SCOTTISH BORDERS - A live-in nanny position currently available offers good pay, a nice room and, oh, ghostly spirits that may scare the wits out of you.
The job currently posted on a UK child care site details a family of four looking for a live-in nanny who would earn $64,000 a year to look after a couple's two children.
As added incentive, four weeks of vacation are also included with the job.
There is one little hitch in the description, however.
The listing claims "five nannies have left the role in the last year, each citing supernatural incidents as the reason, including strange noises, broken glass and furniture moving."
That's right. Five different nannies have all been chased out of the house by poltergeists and ghoulies.
The family admits they were told the house was "haunted" when they bought it 10 years ago, but they personally have yet to experience the supernatural.
So if you're not scared of little demons... or ghosts or specters from the world beyond (see what we did there?), send in your resume before it's too late.
What's the worst that can happen?
Original article by: http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/weird-news/nanny-needed-for-haunted-house-job-pays-64000
Have you heard of the world famous "Suicide Forest" in Japan? Check out this article written by Jenny Holt, one of our favorite para-writers:
With the husbands and kids packed off to the sedate Hakone tour including a trip on a pirate ship, views of Mount Fuji (maybe), and the ability to buy puzzle boxes, an old friend and I set off on one of the scariest things you can do in Japan - hiking the Aokigahara forest.
As a fresh faced graduate, I’d found myself travelling for a year eventually leaving me in Nagoya working as an English teacher. While there, I’d made a friend, Fumiko, who was herself, a fresh-faced graduate Japanese teacher at the same school. We soon became friends and have kept in touch ever since. At the time, we shared a love of horror movies and all things scary, so we made a pledge to spend 1 day in Aokigahara, Japan’s most haunted forest. However, we never followed through with it, until now.
The Demon and Ghost Filled Woodlands
It is strange to think a place so foreboding and evil lies so close to Japan’s most iconic image, Mount Fuji, but it aptly demonstrates the hidden terrors of the land. These come in the form of earthquakes, tsunami, typhoons, and volcanoes. Japanese people believe, much like we do, that if a person dies filled with hate, wrath, sadness, desire or revenge, their soul will be unable to leave this world. It is believed that so many people with these feelings have died in Aokigahara that it has soaked into the very fabric of the dense, dark, woodland. They believe it to be filled with demons and other spirits.
We began by dropping the kids and husbands off at Odawara Station for the Hakone Day Tour and then drove around Mount Fuji to get to its northwest side and the town of Fujikawaguchiko. Once there we saw signs of the unease people feel about the forest. People were on hand to try and convince lone hikers not to go in there and take their own lives. This hit us hard because while we’d heard stories, we imagined it to be a lonely business. So many people go to these woods from all over Japan to end their lives.
We stepped in with fear. It was a dull day outside despite being the middle of spring with cherry blossoms all over the place. The first thing which hit me, was the unnerving quietness of the woods. I am much more used to lively places filled with signs of animals and birdsong. It is this stillness which gives you a creeping feeling of being watched. As we stepped deeper into the woods we reflected that between 50 and 100 suicides a year are found in the woods, many more are lost to its deeper areas. Furthermore, in the 19th century and before, locals would carry their elder relatives who they considered a burden, into the woodlands to die of starvation.
Each step felt and each turn felt like it would turn something up - a body, a ghost. It was the most unsettling feeling of my life. We never found anything luckily, but we could both feel the presence of their spirits around us and imagined how haunted it must be; especially at night. The feeling was so overwhelming we could not imagine how it would be in the dark. On the way out, we stumbled across a dirty, sodden copy of Tsurumui Wataru’s book, The Complete Suicide Manual. It’s safe to say that while we have crossed something off our bucket list, we will not be back - even if I have all of my ghost hunting equipment on me.
Preparing for Your Own Hike
The first thing to be aware of is this is genuinely a large, brooding woodland which is easy to get lost in and is home to a huge number of suicides each year. There is a real and possible chance you will come across a body, so this hike is not for the faint hearted or those easily upset. It is also possible you might stumble upon someone preparing to end their lives.
Aside from this, you need good quality hiking gear and if you can transport it to Japan, some ghost detecting equipment as laid out in my last blog post. As I was travelling in a foreign country and on vacation with my family, I kept my equipment to a minimum. For example, I made a rudimentary first aid kit from things bought in a FamilyMart convenience store - band aids, a bottle of water, batteries for my headlamp, matches, etc… my friend brought her knife and multi-tool. To save space, I wore a specifically designed outdoor watch with gps, a heart-rate monitor, and it synced with my Google Fit app. I did bring hiking boots with me, a packable mac in case it rained, and my friend brought a spare set of hiking poles to make walking easier.
