping to free Chinese sex workers and servants, caught fire. The Superintendent of the home, Donaldina Cameron, went back into the flaming building to protect the important papers which gave her guardianship over these unfortunate sex workers.
Unfortunately what happened next is a little mixed up between fact and fiction – a bit of an urban legend.
It is near enough impossible to separate the facts from the legend…so make your own mind up…
The Safe Haven
The building at 920 Sacramento Street was built as a safe haven for the unfortunate women it housed. When they finally managed to escape their trade, more often than not, their heartless employers would try and track them down, and use them once again.
As a result, the building was constructed with a system of secret sections and passageways in place, with a basement that had a hidden entrance.
The ex-sex workers found sanctuary in these hidden locations – they could finally live some sort of life away from the threat of their past employers hunting them down.
When the fire struck the sanctuary, the women who were in these secret underground sections were completely trapped, and ended up suffocating to death, as the smoke filled each room.
Locals believe that the paranormal activity at the location began a matter of days after the fire claimed the lives of these women – their souls were trapped in the underground system.
At first, disembodied voices were heard coming from the building…and before long, passers by began to notice strange moving lights traveling past the windows.
These paranormal happenings seemed to get worse, with each day that passed, and eventually the basement was sealed with a special Chinese charm.
The building eventually changed it’s name to the Donaldina Cameron House in 1942 – to honor the woman who once ran the setup and looked after the Chinese women.
Apparently (according to the legend), a Reverend Wichman moved into the property in 1947 and went about unsealing the haunted basement area. Locals then believe that he used the area to assault and abuse young boys in his care.
Legend suggests that the souls of these young men joined the souls of the dead Chinese sex slaves, and they both now haunt the building.
The Donaldina Cameron House is now thought to be one of the most haunted properties in San Francisco, but it’s impossible to find out how much of it’s past is actually based on truth.
What do you think?
Do you believe the legend that surrounds the Donaldina Cameron House in San Francisco?
Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.
When Gear took the photo, she was in the process of investigating the reports of shadow figures that have been filed by those visiting over the years.
Many paranormal experts believe that these shadow figures are the souls of the 94 executed men and 36 homicides that are linked to the dark building.
The Penitentiary went out of commission in 1995, and nine years later this fascinating paranormal image was snapped as Polly was making her way down a hallway, to the cafeteria.
She later claimed that the figure seemed like a black static entity that had a humanoid shape. She shone her torch at it and the beam of light seemed to cut straight through it’s body.
The entity looked down at the light that cut through it’s body, as if it knew what the result would be.
Gear didn’t panic or freak out – she calmly drew her camera from her bag and managed to snap this now infamous photograph.
She was gradually retreating from the shadow figure when she used her camera, and when she lowered it from her eye-level…the entity had disappeared.
The Debunking Attempts Begin…
The image of the shadow man hit the internet within a matter of days…and with that the debunking attempts began to crawl out of the woodwork.
Eventually the popular paranormal television show, Ghost Hunters, got involved, and claimed that they had successfully debunked the image.
They pointed out that someone had merely shone a IR light behind Polly, creating a shadow man image out of her actual shadow.
Unfortunately, their debunk was then debunked itself – turns out the crew of Ghost Hunters are not as clever as they think (no big surprise there!).
They indicated that Polly was 10 – 40 feet away when she took this picture, and created the fake shadow man image. Experts who then examined the photo pointed out that Polly was actually over 100 feet away from the entity in the picture.
This means that there is no way the shadow could have been this size – it would have been A LOT larger.
Now it’s over to you…
Do you believe the flimsy attempts of a debunk by the Ghost Hunters team?
Maybe they were simply jealous that Polly had managed to capture such a fascinating paranormal entity?
Please leave your thoughts and opinions on the Moundsville Penitentiary shadow man, in the comment section below.