Haunted Louisiana – The Old State Capitol Building

statebuilding     Built between 1847-1852 this lovely Gothic styled monument was not exactly welcomed with open arms.  Baton Rouge residents were appalled by the structure as it was not similar to other traditional Southern Louisiana structures.  The building was also immortalized in a negative light by none other than Mark Twain who referred to it as “A little sham of a castle.”

Originally constructed to act as the throne of Louisiana’s Government, the building is now a museum containing both political history and artifacts, but that’s not all it contains.  It is a well known, and documented fact that there are ghosts within the Old State Capitol Building.

One of these ghosts is said to be Pierre Couvillion, a congressman who died at age 47 of a heart attack during the midst of a heated political debate about gambling .  Having unfinished business at the Capitol Building, Couvillion can be seen, heard and sometimes felt walking the hallowed halls.  There is a tale of a security guard making his rounds one evening that was “bumped” into by a unseen passer-by.  The jolt was enough to turn his body.  Couvillion is also blamed for setting off motion detectors inside of the building.  On one account, a female night guard states that detector alarms were going off in sequence starting from the dining room, through the baby’s room and ending at the Governors’ room.  Once the alarms had settled the guard went to investigate, she discovered that the bed in the Governors’ room had been mussed, as if someone had been laying on top of the blankets.

Couvillion is not the only political figure to have perished in the Old State Capital, and perhaps he continues his unfinished debate with Louisiana Governor and United States Senator Huey Long who was assassinated.  Long was shot while tending to political business and died 31 hours later at a medical facility.  Long is said to be guilty of following visitors throughout the building, the smell of cigar smoke is a indication that he is near by.

Along with these two political figures is also the spirit of a woman.  Sarah Morgan can be seen wandering the halls at night as well.  Sarah is a remnant from the Civil War era, one of the few that adored the magnificent castle like structure.  Better known posthumously for her publication “The Civil War Diary of a Southern Woman.”   Sarah wrote of the horrors and tribulations endured by she and her family as the Union soldiers stormed Baton Rouge.  Perhaps, she saw the Capitol building as a safe haven and felt peace within it’s realms as she is noted as a peaceful spirit that can be seen from time to time wandering about or standing in front of one of the upper level windows, peering out onto the grounds.

As if there isn’t enough activity on the upper levels of the building, it is a well known fact that most of the happenings occur in the basement.  Utilized as both a hospital and a jail during the Civil War, a visit to the basement will likely be the most advantageous to ghost hunters.  Many reports have been documented concerning physical contact, evp’s and full bodied specters whilst investigating this area of the building.

Today the Capitol Building (Museum) can be toured, there is even a 12 minute adventure for guests to experience where Sarah Morgan, in 4 D form, tells the history of the building and of those that both lived and died therein.

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Here’s how you can help one Louisiana Author turned flood victim

Author Lyn Gibson hacks her way out of her flooded Tangipahoa Parish home

According to FOX News, “As floodwaters swallowed Lyn Gibson’s two-story home, she hacked away on a hole near the roof, desperately trying to get to safety.” Lyn is best known for The Adrian Trilogy” series characters who work to escape Vampirism.
Lyn Gibson, author of "The Adrian Trilogy"
Lyn Gibson, author of “The Adrian Trilogy”
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CARTHAGE, N.C.Aug. 18, 2016PRLog — When Ms. Donna L. Quesinberry (“Q”), Founder and CEO of DonnaInk Publications, LLC, learned Author Lyn Gibson and her husband John sustained the second of two devastating Louisiana floods within a six month span, she decided to donate $1.00 for every title sold (no matter the genre) to the Author Lyn Gibson Fund over the next 45- to 60-day period. DonnaInk is also offering readers who purchase Lyn Gibson’s masterfully blended Vampire legend series, “The Adrian Trilogy” a 25% discount. Lyn’s books are well-crafted in three volumes: 1) “To Be His Soulmate,” 2) “Adrian’s Fury,” and 3) “Adrian’s Legacy,” which are available as separates and/or a series. Either way, the 25% discount is achieved by entering the code: Adrian’sFury at checkout. All other DonnaInk titles feature a 15% discount, no matter the genre, just enter the code: AuthorLynGibson at checkout.

