The Haunting of The Theatre Royal of Drury Lane

The Haunting of The Theatre Royal of Drury Lane

 

In this article we will be taking a look at the reported paranormal activity from the Theatre Royal of Drury Lane over the years – a famous capital city venue where some past performers have decided to stick around the location…despite the fact that they have been dead for quite some time.

Let’s take a closer look….

 


The Ghost of Charles Macklin


Charles Macklin (1699 – 1797) is an entity with a really strange background – he is actually an actor that was classed as a bit of a murderer when he was alive.

History tells us that he got in an argument with another actor over a wig, and eventually lost his temper and stuck a sharp cane through the guy’s eye, killing him instantly.

It’s usually the ghost of the victim that is left to haunt venues – NOT the murderer.

 


Joseph Grimaldi


Nothing freaks me out more than clowns – I didn’t like them as kid…and I certainly don’t like them that much now (I blame Stephen King!).

Joseph Grimaldi (1778 – 1837) was actually a professional stage clown that worked at the Theatre Royal of Drury Lane, and for some reason he has decided to stick around long after his calling to the other side.

His ghost is regarded as a really beneficial one, and over the years there have been numerous reports from famous actors claiming that Grimaldi has appeared to them during stage performances, and in some cases, has even guided around the stage.

Joseph Grimaldi

 


The Man in Grey


Often referred to as the most prominent ghost in the theatre – The Man in Grey.

This entity has been frequently spotted floating and gliding through the halls of the famous old building. This ‘Man in Grey’, as he has been dubbed, is described as wearing the clothing of a respectable gentleman of the 18th century.

Certain paranormal experts believe that this entity could possibly be the spirit of one of the past theatre owners, and others firmly believe that he was a rich and successful member of the audience (in years gone by).

Certain renovations to the theatre took place back in 1848, and during the work there a wall was removed revealing a skeleton with a knife embedded in it’s rib cage. Could this be the body of The Man in Grey?

 


The Haunting of The Theatre Royal of Drury Lane


Over the years there have also been reports of the ghost of King Charles II being spotted within the theatre from time to time, but this could have been the spirit of just about anyone from that period when you think about it!

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

 

The Haunting of Sallie House

The Haunting of Sallie House

In this article we will be covering the infamous haunting of Sallie House in Atchison, Kansas. The property has been covered by numerous paranormal reality shows, but what is behind the strange forces within it’s walls?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Doctor

Sallie House, one night in 1906, and it’s owner, Dr. Charles Finney is awoken by a loud banging at his front door. He tenderly creeps downstairs and peeps out of the window…to find a young mother holding her ill daughter.

The little girl looked like she was in a terrible state of health.

Finney agrees to check over the young girl and apparently finds a growth inside her stomach. He declares he needs to operate on the girl at once to save her life.

The operation turned out to be a tragic mistake, and the little girl died on the doctor’s operating table. Many people now believe that Finney was nothing more than a sadistic medical professional, that killed the girl on purpose.

Others are convinced that he was possessed by a demon residing in the house, and this demon took control of his hands…resulting in the death of the child.


A Young Girl Named Sallie

Many paranormal experts now believe that the little girl was named Sallie, and her twisted spirit now resides in the house. She only ever targets men – as a type of revenge for what the cruel doctor did to her on the operating table.

The strange paranormal events that had taken place at the Sallie House first became public by the accounts of Tony and Debra Pickman, who lived at the property with their newborn.

They firmly believe that the paranormal activity first centred itself in their baby’s bedroom. On numerous occasions they would enter the room to find soft toys lined up around the child’s bed. These soft toys had somehow been removed from a high shelf in the room.

A Young Girl Named Sallie


A Psychic Named Renae Leiker

Tony and Debra Pickman eventually had enough of the strange happenings inside their home, so they decided to contact a psychic named Renae Leiker.

When Leiker first visited the home she made sure that the Pickmans were out. As she stepped out of the car she noticed a man sitting in the window of the house, who slowly got up and walked away when she approached the front door.

Inside there was no sign of the man.

The psychic reported to the family that there was indeed a demonic entity in the home, and they were to burn off sage in an attempt to get rid of it. They followed her instructions, but the entity did it’s best to stop them. At one point Tony was apparently thrown across the room as he attempted to burn more sage.


Things Go From Bad To Worse…

The Sage incident seemed to make the entity pissed – REALLY pissed!

Tony now seemed to be the regular target of the demonic entity, constantly being scratched by invisible hands. Things got so bad that the family contacted the crew of a 90’s TV ghost show named Sightings.

The crew of the show actually managed to get some footage of the strange scratch marks on Tony’s body…but the entity started to drift out of control with their presence. They soon packed up and cut the footage short.

