The Demons Of Killer Clown: John Wayne Gacy

The Demons Of Killer Clown: John Wayne Gacy

In our serial killer series this week, we take a look at one of America’s most prolific serial killers in history. It is believed that Gacy murdered a minimum of 33 young men and boys while he was an active serial killer. Now, we attempt to delve into his dark mind from a psychological and spiritual perspective.

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Childhood Indicators

The larger majority of serial killers experience a bad childhood, and this was most certainly the case for John Wayne Gacy. While he had a good bond with his two sisters and his mother, his relationship with his father was a problematic one.

According to Gacy himself, his father was physically abusive towards his wife and his children. He also claimed that his father was a violent alcoholic. His father would belittle him emotionally as well, calling him dumb and stupid. He would also favor his sisters over him, which undoubtedly had a seriously harmful effect on Gacy’s psyche. Gacy in turn would spend his life trying to obtain his dad’s approval.

Physical Abuse Of John Wayne Gacy

The physical abuse Gacy suffered could have led to changing brain chemistry. During an interview in prison, he would recall how his father hit him with a broomstick and rendered him unconscious. Therefore, it would not be unlikely to assume that Gacy’s brain function changed significantly during childhood.

To support this theory further, Gacy suffered blackout seizures during childhood. He was hospitalized numerous times throughout his childhood for these blackouts and was told to avoid all forms of sport. As a result, Gacy eventually got overweight and this drew the ire of his father further. The exact medical condition Gacy suffered from was never diagnosed.

The childhood stories told by Gacy would also be supported by one of his high school friends. His own sisters would also support the stories told by the convicted serial killer. There is no doubt in my mind that his abusive childhood contributed to the person he became. In fact, it may have desensitized him to physical and emotional abuse.

Repeat Offences

There were some serious red flags surrounding John Wayne Gacy before he became a serial killer. The killer clown did develop an incredibly charismatic personality, which undoubtedly caused him to fly under the radar for as long as he did.

In 1968, Gacy was convicted of sexually assaulting two teenage boys. The seriousness of the offense would lead to a much longer sentence these days, but Gacy only received 10 years. To make matters worse, Gacy was on the streets again only two years later in 1970.

Despite his prison sentence, Gacy’s urges remained. He was arrested again only a year after his release when a teenager accused him of sexual assault. This time, the charges were dropped as the accuser did not turn up in court. In the mid-1970s, two young men would accuse Gacy of rape, which led him to be questioned by the police.

According to Gacy himself, the 1970s were his cruising years, meaning it was the time he committed most of his murders. His release from prison after only two years and the dismissal of the sexual assault is likely to have made Gacy more brazen.

Killings

Gacy came under suspicion after the disappearance of Robert Pies in late 1978. Police found out that Gacy had offered him a job just before he disappeared. Once the police started looking at Gacy, they found his previous conviction for sodomy.

Police searched Gacy’s home but found nothing more than some drivers licenses and college rings. Investigators did note upon a strange and unpleasant odor but did not think too much about it. However, Gacy’s luck would not last. One of the rings obtained from the home was linked to another missing boy called John Szyc. The police returned for a more extensive search and discovered 27 dead bodies in the crawl space underneath his house. Robert Piest’s body was eventually found in the Illinois River in April 1979.

Charismatic With A Dark Side

One of the things that stands out most about John Wayne Gacy is his charismatic personality. To most people, he was one of the most upstanding members of the community. He was involved in politics and even performed at children’s birthday parties as a clown.

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Gacy managed to create the perfect disguise as a serial killer. Even though he committed numerous rapes and sexual assaults over the years, most people around him were completely oblivious about his past.

Serial Killer Profile

One could argue that John Wayne Gacy had the typical serial killer profile, but there is more to him than that. A large portion of Gacy’s pathology is undoubtedly the fact that he was gay. Given his relationship with his father, being gay would not have been accepted. He was also desperate for his dad’s approval, causing him to suppress his sexuality. Gacy would end up marrying a woman, but his victim preference certainly points to the fact that he was a gay man. This undoubtedly left him with a lot of anger.

