"Death is no more than passing from one room into another." – HELEN KELLER

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Supreme Courthouse - Hobart

The Supreme Court of Tasmania, Australia is the oldest in the country. Established by the Royal Letters Patent, construction began in 1823 and opened its doors almost a year later. It falls around the middle of Australian court hierarchy, hearing civil and most serious criminal matters. The first Chief Justice was Sir Joseph Pedder. The first counsel to appear before the court was Joseph Tice Gellibrand who became Tasmania's first Attorney-General and William Sorell as first Registrar of the Court.

The first trial brought before the Court was the case of William Tibbs. He was tried on May 28, 1824 for shooting a black man named John Jackson who later died. He was convicted of manslaughter, receiving 3 years of transportation. The Court remained busy throughout its early years. Between 1826 and 1842, a total of 203 criminals were sentenced to be hanged (37 performed in the execution yard). In total, 75,000 criminals passed through Tasmania Supreme Court. However in 1860, the Holy Trinity Church was converted in to a criminal court and a new court in the Public Buildings in Macquarie Street tried civil cases. This split would last until 1980 when a new complex was constructed and opened in Salamanca Place.

Courtroom #1 was the place of the death penalty. Many criminals in the past received their death sentence in that room. Today, witnesses seen and felt a mysterious presence as well as seen a door open on its own. In courtroom #2, the voice of a female spirit nicknamed Ivy has been heard. Some have even smelled her perfume. A hand of an apparition has also been seen. Upon further inspection the hand disappears and no one is ever found.

You'll find a noose hanging above a trapped door in the Execution Yard. Many criminals lost their lives in this room including one woman. A male apparition in 19th Century clothing has been spotted in there. The nooses sometimes swings on its own as well as reports of the growl of a mysterious animal. The clock on occasion has stopped on its own in the Clock Tower. Although that may be more natural than supernatural.

Blog Announcement

It has come to my attention the commenting system I've used for several years, Haloscan, is shutting down. I want to reassure everyone that your comments have been exported and saved. The problem is on Feb. 11th, or rather before, they won't be visible on the site.

Unless you have a better suggestion, the only course of action I know to take is to switch over to Blogger comments and manually add your comments to each post. Seeing as there are over a 1,000 of them, it'll be a daunting task. As I said, I'm open to any suggestions to make the transition easier and faster but in the meantime, please bare with me. I'll keep you updated on this crisis. Thanks!

GS Question fo the Week

Do you think a legend could ever die? Why or why not?

Tug Hill Annie

Like many towns, Montague, NY has their very own local legend. This one involves a young woman who died in a fatal car accident. Anna Joan Machowski was born on February 2, 1917. Her life wasn't exactly a fairytale but little did she know, her death would be the fuel of legend and rumors for years to come. At the age of 24, she married a man named Alfred and gave birth to four children. Her marriage wasn't always the happiest and she often drowned her sorrows in alcohol.

On June 14th, 1954, she and friend, Jan Winiarski, jumped in to Jan's 1949 Studebaker truck and drove to Barnes Corners to purchase wine. With Anna at the wheel, they sped along Sears Pond Road. She raced towards a curve. An onlooker watched in fear they wouldn't make it and he would be right. The truck went off the road and flipped several times until coming to a rest upright on its wheels. The witness raced to the scene. When he arrived, he found Anna's body lying next to the wrecked truck, her head completely severed six inches from her body. Jan walked away from the crash bruised and in total shock.

Shortly after the accident, reports began to surface about a female ghost seen walking along Sears Pond Road. The legend grew and by 1960, Anna was being referred as "Tug Hill Annie". As with any legend, facts become buried among piles of rumors. Apparitions have been seen along State Route 177 and often associated with Anna despite the fact that the physical description doesn't match her and that State Route 177 is miles away from the crash site. One local paranormal investigation group decided to put the legend to rest once and for all.

