Louisiana’s Pirate – Jean Lafitte

jeanWhen it comes to pirates, I’m most definitely going to talk about Louisiana’s own, Jean Lafitte!  Jean, of course, was known for his piracy in and around the Gulf of Mexico but I bet you didn’t know that he was also known to have been a hero during the battle of New Orleans.  Yeah, he had his good moments, and then of course there were those other moments.  In fact, on 3 separate occasions, U.S. Presidents Condemned then exonerated his actions.  Jean liked to keep them guessing right!?

Well, in 1804 Louisiana became United States territory, Jean and his brother Pierre bought into a warehouse where they would dispense the goods that they smuggled into port.  When the government passed the embargo act, the brothers moved their business to an island in Barataria bay.  Laffitte was such an entrepreneur and a diplomat the he had been able to take an entire island full of shiftless seafarers and fisherman and turn them into an organized group of buccaneers, smugglers and wholesalers.  By 1810 their port was a huge success.  The two of them continued smuggling and Jean began his career as a pirate, it wasn’t long after, when Captain Lafitte had acquired his own fleet.

During this time, while the embargo was still active, things got tough, especially for the southern states.  Lafitte’s beloved Louisiana, and it’s people, were suffering, so he put his fleet to work.  From the ships that he plundered off of the Caribbean coast and the Atlantic, he and his crews were able to keep clothes and commodities flowing to the people of Louisiana.  As a result, Lafitte became a hero to both the rich and the poor alike, even authorities in high positions were turning a blind eye to his more questionable accomplishments.

Jean saw himself as a patriot, he respected the American constitution and never once attacked an American vessel.  But not everyone saw him in the same light.  Despite Lafitte’s shifty methods, his endless supplies of clothes, spices, furniture and other necessities which helped Louisiana survive and thrive, In 1814 things began to go bad for him.  There was a new Governor by the name of WC Claiborne.  Claiborne decided of his own accord that Lafitte should no longer be accepted in their society.  Claiborne saw to it that he was constantly harassed and that his home island in Barataria Bay was destroyed, but he didn’t stop there, eventually Claiborne has Lafitte thrown in jail.

Well he didn’t stay there long, With the war of 1812 well underway, President Andrew Jackson needed more boats and men, he needed Lafitte’s fleets.  So Lafitte was released from jail and set out to protect New Orleans and the Mississippi river from the British.  When the war was lost, Lafitte sailed away from Louisiana for the last time, he was proud that he had fought to defend her however he was heartbroken, he was no longer wanted or trusted in the place that he loved and called home.

Now days there are many witnesses that have seen Lafitte making a proud return to the Gulf of Mexico.  Workers on oil platforms, which litter the Gulf, have reported the billow of his sails on the horizon just before sunset, he’s always headed east.  Crews on offshore supply vessels have heard the flapping of sail riggings and the cry of phantom voices calling out commands to a ghostly crew in the Creole patois once spoken in Barataria.  These same supply vessels have felt the passing of an entire ghostly fleet, that is unseen, but produces visible white foam where their bows break the waves.  Once they have finished passing, they leave a tremendous wake in the darkened waters.

One three-man crew on a charter fishing boat, anchored off Grand Isle near Barataria Bay in the dead of night reported that they all saw an apparition of a pale man, clad in black and wearing a wide-brim hat such as the one Lafitte wore, standing on the aft deck of their sport fisherman.  The apparition glared at them as if sending a warning, then looked away toward the Louisiana coast before suddenly disappearing.

Folks in my neck of the woods, we believe that when Lafitte’s fleet is spotted in the Gulf it’s an omen that something wicked is about to befall the Louisiana coastline.  In fact, Lafitte and his fleet were spotted in the Gulf just before Hurricane Katrina ravaged the state.  This photo was sent to me by an avid listener that just happens to be a pilot that flies over the Gulf of Mexico often.  It was taken recently.  The pilot, John Bering says that after 20 years of flying across the Gulf, this was the first time he had ever seen a square rigged ship.  Could this be Lafitte, and is it a warning that ill tides are coming?

On shore, Lafitte is seen in the Blacksmith shop in the French Quarter that Pierre owned.  Many nights were spent here planning raids and designing new weaponry for his ships.  Today the Blacksmith shop is a popular bar, and Jean is still spotted there frequently.  He keeps a low profile, always sitting at a rear table while holding a brandy in his hand, the smell of cigar smoke accompanying his rather vivid apparition.

