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|Our team was founded on July 12, 1989 (27 years) by the Paranormal Investigator, sensitive and teaching CARLOS M. MEDINA and is made up of professionals in different branches of science (Catholic priests,
Orthodox, Charismatic, Psychologists, Doctors, Researchers Of the Sijin, engineers, university students, teachers, among others).
1.Research by the scientific method
2.Fight against witchcraft, witchcraft, black magic and santeria.
3. Helping people or sites that are being affected by these situations
4. Seek personal and spiritual improvement through knowledge and spiritual help to anyone who may need it.
5. Educate people so they know about the subject and do not be victims of scams
6. Research by the scientific method
7. Fight against witchcraft, witchcraft, black magic and santeria.
8. Helping people or sites that are being affected by these situations
9. Seek personal and spiritual improvement through knowledge and spiritual help to anyone who may need it.
10. Educate people so they know about the subject and do not be victims of scams
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Nottingham / Lincolnshire
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|Social gathering every Monday to discuss paranormal, investigate equipment releases, plan events and discuss previous investigation reports, photos ,videos, evps. Investigations every other Saturday evening at various locations both indoor and outdoor. Our group consists of a sensitive(Lisa), a medium(trance medium also)Steve, a spirit photographer(Annette), an empath(Me- Sarah, I also am responsible for location research. This
information is not shared with the team beforehand therefore any names picked up by Medium and Sensitive can be cross referenced) and 3 skeptics(Rob(Electrical), Grant(Building) and Geoff(Plumbing/Heating)
to debunk where possible.
by Virginia Carraway Stark
There are few places as frightening as a washroom in Japan.
Japan has some of the scariest urban legends, ghost stories and monsters but some of the worst of them are the ones that start off in the bathroom: particularly the girls washroom in elementary schools. Hanaka-san, also known as ‘Hanaka of the Toilet’ is the story of a ghost girl who reputedly lives in either the third stall from the end or in the washroom on the third floor. The origins of the story are murky at best but twenty years ago Hanaka-san fever swept Japan and everyone you talked to had a story of seeing the girl or at the very least of knowing someone who had seen it.
She is reportedly a cute little girl with bobbed black hair and she wears a little red schoolgirl skirt. She usually has to be invited and it is a common hazing to force to students to go to the third door and have them knock three times. It doesn’t happen every time but sometimes Hanaka will answer and ask the person to come in. If they open the door they may see Hanaka-san standing by the toilet.
Some people claim to have seen her but say that she vanished before she said or did anything else, other people say they witnessed her grabbing the querent, dragging them into the toilet and killing them in a violent and bloody manner.
She is a common feature in cartoons and movies even though nobody seems to know the story of the little girl who was killed or died to become this vengeful ghost. Hanaka-san was a common name for girls in the 1950s in Japan, where the legend seems to have originated from. Sometimes she isn’t’ happy to wait for someone to come to her and she will instead run through the bathroom opening doors, invading privacy and slamming doors shut.
She has different guises or perhaps different spirits impersonate her MO because of her notoriety and fame. In Yamagata Prefecture they claim that there is no little girl there if you open the door, instead you will find a vicious, three headed lizard who will bite you and drag you down the toilet. In Iwate there is only a white hand that comes out of the toilet and in Kanagana the hand is stained with blood.
In other places there is another ghost, or perhaps it is Hanaka-san in another guise, she goes by the name of Kashima Reiko. Kashima Reiko translates roughly as: Dead person demon mask. A terrifying name for a terrifying apparition who has no legs. She drags herself through the washroom leaving a bloody trail behind her and calling out plaintively, “Where are my legs?”
If this isn’t enough to terrify even the most brave out of ever wanting to go to the washroom there is yet another ghost as well. This ghost is a boy and he lives in the last stall in the girls bathroom (there aren’t many stalls left for the living!). If you are unfortunate enough to open the door and see him standing there he will offer you toilet paper, but you must pick a color: Red or Blue.
Either way he has no intention of letting you live. If you choose red he will cut the hapless victim with a blade on their back and neck to give them an appearance of wearing a red cape. If you choose blue he will strangle or hang you to death.
People report mixed results of telling him ‘neither’ or ‘both’. Some say it angers him further and he does still worse things to his victims. Others say that finding the correct clever thing to say flummoxed him just long enough to give them time to escape… and to tell their story.
By International rep Stephen Russell
Gaza is a region of the state of Palestine. It is on the east coast of Mediterranean Sea.
It is 41 kilometres( 25 miles)long.
The origin of the word is taken from the Arabic word for the semetic root.. Jann which means to hide.
The more know word of genie.. is derived from the French word for genius..which came from the Latin meaning of a guardian spirit.
They are said to have a social structure just like humans.. where there is monarchy and occasions such as weddings and mourning the departed.
They are seen with some traditions as travelling in different forms..such as flying in air (vultures etc)..and snakes and dogs. Even dragons have there place with them.
In recent years at the town of deir al-balah have started to believe that genies are the cause of unexplained housefires in the town itself. The police in the region have stated that it is nothing more than scare mongering and have tried to down playdown the reports. But belief is still strong with these accounts.
The belief in genies has a long history in the region. A region that has a belief system of Fortune tellers and spiritual healing. One of a belief that genies can posses people at ease.
Gaza has a strong Muslim population ,that has a strong belief in the paranormal and Djinn are actually mentioned in the qur’ran as supernatural creatures that are made of smoke or fire. The Muslim equivalent of “satan” is believed to be one also.
The belief has even led to exorcisms of what is believed to be genies. Contrary to the more western beliefs of exorcising due to chritianic demonic enterties.
The belief in genies here, is as strong as it was centuries ago.
by International rep Stephen Russell
Gabon (the Portuguese name of the Kome River) on the west coast of Africa is an independent state, also formally a french territory.
The country itself has diverse religious beliefs from Christianity, Bwiti to Animism and Islam. At least 5% of the population are considered Atheist in their beliefs. Raconteurs, who are story tellers, are working to keep the oral tradition of local folklore’s and legends alive within the culture.
The masks in Gabon culture, are designed for different beliefs in ceremonies depending on which tribe creates them. Made out of rare wood, or precious metals, they are internationally celebrated for there meanings and design. The masks are generally used in ceremonies such as births, weddings, or funerals. The Panu masks have their own use
of warding off evil spirits and witches. The concepts of life or death are very important in the meaning of the masks.
When used in the appropriate rituals set to the coinciding music, the mask transforms a male performer into an ideal feminine beauty or a spiritual being, while the carved white mask depicts a serine woman. As funeral rites are performed after a death, the masks contrast the rigorous stilt dances that are performed at the same time.
Another tribal mask is native to the Ogoou’e river basin in the country .The pun-lumbo mask.They are highly collectible and considered valuable pieces of African art. They are oval shaped with narrow eyes, high eyebrows and small ears. The male masks are considered ugly by the local people, where the females are seen as more attractive they have been linked to female ancestry celebrations and funerary spirit ceremonies.
Denmark is the smallest of Scandinavian countries and occupies the Jutland peninsula. The country also consists of several islands in the Baltic Sea. Denmark is the smallest of the five nations in the Nordic region with a total land mass about the same size as Finnmark County in Norway. The country is a constitutional monarchy and its most important sources of revenue are oil, the medical industry, agrigultural produce and shipping and IT services. For more information on Denmark, go here: http://www.norden.org/…/the-nordic-coun…/facts-about-denmark
There are several reports of over 100 spirits within the castle walls of Draghsholm Castle but one of the more notable of the spirits is known as James Hepburn, the Earl of Bothwell. Hepburn was captured by the Norwegians (whom ruled that was then Denmark-Norway) in the mid 1500s. He was imprisoned at the Dragsholm castle and during which, the seclusion had made him mad. Given barely enough food and water to survive, he was eventually tied to a pillar and left to die. Guests today report seeing Hepburn on horseback, and and many visitors have heard the hooves of horses beating on the cobbled yard. During the 1930’s a skeleton in a white dress was discovered within a small space in the castle walls by workmen. She is believed to be Celine, the daughter of the noble Bovles family. Celina fell in love with a commoner and had become pregnant. This angered her father and he held her as a prisoner in one of the castle’s dungeons. This could explain the apparitions of the “white lady.” In the 12th century, the Bishop of Roskilde, Peder Sunsen designed Dragsholm. The last bishop of Roskilde, Joachim Ronnow was imprisoned in his own castle in 1436. Some speculate that his spirit still haunts the Dragsholm’s tower where his captivity had begun.
Just recently, the Denmark ministry of defense had released over 15,000 UFO sighting archives from over the last 30 years and have also set up a link where you can download accounts of the historic UFO sightings, click here to visit that site: http://www2.forsvaret.dk/Pages/forside.aspx The observations of the UFO sightings vary from China lamps, a bright planet, and other natural occurrences to what is known as the “flying gople.” The air force has stated that most sightings do remain unidentified due to a lack of precise details and some reports have ruled out aircraft and weather phenomena. One curious report occurred on January 5th 1981 at about 12:50 which states a flaming square disc was spotted about 45 degrees over frozen land neat the Thule Air Base. It had vanished as fast as it had appeared; coincidentally radar stations at the American base had recorded an unidentified flying object off their radar also at 12:50.
If so far Denmark seems to offer much a mystery, then it should come as no surprise that the mysterious Sealand Skull was discovered by workers replacing sewer pipes in Ølstykke in 2007. The skull’s discovery didn’t make any immediate headlines nor was it acknowledged by science until 2010. Researchers examined the skull at a Veterinarian high school in Copenhagen concluded that “although resembling a mammal, certain features make it impossible to fit the animal into Linnaean taxonomy.”
Since we have already discussed the discovery of a skeleton at the Draghsholm Castle and a mysterious skull discovered, let’s take a look at Denmark’s 2,000 year old army of several hundred ancient warriors that have been discovered in a bog in the Alken Enge wetlands. The remains seem to tell a story of an entire army’s sacrifice. Some of the remains include a fractured skull and a sliced thighbone. Also unearthed at the site were well preserves axes, spears, clubs and shields. The area in which the excavation has taken place is so massive that archaeologists don’t believe they will ever excavate all of what remains. It is believed that these warriors lost a battle to an opposing tribe.
If occult is in your interest then you will be fascinated to learn that “if ever Denmark is in great danger, from his enchanted sleep Holger Danske will rise and the table to which his beard has grown will split in twain, as he can sleep no more in Denmark needs aid”. *quoted from the encyclopaedia of superstitions, folklore, and the occult sciences by Charles McClellan Stevens Danse is regarded as a Danish national symbol, he is also called Oger Le Danois, his name being the only link to Denmark. Danish national author Hans Christian Andersen had in 1845 written the fairy tale Holger Danse where he was described as sitting fast asleep with his beard having grown into the table in front of him and his sword in his lap, prepared to wake up to action in case Denmark had been threatened by outside forces.
Denmark has also more than 500 years of scientific research which provides the foundations of the Danish society as we know it today. One of the most well known inventions to come out of Denmark was Google Maps invented by brothers Jens and Lars Rasmussen. This technology is used all over the world and is one of the most popular go-to mapping services today. So while in Denmark looking for the next haunted location, just remember the Google Maps originated there and you will be sure to find your location as easy as a click.
Finally, if you are looking for any hot spots while in Denmark, I would first start with Copenhagan at Dana Cup where reports claim a little boy was killed playing soccer and reportedly returns to haunt the area. Also be sure to route your way over to Dragsholm castle and see if you can have an encounter with the reported 100 ghosts that lurk within. Perhaps you could bare witness to the white lady, or even James Hepburn or the little boy in Copenhagan.
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The Netherlands is a country about the size twice that of New Jersey located in the Northwestern section of Europe. The country neighbors Germany, Belgium, and the North Sea. According to encyclopedia.com, the land area of the Netherlands increases slightly each year as a result of continuous land reclamation and drainage. In its recent years, the country’s government has placed an increased emphasis on preservation due to economic growth. The nation is also known to have one of the world’s highest levels of industrial carbon dioxide emissions although continued efforts take place to reduce sulphur dioxide emissions. Its rivers also suffer from severe pollution due to agricultural and industrial waste. The major spoken languages of the country are Dutch and Frisian (Frisian is closely related to AngloSaxon tongue with a bit of Dutch in it.) Most residents of the Netherlands as well understand English, French and German.