Northern Paranormal Society led by David J. and Kimberly A. Andalora investigated the crash site in Autumn 2008. They expected to find nothing but their investigations have turned up pictures with mysterious mist, personal accounts of strange lights/sounds and EVPs. With the help of medium Danyelle Barrett of Amsterdam, they performed a "crossing over" ceremony on Sept. 20th after the first investigation. The Andaloras feel their mission was successful. Anna is now resting in peace on the other side. Their second investigation was performed on Oct. 3rd, 2009. They reported no personal accounts, EVPs, or abnormalities in photos.

Personally, I don't think this absolutely proves Anna, if she is or was haunting Sears Pond Road, has crossed over. Some ghost hunters can investigate a haunted location and pick up nothing on their equipment while others at the same location discover tons of evidence. Is it possible the ceremony worked and she indeed moved on? Of course but the answer will only be revealed in time.

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Port Arthur

The Pyderrairme people were the traditional owners of the area. However, Port Arthur settlement in Tasmania was first established as a small timber station in 1830, replacing the timber camp at Birches Bay. The colony soon morphed in to a penal station housing British and Irish second offenders after arriving in Australia. It was advertised much like Alcatraz as an inescapable prison. And much like Alcatraz, convicts proved how arrogant they were. Many prisoners found ways to escape to freedom.

Manufactures such as ship building, shoemaking, smithing, timber and brick making were also established. After a suggestion years prior, a flour mill and granary was constructed in 1842 and completed three years later. It housed a storehouse, wheel, machinery and a treadmill capable of taking up to 56 convicts at once. It's purpose was to satisfy the wants of the Convict Department as well as provide surplus for export. However, the infrastructure bringing the water to the wheel loss water to seepage and evaporation. A decade after its construction, the mill was converted in to a penitentiary.

The Separate Prison also known as The Model Prison was completed between 1853 and 1855. The building contained 80 cells in the shape of a cross with radial exercise yards around a central hall and church. The purpose was not to physically punish prisoners but hit them psychologically. The "Silent System" of punishment required prisoners to where a hood over their heads and remain silent while reflecting upon the crime which brought them there. Some view such methods as an enlightened view of imprisonment. However, critics viewed the psychological punishment combined with the no hope of escape as cruel. It is believed convicts committed murder, punishable by death, to escape the camp. The prison closed in 1877

In the 1860s, Port Arthur took a turn for the poor. A Pauper's Depot and an Asylum were built to accommodate the aging and infirm prison population. Many suffered from depression and/or mental disabilities. The asylum was constructed next to the Separate Prison in a cruciform shape. The wings were occupied by dormitories around a central mess hall. The building contained two additional 'L' shaped buildings, a Keepers' quarters and a bakehouse. To the rear was a long wooden building which served as separate apartments for the more rowdy occupants. The front of the asylum occupied an open veranda, with a large fenced garden replete with paths and ornamental plantings. Prisoners worked attending to the gardens and chopping firewood.

All those who met their demise at Port Arthur were taken to the Island of the Dead. There are reported 1676 graves on the small island. However, only 180 are marked, graves of prison staff and military personnel. Devastating bush fires gutted many of the buildings in 1895 to 1897 leading to a new town being established. Buildings including the "Model Prison", the Guard Tower, the Church, and the remnants of the main penitentiary are all that remains. Tourists soon replaced the nonexistent convict population.

If this location hadn't seen enough harsh conditions, it was also the site of a mass murder. Martin Bryant murdered 35 people and wounded 21 more on April 28, 1996. His rampage ranks among one of the most deadliest in the 20th Century. He provided conflicting accounts as to what led him to murder but it is believed his motives dealt with his social isolation and his need for attention. This tragedy led to a national ban on semi-automatic shotguns and rifles as well as created a relationship between the town and Dunblane, a Scottish town who experienced a similar incident earlier that year.

The first house built in Port Arthur was the Commandant's House. Inside sits a rocking chair supposedly known as the "Nanny Chair". Some believe this chair to be haunted. Witnesses have seen it rock on its own. Those who have sat on it have been touched by unseen hands or have strange feelings engulf them. On many occasions, those who try to photograph this chair experience equipment failure. The Parsonage is believed to be one of the most haunted building in Port Arthur. A Reverend George Eastman died in an upstairs bedroom. While trying to lower his body, within a coffin, out of a window, the rope broke, coffin flew open and his body fell in to a gutter. Witnesses have reported smelling a foul rotten odor, hearing moaning noises and seeing strange lights in the building ever since. A woman in a blue period dress is also seen wandering the building. Apparitions have been seen in the Junior Medical Officer's residence. It is believed his children (13 or so) are the culprits of footsteps, moving furniture and rattling windows. Private Robert Young drowned near the Jetty Cabin in 1840. Guests reported seeing a man with straight black hair and a ruffled white shirt in or near the cabin.