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Haunted History – Unit 731

So, next up, we’re gonna talk a little about the atrocities of war and the ghosts of those victims that still linger today.  Typically, when we hear war atrocities, we think back to the German concentration camps where hundreds of thousands of folks were tormented, tortured and eventually killed.  It’s no big secret now, as to what was going on in these places then.  No way you can cover up that much evil, right?!

Though the Nazis and their SS men have certainly left a monstrous footprint in history, they are not the target of discussion for now.  Did you know that during the same time that the Germans were running freakish and grotesque experiments on their prisoners, that the Japanese were doing the exact same thing, at their own concentration camps?  Yeah, don’t feel bad, not many people do.  In fact, the madness that was going on over there has just recently begun seeping it’s way out to the public.  Like I said, no way to cover up that much evil.  It’s time to talk about unit 731.

Gruesome and unthinkable horrors were performed daily at Unit 731.  Hidden under the guise of an epidemic prevention and research facility, experiments for germ warfare and its effects on the human body had been covered up by the Imperial Japanese army for decades.  Those responsible for the torture and torment of hundreds of thousands of victims lived out full lives surrounded by the wealth that they acquired during these dark times.  Many of these sick bastards were awarded with medals or compensated with prestigious jobs or positions within the Japanese government in return for their keeping the facility a secret.  Japanese authorities adamantly denied the atrocities that took place at unit 731, the truth only started coming to light in 1984 when photographic evidence began to surface.  Now the site has been excavated and the research has begun.  The once tormented souls that had found peace are beginning to stir again since the site has been disturbed.  It’s no wonder either, listen to what I’ve found.

Up to 10,000 people per day were murdered at this facility, recent research estimates nearly 600,000 lost their lives under unimaginably horrific circumstances.  95% of these victims were Chinese or Korean, many were civilians but some were soldiers, the remainder was mostly represented by prisoners of war taken by Japanese Allies.

Tortures ranged from psychological to any and all forms of physical abuse that can be imagined.  The lightest of the experiments took place in the rape room where Fathers were forced to rape daughters and sons were forced to rape their mothers in hopes that pregnancy would ensue.  Those that didn’t become pregnant suffered through some of the most gruesome mutilation of genitalia that could ever be imagined, and that was before they were murdered.  Those that did become pregnant would be tied down and were forced to watch these ghoulish doctors cut the babies from them all while unsedated.  As if that wasn’t bad enough, the mothers would then be forced to watch as the doctor’s would murder the infants by performing living autopsies.

Other prisoners were infected with deadly diseases like anthrax, cholera and the Bubonic plague.  The Japanese were very creative, it’s not like all of these folks were just injected, some of the subjects were staked to the ground and covered with plague infested fleas or contained in small cells to be bitten by infected lab rats.   These evil bastards would wait until the disease took effect on the subject, and once their health began to deteriorate, the fiendish doctors would perform vivisections on the unsedated victims.  That means that they would cut them open in order to examine the effects of the diseases on the subjects vital organs, all without any form of sedation.

And then there was the frostbite unit, also part of the complex.  Prisoners would be staked to the ground during the coldest part of winter.  They’d remain there until nearly frozen solid, when their limbs could be broken from their body they were taken to the frostbite unit in order for the doctors to experiment and better understand the effects of frostbite in hopes of finding better forms of treatment.

Then there was a pressure chamber, yeah it’s probably exactly what you’re thinking.  Victims would be crammed into these chambers and the gauges were cranked up, all just to find out how long the human body could maintain under immense pressure.  The experiments usually ended once the victims eyeballs popped out.

Oh and then there’s the courtyard, sounds all peaceful and serene right?! Not so much ya’ll.  So out in the courtyard, prisoners would be staked to the ground within close proximity to experimental explosives.  After the bombs were detonated the subjects remains would be examined in order to discover the effects of the blast.  Really! my thoughts, it blew the poor bastards up! how much experimenting did that take and I’m pretty certain that my conclusion, though unscientific, is 100% correct, right!?

I even ran across some experiments that put me in the mind of Madame Laulaurie.  Quite often, limbs would be cut from unsedated subjects then reattached to other places on their body.  Sometimes these twisted doctors would cut the subjects open and rearrange their internal organs just to study the effects.  Gangrene was prompted by the doctors as well, in order to closer examine it’s effects on the human body.

Other subjects fell victim to their share of other sordid tortures, some were starved to death, burned to death, injected with animal blood or sea water to study the effects.  Some were burned to death or buried alive and some were spun to death on massive centrifuges.  All of this in the name of science in order to better establish what is known today as germ warfare.