The Pickman Family were all spent out – they decided to move from the property.

demonic entity


The Haunting of Sallie House

Nobody knows for sure what or who the demonic spirit is within this house. Tony eventually reported seeing the ghosts of two females during his time there – one was pleasant to him…whilst the other screamed whenever she appeared to him.

Is one of these the spirit of young Sallie?

Please leave your opinions in the comment section below.

Haunted Hospitals

Haunted Hospitals

 

In this article we will be covering five world famous haunted hospitals that have made their name through numerous paranormal incidents. Let’s take a look at some of the darkest medical facilities on the planet…

 


Sai Ying Pun

The Sai Ying Pun Hospital was constructed in the later years of the 1800’s and is situated in Hong Kong. In it’s early years it was primarily used as a dormitory for nurses and medical personnel.

During the Second World War rumours began to surface about the Japanese army using the building to murder a selection of hostages…we still don’t know how trustworthy these rumours actually were.

Sai Ying Pun

The first paranormal reports started surfacing in the 1970’s, and locals immediately blamed the legendary ‘murders’ of the war time years. There have been reports of disembodied voices, headless ghosts, and footsteps in empty rooms.

 


St Augustine Hospital

The original St. Augustine’s Royal Hope Hospital was built in Florida but ended up being brought down in the early 19th century due to age and wear. Another hospital was then quickly developed on the same spot of land.

St. Augustine’s Royal Hope Hospital

The hospital has undergone numerous building projects over the last few decades and one of these constructions managed to uncover a ancient American Indian burial site.

The paranormal activity experienced within the hospital walls in now blamed on the angry spirits from the burial site below the building.

 


Severalls Hospital

This English hospital building has a twisted and tragic history of alleged mistreatment of its mentally ill patients. Over the years there have been numerous reports of unnecessary and cruel procedures which involve brain surgery and electric shock treatments.

Severalls Hospital

The hospital was finally closed down and then abandoned in the middle of the 1990’s…leading to numerous trespassers and vandals submitting terrifying reports of paranormal activity witnessed in the old mortuary section of the hospital.

 


The Waverly Hills Sanatorium Ghosts

Based in in Louisville, Kentucky, this infamous building saw more than 60,000 deaths in its history due to the tuberculosis crisis.

The Waverly Hills Sanatorium first opened in 1910 when the disease was at it’s peak. It saw so many deaths the owners had to create a tunnel beneath the building to remove the dead bodies without alarming the other sick patients.

The Waverly Hills Sanatorium Ghosts

The two most famous entities at the hospital are a nurse who committed suicide, and a young boy who is sometimes spotted playing with his toys in the lonely, abandoned corridors.

 


The Taunton State Mental Hospital

Taunton State Hospital in Massachusetts was built in the middle of the 19th century to house psychiatric patients. It is the famous workplace of the dreaded nurse Honora Kelley (1857-1938) who is thought to have murdered over 30 patients.

The hospital also saw a large number of staff members apparently using mental patients in devil worshipping rituals that were held in it’s basement area. These murdered patients, and the occult practices, are now blamed for the high number of paranormal incidents in the building.

The Taunton State Mental Hospital

Do you know of any famous haunted hospitals that we have not included in the article above?

If so we would love to hear from you!

Please leave your suggestions in the comment section below.

Is The McPike Mansion Haunted?

Is The McPike Mansion Haunted?

In this article we will be covering the paranormal reports that have come in from the southwest corner of Illinois…the McPike Mansion.

Situated in Alton, a town now referred to as ‘The Most Haunted Town In Amercia’ – is the McPike Mansion haunted?

Let’s take a closer look…


The McPike Mansion

Henry McPike and his family had the three-story red brick mansion built back in 1869. McPike was a very successful local businessman who had also served as mayor of Alton for three years.

When McPike moved on, the house was purchased by a man named Paul Laichinger, who turned the property into a kind of boarding home. He rented numerous rooms out to tenants looking for somewhere to live.

This is when the first instances of paranormal activity began to seep out of the building.

Many of these boarders or residents, reported strange events that could not be explained. In some cases these events included the sounds of children playing and laughing when there were no children in the area.

Laichinger died in 1945 and the premises sat vacant…before long it became a little on the derelict side.

Passers by began to reports seeing strange white faces in the windows of the once grand property.

red brick mansion


1994

In 1994 the building was finally bought up by Sharyn and George Luedke. They purchased the location in the hope that they could turn it into a famous bed and breakfast spot for the area.

After six weeks of working on the mansion, Sharyn had her first paranormal experience when she was rooting through the main garden…

As she worked she looked up to see a strange man staring down at her from one of the windows. He near enough instantly vanished, but not before Sharyn could take note of his strange attire.

Later, while researching the history of the mansion, Mrs. Luedke was startled as she came across a photo of previous owner Paul Laichinger…who was wearing the exact same clothes as the vanishing man in the window!

