Here's the 3rd story from my upcoming eBook, "Top 5 American Monsters," available FREE when you subscribe to the GhostQuest.net monthly newsletter!
In Native American folklore, the wendigo is described as a mythical monster or evil spirit that feeds exclusively on human flesh. Roughly translated, the word wendigo means “the evil spirit that devours mankind.” In some cases, a human is possessed by an evil, cannibalistic spirit, causing them to commit acts of murder and cannibalism, whereas in other cases the person slowly becomes a wendigo by indulging in cannibalism of their own free will. In some folklore, the wendigo is able to shapeshift to assume the form of a human that it’s cannibalized, and can mimic voices and other sounds to lure victims into it’s lair.
They are described as being tall and human-like in appearance, with some allegedly standing up to 15 feet (4.5 meters) tall, with gaunt, pale, skeleton-like features, and dark, sunken eyes. They are described as being lanky and having supernatural hunting abilities, with sharp claws and fangs. They appear to be driven mad by the urge to consume human flesh, and their hunger is never sated. It’s said that over time the wendigo’s appearance becomes more and more fearsome as the possessed individual is stripped of their humanity.
Whether or not the wendigo really exists, or is used to enforce cultural taboos against cannibalism is still a mystery, but encounters with the creature have been reported throughout the United States and Canada dating back hundreds of years and continue to present day. Many doctors and psychologists during the early colonization of America were convinced that the wendigo was real, with some even going so far as diagnosing patients with a rare condition known as Wendigo Psychosis.
One famous case of alleged Wendigo Psychosis was reported in 1878, when a Native American trapper from Alberta, Canada named Swift Runner claimed to be possessed by the spirit of a wendigo. During the winter Swift Runner, his wife, and their five children lived in a cabin in the woods, trapping animals and hunting for food. The cabin was located approximately 25 miles from the nearest village.
According to legend, when Swift Runner returned to the village the next spring, he was alone. When people began to ask what happened to his wife and family, he replied that they had become trapped in the cabin over the winter and died of starvation. When authorities later went to investigate the cabin, they found a gruesome, horrific scene inside.
Swift Runner’s deceased family clearly appeared to have been murdered, and their remains cannibalized. Due to the relatively close proximity of the cabin to civilization, it was concluded that Swift Runner’s cannibalism was not a last resort to avoid starvation, and he was diagnosed with a case of Wendigo Psychosis. He confessed, and was later executed at nearby Fort Seskatchewan.
Another well documented case of Wendigo Psychosis occurred in 1907, when an Oji-Cree medicine man named Jack Fiddler, who claimed to have killed 14 wendigos over the course of his lifetime, was arrested for homicide. At the age of 87, Jack Fiddler confessed to murdering an elderly tribeswoman on the grounds that she had been possessed by a wendigo spirit. According to Jack, the woman was on the verge of fully transforming into a wendigo, and he had no choice but to kill her before she became a threat.
Jack Fiddler was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison, however he chose to end his life instead and committed suicide shortly after.
In recent years the wendigo has made it’s way into pop culture as a horror icon, with many Hollywood movies and television shows featuring similar creature. But even more disturbing is that due to technology like the internet, more and more sightings are being reported today, with most originating in rural, wooded areas.
Whether the wendigo exists as a metaphor, or a fairy tale to prevent unethical behavior, one can’t help but wonder if such horrific creatures can truly exist.
Here's the 2nd story from my upcoming eBook, "Top 5 American Monsters," available FREE when you subscribe to the GhostQuest.net monthly newsletter.
On November 16th, 1966 two young married couples from Point Pleasant, West Virginia reported encountering a large, winged, humanoid figure with glowing red eyes. When they reported it to a local newspaper called The Point Pleasant Register the following day, they described the figure as having a wingspan of over 10 feet (3+ meters), and a height between 6 and 9 feet (2-3 meters). In the police report filed by the group, they claim to have been driving down a rural road near an abandoned World War II munitions factory in Point Pleasant when they spotted something strange.