Q states, “Hopefully, fans, friends and readers alike will participate and purchase one of Lyn’s books “or” if they are non-horror readers, they’ll purchase any DonnaInk book in order to extend our donation from those sales at $1.00 per book to Author Lyn Gibson. Purchasing one or all of “The Adrian Trilogy” titles will lift one of our featured authors and lend a healing hand during this time of crisis. Readers come away knowing they’ve helped out and with a book in tow.”

In a recent conversation Lyn shared with Q, she discussed the March 2016 flood that the Gibson’s just recovered from, which resulted in the rebuild of their home. As is often the case regarding floods, hurricanes and tornados . . .Q asked Lyn about their decision to rebuild rather than relocate. Lyn responded, “March’s flood was rare, they say the likelihood of another flood like we had in March is pretty slim.” Both women laughed presuming it would be another 80 years before a flood of March’s magnitude struck again; however, less than two weeks after their conversation this most recent flood plagued Tangipahoa Parish.

And, damages are far worse for the Gibsons than they were in March. As Lyn’s Publisher, DonnaInk Publications is striving to extend help in the only way we know, by making the “The Adrian Trilogy” even more affordable through discount with a donation for every title purchased by the publishing initiative “in addition to Lyn’s royalties.” Of course, the more of Author Lyn Gibson’s titles that are sold, the higher her royalties that can aid her and her family in their post-flood crisis as well as lift their spirits through author successes. DonnaInk is asking the community-at-large to join us by providing light at the end of the tunnel. Take a moment to embrace Ms. Gibson and sustain her current and future work, as well as all our author’s work, as each title results in $1.00 donation.

To learn more visit: http://www.donnaink.com

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Author Lyn Gibson’s story about this week’s flooding are shared here in her own words:

“The last news broadcast that we saw warned this flood would be the same or a little worse than the March flood. We prepared our vehicles and belongings for 3 feet of water. By approximately 7:00 PM the water was already higher than in March. John braved the high water to move our vehicles to the highest ground in the neighborhood . . . by the time he got everything moved he couldn’t get back to me. He worried sick over me and I him but we texted and called back and forth.

Around 3:30 AM, the house had approximately 5 feet of water inside, John was becoming lethargic, we thought just due to exhaustion and stress. I told him to nap for an hour, I called him back at 4:30 AM he was much worse, and the water much higher. I texted my friends, instructed them to call 911 and have him evacuated, then to send the boats to come get me.

In the meanwhile, I opened a hole in the side of the second story wall with a screwdriver and sheet rock saw, and some foul language and kicking. John was evacuated by boat to ambulance . . . I was under the impression he had a heart attack or stroke. Shortly after, I was evacuated with my two pups by boat from the 2nd floor . . .

There was a period of about 2 hours whether I didn’t know if John was dead or alive and couldn’t get anyone on the phone to tell me any different. That span of time seemed like forever.

We are both okay and from what we hear water continued to rise and our home is completely submerged along with our vehicles and businesses. This is all just stuff and replaceable but my husband and my friends and family are priceless.

Thank all of you for your support and prayers, much needed at this time.”

FOX News Story: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/08/13/at-least-3-dead-thou…

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About the Author: Ms. Gibson is a noted Vampire historian who is growing as a recognized master of the horror genre. She has acquired a fan base that spans the globe with over 50K blog readership alone. Her in-depth research of Vampires has uncovered a chronicle of blood-lust previously vanished from view. Lyn answers readers’ craving for knowledge of the beings who exist just outside mankind’s grasp. She is driven with desire to depict Vampires’ true nature as fiercely passionate . . . unbound and also malevolent creatures.

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Urban Legends of Louisiana – The Green Light Bridge

glb1This one is a “not so well known” legend, unless you are a resident of Franklin Parish and in that case, anyone could tell you the tale.  Green light road is found just off LA 15.  One would have no doubt that they have found it, as pavement turns to gravel and dense thickets line the narrow road on either side.  So thick is the overgrowth that sunlight is challenged to filter through.

Just a way down is Green Light Bridge which spans Turkey Creek.  Though the original historic wood framed structure has long since been upgraded, there are some locals that can remember the narrow wooden bridge with no side rails.  Many of these same locals are happy to oblige in sharing the haunted history of this area.