Getting There and Away
Aokigahara sits in the foothills of Mount Fuji and is close to the town of Fujikawaguchiko in Minamitsuru District. Getting to Aokigahara involves a few different trainlines, but from central Tokyo take the Chuo line as far as Takao station before switching to the Shiojiri line to get to Otsuki. From there the Fujikyuko line will take you to Fujikawaguchiko. It’s a bit complex, but if you have a friend or an international driver’s license, it’s much quicker by car once you get close.
For those of you who are like me and love a good hike, check out the latest article written by Jenny Holt, one of our favorite para-writers:
Earlier this year you may have seen our post on the most haunted hikes in New York. Well, before outlining some more cool places to go hiking and ghost hunting, we thought it might be a good idea to give you the lowdown on the kind of equipment you need to do these kinds of hikes safely while gather plenty of information on the paranormal.
Step 1: Hiking Equipment
There are 10 essential types of equipment for the serious hiker; especially if you’re going off the beaten trail or are doing a multi-day trip. These are:
1. Navigation: GPS, maps, compass, altimeter
2. Sun Protection: lip balm, sunglasses, and sunscreen
3. Light: flashlight or headlamp and spare batteries
4. Cold protection: jacket, thermal undergarments, vests etc…
5. First Aid
6. Something to make a fire with - matches for example
7. Tools like knives and multi-tools
8. Food: bring more supplies than you anticipate needing
9. Water: full bottles, but also filters and treatment systems
10. Shelter: a tent or lean to at least
Of course, you need a few things beyond this. For one thing, you need to choose the right kind of backpack. The best backpacks for hunting and hiking will combine storage space with durability, weatherproofing, and strap systems designed to distribute the weight. Many will also allow for the back to breathe more on hot days. A good pack will also have a waist strap and a range of additional pockets - some detachable, for ease of access.
Step 2: Investigatory Equipment
You might prefer your eyes and ears, but having a full range of paranormal investigation equipment is essential for getting a believable set of data. In addition to carrying the above - or at least distributed between a number of you, you are going to need the following equipment:
● Air Ion Counter: ghosts give off positive ions due to their electromagnetic discharges.
● Barometer: Some ghosts may alter the barometric pressure of a location
● Cameras: You need to get these spooks on camera
● Candles: Like with matches above, these are useful if your flashlight stops working for some reason.
● Dowsing Rods.
● EMF Detector: the big one for checking out disturbances to electronic fields.
● EVP Devices: for picking up electronic voice phenomena.
In addition to these key pieces of equipment, you can look into microphones, headset communication devices, infrared and thermal scanners, hydrometers, night vision cameras and headsets, notebooks, and a lot more. Different researchers have different opinions, naturally, on what a paranormal investigator should include in their ghost hunting kit.
What haunted locations have you gone hiking to? Leave a comment below!
For those of you who are animal lovers, check out the latest article written by Jenny Holt, one of our favorite para-writers:
In The Hound of the Baskerville’s, a large black dog haunts a family. In the recent Sherlock Holmes TV series it was the result of genetic mutations and hallucinogenic gas, but the original story was based on tales across England; especially southern England of ghostly dogs. However, stories of ghostly dogs have not just been found in England, but across the whole world. This article looks at some of the most famous ones and also considers some other ways dogs and humans are deeply connected on a spiritual level.
Man and Dogs: A Long History
It’s no surprise that we have so many haunted and ghostly dog stories and that such stories are spread around the world. Dogs have been man’s best friend for tens of thousands of years with the oldest cohabiting remains found dating back 33,000 years. If you look across human mythology, dogs feature strongly whether it is the she-wolf suckling Romulus and Remus in Roman mythology or Fenrir biting off Tyr’s hand in Anglo-Nordic mythology. The same can be said of Eastern mythologies such as the supernatural hero Erlang’s companion dog who helps him fight the monkey king Sun Wukong. If they are with us now, are in our archaeological record, and integral parts of our mythologies, then it makes sense they can haunt us too.
1. Black Shuck
Black Shuck is probably the most famous ghost dog of them all, and comes from the most famous type of ghost dog - the Black Dog. From East Anglia, Shuck comes from the Old English word Scucca (sc was pronounced sh) meaning ‘demon.’ Black Dogs are seen as an omen of death and have been reported in other areas such as Sussex and Somerset in England. The first ever recorded sight of one was in AD 856 in France where one materialized in a church then disappeared.