The dissection rooms under the Senior Surgeon's House are known for faces popping popping out of a hole in the wall only to disappear moments later. This hole was where the servants used to scrape the ashes from the fireplace down into the dissection room to soak up the blood. In the Separate Prison, visitors have heard the screams of a ghostly boy awaiting execution. In the very cell William Carter committed suicide by hanging, people have felt anxious or depressed. Mysterious lights have been spotted in the dark cells where prisoners were confined for long periods of time in total darkness and silence.

The very location of Port Arthur's cemetery has its own paranormal reports. A prisoner named Mark Jeffrey, serving time for manslaughter, lived on the island in a little hut as the resident gravedigger. One morning a signal fire caught the eye of the authorities and a boat was sent over to retrieve Jeffrey. He returned to the mainland with an unbelievable tale. The night before his hut had been shaken and rocked by an invisible force and a fiery red glow had lit up the walls and surrounding ground. Upon investigation, he was confronted by an creature with eyes smoldering, horns erect and encircled by sulfurous smoke. No one took his experience serious but visitors have felt an oppressive atmosphere on the Island of the Dead. Not surprising considering the many people buried there.
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Manly Quarantine Station

In times of poor sanitary conditions and contagious illnesses, many are pushed to act. Waverly Hills was created to handle the tuberculosis epidemic in the United States. In Australia, fresh off a ship, you would face the Quarantine Station. To prevent diseases such as small pox, Spanish influenza and bubonic plague, the Quarantine Act was passed in 1832. Because of its maritime convenience and isolation, North Head, Australia was seen as the perfection location to establish the Quarantine Station.

Healthy or not, residents were isolated for months. At its busiest days, eight ships moored off of Quarantine Beach. The Station ran out of accommodations, forcing residents to camp out on the surrounding hill in unsanitary conditions. Those well enough were called upon to clear surrounding bushland and construct hospital and residential buildings. The Quarantine Station contains its own post office, power supply, water reservoir, hospital, morgue, telephone exchange and paved streets lined with various styles and types of buildings. Sixty hospital, residential and industrial buildings were built during a 120 year span.

After long voyages, many immigrants died to the Station and even after. Typhus ridden Lady McNaughton arrived in Sydney Harbor in 1837. Fifty four passengers had already died en route and the Quarantine Station proved to be no sanctuary. Thirteen more died after arrival in what were described as "truly appalling conditions with a sense of misery, wretchedness and disease present everywhere." A place where 572 men, women and children lived, suffered and sometimes died of horrendous diseases. Those who didn't leave were buried in one of three cemeteries that have since been demolished. Thanks to advancements in modern medicine, the Station lost is usefulness and closed down in 1984.

Today, you will have to pay a hefty price to tour the restored property with The National parks and Wildlife Service as your guides. The Quarantine Station has been labeled as one of "Australia's most haunted locations". Visitors have reported seeing ghosts (immigrants and hospital staff), feeling cold spots, uneasy feelings in certain spots and being tapped on the shoulder when no one was anywhere near them. Nurses on night shift over the years of operation reported seeing ghostly China men with long ponytails wandering through the wards and across verandas. Mysterious lights have been spotted in unoccupied hospital wards as well as apparitions. A ghostly girl with blond plaits occasionally holds a tourists hand and leads them around the pathways. Some visitors have spotted her hiding behind bushes or even tugging at their jacket sleeves. At times, she even speaks to them. There are also unusual sounds such as music and the clattering of pots and pans as well as smells such as lemons or potatoes.

With over a century worth of disease and death, is it really all that surprising the Quarantine Station has a multitude of paranormal activity?