So now that we all know more about the gruesome activities that took place at unit 731, is it any wonder that this joint is as haunted as hell!?  I should say not!  The investigators that have been, and are still on site today report that their electrical equipment doesn’t work at all there, any and all research done onsite has to be completed during the day because at night, the lights that are being used are drained by the presence of the spirits that haunt the grounds.  There are of course strange noises, sorrowful cries and the screams of those that died such gruesome deaths.

Live tours are ongoing as well as paranormal investigations.  Crews are finding it very difficult to investigate the site as their electrical equipment fails quickly upon arrival.  Tour guides will only lead groups through certain areas of the site as some areas are far too active to bring civilians.  One of those areas is the frost bite ward.  Guides state that they frequently see the misty forms of victims moving through the halls, there is the sound of heavy breathing and faces that materialize in reflective surfaces.  There are the sounds of trembling voices that beg for mercy as well as the presence of angry entities that want to exact their revenge.  Can’t say as that I blame them either!  I can’t imagine one happy memory that would tie these spirits to this place.  There have literally got to be tens of thousands of pissed off ghosts on these grounds!

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Haunted History – The Charleville Castle

Haunted History – The Anderson Hotel

anderson    Alright so how about a haunted story from Kentucky?!  Yep, they have ghosts in Kentucky too, who would have thought!  So this is the story of the Anderson Hotel in Lawrenceburg Kentucky.  The Anderson has been closed down for decades; no room for the living there, cause the locals say that it’s packed full of ghosts.  Well, it’s not just the locals, apparently there’s a bunch of professional paranormal researchers that will tell you the same thing.  In fact, there is so much paranormal activity going on in this old hotel that not even the investigators are allowed back inside.

During a Season One filming of “Paranormal Lock Down” several of the film crew were attacked by, well, something.  On site, the team was able to photographically document bite and scratch marks on the torso’s of camera men and investigators alike.

So where did these malevolent spirits come from?  Well, apparently the Anderson wasn’t anything like the Hilton.  There is a dark and sordid history of drugs, prostitution, murder and at least 3 suicides, attached the the Anderson.  Imagine the fantastic vibes in this joint Ya’ll, it ain’t no Disneyland in this sucker!

mattressInvestigators have found and documented many areas in the Anderson that emit crazy high readings,  In this one room there is a mattress crammed in the corner, it’s stained with this dark rusty looking stuff, I would say likely blood right!  This room is believed to be one of the suicide sites.  The investigators that were last present in this room described some terribly disturbing events.  They claimed to have seem these horrific looking creatures in the room, they drug themselves across the floor.

In checking out the results of the investigation performed by “Week in Weird” I found more creepy details about the blood stained mattress.  These guys think that this is the same mattress where a young girl died after slitting her wrists open. They actually sprayed the mattress down with Luminol.  Guess what Ya’ll, that nasty looking stain, it was blood! Then these crazy bastards do something insane!  They pull the mattress back to the room where police reports said the body was found, and all Hell broke loose!  Members of the team were being slapped and bitten.  Others were having their hair pulled or being shoved by unseen hands.  Black shadowy creatures began drifting down the hallways, darting in and out of long since vacated rooms.

boardIn another location, investigators from “Week in Weird” discovered a floor board with writing etched into it.  This board appears to be several decades old, the lettering that is etched into it does not seem to associate with any known alphabet.  Also inscribed in the board are ominous images of snake like creatures and the board appears to be spattered in blood.  These investigators are convinced that this board was used to open a porthole and allowed something dreadfully evil inside the Anderson.

When the doors were closed, in fact right after this investigation when the summoning board was found, the owner of the hotel brought the board to the investigators, with it came aggressive attacks.  Those that were near to the board were touched by freezing cold phantom hands, bitten and slapped.  Equipment wouldn’t work while in close proximity to the board,  Things would be thrown or moved across the room.  Eventually the board was housed with The traveling museum of paranormal and occult for safe keeping.

Though most of the spirits seemed to have latched hold of this place in the 1980’s, they definitely weren’t the first ghosts to homestead here.  Back in the late 1850’s a young couple lived here.  There had been a horrible steamboat accident and young Sarah was convinced that her husband had been killed.  Out of grief and despair she committed suicide, he husband hadn’t been involved in the crash and came home just a day or so afterward to find Sarah’s lifeless body.  Sarah is one of the more friendly ghosts, She’s seen often in old fashioned clothes and is known to leave dimes at the front counter, intended as a gratuity to management for running the establishment so well.

