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Or, Know Where All The Ghosts Are Hanging Out

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Where Is The Most Haunted Place In Britain?

And What Should You Watch Out For In Your Area?

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Do you see a ghostly monk kneeling at the altar at Northamptonshire?

There’s been another sighting of a “black eyed child” in Cannock Chase . The forest has been famous for being haunted since the late 1980s when there was a documented sighting of a “black eyed child”. Since then, all’s been quiet, although there have been numerous reports of black-eyed children in other places.

Is the Cannock Chase ghost child back?

But Staffordshire gets off relatively lightly for ghosts. Back in 2010, Lionel Fanthorpe – who has written about paranormal activity and is President of the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena – decided to look into paranormal activity in the UK. He looked at 25 years worth of eyewitness reports and claims of ghostly activity, and wrote the Demonic Britain report. This assessed all of the reports from all over the country and categorised them by type of paranormal activity.

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He found that Yorkshire was the place with the most sightings and reports. But looking at our map, the south-west has the highest concentration of ghostly reports.

Yorkshire was where the highest number of demon possession (2 reports) and demons with repulsive forms (5), while Wiltshire was the county with the most reported sightings of Hell Hounds (25).

Scotland has a high ghost count too. Edinburgh doesn’t make the Demonic Britain list but it has one of the most well-documented poltergeists in the world. In 1998 the tomb of Lord Advocate Sir George Mackenzie, who is buried in Greyfriars kirkyard, was disturbed by a homeless man looking for somewhere to sleep.

Mackenzie is no ordinary man, though – he’s responsible for the torture and eventual killing of an estimated 18,000 people in Scotland who refused to change religion. And since the tomb was disturbed, the Mackenzie Poltergeist has become famous around the world due to the sheer number of reports of paranormal activity.

Between 1998 and 2000, 24 people were knocked unconscious near or in the tomb. Now, City of the Dead tours – the only tour with access to the site – tells customers that figure has reached 3,000 in the last 12 years, and they say that hundreds more have been injured.

That averages out at 250 each year!

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Or, Read The Story Of The Former Intax Farm

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Was Old House Haunted?

Written by Grimsby Telegraph in July 2014

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TODAY it is known as Intax Mews, situated off busy Welhome Road and Hainton Avenue.

But how many now realize the story behind the site – or know about the ghost which was supposed to haunt it?

Intax Mews stands on the site of what was formerly Intax Farm on which stood a house for 400 years.

At one time the farm fields stretched from Pasture Street to beyond Weelsby Road and the farmer’s neighbors lived at Old Clee, at Nun’s Farm and at Highfield.

Intax Farm, was said to stand on the site of a monastery which was pulled down in the 15th Century.

Once a part of the Manor of Weelsby, the farm with the rest of the manor was bought during the reign of Edward III by the Augustinian Abbot of Wellow.

Its name was believed to come from an ancient custom associated with land tenure by which the Lord of the Manor of Weelsby was empowered to enclose a portion of the open fields for his own use.

The Abbot was to become involved in scandal – particularly so when he was found, among other things, to be keeping “a certaine French ladye” in a “handsome dwelling house” in the town.

Over the years the farm on the site had many tenants and at one time was known as Kendall’s Milk Farm. Later John A Thomas, a joiner, cabinet maker and undertaker, moved in. Another resident was Mrs Florence Godwin who lived there for 30 years.

And the ghost? Mrs Ada Newell, a daughter of Mr Thomas, who lived there with her husband and her sister told the Telegraph in 1960 that shortly before his death she was sitting with him when she saw “cowled and hooded monks coming two by two” from one side of the room to the other.

The phenomenon, she added, had not occurred again since her husband’s death.

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I’m devoting March to one of my secret, guilty pleasure ships–Stucky. So, please enjoy this video (I got chills!).

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Or, Photographic Evidence Of A Ghost At Alcatraz

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Ghost Sighting In Creepy Alcatraz Prison

Written in June 2014

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AMERICA’S most notorious prison Alcatraz has been haunted by ghosts for decades, if you believe the whispers.

Now a British tourist, Sheila Sillery-Walsh, claims to have found another eerie figure in a photograph she took at the maximum security prison.

When she looked down at her phone after taking the photo, she noticed a shadowy girl staring back through the window.

The 48-year-old woman was on a tour with her partner through the eerie halls of Alcatraz, an island prison located in the San Francisco Bay.

It held America’s worst criminals, such as Al “Scarface” Capone, from 1934 until it closed in 1963.

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Ms Sillery-Walsh told the Daily Mail she didn’t feel comfortable as soon as she entered the prison.

“While doing an audio-tour of the place, I casually stopped to take a snap of the empty visitation block window on my iPhone,” she said.

“When I glanced at the photo on my mobile, I saw this dark female figure in the picture. I looked at the window again and there was no one in the room.

“From that point onwards, I wasn’t interested in the Alcatraz tour anymore. I just kept looking at the picture over and over again!”