It is likely that Gacy started murdering to avoid being arrested again for sexual assault or rape. There is also a high chance that he murdered in order to keep up appearances to the outside world, hiding the fact he was gay.

The physical and mental abuse John Wayne Gacy suffered, and the fact he was considerably overweight for much of his childhood and suffered bullying as well undoubtedly had a profound effect on how he developed as an adult.

Gacy eventually admitted to his wife that he was bisexual, although it is believed that he was homosexual. He told his wife that they would never have sex again and started taking teenage boys home. His wife also found gay pornography and ID cards inside the home. Carole Gacy would ask her husband for a divorce in 1975. This proves a very important point, as Gacy started killing in 1972. It is likely that Gacy became more brazen between 1972 and 1975, which made it difficult for him to hide the fact he was gay.

Jock’s Malevolence Hypothesis Of John Wayne Gacy

From a paranormal or spirit intervention perspective, I find this unique and fascinating as a case. There are a few potential gateways here and that is reminiscent of the case of Anna Ecklund back in 1928. Her name was actually Emma Schmidt and Anna Ecklund was a pseudonym for her. Now in Anna’s case, it is considered that her aunt was the catalyst for the Demoniacal possession, the reality, of course, is very different. Now as I am not discussing that case, I will refrain from going into that and will ask that you wait as there is a new expose on that case.

Ok, so we can deduce from the case of John Gacy, that he went through a tumultuous childhood and suffered at the hands of his father who abused him so much that he was rendered unconscious at times. Given the fact that his father could have been under the obsessive influence of malevolent intelligence. It would make sense that in the hatred and abuse that actually was levied upon his son, and the act of rendering his son unconscious could have caused the opening of a portal to which the long term obsession could have been affected and begun the pattern of subjugation of Gacy himself.

Obsession

As my colleague, Sandra pointed out “Gacy suffered blackout seizures during childhood,” which in my opinion can also be a severe sign of spirit intrusion. Now, not all seizures are spirit intrusion, but the evidence and patterns that build and follow from it give support to a pretty good case of potential obsession. Obviously not the type of evidence that would stand up in a court of law. The blackouts and seizures could easily be the affliction imposed by an invading malevolent force. The other interesting issue here is the strange odor, which of course could easily be explained away as rotting bodies, however, strange dead body odors also are a phenomenon of demoniacal possession. We will never really know if this is the case, but one has to consider that odors could have been both and mixed with the reality of the bodies. However, it was also noted the smell that was omitted was not congruent with dead bodies.

The medical professionals who tested Gacy during his trial supported the claim of insanity and noted him to be Schizophrenic, which is also a grey area when it comes to possible spirit intrusion. Consequently, the Jury dismissed this and he was convicted on all 33 counts of murder.

Gacy often went into convulsions and spoke out completely differently. When he gained conscious awareness after the event, he remembered nothing and could not recollect any event. Again this is a good supporting hypothesis of malevolent intrusion.

Conclusion

We will never really know the mind of Gacy, but one has to wonder if, in fact, his heinous evil crimes were a compulsion of evil influences that obsessed him since childhood. This of course is only a hypothesis but it does make one think about the possibilities. Furthermore, it may also make one think about the legal implications of such a hypothesis.

John Wayne Gacy was executed by lethal injection on May 10, 1994 at 12:58.

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Son Of Sam And His Demons

Son Of Sam And His Demons

As a psychology student, I have a distinct interest in what makes someone tick. While there are beautiful sides of humanity, many psychologists find themselves attracted to some of the darker sides. After all, many people try to understand why murderers and rapists commit the heinous acts they do. I am no different, as I often delve into the darkest sides of humanity in a bid to understand how a monster is created.

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Delving into the darker sides of humanity is not easy though, as even psychologist and student psychologist like myself have their opinion. But to understand what lies beneath, those emotions must be turned off as much as possible.

Today, I take a closer look at the infamous case of the Son of Sam. As one of America’s most prolific serial killers, he is an interesting case to start in our series.

Who Was The Son Of Sam?

