This article will be covering the strange and creepy case of the Devil’s Footprints in 1855. Did a demonic creature leave strange tracks in the snow around the Exe Estuary in Devon, England?
Let’s take a closer look…
On the 8th of February, 1855, in Devon, England, the weather was taking a bit of a turn for the worse. Heavy snow had fallen all around the area and the extreme temperatures were not giving it any chance to melt. Historical reports from the time show that temperatures remained around freezing from January until March.
On that cold February night, strange hoof marks appeared in the crisp snow all over the South and East Devon area. In all, it was reported that the strange footprints had appeared in 30 locations.
When measured, each of these eerie footprints measured in at four inches long, three inches across, and between eight and sixteen inches apart. Every track also seemed to be travelling in a single file formation.
In all, the footprints are thought to have covered over 100 miles of distance. Whatever had left them had no problems with whatever ‘it’ encountered in it’s path – the tracks seemed to travel over house roofs and across frozen lakes and bodies of water.
The Devil Pays a Visit
As soon as the local press picked up on the story, they started referring to the tracks as ‘devil’s footprints’, and in some cases ‘tracks of Satan’. They had picked up on the various reports from locals and taken note that the tracks looked like they were made by a cloven hoof animal.
Historic reports also indicate that the locals to the area took these tracks VERY seriously. In some areas it took months for them to gather the courage to go out after nightfall. They firmly believed that something demonic had left these footprints.
The Devil’s Footprints – Theories
A well known historian from Wales named Mike Dash has spent a number of years looking into this case, and he firmly believes that the prints came from a number of sources – not just one. He concludes that one hoax simply led to another…then the whole thing kind of snowballed.
He also stated that he thinks a large majority of the tracks were made by donkeys making their way through the snow. He also admits that some of the reported tracks still leave him stumped – he has no idea what made them.
Another researcher, author Geoffrey Household, believes that the tracks could well have been left by a experimental balloon released from the Devonport Dockyard. He thinks that two chains were dangling from the balloon as it travelled, leaving hoof-like prints in the snow.
Another popular theory is that local hungry badgers made the tracks – they were out desperately searching for food on the frozen ground.
So – the footprints of something demonic…or nothing more than local wildlife or an escaped weather balloon?
What’a your opinion on the subject of the Devil’s Footprints?
Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
In this article we will be taking a closer look at the case of Carole Compton and her employment as a nanny with two Italian families…who firmly believed that she was a witch who was bringing all manner of dark events into their homes…
Carole Compton found love in the form of an Italian man who was passing through her hometown of Ayrshire in Scotland in 1982. He was completing a British placement for his military service, and on his way back to Italy.
Compton was completely in love, and decided to move to Italy so she could be close to him when he finished his military responsibilities.
As soon as she arrived in Italy she found a job as a nanny within days of settling down…
The Ricci Family
Carole’s first employers were the Ricci family, and she settled into her new position, and career direction, with relative ease…
Until one day, as she was walking past a religious painting in the home, it mysteriously fell to the floor and smashed. One of the Ricci Family’s maids was on hand to witness the incident…
Unfortunately for Carole, this maid had been brought up in a strongly religious family, and she began voicing concerns over Carole’s soul. She told the heads of the Ricci family that Compton immediately sank to her knees and prayed as soon as the painting hit the floor – as if this sort of thing had happened to her before.
Just days later Carole accompanied the Ricci family when they went to their holiday home in the Italian Alps. Over the period of the holiday visit, three fires broke out in the Alps home.
A investigation on the property took place and the Ricci family were informed that the fires were down to an electrical problem at the home…but the Ricci family were not convinced…and ended up firing Compton just days later.
The Tonti Family
Carole got lucky, and within a matter of weeks after her sacking from the Ricci family, she found employment with the Tonti family, who lived in their grandparent’s home on the island of Elba.
During the first few months of her job, Carole seemed to fit right in with the family’s lifestyle…but unfortunately this did not last…
All of a sudden Carole began complaining to certain members of the Tonti family about strange scratching noises following her around the property. She also seemed to be responsible for the destruction of numerous religious statues throughout the home.
Grandmother Tonti had seen enough, and began to call Carole a “Strega” or witch.
