The Mexican Legend of La Llorona

The Mexican Legend of La Llorona

This article will be taking a look at the Mexican legend of La Llorona – a simple folktale…or a legend based on fact?

Let’s take a closer look…


The La Llorona Ghost Story

There are several versions of the 500-year-old Mexican ghost story…and all of them start with the most beautiful woman in Mexico…

The woman’s name is Maria, and she is very adapt at using her beautiful ‘assets’ to get what she wants from the male population of where she lives. It’s no surprise really that she ends up marrying the most eligible and wealthiest bachelor in town.

Unfortunately for Maria, her rich husband lost interest in her after she had given him two young sons. Legend points to the fact that he began disappearing on ‘business’ trips for months at a time.

Before long she realized that he was having numerous affairs…and she began to blame her sons for her husband’s bad behavior.

The La Llorona Ghost Story


The River

One night Maria decided to take her two young sons with her for a walk along the local river banks. After a couple of miles of their stroll, her estranged husband pulled up in a horse drawn carriage…with a younger woman!

Maria’s husband was not happy about the fact that his sons were out this late, and that they were walking in such a dangerous area.

He demanded that the two boys get in the carriage with him.

When Maria saw her children with her husband, and his new conquest, she realized that they now had the love she so desperately wanted from her man.

In a possessed rage, she dragged the two boys out of the carriage and threw them into the river.

Her rage suddenly disappeared…and she realized what she had done…

She ran down the river bank frantically trying to catch up with her drowning children…but she was too late.


The Weeping Woman

Maria never got over what she had done…and slowly went crazy through extreme grief. She would roam the river banks for weeks on end, her white gown began to soil and deteriorate, gaining her the horrifying signature look.

The Weeping Woman

She refused to talk to anyone, and she refused to eat. She spent the rest of her life walking along the river bank weeping uncontrollably for her lost children.


The Mexican Legend of La Llorona

Rumor has it that you can sill hear her restless spirit weeping and still mourning the loss of her children around the banks of the Santa Fe River.

There have also been numerous sightings of her weeping spirit between Mora and Guadalupita.

Locals to the area are dead set on the idea that Maria’s ghost, La Llorona, is a real entity, and it has been haunting the area for centuries.

Skeptics believe that La Llorona is nothing more than a tale created to frighten young children away from the river…a tale that has somehow now turned into a bit of an urban legend.

What do you think?

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

The Eilean Mor Lighthouse Keepers

The Eilean Mor Lighthouse Keepers

What really happened to the Eilean Mor lighthouse keepers?

Were they the victims of alien abduction? Were they dragged through a wormhole into another dimension? Did they fall foul of local paranormal legends?

Or did they simply ‘do a runner’, and carry through an elaborate escape from their job?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Lighthouse Keepers

Eilean Mor is one of a group of uninhabited islands known as the Flannan Isles, located in Scotland. It is a lonely outcrop of land that is surrounded by jagged cliff faces, and a lighthouse stands on top of it’s main grass covered hill.

On December the 7th, 1900, three lighthouse keepers (Donald MacArthur, Thomas Marshall and James Ducat) landed on the island to start a fortnight long shift.

The Lighthouse Keepers

When they arrived at the shoreline, they were met by their superior – Robert Muirhead. The three workers, and their boss, then checked the island to make sure all the equipment and supplies were in order.

Before leaving the men to their two week shift, the Superintendent let them know that there had been severe problems with mist around the island over the previous week.

He then departed to leave the three men to their duties.


The Flannan Isles Lighthouse Mystery

On the mainland, the coastguard service that ran the lighthouse, had a large telescope fitted so that they could keep an eye on Eilean Mor and it’s lighthouse.

If there was ever any trouble on the island, the lighthouse workers could simply signal to the mainland, and the telescope would pick up their call.

A couple of days after the Superintendent had left his workers on the island, the severe mist returned, making it impossible to zoom in on the lighthouse structure.

During the period of December the 7th to December the 15th, the lighthouse was only spotted on three separate occasions.

A passing ship did manage to catch a fleeting glimpse of the island structure, but they were amazed to find that it didn’t seem to be in working order!

The Flannan Isles Lighthouse Mystery


The Deserted Isle

The boat that was booked to bring the men home after their two week stint, ended up having to be delayed until December the 21st, due to the bad mist conditions surrounding the island.

When it finally arrived, it’s crew noticed that the lighthouse flag was not flying. This flag was usually set to show the incoming boats that the lighthouse workers were prepared to row out and meet them.