In recent years; the Dutch society has become increasingly secular with a steady decline of church memberships. Roman Catholic religion is said to be the most popular religions followed by Dutch reformed, Muslim, Calvinist Reformists, Hindu, Jewish and Buddhist but the largest group of people report to be atheist or agnostic. At about the 16th century, the Dutch Reformed Church originated during the time of the Protestant Reformation under the influence of Calvinistic teachings. The Dutch Reform paranormal belief is the the spirits are actually malevolent who are deceitful as commanded by Satan. They named them demons, evil spirits and even unclean spirits. Similar churches around the same time holding the same theological views were also founded in France, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, England and Scotland. Though the church was never considered a Dutch state church, the law demanded that all of its public officials be a member. In 1815, the Kingdom of the Netherlands was established in which the church has become more centralized. The new government then imposed new rules and regulations which placed the church under royal control allowing the king to appoint the church head up until 1852. By 1853, the church and the state were completely separated. This church remained the largest church until the mid 20th century when it was surpassed by the Roman Catholic Church.
Participants from the Netherlands were chosen from a paranormal fair and asked to participate in a study related to the fringe sciences which focused on materials and methods. The participants first were instructed to view a set of 38 black and white pictures of faces and houses that consisted of different levels visual noise in each. The point of this test was to study the neural correlates of perceptual decision making. After completing this task, the participants were asked to fill in a questionnaire form about the paranormal at their own pace. Later a regression analysis was conducted in which the effect of paranormal beliefs on accuracy was investigated after controlling for demographic variables such as gender, age and education. You can read more about this experiment and more by following this link: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article…
In the province of Drenth exists a 5,000 year old monument of huge granite stones known as the Hunebedden in which huge granite rocks are rested on top of smaller rocks. The belief is that simple farmers had moved these large boulders to Drenthe to construct a large burial chamber. It is theorized in 1857 by King Frederic VII of Denmark that they selected boulders found with a flat side, some of which had to be dug out from the sand. The stones were then placed on wooden rollers or sleds by use of levers and manpower did the rest. The curious thing about the structure is that similar structures can be found throughout the world in locations including Germany, Massachussetts, Sicily, Italy, Africa, France India, Korea, Ireland and Spain. These structures are known as Dolmens.
A controversial photo of U.F.O. Over the Netherlands surfaced in 2013 by amateur photographer Corinne Federer. Federer was taking pictures outside of the Muiderslot castle in succession when she managed to capture a tubular shaped object that appears to have an S-shaped fin. Federer claims that she hadn’t noticed the object until reviewing the photos later. This is what she told the Huffington Post: “It was a tubular-shaped object that had an S-shaped fin on it. If it had been any type of missile, it would’ve had multiple fins, but facing the same direction. We heard nothing, it was completely quiet out. The more I flipped through the frames, it was kind of creepy,I’ve been shooting for quite some time and I’ve seen other stuff in the news, but I’ve never seen anything [like this] with my own eye.”
In Amsterdam, Netherlands you can find Anne Frank’s secret annex. It is believed that you can feel cold spots in certain areas of the room and sometimes while walking around towards nightfall, you may be able to see a figure of a young girl. Also in Amsterdam you can find the bell tower which is said that a boy dressed in early 20th century period clothing walks up the flight of stairs and disappears. The most notable of haunted locations in the Netherlands exists in Waardenberg at the Waardenberg castle. At night an unseen spirit will travel the stairs and in some rooms you can hear whispering voices, and toilets flushing in an area where there isn’t a toilet. On the east wing there is a room known as the ghost room where objects are said to move by themselves. You can also travel the house and notice cold drafts in some parts. It is said that human bodies were found in its cellars. It is also said that medieval wizard Dr. Faust had lived at the castle and was supposedly taken to hell from the location by the devil himself. At the location in its window exists two hand prints made of blood that can’t be washed, perhaps the marks left behind by silent witnesses of the happening.
Near the river Scheldt in Antwerp it was once believed that Druon Antigoon, a giant would sit by the river and charge a toll in order to cross. If any traveler should refuse to pay the toll, Druon Antigoon would proceed to cut their hand off and toss it into the river. The giant was later defeated by a Roman soldier by the name of Silvius Brabo who managed to cut off the giant’s hand in combat and toss it into the same river that Druon Antigoon would toss the severed hands of nonpaying travelers.
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Russia is known as the largest country in the world, and is said to take up 1/6th of the earth’s land mass and consists of every type of climate except tropical. Though the climate is varied, Russia’s Winters are long and cold and the Summers seasons are brief. The coldest recorded temperatures have been recorded in the eastern Siberian tundra at -68 C (-90 F) The European and Asiatic Russia are traditionally divided by the Ural mountains. Half of Russia is covered with great pine forests and south of these forests are prairies that consist of rich and dark soil. Just south of the prairies exist a subtropical zone just along the shores of the Black and Caspian seas. The majority of the ethic Russian Federation is eastern Slavic, though the federation is a multi-ethnic state that consists of more than 100 ethnic groups, some of which are Eskimos. Russian is the common language in the country’s government and education though most groups are distinguished by their own language and culture.
The majority of today’s Russian religion belongs to the Orthodox Christian denomination, in which, the country adopted Christianity under Prince Vladimir of Kiev in 988 during a ceremony pattered on Byzantine rites. Russia’s baptism then laid the foundations for the rise of the Russian Orthodox Church. In the 17th century, the Patriarch of Moscow and Russia (1652-1658) had made vigorous attempts to modify church rites. His reforms had eventually led to a religious split and emergence of the Old Belief. This survived in Russia until the early 18th century when in 1718, Peter the Great had introduced collective control into the Russian Church. His innovation had worked until 1721 when the Ecclesiastical College was transformed into a ruling Holy Synod which was instituted as an administrative entity of church power of the Russian Orthodox Church. By 1917, the local council of the Russian Orthodox Church adopted resolutions that restored patriarchal rule. By 1990 many laws were passed on the freedom of religion under which many of the existing restrictions were removed, allowing them to step up to their activities. For much more information of Russia’s history and current religion, I encourage you to visit http://www.newzealand.mid.ru/religion-in-russia.htm According to Brian P. Bennett, (author of Religion and Language in Post-Soviet Russia); the Church Slavonic which is part of the post-Soviet landscape is where the interest in Slavic prehistory, and the trend towards alternative history, conspiracy theories, and paranormal phenomena converge. Beliefs about the mysterious nature of letters have a long history not only in Christianity as a whole but specifically in Russian Orthodoxy. The Orthodox discourse has been joined by other forms of the alphabetic mysticism, often in combination with conspiracy theories of Russian history. Some Orthodox nationalists believe the country is under the spell of Jewish Kabbalah. Some new age discourses suggest that modern Cyillic alphabet is the master-plan of the universe, a kind of cosmic table of events; others claim it as the oldest alphabet in the world, and that all writing systems—including Egyptian hieroglyphics—ultimately derive from it.
In the 20th century, Russia was said to had spent about 60 million rubles annually on psychotronic research. In 1984, Russian healer Djuna Davitashvili participated in a 10,000 mile remote viewing experiment with Russell Targ. She was given the task of describing where a colleague would be hiding in San Francisco in which she had to focus her attention ten thousand miles and two hours into the future to correctly describe his location. While the experiments were performed, they were under the control of the USSR Academy of Sciences. Djuna hit the mark on all counts and the experiment was declared a resounding success.
In recent history, a team of archaeologists discovered a well preserved mummy which was believed to belong to a lost civilization is Northern Russia that dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries. The archaeologists speculate that these remains could be that of a teenager or even a child, though they have yet to open the coffin. The recovered remains were were discovered wrapped in birch bark containing copper, in which, when combined with the freezing conditions had created a tomb. According to Alexander Gusev, fellow of the Research Center for the Study of Arctic; “The mummification was natural. It was a combination of factors: the bodies were overlain with copper sheets, parts of copper kettles, and together with the permafrost, this it gave the preserving effect.” In 2014 more mummies were discovered at Zeleniy Yar in Siberia in 34 shallow graves. 11 of the bodies which were discovered in the medieval burial place had either smashed skeletons or missing and shattered skulls. The belief is that this new discovery is linked to these bodies and is part of a lost civilization.
Russia has recently claimed that they can predict when a UFO will appear in the skies above them and they’ve also learned how to summon them. Major General of FIB in reserve, academician of the Academy of Security, Defense and Law Enforcement went on record saying “We can say that we learned to summon UFOs in Vladimirovka. To do this, we dramatically increased the number of military flights and movement of the equipment. If the intensity on our side increased, UFOs appeared with the probability of 100 percent.” Russia’s Navy has recently declassified records of numerous encounters with unidentified objects. According to Vladimir Azhazha, a UFO researcher and former Military Naval Officer; “Fifty percent of UFO encounters are connected with oceans. Fifteen more—with lakes. So UFOs tend to stick to the water.” More information about the declassified records can be found here: http://www.wired.com/…/russian-navy-declassifies-cold-war-…/
One of Russia’s most haunted sites is the Kremlin where in recent times the president of Russia has had his offices which is located in Moscow. It is believed that among the spirits of the Kremlin are Tsar Ivan The Terrible whom reigned Russia in the 16th century; Vladimir Lenin, who led the 1917 Bolsevik Revolution; and the notorious Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. The hauntings range from eyewitness sightings to hearing footsteps and even cold spots. The most frequent of the experiences in the Kremlin are of Joseph Stalin in which his spirit typically appears when Russia is hit by deep crisis. The signs of Stalin’s hauntings usually begin when the room suddenly gets cold for no explainable reason. Outside of Kremlin’s hauntings, an archive notes from the 19th century that claims of a strange object had been seen above the Kremlin. It appeared to stop before a sudden flash of light lit up the sky. It then flew up and away. Some modern observers suggest that these accounts similar those of modern UFO sightings.
In 2008, several Russian websites surfaced with photos of the cryptid creature known as the Giant Triops. This is the story that accompanied the photos: “Look what they have found in Chelyabinsk city. The story is that there was a construction site with a deep foundation ditch. They have touched some underground river in the place, so the water in the ditch didn’t go away. It stayed there full of water. Then, some workers a few months later spotted some movement in this water. They threw some pieces of their lunch in the trench, which caused big activity inside. They were puzzled. Who is there? And then they caught one of the creatures. In a panic, the workers stepped away because it tried to bite them. They had to kill it with some equipment, and here are the remains of it. It was around 5 feet long. Not one of them had any idea of what it was.” Some possible explanations suggest that a triops may had been exposed to radiation though they aren’t native to the area. There has also been speculation that the creature was maybe a horseshoe crab, however, the surfaced photos clearly show a triops of an enormous size. Typically, the triops are a tiny species (the largest being only a few inches long.) If you observe the original photos that surfaced in 2008, the creature pictured is beside a manhole cover, and unless the cover is fake, you can clearly see that this creature was well over 5′.
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Greece is a country in South Eastern Europe (Known in ancient times as Hellas) . The Greek population is around 10.8 million and the capital city is Athens.
The Haunted Houses of Athens.
Over several areas of the city is said to be a hotbed of paranormal activity with various houses in the Greek capital has had several witness accounts of strange activity.
The Tower Of Dreams has been abandoned for a long time is said to be visited by the previous owner who was said to an ambitious and greedy man (a type of Greek Scrooge). Witnesses have reported hearing a man screaming “IT IS MY HOUSE”.
The House Of The Disinherited Sisters. This was the home of 3 spinsters, people have reported seeing apparitions of these women around the house and sometimes seen looking out the windows.
On of the locations I found the most intriguing is “The Villa Kazouli”. This house was used in the 2nd world war by the Germans to torture Greek soldiers and in an excavation, 12 bodies were unearthed in the garden. Eyewitness accounts have heard screams coming from the house as well as seeing shadow figures moving around the area.
Historically Greece has been a hotbed of UFO activity, most notable was an encounter a pilot on flight 266 from Athens to London in 2008. The pilot reported seeing a bright object in sky, the object was noted to be changing its position several times and was only reported by the pilot to the control because he was concerned the object was going to collide with the plane. After the flight left the airspace, the control tower continued to monitor the object ( it was reported it could be seen by the naked eye). The Greek air force were also monitoring the object and launched 2 f-16 jets to intercept the object while they continued to monitor it from their control tower. It transpired that the f-16s couldn’t track the object and returned with no further information. The Greek national news channel broadcast the radio conversation between the pilot and the control tower a month later.
A recent photograph of a strange sea creature was photographed off the coast of Corfu by Scotsman Harvey Robertson while he took in a boat trip while on holiday on the Greek Island. The photo was analysed Loren Coleman director if the “International Crypto Museum” said it could be a configuration a type of behavioural restructuring of the bodyform of a mundane species like a squid for example, not usually seen.
The Eleusinian is probably the most famous ancient mysteries and occults in Greece. The cult/religion was celebrated in the city of Eleusis to honour Ceres and Persepne.
