The Characters of “The Adrian Trilogy” Part I

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An Introduction to Adrian

Adrian is a busy young business woman in the deep south, a few short miles north of Lake Ponchartrain which borders the city of New Orleans.   Having been raised in one of the most revered societies for vampire legend and other paranormal folklore, she is very aware of the unseen.  You see, Adrian was born gifted.  She, on the other hand, feels as though she has carried a curse with her since birth, when the veil was removed from her face.  As a child, she had dreams and visions.  Some of these dreams foretold of things to come,  one in particular would haunt her relentlessly.

Though locals widely acknowledge the “gift” is, she found, at young age, that there were those who viewed the gifted ones as evil and would shun her away, those included her own family.    Adrian would share the things that she saw with her family only to be scolded and shamed.  Such things were not Godly and should not be discussed, they would tell her.

As she matured, Adrian learned to push the gift as far back into the darkest corners of her mind that she could manage, allowing for her to better focus on a career.   Though she could turn off her uncanny ability at will, she could not stop the dreams; more specifically the same dram that afflicted her since childhood.

In this dream there was a young couple that sat by a mountain stream, though she could not see their faces she was certain that it was always the same two.  The couple would speak to each other.  She could not hear their voices,but she experienced the sensation of their new love in the beginning of the dream; it would not last.  Each time the dream evolved from an overwhelming feeling of happiness to a gut wrenching sense of doom.  The scenery would turn dark and foreboding becoming chaotic as it pulsed before her eyes, and then ended, leaving her with an intense feeling of loss.

Now, as an adult, the dream haunts her more and more frequently.  Her imprisoned “gift” begins to pound away, a warning of something approaching within the near future.  As fate would have it, and it always does!  Adrian runs into the man from her dreams.  They stand face to face, both overcome by the same sense of knowing.  He stands staring into her soul as her restraint of the gift collapses.

 

 

and then there was Christian!

 

 

 

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What is it about Vampires?!

54ffcee5dc1b04f72f678a7205920a2cI’ve heard that question a time or two!  Most recently it was asked of me while speaking at a public library in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana.  The funny thing is, I never grow tired of offering an opinion on the subject!

Having been dubbed with the title of “Vampire Historian,”  these three questions are encountered frequently:  “What is it about Vampires?”  “Do I believe in Vampires?” and “Which is the authentic Vampire origination theory?”

All three of the above topics just happen to be my favorite to discuss, and well, just don’t get me started if you have somewhere to go!

Vampire legend and lore is most intriguing research.  Every region, religion and era defines their own brand of the immortal.  Most legends are common in traits and characteristics.  Surprisingly, many legends are referenced or are similar to, creatures described within ancient text based within that same specific regions and time period.  This recurring phenomenon compels one to believe the old saying, “Every legend, no matter how obscure, is based on some level of truth.”

So, “What is it about Vampires?”  and “What is the most authentic of origination theories?” can be answered somewhat simultaneously.  In my opinion, Vampire’s represent the most forbidden form of taboo.  Most of us were raised and exist within a religious environment of some form.  Considered one of the most blasphemous of sins is to deny God.  Though the Vampire’s characteristics are “God-like” in a sense, they were cursed with their existence for having committed this most offensive of sins; they turned their backs on the creator.  No matter the legend, the cause, is most generally the same.  Ancient religious text in association with the earliest recorded history of the Vampire collaborate on many levels. (The word Vampire was introduced in the early 1600th century but did not become common until the 1800th century.)

The earliest recorded legends are in association with Lilith, first wife of Adam.  Following Lilith came Cain, son of Adam who spilled the first human blood by murdering his brother Abel.  Another theory that is in association with the King James Bible and other religious text is that of Judas, who betrayed Christ, resulting in his crucifixion.

These are all well know stories from within the King James Bible.  There is also something else that is occurring during this same era.  Broad references are made to the Fallen angels in the aforementioned Bible yet in other ancient texts, namely the book of Enoch, these references are expanded upon in great detail.

Genesis 6:1-2 states: “When humans began to increase in number and daughters were born to them The sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were fair and they took them wives of all they chose.”

This is, in my opinion, is the point when Vampire race was originated.  God had enforced but one demand onto the Heavenly Hosts; they were not to interfere with mankind.  With this one lustful act, the Sons of God became cursed and were cast from the Heavens.  No longer existing within the grace of their maker, The Fallen turned on mankind, determined to corrupt the race in retribution.  Mankind had been deemed the chosen race by the same God who had created all angels within His image.