GS Question of the Week

T or F : Pandora's "Box" was really a jar.

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The Beast of LBL

In Western Kentucky, there is a national recreation area situated between the Kentucky and Barkley Lakes known as "The Land between Lakes" or LBL for short. This piece of land consists of 300 miles of shoreline, 170,000 acres of forest and 200 miles of walking trails. In 1963, by order of President Kennedy, the federal government used eminent domain to buy and tear down homes and businesses forcing 700 families out of the area known as "Between the Rivers". Over 228 family cemeteries are located throughout the area, long forgotten. White settlers, war veterans, large number of infants, black slaves, Chinese immigrants, and Native Americans lay beneath layers of Earth.

There are various tales passed from one person to the next about this vast piece of land. Stories of Indian curses, hauntings, witches, and mysterious lights are told among those who once lived within the area. But there is one tale that has existed for over a hundred years. Witnesses have seen a wolf-like creature among the trees, attacking cattle and live stock during the day or night. It is described as a wolf that stands nearly seven feet tall with long thick hair covering its body. A foul stench emanates from its body. It leaves tracks similar to that of a human except instead of toes were paw prints. The head, large in size, contains wolf like features: a long snout, long sharp incisors and fire red eyes. The beast had long arms with abnormally huge hands and long spindly fingers with claws caked in dirt.

There are several legends attached to the Beast of LBL. One story begins with a Native American shaman with the ability to shape shift. This shaman was forced out of his tribe for allegedly using his powers for evil. One night, a group of warriors and settlers sought out the shaman and ultimately killed him while he was in wolf form. With is dying breath, he cursed them, vowing to return to haunt the forest and seek revenge on all who lived there especially the families of those who murdered him.

Another legend speaks of a man who left Europe in the 1800s to settle in "Between the Rivers". This man supposedly possessed a disease that turned him mad after nightfall. The disease was believed to be genetic and was passed from parent to child over the years. They remained in seclusion never going to school or had the desire to socialize with others until one day when they went silent. Many believed the family had died off. An investigation in the early 1900s revealed their homestead vacant and abandoned.

The Beast of LBL is known to rip cows, pigs, and even a horse or two to shreds, but could it be capable of murdering a human being? Obviously, a wild animal with that much rage could be capable of anything. In the early 1980s, a married couple came upon a sight they would never forget. The gruesome scene contained what was left of a mother, father and a young boy. The three had been camping in one of the designated areas via their motor home. Sometime after their arrival, the small family was mangled. Visible on the bodies were claw and teeth marks from some unknown animal. After the authorities arrived and began investigating the scene, they soon discovered someone was missing from the picture, a little girl. Fifty yards away, a cop with drops of blood on his face, hat and shirt, found the unthinkable. What was left of a little girl was dangling from a high tree limb. Now apparently, these "murders" were never written about in newspapers or no record of it and is all the word of two cops who spilled their guts to a civilian who just happened to be there at the right time. Personally, unless some kind of evidence is presented to prove this really happened, I'm writing it off as nothing but a story (Guardian Tales) to scare people.

Is the Best of LBL also nothing but a story passed from family to family? Or is there a very REAL dangerous animal roaming the woods in the "The Land Between Lakes"?

GS Question of the Week

Do you believe in demons? Why or why not?

Eden Hotel

Much like the Gran Hotel Viena, Eden Hotel in La Falda, Argentina is believed to have a Nazi past. In 1891, a German hotelier named Roberto Balkhe came upon a vast and beautiful piece of land, purchasing it in hopes of building a grand hotel. With financial support, the construction began four years later. The Eden Hotel was completed and opened in 1899 and was considered the centerpiece of La Falda's tourist attractions as a luxurious resort.

It contained an eclectic architectural style, with French towers and German ornamentation, 100 bedrooms, 38 bathrooms, dining room, assistance for children and personal trainers, a large lounge hall, reading room with desk hall, conservatory, lounge/bar, two spacious terraces, veranda, bank, blacksmith shop, golf course, swimming pool, electric power plant, sausage factory, tennis court and amphitheater. the hotel had many famous guests including Ruben Dario, The Prince of Wales, the Duke of Savoy, Albert Einstein (1925), the Marquis of Magaz, Argentine presidents Julio Argentino Roca, José Figueroa Alcorta, other representatives of the European nobility.

