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A Story of Betrayal, Death and a Haunting

The University of Toronto plays host to quite an interesting tale concerning one of the resident spirits. It is a tale of love, deceit, betrayal, murder and mystery.

A drunken chat with a mysterious stranger telling a fanciful story, one that proved possible, after the university was gutted by fire and flame...
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An Australian Poltergeist

In 1921 a series of disturbances began at the Bowen residence located just outside of Guyra, New South Wales, Australia. The disturbances took the form of knockings, rappings, falling rocks and smashed windows.

All activity seemed to take place in the vicinity of twelve year old Minnie Bowen who would become the scorn of the local community.
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Beelitz Heilstatten

Originally designed as a sanatorium to accommodate the escalating numbers of tuberculosis patients, Beelitz-Heilstätten was then used as a military hospital for the Imperial German Army, and then the Soviet Army.

Later, a hunting ground for at least two killers, the abandoned structures slowly falling into ruin, are now said to be haunted.
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Boggo Road Gaol

Boggo Road Gaol (Brisbane Prison) lays the claim of being home to many ghosts - both former prisoners and a warden/guard.

With more than a few executions having taken place within its walls (at least one not going to plan) there is certainly a history of darkness and death.
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Brisbane City Hall

Once the tallest building in the city of Brisbane, Australia, the Brisbane City Hall has seen a few deaths - people plummeting from the clock tower due to accidents and otherwise.

With a claim to being haunted, recent renovations saw the building become more active than normal.
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Dark Shadows of Carey Mansion

For people who were fans of the 1960's television series "Dark Shadows", you will likely recognise this mansion. Now known as the 'Carey Mansion', this French renaissance chateau was once used for the external scences and shots of 'Collinwood'.

The Carey Mansion has its own interesting history, with ghosts and more than a few dark shadows of its own. Unfortunately, the experiences do not come with a two hundred year old vampire.
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Dead Children's Playground

In Huntsville, Alabama, adjacent to Maple Hills Cemetery is Maple Hills Park. Within this beautiful location can be found a small play area known locally as the 'Dead Children's Playground'.

It is believed that at night the children buried in the nearby cemetery claim the park for their play.
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Dead Man's Pass

'Dead Man's Pass' is the rather ominous sounding name of the reserve that runs along side the South Para River in Gawler, South Australia.

With reports of shadow people, whispy apparitions and people being touched as they walk the scenic trails - is it all in the name?
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Donaldina Cameron House

This building was once a place where many Chinese women - those sold into the sex trade and servitude - could be given a chance at a better life.

Unfortunately, tragedy struck when a fire broke out and those women who perished in the basement are said to still linger within.
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Dragsholm Castle

Dragsholm Castle in Zealand, Denmark, was once the strongest castle in the region, being the only one to survive the wars of the 'Counts Feud'.

It is home to at least three ghosts, each with an interesting and sometimes tragic history. One such story was uncovered, literally, during renovations.
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Entally Estate

Entally House, on the Entally Estate, was built in 1819. Named after a suburb in Kolkata, this building is home to a rather interesting ghost.

A turbaned Indian man has appeared on the staircase, and on at least one occasion, sent a witness to New Norfolk Asylum.
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Estcourt House

"Thinking it was other living people, they decided to leave, but on passing by these areas they noticed something strange – the entry they used to get in was now closed and the bolt had been slid shut... from the inside."

A strange encounter in this beautiful old house.
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Fannie Bay Gaol

Fannie Bay Gaol was built to deal with the ways that prisoners were housed and dealt with in the Northern Territory.

The ghost stories began after the 1952 execution (from gallows built in the infirmary) of Jerry Coci and Jonus Novotny, who had murdered a taxi driver.
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Fear of Ghosts Close Schools in India

July 2007 a High School in Kusumgram, a small village 150kms outside of Kolkata closed due to fear of a local evil spirit. Toiba High School is adjacent to an old run down house in which the owner had died in the 1960's. The building is now said to be haunted.

After several girls of Toiba High School fainted in quick succession, it was feared the spirit had cast a spell on them. Parents soon stopped their children from attending classes and the Headmaster declared the school shut for several days.
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Fremantle Arts Centre

The Fremantle Arts Centre is considered one of the most haunted locations in Western Australia.

Originally built as a psychiatric hospital - Fremantle Lunatic Asylum - it has seen much overcrowding, abuse and death.

The activity currently experienced likely comes from that history.
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Fremantle Prison - The Limestone Lodge

Fremantle Prison was home to some of Australia's most notorious criminals, before it closed its doors in 1991. It has since become a popular haunt for those looking at experiencing the paranormal, and is quite well known for the dark, shadowy figures that call the now empty cell blocks home.
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Garth Homestead - Misery and Death

Garth Homestead, in the Fingal Valley, Tasmania, is known not for the fear it puts into those who visit after dark, but rather the terror. It is a rare occasion indeed, for a paranormal investigator to last a full night.

From a rejected mans suicide, to a drowned girl and her nanny, Garth has it all. It is unlived in, as those who have tried have never lasted long, always leaving due to the otherworldly inhabitants that do not like to be disturbed.
Who could the spirits be that reside in the ruins?
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Ghosts of Government House

Government House, Adelaide, South Australia, is said to be haunted. Several previous Governor's of South Australia wanted as little to do with the building as possible.

Is the spirit that of a previous Governor, an unidentified person found dying on the property, or someone else?
The bodies of several executed criminals lay near the house. Could it be one of those who are said to haunt the property?
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Ghosts of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens

In 1852 the Adelaide Lunatic Asylum opened its doors. Built on land overlooking the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, the asylum served its intended purpose for fifty years, before patients were moved to the new Parkside Lunatic Asylum. Do any of the past patients still call the location home?
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Ghosts of the Cowra Breakout

August 5, 1944, at least 1104 Japanese prisoners of war attempted to escape from a prisoner of war camp near Cowra, New South Wales, Australia, in the single largest and bloodiest breakout of World War II.

The war is long over but many believe ghosts remain from this event.
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Ghosts of the Mermaid Inn

When it comes to haunted accommodation, The Mermaid Inn should be on your list of places to stay.

With nearly 900 years of history including duels, smugglers, crooked gangs and murder most foul, it is little wonder that this stunning relic, of ages gone by, has more than a few resident ghosts.
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Ghosts of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

In the afternoon of March 25th, 1911, the upper three floors of the Asch Building in New York was ablaze. The fire would claim the lives of 146 workers of the Triangle Waistcoat Factory.

Now refurbished and renamed the building sees remnants of the past played out before people's eyes.
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Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital

Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital in Gwangju, South Korea, is considered one of the countries most haunted locations.

Legends persist of mysterious patient deaths being the cause of the hospitals sudden closure in the 1990's, their tortured souls lingering on in this creepy, abandoned facility.
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Greenbrier Ghost

In 1897, Elva Zona Shue was found dead in her Greenbrier County, West Virginia, home. The initial report ruled the cause of death as an unfortunate happening but nothing sinister.

However, four weeks after her death, Zona appeared to her mother in a series of dreams and told a story of murder.
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Greenvale Sanatorium

This building stood until quite recently (now demolished) and was a far cry from the original facility, built in the early 1900's, for the treatment of people with tuberculosis.

Later it became a home for the elderly before it closed its doors and became a playground for urban explorers.
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Halcyon Hall of Bennett College

Sometimes an empty building looks so creepy that it begs to be explored. Halcyon Hall of Bennett College is one such building, and with its vast size and deteriorated look it has become somewhat of a poster child for haunted places.

What is its history and is it haunted?
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Hammersmith Ghost

In the early 1800's, Hammersmith, London, was terrorised by a ghost that was haunting the local churchyard, the surrounding lane-ways and roads.

The fear was so great that armed citizens started patrolling the area, that is until someone shot what they thought to be the ghost...
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Haunted Her Majesty's Theatre

Her Majesty's Theatre had its resident spooks. Jon English witnessed one ghost as he played the part of 'Judas' in 'Jesus Christ Superstar'.

Unfortunately, what was once considered the most haunted theatre in Australia, is now gone. Sold and demolished, a hotel and shopping centre now stand in its place.

However, patrons and staff of a bar, which was built on the land the theatre once stood, have experienced some strange events...
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Haunted House of Montpelier Hill

Built in 1725, as a hunting lodge for the then Irish Speaker of the House of Commons, many say this building was damned from the start.

It soon became a meeting house for the Irish Hell Fire Club, and it is believed that these men committed many depraved acts within its walls.
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Haunting at Clifton Hall

Cries in the night, apparitions taking on the forms of the living and random blood stains are just some of the paranormal events said to have taken place at Clifton Hall.

One owner and his family fled the property soon after purchasing it, the unseen residents wanting them to leave.
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Machattie Park - Screams in the Dark

When Machattie Park officially opened in 1890, it was celebrated, as it symbolised the closing of one of Bathurst's more unsightly pieces of history. Still, a part of that dark history remains, as piercing shrieks are heard, ringing out in the night. It seems the past continues to echo, even to this day.
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Manila Film Center

The Manila Film Center in Pasay City, Philippines, was built to host the 1st Manila International Film Festival.

During construction on November 17, 1981, tragedy struck. Nearly two hundred workers fell into wet cement when scaffolding collapsed, causing many to drown and be encased as it dried.
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Mount Lawley Golf Club

Orbs on the fairway, apparitions in the rough and 'creepiness' felt on the green; have all been experienced at Mount Lawley Golf Club, Western Australia. Hole 11, 'Clooties Elbow', is where the activity takes place.

Are the experiences a manifestation of the spirit of a man, found there in 1930?
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National Library of India

Located in the scenic Belvedere Estate, in Kolkata, the National Library of India has a reputation of being one of the most haunted locations in the city.

Most people will experience disembodied footsteps but it is the long time staff and caretakers who have seen the mysterious apparitions.
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Oakabella Homestead

There are many stories of people dreaming or having a vision of a location before they ever set eyes on it.