The Son of Sam case took place in the late seventies, so it is possible that you are not aware of it. For those of you who are not, here is the quick synopsis of the case.

On August 10th of 1977, a 24-year-old man called David Berkowitz was arrested and charged with multiple counts of murder. According to local newspapers, he was the infamous “Son of Sam”, the serial killer who terrorized New York City for over a year.

David Berkowitz (Son Of Sam) was responsible for six deaths. He also wounded seven others with his .44 caliber revolver. The Son of Sam mainly targeted young women with brown hair, which caused many women to change their look in New York, in an attempt to avoid becoming a target.

Disproven Demon Claims

David Berkowitz claimed numerous times that demons were responsible for his reprehensible actions. However, this was certainly not the case in my opinion. In fact, Berkowitz himself pleaded guilty much later in his court case and admitted that the demon stories were made up to escape the death penalty. Berkowitz changed his opinion however after speaking to a Christian woman.

But what caused David Berkowitz to commit these horrible crimes? There are numerous theories out there, but mental illness was one of the contributing factors.

Childhood

Childhood is usually a reference point to figure out why some people commit horrible acts of violence. While childhood is not the only contributor to violent crime, it often sets the path towards them.

There are very few cases of killers who were born evil. In fact, some psychologists would argue that nobody is born evil. Of course, this is a point of contention to many. So, did the “nurture” factor contribute to the crimes of the Son of Sam? Or was “nature” the predominant factor?

I believe The Son Of Sam was a combination of the two. Considering Berkowitz’s fixation on brunettes, there is a serious indicator of previous trauma or an event that caused anger towards these women. It is also further proved that the demon theory does not hold water, mainly because Berkowitz chose his victims in such a specific manner.

One indicator of previous trauma was the fact the Son of Sam was rejected by his biological mother. His biological mother, Betty Broder became pregnant through her relationship with Joseph Kleinman. Kleinman did not want another child, as Betty already had a young daughter. The family was also quite poor, so Betty put David up for adoption.

David’s adoptive parents were middle-class and quite devoted to their son if records are to be believed. While some would argue there were absolutely no signs he would turn into a violent serial killer, some witnesses reported some indicators of future problems.

Neighbors of the Berkowitz family reported that Berkowitz was often aggressive and violent, bullying other children in the neighborhood. His parents allegedly encountered hyperactive behavior in their son, which proved difficult to handle. There are also reports of the typical loner and isolating behavior we have come to associate with serial killers.

Mental Illness

While I personally believe Berkowitz’s mental problems started in childhood, most people in his environment reported that his mental health deteriorated severely in 1975. However, I believe the death of his adoptive mother in 1967 set the stage for this deterioration. First, he lost a mother through rejection. Second, he lost another mother to cancer. It is possible that this fueled the anger that was already present in Berkowitz from childhood. Berkowitz revealed in interviews that his mother’s death impacted him greatly, so this could have been the fuse that lit the fire.

Declining Mental Health

Berkowitz’s mental health declined over the years, but this became more apparent in 1975. He started to isolate himself even more and started to set fires across New York City. However, it is possible that the fire did not do anything for the anger he experienced. I also believe this brings another possible motivator for his crimes, excitement. In fact, the latter may have lead to the killings and ties in with Berkowitz’s behavior in childhood.

Berkowitz was also diagnosed with schizophrenia later on, although I am not sure that I could support that diagnosis completely considering his tendencies to use mental illness as an excuse. While Berkowitz did not antisocial behavior, there is no mention of other mental health problems or potential traumas.

While there is no doubt in my mind that Berkowitz did suffer from mental illness, I do not think him being a paranoid schizophrenic was the only thing that fueled his crimes. According to my opinion, Berkowitz is a very angry man. He showed anger problems in childhood, and the death of his mother undoubtedly made that anger uncontrollable overtime.

Of course, the victims could have been chosen for sexual preference as well, and this is the theory I support the most. I think Berkowitz was attracted to brunettes and killing them gave him some form of sexual release. This is not uncommon in people with anger-related issues. That almost puts his schizophrenia on the backburner where explanations are concerned. Nevertheless, this theory is most likely in my opinion.