At first it appeared to be just a pair of eyes belonging to an animal in the road, but upon driving closer, the creature stood up, spread it’s giant wings, and began to fly alongside the car. The driver of the car sped up, but the creature kept pace easily, even when allegedly reaching speeds of over 100 miles per hour. Eventually though, the creature ceased it’s pursuit and the group was able to escape.
Another group of witnesses claim to have encountered the same, giant, humanoid bat-like creature three times that same night, and many more reports followed. They described the creature as looking like a moth in the headlights, and it was given the name, The Mothman.
Later that month, two men were out riding motorcycles and spotted a pair of strange red lights coming from the old munitions plant. They decided to investigate, and were horrified to encounter the same moth-like creature inside. The creature once again spread it’s enormous wings and retreated into the sky.
With more and more encounters with the alleged Mothman being reported to newspaper outlets and police stations, many theories began to circulate about the Mothman’s true nature.
One biologist at West Virginia University named Dr. Robert L. Smith theorized that The Mothman may actually be a Sandhill Crane, which has a wingspan of over 7 feet (2+ meters) and stands as tall as an average person. He went on to say that due to the creature not being native to the Point Pleasant area, locals wouldn’t have immediately recognized the bird, especially late at night.
Some speculated that The Mothman was some type of alien entity that arrived on earth for unknown reasons, while others were convinced the creature was the result of a top-secret government experiment that had gone wrong. During this time, there was also an increase in UFO reports and sightings in the Point Pleasant area.
Others were convinced that The Mothman was actually a creature from Native American folklore called the Thunderbird, which is considered a powerful supernatural being, and many were convinced that the entire thing was just a hoax.
But as time went by, more encounters were still being reported. To add another layer of mystery, many who reported coming face to face with The Mothman also began to report having strange recurring nightmares, with many reporting extreme anxiety and psychological distress lasting for months.
One such woman, named Mrs. Marcella Bennet, reported having frightening nightmares about The Mothman for months after the encounter, resulting in acute episodes of anxiety and paranoia. These feelings of paranoia became so unbearable that she eventually was forced to seek medical attention from a psychologist.
One woman reported having strange dreams of Christmas presents floating in a river, which turned out to be an omen of what was coming next.
After a year of sightings, The Mothman hysteria finally came to an end at around 5:00pm on December 15th, 1967 when the Silver Bridge, which connects Point Pleasant to Gallipolis Ohio, collapsed into the Ohio River below. The event killed 46 motorists who were stuck on the bridge during the rush-hour traffic, and dozens of others were injured.
Then, strangely enough, sightings of the Mothman stopped, and life returned to normal, with many speculating that The Mothman was some sort of omen sent to warn them of the catastrophe ahead.
Hey everyone! As many of you may know, I'm in the process of writing my latest eBook called Top 5 American Monsters as a free thank you to all of my awesome newsletter subscribers! Here's the first monster featured in my book: The Jersey Devil! If you like this blog, be sure to sign up for the GhostQuest.net newsletter to get your free copy!!
Deep in the woods of southern New Jersey lies a vast area of dense forest and swampy marshlands known as the Pine Barrens. Although the first European settlers arrived in the colony of New Jersey in 1609, the Pine Barrens were only sparsely settled due to the sandy, acidic, and poor nutrient quality of it’s soil; thus the nickname, the Pine Barrens. Even today, despite it’s close vicinity to the sprawling metropolitan areas of Philadelphia and New York City, the Pine Barrens still remain rural and largely uninhabited.
In 1978, the United States Congress passed legislation that designated 1.1 million acres of the Pine Barrens as a nature reserve called the Pinelands National Reserve, and five years later in 1983 the United Nations designated the area an internationally recognized biosphere reserve. These actions helped to seal the Pine Barrens’ fate as one of America’s largest and most mysterious uninhabited areas, with over 1,700 square miles of undiscovered woodlands and marshes.
It’s here in the Pine Barrens that one of America’s most infamous legends was born. In 1735 at a location known as Leeds Point, a New Jersey colonist named Deborah Leeds and her husband Japhet received news that Deborah was pregnant with their 13th child.