For the owner of Oakabella Homestead this especially rang true as she literally purchased her dream home - a home full of history and the spirits of those passed.
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Old Changi Hospital

Widely regarded as one of the world's most haunted locations, Old Changi Hospital has seen a lot of death and cruelty within its walls.

Built in 1935 as the Royal Air Force Hospital, it was later used as a prisoner camp and torture chamber during the Japanese occupation of Singapore.
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Penitentiary Chapel

Built in the early 1830's, Penitentiary Chapel served as a chapel for the growing convict population in Hobart Town.

Below the chapels floors were 36 solitary confinement cells - the cries of the detained convicts within could be heard coming up from below, disrupting services.
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Perth Girls Orphanage

It is said that cleaners and other night time staff have suddenly requested a transfer or resigned from their jobs after a night shift in this building.

A suggested reason for this is that they may have come across one of the ghosts of this once girls orphanage...
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Picton Mushroom Tunnel

Picton Mushroom Tunnel, also known simply as 'The Tunnel', is quite the renowned location for paranormal happenings. Located just outside of Picton, NSW, Australia, the tunnel has seen its share of suicide, murder and accidental death.

Many of those who visit there tell of strange lights, cold spots, disembodied voices and dark figures. The most frightening phenomena is said to be the 'lady in white', who instills a feeling of terror into those she reveals herself too.
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Port Arthur Penal Settlement

Port Arthur, once a convict settlement, is now a tourist attraction and one of Australia's most haunted locations.

Incorporating a prison, asylum, hospital and cemetery amongst others, it has stories filled with pain and despair, along with the hauntings that go with them.
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Richmond (Bigges) Bridge

For well over a century a ghostly figure has been reported on this bridge.

It is thought that ghost is none other than George Grover, the head of a convict road gang and quite a cruel one at that.

In March 1832 his broken body was found below this bridge... a victim of murder.
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St Helena Island - Queenslands Inferno

St Helena Island, located in Moreton Bay, Queensland, received its name when a prisoner, by the name of Napoleon, was exiled there in 1826. However, this is not the island, nor the Napolean, that you might think; rather, the little known story of one of Australia's more fascinating gaol ruins.
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The Bell Witch

In the early 1800's, a family in Tennessee were tormented by a malicious spirit. News of the 'Bell Witch' spread like wildfire, and people travelled from all over to witness the events.

Several generations of the Bell family were haunted by the witch, who took responsibility for one of their deaths.
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The Bodies Under Queen Victoria Markets

For more than 130 years businesses and residents have enjoyed the produce and atmosphere at the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne, Australia. However, at times, people experience the strange, as ghostly images and sounds are reported.

Who is haunting the markets?
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The Bushranger Hotel

The Bushranger Hotel was built in 1860 as Kimberley's Commercial Hotel. It was one of the five original inns built in Collector, to serve the many people travelling to and from the Kiandra Goldfields.

Although the Goldfield days were quite rough and tumble, it was not until January 26, 1865, when bushranger Ben Hall and his gang entered Collector, that it would be put on the map. It was Constable Nelson and teenaged bushranger John Dunn who would make history that day.
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The Coventry Spectre

Taken during prayer at a 1985 dinner event for the Coventry Freemen organisation, many believe this photograph captures the monk who is one of several ghosts said to haunt the location. No one remembers anyone standing there at the time...

Fact or Fiction? You Decide!
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The Ghost of Ginninderra Creek / Drive

Those who travel along Ginninderra Drive, Charnwood, ACT, in the early hours of the morning may come across the local ghost.

Many have seen a man or woman, walking along the road, only to have the person stumble and disappear in front of their car or vanish in the rear vision mirror.
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The Ghost That Saved The Theatre Royal

June, 1984, the Theatre Royal was nearly destroyed when a fire burned up much of the stage and auditorium. The damage would have been a lot worse had the fire curtain not been mysteriously deployed.

Was the Theatre Royal resident ghost 'Fred' the saviour of the building that night?
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The Ghosts of Parliament House

Shadowy figures, disembodied footsteps and a tap on the shoulder by an unseen person have all been reported at Sydney’s Parliament House.

Those who have looked into the buildings past mostly agree that the activity stems from when the building was a hospital, the morgue still located underground.
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The Gray Man of Pawleys Island

Pawleys Island, South Carolina, is home to quite a famous ghost - the 'Gray Man' who appears just before massive storms hit to warn those who see him of the impending disaster.

Those who heed the warning survive, as do their homes...

Who is this 'Gray Man' of Pawleys Island?
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The Haunting of Hotel del Coronado

Once the largest resort hotel in the world, the Hotel del Coronado, opened in 1888, hosted the who's who of the world's elite, as well as being the playground for Hollywood stars.

However in 1892, the body of a woman was discovered, with a gunshot wound to the head. It was later found out that the woman had used a fake name on check in and had no personal possessions in her room.

Who was she and does she still haunt the Hotel del Coronado?
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The Haunting of Jay's Grave

Out in the country side of south-west England, near the town of Manaton, Devon, can be found a lonely grave. The grave belongs to a woman named Jay. It sits in unconsecrated ground, at the intersection of a road and a lane - the burial of a suicide victim.

What is the story of Jay's Grave?
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The Highland Towers Collapse

On 11 December, 1993, Block 1 of the Highland Towers apartments in Malaysia collapsed after ten days of rain and flooding caused a landslide.

48 people lost their lives, but it is said not all rest in peace, as their spirits have been seen about the ruins in the jungle that now reclaims the land.
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The History of Zombie Road

Zombie Road has quite a reputation as a place where shadowy figures and other non human entities have long been reported.

Gregory Myers of the Paranormal Task Force presents this piece on the history and deaths of one of the most haunted locations in the United States.
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The Horror of 50 Berkeley Square

Number 50 Berkeley Square is also known as 'the most haunted house in London'.

It is the home of the 'Nameless Horror', a brown, shapeless yet tendrilled mass, said to be capable of frightening those who see it to madness and even death.
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The Joelma Building - A Haunted Tragedy

1 February 1975: Sao Paulo, Brazil wakes up to tragedy - one of its highrise buildings is a towering inferno. Of the 756 occupants in the building, more than half were injured, with 179 fatalities.

Was the land itself cursed with murder and suicide, like many said?
What is 'the mystery of the 13 souls'?
What of the reports of hauntings which still exist throughout the building today?
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The Joker Ghost of Luna Park

Luna Park in St Kilda, Melbourne, is the first of the four Luna Parks built across Australia. Opened in 1912, it only took a few decades before stories of a resident ghost began to circulate.

Known as the 'Joker Ghost', this mischievous prankster had a habit of terrifying people on the rollercoaster, and appearing suddenly in the Ferris Wheel cages. But all too suddenly the appearances stopped.

Who was this 'Joker Ghost'?
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The LaLaurie House

The LaLaurie Mansion is often cited as one of the most haunted buildings in New Orleans, Louisiana.

With a frightfully grim and macabre history painted by the torturous murders that took place with in its walls, it is little wonder this building has seen so many owners come and go.
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The Most Haunted Road in Scotland

Strange animals, people running out in front of cars to suddenly disappear, an eyeless man on crutches... these are just some of the experiences that terrify people travelling along the A75 Kinmount Straight.

This reputation gave rise to its nickname 'The Ghost Road'.
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The Mount Mulligan Mine Disaster

On 19 September, 1921, the Mount Mulligan coal mine exploded, killing seventy five underground workers.

The reason for the disaster was officially deemed as carelessness, both by workers and the operators, but many believed it to be a curse or a vengeful spirits doing.
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The Mt Kembla Mine Disaster

On 31st July, 1902, the coal mine at Mount Kembla exploded when gas and coal dust was accidentally ignited. The mine was afterwards said to be haunted by the ghost of the one miner whose body was never recovered.

When the mine was closed for good the ghost took up a new residence.
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The Myrtles Plantation

Many consider Myrtles Plantation to be one of America's most haunted homes. Once you have read about the history and the hauntings, you might find yourself inclined to agree.

Past owners and their slaves are said to haunt the house and grounds, where so much tragedy has taken place.
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The Phantom Carriage of Hastings House

Hastings House was built in the late 1700's, to serve as the residence for India's first Governor-General, Warren Hastings. It is now a college/university campus for women, and although Hastings has long gone, many say his ghost revisits this heritage building.

During the night, a phantom horse and carriage will pull up out the front of the house. Soon a man will be seen inside, hurriedly moving from room to room. Many believe this to be the ghost of Warren Hastings, searching for some long lost documents.
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The Phantom Train of Bostian Bridge

In the early morning darkness of August 27th, 1891, a steam train derails off Bostian Bridge into Third Creek, just two miles west of Statesville, North Carolina. Many are killed.

It is said that every year the phantom train repeats its final journey, playing out the crash again and again.
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The Poltergeist of McMinns Drive

Over a five month period, knives, broken glass, lids, bottles and many other objects were thrown about in a house at Humpty Doo, NT, Australia. The picture above shows an assortment of the objects, collected after being hurled by an apparent poltergeist.

The story became big news, and many investigators attempted to solve the case. One theory was that the spirit of a man who was still living was responsible. Another was that it was the spirit of a recently deceased friend.
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The Port Dock Brewery Hotel

The Port Dock Brewery Hotel is well known for it's resident spirits and fantastic brews.

Built in 1882 in Port 'Misery', this building has had quite a colorful history as a bordello, boarding house, offices and a hotel serving the dock workers, as well as those entering and leaving the port.
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The Roman Ghosts of York

In 1953, a young plumbers apprentice was working in the Treasurer's House, York, England, when he had the scare of a lifetime.

As he worked in the cellar, almost two dozen Roman Soldiers appeared from one wall, crossed the cellar and disappeared into the opposite wall.
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The Skirrid Mountain Inn

The Skirrid Inn is said to be the oldest pub in Wales and one that has seen the most deaths.