Sandra’s Conclusion

Berkowitz is an interesting case, mainly because his childhood was not that out of the ordinary. While there were signs of mental health problems, he could function in society and almost blended in among the crowd. Insanity would not have been a suitable plea, mainly because he knew the difference between right and wrong. I also believe David Berkowitz was sexually motivated in the killings, much like he sought excitement by lighting fires. Unfortunately, this cost the lives of many good people.

Jocks Hypothesis – Obsession

Could it be possible that there is some underlying truth to the suggestion that Berkowitz was in fact influenced by malevolent beings? Whilst the former information from my colleague does indeed have merit, and I concur with her findings; I would venture that part of the abuse and part of the environment and state of being could have been a catalyst to Demon Obsession from a spirit intelligence. That obsession could have been so intelligent that it began all be it slowly and with a goal over a period of time.

Even though we have the confession that he made the claims up, could it be the claims have merit based on the modus operandi of the intelligence that could have been behind the mind control and the atrocities and heinous acts carried out? This if course, is merely a hypothesis, but it should plant a seed of thought.

Pseudo Possession

The very fact that Berkowitz tried to use the claims of pseudo possession to validate what he was doing, does make one consider that he was in control. However, there are certain modus operandi that leans towards the aspect of obsessive behavior and the choices that he made could have been influenced by malevolent intelligence. The choice of language from the letters and the belief he had in the occult suggest subtle influence. Even though there was no proof that he was part of a satanic cult, conversely there was no conclusion that he was not either.

For ease of understanding, let's suggest that a demonic entity did actually have him in a more controlled stage of possession or obsession. Controlling the influence of the mind in subtle but powerful ways of suggestion – could have been the impulse needed to make the free-will decision to carry out the atrocity, thus the impulse is mimicking the free will and therefore subtly controlling the will of the chosen host. In mediumship or those that are sensitive to spirit-energies are open to a form of what I term “Mediumship Psychosis” as discussed in deadly departed. A sensitive disposition through emotion or environment could also be the catalyst needed to spirit intrusion to those of a sensitive disposition.

Influence

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Now whilst this seed that I have planted is enough to make you consider the possibilities, it does not vilify or quantify the reasoning behind the choices. Berkowitz still remains guilty for the crimes, but one must consider if there was indeed a power beyond him that was also steering the ship. If we examine the language in some of the victim's cases and the written correspondence, one has to propound that language and emotion contained therein does indeed have some separate intellect outwith the remit of Berkowitz. To discern that some other power may have had a hand in the atrocities makes one question deeper each role. Could he have been a chosen host well before – even at the point of childhood.

The Top 10 Ghost Sightings In Human History

The Top 10 Ghost Sightings In Human History

Almost every person on the planet knows a great ghost story. And while you believe in ghosts or not, there are certainly some stories that are remembered for generations. From time to time, people claim to have seen a ghost and even captured it on camera. But which are the most prolific and famous ghost sightings in human history? Paranormal Daily News went delving for the truth and came up with the best ghost sightings that will send some shivers across your spine.

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Ghost Sightings

1. The Ghosts Of The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is Canada was originally built in 1888. The hotel was meant to attract tourists and look over the Rocky Mountains of the Banff National Park. While the hotel may look unremarkable to some, the hotel has been a prime location for ghost sightings for many years.

When you have the privilege of visiting the hotel, you may encounter two famous ghosts in the form of “The Bride” and “Sam the Bellman”. Local legend claims that the bride ghost fell down the stairs on her wedding day in the 1920s. The fall killed the bride, but her ghost allegedly remains. People have seen The Bride in the upstairs ballroom and on the staircase of the hotel on a regular basis.

Sam, Bellman’s story is a little less tragic. According to local stories, Sam was a bellman at the hotel during the sixties and seventies. When he died, his spirit started roaming the halls. Guests claim that the helpful ghost provided a service to them, with two elderly women claiming their door was opened by Sam after they forgot their key.