Upon learning that she was pregnant, it’s said that Deborah cursed her unborn child, saying “let this child be the devil.” Whether or not this curse was intentional or just a product of frustration is unknown, but it appears the devil was indeed listening. Later that year Deborah gave birth to one of the most infamous monsters in American folklore; The Jersey Devil.
According to legend, it was a dark and stormy night when Deborah Leeds went into labor with her 13th child. Several midwives showed up to help deliver the new baby, and by all accounts the birth was routine and uneventful. However, after delivering the newborn baby – a boy – it’s said that the child began to thrash around uncontrollably.
The baby began to emit a loud, piercing, inhuman screech, which sent feelings of dread into the hearts of the awestruck midwives. As moments passed, the thrashing boy began to transform, becoming more and more fearsome until at last the metamorphosis was complete.
Standing before the Leeds family was a monster, described as being tall and reptilian with hooves and the head of a goat, leathery, bat-like wings, a forked tail, and brightly glowing red eyes. According to legend, the devil spread it’s wings, let out another screech, and promptly escaped by flying up the chimney and out into the dark night.
Over the following weeks and months, settlers of the Pine Barrens began reporting a variety of mysterious activity believed to be related to the Jersey Devil. Farmers began noticing livestock animals frequently going missing, or being found in fields bloody and mutilated. Children began to go missing, and were often found mutilated and decomposing in the woods, with deep claw marks and wounds that appeared to be caused by a mysterious, unidentified animal. Some farmers even claim to have witnessed their livestock being carried away into the night by a large, bat-like creature with glowing red eyes.
In 1740 a local minister was brought to the Pine Barrens to attempt to perform an exorcism. Although many claim that sightings of the Jersey Devil drastically decreased at this time, it’s estimated that thousands of people have reported encountering the devil since.
In 1800, a United States Naval Officer named Stephen Decatur claimed to encounter the Jersey Devil while visiting the nearby Hanover Iron Works. It’s said that while testing out a new cannon on the firing range, Mr. Decatur saw a strange, flying beast in the air above. Without thinking twice, he took aim at the creature and fired. While some claim that Mr. Decatur missed his mark, others claim his shot hit the beast, which continued to fly without appearing to be affected.
In 1820 a man named Joseph Bonaparte, elder brother to the French conqueror Napoleon Bonaparte, reported encountering the Jersey Devil while hunting in nearby Bordentown, and in 1840 a string of mysterious livestock killings was blamed on the devil.
In January of 1909, thousands of residents across the state of New Jersey reported witnessing the mysterious flying creature, causing mass widespread panic. Schools and businesses were closed, and hundreds of police officers were dispatched to investigate claims throughout the states of New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. The nearby Philadelphia Zoo even put out a $10,000 reward for anyone who was able to kill or capture the beast. After hundreds of newspaper articles were published about the sightings, the mysterious beast was given an official name: The Jersey Devil.
By the end of January, things had returned to normal, with very few sightings of the Jersey Devil reported over the following months. Although 1909 was considered by many to be the peak of the Jersey Devil hysteria, several credible reports have made headlines in the years since.
In 1925 a local farmer claimed to have shot and killed the Jersey Devil after he found it killing and eating his livestock. According to legend, over 100 people showed up to attempt to identify the creature’s remains, but were unsuccessful in doing so.
On the evening of July 27, 1937, residents of Downing, Pennsylvania called in dozens of reports of an unidentified flying beast with glowing red eyes, which were published the following day by a newspaper called The Pennsylvania Bulletin.
In 1951 a group of young boys in Gibbstown, New Jersey reported encountering a creature in the woods matching the description of the Jersey Devil, and in 1960 in nearby Mays Landing locals claim to have found a set of unidentified animal footprints that were said to belong to the devil.
Having been talked about for almost 300 years, the Jersey Devil is one of the most prominent and well-known urban legends in the United States, with people today still claiming to encounter the enigmatic beast.