In 1912, the hotel was sold to Walter and Ida Eicchorn. Both were personal friends and leading financier of Adolf Hitler and his staff officers. It became a safe haven for Nazis and their supporters before and after the war. On September 17, 1945, there was an FBI investigation to determine a possibility of Hitler's connection with the hotel's owners and whether or not he would choose to flee Germany for Argentina seeking refuge in that hotel. Eicchorn was believed to have collected money during Hitler's campaign during his quest to gain power. Former staff members recall swastikas engraved on old kitchen utensils. Hitler speeches captured on shortwave antenna on the hotel roof and was broadcast throughout the hotel's loudspeakers. It was believed to be the only place that could contact Europe. In one of the reserved rooms, an autographed portrait of Hitler hung on the wall. After the war, a Nazi eagle on the steeple was destroyed by a group of militants and a "V" (Winston Churchill) was painted on Eicchorn and his friends homes.

After the war, the hotel was seized by the government, closing its doors to guests. The building was used to house a Japanese ambassador and his family for two years before being returned to Eichhorn. Unfortunately, the hotel switched ownerships a few times afterwords and became prey to looters and decay until 1963. The current owners are in the process of restoring the structure to its former beauty. However, they are experiencing problems as the workers from the restoration company are afraid to finish the job. Paranormal activity includes the apparitions of a little girl (possibly Eicchorn's daughter), waiter, woman and babies (all died within the hotel walls), shadows, voices whispering, cracking noises and slamming doors and windows.
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Author Interview - Lance Lee Noel

Lance Lee Noel attended the University of Missouri, where he excelled both in the classroom and on the field as a member of the Tiger football team. He later went on to achieve a Masters Degree from the University of Missouri in St. Louis.

A Missouri native, he draws on his lifelong passion for history to make the details of Civil War era come alive. After touring American battle sites for more than fifteen years, he traveled to Lone Jack in 2006. When he heard the story of the battle, he knew this tale had the power to inspire a new generation of young adults.

Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. What inspired you to incorporate the Battle of Lone Jack in to a fiction novel rather than nonfiction?

Thank you for your interest in the book. I really appreciate it! Growing up in Missouri I was a little surprised and disappointed that The Battle of Lone Jack was an event I wasn’t familiar with as a kid. As a result, I hoped to get young people more interested in the battle because it is an amazing story once you get all the details. I’m a huge fan of nonfiction, but felt that nonfiction wouldn’t work for teen readers. To me presenting the battle in a fictional story would keep young readers’ attention.

Of all the places you visited what made Long Jack Special and why do you think it has the power to inspire younger audiences?

It was a combination of things. First off, the battle was gruesome and bloody. The two sides fought across a street about as wide as your living room. Once the battle was over members of both sides (Confederates and Union prisoners) buried the dead together in long trenches. Lastly, the individual stories of the participants really brought the whole event home for me. These were people like you and I who simply thought they were doing what was right and many of them lost their lives. The Battle of Lone Jack is just one chapter in the American Civil War and so many battles present the same elements and bring out the same emotions. I also ultimately wanted to bring attention to the Lone Jack Civil War Cemetery, Battlefield & Museum. Proceeds from the book go to preserving this historical site.
Do you think it would also appeal to Non-American youths? If yes or no, why?

I’ve actually had a few readers from other countries reach out to tell me how much they enjoyed the book. I think it appealed to them, and would appeal to non-American readers in general, because the story is really something anyone can relate to…heroes you cheer on, villains/antagonists you hope lose out in the end, and an interesting climax that ties the whole thing together and leaves the reader with a sense of completeness and satisfaction. Also the aspects of the battle presented in the book cross over cultures and countries. There is a lot to learn from and relate to in wars no matter where or when they take place in history.

Have you always had a desire to write?

Yes I have. I attended the University of Missouri and my freshman year I had this crazy freak of a writing professor. He ended up being one of the best teachers I had and he really helped deepen my passion for writing.

What is the best thing about being a history enthusaist? The worst?

