Posts Tagged ‘Ghost Hunting’

It is know as the Tunnel Railway, Ramsgate Cliff Railway and other variations, it is located in Ramsgate, England. It was a 2 foot narrow gauge underground railway and was closed in 1926 as part of a restructure, however it was then opened again in 1936 to connect tourist attractions near Ramsgate Harbour with the new mainline at Dumpton Park.

Other than the two stations it ran entirely underground and the line through was built in only three months, it was then converted to an air-raid shelter during the second world war, it was not handed over to the Nationalisation of Railways and remained in private hands. Make-shift homes were made in the area, it was a dark but safe place, despite regular bombing the total civilian death only amounted to 29 for the town.

In 1946 it was back to being used normally and was illuminated with floodlights to the sides of the trains. In 1957 part of the chalk cliff near the lower terminus collapsed and this meant it was closed whilst they reinforced the tunnel.

Passenger numbers began to fall during the 60’s and it was becoming unviable to use. 1st July 1965 there was an accident, the driver was 74-year-old Ernest Brown, he was trapped it the cab and suffered pelvic injuries, whilst a number of passengers suffered minor injuries. The line was finally stopped in September 1965.

The tunnel was then left empty and unused, but after being renovated it has been handed to Prince Edward, Duke of Kent in a ceremony on 27th May 2014. Now they are open it seems that the Paranormal Teams are flocking to the place!

One tells everyone that the tunnels were badly sanitised, that people were injured and a lack of healthcare claimed the lives of many (somewhat more sensational than the 29 listed huh?) and that residents that died in there still haunt the place. Already they say that many sightings have been witnessed, along with the cries of people rushing around… I am sure at £46.50 a night for a seat someone will get something out of it… I think I’ll just keep my cash thanks.

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Normally I steer clear of directly commenting about someone, especially in this day and age of slander etc but I am going to use an example of a person in the news and use sources that are widely available because I think it should be mentioned given that I post about the paranormal etc… and that is the danger that ‘fake’ mediums bring to the field.

Derek Acorah is not really someone I stomach, I read one of his books and frankly thought it was paper that could have been put too much better use, maybe hamster bedding. Then again I don’t particularly care for the show that made me aware of him, Most Haunted.

This man has claimed to be possessed by spirits, as a medium he has been given money to perform on television and more than once has been found lacking. He started out as a football player and was on the books for Liverpool FC yet never played a game for them and then his career went down another path, being a TV psychic.

By 2004 his fame was rocketing and then in 2005 the hoax personality seems to have been revealed, namely by one of the sceptics on the show. Yes, you can complain it was a sceptic, however it takes someone looking away from the show of the man to look at the evidence I would suspect. How did this happen? Ciarán O’Keefe told the Mirror (newspaper) that he had been secretly feeding him misinformation to see if this was used or not.

Yvette Fielding was given the information, that the name Kreed Kafer had been put on a bit of paper and the name used within earshot of Derek, saying that he was a nasty South African Jailer… The fake name was actually an anagram for “Derek Faker” and low and behold the possession occurred. After this Yvette Fielding made the decision to remove him from the show, however I believe by this point the damage really was apparent. He has not been involved since 2005 and thankfully so.

This man also decided to further muddy his waters when he told the Madeleine McCann family that their child was definitely dead, saying a spirit guide gave him that message and that she would soon be reincarnated. Regardless of what you think about that entire story with the missing young lady, imagine hearing that? Even if you think it’s a pile of steaming horse poo it’s been said… it’s been put out there and now comes the question about do you take comfort/get upset from it or do you punch the guy?

The reason I have picked out Derek Acorah is that I have read his work, and seen him on TV and personally find it hard to work out how people believe him… I find him cringe worthy but again that’s personal opinion. The fact is that this man has more than once been caught out doing things that put mediums into a bad light, and into the faker spotlight.

If you think that medium’s are of benefit and they truly can make contact with the dead then this sort of thing is only going to make the genuine mediums lives even harder work. I have several issues with people that charge for these shows, you can argue they need a living, because I can’t see how in a room of over 200 people or whatever, they can single out a voice from a dead loved one and find that person amongst them. The showboating side of this side of the paranormal frightens me, people come back ready to pay another £20-50 to go back because he tells them a demon is attached to them and they need his help….

If they need help why charge them to come back to another show? Nope… give them the number of a trained exorcist, or give them the number for someone that can legitimately assist. No they charge that person another ticket.. another seat on a bum, someone who’s come back so they can say “oh I believe Sam is here today to …” Oh please. Slap me!

People want to believe, they go because they already do… or maybe a one off to see how far their sceptism goes… either way that sham of a show is then funded. That ego boat has been floated and the damages coming from them have come because people give them the audience. I pray that this isn’t the only side to it we see, I want to believe that if medium’s are a true business the real ones don’t need to be funded by studio lights or “Derek Faker”’s.

*Clip taken from youtube uploader 659061*

World of Warcraft is one of those games that can suck you in, if you love stories as well as the MMO environment it can be easy to see why this game remains so popular. But why am I posting about gaming? Oh it’s just the ghosts don’t mind me!