The integration of The Fallen into the human population initiated a hybrid bred race.  Having the physical attributes of a mortal, they were like no man that had existed.  These creatures would inherit the same characteristics of their maker.  Consider the fact that angels were created by God in his own image.  The Fallen were in fact, immortal, all knowing beings who possessed abilities incapable of any man.  These characteristics mimic those associated with Vampire race.  Most legends define Vampire as an all knowing, powerful being with the curse of immortality, and most legends have similarities in their weakness.  These weaknesses are reflective of having committed the unforgivable sin, denying their maker.

Legends concur that Vampires are nocturnal, thus never again to walk within the light (or grace) of God.  They have weaknesses concerning Holy relics, as they tend to remind the breed of their error and impending fate.  Silver is also said to be another of those reminders, based upon the Judas theory, silver is said to represent their transgressions as silver coins were earned by Judas for his betrayal of Christ.

I believe that in this, we find the most authentic origination theory.  This theory, in turn, explains our recurring fascination with the Vampire.  We have know the breed to be exact perfection, they are creatures of beauty as their makers were formed in the image of our creator.  They are powerful and all knowing, to be revered by those of us with mortal souls.  They have lived lifetimes yet still retain the original and forbidden knowledge never intended to be shared with our race.

In these facets, the Vampire is intriguing to us, yet, it is also within our mortality that we embrace their weaknesses as we are fragile and flawed by nature.  Can it be that even though the Vampire is as such because of God’s curse, that we as human yearn for them as they are as close to God as we could come without dying a mortal death? Indeed and in fact, I believe this to be the truth of it.

Having broadly answered two of the three questions, I will address the remaining; “Do I believe in Vampires?”  In a word, no.  I have found no evidence of like creatures in recent documents, at least not the depiction of Vampire that has become common within the last few centuries.  I do believe that there once was a hybrid race which possessed the characteristics associated with that of the Vampire.  They most certainly did exist.  The evidence is all around us.  New relics, sites and records are being excavated at this very moment.  Though these particular treasures are new to us, the history recorded and represented by them, only collaborates with existing legends and lore.

Though there is no reliable evidence that these creatures have endured in this day and age, there is no guarantee that they will not return.  They have been banished twice, once from Heaven then from Earth by means of the great flood.  That having been said, I will leave you with this verse:  Genesis 6:4 – There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that.

More detailed information on Lilith, Cain, Judas and other Vampire origination theories can be found on this site in past blogs!  Type your query into the search bar on the home page , happy reading!

Haunted Louisiana – The Myrtles Plantation

myrtles Our story begins in 1796 when General David Bradford, aka “Whiskey Dave” of the Whiskey Rebellion, obtained a 650 acre land grant from Baron de Corondelet.  Bradford had fled the United States to avoid arrest and imprisonment for his involvement in the Rebellion, he would land in Bayou Sarah which, at that time was still a Spanish colony.  Bradford would later be pardoned for his actions by President John Adams.

When construction began on the original home it was said that workers had unearthed a Native American burial ground.  Bradford would order the remains burned thus initiating over two centuries of hauntings that endure to this day.   Bradford experienced great losses during his time at his family home.  One of his sons would fall into the river while working one day, his body was never recovered.

After having received his Presidential pardon, Bradford, his wife Elizabeth and 5 children would move to Pennsylvania where he would pursue his political career resulting in him being appointed Deputy attorney-general for Washington County.  The  mansion would remain in his ownership until 1820 when it was purchased by his son in law, Judge Clarke Woodruff.  The Woodruff era would produce one of the Myrtles’ most well known ghosts; a young Creole slave girl named Chloe.

Woodruff took Chloe on as his Mistress.  She was moved into the main home to live with his family while caring for his children.  Chloe, however, yearned for more than just the position of Mistress.  In an attempt to gain leverage, Chloe would often eavesdrop on family conversations as well as debates held amid the many prominent guests that frequented the mansion.  After several warnings she was caught one evening eavesdropping on a heated conversation between Woodruff and some of his more affluent visitors, Bradford ordered her left ear to be cut off and banished her from working within his home.

Chloe, devastated by the terms of her punishment, devised a plan to see her way back into the home.  She would bake a cake laced with poisoned herbs and when the family became ill, it would be she that would care for them and bring them back to good health.  A good plan, but unfortunately Chloe would lace the cake with lethal doses of her herbs; Woodruffs’ wife and two of his children died.