The rest of the family seemed to take Carole’s side, and told the grandmother she was being a ridiculous old superstitious fool…but all this changed when a fire eventually broke out in the bedroom of the Tonti’s three year old child.
When the police looked into the incident they noticed that Carole Compton had been linked with strange fires at her previous post as a nanny (with the Ricci family), and she was promptly arrested.
She ended up spending sixteen months in lockup as she waited for her trial to take place (for attempted murder).
Eventually Carole stood trial in December of 1983, and was found not guilty for the main charge…but guilty for the charge of arson and attempted arson and sentenced to two and a half years in prison.
However, the judge realized that she had been in jail for quite some time leading up to the trial, and decided to release her once proceedings had finished.
Unfortunately, numerous newspapers throughout Europe caught onto the case, and began publishing stories of Carole labeled as the ‘nanny witch’.
Carole now lives with her husband and children in Yorkshire and rarely talks about the incidents that happened in Italy.
Do you think that Carole was somehow linked to the occult – that she was indeed a witch?
This article will be taking a look at the tragic Luna Park ghost train fire from 1979 – is there an occult undertone to this event that managed to trap the spirits within the confines of the popular family location?
Let’s take a closer look…
Opened on October 4th, 1935, Luna Park is considered to be one of the most popular family attractions in Sydney Harbour Foreshore. It was built as a sort of ‘homage’ to the original Luna Park that sits in New York (Coney Island).
It was built on an area of land that used to be a construction headquarters – used for the building of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Once the bridge was finished, the area became open for bids…and the Luna Park setup won the deal!
The park actually hit on hard times during the 50’s when it’s attendance levels dropped significantly due to the birth of household TV etc. At one point, during the early 70’s, new owners tried to develop it into a multi-story trade center.
This application for development was firmly refused, so the park remained open to the public…
Tragedy hit the park’s ghost train on June the 9th, 1979, when a sudden fire broke out at 10:15pm. Unfortunately, the ride itself was full to the brim with passengers.
The fire raged until about half past eleven, that same night, when the fire services finally managed to get a hold of it.
Seven victims were recovered from the ride: John Godson, his two children, Damien (6) and Craig (4), and College students Jonathon Billings, Richard Carroll, Michael Johnson, and Seamus Rahilly.
These bodies were not found inside the train cars – they were scattered all over the inside of the ride. Apparently they had all left the cars in desperation…looking for a way out of the flaming amusement ride.
A Ritual Sacrifice?
It wasn’t long before the conspiracy theorists jumped on the bandwagon, and many different theories about the cause of the fire rose from it’s ashes.
The one theory that stood out, and is still discussed regularly, is the idea that this fire could have been linked to a ritual sacrifice to the ancient Ammonite god Moloch.
This theory came to light when a photograph was released that contained the image of one of the young boys killed in the tragedy. It was taken on the ferry, just before he arrived at the park…and standing in the background is a horned figure that apparently had no links to the park.
On top of this, a witness, Marshall Said (16), claimed that the ride operator was letting cars full of kids into the ride…AFTER the park had been alerted to the fire inside!
The Sydney newspaper, The Sun, picked up on this theory and actually published a front page story on it.
In this article we will be taking a look at the legend of the Black Cat of Killakee, which really sprung to life in 1968, when a young couple bought the rundown Killakee House and started renovating it…
The O’Briens Start Work
Nicholas and Margaret O’Brien purchased Killakee House in 1968 when it was an extremely run down property. They had dreams of eventually turning it into an arts center for Ireland.
They started renovation work on the location, and during this time, several workmen lived on the site. Within days the men got used to the rather eerie setting…but then a sinister feline turned up…then disappeared into thin air…
The Black Cat of Killakee is an old, legendary creature that has reportedly been sighted in the area for centuries. However, Margaret was less than impressed with the paranormal reports put forward to her by the workmen.
That is…until she witnessed the large cat herself…
Her first encounter with it was in the hallway of the house – squatting on flagstones, just staring at her.
Margaret had no idea how the animal had got into the house, as all the windows and doors had been locked shut.
The most famous paranormal encounter with this cat came from a painter named Tom McAssey. He was working on the house with two of his employees in March 1968…
The Painter’s Tale…
All three of the painters were working inside the same room in the house, when the temperature suddenly dropped to an icy cold level.