It seems the legend begins with an old church that was constructed in the late 1800’s, just east of the bridge.  Thought the details are sketchy, it is a known fact that someone had been hung in the large tree in front of the church.  Shortly thereafter the church relocated to a more populated area, leaving the old wooden structure to deteriorate as time went by.  During this time, there had been an accident on the bridge, a man was decapitated making the second uncanny death in the same general area.

Years after, a woman driving through the area, wrecked her car into the same tree where the hanging had taken place.  Before she passed away, she testified that she had tried to avoid hitting a man that was walking from the thickets toward the road.  Once her car made impact with the tree, the man disappeared into thin air.

With this, the third untimely death, locals began experiencing frequent paranormal experiences.  Common sightings were of the hanged man, emerging from the tree line, walking toward the road.  Other folks claimed to have seen the decapitated man searching for his head, the eerie green glow of his lantern could be seen bobbing about around and under the bridge.  As if you haven’t guessed, this is how the title “Green Light” Bridge was earned.

Other experiences have been documented in the area.  Residents claim that when crossing the bridge at night, it was not uncommon for vehicles to stall and electronic components fail.  One investigation in 2009 validated that there was a sporadic electromagnetic field present in the area.

So if you’re in the area and decide to visit the “Green Light” Bridge, take the advice of the locals.  If you see a green light, put the pedal to the metal, turn around and get the Hell away from there; unless you are there to visit with the restless souls that haunt a bridge in Franklin Parish.

Louisiana Urban Legends – The Fifolet

fifoletI’ve heard a couple of variations of the Fifolet legends, I like the back story on this one!  Louisiana has it’s share of dark history and among tales of ghost, vampires and Voo Doo there are also pirates!

The most notorious, Jean LaFitte, has a footprint in Louisana history; and of course there are tales of buried treasure!  Legend has it that when LaFitte would bury his treasures, he would kill a crewman and bury his body along with his loot.  The crewman was then bound to vengefully guard the treasure for eternity.  The spirit of the murdered crewman would then arise as a Fifolet.  Accounts from those having encountered the being, describe the Fifolet as a glowing orb, typically light blue in hue.

There is a tale of two railway workers having encountered the Fifolet near Lake Ponchartrain.   They were awoken by a soft glowing light as it moved through the trees surrounding their camp.  The workers, familiar with local legend, grabbed their shovels before pursuing the Fifolet, their minds set heavily on buried treasure.

Suddenly the glowing orb sank into the ground.  The two men rushed to the spot and began digging at the relentless muck beneath their feet.  Suddenly one of the men’s shovel hit something solid.  Eager to find what had made the solid thud, they began to dig with their hands until they did indeed uncover a wooden treasure chest.  Frenzied by the discovery and fueled by greed, one of the men suddenly struck the other in his head with one of the shovels.  With his cohort unconscious, the man began trying to pull the chest from the muck.  The harder the man pulled, the further he sank into the water-logged soil.  Soon he found himself fighting against the swamp, sinking to his death.  His partner, having been awakened by his screams, woke to see the man and the treasure chest sink into the ground.  Fearing that he may suffer the same fate, he fled the scene spending the remainder of the night shivering in fear within his tent.  When daylight came, the man returned to the spot where the treasure, and his partner had sank deep into the ground.  When he arrived, he found that the ground was hardened and appeared undisturbed, other than the two shovels that lay across the spot where the treasure had been discovered.

 

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Urban Legends of Louisiana – George Washington Carver High School

gwc1School days, school days, good old golden rule days!  Reading, writing and ‘rithmatic taught to the tune of a hickory stick!  The song brings back memories of book sacks and lunch boxes with the underlying dread of an upcoming spelling test.  Things weren’t that simple for the students of George Washington Carver High.

Though only standing today by the grace of God, God has nothing to do with what has and still is going on within this crumbling monument of suffering.  Opened in 1957 the school would only remain functional for 16 years before closing it’s doors in 1973.  GWC High was a school for segregated black children of all ages, complete with school colors (white and green) and a mascot (a hornet).  Things started out well but did not remain so for long.