Mrs. Luedke


Investigations

After this incident, Sharyn Luedke and her husband decided to let in various mediums and psychics to investigate the property properly. A lot of these studies led to the paranormal experts admitting that they could feel the McPike family and other residents of the estate.

Sharyn now believes that the McPike family and one of their servant girls, named Sarah Wells, haunt the old building.

Numerous other paranormal experts have reported the feeling of being touched in the dark, and a few have even caught a few orbs in photos taken inside the property.

The building’s wine cellar seems to be the hub of the paranormal activity, with numerous reports of a strange mist that seems to follow anyone that is down there.

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 Baskerville Hall Hotel

The Ghosts of the Baskerville Hall Hotel

In this article we will be taking a look at the ghosts of The Baskerville Hall Hotel in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, that are actually said to have been the inspiration for the famous Arthur Conan Doyle book…


The Hound of The Baskervilles

Baskerville Hall in Hay-on-Wye is the source of Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of The Baskervilles. He actually had to relocate The Baskervilles to the Cornwall area in order to protect the local people that were involved in the story.

The Baskervilles and the Vaughan families lived very close together, therefore, numerous marriages happened between their family members.

History informs us that the Vaughan family spent about a decade being terrorised by a black dog, and many believe that this incident was behind Doyle’s idea for the book.

However, locals point out that the book could well have been based on an incident that took place on the estate long before the Vaughan family lived in the area…

The Hound of The Baskervilles


The Useless Hound

Local legend states that a past master of Baskerville Hall brought in a large hound to tackle the wolf problem he was seeing on the estate.

One night the hound awoke from his slumber only to see a wolf in the distance, and he started barking and growling immediately. His master was alerted by the noise, and grabbed a spear and walked downstairs in the darkness.

He checked the garden area and failed to notice the wolf cowering in the darkness, then turned to his useless hound in anger – this was not the first time the dog had got him out of bed for no reason!

In his rage he stabbed the hound through the head with his spear…then noticed the wolf bolt off into the countryside…

The dog had been right after all.

Locals believe that this dog’s spirit has never really left the estate, and has been spotted on numerous occasions, prowling the garden areas looking for intruding animals.

past master of Baskerville Hall


The Wronged Dog

Many paranormal experts take the idea of this phantom dog with a pinch of salt, after all, Wales has it’s fair share of ‘the wronged dog’ legends.

But there are those that believe that this is a solid legend. If you look closely at the coat of arms of the Baskervilles, you will notice the head of a canine being pierced by a spear in it’s antique design.


The Ghosts of the Baskerville Hall Hotel

The ghostly hound of Baskerville Hall has plenty of paranormal entities to keep it company during it’s rounds…

Many visitors to the hall have reported bumping into an elegant gentleman on the grand staircase. There are also other reports of a gentleman ghost that tends to sit on the balconies of Rooms 3 to 7.

Some historians believe that these two ‘gentleman’ ghosts are linked to the lady in white that is sometimes spotted in the estate’s gardens.

Hollywood Sign Ghost Stories – The Lady in White

Hollywood Sign Ghost Stories - The Lady in White

This article will be covering one of the most famous Hollywood Sign ghost stories around – The Lady in White, thought to be the tragic spirit of Peg Entwistle.

Let’s take a closer look…


Peg Entwistle

Peg was born in 1908, in a town named Port Talbot in South Wales. Unfortunately her mother died when she was very young and this resulted in her grieving father dragging the family to a new life in the States.

Not long into their American adventure, Peg’s father met a new love and had two sons with her (Robert and Milton). Unfortunately tragedy was not finished with the Entwistle family, and Peg’s father was struck and killed by a car on Park Avenue.

Port Talbot in South Wales
Port Talbot in South Wales

The two young boys went to live with their uncle, but Peg turned down his offer because she wanted to find fame and fortune in New York.

At the tender age of 17, she managed to make a breakthrough and landed a job with the Boston Repertory Company. She then went on to work in the prestigious Theatre Guild productions of Broadway.


A Sham Marriage

Robert Keith stole Peg’s heart in 1927, within months they were married. Unfortunately Keith was a lot older than Peg, and she knew little about his past life.

Peg eventually found out that Keith had actually been married before and even had a 6 year old son, he never mentioned any of this before they tied the knot.

Peg decided that the marriage was a sham, and started divorce proceedings, but Keith managed to get into more trouble with the law. She put the divorce on hold when she bailed him out of prison…but started them back up again as soon as he was a free man.


The Breakthrough?

Peg managed to hit the stage in 1931 with Getting Married and Alice-Sit-by-The-Fire – two popular stage shows. Unfortunately by 1932 the work had dried up, and Peg started to sink into depression.

She was forced to move in with her uncle to make ends meet, and she then managed to pick up a stage part with with Billie Burke in The Mad Hopes.