The people of the Eleusinian School were famous throughout Greece for their beauty and their high standards of morality. The rites if Eleusis were divided into 2 categories, the lesser and the greater mysteries. The lesser were celebrated in the spring in the town of Agrae and the greater in the autumn at Eleusis or Athens. Women and children were admitted to the Eleusinian Mysteries, and at one time there were literally thousands of initiates. Because this vast host was not prepared for the highest spiritual and mystical doctrines, a division necessarily took place within the society itself. The higher teachings were given to only a limited number of initiates who, because of superior mentality, showed a comprehensive grasp of their underlying philosophical concepts. Socrates refused to be initiated into the Eleusinian Mysteries, for knowing its principles without being a member of the order he realized that membership would seal his tongue. That the Mysteries of Eleusis were based upon great and eternal truths is attested by the veneration in which they were held by the great minds of the ancient world. M. Ouvaroff asks, “Would Pindar, Plato, Cicero, Epictetus, have spoken of them with such admiration, if the hierophant had satisfied himself with loudly proclaiming his own opinions, or those of his order?”
The garments in which candidates were initiated were preserved for many years and were believed to possess almost sacred properties. Just as the soul can have no covering save wisdom and virtue, so the candidates–being as yet without true knowledge–were presented to the Mysteries unclothed, being first: given the skin of an animal and later a consecrated robe to symbolize the philosophical teachings received by the initiate. During the course of initiation the candidate.
In a country where atrocities such as the German regimes concentration camps of WWII, one can only wonder if the scars of yesterday left a paranormal marker for today’s paranormal inquisitors.
Auschwitz concentration camp was a network of German Nazi concentration camps and extermination camps built and operated
by the Third Reich in Polish areas during World War II. Being of Polish ethnicity and only 2nd generation American, the paranormal findings of this camp holds a special interest for me. my Father served in the war and saw the horror first hand as he would tell us stories of his time spent there and some of my family visited this camp first hand which is now a World Heritage Site. At least 1.1 million prisoners died at Auschwitz, around 90 percent of them Jewish.
Currently Poland consists of many beliefs, however the majority of its population adheres to Christianity. Within this, the largest grouping is the Catholic Church with 87.5% of Poles in 2011 identifying themselves as Roman Catholic which is higher than any other European country. Some believe this religious statistic to be because of the concentration camps as Poland has a lineage to it’s Jewish heritage.
Poland lies in eastern Europe on the Baltic Sea and has a strong architectural medieval flair. The people are artsy and intricately woven to their thousand year history. Poland is proud of it’s achievements and now stands as a highly developed country. According to nations encyclopedia “Poland’s average altitude is 568 ft; 75.4% of the land is less than 656 ft above sea level. The highest point, Mount Rysy (2,499 m/8,199 ft), is located in the Tatra Mountains on the Slovakian border.”
Auschwitz lies approximately 37 miles west of Krakow near the prewar German-Polish border in Upper Silesia, an area that Nazi Germany annexed in 1939 after invading and conquering Poland and was the largest of its’ kind. According to the American Holocaust Museum, ” The SS authorities established three main camps near the Polish city of Oswiecim: Auschwitz I in April 1940; Auschwitz II (also called Auschwitz-Birkenau) in October 1941; and Auschwitz III (also called Auschwitz-Monowitz) in October 1942.”
This is a first hand account by my Brother upon returning home from his trip to the camp back in 1979, he stated, “It was the most depressing place I have visited during my stay. The smell of death lingers in the air as if it wraps its’ arms around you, dragging you in to feel the sadness that occurred there. There were claw marks from those contained in the gas chambers upon the cement walls, I felt a tear roll down my cheek. I did not feel as if they ever left, meaning the spirits of those departed.”
As I searched for paranormal information on Auschwitz, I found my Brother’s thoughts were not unfounded. It seems he is not alone on his feelings. the personal blog of heparanormalblogging.blogspot.com/…/auschwitz-most-haunted-…, also felt the despair of the
gas chamber. It is also noted that visitors to this camp have captured pictures and videos of strange forms in the gas chambers, also some visitors have noticed cold spots and the feel of being touched by in non-existent hands.
In the small gift shop located in this dim dark remembrance of a time best left laid to rest, they sell small flowers to place throughout Auschwitz
as the Poles believe flowers calm the spirits that roam the halls. From screams heard and cold spots, to the gripping almost unnerving feel of death that haunts this place, I can only imagine if any place could be haunted this would be high on the top ten list.
The American Holocaust Muesum
For more information on this camp
In the former Soviet blocked nations of the southern Baltic States you will find Lithuania. It is a little known gem that is known as the land of wood and water. It’s shores grace crescents of white sand known as Curonian Spit and lush beautiful forests that enhance the beauty of the country and it’s wildlife.
The capital, Vilnius, makes it a worthy visit with it’s stunning antiquity courtyards, cobblestone streets and garish baroque churches along with a community that boasts a vibrant culture. My great Grandparents spoke very little English and I myself do understand some of this language as it was spoken within my home along with some Polish. If my Great Grandparents who married upon arrival on Ellis Island were a showcase of the people who live in this country I would say they are honest, hardworking and a kind culture with many traditions.
According to “True Lithuania” and “Wikipedia” the religions practiced in this small country is as follows. “As per the 2011 census, the predominant religion in Lithuania is Christianity, with the largest confession being Roman Catholicism. Lithuania was the last pagan country in Europe, with the Roman Catholic Church becoming widely accepted only as late as the 17th century”.
The topography of this Baltic state is a lowland terrain with small lakes and rich fertile soil. There are some highlands that lie to the east and south, with a some hills to the west.
When researching the paranormal in one of my ancestry homelands I could not help but be immediately drawn to the Hill of Crosses. The Hill of Crosses, also known in native tongue as Kryzių Kalnas, is located 12 kilometers north of the small industrial city of Siauliai and is a Lithuanian national pilgrimage center. The city of Siauliai was founded in 1236 and was occupied by Teutonic Knights during the 14th century. The tradition of placing crosses dates from this period. The placing of crosses were memorials to the dead with no bodies to bury, so instead left crosses on this hill to commemorate their fallen soldiers which seem to escalate as a Ritual after an uprising against the Russian Tsar in 1831. When Russia occupied the country they bulldozed this site twice only for it to be resurrected. Today there are an estimated 200,000 crosses, carvings and shrines at the site made out of many different materials.In 1991, when Lithuania re-won its independence, the hill became a dual symbol of its Catholic faith and national identity.
Paranormal activity – though I could not find much in the way of spectral visitations this site is considered one of the most creepy and mysterious sites in this nation. Much has been broadcast both on TV as well as newspapers across the world. It is a site to behold both the traditions and faiths which in itself in my opinion is paranormal of the people of Lithuania.
Not to be deterred in the paranormal experiences of this country I decided to see what the UFO scene was. Much to my surprise Lithuania actually has much activity in this area of the fringe sciences. While scanning the pages of ufo-hunters.com I found that there are quite a few reports up until the moments I submitted this article. Perhaps the largest sighting was that of a disc shaped craft in the skies over the capitol of Vilnius in 2012.
I also decided to take a look into the phenomena of cryptids to see if there were any sightings of creatures unknown to us in the United States. All I could locate was a strange animal in a pond which to me has no cryptozoology facts to back up this sighting.
I will leave you with a bit Lithuanian folklore, The Baubas, which many believe that folklores were created by a real story somewhere along the way!
The Baubas, an evil spirit with long skinny arms and wrinkled fingers with blood red eyes. Harassing people he tears at their hair. To the children of this country, he is the equivalent of the boogeyman. A misbehaving
child will be told: “Behave, or Baubas will come get you”. It could also be described as a black and dark creature living under the carpets or in some dark spot of the house. A good reason to clean your room!
From The Adze to the Tikoloshe, Africa has it’s share of paranormal activity and a large range of beliefs in Occult as well as those based on cryptids. They are all steeped in legends of the land and told through the generations making them have a stronghold on the regions belief system. The Adze is a legend of the Ewe people of Ghana and it’s close neighbor, Togo.
They believe the Adze is like that of a vampire which takes the form of a firefly, but if you capture one, it will revert to that of a human form. The Ewe people believe once the Adze turns into it’s human form this human like creature may attack and eat your organs. However, they believe when it is in the insect form, the Adze will suck out your blood while your sleeping and spread many forms of disease, which is one of their possible explanations for the huge malarial outbreaks in their country. It seems the Adze prefers that it’s victims are small or young children. They also believe the victim of an Adze will become a witch who will be possessed by the Adze’s spirit when the blood is drained.
This region also holds dear the legend of the Mokèlé-mbèmbé. The Mokèlé-mbèmbé is a cryptid type creature which resembles a dinosaur from the Congo River region. The name means “one who stops the flow of rivers” which is perfect due to it’s large size, much like that of a Brontosaurus. There have been dozens of expeditions trying to find this elusive creature, but all that has come back with the exploration teams are second hand accounts and mysterious footprints. The 1985 Disney film Baby is based on the legend of the Mokèlé-mbèmbé.
Another cryptid this area holds to legend is that of the Gbahali from the country of Liberia. This massive reptilian resembles that of a huge crocodile. Growing up to 30 feet long, this cryptid has a snout shorter than any crocodile’s and longer legs. Although this species is not confirmed by science, it is not considered a legendary monster among Liberian hunters, but a real creature they have caught and eaten. Eye witnesses were shown a picture of the extinct animal Postosuchus, and they recognized it as the Gbahali.
Whether you travel here for business or pleasure, this region has prolific beliefs in it’s legends and generational stories. Many of the crytids could be exaggerated in it’s description, however I myself would be wary to see a Ninka Nanka or a Popawa should I ever travel to these parts of the world and may just be wary of any so called fireflies!
Source – Mental Floss, Nobu Tamura.
The people of Africa who were brought across the Atlantic ocean to work on the sugar and coffee plantations of Dominica from the early 1700’s up until 1807 came from West Africa. It is no wonder with this past that the beliefs of the occult have strong ties on this beautiful island. Currently, the majority of the people of the Dominican Republic claim to be Christian, with over 90% of those claiming Roman Catholicism as their religion.
Dominican Catholicism is an eclectic mix of Roman Catholic traditions and African-rooted religions/ceremonies,or Santeria, and is widespread in the Dominican Republic. But deep in the roots of these islanders lies ties to
Animism. This was original religion brought to Dominica and is the belief that there are many spirits inhabiting the world, which bring good or evil and are associated with the ancestors such as ancestor spirits. This remains
in some form in the obeah, but even in the adaptation to Christianity there is still a great reverence for the dead and the ancestors in the importance of funerals, wakes “nine night” and the annual Fete La Toussaint, to remember
the souls of the dead.
Some still practiced in the different forms of voodoo that survive in Haiti and in the shango of Trinidad and pocomania of Jamaica. Voodoo, for instance originated from Dahomey, based on the worship of the good, poisonless
serpent spirit, Dangbay. The priest or voodun communicates with this spirit and makes Dangbays will known to others.Dances such as the Kalenda, Chica and Voodoo are part of these religious rites where spirit possession accompanied by intense drumming and chants creates this type of worship.
One can imagine with the influx of Christianity that the occult practices of the past are now commingled with the Roman Catholicism that as stated above converted 90% of the island inhabitants. Transformation has taken place over time and voodoo has been exported with the Haitian Diaspora to other cities in North America.
In the tourist enclaves, voodoo ceremonies are presented as floor shows and as such have been stripped of all of their original meaning. However, in the
private circles of those who still practice the old ways the roots of African Occult is still alive and well.
Voice Lab 9
On a hot and muggy night in 1954 passengers stood in line at customs at the Tokyo airport.
Somber and awaiting their passaports to be stamped customs reviewed the hordes of passengers documentation presented, one man seem to stand out. Tall, dark and mysterious the professional appearing man awaited his turn in the long line.
Upon reaching the counter he presented his papers. Authentic looking as they were the custom agents could find
no such country in their endless books of maps. I mean who ever heard of a country named Taured. Why they asked the gentleman to point out it’s location the man pointed to where the principality of Andorra, Spain is located.
Noticing it was not labeled as his country the man stepped back and claimed “I am from Taured”. He claim his country has been there for over 1000 years and that he never heard of Andorra. He provided accompanying documentation such as a driver license, bank account info and additional business papers all found to be invalid. The mysterious man looked as confused ad the custom agents.
They took the man to an interrogation room and he sat tired and cramped and frustration began to enter the discussion as he explained his country and showed the past stamps and how he had traveled for the last five years without an issue.
Airport officials did their due diligence and called the company the man professed to work fo only to find out it did not exist. They decided to get the man a hotel room where they placed a guard outside while they finished their investigation. The next morning they knocked upon his room door and he had simply vanished.There was only one way in and one way out and the guard did not leave his post all night. There were no window sills inside nor on the outside so escape via the window was not possible. It seems as mysteriously as he appeared in the airport in 1954 he disappeared as well.