Without warning, the door to the room smashed open and a strange hazy figure could be seen in the darkness of the corridor.
Tom thought it was a local lad playing a trick on him, so he shouted that enough was enough, and to come into the room – the painters were not buying it!
To his shock – his request was met with a growling sound.
The three men downed tools and left the room through another door, as Tom looked back, he saw a large hideous black cat with red eyes snarling at him.
After hearing about the painter’s ordeal, Margaret decided to get some religious help in to finally get rid of this phantom cat.
In October 1969, a group of actors that were staying at the Killakee House Art Center got a little adventurous after a few drinks.
They decided to hold their very own seance…which resulted in the Black Cat of Killakee returning to the location!
The cat was bad enough – but their amateur seance session had also managed to raise the spirits of two nuns. These nuns have been spotted on numerous occasions since 1969.
A local medium named Sheila St. Clair was invited to the Killakee property to find out more about these new paranormal visitors. Her sessions led to her believing that the two spirits were linked to a pair of women that had been forced to help out with satanic rituals in the 18th century.
These rituals had apparently been held by a notorious group named The Hell Fire Club.
If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.
In this article we will be taking a look at the life of Daniel Dunglas Home – talented medium or a clever fraud?
Daniel D. Home came from a relatively poor Scottish family made up primarily of eight children, at the tender age of one he was shipped off to live with his aunt and uncle.
Within a few days, his aunt noticed that his cot would sometimes rock with him in it – as if an invisible force was rocking him to sleep…or he was somehow rocking himself to sleep!
There was a long line of self-proclaimed psychics on Home’s mother’s side of the family – had this power been passed on to this young baby boy?
Home’s aunt and uncle eventually decided to emigrate to Connecticut, and they took young Daniel with them.
The strange activity that followed Home as a baby seemed to subside until he was a teenager, when their house began to exhibit typical poltergeist activity.
His aunt eventually realized that this strange poltergeist activity only took place when her nephew was in the house. Enough was enough – she threw him out onto the street to fend for himself.
His First Seance
Out on the streets he was free to follow his psychic calling and began arranging amazing spiritual gatherings. His very first seance saw him successfully contact numerous dead relatives of the attendees and a table danced around the room and could not be stopped by human intervention.
Word of mouth took off almost immediately – who was this powerful new medium and when would he be performing a seance again?
He soon became an instant hit with New England’s upper-classes.
Home was quite clever with his success – he never charged the upper-classes directly, and this resulted in them offering gifts for his seance services.
He made sure that each of his meetings took place in bright daylight or extremely well lit rooms – that way there was no chance of him creating some sort of illusion or trickery.
He quickly became regarded as the ‘real deal’.
Home was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1854 and decided to take his doctor’s advice – to return to Europe for the sake of his worsening health.
He ended up living in London at an exclusive hotel – paid for by one of his wealthy believers.
It wasn’t long before he started performing in more sensational seances – attracting famous characters like Napoleon III and Queen Sophia of the Netherlands.
He suddenly developed the power of levitation, and started to hone in on it’s power for every seance he held. The pinnacle of his career took place during a seance in 1868 when Home levitated out of the building’s window and floated back in through an opposite window!
Home eventually fell to the devastating power of tuberculosis on the 21st of June, 1886. At the time of his death, he had managed to perform at over one and a half thousand seances.
Since his death he has been accused of being a fraud on numerous occasions…there has never been any proof to back these accusations up.
If you have any thoughts or opinions on this famous medium, please leave them in the comment section below.
How much do you know about the supernatural and paranormal activities?
The first step towards ever getting anywhere with the truth behind many mysteries is definitely understanding the paranormal components.
What makes up the weird and the unexplained of human society?
We can begin by defining any paranormal or supernatural phenomena as a mystical manifestation or event that human beings cannot conclusively explain using all our advanced scientific knowledge and natural elements.
These include occurrences like cryptids, superhuman abilities like telekinesis and of course, ghosts and aliens.
The Paranormal Breakdown: A Foundation to the Truth
Care to find out the categories of weird we have in the world…?
It’s the only sensible way to get to the ultimate truth right?