Hey everyone! Check out our latest blog from Sarah at Living Life in Full Spectrum:
The Death Room
Quite often when roaming around Black Rock House, people seem to be drawn to one particular room. In fact if we say to people have a walk around and see where you end up, you can bet they will end up in the main bedroom, a room affectionately known by the volunteers of Black Rock House as 'The Death Room.'
Why would such a beautifully decorated room be associated with such a dark name? When I took my first tour of Black Rock House, the volunteers were the ones who actually brought this to my attention. For some reason, people seemed to have a reaction to this room. This was well before we started doing investigations here. The people having these experiences were people doing a normal historical walk through. Some could not enter the room at all. To some there was some sort of invisible wall blocking them or they did not like the feeling of the room and would stand in the hall. Others would walk in and start to feel sea sick and swaying like they were rocking on a boat and some said that the room just smelt like death. This was such a regular occurrence that the nickname 'The Death Room' was coined.
Investigating this room is equally as interesting. People experience all of the above and more. I often ask for a volunteer to lie on the bed. Sensitive people always seem to get a pain in the side of their head and quite a few have asked if someone has died in the bed. To this I do not know the answer as the bed is not original to the house. It was purchased from a dealer and carries it own story. Perhaps someone did die in the bed. What is also strange is that one of the bed posts of this 4 poster bed emits EMF. Not all the time and it is only one particular post. Maybe there is some sort of metal or something in that one specific post or could it be a sign that something has attached itself to the bed? Maybe the bed is carrying the energy of a traumatic death and this is what people are picking up on when the enter the room?
On one occasion, I myself have smelt this horrible smell associated with the room and I was with a couple of other people who did as well. It was to the point that we searched every corner of the room to see if there was some sort of dead animal like a mouse of possum hiding somewhere. The smell itself seemed to move around the room and completely disappeared and in the 2 years I have been there, I have never smelt it again. On another occasion, a group of us were standing in the room about to do a spirit box session. I remember I was sitting on the bed. We heard the door latch and the gentleman standing nearest to the door stood to the side as if to let whoever it was come in. Another investigator was out in the hallway at the other end of house so we assumed it was him coming in. When no one walked in I got up to look outside. There was no one at the door and he was at the other end of the house. We reviewed video footage and we were able to confirm that the people nearest to the door were not touching it and definitely did not turn the knob to open the door. The door itself is not hard to open so of course it is possible that it opened on it's own by some sort of natural cause, but it is something that had never happened before and has not happened again. Was someone trying to come inside?
It is one of the more active rooms at Black Rock House, but we can't seem to pinpoint a certain person or event. I have done countless EVP sessions and never received a voice. We have done a lot of Spirit Box work and get the word Hello here and there but that is it. Lots of different words come up on the Ovilus but I am skeptical of this device and nothing comes up that seems to be of significance. The EMF coming off the bed post is strange and we have been unable to properly debunk it. There also seems to be EMF activity in one corner of the room, but only when someone lies on the bed, and usually this person needs to be a female. REM Pod activity seems to indicate that something or someone perhaps hides under the bed. Whatever is there and trying to communicate with us, I do not feel is nasty or evil. The energy is different to other areas and can make people feel ill, but I don't think it is evil and definitely not 'demonic' which a couple of people have asked. Whatever or whoever it is, still remains one of those mysteries that I intend to solve!
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Hey everyone! The GhostQuest.net blog is getting some much needed attention! I'm very excited to announce that starting this month, we're going to be featuring some awesome blog posts and articles by one of my favorite bloggers: Sarah Chumacero from Living Life in Full Spectrum.
Sarah is an expert paranormal investigator from Melbourne, Australia who works full time in the field. As a tour guide at the notoriously haunted Blackrock House in Melbourne, she's often exposed to unexplained paranormal phenomena. But when she's not ghost hunting, she's still working hard to help the paranormal community to grapple with some of the mysteries associated with paranormal investigation.
I hope you guys will enjoy and appreciate her thoughtful and insightful content here as much as I have over the last couple of years. Her blog, Living Life in Full Spectrum, has a ton of awesome articles and other content that I highly recommend checking out! Click HERE to visit the LLIFS blog!