So is this JUST A STORY?
The story of this man appeared in the book “The Directory of Possibilities”, Colin Wilson & John Grant [Corgi Paperback, 1982. ISBN: 0-552-119946].
No one knows for certain if this was a factual account. No documents or newspaper clippings exist other than what was written by Colin Wilson and John Grant. In the story of ‘The Man from Taured’ we learn that an European visitor to Tokyo seems to be caught between two worlds. One of which the man’s reality seems
similar to ours, except of course for the country that doesn’t exist. At least in our wormhole-shanghai-tunnel-flickr-stuck-in-customsworld. Taured exists on no map, yet the man carried official documentation to prove otherwise. So what really happened in that muggy Tokyo airport in 1954?
Could the man from Taured have been a traveler caught between a wormhole? One that sent him unknowingly into our dimension. An alternate universe in which things played out entirely different. A world that lived under the control of the Axis side.
Another explanation is that the man from Taured was telling the truth. As far as he was concerned, he came from the country of Taured. He’s always known of his country to exist, and had never heard of The Principality of Andorra before seeing it printed on the Japanese world map. As far as he was concerned,
everyone had to be playing a prank on him. However we all know that Andorra clearly has existed for quite some time and that the Allies won the war. So could this man be a spy for some dark government agency sent on a mission to Japan? A brainwashed spook that was given a false identity alongside all documentation
to make him believe.
The Principality of Andorra has certainly had a long history with war and politics, so that explanation wouldn’t be such a stretch.
What happened inside that Tokyo airport we may never know. One thing is for certain, strange things happen every single day.
Source – ghosttheory
Rising Soca music echoing through an island who’s name literally means eel due to its’ shape one would not think of this tropical paradise as having anything to do with superstition. Millions of visitors grace its’ sandy beaches never knowing what is lurking, watching & waiting in the wings to induce thoughts that nightmares are made of.
It is not bad enough that the Old Higue of Caribbean folk lore derives from this area and numerous oral traditions of this demonic spirit that shows itself as an elderly man or woman who, upon shedding its human skin, is revealed a glowing, animated ball of light. Female variants are said to drink the blood of children, while the male variants prey primarily on adults. Waking up with black and blue marks on one’s skin is said to be a sign that you’ve been visited by Ol’ Higue overnight. Tradition dictates that to ward them off, one must leave a bag or a bowl of rice before one’s door before bed.
They also believe in the Jumbees of the trees, primarily the Silk Cotton Trees which encroaches with its finger like roots able to engulf a home with in its’ grip. This legendary tree, is easily among the most feared and notorious symbols of the spirit realm in this part of the world.
The reverence attached to these trees goes all the way back to the slave days, a product of ancient belief systems practiced throughout Western Africa, native home to a great many slaves, as well as the silk cotton trees themselves.
According to folklore, the silk cotton is one of the best places to find spirits, Jumbees, duppies, and other supernatural beings.They live inside the trees, which presents a bit of a problem if you’re ever trying to build something where these trees are numerous. There are tales of islanders refusing to cut down silk cotton trees for fear of releasing the spirits inside. These spirits and belief are prevalent throughout this area as well as all the Caribbean.
source Caribbean Uncharted
Situated in Northumberland, 10 miles from the coast and about 70 miles each of Newcastle and Edinburgh sits Chillingham Castle. You would never believe from simply looking at it, that it contains such a horrendous past that included many forms of torture.
Chillingham was once used as a stronghold against the Scots and was the home of Sir Humphrey Wakefield. In 1297, William Wallace had forged an attack on the area that ended in woman and children being burned alive in the local abbey.
In addition to the many sieges that have taken place here, Chillingham Castle has also played host to several of the Kings of England, starting with King Henry III and moving up through to the members of the Royal family today. It is now considered as a holiday stop with rooms providing all of the modern comforts.
In addition to this being a prime holiday location, it is also reputed to be the most haunted location in England. The Earl Grey family which lived there for many years had at least 8 well documented executions to take place on the land. Some were hanged, drawn and quartered with their heads displayed to remind people of what could happen if you went against the King. Others family members were much luckier. They were simply beheaded.
As you can imagine, all of the death at the former stronghold has led to many reports of spirits residing here. With the exception of a few, the families that lived in the castle had lives of excitement and romance. They may have served Kings, but as history clearly shows – they were known to rebel, also.
To this day, the castle still has the dungeon and torture chambers completely intact and they are on the tour. People describe these areas as the “creepiest” places in Chillingham. Of course, there was unbearable pain inflicted upon people here through torture and death was a frequent visitor.
In the center of the dungeon is a 20 foot deep pit that is covered by a grate. Men, women and children were thrown into this pit, some of them simply for being Scots. Their arms and legs were broken and some were even cut off before they were tossed into this pit of death. The lucky ones died quickly. Those that were not so lucky survived by eating chunks of flesh from the dead. Of course, in time they all died. When the pit was full, the bodies were removed and more bodies could then pile up. If you look down through the grate to this day, you can still see the last victim of the pit – the skeletal remains of a young girl. Scraping sounds and banging noises can still be heard here at night.
Even with the history of the dungeon, the torture chamber is still the most horrific place in the castle. There are still a many of the torture devices displayed here and most of them are still in perfect working order. These include a stretching rack, a bed of nails, a spiked chair, an Iron Maiden, thumb screws, chains, leg irons, cages, man traps and branding irons. All of these instruments still bring to mind the unimaginable horrors that were suffered by their victims. The floor of the torture chamber is even built on a slant so that the blood of the victims could drain to the other end of the room. This was unfortunately the last memory that thousands of Scots were allowed.
The man that was so cruel as to carry out these horrendous acts of torture was John Sage. Sage had been King Edward’s best man on the battlefield until he was wounded and lost his leg in battle. This left him unable to fight on the field, so he begged the King to find a position for him. King Edward bestowed the title of Torture Master of Chillingham Castle on Sage.
Even though there have been many reports of spiritual activity over the years at Chillingham, including the Blue Boy and Lady Mary Berkeley, there is one that I wish to focus on the most. That is the ghost of John Sage, who was the torture expert for Chillingham, during the reign of King Edward.
Sage hated the Scots with such a venomous passion that he even created his own methods of torture for them. He implemented the use of a boiling pot, came up with devices to gouge the eyes out and other unspeakable ways to torture his victims. However, his most prized idea was the rat cage. A rat would be starved. Then a cage was tied to the stomach of the intended victim and the starved rat was place in the cage. The only way for the rat to escape was to eat their way through the victim.
John Sage spent 3 years torturing more than 50 victims per week. But in a strange turn of events, that only be called karma, Sage died because of one of the devices that he loved to inflict pain through. One fateful night, Sage and his girlfriend, Elizabeth Charlton decided to engage in rough sex in the torture chamber. They were on the rack when he decided to start strangling Elizabeth. What was supposed to be a moment of pleasure, ended with him strangling her to death.
Elizabeth’s father was a member of a group called the Border Reivers, which turned out to be very unfortunate for Sage. This group of men raided both sides of the English and Scottish border. The Border Reivers contacted King Edward and demanded that Sage be killed, in addition to all of the Scots that were being held, to be released. If the King did not comply with this order, they would team up with the Scots and attack Chillingham Castle. The King ordered the immediate release of the Scots on a Thursday. However, Sage refused to do this until the following Saturday. During those few days he went on a murderous rampage killing any man, woman or child that was a Scots. The men, women and older children were brought into the enclosed courtyard and thrown on a bon fire. The younger children were held in the Edward I room, where they could no doubt see their families being burned to death, as well as hearing their screams and smelling their burning flesh.
Sage took a small axe to the Edward I room and proceeded to hack all of these children to death. The very axe that was used in this horrendous act can still be seen today. It is hanging in the stairwell outside the Edward I room.
Sage then went to many of the villages surrounding the castle killing more Scots before they were able to escape. Not a single man, woman or child that was supposed to be released survived the rampage of John Sage. The bodies were never moved and anyone coming into Chillingham was forced to either walk or drive their carts over them. Even to this very day, bones seem to creep up through the road to be crushed. An entire finger bone was recently found. It seems as if the last victims of John Sage are asking that they not be forgotten.
King Edward ordered that Sage be hanged. As soon as his body started swinging from the tree a collective cheer went up from the crowd gathered to watch. Before he was even dead, people rushed forward to cut off his nose, fingers, toes and testicles for keepsakes. The reports are that he was buried in front of Chillingham at the crossroads. It was said that this was done so that his ghost wouldn’t know the way to Heaven and would instead choose the road to Hell.
If reports are correct, John Sage seems to have decided to stay right where he killed so many innocent victims. There have been reports of people seeing him wandering around on the grounds. Some have reported hearing the sounds of heavy footsteps followed by the sound of something being dragged behind. Could it be that John is walking around and dragging his missing leg behind him?
As you can see, there is a reason that Chillingham Castle has been called the most haunted location in England. It seems that they have ghosts to spare. If you are interested in hauntings and history – Chillingham Castle seems to be the place to find it, since it seems as if it’s main purpose has been to force torture and death on so many unwilling souls.
Fiji’s new Parliament House was opened for use in 1992, but a mere five years afterwards, a shadowy figure was recorded on the building’s security cameras for a full five minutes. When the footage was shown on national television, an exorcism was called for, which took place in the Autumn of 1997.
For a while, the residents of Manitoba Colony thought demons were raping the town’s women. There was no other explanation. No way of explaining how a woman could wake up with blood and semen stains smeared across her sheets and no memory of the previous night. No way of explaining how another went to sleep clothed, only to wake up naked and covered by dirty fingerprints all over her body. No way to understand how another could dream of a man forcing himself onto her in a field—and then wake up the next morning with grass in her hair.
For Sara Guenter, the mystery was the rope. She would sometimes wake up in her bed with small pieces of it tied tightly to her wrists or ankles, the skin beneath an aching blue. Earlier this year, I visited Sara at her home, simple concrete painted to look like brick, in Manitoba Colony, Bolivia. Mennonites are similar to the Amish in their rejection of modernity and technology, and Manitoba Colony, like all ultraconservative Mennonite communities, is a collective attempt to retreat as far as possible from the nonbelieving world. A slight breeze of soy and sorghum came off the nearby fields as Sara told me how, in addition to the eerie rope, on those mornings after she’d been raped she would also wake to stained sheets, thunderous headaches, and paralyzing lethargy.
Her two daughters, 17 and 18 years old, squatted silently along a wall behind her and shot me fierce blue-eyed stares. The evil had penetrated the household, Sara said. Five years ago, her daughters also began waking up with dirty sheets and complaints of pain “down below.”
The family tried locking the door; some nights, Sara did everything she could to keep herself awake. On a few occasions, a loyal Bolivian worker from the neighboring city of Santa Cruz would stay the night to stand guard. But inevitably, when their one-story home—set back and isolated from the dirt road—was not being watched, the rapes continued. (Manitobans aren’t connected to the power grid, so at night the community is submerged in total darkness.) “It happened so many times, I lost count,” Sara said in her native Low German, the only language she speaks, like most women in the community.
In the beginning, the family had no idea that they weren’t the only ones being attacked, and so they kept it to themselves. Then Sara started telling her sisters. When rumors spread, “no one believed her,” said Peter Fehr, Sara’s neighbor at the time of the incidents. “We thought she was making it up to hide an affair.” The family’s pleas for help to the council of church ministers, the group of men who govern the 2,500-member colony, were fruitless—even as the tales multiplied. Throughout the community, people were waking to the same telltale morning signs: ripped pajamas, blood and semen on the bed, head-thumping stupor. Some women remembered brief moments of terror: For an instant they would wake to a man or men on top of them but couldn’t summon the strength to yell or fight back. Then, fade to black.
Some called it “wild female imagination.” Others said it was a plague from God. “We only knew that something strange was happening in the night,” Abraham Wall Enns, Manitoba Colony’s civic leader at the time, said. “But we didn’t know who was doing it, so how could we stop it?”
No one knew what to do, and so no one did anything at all. After a while, Sara just accepted those nights as a horrific fact of life. On the following mornings, her family would rise despite the head pain, strip the beds, and get on with their days.
Then, one night in June 2009, two men were caught trying to enter a neighbor’s home. The two ratted out a few friends, and, falling like a house of cards, a group of nine Manitoba men, ages 19 to 43, eventually confessed that they had been raping Colony families since 2005. To incapacitate their victims and any possible witnesses, the men used a spray created by a veterinarian from a neighboring Mennonite community that he had adapted from a chemical used to anesthetize cows. According to their initial confessions (which they later recanted), the rapists admitted to—sometimes in groups, sometimes alone—hiding outside bedroom windows at night, spraying the substance through the screens to drug entire families, and then crawling inside.