The supernatural world has general reports of all the following mysterious phenomena…
1) Legends and Mythologies
Here you will find well-known fairy-tale creatures the likes of deities (Zeus, Ra, Apollo…), werewolves, mermaids, and demigods like Hercules, blood suckers like Dracula, the bogeyman and even trolls or gargoyles.
All the characters above were used in different societies and cultures across the world as part of their unique folklore to pass teachings and warnings and also try to explain things they could not yet begin to comprehend.
These supernatural characters were developed and preserved over centuries of passed on oral narrations from generations to generations.
2) Demons and Possessions
This falls under a branch of theology known as demonology; which is basically a study into the belief of demons and evil spirits.
Many confuse this with the study of cults but it’s far from it. However, elements of demons and their references can be found throughout all major religions and forms of belief.
Demons can either be benevolent or malevolent but many people tend to associate the name “demon” with the latter. This is because are mostly perceived as wicked and vindictive.
Controversial demonologists like Lorraine Warren have claimed to be able to talk to ghosts and demons.
Famous texts such as the Grimoire of Pope Honorius gave most of the names of demons we know of today as well as their individual functions.
Some of these earlier religious inclined texts have met strong resistance and brushed aside as diabolical and baseless facts.
Ghost hunting groups and individuals on the other hand have stuck to the idea that demons are just pissed off ghosts that decide to act evil…
How many demons can you name in addition to Nybbas, Seraphim, Abaddon, Pharzuph, Gaap, Abdiel, Krampus, or the king of Hell’s comedy, Kobal?
Each demon is believed to control a particular element and have different influences in the material world.
The common belief of course being that these demons are merely the devil’s minions. Some even believe that demons can possess human beings or animals and influence their actions and thoughts.
3) Aliens and UFOs
The question still lingers as to whether earth has had contact with extraterrestrial beings or not.
The existence of life outside our atmosphere has always fascinated us, and efforts are still underway to make the first contact despite there being numerous claims of several UFO sightings and alien contact(s).
Although all these allegations about interactions with beings from other planets and possibly distant galaxies have been questionable, there have been very interesting conspiracies tied to governments such as the New Mexico Roswell UFO crash.
Other unproven stories have described vivid alien abductions that have left us torn between what to believe and not to believe about the alien/UFO controversy.
4) The Metaphysical Element
This falls under a branch of science known as pseudoscience. These are claims and concepts without any scientific legitimacy and which are better referred to as alternative or fringe science.
Some of the phenomena categorized as metaphysical include:
* Telepathy: Communication using brain waves or transmitting thoughts without verbal words.
* Chakras: Any of the 7 spiritual power points in a human being. They are scattered in different locations between the top of the head and somewhere near your mid-section around the pelvis area.
* ESP (6th sense) and Clairvoyance: This is basically the ability to perceive or experience events outside the scope covered by our natural 5 senses.
* Auras: This is the belief that a human being is surrounded by a colorful array of energy fields every now and then. Kind of like the magnetic fields depicted on a magnet.
* Telekinesis: This is where objects can be moved without any physical interference. It is believed the mind has the ability to summon this kind of power in some super-humans or supernatural beings.
* Reincarnation: This is the rebirth of a soul into another body…not necessarily a human body.
* Astrology: This is basically a study into the influences or effects that astral bodies such as planets have on the experiences of human beings. Thus the development of the Zodiac signs, their meanings, and how each is related to certain individuals in terms of influencing life events.
5) The Study of Cryptids or Cryptozoology
This side of the paranormal looks at animals not yet categorized in science; which of course goes to tell you that their existence at any point in the earth’s history is highly contentious.
These are studies about Bigfoot, Pegasus, the Loch Ness monster, Unicorns, Dragons, the goat sucking Chupacabra and many more.
6) Ghosts: Living Spirits of the Dead
Okay, truth be told…this is arguably the beginning of the journey into the paranormal. Stories of souls or human spirits from beyond the light visiting the land of the living go back as far back as death itself!
The fascination with death has driven man to great heights and sometimes to very, very low depths in search of the elusive answer…What happens to a person after death?
Is it all gone?
Is the soul detached from the body and promoted to a higher realm?
And what about these claims of people who died and came back? What did they really see on the other side?
The only way to find out the true answer to this quagmire is simple but a bitter pill to swallow because nobody wants to die…
But wait…it gets even more interesting…parapsychology seems to hold a different theory about ghosts.