The crew decided to row ashore and find out what was happening.

When they got to the lighthouse – they found it locked up. When they finally managed to break into the building, they discovered a meal sitting waiting on the table and the fireplace untouched.

The three lighthouse workers were nowhere to be found.

They then frantically searched through the lighthouse log records, and discovered that the final entry was made on December the 15th – a day after the mist cloud had hit the island.


Mother Nature?

The Superintendent eventually informed the public that mother nature had taken the lives of the three missing lighthouse workers…but not everyone went along with this theory…

He was convinced that a rogue wave had hit the island and swept all three men out to sea, where they drowned.

Mother Nature?

Conspiracy theorists believe that the island was/is a hot-spot for alien activity, and the men were abducted by UFO’s.

Some locals also believe that the island has a strange link to another dimension – a hidden wormhole that is linked to numerous paranormal events over the years.

What do you think?

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

The Boggo Road Gaol Ghosts

The Boggo Road Gaol Ghosts

This article will be covering the Boggo Road Gaol ghosts. Also known as Brisbane Prison, this location is said to be haunted by both former prisoners and a warden/guard…


The Early Years of Boggo Road Gaol

The Boggo Road Gaol opened it’s doors to inmates in 1883, after the original Brisbane Prison was finally closed down and demolished. The recycled materials from this first prison were then used to build the newer location.

The new prison was constructed on Bogga Road, Dutton Park, Queensland, Australia. The road got it’s rather strange title from the nickname of ‘Bolgo’ – which came from the fact that the road often turned into a messy bog after a heavy downpour.

In 1903, prison authorities decided to convert a section of the location so that it could be used as a female prison, as well as male. The conversion was a huge success, and the prison ended up replacing the surrounding women‘s prisons and lockups.

The Early Years of Boggo Road Gaol

Unfortunately the women of the area seemed to be quite well behaved – and the female section of the prison never really got more than half full.

The male side of the prison was completely overcrowded – so in 1921 the women inmates were moved out, and the male population of prisoners were spread throughout the whole location.


A Dark Place

From the period of 1883 to 1913, 42 inmates were executed at the prison, and then buried in unmarked graves in South Brisbane Cemetery. A lady named Ellen Thompson (nee Lynch) was the only female among the 42.

She was arrested with John Harrison in 1887 and accused of the murder of her second husband, William Thompson. She was found guilty and hung at the Goal.

Unfortunately the executioner had a bit of a bad day, and ended up misjudging the length of the rope. It ended up cutting straight into Thompson’s jugular leaving her to bleed a painful death.

Many witnesses claim that her blood splashed out and covered her black dress, and the stones below the gallows.

The quadrangle of Boggo Road Gaol

The prison became headline news in the 1980’s when it was taken over by riots and rooftop protests. This prison unrest was down to the terrible conditions at the Goal.

The authorities looked into the location and decided that the conditions were indeed too poor for the inmates – Boggo Road Gaol closed its doors in 1992.


The Boggo Road Gaol Ghosts

The prison location is now said to be haunted by the ‘pet’ of the establishment in the 1970’s – a cat named ‘Tripod’.

Numerous visitors to the site have witnessed the strange three-legged black and white cat rub up against them, then casually disappear into the darkness as it walks away.

It is also known to house the ghost of Ernest Austin. Austin was a terrible man who was convicted of the rape and murder of eleven year old Ivy Mitchell. When he stood on the executioner’s block, he informed the public that he would be back to haunt the building forever more.

His ghost is often spotted in the Division 2 area of the prison.

Many of the locals also believe that the spirit of warder Officer Bernard Ralph walks the dark halls. He was an unfortunate prison employee that ended up being killed at the Goal…by a metal bar wielding prisoner.

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

The Ghosts of The Cowra POW Breakout

The Ghosts of the Cowra POW Breakout

This article will be taking a look at the paranormal activity linked to the Cowra POW breakout from August the 5th, 1944, when over 1100 Japanese prisoners of war tried their best to break out of a prison camp in New South Wales, Australia…


Cowra

Cowra prison camp opened it’s doors in June 1941 for it’s first inmates – Italians.

Initially, the site was pretty basic, and the prisoners had to sleep out in tents. Their first ‘hard labor’ job was to construct weatherboard huts that they would later move into in 1942.

The first Japanese prisoner was named Toyoshima Hajime – he was apparently captured by aborigines after he had to make an emergency landing in his damaged warplane.

More Japanese followed and ended up in Compound B…an area that soon got completely overcrowded.