It has also served as a courtroom, with many of the criminals who were condemned to death having their sentence carried out within the buildings walls. Little wonder this place is apparently very haunted!
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The Wan Chai Haunted House

Nam Koo Terrace, known as the Wan Chai Haunted House, has stood abandoned for the past twenty years. It is known for being one of Hong Kong's most haunted locations.

Its reputation went national after several students fled the building, with three needing psychiatric treatment.
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The White Lady of Balete Drive

Balete Drive in Quezon City, Philippines, has a resident ghost which any local can tell you about.

Their famous ‘White Lady’ ghost haunts motorists in the midnight hours, and all have learned not to pick-up hitchhikers, or stare into their rear-view mirrors when on that road.
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The White Witch of Rose Hall

Built in Motego Bay, this late 1700's Georgian style building is one of Jamaica's finest and most famous. The building has a legend, 'The White Witch', who is said to still roam the halls.

Magic, ritual, curses and murder are all elements to this tale of human abuse and hauntings.
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Tragedy After Tragedy - LeBeau House

Built in the 1850's, the LeBeau House has been the focus of many ghost stories.

With legends recounting tales of cruelty, tragedy, murder and the restless dead, this once magnificent building saw many visitors and thrill seekers, until it was destroyed by fire, in November 2013.
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Tragedy at Luna Park

Luna Park Sydney opened October 4th, 1935. The park enjoyed roaring trade up until the 1950's when numbers declined, mainly due to the increased popularity of television.

But the park continued on, and in 1979 tragedy struck when a fire engulfed the ghost train killing seven, including two young boys. Some say there is an occult undertone to this event. Others say some of the spirits of those killed still remain on site.
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Uley Road Cemetery

Over time, a local prank can turn into an urban legend, and then into a 'real deal' ghost story.

Uley Road Cemetery is one such place, where nearby events may be the cause for its haunted reputation... at least for one of the stories.

Still, this place creeps out many who visit it.
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Whepstead Manor

Objects moved, stains inexplicably appearing and disappearing, hair being pulled by unseen hands, the image of a man in a mirror, a young boy seen on the stairs and the smell of ladies perfume are some of the experiences people have reported at Whepstead Manor.
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L UFO's and Aliens

Alien Spotted in Varginha

In January 1996, three young women came across a strange bipedal creature in the city of Varginha, Brazil. The brown skinned, large headed, yet slender bodied creature, appeared to be sick or injured. Regardless, the girls ran, thinking they had seen the devil.

Other sightings of the creature, and UFO's in the area, prompted a media storm, and soon the reports became international news. UFO's, aliens, cover ups and conspiracies would all become, what is now known as, the 'Varginha Incident'.
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Close Encounters

In his book 'The UFO Experience: A Scientific Inquiry', J. Allen Hynek suggested a way to categorise different types of reported UFO encounters.

The 'Hynek Scale' later entered the publics attention with the movie 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'.

(This map pin is of the location used in the climax of the movie.)
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Close Encounters of a Sexual Kind

Throughout the modern age of ufology there have been a multitude of varied encounters with alien entities reported, with some defying convention by having a saucy and raunchy twist.

The encounter Brazilian farmer Antonio Vilas-Boas had in 1957 is one such event.
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George Adamski and the Venusians

In 1952, contactee George Adamski took this photograph of a 'Venusian' Scout Craft. The close up shows more detail of a UFO than ever before seen. Adamski, who claimed to have been in direct contact with an alien being, took the photo through a telescope after one such contact.

Does the photo show a vehicle from another world?
Was George Adamski in contact with beings not of this planet?
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Ilkley Moor Alien Photograph

One of the most famous photos of a supposed extraterrestrial being was taken by a retired police officer.

On the first of December, 1987, while walking in an area of moorland in Yorkshire, England, he witnessed a UFO, and took a picture of one of its occupants.
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The Rendlesham Forest Incident

In 1983, a British tabloid claimed that a U.F.O. had landed in Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk, England, and that the U.S. Military had covered it up.

What really did happen over those three nights in 1980? What did dozens of US Air Force personnel see? Is "Britain's Roswell" a hoax?
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The Roswell Incident

In 1947, just outside of the small town of Roswell, New Mexico, something occurred that had people mystified and enthralled.

It was an incident that soon died down as if it had never happened, only to be awoken in controversy years later, creating mass hype and curiosity.
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The Travis Walton Abduction

November 5th, 1975, Travis Walton disappeared from a national forest in Arizona after approaching a strange, hovering, object.

He reappeared five days later and told a sensational story of being abducted by aliens - a story that still courts speculation and controversy today.
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The Westall UFO Incident of 1966

On April 6th, 1966, in Melbourne, Victoria, more than 200 students and staff at two Westall State Schools sighted an unidentified flying object.

The event had all the classic elements - a saucer shaped craft, a landing, removal and destruction of evidence, a cover up and possibly a missing person...
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Valentich Disappearance

21 October, 1978, a young pilot, Frederick Valentich, began a voyage flying to Tasmania over Bass Strait, piloting a small Cessna 182-L aircraft. However, he never made it to his destination.

Could his disappearance be attributed to a UFO that he, and others, reported seeing that evening?
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L True Crime and Punishment

Albert Fish - The Gray Man

406 W 15th St
New York County, NY, 10011 US
"I will never show it to anyone. It was the most filthy string of obscenities that I have ever read."

These were the words that James Dempsey, the lawyer of Albert Fish - Serial Killer and Cannibal - responded with when asked about Fish's final statement before execution.
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Armin Meiwes - The Rotenburg Cannibal

"Looking for a well-built 18-to-30-year-old to be slaughtered and then consumed" - this is the message Armin Meiwes left on the Cannibal Cafe forums, in the hope of finding a willing participant.

After several false starts, Meiwes found his participant and lived out his fantasy.
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Blood Countess Elizabeth Bathory

Labelled as one of the most prolific women serial killers in history, Elizabeth Bathory earned herself the reputation as the "Blood Countess". The total number of young women she tortured and killed is unknown.

Some of the legends make for a macabre story, but are they all true?
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Burke and Hare

Between 1827 and 1828 William Burke and William Hare murdered at least 16 people to provide fresh bodies to the local anatomy school.

Had they not gotten so cocky, it may have been quite lucrative, as each body fetched approximately £10, a large sum for those days.
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Dennis Nilsen - The Kindly Killer

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Gt Lon, , N10 3AA GB
Dennis Nilsen was arrested on 9 February 1983 after human remains blocked a drain in his home.

It wasn’t until he started talking that the ugly truth came out – at least 15 men had been butchered at the hands of this man during the late 1970s, early 1980s.
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Ed Gein - The Plainfield Ghoul

On 16 November 1957 investigators were looking to solve the disappearance of Plainfield Hardware store owner, Bernice Worden. After a tip off Ed Gein became a suspect. Upon entering Gein's property, investigators found a womans decapitated corpse hanging upside down from the rafters in the shed.

It was when the police entered the old farmhouse that they found themselves in a scene of pure macabre depravity. One they would never forget...
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Issei Sagawa - Godfather of Cannibalism

"She looked very delicious" says Issei Sagawa, cannibal "I wondered if I could eat her."

In June 1981, Issei Sagawa murdered and partially consumed Renee Hartevelt. For his crime, he served some time in a French Gaol, then a mental institution, before being extradited to Japan. Today he is a free man and has developed a celebrity status over the years, even writing, of all things, restaurant reviews.
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Leonarda Cianciulli - The Soap Maker

In 1946 Leonarda Cianciulli from Correggio, Italy was trialled for the murder of three women. Her method of disposing the bodies were to turn them into soap and the leftovers into biscuits, given to her friends and family.

According to Leonarda, these crimes were committed to lift a curse.
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Magdalena Solis

A prostitute named Magdalena Solis had an entire village believing she was an Inca Goddess. All they had to do was hand over their money, and sleep with whoever she directed, for a reward.

But then she started sacrificing the 'unbelievers' and drinking their blood.
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Marcel Petiot - The Butcher of Paris

Doctor Marcel Petiot was a good man, provided free care for the poor and could, if you had the money, help you escape German occupied Paris during World War 2.

Unfortunately, not all of the above was true, as was discovered along with the dismembered remains of dozens of people.
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Scaphism / The Boats

Scaphism was a method of execution that was designed to inflict a lingering, painful and humiliating death, to those who were unfortunate enough to experience it.

The victim would be trapped between two boats, or other hollow objects, and their exposed head, arms and legs covered in honey. They would then be force fed nothing but milk and honey, before being left in the sun, or in a stagnant pool. Flies, other insects and rodents would be attracted to the victim, and would slowly eat them from both within and without.
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Slow Slicing / Lingchi

'Lingchi', 'Slow Slicing', 'Death by a Thousand Cuts' and 'The Lingering Death' are all names used to describe a form of torture and execution that was used in China, Vietnam and several other eastern countries. It is a long, drawn out process, where the condemned is slowly taken apart, through methodical slicing, and the removal of body parts.

This form of torture and execution was only abolished in 1905, and as such, graphic photographs exist today of the entire procedure.
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The Black Dahlia Murder

On January 15, 1947 a mother was out walking with her three year old daughter when she discovered the body of a woman, cut in half and mutilated, in an empty block of land.

Although there have been many suspects, the crime, known as the 'Black Dahlia Murder', is still unsolved.

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The Bloody Benders

Pa, Ma, John and Kate Bender were a different kind of family. They owned a small cabin, in a town of spiritualists, where they murdered and disposed of their victims.

At least a dozen people were killed and buried on the Bender property - a hammer blow to the head and their throats cut.
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The Girl Scout Murders

In 1977 three young Girl Scouts, aged between eight and ten years of age, were bludgeoned, strangled, molested and murdered on their first night of summer camp.

