Friday, March 2, 2007
The brown lady is by far the most famous ghost sighting today. The photo was taken by Captain Provand and Indre Shira while taking pictures for Country Life Magazine. As you can see, this photo depicts a female ghost walking down a staircase. This staircase is located at the Raynham Hall in Norfolk, England. She's said to be named Dorothy Walpole. Dorothy once live at the Hall. "The Brown Lady" title came from reports of her wearing a brown dress. Legend has it, that her husband never let her out of the house. She officially died of smallpox, but may have died from someway of her husband.
NOTE: Unfortunately, this cemetery has a "no ghost policy."
Rosehill is one of the oldest cemeteries in Chicago, established in 1859. It's beautiful architecture and timeless eccentric views, make it remarkably one of the most beautiful cemeteries in America. It contains the remains of almost 200,000 people!
The haunted mausoleum of Hopkins lies here. Many people have found this to be a spectacular sight. The sounds of groaning, and the sound of horrific chain rattling have been heard from in side. Ghosts, including a gruesome woman floating over the grown have been spotted here.
In 1995, a crewmember from the management of the cemetery, ran to the administrative office swearing he saw a ghostly woman.
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But why do we see so many ghosts here on earth? According to many, those that died in trauma, didn't realize at the time what was going on and don't even know they're dead yet. Could they be lost and not know how to get where they need to go? We'll probably never know in our lifetime, but it's something to think about.
I am not experienced in the riddance or exorcism of ghosts, so I have compiled a list of claims of the riddance of ghosts. I can not claim the effectiveness of these remedies.
NOTE: I believe in the cooperation between life and the afterlife, I am only referencing these sources for educational reasons.
The best way , in our opinion, is to simply ask the spirit to leave. Remember that this spirit or spirits were once human like you and I. They may be confused about where they are and what has happened to them. Explain to them that this is your home now and it time that they move on. Some spirits may need your help before moving on. They may need to pass on some information to a family member and they need you to relay the messege. After helping the spirit, it will be able to move on.
In young people with strong psychic abilities, especially girls, such activity often happens. Other worldly beings are attracted to such powers as they can utilize them for their own advantage, to make physical activity happen. This is the root of the cause, but not what makes it a bad experience. The fear induced by the activity that occurs gives negative entities more power, and the haunting will become worse and worse as the fear level in the home increases. Things like rosaries, crucifixes, and holy water will only work if the girl in question (you) believes in them. Being pagan, obviously they won't work. Such attacks often happen during teen years, as these are the most turbulent times for anyone. They will subside once your angst does, however in the mean time, you may want to contact a local Coven, or Pagan worship group who's High Priest or High Priestess can perform some spells or rituals to help rid the home of negative energy.
Thursday, March 1, 2007
Water Tower, Michigan Ave.
The Water Tower on the Magnificent Mile place is marvelled due to its resisitance to fire during the Great Chicago Fire. It was amazing that this magnificent building survived, as other great structures didn't. It's believed however, during the fire, a man had commited suicide on the tower. His ghost can still be seen in the windows.
St. James Sag Church & Cemetery
As legend has is, St. James Sag Church was founded by Irish immigrants working on the Illinois and Michigan Canal in the 1830s. The Irish immigrants were mostly Roman Catholic and burried their dead in this hallowed ground.
Over the years, ghost sightings have plagued this area. Believe it or not, many reports claim sighting ghost Monks wandering the grounds, chanting in Latin. In the 1970s, a police officer spotted eight of these strange phenomenas, hooded, arising from the neighboring woods and chased them, although resulting in no luck.
St. James Sag Church & Cemeter is along Archer's Ave., known for it haunted accessories. Some could say that the Devil himself had a visit here. Some people heard a horrible scream along this haunted trail. When they had looked for what had happened, they found a hoofprint where the scream was heard! There have also been reports of a phantom black stallion roving the grounds.
Please note: I can not guarantee 100% accuracy with third party mapping solutions.
Resurrection Mary (Chicago, IL)
Image you're driving Archer Ave., late at night in the early 1900s. You see a young woman in a white next to the road walking, but when you approach it, she attempts to get on the side of your car... You'd know you just met Resurrection Mary.
She's changed somewhat when she was first noticed. She hasn't been jumping on cars anymore, but what she does now, is even stranger! People today will see her and offer her a ride. The directions she gives are not clear, but drivers to cooperate. The directions will bring the passengers close to the gates of resurrection cemetery, but when they get there, she mysteriously disappears.