Cowra

The Italian prisoners seemed to get on well with their captors, but the Japanese POW’s did not. They saw their capture as nothing more than a violation of traditional and ethic codes.

Initially, the security at Cowra was pretty light – mainly made up of disabled veterans and newbie soldiers. This light security continued until news of a Japanese riot in Featherston POW camp in New Zealand, forced the army authorities to up their game.

Vickers and Lewis machine guns were installed all around the Australian prison camp…


The Cowra Prison Breakout

The Cowra guards became aware of the Japanese breakout plan when a Korean prisoner decided to ‘back-stab’ them on the third of June, 1944.

He informed the security authorities that the Japanese POW’s were planning on storming the garrison, taking the weapons and escaping.

cowra breakout movie

The authorities hastily decided to move the younger generation of Japanese soldiers to a new camp, as a way of splitting up the prisoner’s plans. The Japanese were informed of this course of action on the day before it was due to be carried out.

At 1:58 am on the 5th, a bugle was sounded as the Japanese prisoners from compound ‘B’ charged the perimeter armed with improvised weapons. They were also equipped with blankets which they used to get over the sharp steel barbed wire fences.

Only 359 POW’s managed to escape…but they were rounded up and recaptured within ten days of the prison break.

It is reported that 231 Japanese inmates were mowed down by machine gun fire during the escape – the Australian’s lost 4 prison soldiers in total.

The Cowra Prison Breakout


Paranormal Activity

These days the Cowra site, along with it’s buildings, is nothing more than a ruin…but it is reported to be one of the most haunted locations in the country.

Over the years there have been numerous reports of Japanese music softly playing on the wind, after nightfall. A large number of visitors to the area have also reported hearing footsteps shadowing them, as they walk through the ruins.

Many psychics have visited the camp, and continually reinforce the belief that it is indeed haunted by the dead Japanese soldiers.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Cowra POW breakout, please leave them in the comment section below.

The SS Watertown Faces

The SS Watertown Faces

In this article we will be covering the tragic death of James Courtney and Michael Meehan, and the paranormal activity that followed their demise.

The SS Watertown faces…


The SS Watertown 1924

Two crewmen of the SS Watertown were handed the routine task of cleaning an empty cargo tank in December, 1924.

It would turn out to be the last task either of these men performed.

During the job, an accident caused an increase in fumes within the tank, and both men were killed before any of their fellow crew members could reach them.

They were named James Courtney and Michael Meehan.

The crew found Courtney’s body draped over Meehan’s – a sign that Meehan had succumbed to the engine and oil fumes first, and Courtney had then made a desperate attempt to drag him out of the tank.

The two men died when the Watertown was halfway through it’s route from New York City towards the Panama Canal, so the captain opted to bury the men at sea.

During their service the captain asked his crew if they would like to say any last words about the men – they remained silent.

Was this a sign that James Courtney and Michael Meehan were not exactly the most popular of sailors?

Was their unpopularity the reason behind them being given the messy and unpleasant job in the first place?


The SS Watertown Ghosts

Throughout the weeks that followed their burial at sea, the crew started to report seeing the faces of James Courtney and Michael Meehan in the water and waves around the ship.

Their ghostly faces would suddenly pop up from beneath the waves, and just float there, staring for about five seconds…before disappearing.

The SS Watertown Ghosts

Before long, the captain himself witnessed this paranormal activity, and decided to report it to his superiors.

It didn’t go down too well, and he was ridiculed by just about everyone he knew!

He decided to get proof of this ghostly event, and purchased a camera to take on board the Watertown.


The Images

The captain was finally able to snap six photographs of the paranormal event at sea – he then sealed the camera, and the images safely, until he arrived at the next port of call.

When they were processed, five of the six images showed nothing but waves across the sea surface…but one had managed to capture the faces.

The image was tested by experts and found not to be tampered with in any way.

There has been several investigations into the photograph and many conclude the images to be genuine, Unfortunately, the negative went missing many years ago.

Surely, it would have been hard to fake this sort of image so well back in 1924?

What are your opinions on the subject?

Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Fremantle Arts Centre – Paranormal Activity

Fremantle Arts Centre - Paranormal Activity

This article will be covering what many people refer to as ‘the most haunted building in Western Australia’ – the Fremantle Arts Centre.

Originally used as a overcrowded and underfunded psychiatric hospital, this location seems to be a hot spot for paranormal activity…


Convict Establishment Lunatic Asylum and Invalid Depot

Quite a mouthful, isn’t it?