But it wasn’t until their trial, which took place almost two years later, in 2011, that the full scope of their crimes came to light. The transcripts read like a horror movie script: Victims ranged in age from three to 65 (the youngest had a broken hymen, purportedly from finger penetration). The girls and women were married, single, residents, visitors, the mentally infirm. Though it’s never discussed and was not part of the legal case, residents privately told me that men and boys were raped, too.
In August 2011, the veterinarian who’d supplied the anesthetic spray was sentenced to 12 years in prison, and the rapists were each sentenced to 25 years (five years shy of Bolivia’s maximum penalty). Officially, there were 130 victims—at least one person from more than half of all Manitoba Colony households. But not all those raped were included in the legal case, and it’s believed the true number of victims is much, much higher.
In the wake of the crimes, women were not offered therapy or counseling. There was little attempt to dig deeper into the incidents beyond the confessions. And in the years since the men were nabbed, there has never been a colony-wide discussion about the events. Rather, a code of silence descended following the guilty verdict.
“That’s all behind us now,” Civic Leader Wall told me on my recent trip there. “We’d rather forget than have it be at the forefront of our minds.” Aside from interactions with the occasional visiting journalist, no one talks about it anymore.
But over the course of a nine-month investigation, including an 11-day stay in Manitoba, I discovered that the crimes are far from over. In addition to lingering psychological trauma, there’s evidence of widespread and ongoing sexual abuse, including rampant molestation and incest. There’s also evidence that—despite the fact that the initial perpetrators are in jail—the rapes by drugging continue to happen.
The demons, it turns out, are still out there.
The Rocks, Sydney Australia is actually the birthplace of that country. It is where prisoners were sent to live from Great Britain. Of course, over the years, it has become a bustling city full of history and charm.
What was called a “Moveable Hospital for His Majesty’s Distant Possessions” was originally built here in July of 1790. Then the Rum Hospital was established in 1816, so the portable hospital was removed from the site.
Between 1820-1835, Samuel Terry built shops and houses here. What had originally started as a house and shop in 1845, became a public house called the Patent Ship Inn, and was run by Robert Whitemore, in 1853. From 1858-1870, John Gallagher was the owner. The Patent Ship Inn was torn down and a new hotel called the Port Jackson Hotel was built.
Tooth and Company became the new owners in 1900 and W. Russell became the licensee. They also bought the property at the rear of the hotel and enlarged it from 1910-1920. In 1981, it was restored and became a small hotel that included personal touches to make it more like the original hotel.
Maybe because the Russell Hotel started as a sailor’s hostel, there have been reports of people seeing a a ghostly looking sailor standing around Room #8. He doesn’t seem to be in a hurry and will even stand still and look directly at people.
Employees of the hotel have reported hearing what sounds like walking and floors creaking. But, when they go to investigate, they can never find a reason for the strange sounds.
While there are many things to see and do in the beautiful city of Sidney, if you are able to go to this spectacular part of the world, make sure to stay at the Russell Hotel. You might just see the old sailor of yesteryear.
Port Au Prince Cemetery
Port au Prince cemetery in Haiti, said to be haunted by number of ghosts. In Christchurch, Barbados, the crypt belonging to the Chase family earned a spooky reputation when the coffins of Colonel Thomas Chase and his two daughters were found to have moved around — after the crypt had been sealed shut.
There is a village in Papua New Guinea, famous for its weird culture. Yes, its weird due to the fact that the people of this village hangs the smoked body of their dead relatives on bamboos !!
Their flesh is stained red, and they seem to be imprisoned within cages of bamboo, as if to keep them from leaping down and devouring any explorer who strays too close.
The Anga people who lives there says that its their way to respect their dead relatives !!
Dead men, women and children are effectively smoke cured, in much the same way as a kipper.
Elizabeth college was founded in 1563. The college is said to be haunted by several ghosts !! The story is like this :
It was evacuated during the German occupation of World War II and used by Nazi troops as a base. Many occupying troops never made it back home and the ghost of one Nazi soldier has been spotted by teachers and those who walking the school halls alone.
A more popular rumour of the school is about a ghost who roams the halls surrounding the Le Marchant Library. Its said that it was the ghost of a child said to have been put in detention on the last day of term, forgotten about and locked in the building over the summer, where they subsequently starved to death.
Nestled in the Canadian Rocky Mountains is a beautiful castle like hotel known as the Banff Springs Hotel. It was originally built as a Canadian railroad hotel by William Cornelius Van and opened its’ doors on June 1, 1888. It is within walking distance of the resort community of Banff. It is considered to be one of the most haunted locations in Canada.
In 1911, a new structure was built to replace the original building, in stages. The wooden building was replaced with a concrete and stone facing to create the look of a fairytale castle. Both the original and new structures were designed by American architects.
There was a young woman that lost her life on the staircase of the hotel. She had started to walk down the stairs in her beautiful wedding gown, when candles that were used for lighting, allegedly caught her gown on fire. She panicked and fell to the bottom of the staircase, breaking her neck in the fall. People have reported seeing her still in her wedding dress and dancing in the ballroom.
When the hotel was originally built, the contractors made a mistake and added a room that had no windows or doors. When the mistake was realized, the area was covered up where it wouldn’t be noticed. After a fire, the room was discovered. There have been reports of strange sounds and apparitions here, even though no one can explain why.
Room 873 is where a husband, wife and their daughter were murdered. After the police finished their investigation, the hotel staff was sent in to clean the room. However, there was one small issue with a mirror. It seems that the child’s fingerprints that were located on it could not be removed. The management decided to close the room off, but to this day, people report seeing the slain family moving around in the hall close to the room where they all died.
There is also the spirit of a former bellman, Sam Macauley. Sam is usually seen on the upper levels of the hotel. Several people have identified him as a real person – spoken to him – and then had him to quickly disappear right in front of them.
If you are in Alberta and looking for a haunted hotel to visit, Banff Springs Hotel is a must.
by Ayran MEtzender
Dumas Beach in Gujarat already has an ominous ring to its name. Therefore, it is not surprising that it is considered as one of the most haunted places in India. This beach is located very near Surat, one of the developed cities of the state. This particular beach draws countless visitors almost every day as legend has it that the winds which blow fiercely come along with whispers.
In fact, it is believed that there have been many people who have lost their lives here. Also, if you are a brave heart, you can test the waters yourself by taking a midnight stroll along the beach, if you have company. If the testimonies are anything to go by, then you will also be greeted by warnings asking you to not cross a certain line while on the beach.
It is also believed that this beach was for long used as a Hindu burial ground, therefore, being the resting place of tortured souls. There have also been reports of people disappearing mysteriously and having never been found again. However, if you still want to visit the beach to do some exploring of your own, then go ahead and do so if you have the stomach for it! You will find Dumas Beach one of the most mysterious places in India.
by Ayran MEtzender
Although picturesque and peaceful-looking, Sydney’s Quarantine Station (QS) harbours a dark past, entrenched in isolation, suffering, disease and death.
Built on ground used by Indigenous tribes for healing and burial rituals, the QS has been used for isolation of suspected disease carriers for over 150 years. From the 1830s to 1984, migrant ships arriving in Sydney with suspected contagious disease stopped inside North Head and off-loaded passengers and crew into quarantine to protect local residents from becoming sick. The QS ran for 150 years, growing during periods of infectious disease and shrinking during periods of health and reduced government coffers.
Many paranormal tours are run through the management of the QS, ranging from family-friendly tours to extreme tours, with an option of staying overnight. Guests can also take part in paranormal investigations run by the tour guides.
According to the site’s resident medium, there are at least fifty spirits wandering the hospital, the dining halls, the shower block, and the morgue, where an ominous mannequin lies under a sheet and the stench of death ignites the imagination. People who visit the now empty Quarantine Station are often pushed by people who are not there.
by Ayran MEtzender
What is it with castles and multicoloured female spooks? Ghost hunters calling at 12th century Berry Pomeroy Castle are spoiled for choice with both a Blue Lady and a White Lady plying their mournful trade and causing many people to feel inexplicably uneasy when visiting.
The White Lady casino online is said to be Margaret Pomeroy, a renowned beauty who had the misfortune to fall in love with the same man as Lady Eleanor, her less beautiful but insanely jealous sister. Eleanor imprisoned Margaret in the castle dungeons and it is from here that her spirit is said to rise to the castle ramparts. Her partner-in-colourful-haunting, the Blue Lady, is also reportedly seen beckoning to visitors among the ruins. The consensus is that it”s not a good idea to follow her.
by Ayran MEtzender
This building on the Canal Grande is of rare beauty, but it brings with it a curse: apparently everyone who has owned the building has died a violent death. Built in the XV century, it was designed and owned by Giovanni Dario, who lost his son to a murder and his daughter to suicide while under the cursed roof. Count delle Lanza was murdered, the manager of ‘The Who’, Kit Lambert committed suicide by throwing himself down the stairs, Raul Gardini committed suicide – also under suspicious circumstances. Death has claimed the lives of thirteen successive owners and no one wants to buy the house anymore…
There are just too many stories here to choose from! As far as being haunted goes, Bedok is like a ghost town with an emphasis on the word ‘ghost’.
There is a story of a resident who was shutting his windows late at night after watching TV and came face to face with a Pontianak floating just outside his window.
Another family living somewhere in the vicinity were plagued by a spirit which was determined to not only traumatize their young sons, but send their father, quite literally, to his death. The gentleman only managed to narrowly avoid leaping off the window ledge thanks to what he considered as ‘divine intervention’.
But the most horrifying had to be the urban legend about the man whose jilted wife wore red purposefully, wrote in blood, ‘It’s not over darling,’ and then took her life and the life of their young son. The husband had been a gambler and a philander. Soon after his wife took her life, his mistress moved in and they had a son a few years later. The haunting began in earnest then with the boy saying he was being bullied by someone claiming to be his ‘older brother’.
It culminated with the boy taking his life by leaping out the window.
Regardless of whether it is fact or fiction, this particular apartment has been left abandoned and even then, neighbours have reported hearing a woman crying and the laughter of both a woman and a young boy.
Besides this however, there are many abandoned flats in Bedok and some have been used as temporary homes for construction workers.
Yet, the question remains; why would there be, in land scare Singapore, abandoned flats capable of housing thousands of Singaporeans?
Or maybe, those flats are not truly ‘abandoned’ after all. Still, it could be nothing really. There could be no ghosts and all stories merely began as figments of someone’s imagination.
But sometimes, the proof is infallible. Like those investigators who caught evidence of a spirit at the Yellow Tower. They used technology which professional ghost hunters employ in their own investigations.
Do ghosts exist? Going by stories alone, it’s hard to say. Yet, if the video and recorded evidence matches up, then it would be hard to dispute either, especially if care was taken to rule out all other possible explanations.
Still, one thing is for sure, if Hollywood is ever going to get serious about their horror industry, it’s high time they investigate Asia and adapt our spooks to the silver screen.
Say what you will but Asian ghosts are scarier.
Crichton Castle stands in a secluded rural setting overlooking the River Tyne. It was constructed in several distinct phases over a 200 year period. The earliest part is a tower house built by John de Crichton at the end of the 14th century. It was three stories high with a vaulted basement that contained a kitchen and pit-prison with a hall and private chambers above. The top story was removed in a later remodeling of the castle.
In the mid 15th century, William Crichton, a powerful man who held the office of Chancellor, developed the castle into a residence more suitable for a man of his high standing. He incorporated the tower house into a range of buildings around a square courtyard. William spent most of his life in conflict with the Black Douglases and played his part in the infamous ‘Black Dinner’ in Edinburgh Castle at which the Sixth Earl of Douglas and his brother were lured to their death. In 1444, Sir John Forrester of Corstorphine, one of the Earl of Douglas’s aides, marched on Crichton and destroyed the castle.
In 1484 the estates and offices of the Crichton family were forfeited after the third Lord Crichton was implicated in a conspiracy against the king. The estate of Crichton was bestowed upon Sir John Ramsey of Bothw
ell, later made Lord Bothwell and Treasurer of Scotland. He fled to England after the defeat of his king at the battle of Sauchieburn in 1488. The now vacant Lordships of Crichton and Bothwell were combined to create the Earldom of Bothwell that was first granted to Sir Patrick Hepburn.
The ghost of a horseman has been seen riding up to the castle and through the original entrance, which has long since been blocked with stone. Some claim the phantom horseman is none other than Sir William Crichton. It also rumored that the spirit of Sir William Crichton has been seen leaving the stables across from Crichton Castle and entering the castle tower on the anniversary of his death.