It sounds like the stuff urban legends are made of, but this story, unfortunately, is no legend – it is all true.
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The Hello Kitty Murder

31 Granville Road
Kowloon, HK
In 1999, a 14 year old girl walked into a police station, complaining of being haunted by a woman in her apartment. On investigation, the police found a woman's skull, stuffed into a 'Hello Kitty' mermaid doll.

Soon, a disturbing crime came to light, a story of sick and twisted torture.
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The Murder Castle of H. H. Holmes

In 1893 Dr Henry Howard Holmes opened the 'Worlds Fair' Hotel, a massive three story, block long structure known locally as 'The Castle'. However it also had another purpose; the murder of women.

Using a series of different contractors, Holmes constructed a labyrinthine series of rooms, secret passages, false doors, stairways to nowhere and the many traps and murder devices. It was in the basement that he would perform his dissections and other grisly works.
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L Strange and Macabre Places

Elisabeth Demidoff Mausoleum

In 1818 Elisabeth Demidoff died. She was buried in a large mausoleum in Père-Lachaise, one of the largest mausoleums in the cemetery.

In Elisabeth’s last Will and testament, it was rumoured to tell of a vast fortune for anyone who could spend a year in her tomb...
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Aokigahara Jukai Suicide Forest

Aokigahara Jukai: The Sea of Trees, is a densely packed 35 square kilometre forest, that sits at the base of Mt Fuji in Japan.

This eerily quiet place is known as the 'suicide forest' as up to 100 bodies per year are recovered, most utilising drug overdose or hanging as their means of death. Ribbon trails are sometimes left so the bodies can be more easily found.
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Bermuda Triangle

For centuries, a number of aircraft, sea vessels and their crew are said to have disappeared without a trace, in an area off the coast of Florida.

Known as the "Devils Triangle" but more commonly as the "Bermuda Triangle", it is a location rife with danger and mystery.
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Blooomingdale Asylum

Bloomingdale Asylum was built on land now occupied by Columbia University.

Originally it housed and treated anyone deemed 'insane' or 'lunatic', but later only took on those who could afford to pay... unfortunately money did not equate to good or humane treatment.
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Catacombs of the Capuchins

At the end of the 16th century, the friars of the Capuchin Monastery had run out of space in their cemetery. The solution was to start excavating Crypts below the cemetery, where they would inter the mummified bodies of those in their order.

Originally intended only for the dead friars, the catacombs soon became home to luminaries, priests and civilians, many preserved and wearing their finest clothes. Today, visitors can view the more than 8000 human remains lining the walls, or placed on shelves.
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Devils Marbles

There have been many reports of UFO sightings taking place around this quite unusual granite formation.

Over the years I have received several emails from people that seem to have shared a different type of experience, something they believe to be more ghostly in origin.
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Florence Irene Ford - Thunderstorm Grave

When someone dies, does their spirit still hold the same fears and insecurities that they had in life?

When Florence died in 1871, her mother had stairs built at the head of her daughters plot that led to her daughters resting place. A pane of glass allowed her to look upon the coffin. In life, Florence was afraid of thunderstorms, always running to her mother for comfort. The stairs allowed Mrs Ford to comfort Florence through the storms she so feared in life.
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Grand Paradi Towers - Serial Suicides

The Grand Paradi Towers are considered to be one of the most desirable locations to call home in Mumbai, India.

However, this great reputation is tarnished by the large numbers of suicides - people jumping from their balconies - and the strange events that usually follow.
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Hallstatt Beinhaus

With burial space running out, and cremation not an option, the people of Hallstatt, Austria, came up with a solution...

After being buried for a decade, bodies were exhumed and the bones bleached in the sun and moonlight, before being decorated and placed in the "Bone House".
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Hanging Rock

In 1967 Joan Lindsay wrote her eerie and mysterious work 'Picnic at Hanging Rock'. The story is about a class trip to Hanging Rock by the schoolgirls of Appleyard College.

During the trip several students and a teacher disappear, most never to be heard from again. But is it true?
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Hart Island - New York's Potters Field

Purchased from local Native Americans in 1654, Hart Island has been used as a internment camp, drug rehabilitation centre, isolation hospital, several prisons, a lunatic asylum and more.

However, it is better known for the children and adults buried there, in the worlds largest tax funded cemetery.
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Hashima Island aka 'Ghost Island'

From 1887 until 1974, Hashima Island, aka 'Battleship Island', was populated by coal miners and their families, until the mines were shut down.

After the island was completely deserted, it became known as 'Ghost Island', the empty buildings now only play home to residual memories of the past.
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Hoia-Baciu Forest

UFO's, lost time, shadow figures, mysterious burns, the feeling of being watched, missing people, disembodied voices and an all round eeriness are some of the reasons why Hoia-Baciu Forest in Romania is locally known as:

"The Bermuda Triangle of Transylvania".
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Miyake-jima 'Gas Mask' Island

Miyake-jima is part of the volcanic Izu Islands located south of Honshu, Japan.

Mount Oyama, at the heart of the island, is an active volcano that emits poisonous gas, forcing the islands 3000 odd residents to constantly carry gas masks, in case sulphur/sulfur levels become toxic.
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North Brother Island

It is not known exactly how many people died on North Brother Island during its time as an isolation and quarantine hopital, but we do know more than one thousand people lost their lives when a steamboat sank just off its shore.

The island and buildings now stand abandoned.
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Overtoun Bridge

Overtoun Bridge is located near the village of Milton, Scotland. The bridge, and the surrounding land, is said to be a thin point between the realms of the living and the dead.

The area is said to be haunted, with many tragic deaths taking place every year, though most of them are not human...
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Founded in February, 1970, the city of Pripyat was built to house the workers and their families of the Chernobyl Nuclear Powerplant. However, in 1986, the city was evacuated of its 49,000 residents in just two days following the Chernobyl disaster.

It still, silently, stands empty to this day.
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Roopkund - Skeleton Lake

In the north of India, high up in the mountains, lies a glacial lake known as Roopkund. At times, when the ice melts, the skeletal remains of hundreds of people all killed during the same tragic event can be seen.

It is these remains that give Roopkund its other name - Skeleton Lake.
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Sedlec Ossuary - The Church of Bones

Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic is also known as the "Church of Bones". When you enter the chapel, located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints, you will meet a rather macabre site. The entire chapel is decorated with millions of human bones, its centrepiece being a massive chandelier, made of every bone in the human body.

Why are there so many human remains at this location?
Why do they adorn the chapel in this way?
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Shades of Death Road

Shades of Death Rd
Warren County, NJ, 07838 US
Shades of Death Road in Warren County, New Jersey, has quite the grim name. Stories of murder, tragedy and plague all call this place home.

The mystery of the area escalated even more when thousands of polaroids of bound women were found on a nearby hillside.
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The Chongqing Novel House

Often people find writings left by previous tenants, etched into the surfaces of their home. Normally nothing more than a few words, a list, a number or two.

Rarely does someone find an entire novel, including illustrations, covering every wall, such as was found in this abandoned house in China.
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The Island of the Dolls

La Isla De Las Munecas - The Island of the Dolls, is a bizarre and creepy little island, found in Lake Xochimilco, Mexico. The island gets its name from the hundreds of broken and deteriorating dolls that can be found there.

The dolls were collected by Julián Santana Barrera, a loner who lived on the island. Barrera believed the dolls would appease the spirit of a girl found drowned near the island, and the evil spirits that dwelled there. Barrera also believed the dolls would come to life at night, to hunt...
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Winchester Mystery House

In 1881, William Wirt Winchester (of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company) died, leaving his widow a vast sum of money and a large daily income. It was at this time Sarah Winchester started building. For 38 years she built the Winchester House with construction only stopping on her death.

Was it her guilt at all the deaths caused by Winchester rifles that saw her build the seven story house?
Was the nonsense construction used to fool and trap spirits?
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L Inspiring and Eccentric People

Giovanni Aldini – Reanimating the Dead!

Giovanni Aldini was the nephew of Luigi Galvani, the man who discovered that a dead frogs legs could be made to kick with the application of a spark.

Aldini carried out similar experiments, but took them to the next level once he obtained the corpses of freshly executed criminals.
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Angel of The Gap

Located in the cliffs of the South Head Peninsula, Sydney, New South Wales, The Gap is notorious for being a location that many people end their own lives.

The number of suicides here would be much higher if it were not for the intervention of Don Ritchie, the 'Angel of The Gap'.
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Karolina Olsson – Sleeping Beauty of Oknö

April 3, 1908, Karolina Olsson woke from her sleep to a completely changed world. She learned that her mother and two of her brothers were dead, and her remaining family were unrecognisable to her.

Looking in the mirror was the biggest shock - Karolina had been asleep for 32 years.
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Shanti Devi

At about four years of age Shanti Devi began to share details from a previous life.

Eventually, her past life family was located and Shanti Devi's memories - including many personal and intimate secrets - were confirmed by these family members from another life.
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Weight of the Human Soul

Does the human soul have weight and can you measure it at the time of death?

Doctor Duncan "Om" MacDougall asked these questions and set out to find the answers. After weighing twelve dying patients at the moment of death he had his answer: 21 grams.
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Amelia Earhart Aviatrix Mystery

In 1937 American aviatrix Amelia Earhart, along with her navigator, disappeared while attempting to circumnavigate the globe by plane.

In the decades since, many theories have been put forth as to their fates. Did they crash? Abducted by a UFO? Were they spies?
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America's Unknown Child

"Will you foster an unknown child in your memory, and provide him with a name?” – Unknown

February 25, 1957, the naked, battered body of a young boy, between 4-6 years of age, was found in a box in Fox Chase, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Investigators assumed the ‘Boy in the Box’ case would be quickly solved. Unfortunately, no one ever made a positive identification, and nearly 60 years later, ‘America’s Unknown Child’ still has not received his name.
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Diappearance of Harolt Holt

Harold Edward Holt was sworn in as Australia's 17th Prime Minister on Australia Day 1966, but served only 22 months as leader.