Unfortunately this stage show only lasted a matter of months before closing down.

Peg’s luck then seemed to change when she landed a part in Thirteen Women starring Irene Dunne. Unfortunately the critics had a field day at the movie’s screening, and it ended up being re-edited.

Peg slipped further into depression…

Suicide on the Hollywood Sign


Suicide

On September 18, 1932, an alcohol-fuelled Peg left her uncle’s home, and headed to Mount Lee. Once there, she climbed the slope to the famous Hollywood sign.

She then left a suicide note with her coat, and climbed up the ladder that led to the top of the ‘H’ board…and threw herself off.

She was just 24 years of age.


The Hollywood Sign Ghost Lady in White

The spirit of Peg Entwistle has been spotted on numerous occasions since her tragic suicide. More often than not she is witnessed by hikers and rangers in the Griffin Park area.

The ghost resembles a young, attractive and blonde lady in white that walks sadly around the area in 1930’s clothing.

A famous encounter from 1990 came from a couple of young lovers taking their dog for a walk. Suddenly the animal started barking at a wooded area, and a sad looking lady in white walked out. The couple decided to follow the lady for some distance…before she disappeared into thin air!

The Hollywood Sign Ghost Lady in White

Griffith park ranger John Arbogast has made numerous reports of encounters with the ghost lady in white, always around the time of midnight when he’s on his shift. He believes that scent of gardenias follow her around, and indicate that she is about to make an appearance.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the ghost of Peg Entwistle, please leave them in the comment section below.

Ghosts of the London Underground

Ghosts of the London Underground

In this article we will be covering the most (in)famous ghosts of the London Underground, and the areas of the system they are reported to appear…

 


The London Subterraneans

The London Subterraneans are entities that are based on an old urban legend – they are thought to be a group of Londoners that chose to live underground in the late nineteenth century.

Lack of sunlight and living in dark and damp conditions has apparently led to this group mutating over the years. Incidents involving the subterraneans seem to surface every couple of years. Many people believe that they now survive off the junk food discarded in the underground system.

There are also a number of rumors suggesting that these ‘creatures’ have feasted on missing night commuters…

 


The Faceless Woman of Beacontree Station

In 1992 a station employee at E11 (Greater London), Beacontree Station, was working alone in his office when he heard the doorknob begin to rattle. At first he thought it was a joke…but it continued to happen several times.

He eventually stood up and opened the door to find a woman standing there with long blond hair but no face. She had a smooth sort of ‘plate’ where her facial features were supposed to be.

When he later reported the incident to his superiors he discovered that numerous other underground workers had encountered the Faceless Woman over the years.

 


The Ghost of Sarah Blackhead

This is apparently the same ghost that haunts the Bank of England – Sarah Blackhead (The Black Nun). In life, Sarah went crazy when she realized that her brother was dead, and returned daily to his office to meet him.

She always turned up in black clothing – which is why she ended up with the nickname The Black Nun.

She has apparently been spotted on numerous occasions in EC2 (Greater London) , Bank Station, Central Line.

 


The Insane Rebecca Griffiths

EC2 (Greater London), Liverpool Street Station, is apparently haunted by the ghost of Rebecca Griffiths – a former resident of the Hospital of the Star of Bethlehem (a notorious insane asylum).

When she finally passed away, she was buried without the coin she spent most of her life gripping onto. Witnesses now believe that she has returned to haunt the area because she is in search of this beloved coin.

 


The Phantom Steam Train

During the Second World War, many locals to the Highgate High Level Station reported hearing the sounds of an invisible steam train.

The station was never actually finished, but numerous passers by reported hearing the ghostly sounds of an old fashioned train coming from the area where the track was going to be laid.

Skeptics believe that these sounds are nothing more than floating noises coming from the nearby stations which were active until the 1970.

 


The ‘Repeating’ Woman

Numerous commuters in NW1 (Greater London), King’s Cross Station, have encountered a distressed woman in one of the corridors leading outside. She always appears to be on her knees with her arms outstretched…crying and screaming away.

Witnesses claim that she appears like an old fashioned reel of film – repeating every couple of seconds…

 


The Monks

These phantom monks tend to appear around the Jubilee Line, from Westminster to Stratford, and have been reported hundreds of times since the year 2000.

They are always spotted walking along the tube tracks, silently.

Many locals believe that these monk’s grave’s were disturbed when the Jubilee line was being constructed, disturbing their peace and resulting in them roaming the underground station.

 


The Ghosts of the London Underground

phantoms that are spotted in the London Underground system

Now it’s over to you – these are just some of the more well-known phantoms that are spotted in the London Underground system, but have you heard of any others that would compliment this article?

If so we would love to hear from you – please leave your suggestions 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.

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.