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An American Haunting

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An American Haunting is a movie based on Tennessee's the Bell Witch (Some say The Blair Witch Project was based on the Bell Witch also). The movie stars Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek. Here is a plot summary via the Internet Movie Database:

Based on true events validated by the State of Tennessee of the only case in US History where a spirit or entity caused the death of a man. With over 20 books written on the subject, and a town that still lives in fear of the return of the unseen spirit, the story of "An American Haunting" is terrifying. Between the years 1818-1820, the Bell Family of Red River, Tennessee was visited by an unknown presence that haunted the family and eventually ended up causing the death of one its members. Starting with small sounds around the farm, and the sitting of a strange BLACK WOLF with piercing yellow eyes, the sounds escalated into full brutal contact with the certain family members, causing psychological and physical torment. The attacks…

Reader Submission - Racine, WI Residence

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Ghost Stories first personal paranormal report comes from Khrysten. She has kindly sent a few pictures for your viewing. Feel free to make an observations concerning her story and/or photographs. The first picture is of her home. There's nothing strange about that one. It's quite beautiful if you ask me. However, she including her thoughts about the other two. I'll add that part later on this week. It'll give you a chance to form your own opinions about what you see. Here is Khrysten's story:

My house originally belonged to Alexander Horlick, VP of Horlick's Malted Milk and mayor of the city I live in (Racine WI) for at least two terms (the history kept in this city is a little sketchy). According to the records we were able to find he lived here with his wife, young daughter, baby nurse and maid. We didn't know any of this when we bought the house though.

Literally the house was a steal - 6,000 square feet in mostly good shape with the original 1864 horse ba…

Willard Library

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Last Wednesday's episode of TAPS, they did an investigation of Willard Library in Evansville, Indiana. Unfortunately, they were unable to find any evidence proving this building really is haunted. Many viewers of the ghost cams may disagree. Who knows if it really is or not.

The first reported sighting happened in 1937. A janitor grabbed a flashlight and headed to the basement. As he neared the furnace, he dropped his flashlight as he spotted a ghostly veiled lady dressed in glowing grey. Before he could regain his composure, she was gone. Ever since, the ghost has been known as the "lady in grey".

Who is the "lady in grey"? The most common story is that the ghost is actually that of Louise Carpenter, the daughter of the library's founder. She sued the board of trustees saying that her father was not well and unduly influenced in establishing the library. Unfortunately, she lost the suit and any claim to the library's property.

Now she supposedly haunts …

Renter for the Week

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Have you encounted a stupid person? Wanna share your story? This is the perfect blog for you. My renter for this week comes from Stupid People Shouldn't Breed. This blog highlights the intelligent deprived people of this world.

Now, I have to admit I've met quite a few stupid people in my life (I grew up in the south). Actually, one lives with me. The latest story posted there has happened to me before. I don't know why some people choose to have a lengthy conversion in the middle of an aisle in a store. If you want to talk to someone, I don't care but you could at least move to where your not causing a traffic jam. It's just annoying.

Anyways, check out "Stupid People Shouldn't Breed", if you dare. Don't forget to tell them I sent ya.

Seance Reached John Lennon?

According to an article by Reuters, a controversial television séance will air on Monday, claiming they reached the spirit of John Lennon. However, if you want to know what he has to say, you'll have to come up with $9.95. The show is being filmed at his famous restaurant in New York, La Fortuna.

The special was first organized in 2003 in hopes of contacting Princess Diana. Despite the bad reviews and the failure to find Diana, the show still grossed $8 million. With The Spirit of John Lennon, producers are hoping to lure in the fans of such programs as "Ghost Whisperer" and "Medium".

One of the program features is an EVP that is said to be the voice of the Lennon. On the show, filming stops and a narrator says something odd has happened. They then claim that a mysterious voice can be heard on the voice feed of one of the psychics. Sandra Belanger, an EVP specialist, then comes in and claims it is the real deal, saying it is a Class A EVP and the voice sounds lik…

And the Winner is....

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First of all I would like to thank everyone who participated in the Ghost Stories Blogiversary Contest. You all came up with some really good ideas. It's now time to get to business. The winner of the jackpot of 512 credits is......Katherine!!! Congratulations. Her Idea:

The first Annual Online "Spooky-Con!" Live IRC chats for chilling story swaps, competition for the official Spooky-Con Logo, and maybe a fun event of "fill in the next line" fantasy ghost adventure written by Con attendees!

I also gave out two mystery prizes. Maritza and Samantha both won 200 credits for their suggestions. You both did good. All winners have been notified. If you have yet to respond, you need to do so soon in order to claim your prize.

Come back on November 16th for all the Blogiversary fun. There will be a new contest next month. Look for the announcement on May 1st. I have plenty more credits to give away.

4 days left...

I want to remind everyone that you only have four days to enter the Blogiversary contest. As of right now, the jackpot sits at 512 credits (BlogMad or BlogExplosion. Your choice) and there are two mystery credit prizes to be won. So get your creative juices flowing and those entries posted. Deadline is at midnight (Central time) on April 13th.

Buried Alive

Urban Legend: People have been buried alive by mistake.

Status: True

Origins: Live burials aren't unheard of. There are many known cases of possible live burials. In the first century, magician Simon Magus buried himself alive, expecting a miracle which never happened. A 13th-century author named Thomas a Kempis, wrote The Imitation of Christ, didn't become a saint because when they dug up his body for the ossuary they found scratch marks on the lid of his coffin and concluded that he was not reconciled to his fate. In the late 16th century, one of the pallbearers at the funeral of Matthew Wall tripped causing the others to drop the coffin which revived Wall. he went on to live several more years, dying in 1595.

A more recent case occurred in 1993. Sipho William Mdletshe, 24, was declared deceased after a traffic accident in Johannesburg, South Africa. He spent two days in a metal box before workers heard his cries and rescued him. However, his fiancée, who was also hurt in the c…

Banshees

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Banshees are creatures from Irish mythology. It is said that when a citizen from an Irish village died, a woman, also referred to as "keeners", would sing a traditional lament or modern Irish caoineadh (pronounced kweenyah) at their funeral. However, they can only cry for five great Gaelic families: the O'Gradys, the O'Neills, the O'Briens, the O'Connors, and the Kavanaghs (this list has extended with intermarriages). Tales recount a fairy woman was associated with them and would make an appearance after a death in the family, making an appearance or sound to intimation of the death.

When these narratives were first translated into English, a distinction between the "banshee" and other fairy folk was introduced. However, this distinction did not exist in the original stories in their Gaelic forms. The funeral lament became a mournful cry or wail. A death in the family or one's own death was predicted upon hearing this wail or seeing the banshee…