He disappeared in December, 1967, while swimming, starting a wave of urban myths as to his fate, as his body has never been found.
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Dyatlov Pass Incident

In late January 1959, a group of hikers began their expedition to the remote Mt Otorten in the Northern Ural Ranges. When the group failed to return a search party was sent out, and what they discovered is still talked about today.

An enduring mystery, but has it been solved?
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Kaz II Mystery

In what has been dubbed the "Australian Ghost Ship Mystery", in April, 2007, the crew of a helicopter spotted a catamaran drifting off the Queensland coast of Australia.

They were to find circumstances on the vessel "strange" and the three man crew missing...
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Mary Celeste

In 1872, the British-American merchant brigantine 'Mary Celeste' was found unmanned in the Atlantic Ocean. All clues show it had been left in a hurry, as the food and water supplies, along with passenger and crew personal possessions, were all left on board.

What took place on the 'cursed' ship?
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Mystery Faces of Belmez

In 1971, Maria Gomez Camara noticed the image of a human face, formed on her kitchen floor. Terrified, she ordered her son and husband to destroy the concrete, and to replace it. Soon enough, a new face formed, which the Mayor of Bélmez then forbade anyone from destroying.

Over time, new faces would develop and slowly evolve, with mouths and eyes widening and changing expression. For thirty years, the Faces of Bélmez have astonished investigators. Why were they appearing in this house?
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Somerton Beach Man

The Somerton Man Case, or the Taman Shud Case, is one of Australia’s greatest, unsolved mysteries.

It revolves around an unidentified man found dead on a beach in South Australia, in 1948. Strange codes were found relating to him and no cause of death was ever made.
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The Beaumont Children Disappearance

On Australia Day, 1966, three children disappear from Glenelg Beach, South Australia.

Over the years many have come forth with theories, even a renowned psychic from the Netherlands helped investigate, but no evidence has ever surfaced to bring a conclusion to this near fifty year old mystery.
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The Eilean Mor Mystery

At around Christmas time 1900, on a remote island, three men - Thomas Marshall, James Ducat and Donald Macarthur - disappeared without a trace.

Local legends and superstition claim the island has a long history of being connected to the world of the supernatural.
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The Hinterkaifeck Massacre

The Hinterkaifeck Massacre is one of Germany's most puzzling crimes. The events begin in 1921, when a maid quits working for the Gruber family, as she believes the farm is haunted.

Six months later, the entire family and the newly arrived maid are murdered. The killer is never identified.
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The Moving Coffins of Chase Vault

In the early 1800's, strange events took place within a family vault in Barbados.

As the vault was opened for the internment of a new family member, it was found that the previous coffins had been moved, tossed about - not in the same state they had been left in previously.
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The Princes in the Tower

The disappearance of the Princes in the Tower is a 500 year old mystery. In 1483 Richard III usurped his nephew’s throne. Young Edward V and his brother Richard were placed in the Tower of London. Shortly afterwards the two boys disappeared.

What happened?
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What Haappened on Vintem Hill?

In August 1966, a boy flying a kite discovers two dead bodies in a patch of overgrown weeds. The bodies were wearing matching suits, matching waterproof coats and lead masks covering their eyes.

Most baffling of all was the handwritten note that contained some bizarre instructions...
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Who Put Bella in the Witch Elm?

Since 1944, the graffiti "Who put Bella in the Witch Elm" has appeared, with the last case being in 1999. The graffiti, which is related to an unsolved murder, has slightly different spelling when it appears, but the message is always the same.

Who was 'Bella' and why was she put in the Wych Elm?

It is a long and interesting story, which starts with four boys finding a body, when poaching in Hagley Woods, Worcestershire, England.
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L Paranormal Photos

Moundsville Penitentiary Shadow Man

Whilst operational, West Virginia State Penitentiary had quite a violent reputation. Thirty six homicides took place within its walls, along with ninety four executions.

A shadow man has been reported by visitors and investigators, and it is thought this photo has captured it... then it was debunked - but not everyone agrees. Fact or Fiction? You Decide!
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Air Mechanic Appears in Photo After Death

This photograph of the Victor Goddard RAF Squadron and its support staff, was taken not long after the end of World War I. It was captured just a few days before the squadron was disbanded. Everyone was present, except for air mechanic Freddy Jackson, who had died a few days earlier when he walked into a propeller.

The photo has captured the image of a young man (minus a hat) who was recognised as the dead mechanic. Did Freddy decide to appear in one last photo with his friends and comrades?
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Amityville Ghost Boy

In 1976 professional photographer Gene Campbell set up a camera on the second floor landing of 112 Ocean Drive, Amityville NY - the location of the DeFeo murders two years earlier.

Many rolls of film were exposed, all showing nothing out of the ordinary, except for this one frame. Is this the ghost of John Mathew DeFeo?
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Boot Hill Cemetery

When a friend came to visit Tombstone, Arizona, for the first time, Ike Clanton knew a souvenir photo in the famous Boot Hill Cemetery was a must.

However, on development of the photograph, a mysterious extra could be seen. Could the figure be one of those buried in Boot Hill Cemetery?
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Ghost Girl of El Paso High

This photo of the 85/86 graduating class resides in a trophy cases at El Paso Highschool.

What is odd is that it shows the image of someone no one remembers to be there, and what is more the ghostly extra does not appear in the negative.

Fact or Fiction? You Decide!
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Ghost Priest of St. Nicholas Church

Not a lot is known about this photo showing a semi-transparent figure at the altar of the Saint Nicholas Church, Arundel, England. The photo was taken in the 1940s and is believed to have captured the image of a priest in robes, possibly at prayer.

Fact or Fiction? You Decide!
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Hampton Court Palace Ghost

On three consecutive days in 2003, a set of fire doors at Hampton Court Palace were captured on CCTV cameras flying open with force. On the second day a ghostly figure appeared and closed them.

Many believe the figure to be one of the ghosts of the palace. Fact or fiction? You decide!
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Hook Island Sea Monster

In March 1965, a photographer by the name of Robert Le Serrec, made this astounding claim in an Australian magazine

- that in the previous year he and his family came across and photographed a huge, greyish, tadpole-like 'sea monster' in a shallow bay just off of Hook Island, Queensland, Australia.

Fact or Fiction? You Decide!
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Jim Morrison's Ghost

Jim Morrison was a American poet, singer, songwriter, and most famously of all, the lead singer of The Doors. He died aged 27 in Paris, France, and was buried in the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery.

Does his spirit still linger - this photo shows that it might - but is it fact or fiction? You decide!
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Lady of the Lighthouse

When this photo of the St Augustine Lighthouse was snapped, the taker noted nothing out of the ordinary.

On looking back over the photo, he was astonished to find the image of a woman, standing at the railing, looking into the distance.

The problem was that no one was there when the photo was taken. Fact or Fiction? You Decide!
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Lincoln County Courthouse Ghost

For years, workers at the Lincoln County Courthouse, in North Carolina, had experienced strange goings on, leading them to believe the building was haunted. Security cameras filming in the locked courthouse caught this image on tape one night, many believing it to be the image of a woman writing in a notepad.

Fact or Fiction? You Decide!
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Little Boy Ghost

When this image was captured, the ghostly extra was not expected. Before the owners and staff of the property saw the photo, they were asked for any strange stories about the place. They all replied the same, telling of a little boy dressed in old style white bedclothes seen in the area of the barn.

Fact or Fiction? You Decide!
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Lord Combermere's Ghost

This photograph taken in 1891, shows the Combermere Abbey Library in Cheshire, England. What was unexpected is the appearance of a man, sitting in the chair to the left - head, torso and right arm clearly visible.

Many believe it to be Lord Combermere himself, whose funeral was taking place at the time the photograph was taken. Fact or Fiction? You decide!
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Oklahoma Impound Lot Ghost

On the night of July 17, 2005, a worker at a car impound lot in Oklahoma, USA, was watching the surveilance monitors. Her eye locked in on a screen, showing what looked like someone walking around the wrecks, searching for something. Confused, as the alarms had not gone off, she sent another employee to see who it was.

No one was found, no alarms triggered. It is believed the figure was the victim of one of three fatal car crashes that night, the wrecks having been towed to the yard.
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Old Errowanbang Historic Wool Shed

This picture has recently been circulating in the Australian media. It was taken at the Old Errowanbang Historic Wool Shed, just south of Bathurst, NSW.

Does this photo show the ghostly image of a young boy playing on the cart? Well it's not as simple as that...
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Real Estate Listing Ghost

This single storey, four bedroom, three bathroom, brick constructed house, for sale in Milton, Florida, comes with a twist - purchase it and you may have an extra resident, as seen in this picture.

The realtor states she was the only one present while taking the photos and that the house had been empty and sealed for years. Fact or Fiction? You Decide!
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Solway Firth Spaceman

On the 23rd of May, 1964, Jim Templeton took three photographs of his five year old daughter at Burgh Marsh, overlooking Solway Firth.

The second photo captured a mysterious figure which has since been dubbed the Solway Firth Spaceman.

Fact or Fiction? You Decide!
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Tantallon Castle Ghost Photo

These two photos of Tantallon Castle in Scotland, taken 32 years apart and by different families, have captured something mysterious, yet very similar.

It is believed the ghostly figure in both is that of a man wearing tudor clothing and a neck ruffle.

Fact or Fiction? You Decide!
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The 'Beast' of Macachin Airport

When this photo does the rounds through online communities it divides many people over what it has captured.

Many people think it is a demon or other flying entity, and along with these interpretations come stories of a flying, carnivorous, humanoid creature lurking near Macachin Airport in Argentina.

Fact or Fiction? You Decide!
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The 'Wildland' Music Video Ghostly Extra

When Australian Band 'Wildland' filmed the music video for their self titled song, they did not expect to see a mysterious extra in the final product.