Studies in this field tend to bend heavily towards the possibility of communicating with ghosts through mediums.
The twist here is that the theory also suggests that living humans disembodied through astral project can very easily appear to other people as ghosts.
Hauntings: Lingering Paranormal Energies
These paranormal activities are usually connected to certain places. Contrary to what you might have believed, hauntings don’t necessarily have to be connected to ghosts according to TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society)…!
Here’s a breakdown of the kinds of hauntings you can encounter in the paranormal world…
#1 Intelligent Ghost Activity: This is basically where ghosts or unseen entities can be experienced as they struggle to make contact with the land of the living. Think messages written on a misty mirror…
#2 Poltergeist Hauntings: These are violent events such as banging doors or flying objects; total chaos and mayhem from unseen energies.
Poltergeist energies are also believed to attach themselves to individuals and cause unusual drama everywhere these people go.
More contradictory views seem to believe different about the source of poltergeists.
Parapsychologist view of the poltergeist suggest that this is the work of an oblivious living human being who in some unknown way manages to summon up and manifest some sort of psychokinetic energy.
But, why the violence and the terrifying events?
#3 Residual Haunting: This is more like “déjà vu haunting”…okay, think living through an episode of the TV series Day Break…the same event occurring over and over again at certain intervals.
Parting Shot: Searching for the Truth
The truth can only be established when we move from the known to the unknown…Working with the few paranormal facts we have brings us closer to understanding the paranormal and what goes on in realms we can’t see or we can scarcely fathom.
Hope this small guide helps you move closer to your own truth… keep the faith and have fun sharing experiences from the paranormal or supernatural world.
Harry Price was a man who stood out as a truth seeker. As a researcher of psychic phenomena and a respected author, he pursued his investigations with passion, and is regarded today as a man who was not afraid to be criticized.
During his lifetime he wrote many books and papers on the subject of the paranormal, conducted scientific investigations and helped to publicly expose many fake mediums and paranormal hoaxers.
A Man of Many Interests
During his younger years Harry Price was a man with many varied interests, such as coin collecting, archaeology and space-telegraphy but the most fascinating was his interest in stage magic and conjuring.
He was a skilled amateur conjurer, noted for his expertise in sleight of hand.
It was this skill together with his thirst for the truth, that set him on the path to becoming a notable and famous paranormal investigator.
In a time where spiritualists, spirit photographers and mediums were extremely popular and almost unquestioned, Harry Price set out to authenticate their claims.
Although most of his work and investigations resulted in the mediums being exposed as frauds, Harry Price did actually endorse some of spiritualists he investigated.
His knowledge as a magician helped him to set up credible tests to investigate these practitioners’ paranormal claims.
While his work was revered by some, it made him very unpopular with others.
One of his noteworthy critics was Arthur Conan Doyle who insisted that Price wrote “sewage” about mediums, and together with his friends tried to keep Price’s papers out of circulation for many years.
Although Price was a member of the Society for Psychical Research, they also became one of the biggest criticizers of his work as he continued to expose fake mediums and disprove phenomena such as ectoplasm.
The Society for Psychical Research disapproved with Prices’ practice of paying mediums to test them, and also with his opinion on the meduimship of the spiritualist Rudi Schneider.
In 1926 Harry Price formed an organization called the National Laboratory of Psychical Research to act as a rival to the Society for Psychical Research.
Price used a variety of methods to observe and test the claims of spiritualists.
These included analysis of so-called “ectoplasms” by some mediums, which were shown to actually be the regurgitation of materials such as chewed paper, egg whites and cheesecloth.
In the case of William Hope, Price secretly marked his photographic plates and gave him other plates that had a distinct etching.
When Hope produced his photographic spirit images, Price was able to prove that they were a hoax, as they did not display the etching nor the secret marks.
In the infamous case of Rudi Schneider, Price used photography himself to prove that Schneider’s claims of levitation were merely created by sleight of hand.
Price was able to discredit the meduimship of George Valiantine, who claimed that he had contacted the spirit of Italian-speaking composer Luigi Arditi.
Price studiously recorded all the phases that were credited to the composer, and on investigation he found them to be exact matches to segments in an Italian phrase-book.
