Archive for June, 2013

An old burial ground was used up until 1896 in Kingston, Ohio. It was known as the Garrison Burial Ground and used for the fort St Frontenac, by French traders. Today it’s known as the McBurney Park.

There are French and English soldiers buried here from 1819 onwards, originally it was used for the townsfolk during a cholera epidemic. Since 1654 it’s believed there are around 10,000 souls from varying church denominations buried there.

It was derelict when it was abandoned in 1896, the houses nearby were full of unhappy residents who complained to the city. The city officials made it into a park and they began to dig up the bodies. The smell was too horrific and there were concerns about it’s buried residents being disturbed and so in the end they left them. The land was ploughed over and the headstones removed.

When they do work on an area they have to stop regularly as bones and headstones surface. If it happens they also have to get in an archaeologist. So there’s some reason to list the reports given to the dead being unhappy at being disturbed.

There have been reports of apparitions, shadowy figures, light anomalies and disembodied voices.  It is said the local houses also report activity, with objects moving on their own, alongside apparitions and lights switching on and off.

There’s a nice tale attached that if you go to the park on the night of a full moon, the park is replaced by the vision of the old graveyard where you can see spirits full of cuts and wounds.

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York, England, has a lot of tales, one of which is 5 College Street where it is said that there is the ghost of  a young girl who has been both seen and heard on the upper floor.

In the middles ages plague hit the city, the family in the house at the time were sufferers and like many others, when people became infected, locals sealed up the houses in an attempt to stop the spread. The parents suffered the horrific decline into death and their young daughter did not. She was immune but the locals were so fearful of the plague that they never let her out.

A fate as hellish as any she was instead sealed up with her rotting parents and left to starve to death. If there was a reason for a young lady to haunt an area perhaps this really is one.

Conspiracy theorists no doubt love this one, the JFK assassinations. Here’s a brief lowdown for you, with some of the notes I’ve found floating around the internet.

John F Kennedy, US president, died 1.00pm on November 22nd, 1963 in Parkland Hospital, Dallas having been shot half an hour earlier in his car, he was waving to spectators as they passed the Texas School Depository. The first shot missed him, the second pass through his neck and hit Texas Governor, John Connally, and the third shot proved to be the fatal one. The Vice President, Lyndon Johnson was sworn in immediately.

1.15pm Tippit, a Dallas policeman was shot dead, the killer ran into a cinema and was arrested. Lee Harvey Oswald was the man, he was identified as having left behind a rifle at the Book Depository Building. He was charged with double murder and whilst being moved to the county jail, Jack Ruby, pushed through reporters and shot him dead. There was to be no trial for the murderer of the president.

So the conspiracy theorists? They wonder if he could have made all three shots in 8 seconds, or if there was another shooter on the grassy gnoll? After all it seems that Jack Ruby had been able to to get through to walk up and shoot Oswald.

 

It was originally part of the M67 Penine Motorway, but was aborted and the road was downgraded to a dual carriageway until its present day state as a single carriageway with crawler lanes. It’s located in Stocksbridge near Sheffield.

The road gained notoriety due to a series of deaths either from poor driving, speeding or the prior design of the road. It was investigated by some TV personalities including Michael Aspel, due to a variety of reports about the hauntings down the roads.

One of the stories about the area involves a group of security guards who saw children playing near Pearoyd Bridge. They were curious because the clothes they were wearing seemed outdated, when they went over to take a look they did not find any footsteps or in the mud or signs of where they had been playing. The next day they found out from workmen in the local caravans they had heard them at night too.

Another night two drivers observed a figure on the bridge who looked a monk. They drove towards the monk who vanished, the two men there contacted the local police who didn’t really believe the story, they in turn went to the local vicar who confirmed the story with the police too.

Because of this they dispatched a couple of officers to look around, having found something around there which was blowing in the wind (they found it to be tarpaulin) and turned to go back to the car. They saw a torso in the window that vanished, then couldn’t get the car to start at the beginning but when they eventually did they pulled over to check in a little further up the road. Having pulled over they heard a crash and felt it in the car, there was no one around so they in turn high-tailed it back.

So any reality behind it? Who knows but legend has it that a disillusioned monk left Hunshelf Priory and went to work at Underbank Hall. I am not sure how this translates into a haunting as there is no mention of a violent death or some such other trouble that might lead to the monk haunting the area. Let me know…

Another article I found about it 

I’ve driven past the cathedral several times and yet never ventured in, so I think its only fair to mention this one. It may have to go on to the visit list as well. Lincoln Cathedral sits atop a hill that makes it visible around the city.

A 17th Century holyman has been seen climbing the steps up towards the cathedral, a witness as late as 2004 reported that there was a chain around his neck.

The bells have been pealed by unseen hands and a procession of monks have been said to haunt the cloisters.

In the 1960’s a woman named Constance committed suicide by throwing herself from the tower.

Another report is that there is an immovable bloodstain on the floor, this was from a suicide where a stained-glass window master leapt from the gallery.

The cathedral also has a carved out creature, its said he caused chaos in the cathedral until a passing angel transformed him into stone.

 A local made documentary on some ghosts.