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Haunted History – Chillingham Castle

chillingham-castle    This castle has been around since 1298 when it was a monastery.  In 1344 it became a fortified castle. That’s 719 years,   so you just know there’s some madness going on in there right!?  The castle was intended as the first line of defense, in keeping the Scots from invading England.  This was back in the day of William Wallace when the castle was ruled over by King Edward the 1st, so that should tell you right there that it has one hell of a horrifying history!

I’m gonna tell you all about it!  Let’s start at the bottom and work our way up, shall we!  As with most ancient castles, there is a dungeon!  The Chillingham dungeon is a very small room carved from the stone base.  Today, you can still see etchings in the walls where prisoners kept count of the days they had remaining, before they would be put to death.  Most of them in the earlier years of the castle, fully expected to have both arms and legs cut off or at the least broken, then be thrown down a 20 foot hole where they would starve or bleed to death; if they didn’t die from their injuries.  Those that survived the fall, were said to sometimes eat dead flesh from other bodies at the bottom of the pit.  Some would even eat chunks of their own flesh in a desperate attempt to prolong their miserable lives.  Today a steel grate covers the opening of the hole, it’s said that if you look down into the darkness that the face of a young woman will appear to you.  She was the last person killed here, but I can’t find any explanation as to who she was, or why she was punished.  All I found was that she lived for 3 days after before succumbing to her injuries.

barrelSo next up is the torture chamber!  There are some sick and deranged pieces of equipment in this room, still in working condition today!  This sucker was built with pain and torment in mind.  The floor is hewn from the stone and has a slight slope so that the blood would drain away to one side.  There’s a huge boiling pot, implements for gouging out someones eyeballs, and there are these barrels.  They’re lined with metal spikes on the inside.  They’d stuff a prisoner inside the barrel and roll them around until their flesh was ripped from their bodies.  Then they’d leave them locked inside the barrel to die in agony from their wounds.  There are also these freaky looking little cages, guess what these twisted bastards would use them for?!  This is crazy!  They would attach the cages to a prisoner’s body and put a starving rat inside.  The only way for the rat to escape was to eat through the prisoner.  That is some deranged shit right there!

What kind of twisted half breed could even think of this kind of madness!  I’ll tell you!  His name was John Sage.  Sage was one of the King’s most brutal warriors in the battlefield but one day his leg was injured in battle badly enough to end his days of fighting the King’s wars.  Sage begged the King to keep him on in some position.  The King, familiar with his vicious skills and his hatred toward the Scots, decided to name him Castle torturer.  Sage loved his new position, so much in fact that he even began creating torture devises.

Sage tortured fifty or more prisoners per week, each victim fell subject to him testing and improving his latest means of torture.  Sage thoroughly lavished in his torturing but as all good things do, it came to an end.  The war with the Scots would soon be over and his supply of prisoners would dwindle.  Furious with the threat of peace, Sage went into some of the surrounding towns and began murdering anyone he suspected to have been of Scottish descent.  When he returned to the castle, there was talk of freeing the prisoners.

Yeah, well he wasn’t up for that.  Sage rounded up all of the men, women and older children from his hordes of prisoners and leads them to the courtyard where there’s a huge bon fire burning.  They weren’t fixing to make S’mores, I’ll tell you that right now!  Sage has all of them tied up and thrown into the fire.  Hundreds of prisoners were burned to death and guess what was just within eyesight of the massive fire?  A window, in fact it was the window to the Edward room where all of the prisoner’s younger children were being held.   No doubt the ones tall enough to see out of it were watching on as their parents died agonizing deaths.  Those that couldn’t see out, surely heard their screams and smelled their burning flesh.
Sage, a battle hardened soldier, knew that if he released the children they would grow up and one day come to seek their revenge, he’d be an old man by then.  So, this evil bastard takes a small axe to the Edward room and begins hacking the kids to pieces.  These kids ranged from maybe 8 years old all the way down to infants.  His horrific act rendered the Edward room into one of the most active rooms in the entire castle.  The chandelier is said to swing  randomly, the room has a foul smell and or course a very strange atmosphere.  Glowing orbs and the faces of terrified children are often caught on film.  Their tormented screams are frequently heard and recorded by those that visit the room.

Back to Sage.  In the torture chamber there is a torture rack, on the torture rack is Sage’s girlfriend and they’re having sex.   Well he starts cranking the gears on the rack and accidentally kills the girlfriend.  Hope it was good, cause that was the last he got!  See, his girlfriends Father just happened to be a member of Border Reivers.  They were a bad ass gang of broken men and outlaws.  Needless to say Dad wanted Sage dead right then and there.