2. Eastern State Penitentiary

If you’re aren’t up for international travel to spot some ghosts, no need to worry! The Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia is a hotspot for ghost sightings. Visitors claim to have heard and seen various paranormal goings-on, this goes from laughter and footsteps to shadow figures.

The reason for the hotbed of paranormal activity is pretty obvious considering the rather cruel history of the penitentiary. The prison was built in 1829 and put all prisoners in extreme confinement, which meant living alone at all times. Some forms of punishment included chaining an inmate’s tongue to their wrists. Many inmates are believed to have died a horrible death at the penitentiary before it was permanently closed in 1970.

3. Chateau de Brissac

When mentioning the top 10 ghost sightings in human history, we cannot forget about the Green Lady. The Green Lady haunts Chateau de Brissac in France. She is believed to be the ghost of Charlotte of France, an illegitimate daughter of King Charles VII.

Legend says that Charlotte of France was brutally murdered by her husband for having an affair. At the time she was killed, Charlotte wore a green dress. Since multiple visitors have reported a woman wearing a green dress in the tower room, the link with Charlotte of France is easily made.

4. The Stanley Hotel

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The Stanley Hotel is known around the world for many reasons. Firstly, Stephen King used the hotel as an inspiration for the Overlook Hotel, which is featured in The Shining. Of course, the inspiration was not just the location, but also the many ghost sightings attributed to the Stanley Hotel over the years.

Several ghosts have been spotted by visitors over the years. The most prominent is that of inventor Freelan Oscar Stanley, who vowed to build the hotel’s reputation after a stay in the region helped him combat tuberculosis. Stanley arrived in 1903 and opened the hotel in 1909. He would eventually die in 1940 at the age of 91. Guests have spotted his ghost in the billiard’s room and the hotel bar.

Piano music can often be heard by guests as well, which seems to come out of nowhere. Witnesses claim that the piano is played by Stanley’s wife Flora. She allegedly roams the entire hotel but shows a clear preference for the piano.

And there are even more ghosts if you know where to look! In addition to Stanley and Flora, there is the ghost of Elizabeth Wilson in room 217. Elizabeth does not like unmarried couples though, so you might not want to stay in 217 if you’re unmarried and traveling with a partner.

Guests also regularly hear noises, which are often described as children playing. From a little girl to little boy ghosts, there are plenty of ghost sightings to go around at the Stanley Hotel.

5. La Recoleta Cemetery

While you would expect to find many ghost sightings at a cemetery, you will find that most cemeteries are remarkably peaceful. Of course, this is not the case for all cemeteries because La Recoleta Cemetery has made our list of top ghost sightings in history.

La Recoleta Cemetery is the home of thousands of graves, featuring beautiful mausoleums, tombstones and even the remains of the famous Eva Perón. Of course, this cemetery also has its fair share of hauntings, making it an attractive spot for anyone who wants to see a ghost.

While there are many ghosts that allegedly haunt La Recoleta Cemetery, the best-known ghost on the cemetery ground is that of David Alleno. Alleno was a caretaker on the cemetery, a duty he performed for more than thirty years. Unfortunately, David Alleno took his own life.

The story of David Alleno is tragic, to say the least. However, locals believe David returned as a ghost and is still roaming the paths in the cemetery. Visitors claim to have seen him and even heard the sound of jangling keys before he disappeared. While his story is only known by those who are proficient at visiting locations where ghosts were sighted, the cemetery is well worth visiting by anyone who wants a chance of seeing a ghost.

Why We Decided On These Locations

You may wonder, why did we choose ghost sightings in these particular locations? Well, we went with a number of sightings and statements by visitors who claim to have seen ghosts. While you may believe the Winchester House or other locations give you a fairer chance, we would not rule out the locations in this overview of top ghost sightings in history. Since many visitors have their own stories to tell about these locations, maybe you will too?