2. Church Grim
Found across Sweden and Finland, the Church Grim usually appears as a ghostly dog or black dog, but can also take the form of other animals. At the advent of Christianity in the region, it was believed the soul of the first person buried in the sacred soil of a new church would guard that church for all eternity from the Devil. In order to save a man’s soul from this duty, they would bury dogs alive on the ground, so these dogs would return to protect parishioners.
3. Black Dog of the Hanging Hills
Rather than being a black dog like Black Shuck, this is the ghost of a dog which happens to have been black. The small dog is said to be friendly and haunts the Hanging Hills area of Connecticut near Hubbard Park. Apparently to see him once will bring joy, but to see him a second time will bring bad luck, and a third time will bring death. According to legend, 6 deaths have been attributed to him.
4. The Hound of Goshen
According to legend, a hound has haunted the area around the Ebenezer Church in Newberry, South Carolina for 150 years. The story goes that a traveling salesman was unfairly tried and hung for the murder of a local townsperson. The salesman’s loyal hound stood watch under his master’s body as it hung until both disappeared. After that, the hound’s ghost returned from time to time to attack those involved in his master’s lynching.
5. Totem Spirits
Societies, clans, tribes, and peoples across the world following animistic faiths have had similar ideas of totem spirits or totem animals and objects. This is found in Native American cultures, as well as European, Asian, and African cultures. For example, Norse pagans call Totem Animals Fylgjur or “followers.” For tribes such as the Ojibwe, a person throughout their lifetime is accompanied by 9 animal spirits and this includes dogs. In terms of the Fylgjur, this also included the ability to shapeshift, or become a dog (werewolf) or become a bear (berserker). Totem animals, fylgjur, and guardian spirits are often seen as embodying powers and ideals, as something to worship, but also of offering advice and guidance, protecting people in times of need, and finally as offering portents of the future including impending death. For dogs, each breed has its own totem characteristics and meanings.
Dogs have also been seen as familiars, which are quite different to the idea of a Fylgja. The familiar is an animal deeply tied to a person but which aids that person in the pursuit of magic. As with Buddhism and some other faiths, familiars are deeply tied with Wicca and beliefs in reincarnation and the transformation of the enduring spirit into another form after death. In this sense, a dog which becomes a familiar to a Witch or Warlock or Wiccan may have such a connection to their owner that they will reincarnate and come back to them in the form of another animal or another dog in the future. There are stories of malevolent familiars dating back to the middle ages when folktales and prejudices abounded about practitioners of traditional medicines and ideas.
What are your thoughts on animal spirits? Leave a comment below!
Check out the latest article written by Jenny Holt, one of our favorite para-writers:
Exploring a famous ghost filled location is one thing; especially during the day or for a few moments at night. However, have you tried hiking an entire route or spending a whole night somewhere? If you are within easy reach of New York there’s a whole load of hiking trails and haunted locations for you to explore, if you dare. Here’s our top 10:
1. Letchworth Village
2. Saratoga National Historical Park
3. Seneca Hill
4. Gray Road
5. Happy Valley Road
6. Lake Ronkonkoma
7. Morris Jumel Mansion
8. Gurnsey Hollow Cemetery
9. Sweet Hollow Road
10. Oakland Cemetery
Let us know if you have hiked any before and what you think of them. Are there any that should have made this list? From lonely female ghosts on the hiking trail to an entire asylum filled with them, you should have no lack of paranormal activity when picking from this selection of the most haunted hikes in New York.
When two paranormal researchers decided to scope out a haunted hospital in Mississippi, they found more than just restless spirits.
This real-life recent news story could be straight out of a horror movie.
Sharon Wilson, 69, of Vicksburg, Miss., was reported missing over the weekend. But within hours of that report initially being filed, her body was, unfortunately, found — and in possibly the strangest of places: an abandoned hospital with 150 years of creepy history to tell.
Wilson’s body was found outside the Kuhn Memorial State Hospital on Sunday by two paranormal researchers (aka ghost-hunters) investigating the reportedly haunted hospital. (The place is well-known, both nationally and internationally, for being a hub of alleged paranormal activity, including apparitions and electronic voice phenomena reportedly recorded there).
When police arrived at the hospital, they found blood trails that indicated that Wilson had been inside the hospital at some point before apparently being dragged outside onto an overgrown footpath. Wilson had apparently been hit in the head and beaten.