The Border Reivers were a very powerful organization that had a vast and very skilled fighting force.  Legend has it that there was a meeting between King Edward and the leaders of the gang.  The King was to have Sage killed immediately else the Reivers would join up with the Scots and launch a full scale attack on the castle.  So King Edward has Sage hanged in front of an enormous crowd.  Sage was so hated and feared that people in the crowd wanted souvenirs.  They began cutting chunks of flesh from his body, while he was still alive.  It is unknown how long Sage hanged while be mutilated before he finally died.  Fitting I would say.  So, Sage, of course is seen all over the castle and grounds and of course in his beloved torture chamber.  As we know, ghosts tend to return to the places that they loved most!

boy     Next up is the Great Hall that leads to the Chapel and the Minstrels gallery.  Let me clarify here, the Minstrels gallery was not a room full of PMSing women, this is where the musicians performed.  Ok back to The Great Hall.  It’s a long room with a lot of artifacts on the walls.  The most notable are a tapestry which cold spots are frequently associated with and a skull that sits on the table in front of the tapestry.  The skull is known to move all around the Great Hall on it’s own, but never leaves the room.  There are windows that line the wall that look out into the courtyard.  Ghostly children are often seen staring in through the windows.  On one investigation a small boy ghost was photographed in a chair sitting to the left of the skull.

The Minstrels gallery is a balcony that overlooks the tea room.  People have been pushed down the stairs here. Other folks have been overcome by violent waves or nausea or stabbing pains in their head while in the gallery. Huh, kind of like PMS right?!  Anyway, There is a legend that says when the tea room was being excavated, a massive toad like creature broke through the wall, took human form then disappeared.  The legends says that it is this creature that haunts the area.

Then there’s the Chapel, where walls are covered with weapons of war and flags that the King’s men would carry into battle.  The Chapel was also recently excavated and beneath the floorboards, relics and human bones were found.  Maybe that would have something to do with the fact that cameras and recorders will not work here.  Most of the time, batteries are drained completely before there is a chance to use the equipment, some of the time the equipment just will not work at all.

Next up is the Edward room, or more affectionately known as the killing room.  Among the decor is a suit of armor bearing a two handed sword.  The walls are covered with other varying types of war weapons, cow horns and flags.  The most notable relic hanging on display in the Edward room are the documents that were found with the Blue Boy when he was discovered inside the wall.

The Blue is one of the more famous of ghosts here at the castle.  Legend states that the Boy was found in possession of some documents that were given to him by the aristocrat that owned Chillingham Castle.  The documents were to be given to the Spanish Armada in order to help them defeat the English.  The documents never made it out of the castle, they were walled up in a passage way, along wit the boy they had been given to.

blue     While having renovations and repairs made in 1920, his bones were discovered and with them were the documents along with shards of blue fabric from his clothes.  The tips of all of his finger bones were missing. The kid tried desperately to claw himself free of his grave.

It has been reported for centuries that at the stroke of midnight the harrowing cries of the Blue boy can be heard echoing from the stone passageway adjacent to the castles “pink room”   When the last of his cries fade away, it is said that a bright halo of light appears near the four poster bed.  If you’re lucky enough to be the one sleeping in the bed, you will see the ghost of a small boy dressed in blue, illuminated by a bright halo of light.  Blue Boy is said to approach the bed and stare at those laying in it, but only for a moment, he then walks away and disappears into the very wall he was discovered buried behind.

mary  Another well known ghost is that of Lady Mary Berkeley.  She wanders the corridors searching for her wayward husband, Lord Grey, who actually ran off with her sister.  Dirty Bastard! Lady Berkeley doesn’t have much to say, but when she is near she definitely sends a cold chill up your spine.  That’s her in the photo on the left.

Another lady ghost is an ancestor of the Grey Family.  She has been seen stepping from out of her own paintings and following folks around the castle.  There are documents of her having done so since the Tankerville’s inhabited the castle.   Sometimes this unnamed lady is seen walking around on the grounds and throughout the castle and is often mistaken for a tour guide in period clothing.

In the library, beneath the upper chamber, the voices of two men can be heard talking.  If someone is reading or writing in the library, the ghostly conversation continues.  But if that person stops reading or writing to listen in, the voices go hush.

And then there is the white pantry ghost.  So back in the day, there was what was known as an inner pantry.  This is where the silver was stored, and a guard was assigned the task of sleeping in the pantry to protect it.  One night the sleeping guard was awoken by a pale woman wearing white, she was begging him for water.  Thinking that the woman was a lost guest, he stands up to go get her some water.  He then suddenly is reminded that he was locked in the inner pantry, there was no way out and certainly no way anyone could have gotten in.  He turns to confront the woman and guess what, you got it, she’s gone!  The same pale figure can be seen in the pantry today, still begging for that water.  Footnote here, it is thought that the insistent yearning for water is a sign of having been poisoned.