Filmed in the deserted mining town of Glen Davis, New South Wales, the weather was bleak and the band and crew found the location to be eerie. Upon inspecting the finished product, they were shocked to find a ghostly extra, leaning against a concrete support, wearing dark clothing and a hat, yet missing a face.
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The Back Seat Ghost

Visiting a cemetery in 1959, Mrs Mabel Chinnery took a photo of her husband, who was waiting alone in the car. Upon development, this image was found. Mrs Chinnery recognised the ghostly extra as her mother, whose grave they were visiting that day.

An expert determined the image was not a double exposure or a reflection. Fact or Fiction? You Decide!
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The Bedside Watcher

In this series of video stills from a surveilance/monitoring camera in a hospital, you can see what looks like a misty child-like human form, watching over a patient. However, there are at least three versions of who the person in the bed is, and what they are doing in the hospital: a sleep experiment, a dying elderly man or a terminally ill child.

If it is, in fact, a spirit watching over the sick or dying, it is comforting to know that someone is with them, even if only in spirit.
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The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall

In 1936 Captain Hubert C. Provand was taking photos of the picturesque Raynham Hall, a country house in Norfolk, England, when he snapped this picture.

As Provand was setting up the shot, his assistant called out for the photo to be taken 'now', as something was descending the staircase. The result is this world famous ghost photo, said to be that of Lady Dorothy Walpole.
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The Cokeville Angel Miracle

May 16, 1986, David and Doris Young took an entire elementary school hostage in Cokeville, Wyoming. Armed with firearms and a home made bomb, the couple demanded a vast sum of money for the hostages release or everyone would die.

When the bomb was accidentally triggered many believe a miracle took place - angels saving the lives of the innocent.
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The Ghost Monk of Newby Church

This photo, taken of the altar at the 'Skelton-cum-Newby Church of Christ the Consoler' in 1963, created a sensation when published. It was found in many books detailing the paranormal throughout the 1980's.

The figure of a 'monk' standing to the right of the altar was not present when Reverend K. F. Lords took the photo.

The Church had no stories or experiences of the paranormal, and to date no one has been able to explain who the figure may be.
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The Ghosts of Willard Library

Willard Library, Evansville, Indiana has its share of ghosts. Both an ‘All-Grey Lady’ and a Dark Mass seem to call this near 130 year old building home.

The ghosts and hauntings are so popular, that the library has installed ‘ghost cams’ – a series of video cameras that monitor several of the library’s haunted hot spots, so you can watch from home. It is from these cameras that a number of strange images have been captured. Could these be the ghosts that haunt the Willard Library?
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The Haunting of Toys'R'Us

Since the Sunnyvale Toys'R'Us store opened in the early 1970's, staff and customers have experienced a wide range of strange goings on! The photograph you see here was taken during a séance held at the store, for a television show that was looking into the haunting.

Taken with an infrared sensitive camera, the photo shows the seated group, together with a figure standing at the back, watching. No one present remembers seeing anyone standing during the séance, and other cameras shooting the same view all failed to capture this figure.
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The Little Girl Ghost of Wem Town Hall

In 1995 the Wem Town Hall (Shropshire, England) went up in flames. Firefighters struggled to bring the blaze under control and save what they could of the 90 year old building. An amateur photographer took photos of the burning building from across the street, and when they were developed, the image of a little girl was plain to see.

It is said that a young girl had caused a fire near this location several centuries earlier... Could it be her ghost who haunts this building?
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The London Beer Flood Ghost

In January 2012, Stuart C took this photograph in the Dominion Theatre. Staring back at the camera, between the couple, is the image of a deathly pale girl.

Stuart believes the image may be Eleanor Cooper, a young barmaid who drowned during the London Beer Flood of 1814. The Dominion Theatre stands on the site of the old Meux & Company Brewery, responsible for the 1.5 million litres of beer that burst from its holdings, flooding the nearby streets and killing at least seven people.
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The Pink Lady of Greencastle

The O'Hare Mansion in Greencastle, Indiana, now demolished to make way for a corn field, leaves behind a creepy memento as Guy Winters captures these shots before the buildings destruction.

The apparitions were not visible at the time, yet appear in Guy's photos.

A descendant of the O'Hare family noticed a strong ancestral resemblance to the apparitions in the photographs.
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The Watcher of Corroboree Rock

In 1959 (sometimes noted as 1956) Adelaide Presbyterian minister R.S. Blance was visiting Corroboree Rock, when he took a photo of the seemingly empty scene. When the photo was developed, he found the image of a person standing amongst the scrub, surrounding the clearing.

What is so interesting is that people interpret the picture differently. What do you see when you look at it?
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The White Lady of Bachelor's Grove

In 1991 the Ghost Research Society took this photo in Bachelor's Grove Cemetery, Illinois, US. It shows what appears to be a semi-transparent woman, seated on a headstone, and wearing what some believe to be a burial shroud.

She was not visible at the time of the photograph.
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The White Lady of Worstead Church

In August, 1975, Diane Berthelot visited the St Mary Church in Worstead, North Norfolk, UK, along with her husband and son. They ducked into the church to get out of the heat. Diane took a seat on a pew towards the front of the church, while her husband took some photographs.

It was not until they returned home, after the holiday, that Diane found this ‘extra’, dressed in old-fashioned clothes and a bonnet, seated behind her.
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The Witch of Joshua Ward House

In 1981, a historic house in Salem, Massachusetts, is purchased and converted into offices. At Christmas that year, a polaroid taken in the building caught something strange and quite frightening.

Was a dead 'witch' captured in this photo?

Fact or Fiction? You Decide!
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Tulip Staircase Ghost

The Tulip Staircase in the Queen's House, Greenwich, is possibly the first unsupported spiral staircase in England.

Quite a grand reputation in it's own right, and with reports of disembodied footsteps, chanting children, bloody landings and this ghost photograph, it makes for quite a story.
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Vintage Tea Room Ghost

10 St. John's Pl
Perth and Kinross, , GB
Dan Clifford, owner of 'Curiositeaz' in Perth, Scotland, checked his CCTV cameras after a motion sensor was set off and found the following image. It is believed that he had finally captured the ghost responsible for the many strange happenings in the vintage tea room...

Fact or Fiction? You Decide!
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L Urban Legends, Superstition and Folklore

A Tragic Christmas Carol

The tradition of singing Christmas songs door to door is a long one, but where and when did it begin?

How did these songs become known as 'Christmas Carols'?

Here is one urban legend that reportedly reveals these origins... and it is a tragic one. Merry Christmas!
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Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary is one of the most popular urban legends with the 'ritual' practised by young people all over the world. Each country and region has its own twist to the legend, but all have one thing in common; the idea is to try to invoke the spirit of a very angry woman!

But who was 'Bloody Mary' and what can happen if she answers your calling?
Where did the legend originate?
Is there any danger in what seems like an innocent game?
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Bunny Man

A man escapes from a crashed lunatic asylum transport and begins several months of terrorising a small community in Virginia. He is eventually found but throws himself in front of a train.

Since his death, on the nights leading up to Halloween, he is seen in the area dressed in a bunny suit. This may sound somewhat corny but there may be some truth to this urban legend.
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Charlie No-Face aka Green Man

Venture to some of the tunnels, abandoned houses and lonely roads of Pennsylvania and you might come across Charlie No-Face aka Green Man. He was left horrifically mutilated and with glowing green skin after a severe electrocution.

What is weird is that some of the story is true.
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Friday the Thirteenth

When Friday the Thirteenth comes around do you lock yourself inside, hide under the covers and hope that misfortune does not rear its ugly head?

Do you avoid superstitious cliche's such as breaking mirrors, walking under ladders or black cats crossing your path?

Do all cultures regard Friday the Thirteenth as a day of ill fortune?
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Jenny Dixon Beach

Jenny Dixon Beach is home to one of Australia's most famous urban legends. A woman appears, arms outstretched, beseeching the help of the observer. A nearby road is home to a phantom hitchhiker, a young woman who was murdered decades ago.

Are they one and the same?
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Mellified Man

Mellified Man is a sweet, human medicine, said to cure any illness. An elderly man would diet on, and bathe in, nothing but honey, until he became 'mellifluous'.

His body would be interred in a stone coffin, also filled with honey, and sealed for a hundred years. After the allotted time, the result was a mummified human corpse, preserved in a sweet substance - a much sought after medicine, capable of curing a wide range of ailments.
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Phantom Hitchhikers

You are travelling along a lonely road when you see someone up ahead. You slow down, and seeing that the person is in need of help, you offer them a ride. However upon reaching your destination the hitchhiker is gone, vanished without a trace.

There are many variations to this story, and it has been shared all over the world, for generations.
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A fairly modern day evil spirit, the Popobawa is said to be responsible for sneaking into homes and sexually assaulting sleeping adults…apparently engaging with men more than women.

It is said that the odour of sulphur is present prior to an attack.
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Post Mortem Class Photo

Taken in 1924, this photograph of the Dunrobin State School No. 3777 has an element to it that just does not seem quite right. The children's faces, all morose, any smiles looking forced, give a hint to the discomfort they are feeling.

The reason for this is that one of their number is actually dead...
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Resurrection Mary

Just outside of Chicago, Illinois, can be found the location of one of the oldest and longest enduring urban legends of modern times!

Resurrection Mary is the ghost of a young woman who has reportedly been seen since the 1930's. The story takes on the form of a 'phantom hitchhiker' and 'roadside ghost', but with so many sightings and other strange phenomena surrounding it, could it be more than just a legend?
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Suicide Drawing - Possessed?

It is said that a young woman created, scanned and uploaded this picture shortly before she took her own life. The legend states that if you stare into the eyes you will not last five minutes before a feeling of intense sadness begins to overwhelm you.