That’s a great question! The best thing is there is always more to uncover and see. A person could spend every day of their life in the US alone visiting a place of historical interest or significance and learn and see something new every day. And that’s just US history. Imagine if you went overseas.

The worst thing is sometimes events like The Battle of Lone Jack get forgotten over time, or places aren’t considered important enough to some and they are torn down or bulldozed over.

What kind of research did you do for The Ghosts of Lone Jack?

I did a lot of reading on the battle. I found several great articles about the battle that were very helpful. I also visited the site numerous times and questioned several experts on the battle.

Why did you choose to write for a young adult audience versus adult?

I really wanted to help get young people interested in reading and interested in history. Also the main characters are kids and nobody can relate to kids like other kids.

What was the hardest scene for you to write? Why?

The hardest scenes for me were actually the action sequences when the characters run into the ghosts. You have to keep track of everything each character is doing. You have to be able to present their actions and, more importantly, their emotions in a believable way and not lose pace or intensity. And it can’t come off as too tedious either.

How long did it take you to finish The Ghosts of Lone Jack?

I wrote the book in three months, but the editing and re-writing takes a long time. So in all it took about 8 months from start to the finished product.

How did you develop the idea for debut novel?

The idea came to me when my brother, who is also into history, and I visited The Lone Jack Battlefield and Cemetery. My brother lives about twelve miles from Lone Jack. We were both really captivated by the story and the ‘vibe’ of the place. I actually thought of the story on the trip back from Lone Jack that day.

In The Ghosts of Lone Jack, the ghosts take on a grotesque fleshy appearance. What made you decide to give them zombie-like qualities?

Having the ghosts transform was a way for the main characters to interact with them on a more physical level. I wanted the characters to be able to fight back and making the ghosts beings the main characters could touch and see gave them a fighter’s chance of winning.

Why did you choose Lucinda Cave as the first ghost to make an appearance to Jared?

Lucinda was a mother and the only woman who died in the battle. Jared had lost his mother and in a warped sort of way she symbolizes the loss he has had in his life. I felt that was significant and made her the perfect choice as the first ghost to appear in the book.

You have ghosts of Union and Rebel soldiers, Indians, townspeople and horses mixed with town bullies and average kid pressures. Why toss escape convicts in to the equation?

Also a great question…for a couple of reasons actually. To me the convicts remind the reader that there is evil in our side of the world too; and I wanted to have characters that confronted the ghosts that actually made you want to cheer for the ghosts.

Your fictional paranormal "experts" weren't more knowledgeable about ghosts as some of the other characters. Why choose inexperienced ghost hunters to come save the day?

Again for a couple of reasons. One was simply a humorous factor. I thought it would be funny to have experts who actually didn’t have much of a clue as to what they were doing. Secondly, I personally like heroes and characters that are flawed or kind of screw-ups but ultimately help save the day in the end. The ghost hunters are actually my favorite characters because they aren’t very successful in their pursuits but in the end they win.

How much of the book is based on real life?

I tried to present important aspects of the battle as they actually happened without making it too much detail. As far as the main characters are concerned they were all based off of people I know or grew up with. I also grew up in a small country Missouri town and I wanted to capture that culture and social interaction in how I presented Lone Jack.

Was the publication of your debut novel anything you hoped it to be?

It has been just an awesome experience. People have been so receptive and supporting. I’ve really appreciated all of it!!

What can readers look forward to in Book Two?

The characters develop and grow, but as you could probably predict they continue to get themselves unwillingly into scrapes with supernatural places and spirits. They head to Phoenix for a summer baseball tournament but end up getting side-tracked. They head out on a mission to find The Treasure of the Lost Dutchman, which is a treasure that some actually believe exists in the mountains around Apache Junction, AZ.

How many novels do you plan to write in this series?

I ideally would like to write four or five. Allow the characters to grow and mature, and allow them to face the real-world problems young people face, but also continue to face down creatures from beyond the grave.

What advice do you have for other writers?

It’s as important to be a good story teller as it is to be a good writer. Both are equally important.