Also on the castle grounds is a picturesque and seemingly peaceful lake, yeah, not so much!  Beneath the pristine surface of the water lies the remains of thousands of Scots killed during the war with the English.  Their corpses would be piled high onto wooden carts that would be emptied into the lake.  Legend has it that the water is cursed and if you put your hand in it, the spirits of those that rest there will pull you in with them.  Impromptu Pool Party right!

The castle is presently being renovated by it’s new owner, a tremendous undertaking to say the least.  But one never knows what will be discovered while excavations and repairs are ongoing.  In earlier attempts to restore the castle, workmen discovered two skeletons, the bones of a man and child.  They were found close to a trap door near the stone arches of the underground vaults.  No one knows for certain who they were or why they were there.  Some speculate that they had been hiding during a Border Reivers attack and may have wound up trapped in their hiding place.

Workmen also discovered a small chamber in the lower dungeons.  When they opened the wall they found the perfectly preserved body of a man just sitting in a chair.  Unfortunately once the cavity filled with fresh air, the body crumbled away like ashes.

The Castle has so many ghosts that there is actually an onsite paranormal investigation staff!  It’s no wonder, the castle has been around for so very long.  There were good times and of course bad, some really bad, right!  With a record 18 knights there were bound to be problems, egos you know!  There were 8 executions within the family itself.  These were brutal events.  Some were hanged,  then, drawn and quartered.   While they were still alive, they were cut down from the gallows to have their entrails removed and as if that wasn’t enough, before their heart beat for a last time, their bodies would be cut into quarters.  Their heads were then hung on the city gates to serve as warning to others.  The luckiest of those to have been executed within the family simply had their heads cut off.  They got off easy right!?

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Urban legend – Demon’s Road

dr1 This particular road is in Huntsville Texas.  Ok, so it doesn’t appear to be extraordinary right?!  But, at the end of Bowden road, also known as Demon’s road by the locals, is Martha’s Chapel Cemetery.  From what I have read, it’s not just the cemetery where you could encounter a ghost.  Thrill-seekers claim that it’s one hell of a ride just getting there.  Let me tell you what I’ve found.

For decades and even still today, there is a steady stream of haunting experiences that folks have had while traveling down this road.  Not just eerie feelings and hair standing on end here folks, there’s some crazy shit happening on this little country road.  But, of course, the best of it all occurs in the cemetery.  One of the eeriest statements I read was by a woman made in 2010.

Ok, so this chick her husband and some of their friends go to visit the cemetery.  While there they all saw a man wandering aimlessly through the headstones.  None of them paid him much attention.

A few days later, while home alone, this chick goes to get into the shower.  When she turns to close the curtain, the same creepy assed dude is standing there in her bedroom, staring straight at her.  After he, or it, succeeds in scaring the hell out of her, it disappears into thin air and never returns.  From what I hear, she got off easy.  Locals warn folks when they head down that road that it’s not unusual for something to come back with you.

Then there’s this one guy and his story.  Wait til you hear this madness!  Ok, so the guy and his friend go to the cemetery one afternoon.  As they’re walking around, the one guy sees a hand protruding from a grave.  Eager to check it out, he drags his reluctant friend over to the grave with him.  By the time they’re close enough, an entire arm has dug it’s way from the dirt.  So what does the one guy do?  Get this,  despite his friend begging him to back away, the one guy kneels down and goes to touch the hand.  What a idiot!  I mean really!  I might would have handed the hand a beer or something but I for damned sure am not touching it!  What the hell was he thinking, right?!

So anyway, the hand grabs the one guy tight and starts pulling at him, trying to drag him into the grave.  So his terrified friend grabs onto him and starts pulling his friend backwards.  Eventually the idiot is freed.  So he stands up to ask his freaked out friend if he’s ok and as he does, he sees a man standing directly behind his friend.  So he lunged forward to protect his friend just as the other man lifts his head.  The other dude looked exactly like his friend who had been begging his dumb ass to leave the whole time.  So when he turns away from this other dude his friend is gone, he’s like nowhere.

So the idiot starts running and when he gets to the car he notices huge hand prints in the dust on the car.  So now he’s all freaked out but he heads to the safety of the car anyway. He jumps in and locks the doors.  While he’s sitting there trying to make sense of what had just happened, he feels drawn to look in the backseat, guess what he sees!?  It’s his friend, crumpled up in the back seat, deader than hell!