References

Guilbert, A. 2017, The Ghosts of Fairmont Banff Springs, Avenue Magazine Calgary, 14 April 2020, https://www.avenuecalgary.com/city-life/the-ghosts-of-fairmont-banff-springs/

Hicks, K. 2019, The Stanley Hotel’s haunted reputation and how it inspired ‘The Shining’, ABC Action News, 14 April 2020, https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/national/the-stanley-hotels-haunted-reputation-and-how-it-inspired-the-shining

Morton, C. 2019, 43 Most Haunted Places in the World That Are Beautifully Scary, Conde Nast Traveler, 14 April 2020, https://www.cntraveler.com/gallery/most-haunted-places-in-the-world

Legal Problems Faced By Paranormal Investigators

Legal Problems Faced By Paranormal Investigators

If you have a passion for everything paranormal and want to become a paranormal investigator, there are more things to consider than the latest recording equipment or investigative tools. No, you also need to consider the legal problems you could encounter as a paranormal investigator. What kind of legal problems can I face as a paranormal investigator, you may ask? Well, we are about to disclose the legal pitfalls of the profession!

Trespassing Is One Of The Main Legal Problems For Paranormal Teams

One common problem that paranormal investigators often forget about is trespassing. There may be an alleged haunted building in the neighborhood you want to check out, but have you thought about the owner of that particular building? Or has the building been cordoned off because it is unsafe to enter?

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Some buildings are associated with local legends, so they are a prime location for paranormal investigators to visit. Unfortunately, some of those buildings can be really unsafe. Even though there may not be anyone inside – or even if the site has been abandoned for years – it does not give you the right to enter the building.

Before you go into any building, home or property, always make sure you have permission to do so. If you do not know the owner of the building, you can head to your local city hall for additional information. In some cases, special permission may be required before you will be able to conduct your investigation safely and legally.

Property Damage

Property damage is another liability you may encounter while you work as a paranormal investigator. For example, a client could ask you to check out a building they own for paranormal activity. Several weeks after you have completed your work, the client can slap you with a lawsuit claiming you have damaged their property. While this is a “he said, she said” situation, you always have to take that possibility into consideration.

Since you can enter someone else’s property during an investigation, it can be a good idea to have a legal document drafted up that ensures you are not liable for damages. Of course, this must be within reason. For example, the document can specify that you will not cause damage to the building and that you cannot be held liable for any damages that are already present. As such, it can be a good idea to take some photographs of the building’s interior and exterior before you bring in any equipment. You may need permission from the owner to take these photographs as well.

Some investigations may require digging or other actions. If this is necessary, then you must have a consent form from the owner of the building. If you don’t have such a consent form, you may be liable for the damages caused by digging, tunneling, or any other actions performed by you during the investigation.

Emotional Distress

You may be surprised just how many legal problems you can encounter as a paranormal investigator and emotional distress is certainly one. For example, a client may claim that your investigation has caused them significant emotional distress. After which, the person in question may deem it necessary to sue you for damages. Therefore, make sure that this particular issue is covered in the legal document you draft for all your clients.

Professional Legal Advice Can Help

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Help Lawyer

Now that we have mentioned some of the issues you can encounter, it is important to get appropriate legal advice before you start your journey as a paranormal investigator. While most people you meet won’t have bad intentions towards you, there is a small percentage that looks to profit from your sheer presence. So, get a legal document drafted by a professional and ensure you are covered when someone uses your investigative services. You may also want to look at certain types of insurance, which provide added protection for property damage and other legal problems you could encounter. At the end of the day, good preparation makes all the difference.

The Five Most Haunted Places In Scotland Have Been Named!

The Five Most Haunted Places In Scotland Have Been Named!

Scotland is known for its famous ghost stories, so there was no shortage in terms of finding haunted places and locations. That being said, some places have more reported paranormal activity and even famous psychics and paranormal investigators would put their reputation on the line, stating these places are indeed haunted. But which are the most haunted places in Scotland. Well, we are about to disclose the five most haunted places with paranormal events in Scotland. Visit them at your own peril!

1. Mary King’s Close

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There is no doubt in our mind that Mary King’s Close is the most haunted place in Scotland, dare we even say the most haunted place in the world. Mary King’s Close is situated in the heart of Edinburgh and often referred to as Scotland’s spookiest street. Turns out, that reputation is well deserved.