Myself and my team investigated this location a couple of years ago, we didn’t find anything really to report apart from a member of the team getting a stone thrown at them when they were walking round the perimeter of the castle. We tried to work out how it naturally happened but to this date, we can’t explain.
(All pictures were taken during the day when looking over the location by the team).
Ballygally Castle sits about a half hour north of Belfast, Ireland on the coast at Ballygally Bay on the Irish Sea. It is the only 17th century still used as a residence in Northern Ireland and is reputed to be one of the most haunted places in Ulster.
The castle was built in 1625 by James Shaw of Scotland. He came to the area and rented the land from the Earl of Antrim for 24 pounds a year. The castle was built with 5 ft. thick walls and loopholes for muskets.
The Shaw family owned the castle until 1799 when it came into the hands of William Shaw. He sold the castle and estate for 15,400 pounds. During the 1950’s, the castle was bought by Cyril Lord, the carpet tycoon. He extended and renovated the actual castle. The Hastings Hotel Group is now the owner of Ballygally Castle.
Ballygally is home to a number of spirits. One of the most famous is the wife of James Shaw, Lady Isabella Brisbane Shaw. The story goes that James locked his wife in her rooms in the castle and was starving her. She fell to her death from her bedroom window. Since her death, she has roamed the halls of the castle knocking on doors and then disappearing.
Another spirit is that of Madame Nixon, who lived in the castle in the 19th century. This lady is known by the sound of her silk dress walking around the castle.
In December of 2003, the Ballygally manager, Olga Henry, had set up the Dungeon Room in the tower for expected guests. The table had been set up neatly in preparation for a meal. Everything was perfect in the room when Olga locked the door and left. When she went back later to check on the room, she found quite a surprise. The entire table was a mess. All of the napkins were unfolded, there was an unusual scum on all of the glasses and they were arranged in a perfect circle on the table.
There have been mediums staying at the hotel over night, that have told people there that they have felt more spirits in the building than guests during their visits.
There is a very special room in the corner turret of the castle. It’s known as the “Ghost Room” and it reserved for the spirits that stay at the castle. No human guest can reserve the room, but they are welcome to go to the room and visit freely.
Although I can find no direct link for Ballygally Castle, you can find much information by simply googling their name.
For nearly 30 years, I have dedicated myself to finding these answers by using a scientific approach to fully understand and bring explanations to those who seek help and who are experiencing themselves the same things I experienced some 30 years ago. I can say that out of all of the cases I have investigated over the years as a paranormal investigator, 99% can be explained as a product of environment. There is, however, that 1% that can only be considered Beyond The Grave.
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- Edinburgh Vaults (South Bridge), Edinburgh, Scotland - March 25, 2015
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Edinburgh Vaults (aka South Bridge Vaults) are believed to be the one of the most haunted places in the world. As well as a home to tradesmen and taverns in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the vaults were also believed to be used by serial killers Burke and Hare, who stored the bodies of their victims here…
As Edinburgh grew larger during the late 1800’s, two large bridges were created to connect Edinburgh Castle to the lands to the north and the south of the city. The city’s South Bridge was a monumental yet fundamentally flawed, endeavor to span Cowgate Ravine, and connect the old town to the newer section of Edinburgh.
The building of south bridge commenced in 1785 and when finished consisted of 19 arches spanning a total of 1,000 feet wide.
By the 19th Century the city was booming financially. Tradesmen and merchants would set up shop along the bridge in order to target the increase in traffic over the bridge. Below the top level of the bridge were the tradesmen workshops, and below those were living quarters for the people that worked there. In total, there were around 120 rooms.
The construction of the bridge was rushed and as a result the surface wasn’t sealed correctly. This caused floods to occur regularly, which drove all the tradesmen out of the area. As the industrial revolution took hold of Britain, Edinburgh’s South Bridge had developed into a slum, with the city’s poor taking up refuge here. The conditions were deplorable, but the poor people of Edinburgh had little choice. It quick became Edinburgh’s red-light district. Prostitution, murder and rape were rife, as disease and crime plagued the vaults.
There have been countless paranormal experiences in the vaults. One of the most frequent experiences is the cold gusts of air that surprise guests even on the very low levels of the vaults. Needless to say, there are no windows or open doors down here.
Another common experience is hearing voices, sometimes whispering in your ear. People often see and sense a disembodied presence.
Perhaps the most menacing ghosts of Edinburgh Vaults is Mr. Boots. He’s been described as an unkempt man who wears high boots (hence the name). Mr. Boots likes to lurk at the back of the vaults throwing rocks as unsuspecting visitors, and has been known to push people over. People have heard his high boots walking on the cobbles, and his voice echoing from a chamber in the distance.
Another ghost who likes to interact with visitors is Jack. If you’re in the wine vault he may just grab your hand.
For nearly 30 years, I have dedicated myself to finding these answers by using a scientific approach to fully understand and bring explanations to those who seek help and who are experiencing themselves the same things I experienced some 30 years ago. I can say that out of all of the cases I have investigated over the years as a paranormal investigator, 99% can be explained as a product of environment. There is, however, that 1% that can only be considered Beyond The Grave.
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- Edinburgh Vaults (South Bridge), Edinburgh, Scotland - March 25, 2015
- Holy Cross Orphanage - March 12, 2015
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Black-Eyed Children (or Black-Eyed Kids) is an urban legend of supposed paranormal creatures that resemble children between the ages of 6 and 16, with pale white skin and black eyes, who are reportedly seen hitchhiking or panhandling, or are encountered on doorsteps of residential homes. Tales of black-eyed children have appeared in pop culture since the late 1980s.
In a British Newspaper The Daily Mail, dated October 3rd 2014, Paranormal experts have reported a rise in the sightings of Black Eyed Children, its reported that the terrifying spectre of a Black Eyed Child has returned to Cannock Chase in Staffordshire England, after an abstinence of 30 Years, and has literally struck terror into the local people, so much so that Following the headlines, many of the nearby residents have been so scared that they have considered selling up and leaving Cannock.
The story of the return of this Black eyed spirit has also sparked a number of other locals to make public their fear. Many posted online about how they’ve been left too scared to leave their homes at night, just in case they cross paths with the demonic spirit.
The latest descriptions of the girl given by several independent eyewitnesses, was of a very young female possibly 6 to 10 years of age, who has eyes as black as coal. These descriptions are identical to those chronicled in the early 1980s, where a woman heard a scream and upon responding found a small child wandering aimlessly, when asked if she had been the one screaming the child turned round and the woman was faced with a child who had eyes of black, the child promptly ran away into woodland, such was the disbelief by the witness that she called the police and the local police conducted a hunt for what they believed was a child out alone on the Chase, at the time no one had any reason to believe that anything paranormal was going on. It was only after many more reports that interest in this phenomena was sparked.
Another disturbing revelation is that unlike sightings of these Children in other parts of the world that take place at night, the Black Eyed Child of Cannock Chase, has been seen consistently during the day.
According to one leading psychic from the UK who claims to have not only come face to face with this spectre but to have caught photographic evidence, states that the child was the victim of a diphtheria outbreak in the 1800s. They claim the trouble spirit could be one of many buried in an unmarked grave after perishing in a workhouse. The Psychic also had an explanation for the child’s eyes of black, she commented “The eyes are for effect. These children have a story and they want it told.”
Another Ghost expert who is famous for appearing on TV shows led a team through the woods to where he says he felt the most intense paranormal presence, once at the spot he picked up on two names that of a young 7 year old named Christine (or Christina) and another female named Alicestina, but he was unable to say as to whether at the time if either of these youngsters had black eyes.
In 1967 the body of 7 year old Christine Darby was founded dumped on Cannock Chase less than a mile from where the expert felt compelled to stop.
The Ghost expert strongly believed that the sightings of this Black eyed girl may be connected to the murdered child Christine. He Stated: “I had a very negative feeling when we were up there and I think it is linked. The names I’ve come out with are too coincidental not to be connected.
Another statement from this expert in explanation of the black eyes was: “It’s also common for ghosts with black eyes to have been blindfolded or had their sight restricted shortly before their death.
He went on to say: “The feeling I got there makes me think there could be more bodies up there too.”
He also sensed that a medieval village had existed right where we he was standing, and that he believed that some form of burial ground connected to witchcraft may be there and was likely to have been linked with the young girl Alicestina that he had picked up on.
The notorious Black Eyed Child of Cannock Chase has very quickly become an internet sensation, and belief in ghosts and the supernatural is definitely on the rise in Britain. However if this phenomena is real or not a satisfactory conclusion I feel is a long way off.
by Tracy Jones – Division 4 representative
Situated in the hills of Denbighshire, The North Wales Hospital for the Mentally Infirm, was the first institution of its kind that was built in Wales housing welsh patients from 1848. Prior to this, all mentally infirm patients were hospitalized over the border in English Asylums.
Building commenced of this Tudor-Bethan style hospital in September 1844 and was completed in October of 1848. By March 1849, The Asylum held 70 patients and further renovations and expansions were made to the hospital up until 1956, where the upward rise of patients hit 1500 with nearly 1000 staff up to the time of its closure in 1995.
During the 1920-1930’s, there were limited treatments available for mentally ill patients, many of which were highly experimental causing extremely unpleasant side effects. Such treatments included the use of medications such as Cardiazol and malarial treatment, along with insulin shock therapy and sulfur based drugs which were used and developed at the hospital itself. In 1941, therapies such as electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) and prefrontal leucotomy (lobotomy) were becoming common place.
Although it could be argued that the asylums offered a haven for the mentally ill, where mental illness was treated, it could also be suggested that life at the asylum was both difficult and at times painful for patients as they underwent many painful experimental procedures which perhaps were not governed in the same way that such treatments are today. It can only be imagined that patients experienced much anguish and despair not only from their mental health conditions themselves, but also from the treatments that they endured.
Such buildings which are historical in nature and where both mental and physical pain have been endured, are of great interest to paranormal investigators, as many would suggest that the very fabric of the building is intertwined with such extreme experiences which can then manifest into paranormal occurrences.
There have been many claims both from Paranormal Investigators and other visitors to the hospital over the years, of paranormal activity which has been found throughout the entire complex. Both audible and physical phenomena have been reported. Apparitions have been witnessed, voices have been heard and physical contact of people reporting, that they have been touched or pushed are plenty. It is reported, that one paranormal team fled in terror from the building as they experienced what sounded like a gurney being wheeled down a corridor which was heard by the entire team. A further investigation reported that contact was made with an elderly lady through the use of a Ouija board at the hospital Chapel… Initially the energy seemed friendly in nature but suddenly an air of uneasiness descended on the group, and they all, except one witnessed her apparition walk at least 15 feet across the chapel. The team were reported to be so scared, that not one of them have returned since. A further claim has been made centering around three witches who were supposedly hung on the grounds before the hospital was built. They are said to be seen and heard in many areas of the North Wales Hospital, but there is no conclusive evidence to back up this story.
Many Paranormal teams were extremely keen to investigate this location, given the history of the grounds, the buildings and also from the reports of paranormal occurrences on the site. The North Wales Hospital being just on the doorstep was therefore a key location for our team to investigate in the very early days of our investigating. During the investigation of the site, EVP (electronic voice phenomena) recordings were captured on a digital voice recorder of what sounded like a female voice saying “push her”. This in itself is a meaningless phrase, however, on review of the investigative notes, it was noted that at the time of the recording, the team were standing at the top of a stair case in the hospital. Other personal experiences documented by the team were both of audible and physical phenomena, however, these experiences were subjective in nature as scientific evidence could not capture the claims experienced by the team members. Nevertheless, the investigation was extremely interesting and many questions have arisen about the paranormal phenomena which was experienced, captured and reported. In conclusion it is suggested that further research at the location would be required to substantiate the paranormal phenomena. Unfortunately due to substantial damage caused by a recent fire in the building, the entire site is now unsafe to investigate further and the building has fallen into disrepair which is deemed extremely unsafe to enter.
What once was a huge and very grand building which oozed history with reports of paranormal phenomena, sadly will now be lost for investigative purposes due to the crumbling disrepair of the building and the spirits of the patients and staff that once inhabited this magnificent and iconic place of mental health history will no longer have anyone to tell their stories to.
On 75 acres in Pluckley, in the Ashford District of Kent lies beautiful Elvey Farms. The actual farm dates back to 1496 and references to Pluckley can be found in the famous Doomsday book.
Surrenden Manor, the former residence of Sir Edward Dering, 1st Baronet ( 1598-1644) can also be found in this area. This is where the Dering manuscript, the earliest extant manuscript text of any Shakespearean play was discovered. It is a single play version parts 1 and 2 of King Henry IV.