This weird sighting was first noticed in the 1930s. It is a beloved legend of Chicago, if not the most beloved!
But just who is this mysterious figure?
According to legend, Mary was a blue eyed, blond haired beautiful young woman. Her boyfriend and she went to a ballroom (Willowbrook Ballroom) along Archer Ave. (historically an Indian trial, but modernized into a highway), but their were problems with the yound couple's date. They fought, and afterwards, Mary left the ball in dismay. While walking down Archer, she was killed by an automobile in front of Ressurection Cemetery.
The Hull House
If you ever heard of the legend of the Devil Baby, you've probably have heard of Hull House. It was said that Janes Adam's infant had horns, a tail, and scaley skin. Legend has it that he was locked upstairs. A window upstairs has been reported to have an occupient peeking through, and others have seen four monks on the stair way. This location has also been known for misty apparations.
Ghost hunting can be safe if done right. The main things are to not ever go alone, keep calm, and have and emergency plan. Simpler said than done right? Well, let's go over some hints.
Obviously, you'll need to find a place that's known to be haunted, or stereotyped to be haunted. Stereotyped places include Churches, Hospitals, Schools, and those kind of things.
Here are some good places to look:
- Prisons (Abandoned)
I'd like to point something out real quick. Never trespass! I found out the hard way when I was visiting Texas, when I was ghost hunting at a church; enough of that though, if you want the full story, e-mail me. Let me say it again, DON'T TRESPASS--police will come! So be smart, get permission, so you don't get arrested or shot! Also one more thing in this area, carry identification with you, just in case the police do question you.
Obviously, carry a flash light. And also, bring extra batteries and warm clothing, just in case.
Watch out for hazardous conditions, such as weak floors, holes and that kind of stuff. Visit the location you're at first, in the day, so you can familiarize yourself with the obstacles.
Go in a group. I can't stress this enough! It's very important. Ecspecially beginers--they will be fragile in the first place, but what if something DOES come up? Then what? It's important to have a support team-- AND BESIDES!-- what's the point of going ghost hunting when you don't have witnesses. Skeptics aren't going to believe you if it was just you.
Be mature--ghost hunting is fun as it should be! But there's a level were dumb pranks can lead to accidents. You need to be attentive to all your surroundings. Mostly likely, you're not going to have a ghost come to you and introduce him or herself!
If you can afford it, carry a tape recorder with you. Not the expensive digital kind or anything. Just get a cheap cassette recorder. Even though you might have not heard anything on your ghost hunt! You might still find a message on the cassette afterwards!
Here's a helpful hint... Instead of buying a Trifield(R), just bring a compass instead. Not only is it good for direction if you get lost, you can monitor the arms on it to detect changes in magnetic field. It's not as powerful as the Trifield(R), but it works on the same principle.
If you're very serious about investigating paranormal phenomena, keep a log of all strange, unordinary, or peculiar events to used to determine patterns in ghost sightings.
Well, that's all for now. If you have any hints for ghost hunting, e-mail me at email@example.com.
Chicago Transit Authority Ghost
A small girl that was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, located on Kimball and I believe 87th, periodically attempts to ride freeways in the Western Suburbs. However, she's not always able to pick up a ride and attempts to take the bus. When asked for fare, she vanishes in thin air.
Chicagoland's MOST Haunted Place
Bachelor's Grove is arguably the most haunted place in Chicagoland. There have been many sightings of ghosts here and is home to the Madonna of Bachelor's Grove. This overgrown cemetery was formed in the 1820s by "Yankee" settlers. Primarily New Yorkers. But after its settlement, horrible acts have been committed. A large pond is here, and was used by gangs to hide their victims. It's also a historical place of devil worship. Many of the sightings here have included, a two headed demon, a glowing woman and her baby (Madonna of Bachelor's Grove.White Lady, believed to be under the name of Mrs. Rogers), balls of blue light, a farmer and his horse, and dark hooded phantom monks. The cemetery is located in the Rubio Woods Forest Preserve.
Unfortuantely the site has been s victim of vandalism. You shouldn't enter the cemetery past sunset. The police keep an eye on the area and if you are in the cemetery at sunset, you're trespassing.I found this clip of a sighting in bachelor's grove on youtube.