Does the image change: a hint of a smile or deceit played out on the lips or maybe a smirk detectable in the eyes?
Can a spirit possess an image or is it just another story?
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The 'Love rollercoaster' Scream

In the 1975 track 'Love Rollercoaster', on the Ohio Players album 'Honey', a scream which sounds like a woman in agony can be heard in the background, at one point in the song. This did not go unnoticed, and about a year after the songs release, a radio DJ started an urban legend.

Was it that of the model on the albums cover, screaming in pain as heated honey burned her flesh? Was she stabbed to death outside of the recording booth, her screams picked up and put into the final track?
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The 'Three Men and a Baby' Ghost

Since the early 1990's, it has been said that there is a ghost in the movie 'Three Men and a Baby'. The image of a young boy, peering out from behind the curtains, can be seen in the background in one particular scene.

The legend states that the image is the ghost of a boy who died in the house. The parents, wracked with grief, moved out, making the house available for the shooting of the film.

What is the truth behind this legend, that has persisted for so many years?
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The Curse of the Crying boys

In England, 1985, a series of bizarre fires broke out, destroying many homes and businesses. The link between the fires was a collection of paintings, known as ‘Crying Boys’. Out of the devastation of each fire, only the paintings would survive, and soon, they would be labelled as ‘cursed’.
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The Devil Baby of Hull House

For six weeks, in 1913, Hull House in Chicago was swamped with people demanding to see the devil baby, who had been left there by distraught parents.

The legend of this baby swept through the city and country, as people ventured forth, to see the devil incarnate.
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The Ghost of Stow Lake

There are tales of strange activity around Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. The story concerns a mother who lost a baby to the lake and now she must forever search for her child.

There is also a belief that this woman's spirit takes up residence in a nearby statue.
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The Witch Tree

In the town of Smithfield, Rhode Island, there stood a tree that was said to be either haunted or cursed.

This 'Witch Tree' was located in the middle of an intersection, and was the cause for quite a few road fatalities.

It's these deaths which are thought to fuel the trees haunting.
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L Curses, Exorcisms and Demons

Otzi and the "Iceman Curse"

The discovery of a well-preserved mummy, made by tourists while walking on a mountain pass in 1991, was undoubtedly one of the most significant archealogical finds of last century.

Mystery has always surrounded the corpse, and some believe the remains to be cursed.
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Busby's Stoop Chair of Death

In June 1702 a man lies in his grave, dead, bludgeoned to death. Another man hangs by the neck, covered in pitch, making for a grisly display. And a chair sits in the corner of a quiet country inn, cursed, with all who sit in it meeting a terrible end.

This is the story of Busby's Cursed Chair.
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Haunted by a Cursed Pearl

When Gerard Trower, the first Anglican Bishop of North Western Australia, moved into his residence 'the Bishops Palace', he was not expecting it to be already occupied. Many believe it was the ghost of Abraham de Vahl Davis, a pearl trader, who had died only a few years earlier.

Was Davis's death caused by a pearl he had purchased prior to his passing?
Was it yet another in the string of tragedies credited to the 'Roseate Pearl'?
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Sorry Rocks of Uluru / Ayers Rock

It is said that one should 'take only photos and leave only footprints' when visiting the great outdoors, and there is no truer place to follow that than Uluru / Ayers Rock.

Uluru is Australia's best known natural wonder. Culturally significant to the Anangu people, it is asked that you take nothing from the site.

However, this is not always heeded and bad things can happen to those who disrespect the site.
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The 'Poltergeist' Curse

"It lies to her. It tells her things only a child can understand. It has been using her to restrain the others. To her, it simply is another child. To us, it is The Beast. "

Poltergeist was released in 1982, and has been considered a horror classic ever since. Although largely a work of fiction, it is said that the movie, cast and crew, were cursed. Were the deaths of several key cast members the result of this curse? And what of the stories told of real human skeletons being used on set?
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The Devil's Tree

In an open field near Bernards Township, New Jersey, stands The Devil's Tree.

The tree was used for lynching, many losing their lives when strung up in its branches, and is said to curse any who try to cut it down. A chain link fence now encircles the trunk, so no axe or chainsaw can touch the wood.
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The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel

Anneliese Michel died in her family home on 1st July, 1976 aged 23. For the previous ten months she went through more than sixty sessions of exorcisms to rid her body of the demon/demons said to have taken possession of her.

After refusing food and drink through a belief of atoning for the sins of youth Anneliese succumbed to malnutrition and dehydration.

Was it a true demonic possession or a medical disorder that afflicted her?
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The Exorcist Curse

"Something beyond comprehension is happening to a little girl on this street, in this house. A man has been called for as a last resort to try and save her. That man is The Exorcist."

Released in 1973, 'The Exorcist', based on a book written by William Peter Blatty, which in turn was loosely based on a real life exorcism, is said to be cursed. Tragedy, injury and even death all left their mark during production, and after it hit the theatres.
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The Omen: Our Final Warning

"It is the greatest mystery of all because no human being will ever solve it. It is the highest suspense because no man can bear it. It is the greatest fear because it is the ancient fear of the unknown. It is a warning foretold for thousands of years. It is our final warning. It is The Omen."

So reads the tagline for The Omen, a film about the Antichrist, a film, some said, should never have been made. Was it cursed?
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The Pharaoh's Curse

In 1922, a team led by archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun, re-igniting the worlds fascination with Egyptology.

However, It was said that many people linked to the find had died due to there being a curse on the heads of anyone who disturbed the dead king.
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The Twilight Zone Movie Tragedy

In the early morning hours of July 23rd, 1982, a terrible tragedy unfolded on the set of the Twilight Zone Movie.

During a intense action scene an accident took place that caused actor Vic Morrow and child actors Myca Dinh Le and Renee Shin-Yi Chen to lose their lives.
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L Psychics, Predictions and Seers

The Fox Sisters

In 1848, strange 'rappings' were heard in the Fox family's Hydesville, New York, home. The rappings were capable of answering questions, through the number of knocks and taps they made.

It was soon believed that the Fox sisters, Kate and Margaret, were communicating with the dead.
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Was the Sinking of the Titanic Predicted?

in 1898, Morgan Robertson released 'Futility', a short novel that detailed the voyage of the 'Titan', an ocean liner which struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean and sank. Fourteen years later, the ocean liner RMS Titanic hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean and sank.
There are many parallels between the two events, that stretch much farther than just a similar name and similar locations.

Did 'Futility' predict one of histories greatest maritime disasters?
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L Fakes, Frauds and Hoaxes

Ada Emma Deane, Armistice Day Spirit Photos

Ada Emma Deane was quickly launched into the spotlight, when her Armistice Day spirit photos grabbed the headlines. She conjured up the faces of the dead, in the photographs she took.

However, she was soon in the firing line, as accusations of fraud and charlatanism were levelled at her.
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Self Portrait as a Drowned Man

In 1840 Hippolyte Bayard created his 'Self Portrait as a Drowned Man', a photograph with the claim of being the first to be staged (or hoaxed). It shows Bayard as a drowned man, propped up in a seated position, decay starting to appear on his face and hands.

Although not a 'paranormal' photo we will be featuring a range of fake, fraud and hoax photos and thought it appropriate to start with the very first staged photograph. Plus it is a facinating piece of macabre history!
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In a 1896 edition of 'Popular Science Monthly' David Starr Jordan, the president of Stanford University, published an article about a new form of photography. Sympsychography was the name of the new technique that allowed invisible brainwaves to be shown on a photographic plate.

The first test of this new technique involved a person directing their thoughts of a cat towards a plate. When the plate was processed, the image of a cat was visible. However, not all was as it seemed...
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The Cottingley Fairies

In mid-1917, Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright borrowed a camera belonging to Elsie's father. The girls headed down to the stream which ran through the bottom of their families property, in Cottingley, West Yorkshire.

When Elsie's father developed the photographic plate, it revealed an image of four fairies, playing and dancing around ten year old Frances. When the photograph's reached the public, the "Cottingley Fairies", as they are known, became some of the most famous photo's of their time.
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The First Spirit Photographer

In 1862, William Mumler, a jewellery engraver, discovered a faint shadowy human figure standing next to him, upon developing a self portrait.

The Spiritualist Church claimed it was the first photograph taken of a spirit, and before long, Mumler left his engraving job to become a full-time 'Spirit Photographer'. Within a year he was brought up on charges of fraud...

What happened at the trial to allow both sides to claim a victory?
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The Surgeon's Photo

In 1934, the most famous photo of the Loch Ness Monster was printed in The Daily Mail. The beasts long, serpentine neck, and small head, can clearly be seen pointing out above the surface of the waters. But is all as it seems?

Is it a legitimate photo of a long thought, extinct creature, an as yet unclassified species, or a misidentified animal?
Or a hoax, cooked up by a big game hunter, his son and a London gynaecologist?
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L Weird, Odd and Bizarre

Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato

In the city of Guanajuato, Mexico, there is a museum displaying mummified remains of those dug up after families were unable to pay the 'grave tax'.

As corpses were disinterred, it was discovered that a small percentage had been naturally mummified, and that a few had been buried alive.
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Carl Tanzler - Sleeping with the Dead

How far would you go to preserve the memory of the one you love?
Would you steal their body from the grave, hold the bones together with wire and coathangers, cover the rotting skin with silk and plaster, replace the eyes with glass and sleep beside them at night for seven years?
Carl Tanzler did...
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Don Decker - The Rain Boy

For one week in 1983, a young man by the name of Don Decker was the centre of a series of strange phenomena, which developed after the death of his grandfather.

Inexplicable mist and rain manifested around Decker - appearing inside a house, a restaurant and even a prison cell.
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Elmer McCurdy the Travelling Mummy

In 1976, while shooting an episode of 'The Six Million Dollar Man', a crew member accidentally broke off the arm of a 'mannequin'.