Several children disappeared while attending the institution, it wasn’t until later that the facts were discovered.  Along with the missing girls was a Janitor that had been in the employ of the school system.  All evidence pointed to him as the abductor.  The girls had been tortured and molested before being  murdered.   As if the hauntings of these tormented girls was not enough to stir the legend, it is said that the main structure caught fire a few years after, also killing several of the students.

Today the building is said to be a meeting place for members of the occult.  Upon investigation by la local television station, a decapitated boar was found hanging just inside the door.  Pentagrams and other satanic emblems have been painted on the walls and floors, remnants of burned candles and other items accompany the damning evidence.

George Washington Carver High has been investigated many times by mediums, ghost hunters and other paranormal enthusiasts.  The results of the studies vary however there is always one similarity; each of them resulted in some type of paranormal activity or experiences.  Some of the things documented are; sounds of children screaming as well as odd noises emitting from a disembodied man.

Thrill seekers from every spectrum still visit the school and grounds today, will you be the next to investigate George Washington Carver High

Urban Legends of Louisiana – The Honey Island Swamp Monster

hism11    Oh yes, the Honey Island Swamp Monster even has roots within my own family.  He’s been around for a long long time but was first officially documented in 1974.  Harlan Ford was the lucky one to stumble across the monster with a camera.  He later added to his photographic evidence by pouring plaster into the footprints of the beast.  These plaster casts were absolutely earth-shattering evidence of the creatures’ existence.  Both the casts and Harlan Ford made their rounds in print media and      television.

hism2Ford was hero to the local population.  For years stories of sightings circulated around family dinner tables and local pubs; those that had been assumed to have spun a tall tale were finally vindicated by Harlan’s evidence.

 

 

 

 

hism4Since 1974, many treks have been made deep into the Honey Island swamp in search of more or new evidence of the monster’s presence.  Some have returned disappointed, some returned further fueled by their experiences and still some never returned at all.  There have been many recording of the creature’s agitated screeches and even more plaster casts of footprints matching those cast by Ford.

The creature is said to be in excess of 7 feet tall, the plaster casts are approximately 12 inches long, suggesting that the estimated height is possible.  Those that have witnessed the monster first hand describe him as a hairy beast with yellow eyes, it also said that when the monster is near, a putrid stench follows him.

If you find yourself near Pearl River Louisiana take a detour out into the swamp but don’t go alone and be sure to have your camera handy!

“Assured” eternal resting places……..

bars    Many cultures have taken precautionary measures concerning the passing of those suspected to be vampire.  For thousands of years mankind has cast spells, installed talismans or amulets, prayed on and otherwise thrown the proverbial  “kitchen sink” at final resting places of those thought to be infected by vampire.  Any inkling of a suspicion would result in desperate, and might I add, futile attempts to entomb “infected” corpses beneath the earth, never again to rise in search of blood.

 

 

spellProof can still be found in faded artwork within the ancient tombs of Egypt.  Many tombs have ancient spells which not only prevented the dead from rising but also insured that evil spirits could not penetrate tomb thus inhabiting the body that had been laid to rest within the tomb.  Within the archives of this blog you can find legends about Egyptian Vampire legends such as Menes and Sekhmet.

 

 

 

polish     In Slavic cultures, corpses of the undead still lie beneath mounds of rubble, their mouths held agape by bricks, their bones pinned to the ground by stakes and spikes.  Burial rituals vary from region to region, evidence of such can still be found today.  Some of which has been preserved by man, some of which is presently being excavated.

 

 

 

 

 

c4     Later in Victorian times, cages were installed over mortared grave sites, intent on  preventing the dead to rise.  Though an entirely explanation has been given to prevent panic within the public.  “Some” say that the cages were installed to prevent robbers from desecrating the graves and removing jewelry or other valuables that had been placed in the coffin with the deceased.

 

 

 

decap     Those suspected, in some cultures, were not necessarily “bitten” by one of the undead.  Many believed that it was possible to become vampire after having passed violently, or by suicide.  Extreme measures were sometimes executed to insure that the deceased would not rise from their graves.  In some cases the head would be removed and placed face down between the feet of the corpse.  Many rituals included removing the heart, sometimes burning it, or the entire corpse.

 

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