So back to those huge hand prints.  It seems that is a typical occurrence.  There are hundreds of reports where vehicle owners have stated that there were hand prints all over their cars, and those were just the ones that drove down the road without stopping at the cemetery.

hqdefault1But hand prints aren’t the only things that occur on the roadway.  There are tons of reports of folks having seen inexplicable red lights.  The number of lights seen always coincides with the number of people in the vehicle.  There is one report made by four individuals that took a ride down Demon road one evening.  So they’re riding along and all of the sudden four red lights appear from out of nowhere.  Mesmerized by the floating anomalies, the driver takes his foot off of the gas and slows down.  Moments later it sounded like something hit the back of the car.  The passengers in the back seat turn around and immediately see four huge hand prints appear on the surface of the trunk.  I’m betting at that point the driver floored it and got the hell out of there!

Besides these mystery lights and massive hand prints, plenty of other ghostly apparitions are seen on the road way to Martha’s Chapel Cemetery.  Two of the most commonly seen are a young child with glowing eyes that’s riding a tricycle along the road way and a second faceless figure that brings with it an overwhelming sensation of threat to those that see it.  These spirits chose to reveal themselves in many different forms but regardless to how they are witnessed they are never reported as anything less than terrifying and violent.

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Haunted History – The King’s Tavern

kings01 The King’s Tavern is a 230+ year old structure that is still in use today.  The Tavern is located at 619 Jefferson street in Natchez Mississippi and at the moment appears to be an up scale bar and grill, just as it was when it was  in the late 1700’s.

Originally, King’s Inn was intended to be a block house for Fort Panmure but because there was no local sawmill, materials had to come from other places.  Many of the structures built here during this era were constructed from beams scrapped from old New Orleans sailing ships which were brought to Natchez via mule.  Another high demand source of materials were barge boards from flat riverboats that were used to travel down the Mississippi.  Since the boats couldn’t make way back up the river, they were dismantled and sold off at the Natchez port.  The last of the materials required were easily obtained locally, sun dried bricks were of course, common in the area.

So after the Revolutionary war, the fort was no longer occupied and in 1789 a New Yorker named Richard King moved his family to Natchez and purchased the block home.  King turned the home into a combination tavern and inn where mail parcels could be picked up and delivered.  So as you can imagine, King’s Inn quickly turned in to Natchez’s social gathering spot and King found his business had become quite lucrative.

During this time some rather unsavory characters came in to town, these weren’t the run of the mill outlaws, these were folks like the infamous Harpe Brothers.  These sadistic bastards were bad news.  Their favorite past time was tormenting and mutilating their victims before finally putting them out of their misery.  These guys made their living off of robbing folks as they left Natchez, mainly the sailors who had just sold their dismantled vessels as building material. When their pockets were full of stolen cash, they would return to Natchez and spend their loot in town, usually at the King’s Inn.

I’m going to get off of the King’s Inn for a minute just to tell you guys a little more about the Harpe brothers and their gang.  These two men and their cohorts were labeled the first serial killers in the US.  So, when the Revolutionary war began, these two joined up with a Tory Rape gang.  Not really that they supported the Royal Crown, it was justification for them to brutalize, murder, rape, plunder and burn down family homes and farms.  Oh, and kidnap.

Yeah these two kidnapped their “wives”  if you want to call them that.  These two young girls were beaten and raped often.  Both of them became pregnant at some point, both of the infants were murdered by the Brothers the moment they were born.  Real sweethearts huh!  Well, these two wives wind up dead or missing while the brothers and their “gang” continue on with their reign of terror.  Later on, one of the brothers took a new wife the other, took on 2 wives.  The circumstances were quite different this time, their wives were a vicious bunch as well, that would actually be tried for murder but were later set free.

Meanwhile behind them all they’re leaving a trail of bodies.  To be specific, bodies that had been slit open, their intestines removed, their empty body cavities were refilled with rocks and dirt then submerged within the nearest body of water, the gang’s calling card.

So in 1799, the still pissed Father of one of the first kidnapped wives, has tracked the brothers down.  They were actually getting ready to kill a man when they were spotted by him.  Big Harpe was shot down from his horse but not killed, that came later when dear old Dad slowly removed his head with a saw, more about that in a minute.  The other brother managed to escape, but only for a little while.  This dude hooks up with a band of pirates along the river.  He and a friend of his decides to take out the leader of this motley crue because there was a bounty on his head.  So they attack the leader and cut off his head.  They take the head to the authorities to claim the reward but both were recognized.  They were executed in 1804.  Their heads were impaled on the same roadway as Big Harpe which you’re fixing to hear about now.