An island called Darkmoon Faire is a great in game visit, once a month for some quests, creepy music,  half-built rides that might one day open in a future patch and legends about the conspiracies surrounding the old creepshow, murder cover-ups and when I heard “ghosts” I had to go and take a more indepth look.

To take a look around for the ghosts you need to be deceased yourself, I took my poor druid along and drowned her off the frighteningly high cliffs leading into the sea with dangerous wrecks and monstrous crabs. It seemed like a more romantic plunge than just trying to drown my character off the beach at least.

Off I went ghost hunting, I have some screenshots I have taken below of the ones that I found (I did find others but forgot) and there are seven in total I believe. It can take some patience to spot them all but if you are looking for hints of their location take a wander whilst still alive. You can spot tell-tale signs in the forms of a strange glittery mist on the ground.

Each ghost says something different and so it’s worth stopping them on their repeated walk around to see what they say. Poor residual ghosts, they just walk the same path and say the same old things… and if you do to hunt for them I hope you have fun. Of course I couldn’t help but wonder what happened to the faire for the times it’s not open to the patrons of the World of Warcraft and indeed how creepy that once the portal closes they are left trapped without visitors for another month… great place!

A link to a lovely story and in-depth background for the Faire is located HERE.

 

 

 

This is another pretty famous case for avid ghost lovers, the Genesee County Poor Farm was there to taken in those eligible for assistance. The Farm is located between Bufallo and Rochester, NY and is a popular destination for ghost hunters, it is an enormous building and in it’s time it house paupers, drunkards, lunatics, blind, lame, handicapped, orphans, windows and a murderer or two.

The idea of these farms is not unusual, they were quite popular in the 19th and 20th Century around the United States, they were government run facilities and the original building was a tavern. A notice of declaration about the change went out to the Batavia Times Newspaper, it was December 9th 1826. Residents of any nature were referred to as inmates, and the physically able worked on the farm allowing the costs of living to be reduced. Sadly the cemetery attached to the grounds there has been neglected and has faded away, no plot plans or registry for their graves has been discovered as of yet.

It opened 1st January, 1827 and then in the 1950’s became a Country Home and Infirmary, then in the 1990’s was a set of shops and antiques mall. People mentioned the experiences of disembodied voices, screams in the night, shadows and further stories. With a rumour of over a 1000 deaths at the place over it’s years of operations it’s no surprise that ghosts have become part of it’s history.

I was rather skeptical about the Black Magic story but I shall add it here for reference, there are some rumours on the sites I checked that they believe there was a history of Satanic Rituals on the site. It is said that nurses working there may have practised these things and were not above using this on patients and inhabitants, there was also mention of them taking babies for sacrifices and further rumours of it still happening today.

Case Manager, Suzie Yencer relates one chilling experience: “It was September 2007. While working a public hunt, we had a gentleman with us that was filming a documentary about the building. He wanted to try an experiment in one of the rooms. The room he chose was in the basement, popularly known as The Christmas Room. The experiment he wanted to try was to sit in the room with no lights or equipment on. The only light we would use was a pink glow stick in the middle of a circle of people. We also placed a small ball and a toddler size rocking horse in the circle. The gentleman conducting the experiment requested that only I talk and try to make contact with the spirits. The more I talked, the more strange occurrences began to happen. The glow stick started to move back and forth, and the rocking horse began to slowly rock. A few of the guests in the room including myself saw a hand and arm come out of nowhere and reach for the ball in the circle and then just vanish….”

It’s proven popular enough to have been visited by Ghost Adventures and TAPS, whether or not you believe the shows it’s certainly drummed up interest in the place itself.

This is also known as the Mansfield Reformatory and I am quite sure a lot of people that watch ghost hunting shows or read up on American hauntings will be familiar with this one. It was built between 1886 up to 1910 and was in operation until 1990 until it was ordered closed by federal ruling. It has been used in films and various television shows, one of the most famous is most likely The Shawshank Redemption.

A lot of it has now been demolished but what remains has been opened as a museum and tours are available. The Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society was formed in 1995 and are working on stabilising the other buildings. The East Cell Block is the largest free standing steel cell bock in the world, it is listed at six towers hight and until 1959 the superintendent was Arthur Lewis Glattke, he was respected by the workers and inmates alike. He was even responsible for some reforms such as piping in radio music into the cell blocks.  Helen, his wife, died following an accident where a handgun was discharged when she went to reach for a jewellery box in the family quarters, three days after this she died of pneumonia *this was 1950* and in 1959 he died in his office of a heart attack.

OSR is not one of the prisons with the most hardened of criminals but none-the-less it has a wide and varied history. One former resident became infamous for his part in the Brink’s Robbery 1950. Frank Hanger was beaten to death there by inmates, 1932, during an attempted prison escape. The harshest violence was reported to be in a place known as “the Hole”, which was for solitary confinement, and some prisoners managed to hang themselves. One prisoner allegedly set himself on fire.

Whether or not you are interested in the ghostly aspect I would say if you get a chance to visit (or have) I’d love to hear what you think of the place. Historically it deserves preserving as it looks like a wonderful building if nothing else.