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The Ghost Frequency
We know that infrasound can cause a person to believe that they are experiencing something paranormal. There is however one particular frequency that invokes these feelings and it really hits the mark. It is referred to as 'The Ghost Frequency'
Written by Sarah Chumacero, Living Life in Full Spectrum
Sound is one of those things that we investigators love working with. It is great to experiment with and it can have adverse effects on the envrionment around you. Most of this is thanks to infrasound. Check out the article I wrote previously if you want to learn more about infrasound. Some investigators try to use infrasound to enhance their paranormal investigating. Some believe infrasound is the key to unlocking residual energy. Others believe that it causes a person to feel like they are having a paranormal experience when in fact it is the sound messing with their body.
The Ghost Frequency
One night in the 1980s, a scientist by the name of Vic Tandy was working late at night alone in his lab. He felt that he wasn't alone and saw some sort of mist in the corner of his eye. He promptly left and didn't return until the sun was up the next day as he was spooked. The next day when he came back, he had a fencing sword (as fencing was a hobby of his) and he put the handle in a vice. He noticed that the blade started vibrating for no reason. He felt that the vibrations looked like a soundwave. It was then he realized there must have been some low sound that he couldn't hear that was causing the blade to vibrate. He discovered that a new fan he installed was emitting a very low rumbling sound that some people may find difficult to hear at a frequency of 18.98hz. This is around the same frequency that the human eye is thought to vibrate at. He concluded that the grey mist he saw the night prior was an optical illusion caused by his eyes being affected by the sound waves. He continued his research and wrote a research paper 'The Ghost in the Machine'. The Ghost Frequency was born.
Any sort of paranormal experience had by a person while this frequency is emitting would need to be thrown out. In fact there are quite a lot of studies that have been done testing the effects of this and other frequencies on the human body. They all show that when subjected to these low frequency sounds for a prolonged period of time, the participants started feeling like they were being watched or not alone and reported seeing figures out of the corner of their eye. The hair on the back of their neck would stand up and they felt anxious.
It is also handy to know this information as you can use certain devices to measure the frequency of sound. If you are doing an investigation, for the purpose of debunking infrasound as a possible cause of a 'haunting', this information can be quite handy to know. Other investigators like to try and use this frequency as tool while investigating. It is thought by some that perhaps infrasound can be helpful in unlocking residual energy, especially if they are researching the stone tape theory. You would have to make sure you were not in the room though, as you could start feeling ill. If you were going to do this, I would just use some data loggers to see if there were any sort of changes in the atmosphere etc. It isn't really any good setting up a digital recorder, as you would likely not make it through the playback - same with a video camera unless you muted the sound. If using this for an investigation, it really would be just a data gathering opportunity.
How long can you last? If you want to give it a try, here is a video of the ghost frequency playing for 20 minutes. A lot of people cannot make it through to the end.
(view at your own risk)
Hey everyone! It's March already, which means it's almost time for spring! It's also time for the next GhostQuest.net monthly newsletter! I hope everyone had a great February! For those of you who are just recently becoming part of the community - welcome! And thank you for subscribing! I'm Brian, and I run GhostQuest.net, the internet's soon-to-be largest resource for paranormal researchers, investigators, and enthusiasts. GhostQuest.net currently hosts one of the internet's largest online databases of haunted locations and paranormal hotspots in the USA.
News & Updates
In recent months I've started posting more stories, pictures, and other fun updates on social media, which have received some great feedback from you guys; our awesome Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Pinterest followers! So first off, thank you guys for your support! I love hearing from you, and reading your comments and messages! You can also reply to this email, and I'd love to hear from you!!
Here's what's new at GhostQuest.net over the last month:
First and foremost, I've finally finished updating my list of haunted places in New York, which adds another 330 locations to my current list, and brings the current total locations in the USA to 4,527! Wow!!
