The Joshua Ward House Ghost

The Joshua Ward House Ghost

In this article we will be taking a look at the image of the Joshua Ward House ghost, captured on a Polaroid at Christmas 1981.

Is this the image of a ghost witch?

Let’s take a closer look…

Joshua Ward House Salem

Carlson Realty purchased a historic house in Salem, Massachusetts, back in 1981 with the view to converting it into a new business area for their company.

As Christmas approached, an overly-enthusiastic employee decided to take a few images of the location and it’s workers – to hang on the upcoming Christmas wreath.

When all of the Polaroids finished processing the employee sat down to go through them all…and one of them stood out…immediately.

Joshua Ward House Salem

It was a photo of one of the female company workers – but it had somehow switched framing to show someone, or something else.

The original snap was just a head and shoulders shot – but this new image showed the whole figure of a much thinner woman in an old fashioned black dress, with mad hair flying all over the place!

The Witch

The Carlson Realty employees could not explain the strange image that had appeared in that photograph.

Within a few months numerous paranormal publications had got hold of it and started to publish it in various books. Before long it became known as ‘The Witch’.

The Joshua Ward House was one of the earliest properties in Salem and was put together by merchant sea captain Joshua Ward (sometime in the 1780’s).

The Witch

However before the three leveled brick building came to be built, a much more sinister property stood on it’s land…

This was the house of a man named George Corwin – the guy that signed the warrants of the suspects in the Salem Witch Trials.

Many locals believe that Corwin’s soul is trapped in that area of land with a witch he sentenced to death…left there with him to torment his soul for evermore…


The most believable explanation for this photograph is that it was a slightly blurred effect of the female employee, with a wreath behind her head (acting as the mad hair in the image).

But those involved with the Carlson Realty setup claim that this is not the case.

Another theory involves a woman spotted in town that day, who looked a lot like an old fashioned witch – did she somehow wander into the Carlson Realty offices and ended up being snapped by accident?

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Joshua Ward House ghost, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Betty Andreasson Alien Abduction

The Betty Andreasson Alien Abduction

In this article we will be taking a look at the Betty Andreasson alien abduction case from January the 25th, 1967, in the town of South Ashburnham, Massachusetts…

The Light

Betty was clearing up the kitchen around 6:30 PM on the night of January the 25th, 1967. The rest of her family were sitting waiting for her in the living room area of the house.

All of a sudden, the light in the kitchen started to flicker on and off, and a strange red light beamed in from somewhere outside the kitchen window.

She heard her children panicking in the living room and ran in to help her parents calm them down.

The Aliens

Betty informed her father about the red light in the kitchen, and then began calming down the kids. Her father went to investigate.

When he got to the kitchen window he was amazed to see five strange creatures heading toward their house in a hopping motion.

The creatures then somehow walked straight through the wooden kitchen door and into the house. The family members were then put in a powerful trance.

Five strange creatures heading toward their house

Telepathic Conversations

The ‘head’ creature, or ‘leader’, seemed to be about a foot taller than the other visitors in the group. He began to engage in a telepathic conversation with Betty.

The group of aliens were later described as being around the five-feet tall mark, with wide eyes, small ears, and noses, set in a pear-shaped head.

Their mouths seemed to be tiny slits underneath their noses – but they were too small to be used for speech/communication. They instead communicated with their minds.

We Come in Peace

The group also wore pale blue overalls with over-sized belts – they bore a logo of a bird on their sleeves.

They did not walk through the house, but glide in a floating motion.

We Come in Peace

The aliens could see that Betty was becoming a little distressed by her children being held in suspended animation.

They opted to release her 11-year-old daughter from the trance to assure her that no harm was going to be done to her family, to relax.


The aliens eventually moved Betty to their waiting vessel, on the hill outside her house. It was apparently about 20 feet in diameter and shaped like a saucer.

The Aliens

Once inside the UFO, it took off into the sky and landed inside a waiting mother-ship.

She was then subjected to a series of strange medical tests that she estimated lasted for at least four hours. She was then returned to her house by two of the alien visitors.

Betty’s Partial Memory

One of the aliens had been left behind to keep an eye on the remainder of the family in their suspended state. As soon as Betty was reunited the trance was lifted, and the visitors left.

Betty had been put through some sort of hypnotized process to erase memories of her abduction…but for some reason it didn’t work as it should…and she remembered various aspects of this strange abduction.

She was eventually investigated by a team of dedicated ufologists who came to the conclusion that Betty and her family were sane individuals, believing in their experience as presented

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The Longfellow Wayside Inn Ghost

The Longfellow Wayside Inn Ghost

If you’re looking for a juicy and genuine ghost story, then the countryside of Sudbury, Massachusetts is where you should be headed next; 72 Wayside Inn Road to be more precise…because that is where you’ll find the legend of the Longfellow Wayside Inn ghost.