Yet this was the original title given to the Fremantle Arts Centre back in 1864. It was set up out of necessity, as the original asylum was completely outdated and overflowing with unfortunate patients.

It has been reported that some of these patients, ended up in the local prison system, as this was the only way the local authorities could give them a bed!

Convict Establishment Fremantle Lunatic Asylum and Invalid Depot

It was originally set up to house no more than 50 patients, but it was soon expanded to accommodate many more inmates.

It is thought that the building had to expand during the gold rush of the 1890’s – eventually taking in prostitutes, the elderly, and minefield workers who were suffering from extreme sunstroke.


The Death of Catherine Clifford

The building hit the headlines in Australia for all the wrong reasons, in the year 1900.

A woman named Catherine Clifford ended up in one of it’s rooms after she had gone missing for days, and seemed to be a little confused when found.

On September the 25th, Mrs Clifford’s husband visited her and found her in a terrible state. She had been beaten severely by the patient who shared a room with her.

Three days later Mr Clifford recieved the following telegram:

“Your wife died this afternoon reply re burial” J.W. Hope, acting superintending medical officer.

There was total confusion over her death – some people believed that she had died when falling down the main stairs in the building…whilst many others believed she died as a result of her injuries from the beating.

The Death of Catherine Clifford

The authorities finally got involved and found out that the patients in the asylum were living a miserable life – it was completely overcrowded and in some cases, over 17 people were stuffed into one room!

They also uncovered information on another suspicious death that had taken place there, and decided to close the facility.

It took several years to relocate all of the unfortunate inmates.

The building was set to be demolished, but instead ended up being turned into a woman’s home in 1909.

In 1955 it was refurbished and given a new purpose – the The Fremantle Arts Centre.


Paranormal Activity

The large amount of paranormal activity that takes place in the centre is attributed to the suicides and suspicious deaths that took place when it was an asylum.

Cold spots are commonly felt, sounds of crying, laughter and yelling have been heard on occasion.

There have been several reports from visitors who claim that they have been tenderly kissed on the cheek whilst walking through the first floor (the main floor that seems to attract the most reports of paranormal activity).

The most famous apparition at the centre is that of a woman who lived there after her daughter was kidnapped.

She became heavily depressed when the authorities failed to locate her child and committed suicide by throwing herself through the first floor window.

Numerous reports claim to have seen this ghostly woman walking through the halls of the building, searching in vain for her missing daughter.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the paranormal activity linked to the Fremantle Arts Centre, please leave them in the comment section below.

The James Dean Cursed Car

The James Dean Cursed Car

This article will be taking a closer look at the infamous James Dean cursed car, which he died in. Did the famous Hollywood actor somehow manage to bestow a sinister curse on his beloved Porsche 550 Spyder?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Rebel

James Dean managed to stand out from the ‘Golden Age’ of Hollywood actors due to the fact that his career was short, and his special link to rebellion and non-conformity.

Dean was not exactly ‘well liked’ by his Hollywood peers – he was often disruptive on set and went into dark, unexplainable mood swings. Before long, the Hollywood elite came up with a nickname for the young actor – Little Bastard.

james dean porsche curse

Dean seemed to take to this personal moniker, and ended up having it sprayed onto his Porsche 550 Spyder – a top of the range car he bought during the filming his 3rd and final film Giant.

The car had a strange aura surrounding it, and many Hollywood workers refused to go anywhere near it. Bond girl Ursula Andress is said to have refused to ever sit in it. Legendary British actor Alec Guinness even went as far as telling Dean that “If you get in that car you will be found dead in it by this time next week.”

Dean didn’t listen to him, and a week later died in the car on his way to Salinas, California.


Tragic

James Dean was well known for having a fascination with fast cars – so much so, that Warner Brothers Studios had forbid him from driving when he was filming Giant

Dean was also known for having a morbid fascination with witchcraft and the Macabre. He apparently told those closest to him, on several occasions, that he was destined to die young.

On September the 30th, 1955, Dean and his mechanic headed out towards Salinas to drive the Spyder in a number of races. At one point in the journey, Dean was pulled over and given a ticket for speeding (no surprise there!).

Hours later Dean crashed the car at an intersection – he died from his injuries on impact.

He was just 24.

james dean car cursed


The Curse

An unnamed man apparently purchased the wreckage of Dean’s Spyder, and proceeded to make money selling off various parts of it.

Two doctors, who liked to race in their spare time, bought various items off the car. They eventually took part in a race against each other 13 months after Dean died, and both had accidents in that race.

One of the doctors managed to get away with just serious injuries…the other died.