Now Chloe was even further distraught.  She had cared for and loved his children for years, as if they were her own.  Chloe, no longer able to bear the guilt, would confess to her actions.  Woodruff, in response, ordered for her to be hung just outside of the mansion, her body would then be weighted down and thrown into the Mississippi river.

Woodruff and his last remaining child would then move to Covington Louisiana, the house would be sold in 1834 to Ruffin Gray Sterling.  Sterling and his wife would remodel the homestead, it would nearly double in size to become what we know as the 11,000 square foot Myrtles Plantation.

The Sterling era would bring about even more of the frequently seen apparitions.  Four years after completion of the renovation, Sterling would succumb to Consumption.  Further tragedies struck the family throughout the years as only 4 of their 9 children would live long enough to marry.

The Plantation suffered along with the family as it had been looted and vandalized many times by soldiers during the Civil War.  Many rogue soldiers had lost their lives by charging onto the estate grounds as both the family and slaves had been armed to protect their home.  It was during one of these looting sprees that Sterling’s son-in-law, William Winter, was shot on the front steps as he tried to defend the family’s interests.  After crawling into the house and halfway up the stairs, he died in the arms of his frantic wife.

Occurrences

Many guests have reported the loss of just 1 earring while visiting the Plantation.  Later earrings will turn up in the oddest of places, discovered by staff as they clean and organize.  Perhaps this is the work of Chloe as she would only require the one earring!

There are reports of bloodstains on the parlor floor which will appear and disappear on their own accord, no matter how often the floor is cleaned.  These stains are said to appear where Union soldiers met their demise as they attempted to loot the mansion during the Civil War.

An apparition is seen frequently on the stair case and at some times the sound of fleeting footsteps will accompany him.  It is said to be that of a man dressed in his Sunday best.  Many suspect the apparition to be remnants of William Winter as he met his demise on those very steps.

chloe1a1    Chloe is seen frequently about the grounds, even sometimes spotted on the very limb from where she was hanged.

In this picture there is the apparition of a young slave girl just in between the two buildings.  This photograph has been researched and debunked by many well-known paranormal investigators. National Geographic has used this photograph in a documentary of the Myrtles’ Plantation.  It was also researched by Mr. Norman Benoit who performed a shadow density test, thus proclaiming that all of the physical measurements of the apparition were of human dimensions and proportions.  The circumference of the head, the length of the shoulder to the elbow and the length of the elbow to the wrist were all indicative of a human.

 

childThe ghosts of children are often captured in photographs all about the interior of the Plantation as well as it grounds.  So many children have perished on this property it would be quite difficult to accurately identify any one of them.  As records were not kept on the slave population and waves of plagues were rampant during this era, there is no way for anyone to know exactly how many children passed away on this property over the past 212 years.

This photograph was taken by a teacher on a school field trip.  The figure of the little girl in the window was not discovered until some time after.  Note that the child appears to be looking directly into the camera.

 

mirror Owners and staff have reported hand prints on mirrors and windows for centuries.  The infamous mirror which hangs near the staircase is a prime target.  Previous owners have gone as far as replacing the actual glass to rid themselves of the nuisance, but to no avail; the hand prints would only return.

 

 

 

 

As the Myrtles have been visited and investigated frequently through time, reports range from the inconspicuous to the insane.  Guests have had many encounters with the ghostly inhabitants.  Many items have gone missing and some overnight guest complain of their difficulties in getting out of their beds in the mornings after having been tucked too snugly into their sheets while they slept.

The Myrtles offers guided tours and is currently in operation as a bed and breakfast where many paranormal enthusiasts have conducted their own private investigations.  The Myrtles Plantation is definitely a destination for anyone seeking a ghostly encounter.

 

Haunted Louisiana – The home of Marie Laveau

marieAh, her majesty, Marie Laveau.  This (devout Catholic) Voodoo Queen has left her mark throughout the history of New Orleans legend and lore and she endures until this day.

Marie Laveau was born in 1794 in Haiti.  It would be her blending of Catholicism and Voodoo rituals that would create a new form of Voodoo practices, exclusive to New Orleans.

As a young girl, it is said that Marie learned the practice of Voodoo from her grandmother.  Legend states that there was something very different about Marie and her mastering of the arts.  Marie advanced quickly, her knowledge and powers quickly surpassed all others.  There is a legend that Marie raised a young girl from her grave after having been buried for several days; she was also said to have brought several animals back from the unwakeable sleep as well.