Ok, so back to back to King’s Inn.  So things are really rough around this area, had been for a long time, and it stayed that way until Big Harpe, was beheaded.  His head was run through with a stake and placed on the road just outside of town as a warning for all to see.  And with that, came the end of two eras in Natchez, the bad guys pulled out and steamboats pulled in.  Now that there was no longer a need to travel the Natchez Trace, the economy bit the dust and King sold his establishment to the Postalwaith Family who would revert the inn to a private residence which would remain in the family for 150 years.   In 1973 the homestead was sold again and has been given back it’s namesake, the King’s Tavern.

Ok, so now that you know a little about the background, it’s time to tell you about the darker side of things.  One of the first tragedies that struck the King’s Inn was caused by one of the Harpe Brothers, perhaps this is the one that was beheaded and if so, after hearing this, you’ll understand why.

So one of the infamous brothers known as Big Harpe was staying at King’s Inn one night, spending a wad of stolen cash from a robbery a few days before.  Also staying there, in one of the attic rooms, was a young woman with her new born baby.  She had tried relentlessly to quiet the fussy infant but to no avail.  Finally Big Harpe had had enough of the endless squalling.  He marches up the stairs to the attic room, bursts through the door and snatches the infant from its mother.  He then grabs the baby by its feet and swings it with all of his might into the adjacent brick wall. The baby of course died upon impact.  Both the infant and the mother’s crying can be heard on the upper levels of the Tavern from time to time.

Another tragedy that befell the King’s Inn was brought about by adultery and then murder.  Well, Richard King was turned into a wealthy man very quickly, and as most men with money do, he determined that he could have just exactly what the hell he wanted, regardless of his vows to his current wife.  King had hired a 16 year old girl to work as a server in his tavern.  The girl, at the time was engaged herself.  Well King immediately determined that the girl would be his and he began attempts of seducing her regularly.

Well it finally happened, young Madeline gave in to his advances and a sultry Mississippi love affair began.  Everything was just wonderful between them, at least until Mrs. King caught wind of what was going on.  See most folks here would think, yeah it’s oh shit time for sure.  Yeah, let me tell you a little bit about us Southern Women, we’re smart and we’re sneaky as Hell.  So with that being said, I’ll continue on with the story.

Well, Madeline, all the sudden, comes up missing,  No shit, right!  Yeah, Mr. King is walking around the place with a puss on his face doing his best to hide his broken heart.  On the other hand Mrs. King is wearing just the hint of a sly smile but has nothing to say on the matter!

Ok so I told you that to tell you this.

In 1930 the house had to have some renovations and some shoring done.  While repairing the fireplace in the main room of the Tavern, three mummified bodies were found cemented into the walls of the fireplace; two men and a young girl.  In another fireplace in another room, a dagger was found.  It’s been assumed that this was the murder weapon for all three of the bodies.  So who was in the fireplace with Madeline?  No one knows for sure, but there are rumors that the bodies belonged to men that were either patrons or servants that had annoyed Mrs. King.

So, now the fireplace is known to become hot as Hell, no need for a fire, in fact it just seems to heat up on it’s own even though it is no longer used as a working fireplace.  As far as Madeline, she stays quite busy these days.  She appears frequently to both patrons and staff and apparently has some kind of fetish for walking on freshly mopped floors.  Her footprints are often seen walking across the wet surface, headed toward the one who’s holding the mop.  She also enjoys knocking jars from off of shelves and rocking in rocking chairs, turning on faucets and turning off lights.  She proves to be quite handy when she wants to be.  Staff says that there are a few doors that are hard to open and close due to the age of the structure.  When Madeline’s name is called the door will open and when the staff member is finished in the room, the door will close solidly behind them when they walk out.

The King’s Tavern has been investigated many times.  There are tons of photos of shadowy figures and of course their are both photos and voice recordings of Madeline.  There is another entity that is often seen and photographed here as well.  It’s a tall man wearing a black jacket and top hat.  He’s described as sinister and always appears angry.  He’s got a thing for showing up in pictures when people are posing in front of the fireplace where the bodies were discovered   and he also likes to throw things around, particularly dishes.  People say that when they see the tall man they feel a tightness in their chest and throats.  To this day, no one has ever been able to identify any of the ghosts seen at King’s Tavern other than Madeline.
Sounds like a great place to go grab a steak and a glass of wine!   I’m thinking that there’s gonna be a little field trip to Natchez in my near future….

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