There are also claims that the State Highway Patrol used the wreckage of Dean’s car to promote safe driving speeds around the country. Apparently, numerous individuals, who stole parts of the car at these ‘demonstrations’, met grizzly and untimely ends.

james dean little bastard curse

On one occasion a garage holding the wreckage apparently caught fire. Everything in the garage was destroyed…but the sinister car somehow survived.

The wreckage finally disappeared, although the rumors linked to it did not…

One man claims to have got hold of two of surviving wheels from the Spyder…and was nearly killed once he had fitted them to his car.

Another man claims to have got hold of various ‘legit’ parts of the Spyder online, and has fitted them into a Spyder he has collected. This man is apparently fully aware of the curse, and has never managed to build up enough courage to drive his car.

Sounds like a sensible guy!

The spirit of James Dean is frequently spotted on the highway he died on – do you think his apparition is linked to the so-called curse on his beloved car?

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

The Mystery of The Man From Taured

The Mystery of the Man From Taured

This article will be taking a look at the mystery of the man from Taured – is this strange report based on truth…or nothing more than a 1950’s urban legend?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Arrival

The report starts on a scorching hot July day back in 1954 (depending on what source you are reading!).

On this day, a strange man appears at Haneda Airport (Tokyo Airport) – he is described as Caucasian and he sports a beard.

He approached workers at the airport and started to talk to them in French, when they did not understand, he switched his language to Japanese.

The Arrival

He hands over his passport to the service desk and the security airport worker notices something strange – Whilst the passport looked authentic, the country where it was issued, ‘Taured’, was recognized as non-existent.

The man was immediately placed under arrest and taken away to be interrogated.


Where is Taured?

The ‘visitor’ spent many hours trying to convince the Japanese airport security that Taured was a real country – he claimed it was located between France and Spain, and had by then been in existence for 1000 years.

They got hold of a map, and sat the man down in front of it…he immediately pointed to the Principality of Andorra…but he was confused as to why it was not named Taured.

An argument broke out – the man claimed that he was telling the truth, and the authorities claimed that he was up to something shady!


The Disappearance

The airport authorities decided that it was way to dangerous to let this man go – there was something not quite right about him, and he could well be a criminal.

They placed him in a hotel room nearby for the night, and left two guards outside his door.

The Disappearance

The next morning, when the officers went to check in on the man, they were confronted by an empty room.

There were no signs of escape – the male visitor had simply vanished into thin air!

Unfortunately, all of his personal documents had vanished as well – making an investigation into his arrival, near enough impossible!


The Time Traveler

So who was the man from Taured?

Many people believe that he was some kind of time traveler, and a man that possessed the power to switch from dimension to dimension.

Did he know that he was actually traveling into another dimension?

Some argue that he probably didn’t – he ended up in Haneda Airport by complete accident!

Is Andorra known as Taured in his dimension?

Was he a clever time traveler?

How did he manage to vanish without a trace?

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

What Happens When You Enter The Bermuda Triangle?

What Happens When You Enter The Bermuda Triangle?

This article will be covering the infamous area off the coast of Florida, which has ‘devoured’ numerous aircraft, sea vessels and their crew…

What happens when you enter the Bermuda Triangle?

Let’s take a closer look at the paranormal location known as the ‘Devil’s Triangle’….


The Triangle

The first person to coin the phrase ‘Bermuda Triangle’, was an author by the name of Vincent Gaddis, in 1964.

He published an article in an issue of a Pulp magazine that covered a well known area of the Atlantic Ocean that was infamous for ‘erasing’ numerous aircraft and ships.

The title of this now famous article was The Deadly Bermuda Triangle.

This article pushed the Devil’s Triangle into the public’s eye, and it immediately became popular due to it’s reputed mysterious vanishings and stories of supernatural elements.

mysteries bermuda triangle

The legend of the Bermuda Triangle actually stretches back as far as 1492, when Christopher Columbus sailed through the area.

The famous discoverer actually included the triangle area/location in his notes, claiming that his crew kept on seeing strange lights in the sky, and his boat’s equipment started to malfunction.


The Torpedo Bombers

One of the most famous incidents linked to the area involved five torpedo bombers who were on a routine training mission on the 5th of December, 1945.

They were leaving Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to head towards Barbados and back – it was a training mission that would qualify the pilots to fly over water.

The planes never returned to base.

Later investigations showed that transmissions between the pilots and their base suggested that the plane’s compasses were going haywire.

inside the bermuda triangle

They insisted that they were not that far away from Florida…radio contact was lost soon after.