Celebrity Ghost Stories

I don't really have much to say concerning this program mostly because there's not much to it. The format is very simple. Celebrities, three or four per episode, sit and relay their chilling paranormal encounters. Interweaving with their narrations are short bursts of dramatizations. It wouldn't be a paranormal show without them. The main attraction of this show is of course the celebrities who are featured on each episode.

It includes stories from John Waters, Carrie Fisher, Scott Baio, Kelly Clarkson, Jay Thomas, Barry Williams, Ernie Hudson, Traci Lords, Anson Williams, Ali Landry, Dee Snider, Sammy Hagar, Gina Gershon, Morgan Fairchild, Debi Mazar, Tom Arnold, Teri Polo, Carnie Wilson, Elisabeth Rohn, Nia Long, John Salley, among others. It also features one of David Carradine's last interviews where he discusses being frequently visited by the jealous spirit of his wife's ex. And to make things even more ironically creepy, this haunting in which he speaks of took place in a bedroom closet (coincidence?).

Celebrity Ghost Stories premiered on Oct 3rd, 2009 on the BIO channel. However, A&E occasionally airs reruns whenever they have an opening spot on the schedule or whatever. It's not a bad show but it feels like its lacking something. Ghost Stories are always compelling, especially when they are coming from celebrities, but I feel like there should be more to it.

Next on the chopping block will be A&E's new paranormal drama Paranormal Cops. Since Extreme Paranormal failed tremendously, their going to take on "the detectives by day, paranormal investigators by night" concept. From their blog, it seems like they have the best intentions, are not a bunch of crazy people running around in haunted buildings and the show may be a must watch. But we won't find out just how good or bad it really is until Jan 19th 9pm Central.

Ghost Stories Carnival

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Welcome to the 2010 January edition of Ghost Stories Carnival.

The purpose of this carnival is to gather articles about the paranormal from around the blog-o-sphere. If you would like to submit an article for the next Ghost Stories Carnival, please read the guidelines.

So, without further ado, sit back and start clicking away.



Ghost Stories presents Lemp Mansion posted at Ghost Stories.

Emperor presents Corpse Wood Manor posted at Ghosts of Atlanta, saying, "About Dr Scuddle and the infamous Corpsewood Manor."

Jessica Penot presents Riverhaven posted at Ghost Stories and Haunted Places, saying, "This is one of many ghost stories told daily on the blog."


This concludes the January edition of the Ghost Stories Carnival. THANK YOU for submitting your links! If you would like to see your work showcased in the February 2010 edition, please submit your links here.

If you submitted your link and don’t see it here, that probably means I received it after the deadline.

Thanks for visiting the carnival participants and don’t forget to check back January 5th for the next Ghost Stories Carnival.

GS Question of the Week

If Adolf Hitler's spirit is roaming the Earth, what location do you think he is haunting?


TODAY is the last day to submit to the Ghost Stories Carnival January edition. Your submission must be in by 11 pm Central. Pick your best post between December 2nd and January 4th and submit it. No registration required. Must be paranormal related.

Ninki Nanka

If you are a devoted fan of SyFy's Destination Truth, you may have heard the story of the African Ninki Nanka. This legendary creature, depending on who you talk to, is believed to be a large reptilian, possibly even dragon-like. Some say it resembles its Chinese mythical counterpart. Others swear it possesses the body of a crocodile, the neck of a giraffe, the head of a horse with three horns, up to 30ft in length and breathes fire. One witness says it has legs. Another testifies to wings. While its appearance is up for debate, how dangerous it is perceived to be is not. Ninki Nanka has supposedly killed many in West Africa as recently as the 1990s.

The mere mention of this creature sends fear in to locals to the point they reach for a mirror. It is believed the only way to get rid of the animal is to show it its reflection. This not being the only superstition/folk tale surrounding the creature. It is said that if a child disobeys their parents and goes in to the swamp they will be taken by the Ninka Nanka. Folklore also says the creature is an omen of imminent death either sudden or within the next four years.

In 2006, a small British group from the Centre of Fortean Zoology, the largest mystery animal research group in the world, set out on the first expedition in search of this animal. Read about their findings at The 2006 Gambia Expedition Blog.
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