In 1989, the Guinness Book of Records named this location as “the most haunted village in Britain”.
Several of the ghosts that haunt this area have had stories told about them for so many years, that when people stop by they seem to be automatically told about them.
Edward Brett actually shot himself in the dairy at Elvey Farms. It is said that prior to his death, he said to his wife, “I will do it”. To this day, there are reports of hearing these last words of Edward Brett being whispered around the farm.
There is also the legend of Robert DuBois, an 18th century highwayman. He was run thru with a sword, while he was hiding in a hollow tree at what is now known as Fright Corner. He can still be seen reenacting his death.
The Watercress Woman is seen as a misty figure at Pinnock Bridge. This is the same bridge where she would sit and sell the watercress that she gathered. She seemed to have a penchant for smoking her pipe and drinking gin as she sat on the bridge. One fatal day, she set herself on fire while lighting her pipe.
The Red Lady, who legend says was a member of the Dering family can be seen walking with a small white dog in the churchyard of St. Nicholas’s Church.
The White Lady of Rose Court allegedly poisoned herself over a love triangle.
The black silhouette of the miller can be seen in the ruins of the old windmill which closed in 1930.
There are many more stories of hauntings in this area. If you ever choose to go to Elvey Farms, be sure to take a walk around the village and see which one of these spirits decides to stop long enough to tell you hello…..
|Contact Name||Kelly Allott|
|Location||North of England|
|We are a group of people who all have an interest in the paranormal, we have a vast range of experience myself I have been investigating around 13 years and many of the team have a similar background. We do public private and charity investigations.|
On the edge of Lough Lane in Killarney, Co. Kerry, this five bedroom stone castle built in 1536 is currently run as a B&B. Visitors have reported supernatural activity both inside and outside the castle. Apparently every May Day for hundreds of years, a medieval knight named O’Donoghue rides along Lough Lane past the castle accompanied by a group of spirits who play music behind him. Inside the castle, visitors have reported waking up in the middle of the night to sounds of screams or doors repeatedly opening and slamming shut. One of the spirits is believed to be Myles ‘the Slasher’ O’Reilly, an Irish folk hero who spent his last night in Ross Castle before dying in battle in 1644.
Famous for its political prisoners or Easter Rising leaders like Padraig Pearse, James Connolly, Charles Parnell, Eamon de Valera and others, Kilmainham Gaol is supposedly full to the brim with spirits. Many died (some were executed) in the prison, which is now a popular museum. Not only are there ghosts of former inmates floating about, but seemingly there are plenty of prison warden spirits, who are of the malevolent sort.
A limestone freshwater lough between counties Westmeath, Meath and Cavan, Lough Sheelin is said to take a life every seven years. You can ask the Local Civil Defense Volunteers who’ve gone out to fetch the bodies from the lake on a few occasions. Sabrina is a ghost that’s well known in the area. The story goes that her lover drowned while the two were crossing the river as they were eloping. She still hangs around in search of her lover, and visitors of the nearby Ross Castle (#1) have reportedly had close encounters with her.
King Henry II of England built Malahide castle for his dear friend Sir Richard Talbot in Malahide, Co. Dublin in 1185. One of the oldest castles in Ireland, Malahide castle is apparently haunted by at least five ghosts: Walter Hussey, Miles Corbett, Lord Chief Justice and his wife Maud Plunkett, but most notably the castle’s jester, Puck of Malahide. Word got out that Puck had fallen in love with one of the prisoners, Lady Elenora Fitzgerald, and within days he was found mysteriously stabbed to death outside the castle. As the story goes, with his last dying breath, Puck made a promise that he’d haunt the castle – apparently he stood by it. There have been quite a few sightings of the jester’s ghost and he often appears in photographs. When the castle was being sold in 1979, there were several reports by potential buyers of the jester’s spirit roaming about.
A wedding and three funerals: the story of Charles Fort (near Kinsale) is quite the tragedy. It’s famously haunted by recent bride Wilful Warrender – she flung herself to her death from the fort wall after her groom was killed on the night of their wedding. To make matters worse, her father is the one who shot him. It was during wartime, her father was under the impression that her husband was an intruder. Grief stricken by his daughter’s suicide, he shot himself. Warrender is called “the White Lady” by locals because whenever she’s sighted, she’s in her wedding dress. She’s often found by children as she wanders around the town of Kinsale where she grew up and she gives them a wave. Usually she’s quite friendly, but there have been reports of people in the fort being pushed down the stairs by her spirit.
Dún an Óir
The Dingle Peninsula, one of the most picturesque places in Ireland, actually contains quite a lot of history, and apparently some ghosts as well. 1580 had the Siege of Smerwick: a Spanish force of about 400 soldiers (close allies to the Irish) was defending Ireland against the British during what was the Second Desmond Rebellion. They retreated to Dún an Óir on the Dingle Peninsula, and were then besieged by the English army, who massacred the whole fleet and left them on the shore without burial. Today, Dingle locals and visitors claim to hear Spanish cries, see occasional skeletal remains on shore or in the ocean, and smell the stench of rotting flesh coming in with the gusts of wind.
Belfast’s Grand Opera house
t’s like the Phantom of the Opera, but in Belfast. Though the Grand Opera House has been brilliantly restored in recent years, plenty of actors and stagehands have claimed to have seen a face staring at them through an outside window, a figure wearing a long black robe, and have also had a strong sense of being followed when alone on stage. Just ask the Northern Ireland Paranormal Research Association, who’ve made direct contact with deceased stagehands George and Harry, as well as an unnamed cleaner and another unnamed electrician.
A fortified 14th century Irish-Norman tower house, Thoor Ballylee once belonged to Lady Augusta Gregory, life long friend of poet W.B. Yeats. She passed it onto the famous poet, and he spent many a summer living and writing in the peaceful tower in rural Galway. Yeats himself believed it to be haunted by a young Anglo-Normal soldier; after Yeats’s death, the tower was turned into a museum, the curator of which felt a spirit as well. He had plenty accounts of an apparition walking up and down the stairs, and his pet dog seemed to feel it too. In 1989, a visitor asked if he could photograph Yeats’s old sitting room, and the developed photograph contains a clear human figure (albeit blurry and black) in the picture that hadn’t been in the room at the time.
Though today’s connotations of Castle Leslie in Co. Monaghan are along the lines of a modern spa or hotel or fancy cooking school, it’s apparently fairly well haunted. Each room is – or has been – home to an apparition, the most famous of which is the Red Room, where soldier Norman Leslie’s ghost appeared in front of his mother Lady Marjorie in 1914 just a few weeks after he’d been killed in battle in France. She recalled him appearing in a cloud of light, sifting through a pile of letters. When she addressed him, he smiled at her and then faded away.
Saint Michan’s Church in Dublin
If you start to hear faint whispers upon entering Saint Michan’s Church in Dublin, they’re probably coming from the mummies in the crypt below. Many of Dublin’s most influential families between the 17 and 19 centuries are interred there, as well as a famous thief and nun, the Shears brothers who were executed by the British in 1798, and many more. There have been some visitor accounts of ‘whispering mummies’ in the crypt. Recently, a woman peered into an unexcavated section and suddenly became aware of many voices around her. On her blog she wrote she had heard “A sort of whispering, murmuring noise, but I couldn’t make out any of the words,” she said. She also felt the passageway becoming rather tight, like there were many people suddenly surrounding her.
Ideally located on a secluded spit of land on the French Polynesian island of Huahine, the over-water bungalows here still appear alluring and the botanic garden-like grounds are still meticulously maintained.
Closer inspection reveals a totally derelict property, battered by the elements and stripped of all fittings, with gaping holes in the bungalow roofs and many of them in danger of collapse.
It’s been a decade since the last guest checked out and the former Sofitel stands as a somber monument to the dramatic downturn in this onetime holiday paradise.
It is said that its “one of the most feared places on earth.” In 19th-20th centuries, Devil’s Island was the final judgment site for tens of thousands of criminals. Its also known as the penal colony of Cayenne and located in French Guiana, the notorious prison was used for exile of French political prisoners as well as hardened criminals. The colony was rife with disease, and if any prisoners managed to escape, they didn’t get far in the shark-infested waters. The vast majority of them was suffering extremely harsh conditions. The prison was shut down after a century in 1953.
Black Woods Bar and Grill was built in 1994. It is haunted by several ghosts. It is said that a lady in white and a man whose footsteps are heard. A shopkeeper claimed that a lady ghost followed him to his home when he was returning to the home at night.
by Virginia Carraway Stark
The events that I’m going to describe here really happened. I can’t verify the things that I wasn’t personally present for, but I can say that they were confirmed from several different sources. It would still classify as an urban legend except for the fact that it happened to me. I’ve changed the names to protect the innocent.
I like bookstores and coffee shops, especially the independent places that have a lot of personality. I started to hang out and work on my writing and research in a little place in Prince George, BC, Canada, but soon after I started to notice that I wasn’t unnoticed in the store. An old man started to lurk by me while I worked. He would stand behind me while I was working and even though I would pointedly change my spot at the table, he would blatantly reposition himself behind me again. He didn’t have a good idea of personal space and he would stand so he could breath on me.
He walked around the store with bread bags on his feet, I asked one of the girls who worked at the store why he did that and they told me that he was named *Stephen and that he was a magician who was trying to keep his footsteps from being stolen. The attention towards me intensified.
I realized that he was actively stalking me and I would see him frequently around town. After that the piano playing began. He would play songs on the piano in the cafe while staring at me. Often when he finished playing he would rise and bow to me.
Finally I asked a woman who knew Stephen for many years what was happening. She took me home and introduced me to her husband who looked at me agog in response to the introduction.
*Rhonda said, “Doesn’t she look just like her.”
Her husband looked at me and nodded, “She could be her, twenty years ago.”
I asked them what they were talking about with increasing nervousness. This is what they told me.
Stephen was a magican who owned an entire lake out past the eskers near Prince George. His land was a booby trapped place with no easy access in or out. Old trucks and cars littered the road and it was impossible to simply drive up to his house.
His house was a literal and figurative fortress. It was a miniature to scale version of a famous Apache fort. He had a reputation for picking up hitchhikers, particularly young men and bringing them back to his fortress on the lake. The young men were never seen again: or so says the legend.
Rhonda said that while the hitchhikers disappeared without a trace, there were other young men that Stephen paid to come out and do chores for him. Those men also vanished but reportedly, many of the vehicles on Stephen’s land. The police investigated the disappearances, but they couldn’t find the way in either and they didn’t stay long when they did make there way to the lake.
Nobody stayed long except for *Iris. Iris, who coincidently had as her first name my middle name and now I discovered the source of Stephen’s infatuation with me: I was the spitting image of the woman who had escaped him.
Iris had been drawn to the allure of the magician and had gone with Stephen as his wife to his Apache fort. Things were alright at first but she became pregnant and she quickly realized that she was trapped in the middle of nowhere with no one but the occasional hitchhiker who came for a brief stay. She gave birth to a little girl and her problems got worse. She might have braved going through the woods on her own, but what she might have once done to escape was impossible with an infant. Iris was Stephen’s prisoner and wasn’t allowed contact with her former life in any way. She wasn’t allowed to be near a phone and he never brought her into town. She just disappeared from everyone’s life and anyone who tried to see her and made the dangerous hike would be refused at the door by the obdurate wizard.
This went on for years. The baby became a little girl and she began to draw strange, disturbing pictures of herself and her mother in the woods being attacked by little men that Iris dubbed the ‘Tetley Tea’ men after an old ad campaign that the little people reminded her of. These Tetley Tea men were vicious psychos with pitchforks and the girl drew pictures of the herself dripping in blood with wounds all over her and little men tangling in her hair. Her mother asked her about them and the girl said that she saw them in the forest and that they kept people from coming out to see them. They also kept little girls and their moms from leaving.
Iris began to notice the little men in the woods as well. They weren’t just there to attack her and her daughter, they could also confound people and make them lose their way. The Tetley Tea men began to get bolder and come closer to the house and soon they were even attacking Iris and her daughter in their beds.
Iris decided to make her escape while Stephen was out of town for an extended hunting trip. She made a harrowing escape with her daughter to the highway and hitchhiked to town, she claimed she was hunted and nearly killed by the Tetley Tea men the entire way. She called her family collect and they bought her and her daughter a one way trip across the continent.
Iris never came back and it seemed that not even Stephen’s powers allowed him to track Iris and his daughter across the country. Nobody heard much from Iris after she left, although she had once been good friends with Rhonda and her husband and so they had heard the entire story from her.