A rescue boat was dispatched to find their wrecked remains, but that boat also disappeared with 13 crew members, 27 minutes later.


A UFO Hotspot?

Over the years there have been numerous public reports of UFO’s in the Bermuda Triangle area – some of these UFO’s have even been spotted under the surface of the water!

Funnily enough, there is actually a restricted naval facility on an island near the triangle – it is apparently called the AUTEC base.

secrets of the bermuda triangle

Research tells us that AUTEC stands for Atlantic Undersea Test & Evaluation Center.

Many ufologists firmly believe that AUTEC is the maritime version of Area 51 – a oceanic version of the secret base that is said to house UFO technology.


The Atlantis Connection

A very famous psychic named Edgar Cayce believed that the legend of Atlantis was based on truth…and that the fabled city actually sits beneath the waves of the Bermuda Triangle.

This theory was recently modernized, and many paranormal experts now believe that the crystals that were said to power Atlantis, are the force that is behind the mysterious Triangle disappearances.

Over the last couple of decades, there have also been a few ‘images’ floating around the information superhighway. These images are supposed to show pyramid structures picked up on sonar, in the depths of the Triangle.

Another popular Triangle ‘theory’ is that a massive rouge wave appears from time to time – wiping out all in it’s path. These waves are thought to be accompanied by freak lightening streaks in the sky above – bringing down aircraft.

Certain psychics who have traveled through the area have brought up another interesting theory…

They believe that the spirits of dead African slaves are rising from the deep to exact revenge for their execution – being thrown overboard.

What are your thoughts on this subject?

Please leave your opinions in the comment section below.

The Legend of the Ghost of Stow Lake

The Legend of the Ghost of Stow Lake

This article will be taking a look at the urban legend of the Ghost of Stow Lake from Golden Gate Park in San Francisco…


A Terrifying Encounter

In early January, 1908, a man was upheld by local police for ‘speeding’ near the Golden Gate Park. Once apprehended, he explained to the law officers that he was speeding because he had just had a frightening encounter with ‘something’ otherworldly.

He went on to explain that he was in the process of leaving the park, when a woman appeared from nowhere and blocked his exit. Apparently, she had a strange ‘shine’ to her.

She was dressed in an all white gown and her bare feet slightly levitated off the ground.

This was the first ever recorded sighting of the Ghost of Stow Lake.


The Pioneer Mother Statue

The Pioneer Mother (also referred to as Pioneer Woman and Children) statue that now sits in Golden Gate Park was sculpted and cast in bronze in 1914.

It was finally moved into the park in 1940.

Over the years the statue has been through various stages of neglect, leading to it’s appearance becoming slightly disturbing.

The Pioneer Mother Statue

It has a greenish hue to it’s body and half of her face has turned white – much like a ‘phantom’ mask.

But are these strange colorings really down to natural processes?

Apparently not!

Many people believe that these strange bronze markings have something to do with the paranormal stories linked to this monument…


The Urban Legend

This legend seems to have been floating around San Francisco for well over a century now…

Apparently, Stow Lake is haunted, and that people venturing near there in the dead of night have come across a woman looking for her child.

In the early 1900’s, an unnamed woman took her children for a walk around Stow Lake – they were full of energy and she decided to see if she could tire them out.

The Urban Legend

After a while, her legs began to ache, and she told the children to have a little play when she sat down for a few minutes on a nearby bench with the baby.

Before long another woman joined her on the bench, and they began having a conversation.

As they spoke, the woman kept an eye on her kids playing by the lake…but forgot about her baby in the pram, parked next to her by the bench.

The pram gradually rolled off into the lake, and her baby drowned.

When she finished chatting, she realized that the pram had disappeared into the water, and ran into the lake frantically searching for her baby.

Her children stood watching her, terrified, on the lake bank.

She eventually disappeared into the depths of the lake, and was never seen again.


The Ghost of Stow Lake

Over the years, there have been numerous reports from people who claim to have encountered the Ghost of Stow Lake.

They all claim to have come face to face with barefooted woman in white looking for her lost baby – always at night.

The Ghost of Stow Lake

The spirit is always in a terrified state, frantically searching for her lost child, which has already perished in the lake.

The Pioneer Mother statue is also linked to the legend – many people believe that the spirit of this unfortunate mother resides in the statue. If you approach the statue at night, you may get a glimpse of the statue’s head moving, as if it is scanning the area…searching for something…

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the legend of the Ghost of Stow Lake, please leave them in the comment section below.