The girl appears to be from the 1930s or 40s — and is not thought to be the reflection of Ms Sillery-Walsh, as she is wearing different clothes, though who she may be remains a mystery.

The couple have tried to find out the identity of the girl, but with no luck. Despite multiple ghost sightings, Alcatraz officials have always dismissed the creepy reports.

Whether the recent claim is a photo manipulation, a strange shadow or something from another world, it may never be clear — but these tourists are convinced they had a glimpse into the spirit world.

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The entire Red Plague trilogy is now available in audiobook format

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You can listen to Maya’s story from beginning to end.

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Or, Visit The Haunted Resting Place Of Former Wisconsin Politicians

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Haunted Travel: Forest Home Cemetery Milwaukie, Wisconsin

Written by Corey Schjoth in May 2014

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Under the unblinking gaze of Victorian Romanesque goddesses, angels and shrouded mourners pondering the death of those whose graves they watch over, visitors to the now 200 acre Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin wind their way through the undulating landscape past reflecting gardens, ornate family crypts, imposing rain-streaked bronze statues and enormous monuments testifying to the rise of a large industrial city. The social elite are buried alongside laborers, radical politicians, beer barons, female anarchists, gangsters, and victims of epidemic and fire, equalized by their common fates in their final resting place.

Established in 1850, a church committee situated the cemetery of the original 72 acres on a known former Indian village and sacred effigy and burial mound site. The first burial, a gentleman of the name Orville Cadwell, occurred on August 5 in the same year of the cemetery’s founding. Cadwell found company shortly thereafter, as a cholera outbreak traced to a riverman from New Orleans via Chicago claimed lives in the newly-chartered city.

Post Civil War saw a boom in industry and with it, a boom in population. The dangers of industrial city life lurked here as in any other city of the time. In 1883 Newhall House Hotel went up in flames as Milwaukee firefighters battled a smaller fire elsewhere in the city. Calls went out for reinforcements from Chicago and Racine with little to no response. Documents of the time report a range of 73-90 deaths from the tragedy. All accounts agree that more than half of those who perished and brought to several area morgues were beyond identification. A mass grave for 64 victims commemorates the unknown with a memorial erected at the one-year anniversary of the fire.

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In 1886 another notable tragedy occurred, as 14,000 laborers organized in Bay View to demonstrate discontent with labor conditions. The governor of the time issued a shoot-to-kill order, resulting in a 7 person massacre, including a young 13-year-old boy. The mayor of this time, Emil Wallber, is one of the cemetery’s distinguished guests.

Beer and wheat barons built themselves ornate Flemish-style mansions, theaters, office buildings, hotels, and high-society ballrooms in the late 1800’s into the early 1900’s throughout the downtown Milwaukee area. Political figures emerged from the populace and made themselves known nationally as leaders of the socialist movement. The evocative monuments and family crypts these individuals and families chose for themselves in death reflect their indelible mark on the city’s cultural and political landscape in life. Oppressive, deliberate, imposing, they are testimony of self-importance and a symbol of the competition among the elite.

Construction of the Gothic style Landmark Chapel, using Lake Superior Sandstone, a dark red sandstone found near the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior, started in 1890 and took two years to complete. The cemetery’s area grew to 200 acres by the turn of the century to accommodate the growing demand for bigger and better plots.

Modern improvements within Forest Home Cemetery include two large mausoleums. The Halls of History is an indoor temperature controlled mausoleum and community center. Along with the columbarium and crypts it houses, the center contains a number of permanent and changing exhibits that educate visitors about the history of Milwaukee and over 100 of its people. Adjacent to this is a large terraced outdoor mausoleum called Chapel Gardens. It contains above ground burials in porticos set by ornate colonnades, statues, and rose gardens. The Chapel and cemetery are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The hill adjacent to the tranquil, shadowy reflecting pond on the north side of the cemetery downhill from the main offices and mausoleums, has been said to cause strange reactions in some people who walk on it, making them feel sick and fearful.

One visitor reported visions of splintered coffins and shredded corpses, followed by the onset of headaches and bloodshot eyes.

One could suppose that undocumented bitter rivalries many yet extend into the afterlife, especially among the beer barons. One such rivalry might have existed between Valentin Blatz and Johann Braun, both interred in the cemetery. Blatz opened a brewery next to Braun’s in 1850, incorporated Braun’s facilities into his own after Braun’s death in 1852, and finished the deal by marrying Braun’s widowed bride.

A modern brewing club, the Beer Barons, provides an opportunity in October to come out to the grounds to seek the paranormal. The club provides Ghost Tours for interested parties.

I have visited the cemetery a few times during the year and I’ve always enjoyed walking and exploring the vast grounds looking at the large Victorian monuments and figures. I have personally never experienced anything unusual but my visits have been limited to only a few hours. The rolling hills and canopy of oak and maple makes this cemetery one of the most beautiful I have visited.

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