Or, A Haunted Theater In Wales

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Is This Wales’ Most Haunted Place?

The Eerie Theater Where Staff Are Scared To Be Left Alone

Written by Liz Day in Dec. 2014

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Staff at a former theatre in North Wales are scared to be left alone in the spooky old building following a series of ghostly incidents.

Bosses at the Tivoli Venue in Flintshire decided to call in the paranormal experts behind popular TV series Most Haunted to shed some light on the eerie goings on.

Manager Leighton Openshaw, who has been working at the venue for five years, said: “When I first started working here, I had a glass thrown at me.

“There was no one else here, but it was like someone or something picked the glass off the floor and hurled it across the room at me.

“I thought someone was playing a joke, but everyone was downstairs – it was really creepy. I couldn’t wait to finish my shift and get out.”

The Tivoli opened as a theatre in 1925 and has since been transformed into a cinema and, most recently, a live music venue.

According to local legends, the building is haunted by the ghost of a projectionist who died in a fire in the 1940s.

“One night, I was looking at one of our CCTV cameras and I saw a person hanging from the ceiling of a room upstairs,” recalled Leighton.

“I thought my eyes were playing up, so I called some of my colleagues over and about six of us all saw it.

“We went to investigate, but there was nothing there. When we came back down, the image had disappeared from the monitor – it was quite sinister.”

Staff believe there are at least half a dozen ghosts haunting the 90-year-old building – some good, some playful and some malign.

“Stuff happens here that we have no way of explaining,” said the manager.

“There’s been a lot of weird stuff going on. We know the building is haunted and that’s why we decided to get in touch with the guys at Most Haunted, so they could come and investigate.”

The film crew visited the building on Brunswick Road in Buckley last month and spent a full day filming, staying late into the night in the hope of catching any paranormal activity on camera.

“A lot of spooky stuff happened while they were here, but we’re not allowed to say what,” said Leighton.

“Some of the staff think we’ve annoyed the spirits by letting the cameras in,” explained the 32-year-old manager.

“Ghost hunters in the past have suggested there are good spirits and bad spirits here. They say the good spirits are protecting us from the bad ones.”

Some staff members have now admitted they are now too scared to be in the building alone.

“Since the film crew left, it’s woken up a few things we didn’t actually know about,” said Leighton.

“A few people have reported hearing footsteps downstairs while they’re working. One night, they were so scared, they ran out of the building.

“A lot of people get a shivery feeling in here too. I’ve had it myself – it’s like a cold tingling all down your spine.

“It’s really weird and hard to explain, but we’re convinced it’s the projectionist who lives here. It’s the stuff of nightmares.

“Up until the film crew came, I’ve never been scared here, but I’d never work alone now. It’s much too creepy.”

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Or, There Is No Doubt This Asylum Is Haunted

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Abandoned Kenmore Insane Asylum ‘Undoubtedly Haunted’

Written by Maria Lewis in Dec. 2014

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An abandoned insane asylum plagued by mysterious deaths, murders and rumors of malpractice.

It’s like something out of a horror movie.

Instead, it’s the murky history of one of Australia’s most haunted places: Kenmore Insane Asylum.

Opened in 1895, the once grand hospital now lays abandoned on a 75-hecatre block of land situated in the New South Wales town of Goulburn.

One of the first facilities of its kind in Australia, it was considered the jewel of the medical community as it began with a small intake of only a few dozens patients.

That quickly expanded, with people being committed for anything ranging from promiscuity to postnatal depression.

As the hospital’s patient size grew, so too did its notoriety.

Shock therapy was a common tool used to treat homosexuality at the facility, along with other offenses such as frequent masturbation.

There were eight separate rooms used for ‘noisy and violent patients’, which soon became nicknamed ‘the wet rooms’.

Why? Because the rooms and their occupants were hosed down daily.

Wandering the empty halls, fingernail scratches can still be found on the backs of doors within these rooms.

Then there are the mysterious deaths.