It turned out, it was not a mannequin at all, but the mummified remains of a human body, one that had been travelling with carnivals for over half a century.
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"It tastes like a cross between licorice and the most powerful of tasting cheeses"

Over in Greenland you may find the locals eating something a little strange around Christmas time. They all it 'Kiviak', which is little more than fermented bird. To the outsider it might seem a little strange and of an acquired taste. This delicacy is considered one of the stranger Christmas meals around but it provides an essential food source when nutritional resources are scarce in the colder months.
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Rosalia Lombardo - The Sleeping Beauty

Rosalia Lombardo died of pneumonia in Palermo, Sicily in December 1920. Her father took her body to renowned embalmer, Alfredo Salafia, so her body would remain preserved.

Salafia's embalming technique worked so completely, that the body survived the ravages of time. It was so well preserved that even in 1995, when this photo was taken, she looked merely asleep. Another fascinating aspect is Rosalia's eyes. Some days and nights they will slowly open and close, as if slowly waking from a long sleep...
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The Walking corpses of toraja

Once a year in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, the indigenous Toraja perform a ceremony for their dead called Ma'Nene.

In August the corpses are taken from their resting places to be washed, groomed and dressed, before being walked through the village, back to their coffins.
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L Investigations and My Paranormal

A Souvenir from Monte Cristo

Nic Hume is a cofounder of APPI, a paranormal unit based in Sydney, Australia.

In 2002 Nic ventured out for a ladies night at Monte Cristo Homestead (claimed to be Australia's most haunted home) and experienced something for herself, taking home an unwanted souvenir.
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An Experience at Old Tailem Town

“I have had many weird and very strange experiences in life but I have never seen a full on figure of a ghost” or so Alison Oborn, paranormal investigator and tour operator would say if prompted about her experiences.

All that would change at Old Tailem Town on the night of 23rd April, 2011.
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Crossing Ghosts Over Into the Light

Soon after entering the paranormal field, Trana Simmons learned that she had a gift - not only could she sense spirits, but she could also help them cross over into the light.

Trana shares with us her story, how she uses her gift and tells of two emotional encounters with lost and trapped souls.
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Knockings in the Dark

Peet is one of the lead investigators of APPI, a Sydney based paranormal unit who run tours and investigations for the general public. During an investigation of an old convict hospital, Peet, who thought she was numb to truly frightening experiences, had a wake-up call… one she will never forget.
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Martindale Hall

Martindale Hall was built for pastoralist Edmund Bowman Jr. but due to drought, this Georgian style mansion was bought by the Mortlock family, who saw much tragedy and death befall their young.

It is believed that at least one of those childen continues to call Martindale Hall home.
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Torrens Island Quarantine Station

The Torrens Island Quarantine Station has quite a long history - that of a dairy farm, a world war one internment camp and as a quarantine station where crew and passengers of ships infected with disease were held, away from the rest of the population.

Have a read about this initial investigation.
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Troubridge Island

The Paranormal Guide Investigation Team headed out to Troubridge Island after learning of the many tragedies that had taken place there.

We had not heard of any paranormal activity taking place on the island, but soon after arriving that all changed, as the team set in for two nights of investigations.
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Visions at the Britannia Adelphi Hotel

A two night stay in an old, worn out hotel in Liverpool, England, turned into an experience Peet from APPI would always remember. She had visions of unknown people, and then received possible validation of those visions.

Was she dreaming? Or did she truly experience something paranormal?
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L Haunted and Cursed Objects

A Painting that Stopped a Haunting

For years the owners of Heale House in Devon, England, were visited by a mysterious ghostly Edwardian-era woman, who roamed their halls and bedrooms, as if looking for something.

A chance visit to a 'junk shop' provided the woman's identity and means to stop the haunting
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Annabelle the Haunted Doll

Annabelle is not your run-of-the-mill haunted doll, but rather a tool for a much a darker purpose.

Dark entities can be quite cunning and manipulative in getting what they want, and in the case of Annabelle, two nursing students came very close to losing a friend...
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Haunted Doll Okiku

In 1918 a young man bought this doll for his two year old sister. The sister and the doll became inseperable until her untimely death the following year. It was soon after the death that the family noticed the dolls hair getting longer.

Was 'Okiku' the doll inhabited by the spirit of their daughter?
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Mandy the Haunted Doll

Mandy the Doll was donated to the Quesnel and District Museum, British Columbia, in 1991.

Almost immediately she gave the impression of being quite a creepy doll, leaving people feeling uneasy, especially when unexplained activity began to take place around her.
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Robert the Haunted Doll

Meet Robert the doll. There is no denying his creepiness as he sits in his custom built chair, cradling his stuffed companion and peering at you with his button eyes. But it gets even creepier when you read the story of, what some say is, the world's most haunted doll.
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The Hands Resist Him

In the year 2000 this painting appeared on eBay, with a tag claiming it was haunted - the seller stated the figures moved at night.

The auction included a waiver, absolving them from all liability after the painting was sold, and any dangers that may follow. What is the history behind this painting?
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L Tours, Books, Film, Reviews

Manly Quarantine Station Tour Review

From 1828 until 1984 the Quaratine Station at Manly saw all kinds of sickness and disease. Is it any wonder there have been so many sightings of ghosts and spirits throughout the 74 acre property.

APPI organised a private 'Extreme Ghost Tour' to learn about the history and hauntings.
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L Strange and Tragic Deaths

Buried in Junk - The Collyer Brothers

Homer and Langley Collyer were reclusive brothers who lived in a four storey brownstone building in Harlem.

They were also hoarders, paranoid, yet very inventive.

Eventually their hoarding, reclusive ways would kill them both and their deaths would become a public spectacle.
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Dancing Plague of 1518

In July, 1518, a woman named Frau Troffea suddenly began to dance in the middle of a street in Strasbourg, France. Within a week, 34 people joined Troffea, and within a month, some 400 were caught in this dancing plague.

By the time this event was over, many would be dead from exhaustion...
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On 18 November, 1978, nearly a thousand Americans died in incidents related to the Peoples Temple, led by Jim Jones in Jonestown - about a third of which were children included in this “revolutionary suicide”, as they called it.

They died of cyanide poisoning and gunshot wounds.
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Lady Jane Grey - The Nine Days Queen

Known throughout history as the “nine-day queen”, Lady Jane Grey is an iconic Tudor victim: virginal, sweet, married off without personal consideration, and finally beheaded at age 16, largely because of the machinations of her evil parents and in-laws.

This is her tragic story.
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Lady Janet Douglas

Glamis Castle, a picturesque, medievil building, full to the brim of mystery and tragedy.

One tale it tells is of Lady Janet Douglas, an innocent accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake by King James V, purely because of his deep hatred for her brother and desire for revenge.
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Mary Ann Nichols

"Seeing you as you are now I forgive you for what you have done to me.”

These words were spoken by William Nichols when identifying the body of his ex-wife, Mary Ann Nichols, who was viciously murdered in an alleyway of Whitechapel, London, in the early hours of 31 August, 1888.
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Peg Entwistle - Spectacular Tragedy

You are a young, beautiful, successful stage actress. You move to LA to make it big. Once there, life deteriorates. You are just one of many and work is scarce. You can’t afford to eat. You think the only way out is to take your own life.

This is the story of Peg Entwistle.
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Starved to Death for Defying a King

This is the story of Maud de Braose – a fiery, tempestuous woman, who was frank in stating her opinion, but unfortunately born in a time when that was not at all appreciated.

Maud offended the highest power in the land, and paid the ultimate price in a truly horrible way.
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The Pendle Witches

In 1612 a nine year old girl got up in a court room and gave evidence against her mother and sister. She said her mother was a witch with a dog familiar, who her spirit entered and who helped her murder.

This was just one of the ridiculous pieces of evidence against the “Pendle Witches”.
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The Taj Mahal

People see the Taj Mahal as a beautiful piece of architecture, a wonder of the modern world, and a place to visit... but did you know that this building is actually a mausoleum?

That it was built in memory of Mumtaz Mahal – the beloved wife of the Emperor Shah Jahan?
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The Tsavo Man Eaters

For nine long months in 1898, two maneless, male lions stalked and killed (it is said) 135 people in Kenya, as they were working on the Kenya/Uganda Railway Bridge.

Nothing the people did seemed to deter these feline serial killers... and only death stopped their deeds.
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Tollund Man

The Tollund Man is probably the most well-preserved body from pre-historic times in the world.

Discovered in a peat bog in Denmark, this man, who they believe was sacrificed to the gods, has given modern day historians a rare glimpse into life in the early Iron Age.
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L Cryptozoology

Flatwood Monster

A tall, reptilian monster has been seen dozens of times near the town of Flatwoods, West Virginia, and is one of the more bizarre entities investigated by cryptozoologists and UFOlogists.

Is the Flatwoods Monster an unknown creature, or an extraterrestrial being?
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Lizardman of Lee County

June 29, 1988, Christopher Davis was driving home when he stopped on the side of the road to change a blown out tyre. As he finished he heard a thump from behind and turned to see something that terrified him.

"I looked back and saw something running across the field towards me. It was about 25 yards away and I saw red eyes glowing."
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Mongolian Death Worm

Cryptozoology is full of stories concerning creatures of the air, land and sea, from strange ape-men, winged humanoids and fearsome giant cephalopods, to out of place wild cats.

But what about mythical and mysterious insects and arachnids? Here is a classic example.
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The Mothman is a bizarre creature, said to share our world, who many consider to be an omen of tragedy. It was seen many times before the tragic collapse of the Silver Bridge in to the Ohio River in 1967.

What is this 'bird-like man creature' with the red, glowing eyes?
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St. Augustine Monster

Every year, on shorelines all over the world, many people discover numerous things that have washed up from the great leagues of the deep.

The St. Augustine Monster is an example of a mysterious "cryptid" that has divided Zoology and, for a time, mystified the world.
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The Enfield Horror

In April, 1973, a young boy is attacked by a very strange creature in his Enfield, Illinois, backyard.

Soon after, another family encounters an odd creature that tries to break into their house.

What was this 'horror' that stalked people and homes near the Enfield railroad?
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