Iris was gone but Stephen hadn’t forgotten his lost wife and now he had a new fixation to be attracted to: Me.
by Virginia Carraway Stark
Imagine walking along a beautiful temperate sandy beach. There are seashells and driftwood decorating the sand and as you walk you scan the beach for interesting objects that the waves have brought to shore. You notice something ahead in a spattering of seaweed, something man made and your curiosity is piqued and you go in for a closer look.
You get up close to it and see that it’s just a shoe. A high top sneaker that someone probably lost at high tide. You inspect it and see that there is something inside of it, something remarkably heavy… and remarkably dead in weight. The shoe smells like the bottom of the ocean, and like something else, something like rotted meat. And then you see that the object inside is some sort of flesh… human flesh.
This is the experience of more than a few people off the coast of Vancouver, British Columbia, an area also known as The Salish Sea. From 2007 to 2011, eleven feet were washed ashore. Some of the feet were very recent and others were quite decayed and eaten by sea life.
People were horrified as foot after foot washed ashore, most of them were not matching feet and yet no victims came forward who had recently lost feet.
2007 was far from the first time that this had happened in Vancouver. In fact, reports of feet washing ashore went back to the time of the first settlers to the area. The remarkable thing about 2007-2011 was the shear number of feet in such a short period of time.
Theories ranged far and wide. It was speculated that a serial killer was on the loose and had a foot fetish, that they were coming from another dimension, that mobsters were maiming people who owed them money. But the truth was both far simpler and far more haunting than these stories. The truth of the matter became clear with the increased interest in the foot mystery. The origin of the feet was that they were the dis-articulated feet from victims of suicide.
The Salish Sea isn’t the only place in the world where feet will appear from suicides, but a combination of currents and the coastline combine to make it far more likely that after plunging into the water the feet will be removed from the rest of the body by the twisting and worrying of the water on the remains and the decay of the corpse. Thanks to a province wide DNA bank all but a couple of the feet were identified and the remains were able to be put to rest properly.
The mystery wasn’t entirely solved, however. People who walk the beaches, especially at night have reported eerie mists that rise up, allegedly only in the spots where the feet were found. Cold spots have also been reported. These classic signs often appear around the ghosts of victims of suicide. Are these odd remains leaving hot spots of paranormal activity in the Salish Sea? Perhaps this is now the real Mystery of the Salish Sea.
You are walking down the street, it is dark and late at night and there isn’t anyone else around. You hear soft footsteps, the tread of a woman in fashionable shoes. Relieved you slow your pace: surely there is no harm from her?
You see her, she is thin and pale and wearing a crimson coat. Her eyes peer up at you over a red scarf that she has used to cover her mouth.
It seems a little odd, but you’re in South Korea where many people use scarves or medical masks to protect both from pollution and disease. She walks up to you and you wonder if maybe she is in trouble, her eyes look worried and large over her scarf.
“Do you think I’m pretty?” She asks, her voice hoarse, perhaps from crying.
What do you answer? Do you tell her yes or no?
It turns out that everything depends on this. She isn’t a normal girl, she is an evil spirit and she awaits your answer to determine your fate.
If you say ‘yes’, she will remove her mask and you will see that her mouth is slit open from ear to ear. She will take out a scalpel and cut your face so that you match her since you said you thought she was pretty, she will make you ‘pretty’ like she is. If you say ‘no’, however she will become angry and slit your throat instead of your face.
This ghost is known as ‘slit face’ and she is allegedly the ghost of a girl who killed herself after she developed a plastic surgery obsession and then one day woke up after surgery to find her face slit wide open. She is also called the red mask lady and isn’t unique to Korea.
In fact, although she is extremely widespread in her alleged appearances across Korea, she migrated there from Japan. In Japan she uses a surgical mask and is called Kachisake Onna. The legend there is that she was mutilated by her psychotic husband. She has been a spirit in Asia for an extremely long time although there was a fresh bought of sightings of the slit faced woman in both Korea and Japan that started in the seventies and has been ongoing to this day.
Some people have claimed to have escaped the encounter by confounding the spirit. Some say that if you tell her she looks average or normal that she will need time to consider how she will deal with you and you can run away if you are quick. Others have said that she loves candy and that if you offer her candy or throw candy on the ground she will go for it instead of for you.
There are legends of such women in Europe where they are called “Angel mouth’ women and also in America where they are described as “Glasgow Grin”. The fact that such images are a common part of the psyche can probably be connected to the compelling, powerful image of such pain and agony with a smile.
The smile of their face is the same as the smile of the Joker and is haunting and profoundly disturbing. It is easy at first to think that it is an exuberant and wide smile and then the mind is confused by the reaction to the constant pain and deformity that we are actually encountering.
Is there any reality to the rumors of the Slit Faced Woman?
Well, there is very little proof and no images that aren’t photo shopped or a special effect from a movie. It’s not impossible to imagine that there was once a woman who suffered such a deformity she might have gone insane and tried to revisit her trauma on others, but it is far more likely that it is a story that has captured people’s imagination and fear.
South Korea is notorious for reporting urban legends as though they are reality which spreads confusion and hysteria and Slit Face could certainly be such a case. A good example for this hysteria in Korea is the alleged ‘fan deaths’.
Fan death is the firmly held and completely erroneous belief that if you fall asleep in a room with a fan or an air conditioner running that it will kill you. The media hypes these fears by reporting fan deaths on the news as though they are true. On July 4, 2011 it was reported on Korean National News that, “A man reportedly died Monday after sleeping with an electric fan running. The 59 year old victim only known by his surname, Min, was found dead with the fan fixed directly on him.”
Fans in Korea come with warning stickers and with timers on them. The belief is so firmly held that it has only been the newest generations of Koreans who have researched the subject on the internet in order to educate themselves who do not believe in fan death.
In this sort of environment it is understandable how slit mouth could have migrated from Japan and found a fertile ground for her urban legend to propagate.
by Virginia Carraway Stark
The belief in the origin of all Vietnamese people that they sprang from the union of a dragon and a ‘fairy’ is one that is both seemingly inexplicable and difficult to shake. The creation story that the Vietnamese people believe in so firmly causes them to believe that they all come from ‘one womb’ and that they are all brothers and sisters.
The story is both vague and inexplicable. There are several things that we can figure out although a lot of things were modified down the line.
Since the 1970’s and the rise of communism, it has been forbidden for people to worship deities since then all the names of deities, gods or goddesses have been altered to being called ‘spirits’ or ‘fairies’. This explains the mystery of half of the myth. The actual parent of the Vietnamese is believed to be a deity rather than a fairy.
This belief is unshakable even though there is absolutely no evidence of it being true and it is obviously a little far-fetched. In fact, no one is even clear on how the mating occurred and whether or not anything else happened afterward. Even though many different religions exist in Vietnam, it seems that this is part of their original creation story that they refuse to eschew to profound is the concept to their identities that it has become inherent. Nobody who is from Vietnam is willing to say that this isn’t true, even if they are incredibly scientific, rational or belonging to another faith.
Much of these beliefs seem to step from a concept known as “August Heaven”. August Heaven is a complex concept. It is a person more than a place but it is more than anything else a divine emanation from which came all life and creation. It is innate to Vietnamese beliefs and is all pervasive.
Ceremonial drums that are connected to the concept of August Heaven feature a sun at their center and it is wondered if August Heaven is actually a form of sun worship. This concept seems to be high lighted by later mentions of “August Moon” that would seem to match the sun. The sun and moon concept are also matched by the phoenix and dragon symbols seen not just in Vietnam but all over many parts of Asia.
There are stories about a phoenix and a dragon mating in a sort of yin-yang connection. The dragon representative of the male emanation of the universe and the phoenix of the female emanation. Too much has been lost to discover definitively if the ‘fairy’ was actually a Phoenix Goddess. It seems that Long Quan, the dragon prince, fell in love with Au Co, who may have been the phoenix. They had a hundred sons but then something came between the parents who decided to go their separate ways and split the sons fifty-fifty.
Much of these creation myths spring up around a romance. The goddess wakes up in the world and discovers that she is alone and is so lonely that she weeps until she has wept all the oceans of the earth. It is only then that she discovers that she is not alone. After she discovers that she is not alone she decides that the god she has met isn’t really worth her time and forces him to do task after task, putting mountains into a neat line (the mountains that form the ‘spine’ of Vietnam) and dozens of others. This is what causes the world to be formed in the shapes we have come to know
by Virginia Carraway Stark
In the Arab world three things are commonly held to influence many aspects of life: envy, magic and genies. Even stronger than magic and genies seems to be the evil eye. “The evil eye broke a stone in half” is a common proverb that means that the evil eye, or the power of envy can have strong physical effects, even stronger than the stones themselves! Envy worries many people in the Arabian world and many times this superstition will cause them to even think twice before buying something new for fear that it will cause envy and conceivably hurt them or their loved ones in unforeseen ways.
People strive to protect themselves from the evil eye by saying verses from the Qur’an and by saying specialized prayers. They will also wear blue beads and the symbol of the palm of a hand to deflect or attract away the gaze of the evil eye. These beliefs in blue protection and the hand are not unique to the United Arabs Emirate or even to the Arab world, they are however extremely prevalent. Other superstitious talisman are used to protect themselves such as raising their hand palm held outward in the face or direction of someone who shows signs of envy or other negative traits.
Envy, magic and genies are accepted as a reality, although how much power they have is believed to be different by different people. Some people in the UAE and in other Arab countries live their entire lives allowing superstition to dictate many aspects of their lives.
Sacrifice of animals and the use of bloody hand prints are other more extreme tactics that are used to protect large purchases such as cars. This seems extreme to a Western standpoint but seem to be an accepted aspect of life in Arab countries as a necessary and wise precaution.
Another extreme precaution is to give children names that are laughable or shameful. Naming a child, ‘Shahhat’ which translates to ‘beggar’ is one of many names that parents use to show people and spirits that a child isn’t worth having envy towards and thus protects them. There are many stories about children being dressed in rags or left dirty to further protect them when blue beads and hamsa hands aren’t enough. This practice is even done by affluent and royal families in the past.
Certain things are seen as omens while other things are just taboo. For example: it invites misfortune to touch a needle and thread after dark. You must also never clean the house except in the afternoon and if you discover your shoes are crossed or flipped over then it is a sign of conflict or even some disaster befalling no just the owner of the shoes but the entire household. The United Arab Emirates has a strong belief in religion but it has as strong of a belief in superstition and is a serious subject that walks hand in hand with magic and genii.
by Virginia Carraway Stark
In North Korea it is believed that the first dictator Kim-Il Sung who took power in 1948 also created the world. The dictators have put together a hodge podge of Christianity, Buddhism and other religions to put the country into a confusing but iron fist of rule through fear. So firmly is it believed that the Dictator is akin to god that to defy, rebel or even show disrespect is akin to heresy. In North Korea if the divine leader says he’s riding a unicorn, you better believe that he’s riding a unicorn, your life and soul may depend on your ability to do so.
This seems insane but actually, this isn’t anything new. In England the King was believed to be chosen by God and so to defy the king was to defy God. This is also the belief held about the Pope in the Catholic Church.
The problem with Divine Rule is that it is something that has no proof and there is really only the word of the ruler and perhaps his supporters to claim that this is the will of a divine force. Claiming to have created the world further complicates the lives of people in North Korea and since North Korea is a small country with very few windows to the outside world, defying the dictator is essentially something that can end the world. This is a good reason to adhere to rational thought and to apply scientific reason to any and all hypothesis.
The Cult of Personality is a ploy enacted by not just dictators but also by cults and by nearly any person or group who is looking to have a strangle hold on people. This isn’t just an affection or admiration for someone, it is marked by the intensity of feeling and the levels of devotion both demanded by the leader and offered by the followers.
When examining the paranormal in context with North Korea it is difficult to find much through normal channels because most of the culture was violently expunged. All loyalty must be to the Kim family and anything else is punishable by death or work camps where few escape from. The punishment is not just of the offender but also of all their family and even generations not yet born will live, work and die in these camps for vague offenses.
These beliefs fly in the face of science and reason again and again and have made North Korea the laughing stock of the entire world. In 2013 ‘researchers’ claimed to have found the unicorn lair.
This proof was some alleged carving on a rock near a cave that said, ‘unicorn lair.’ According to the supreme dictator of Korea this proves Korea’s divine right to rule because of an ancient story that the ruler of a powerful city akin to the western idea of Camelot rode a unicorn into the city. That’s a long ways to go to try to prove your divine leadership!
At the very least we can learn from North Korea’s approach to culture and the paranormal that science and rationality is integral. It is a nearly purely negative example since all we know about the paranormal is North Korea is extremely dubious and unreliable. Fortunately we have some untainted information about the entire Korean penninsula thanks to South Korea or the entire culture would now be lost to us.