Now for the really exciting part!!! Last month I published my first book, called the Haunted Locations Index: New York, which is available on Amazon for FREE with your Kindle Unlimited subscription! In my book I provide information on the 300+ new locations I've just added for New York, plus useful information such as historical facts, paranormal experiences, location information, and GPS coordinates so you never have to spend time on Google trying to figure out where the location is! If you're not a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, you can purchase a copy of the Haunted Locations Index: New York for yourself for just $3.99! Additionally, you're able to "loan" this book out to your Kindle friends so that you can share the knowledge, and of course the awesome, creepy ghost stories! You can also pick up a paperback copy for just $10.99 - it's a great coffee table book, and a great additional resource for any paranormal investigator who plans to someday investigate in New York. Plus, all purchases go towards helping me pay for the cost of hosting GhostQuest.net and creating new material!
Now that I'm finished with New York, I'll be moving on to the state of North Carolina, which has some very cool and interesting locations to visit, explore, and learn about!! Over the course of the next month, I'll be researching and updating as many of these haunted locations as possible. Then once I'm done, I'll also be publishing another eBook, called the Haunted Locations Index: North Carolina (coming soon!!).
But the excitement doesn't stop there! Last month I mentioned that I created a YouTube channel for GhostQuest.net, where I'll be posting even more awesome content for you guys to enjoy, such as creepy folklore stories, ghost stories, and lots more! If you haven't subscribed to GhostQuest.net on YouTube, click the link here and be sure to check out the awesome teaser video I posted last week! If you can also like, share, and comment, that would be awesome!!! I hope you're all as hyped to see all this new content as I am!
Last but not least, the GhostQuest.net Store saw a HUGE overhaul last month, and finally celebrated it's grand opening! I've completely redesigned my store using Shopify, which means I'm able to stock up a huge inventory of cool shirts, hoodies, ghost hunting gear, gadgets, electronics, and more! What's even better is that instead of jacking up the prices of these items, I've decided to instead undercut the prices of most other vendors, sometimes by as much as 50% on items such as bags and electronic equipment, to guarantee that I can always give you guys the best deals on the gear you need for your investigations! Plus, get free shipping on all orders! Ghost hunting is an expensive hobby, and I hope these great prices can help change that! Check out our huge selection here, and be sure to use the code below to take an additional 10% off your order as an exclusive thank-you for subscribing to the GhostQuest.net newsletter. I'll be including a 10% discount code in each newsletter from now on, so be sure to check it out each month for a new discount!
Sorry non-subscribers, this is where the coupon code would be.. but I'll be sending a new one out next month!
Well, that's it for our March 2019 newsletter! Thank you all again so much for subscribing and supporting GhostQuest.net! Have a spooky March!
Hey everyone! It's February already, which means it's time for the next GhostQuest.net monthly newsletter! I hope everyone is having a great New Year! For those of you who are just recently becoming part of the community - welcome, and thank you for subscribing! I'm Brian, and I run GhostQuest.net, the internet's soon-to-be largest resource for paranormal researchers, investigators, and enthusiasts. GhostQuest.net currently hosts one of the internet's largest online databases of haunted locations and paranormal hotspots in the USA.
Happy New Year
As some of you may have noticed, I didn't send out a newsletter in January. But that doesn't mean I haven't been busy plotting the next big updates for GhostQuest.net (which you'll learn about in this letter)! Before we get into the details though, I want to take this time to wish you all a Happy New Year and thank each and every one of you who has supported me and GhostQuest.net throughout the year.
News & Updates
In recent months I've started posting more stories, pictures, and other fun updates, which have received some great feedback from you guys; our awesome Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Pinterest followers! Last month was also the first month since starting GhostQuest.net that I was able to do well enough financially so that I didn't have to pay for our hosting costs out of pocket! So I'd like to give an EXTRA special thank you to those of you who have helped to support GhostQuest.net by checking out our tee shirts and other merchandise on Etsy, and been kind enough to make a monthly pledge on Patreon! Your support is helping GhostQuest.net to expand it's operations, and bring everyone more awesome content!
As the new year arrives, it's important to not only establish goals for oneself, but to also reflect on the events of the previous year. After reviewing much of my work over the last year, I decided to take several weeks in January to update the HTML and source code of GhostQuest.net, which not only gives everything a nice, fresh, clean look for the new year, but also helps to ensure GhostQuest.net is doing well in search engine placement and other important areas.