In January of 1902, 41-year-old patient Henry George Baily committed suicide at the facility by ripping apart the restraints used to tie him to the bed and turning them into a makeshift noose.

He hung himself from a window shutter and was discovered by an attendant.

Almost two decades later, 21 more patients died in a pneumonic influenza pandemic at the asylum.

By the end of August 1919, two female patients and 19 male patients had passed away due to the illness that swept the facility.

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Just three years down the road, tragedy struck again in perhaps the most famous case to haunt the hospital’s history.

Richard Sindell was a 24-year-old soldier who had been committed to the institution after suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder following his service in World War I.

During his time there he became convinced that the hospital staff were out to get him, with the conspiracy centering on Doctor Charles Moffitt.

During his leave, he returned to the hospital in December 1922 with a loaded gun.

After finding Dr Moffitt on a verandah, he shot him once before the doctor fled through the grounds with Sindell in hot pursuit.

During the chase he ran into a group of nurses and fired indiscriminately.

Nurse Naughton was shot twice in the chest, dying at the scene, while another narrowly escaped death after he shot the bonnet off the top of her head.

The hospital manager leapt into action, taking a gun from the hospital safe and shooting Sindell himself.

A wing of the hospital was named after Nurse Naughton, and a memorial statue placed at St John’s orphanage for boys just down the road.

According to locals, it’s said to be just as haunted as Kenmore.

The grisly murder wasn’t the last of it.

In October, 1929 another patient – Monicha Scott, 32 – slit her own throat by using the glass shards of a broken window.

The orderly who discovered the young woman was said to have been traumatized by the event.

Yet the hospital seemed to re-find its footing, with some 1400 patients housed during its peak in the 1960s.

Services didn’t wind down until the early 2000s, with the massive collection of buildings now left empty and abandoned.

Even a historic museum nearby, which homed artifacts from the asylum, has wound down operations with exhibits being loaned out to the National Museum Of Australia and the Powerhouse Museum.

Now, the only visitors to the empty grounds are those brave enough to go on a guided ghost tour.

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“Oh, it’s haunted,” says 52-year-old Anthony Lakoff.

“There’s no doubt in my mind or anyone else’s once you have visited that place. It’s kind of like Australia’s Bermuda Triangle of haunted places.”

The Sydney accountant’s grandmother was once a nurse at Kenmore, which first sparked his interest in the asylum’s colourful history.

He has visited the Goulburn landmark over a dozen times – twice in 2014 so far – on ghost tours and a private tour by a former orderly.

The ‘Bermuda Triangle of haunted places’ he’s referring to includes the nearby orphanage St John’s, and a girls orphanage, St Joseph’s, which is also abandoned and unmistakably creepy.

Although there have been countless plans to redevelop all three sites, for the meantime they remain empty.

Windows have been smashed, graffiti emblazoned along the walls and the hallways scattered with debris.

What other secrets Kenmore Insane Asylum may hold are a matter of a state record, with other files about the activities in the facility said to be released in the coming years.

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Or, You’ve Got To Hear This Woman’s Story!

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76-Year-Old Woman Posts Ad For Haunted Sword

Written by Carolyn Cox in Dec. 2014

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Oh, God bless the Internet. Just check out the following Craigslist ad and its accompanying picture, please. (Bolding my own and out of love.)

This sword is from the 1700s. I got it at an antique store in my memaw’s home town back in 1984. The person who sold it to me told me to be careful because there is a 90+% chance that it is cursed. Since it’s been in my house my life has descended into pure chaos. My knitting group came over and they all said they could feel a strange energy in my sword room (I have a collection of over 100 swords. This is my only haunted sword). Since i got this sword, about 3 times a week a crucifix will fall off of my wall for no reason. I am 76 years old. I cannot have this cursed item in my house anymore. Please take it off my hands!!

Listen, everyone, don’t get the wrong idea about collecting ancient weaponry. Heck, this gal’s collected over 100 swords, and this is the first one possessed by the undead! I bet if she didn’t have a crucifix she’d never even have known the difference!