According to local police chief Walter Armstrong, two men were arrested and now face charges connected to Wilson’s death. Raphael McCloud and his nephew Akeem McCloud were pulled over for reckless driving, and when police checked the car, they discovered that it actually belonged to Sharon Wilson. Officers also found a stolen gun inside.
When interrogated, the duo confessed to breaking into Wilson’s house. They also confessed to robbing and kidnapping her. However, that story soon evolved, and Raphael McCloud now faces charges including capital murder, kidnapping, sexual battery, and rape. He is currently being held without bond. As of Wednesday, July 1, police are still trying to determine if Akeem McCloud will face charges.
The old building where the woman’s body was found is condemned, and a regular haunt for ghost-hunters looking to find the spirits of old Confederate soldiers and anyone else who might have passed away during the hospital’s existence.
David Childers, co-founder of the Mississippi Paranormal Research Institute, told the Clarion Ledger, “Kuhn Hospital has a lot of places inside and out that would be an ideal spot to place a body. In my opinion they should tear it down … There are open elevator shafts, black mold, asbestos, and debris, and people ought to stay away from that place.”
“Some spirits just need to be left alone,” he continued.
According to an article posted on Fox News in February, taxi drivers in Japan have reported picking up "ghost passengers" who were believed to have been victims of the 2011 tsunami. What are your thoughts on this article?
A number of taxi drivers have reported seeing ‘ghost passengers’ in Ishinomaki in Japan’s Miyagi Prefecture, an area that was devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Asahi Shimbun reports that Yuka Kudo, a senior at Tohoku Gakuin University majoring in sociology, interviewed more than 100 taxi drivers in Ishinomaki for her graduation thesis. Kudo asked the drivers whether they had any unusual experiences after the March 2011 disaster.
While many of the drivers ignored her or became angry, seven told the student about their strange experiences in the aftermath of the tsunami.
One driver, in his 50s, related a story about a woman who got into his cab near Ishinomaki Station. The woman told him to take her to the Minamihama district. The driver then asked her “The area is almost empty. Is it OK?” The woman replied, in a shivering voice, “Have I died?”
When the driver looked back at his rear seat, no-one was there, according to the research.
Another driver, who was in his 40s, related how a man, apparently in his 20s, got into his cab and pointed toward the front. When the driver repeatedly asked the man for his destination, he replied “Hiyoriyama" (mountain). However, when the taxi arrived at the destination, the man had disappeared.
The seven drivers all started their meters for the “phantom journeys” according to the report. One driver showed Kudo his driver’s report, which noted an unpaid fare.
The magnitude 9.0 earthquake off the coast of Japan triggered massive tsunami waves, devastating parts of the country. More than 18,000 people lost their lives in the disaster.
Psychiatrists have identified “grief hallucinations” as a reaction to bereavement. A study published in 2007 by Agneta Grimby, a researcher at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, surveyed 14 men and 36 women during the first year after the death of a spouse. Post-bereavement hallucinations or illusions were very frequent and even “considered helpful,” according to the research.
Happy Friday, and welcome to all of our new followers and visitors! It's been awhile since our last post, but GhostQuest has been getting some major content updates over the last few months and has come a long way in its development!
First off, our Haunted Locations index is now complete for all 50 states!! Each state on our interactive map now has its own list of known haunted locations ( http://ghostquest.weebly.com/haunted-usa.html ), so check it out and leave us comments, or submit your own pictures, EVPs, videos, experiences, and ghost stories!
Now that we've completed the haunted locations index we've started a major overhaul for each page, listing information about each location, its history, and known paranormal occurrences. The information provided not only makes for a spooky late-night read, but also provides a great resource for paranormal researchers and ghost hunters who are looking for new locations to learn about and explore.
Check out our first page that is currently undergoing updates:
Stay tuned for more updates!!
Happy Hump Day everyone! Our message boards are now live, and we have added our user submission page where you can submit your own paranormal experiences and evidence! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your own ghost stories, pictures, videos, etc and they will be featured on our site under the "Hauntings" tab. We look forward to hearing from you!!
Haunted Locations index added/updated:
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Colorado - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/haunted-colorado.html
Connecticut - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/haunted-connecticut.html
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Florida - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/haunted-florida.html
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Idaho - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/haunted-idaho.html
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Kansas - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/haunted-kansas.html
Kentucky - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/haunted-kentucky.html
Louisiana - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/haunted-louisiana.html
Maryland - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/haunted-maryland.html
Haunted Locations index added/updated:
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Vermont - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/haunted-vermont.html
Rhode Island - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/haunted-rhode-island.html
Connecticut - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/haunted-connecticut.html
Washington - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/haunted-washington.html
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