A True Believer
But Harry Price did not believe that all of his encounters with the paranormal had scientific explanations.
He wrote about one such experience that he had during a private séance. A woman named Kathleen Goldney is said to have encountered Price the morning after this séance occurred, and reported that he seemed visibly shaken.
During this session Price wrote that he had applied starch powder to the floor, locked the door and taped the windows of the room in which the séance took place.
At some stage during the séance a young girl, who called herself Rosalie, had appeared in a lifelike form.
Price reported having spoken with the girl and being able to touch her.
While he was suspicious during the encounter, he found that once the séance was over none of the seals had been disturbed and there was no evidence in the starch powder that any human being had moved over the floor.
Although the Society for Psychical Research attempted to discredit him, Price was convinced that this was a true paranormal encounter.
Although his work uncovered many mediums and spiritualists as nothing more than hoaxers, Harry Price was a true pioneer in the field of psychic investigation.
The legacy he left is one that reminds that while we can, and should, believe in the paranormal we must always be weary of those who seek only to fool us.
Most of us try to avoid the thought that in the afterlife we may be destined for a place down-under. There are some unfortunate people walking among us though, people who have seen hell.
If we have learned anything from Dante Alighieri and the tale of his decent into the depths of hell, experiencing the eternal torment of malevolent entities gleaning pleasure from human abasement is not something many want to experience.
For those unfortunate individuals who claim to have sojourned into the inferno our worst nightmares have become their experience, their reality…
The Other Side
Nearly all of us have heard of near death experiences. When we hear the stories of those who have had a near death experience we hear a lot of talk about light and peace, but what about the other side of the other-side?
There are some woeful people among us who have had the displeasure of standing face to face with the devil and taking a frightful trip through the pit.
Angie Fenimore, a woman who attempted suicide years ago, had such an experience. The website “Cracked” conducted an interview with Fenimore and in it she alleges that when she was momentarily pronounced clinically dead she experienced a flashback of the events of her life.
However, instead of the light we so often hear about, she was encompassed in complete darkness.
According to Angie, she was able to communicate with other souls that were aimlessly wandering the darkness and was then placed in what she could only describe as a field of wandering souls.
One young lady, a girl of only fifteen claims that she too has had visions of hell. Jennifer Perez claims in an article on the website “Devine Revelations” that when she made her journey into the afterlife she was confronted by a great wall and was set in front of God and the angels.
In her testimony, the angel escorted her on a dark path in which she could see souls being tormented by demonic entities.
Her tale of the journey into hell ended with the angel Gabriel telling her that God was going to give her another chance at life.
Jennifer gladly accepted that chance and has been trying to live her life to the best of her abilities, trying at all cost to evade damnation again.
Matthew Botsoford, in comparison to the other claims, actually testified that he experienced the torture himself.
After being shot and pronounced clinically dead three times he had the uncut tour, full hell experience.
According to Matthew, he was shackled over the top of a burning pit containing a demonic figure. The smoke that billowed out of the pit contained the souls of those who had been condemned.
He explains that though he was isolated, he could hear the agonizing cries from other souls that were damned to an eternity of pain and torture.
In his testimony the demonic figures would approach him and pull the flesh from his bones and with each bite would slowly eat away at his body.
When there was no more flesh to be taken a whole new layer of flesh grew back to repeat the experience over and over.
Much of the assertions of these men and women are similar to other stories of people who have ventured the highway to hell and made it back to tell the world about it.
One woman has claimed that she experienced a journey similar to that of Dante in that she claims to have been witness to both heaven and hell.
Mary Baxter states that one night during her regular prayer routine, a blinding light entered the room. That light, according to Baxter, was Jesus Christ himself.
Her testimony is that Jesus took her on a tour of hell for three hours every night for a total of ten nights. Baxter has claimed that hell is physically located at the center of the earth, and that it is shaped like a human lying down.
She, like the others, saw demons that were mocking her in agitation, and in addition she smelled raw sewage and felt the heat of the flames burning against her skin.
Interestingly, Baxter explains that in her vision of hell, again somewhat parallel to Dante, like were grouped with like.
By this I mean murderers were grouped with murderers etc. The type of punishment issued was dependent on the type of sin committed.
She also claims to have ascended the stairway to heaven and witnessed angels of great height, though her experiences of heaven are not as greatly detailed as her time in hell.
Many have denounced Baxter as a “witch” or a false-prophet for claiming to experience such events with a guided tour by the big man Himself.
The stories of people who have seen hell are captivating because as humans we are naturally drawn to learning about what lies ahead of us beyond this lifetime.
In our own fear and self-doubt we try to uncover what hell is and hope that the pit is not our next destination. We are wired to want to know what lies ahead, it has been so since the time humans could communicate and pontificate about the world and universe beyond it.
I leave it to your discretion to decide if you believe the testimonies of the people who claim to have been to hell up.
One thing that we can all agree on is that we don’t want to ever be making our way across the river Styx, and Dante’s Inferno is probably the closest most of us wants to get.
Mention room 428 in Ohio University to any alumni or current resident of Wilson Hall dormitory; you’re guaranteed a ghost story.
Ohio University is considered one of the most haunted schools in the world.
Built only one year after Ohio established statehood, Ohio University’s walls have witnessed plenty of tragedy.
It all started in the 1970’s when a student lost their life. Accounts differ when it comes to the gender of the student, but sources agree on the unexpected or unusual nature of the death.
Some time after that, however, a female student lived in the dorm. Those who knew the woman claimed that she studied the occult. She allegedly used the energy of the room to speak with the dead.
Forgotten over the course of decades, her name does not seem to be known. Yet, nearly every story about this woman ends in her grisly death.
It is said that she drew on the power of the room one night. She wanted to astral project or speak with the dead, but somehow this resulted in her violent and bloody death. Some stories say that she slit her wrists. However, this is not a widely circulated claim.
An Array of Supernatural Phenomenon
After the first death in the 1970’s, students experienced an array of supernatural phenomenon. Frequently, students occupying the room alone would hear footsteps.
Other times, objects would fly across the room and shatter against the walls. And still other accounts claim to have seen the ghost of the ill-fated occult follower.
But why did the first death in Room 428 occur at all?
It is interesting to note that Wilson Hall sits in the center of five prominent cemeteries. When these sites are connected with a marker on a map, they form a pentagram.
A pentagram is not an inherently evil symbol. It symbolizes the five elements or the God and Goddess of the Wicca religion. It’s considered a talisman of strength or protection from which one may draw or amplify energy.
To be located in the center of a pentagram, as is the case with Wilson Hall, is a potent sign that the site is one of great importance. In the occult, it is similar to a building that resides upon crossing ley lines.
Another fascinating theory for the paranormal activity in Room 428: Wilson Hall rests on a cemetery. Sources differ on whether this cemetery held the corpses of Native Americans or those of the Athens Mental Institute.
Regardless, everyone seems to agree that the dorm is directly atop a graveyard.
On January 9th, 1874, the Mental Medical Center (then called the Athens Lunatic Asylum) first opened its doors. All was as well as it could be in a mental ward at that time.
For many years, the patients of the institute enjoyed a peaceful atmosphere complete with fountains and gardens.
As the asylum gradually became overran with patients, the quality of the institution plummeted into the dark ages. The doctors and staff grew cold and temperamental with their charges.
Difficult or unruly patients were punished with icy cold dunks in tubs of water; electroshock therapies became the norm.
The most wild or unmanageable patients underwent a procedure called a lobotomy, permanently destroying their already broken or misfiring minds.
All of these phenomena are said to contribute to the mysterious death of the unknown student of Room 428 in Ohio University back in the 1970’s.
Several spiritualist experts have conducted investigations of the area. They determined that the geographical layout surrounding Ohio University (such as the outlying valleys, peaks, and mountains) served to conduct spiritual energy.
The state of Ohio in general is known to be an epicenter of paranormal activity and hauntings, actually.
Today, Room 428 in Ohio University is sealed off from students. This happened shortly after the death of the woman who practiced the occult.
However, the door of the room is said to depict the face of a demon, even after the entire thing is replaced. The students currently residing in Wilson Hall are curious, as expected.
Some confess that, as Halloween approaches, their RA’s allow them to “tour” the room. And when they open the door and step into Room 428, each student unanimously reports…
…a couple of dead birds. Oh, well. There’s still the constant complaints of someone walking around in the room from those living in the adjacent dorms!