Incidentally, this is almost exactly how Joe Hill’s Heart Shaped Box begins. Any potential buyers looking to take that massive sword off that tiny woman’s hands better have a plan for how to deal with their new roommates. (Ghosts just can not stick to chore wheels.)

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Or, Someone In North Carolina Has A Sense Of Humor

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Sorry, staff of Richlands High School, but the odds are never in our favor.

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Or, Ever Wanted To Buy A Haunted House?

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Haunted Sydney House on Sale for 1.2 Million

Written by Sarah Dean in July 2014

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One of Sydney’s most historic homes is up for sale for $1.2million with its current owner promising any prospective buyers they needn’t worry – it’s no longer haunted.

Denfield House in St Helen’s Park, in south-west Sydney, is on the market for $1.2 million.

Built in 1837 the house was originally owned by John Farley – the man who first saw Fred Fisher’s ghost in 1826.

Then a resident female ghost reportedly haunted Denfield’s kitchen, she was allegedly a former owner who would never go to bed until her husband was ready to join her.

However, current owner Steve Laws told the Daily Telegraph they had not experienced any supernatural incidents while living there.

Fred Fisher was an English-born Australian farmer from Campbelltown who suddenly disappeared in 1826.

Four months after he vanished, Farley ran into the local hotel in a very agitated state claiming he had seen Fisher’s ghost sitting on the rail of a nearby bridge.

The legend of the ghost is now celebrated in an annual festival in Campbelltown in November and the creek – now a storm water drain – beside which the body was discovered. It is known as Fisher’s Ghost Creek.

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Farley was an emancipist, one of many of the convicts sentenced and transported under the convict system to Australia who had been given conditional or absolute pardons, and arrived in Australia in 1812.

He became a farmer and settled down with his wife Margaret in their new home, located on the 325 acre farm on the Appin Road.

Farley died in 1841, a year after he sold the sandstone brick house to magistrate John Bray.

The house remained in the Bray family for many years and in 1866 Joshua Bray wrote and described a curious incident in the night.

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‘They are very much excited about here, the Mail was robbed ten days ago….The night before last they stopped it about a quarter of a mile from this house- the coachman and passengers came about 4 o’clock in the morning to tell us. These robberies take place in the night…they were hiding all their jewellery. Papa has loaded his pistol,’ he said.

The typical colonial house, surrounded by a stone flagged verandah, has been ‘meticulously restored over time to present a wonderful family home’, Ray White real estate agent’s website explains.

In about 1917 the Hickey’s bought the house and leased it to the Carroll family. It then became derelict until it was restored in 1964.

The listing on the Ray White website adds: ‘Comprising of four bedrooms plus a study this home comes complete with a variety of different living areas. Feel the warmth of the fireplace in the formal living or enjoy sun filled family areas.’

The house now boasts modern pleasures such as swimming pool and gardeners can enjoy the fruit trees, veggie patch and there’s even ‘enough room for a pony’.

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Or, What I Thought Of The 1st Book In The King Trilogy

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I wasn’t sure what to think of King’s. By the 50% mark I was completely turned off by the hero, King. He said things like, “Shut the f**k up,” and “Look at me when I speak to you” to the heroine, Mia Turner. When Mia disobeys him by trying to escape he punishes her. And not the kinky, sexy, fun kind of punish. No, he just hurts her. At that point, I didn’t know how I would ever have sympathy for this sadist.

Second, I thought I was reading a novel about a vampire hero, so when Mia asks King if he’s a vampire and he responds with something like, “Are you a silly child? Vampires don’t exist,” I was disappointed. Call me immature, but I enjoy reading about vampires.

The fact that the novel ends on a cliffhanger only frustrated me further.

Bottom line: The book is well written, I just think the hero could have shown a smidgeon more human emotions before the final chapter. I hope the story improves in book two, but I probably won’t be reading it.

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