The Longfellow’s Wayside Inn which is currently owned and managed by the Ford Foundation Trust wasn’t always known by that name.

In fact, the first structure was built over three decades ago by David Howe in 1707. It was a 2 roomed house with an upstairs bedroom constructed on an ancient Indian settlement for his wife and their first of 7 children.

The Howe’s were well-known inn keepers but it wasn’t until 9 years later in 1716 that David was licensed to run an inn in the premises.

It operated under the name Howe’s Inn when it opened its doors to the public as an entertainment spot. From there the family business was handed down through 4 generations until sometime in 1830 when the last of the Howe’s by the name of Lyman inherited the inn but sadly died without an heir to take up on the business.

Although the Ford Trust has carried out a few renovations on the property, careful consideration was made to preserve much of the original style and decorum. The inn currently doubles up as a museum.

However, maybe it’s important to note here that the original Howe’s Inn had undergone at least seven additions throughout the 4 generations it was passed down to family members.

By the time Lyman was the boss, the simple house had transformed to full tavern and inn with more additional rooms and a downstairs bar plus the parlor that was formerly an added 2-story family quarters.

Short Chronological History

1707 – David Howe builds the original home for his young family

1716 – The Howe’s are allowed to run a public entertainment house under the name Howe’s Inn

Late 1740’s – David’s son, Colonel Ezekiel takes over the business and renames it to “the Red Horse”. He carries out his own renovations adding more rooms which include a ballroom that also acted as the reception. Colonel Ezekiel also used the inn as a meeting for the militia during the Civil War.

1793 – Ezekiel’s son Adam takes over control and builds more additional rooms and a kitchen.

1830 – Adam passes ownership to Lyman his son who ended the Howe’s reign by dying single without a child. However, one of the most notable events during Lyman’s tenure as the boss has to be the time when a writer by the name of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow stayed at the inn in 1862 to get over the death of his wife as well as the writer’s block he was experiencing. Henry was successful with the book titled Tales of a Wayside Inn which he completed a year later in 1863.

1897 – A wealthy merchant named Edward Lemon buys the unused property from the Howe’s and renames it from the Red Horse to its current name, The Longfellow’s Wayside Inn. Edward also remodels the place to include an art gallery where most of his prized art collections were displayed.

1923 – Edward’s wife Cora sells the building to Henry Ford after Edward dies. It is Henry Ford who renovates the inn to what it is today.

1923 to date – the inn/museum is still under the Ford Trust.

So, where did the haunting and ghost stories begin?

The Unknown Jerusha Howe Becomes Famous in the Afterlife

Nobody knows for sure when Jerusha lived at the family property, but one thing is now very clear, she has never left!

As a matter of fact, witnesses and members of the “Secret Drawer Society” have drafted small notes recording their ordeals and encounters with Jerusha’s ghost and stuck them in drawers or other crevices all over the inn since the early 1900’s.

But why is Jerusha’s ghost still at the inn?

Well, historical accounts say that Jerusha was once in love with a Brit who promised to marry her upon his return to the US after a short trip back home in Britain.

Again, nobody knows what happened to the poor chap but he never showed up…but Jerusha was ready to wait.

And wait she did, she kept attending to her chores and playing her music from the piano for years until she also died single and miserable in her old age.

Some people speculate that the guy was a Casanova and that he had a family in Britain – that’s why he never came back.

Anyway, a few centuries later, and Jerusha still hangs on to the idea of love finding her at the inn even after death.

Visitors at the inn speak of an unseen presence that wears a citrus-scented perfume and also enjoys caressing men fondly.

Some men have claimed that she joined them in bed while some report receiving warm hugs or seeing strange lights.

All this happens in two rooms on the second floor; No. 9 and No.4, where her former living quarters are rumored to have been located.

Jerusha’s ghost can also be heard walking up and down the twisting stairway leading to the upper rooms.

More witness accounts have reported hearing music coming from the empty building after everyone has left. Apparently the Copenhagen Waltz is her favorite tune.

Is There Any Solid Proof of this Haunting?

The only evidence confirming the haunting is from the countless notes stashed all over the inn by eye witnesses.

Victoria Shearer (writer/artist) is one of the known witnesses to ever experience Jerusha’s presence. She was treated to some amazing ghost light show while staying in room 4 at the inn.

So, is the Longfellow Wayside Inn ghost story real?

Well, you can make your way to Sudbury, Massachusetts and find out…the numerous ghost notes scattered within the inn’s walls are a good way to start your investigations.

Remember, mysteries are only solved as you move from the known, to the unknown.

FYI: There are claims of two more unknown apparitions currently residing in the inn with Jerusha but that has not been conclusively ascertained.

What do you think?

Do you have any proof of the existence of the other two ghostly residents at the Longfellow’s Wayside Inn?