On August 4th 1819, Marie wed one Jacques Paris at the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans; the marriage certificate can be viewed as it hangs on display within the church to this day.  No children would be bore during their brief marriage as Paris would die in 1820 of unusual circumstances.

After Paris’ passing, Marie became a hairdresser to the wealthy.  It was during this time that she took on a lover.  Christophe Glapion and Marie would live together as husband and wife until his death on December 1st 1835.  He too died of mysterious circumstances.  Glapion was happy and in good spirits at dinner the night before but was found dead before breakfast the following morning.  Many say that he had served his purpose; Marie had bore 15 children within their 15 year relationship.

Marie Laveau served the community of New Orleans well throughout her life.  She worked tirelessly with the homeless and the ill.  Her knowledge of medicinal herbs came in handy when the city had been struck with yellow fever;  Marie saved many lives.  Her living was made by selling her gris gris and charms; follwers would trek from miles around to purchase Marie’s talismans and remedies.  Followers would also flock by the thousands to witness her performing her rituals on St John’s eve.  Nearly a century of service and rumors had passed since her birth, Marie passed to the other side on June 15th 1881.

Not everyone agrees on her death day, some will say that Marie still walks among us this day.  Some say that she is an immortal or vampire, some say that she appears as a large crow or black cat and others see her just as she was, but only for one brief moment.  Marie can be sometimes be seen sitting in front of her cottage or walking along St. Ann street the smell of burning herbs often accompanies her.  She has been witnessed hovering above her old home; her presence is described as a black fog or mist.  It is not uncommon to hear reports of visitors that have seen Marie’s beloved rooster or large cat Henri in or around the house as well.  Many have tried to photograph them but the images will disappear before a camera shot can be made.

Marie is not bound to her old home site.  She has been seen along Rampart street.  Some reports claim that she is shopping for herbs along the street side others have seen her with a large basket full of gris gris to sell to her loyal public.  Marie is also notorious for appearing at her grave site at St. Louis Cemetery #1.  Many followers and enthusiast have visited her tomb, many have returned with stories of their encounters with the Voodoo Queen here.  Marie had many ties with the St. Louis Cathedral, many have seen her on the church grounds as well as participating in Church services.

Marie was seen frequently at her home and all throughout the French Quarter immediately following Hurricane Katrina.  Witnesses claim to have seen her weeping; perhaps she wept for the state of her beloved city during it’s worst days.

Haunted New Orleans – The Griffin House

gh     This beautiful home was erected in 1852 by Adam Griffin at what is now known as 1447 Constance street in New Orleans.  Griffin would only occupy the home for a matter of months before fleeing the area; The Federal army was on it’s way to New Orleans.

In 1862, New Orleans was under siege, the Union troops had been selecting and taking over large family estates in which to house their men and supplies.  The Griffin home would be one of the homes that fell into their hands.

During the Civil War occupation period, the Griffin house would be used as barracks and for storing of munitions, and this is where the haunted history begins!  The first of the soldiers to occupy the home reported hearing groans accompanied by the sound of clanging chains coming from the third floor, or attic.  Upon investigation, the rattled soldiers discovered several slaves that had been shackled to the walls, many in the advanced stages of starvation, some had already died.  The slaves were in such dire condition that many of them were plagued by maggots that had infested their woulds.  Those that could be saved were moved to a field hospital to be cared for.  Shortly after, the home became shelter to both soldiers and prisoners of war.

While still occupied by Union soldiers, two confederate deserters dressed in Union uniforms were caught looting in the area; a crime punishable by death.  When brought to the Griffin house, the deserters continued their ruse assuming that their punishment would be much more severe if they were tried as Union Soldiers.  They were so intent on convincing their captors that they would sing songs that were familiar to Union soldiers such as “John Brown’s Body”.  Some of the soldiers had been convinced and became sympathetic, supplying the two deserters with whiskey and other luxuries that were on hand.

When the deserters found out that there would be no leniency in their sentencing, they bribed a guard to smuggle in two pistols so that they may kill themselves before their sentence was passed.  The two of them lay across from each other in their beds, each of them facing the other as one shot the other in the heart.  It was reported that the deserters bled so profusely that their blood seeped through the floorboards and down the walls of the room beneath them.

After the War, the Griffin home was used commercially by several different owners.  Throughout the years, those that had been employed there had reported seeing two drunken soldiers, both holding bottles of whiskey as they sang “John Brown’s Body”.  There have also been reports having heard the sound of marching boots that accompany the singing voices.

In the early 1900’s the house was used as a perfume bottling company and then as a union hiring hall.  The next owner was a man who rebuilt air conditioners, he was said to have disappeared from the home without a trace.  During this period there were several reports of hearing the singing soldiers and marching boots.  There were also reports of screams and groaning accompanied by the sound of clanging chains coming from the attic.  Many passers by had reported seeing the two drunken soldiers staring out of the second floor window.

The home was especially active in and around 1936 while the Griffin house was being used as a lamp factory.  Several workers reported doors that opened on their own followed by the deafening sound of marching.  Others reported seeing and hearing the drunken soldiers as well as seeing blood seeping through the ceiling and walls of a second story room.

The new owners were nearly killed upon their initial inspection of their newly purchased investment.  A concrete block was thrown from the second floor as they stood at the base of the stairs.  Had they not seen the block coming at them they would have both been killed.  The kicker is that there are no such concrete blocks used in the construction of the home.  When the two startled investors went up stairs to investigate, they found that no one was there; all windows and doors were secured.

A few years later, after it had been deemed impossible to maintain commercial tenants, the home was converted into a boarding house.  One of the first tenants, a widow, would rent out a room on the second level.  One day while sewing near the window, she looked down to see a drop of blood on her arm.  Thinking that she must have scratched herself, she wiped the blood away.  Moments later it had reappeared, then another then another.  The widow looked up to see that blood was seeping through the ceiling and landing on her arm.  She immediately ran shrieking from the home and never returned.

In the 1970’s the neighborhood had become blighted, many of the once beautiful family estates had been overtaken by drug addicts and transients, the Griffin house would befall the same fate, but it would not last for long.  Even the addicts and transients were haunted while occupying the house.  Reports were made by some of them that they had witness 2 men in “some kind of police uniforms” singing  “old timey songs”.

In more recent years there have still been reports of having seen the two soldiers peering at the occupants from outside any given window on any given level.  There are also more recent reports of blood seeping through the ceiling and walls as well as the singing voices and marching boots.

Haunted New Orleans – The Castle Inn

the-castle-inn1The Castle Inn stands fully restored to it’s original glory at 1415 Prytania street within the Garden District of New Orleans.  The Inn was constructed on a site that had formerly been a plantation during the early 1800’s.  In 1848 a town home was constructed on the same property.  The home was owned by a prominent local business man who would die just a few short years upon the town homes’ completion.  In 1891 the property was purchased by Alva Schnitt, a German gentleman who was in charge of the New Orleans school district and the leader of a organization known as “The White Men’s League” somewhat similar in ideals to what we now know as the Ku Klux Klan.

Originally constructed as a gift to his new wife, Schnitt oversaw the construction of the three story mansion personally.  He too would succumb to some strange illness and would die in the home just a few years later.  The mansion would remain within his family until the onset of the 1920’s depression.  The financial burden of large New Orleans estates became too much for many to handle.  Some of these home owners, including the owners of this home, would convert the property into a transient rooming house.

The property would change hands several times until the 1950’s when purchased by the Allison family.  It would remain within their family until 1998 when purchased by Andrew Craig and Karen Bacharach who would upon renovations, rename the property The Castle Inn.

Several spirits are said to haunt the property some having a history with the original structure, others that are said to be connected to the properties which formerly graced the grounds.  One is said to be seen and heard most frequently.  A young girl that was said to have drowned in a pond that had been on the grounds of the plantation.  She reportedly enjoys shaking the beds to keep the guests awake at night.  There are claims that she touches female guests to get their attention.  She can be both seen and heard giggling as she frolics about on the grand staircase.

Another of the spirits is said to be a former paid servant who had resided in the quarters behind the mansion with the other slaves.  He is said to be light skinned and dressed in the finest clothes available in his era.  The Servant was said to be a flirt and a bit of a prankster.  He was know to drink heavily and was a smoker.  Legend states that he fell asleep while smoking in bed.  He was too drunk to escape the flames when his bed caught fire consequently, he perished on the grounds within the slave quarters.  Many say that this is why he haunts the mansion, the man felt that he did not belong with the slaves, but that he deserved to reside within the mansion itself.