Now for the exciting part!! Here's what GhostQuest.net has in store for 2019 over the next few months!!
First off I'd like to announce that I've created a GhostQuest.net YouTube channel, where I plan to start posting some really cool videos about some of the haunted locations I've been writing about. Subscribers will be able to view some narrative videos with photos and video footage (coming soon!), and later I have plans to make 3D video walkthroughs (like this) of some of the places I hope to visit. Just move the mouse around or your phone, and you can look around in different directions throughout the video! This will add another dimension to the stories and legends on GhostQuest.net, and I can't wait to share some of these videos with you!!
Another exciting announcement is that Brian from GhostQuest.net will be starting a biweekly video podcast with Kristin from the Bodhi Project! We'll be talking about folklore, ghost encounters, metaphysics, paranormal theory, and a huge range of other topics. This is an exclusive announcement that I've only revealed to our newsletter readers, so stay tuned over the next month for when we make our official announcement! Me and Kristin will also be doing a live stream later this month on Facebook to talk about GhostQuest.net, who we are, and what our plans are for the future - and I'm so excited to get this started!!
Lastly, I'll be publishing an eBook later this month called the GhostQuest.net Folklore Encyclopedia: New York, that compiles a huge list of ghosts and haunted places into a digital encyclopedia that can be purchased for just $0.99!! So keep an eye out for all these new updates coming over the next several months, and feel free to drop me a message on my social media accounts! I'd love to hear from you!
Well, that's it for our February 2019 newsletter! Thank you all again so much for subscribing and supporting GhostQuest.net! Have a spooky February and stay warm!
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
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 email@example.com 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:
Arizona - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/haunted-arizona.html
Arkansas - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/haunted-arkansas.html
Colorado - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/haunted-colorado.html
Connecticut - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/haunted-connecticut.html
Delaware - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/haunted-delaware.html
Florida - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/haunted-florida.html
Georgia - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/haunted-georgia.html
Idaho - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/haunted-idaho.html
Illinois - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/haunted-illinois.html
Indiana - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/haunted-indiana.html
Iowa - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/haunted-iowa.html
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:
Alabama - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/haunted-alabama.html
Fixed formatting issues on:
Home - www.ghostquest.net
Montana - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/haunted-montana.html
Maine - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/haunted-maine.html
Massachusetts - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/haunted-massachusetts.html
New Hampshire - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/haunted-new-hampshire.html
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
Haunted Locations index added/updated:
Alaska - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/alaska.html
Montana - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/montana.html
Maine - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/maine.html
Massachusetts - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/massachusetts.html
New Hampshire - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/new-hampshire.html
Vermont - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/vermont.html
Rhode Island - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/rhode-island.html
Connecticut - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/connecticut.html
Washington - http://ghostquest.weebly.com/washington.html
Original post from: http://ghostquest.forumotion.com/t4-update-4-27-2016
Hello, and thank you for taking the time to check out Ghost Quest, the (soon-to-be) best online resource for anything and everything paranormal! I would like to personally take some time to welcome you to the community and introduce myself, as well as go over a few of the features that we are planning to implement later on.
Ghost Quest has only been in development for a few days, and has already seen a lot of progress. Currently we're working on the "Haunted Locations" index, which lists known hauntings by state. This index will eventually grow to include detailed information on each listing, including location, history, safety information, experiences, and more! The individual pages will also have information and material submitted by you, our users, such as investigation reports, EVPs, videos, ratings, and more!
Also on the agenda is to make our site a social hub for paranormal enthusiasts - make a profile, submit your own research and build your reputation. You will also be able to find other researchers and investigators to network with, and rate them on their performance, knowledge, and skills.
Well, that's all for now but keep in mind that this is just the beginning! This site will be updated daily, if not hourly, so check back often and be sure to follow us on facebook and twitter!
Brian Weaver is the founder and creator of GhostQuest.net. He was born and raised in rural New England, where he attended college for Computer Science: