Posts Tagged ‘Exorcism’

A German submarine built in 1916 had trouble only a week after it was launched, mysterious events occurred and an unusually high number of fatalities occurred on board. The first of the events came when a steel beam swung out of position and the chains broke, it crashed to the ground and a worker there died immediately, a second died only two hours later from the injuries he had sustained.

When testing the vessel ready to be declared seaworthy they had further troubles, one of the crew members ended up swept overboard whilst inspecting the hatches. He was never seen again, presumed to have died in the accident.

Whilst loading torpedoes the Second Officer, Lieutenant Richter, was killed when one dropped and exploded. In the engine room a malfunction set off fumes that killed three men because no one reached them in time. During a storm a crewman went overboard, but onlookers said it looked more like he’d been pushed. On one occasion UB65 was preparing to dive and a crewman saw someone standing on deck. The figure turned his way and the lookout recognised him as the Second Officer that had been killed, his terrified yell meant the captain also saw it before it disappeared.

There were enough sightings around the sub it had the reputation of being haunted. It made it harder to get crewmen to work on her. A torpedo gunner witnessed something that disturbed him so much he jumped overboard, he had said that the ghost would torment him at night, his body was never recovered. In the end the German Naval Command felt forced to investigate and asked a priest to perform an exorcism.

July 10th 1918 it had all been quiet but that day a crewman claimed to have had a run in with the Second Officer. Later that day an American sub spotted the UB65 and prepared to attack; suddenly as they were making checks the UB65 sub exploded without warning and when the smoke cleared all they could see was debris and no survivors.

The results of the investigation showed that the UB65 had attempted to fire her torpedoes but there had been a malfunction and they exploded inside the submarine. In all accounts with the Second Officer it seems he had been trying to communicate with the crew, suggesting that he was trying to act as a death omen. Certainly it seems that for a two year life of a submarine she claimed quite a few lives.

Aspley, Nottingham is about a two minute walk away and I know the area fairly well. May 1987, in Nottingham was the scene of a poltergeist haunting that left a family abandoning their home; the family consisted of husband, wife and three daughters.

The Costello family, John and his wife Helen moved into the house with their three teenaged daughters Sharon (20), Suzie (18) and Rosie (13), due to Sharon being disabled with autism the house had been adapted to their needs.  One day in February that year they came home from a day out and heard the sounds of what they felt were heart beats. Sharon was herself in such shock that she had to be taken to the hospital.

Later on they reported that they had heard mournful music, from an electric organ that had been disconnected. Then they heard a spirited solo on a three-stringed child’s guitar. Windows were smashed, the plugs were pulled out and Sharon’s bedclothes moved around.

A spiritualist, Betty Henswell, stated that there were five ghosts in the house and eventually after the evidence from her was read in court, Jack Yates (64) said he would corroborate the story by staying on their couch. It was felt that he had the integrity to do as he was a retired solicitor’s clerk.

He ended up in a bizarre fight with an unknown force that lifted him up to a foot in the air. It lasted several minutes and at one point took all of his strength to make sure that he could come down again. A typewriter then began to work on its own and typed out ‘AH AH’. Strange noises were heard multiple times and police and social workers both experienced weird feelings.

A priest was called in and when he sprinkled holy water on the stairs it was chucked back at him. The events carried on with the new tenants James Cotterill, his wife and their three children. They reported the same issues along with locked doors opening and a cross inside appearing on the wall.