There are other reports of a carriage driver that could have been associated with the town home owned by Schnitt.  He is said to appear on the front stoop as well as walking around in the surrounding neighborhood.

There have been many reports made of encounters experienced by guests.  Shaking beds, items disappearing and electrical devices turning off and on by themselves.  There was one report of a complaint that the ceiling fan would not turn off.  The “fan” was a dormant fixture, never wired to be used; its purpose was cosmetic in nature only.

Missing room keys were reported found inside a second floor microwave and reports of showers and faucets running while in the “off” position are common as well.  One guest claims that the spirit of the servant man had climbed in bed with her and was smoking a cigarette.  Others claim that they hear the sound of a music box playing.

The Castle Inn is a must for seekers of the paranormal.  Just blocks away from Mardi Gras parade routes and a short walk from the streetcars, the Inn should be added to your list if you plan on visiting new Orleans!

Haunted New Orleans – The Beauregard-Keyes House

bgh     In 1824 Auctioneer and businessman Joseph Le Carpentier (Le Carpentier was said to have sold goods for Pirate Jean Lafitte) purchased two lots across from the Ursaline Convent on the corner of Chartres and Arsenal (now Ursalines).  Le Carpentier then employed an architect to construct a grand home and garden where he and his family would live until 1835.  The estate was purchased by John Merle, who became Swiss counsel in New Orleans.  The property would next be purchased by the Andry family of St Charles Parish who later sold to Dominique Lanata, who was Consul-General of Sardina in New Orleans.  Purchased as an investment property, the estate would become home to it’s first tenant; war hero, Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard.  He and his family would remain in the home until 1869.

In 1904, Lanata sold the home to Corrado Giacona, a wholesale liquor distributor.  The Giaconas, said to have had ties with the Sicilian Mafia, would soon begin experiencing “difficulties”.  On June 18, 1908, Corrado’s father, Pietro, shot 4 members of the “Black Hand” mafia while on the back gallery of the house.  Both Pierto and Carrodo were indicted for murder but the case was dropped in 1910; the general consensus being that Pietro had done the city a favor rather than committed a crime.  Pietro passed in 1917, Corrado and his mother would place the house up for auction when it would be purchased by Antonio Mannino, a wedded relative of the Giacona family.  The Mannino family then sold to the Owens family who would ultimately sell to world famous author, Francis Scott Keyes, who established the estate as a museum as which it still stands today.

Now that we have discussed the history of the home and it’s inhabitants, we may better understand who and why the spirits are which haunt it.

Paul Munni (Morphy), world class Chess player and heir of Le Carpentier, is said to have gone insane while living at the estate.  Legend states that Munni, while in a crazed state, ran naked from the home and out into Ursaline street armed with a large axe; he was looking to kill whoever crossed his path.  Once successful in his task, Munni was subdued by police and that is where the tale ends.  Passers-by claim to have seen him running naked from the house into the street before disappearing into thin air. Munni also liked to play the piano and can sometimes be heard playing as he screams wildly into the night.

One of the most outstanding displays of paranormal activity is said to take place in the early morning hours when the main hall is alit with gory images from the Battle of Shiloh.  General Beauregard and his men appear in full confederate attire, the sound of their feet marching can be heard just as the battle takes full force. One can smell the strong odor of freshly spilled blood and rotting flesh as well as the stench of burning gunpowder.  There are those who have reported seeing soldiers with blown away faces and mangled limbs as they grasped desperately to their last living moments.  Among the images of the dying men are the remains of horses and mules scattered about as if having encountered the full force of a cannon.  There have also been reports from passers by who could hear a raspy voice gasping out the words “Shiloh, Shiloh” as if suffering the loss of the battle.

Just down the way from the main hall is the ballroom where in the twilight hours a lone fiddler can be seen, and heard as he plays for for a room full of dancing apparitions donning gowns and tuxedos.

The main hall is not the only place where the smell of blood and gunpowder will burn the visitors’ nostrils.  Gunshots can be heard late at night from within the estate as they echo through the garden just beyond the back gallery where the “Black Hand” mafia associates met their demise.  Their shadows can also be seen ducking through the foliage as Pietro fires his weapon.

As an additional “oddity” the home is also reportedly haven to a ghost dog and cat.  The dog is said to have been owned by Francis Scott Keyes.  After Keyes passing, the dog was inconsolable and within a few days, he would follow his master.  The cat is thought to have been owned by the Le Carpentier family.