Mary King’s Close is one of the many streets that is connected to Edinburgh Castle. It is known that the street was completely bricked up when the plague broke out. So, it is not surprising that this particular street holds many dark secrets.

The street has reported hauntings going all the way back to the 17th century. The street has been visited and investigated by numerous paranormal investigators. Some actual evidence was found to back up the local legends surrounding the hauntings, as research and archaeological findings seem to back up much of the tales going around about the street.

Interestingly, Mary King’s Close has only reopened in 2003; this is the actual street that was bricked up once the plaque broke out in Scotland. Fortunately, you do not have to brave the most haunted street in Scotland alone. Tours go through this haunted location, taking you along the famous Greyfriars cemetery and the location was Burke and Hare dug up corpses and sold them for medical experiments. In short, the stuff of nightmares!

2. Rosslyn Chapel

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Most Haunted Places In Scotland

You may know this location already, as the chapel has been featured in both the novel and the movie The Da Vince Code. The chapel was originally built for the Sinclair family. Local legend states that a ghostly light appears in the chapel whenever a member of the Sinclair family is about to die.

There have also been reports of a ghostly apparition within the chapel grounds, which is believed to be Apprentice Pillar. Legends state that the apprentice was killed by his teacher and that the apprentice is still roaming the grounds.

Considering Rosslyn Chapel is more than five-hundred years old; it is no surprise that there are more reports of hauntings. Many tourists claim to have seen the lady in white, which is roaming the inside of the chapel. There have also been several sightings of a black knight riding on horseback. The latter is believed to be a knight who fought against an English invasion in 1303.

In addition to the many ghostly reports coming from visitors, there are significant rumors that valuable artifacts may still be buried on the chapel grounds. That being said, the actual construction of the chapel is well-documented, so this is a pure local legend at this point.

3. The Niddry Street Vaults

If you are still up for more, then the Niddry Street Vaults should be on your to-do list as well. Much like our previous two suggestions, the Niddry Street Vaults have quite a reputation in Scotland too, as they were featured in British TV Shows such as Most Haunted and Joe Swash Believes in Ghosts.

At the end of the 18th century, Niddry Street was the home of countless merchants and taverns. However, it was not your average commercial shopping street. No, it was a street where anyone who wanted to stay outside the law would go to.

Unfortunately, much of the documentation surrounding the Niddry Street Vaults have been lost over time. At the moment, it is uncertain why or when the street closed down. It remained undiscovered until the 1980s, during which countless artifacts and a genuine historic black market were unearthed.

But this isn’t where the long history of the Niddry Street Vaults ends. After the black market was excavated, a witch coven found a new home in the street. Many believe that the rituals performed by these modern witches has attracted all kinds of paranormal activity.

There are various rooms in the vault who are believed to be extremely haunted, and some of these spirits could cause harm to visitors; at least this is claimed by some people who have visited the location. There have been reports of a shadow man seen in a mirror, but also exploding lightbulbs, a poltergeist attacking visitors in his vault, and more. Interestingly, tours have to be done with torches and lanterns, as no light bulbs stay lit long enough. So, this location is not for the faint of heart.

4. Dryburgh Abbey Hotel

Contrary to some of the previous locations, the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel is not cashing in on its haunted reputation. In fact, the owners of the hotel have been trying to keep haunting as quiet as possible, at least if some of the guests are to be believed.

Dryburgh Abbey Hotel has a long history. As the name suggests, the location was originally the home of an abbey where Roman catholic monks resided. Documents show that it was founded as early as 1150 by the Lord of Lauderdale. Evidently, the original building has now been reduced to ruins, but they are still found on the hotel grounds. The hotel itself was also built on a religious building, which could explain some of the hauntings inside the hotel.

Various visitors and guests of the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel have reported hearing and seeing a female apparition in the hotel and on the grounds. Local has come to call the ghost “The Grey Lady”. Some have reported seeing a group of monks on the grounds, which seem to have been chanting.

Local legend claims that the Grey Lady was a woman who had a love affair with one of the monks who lived on the grounds. It is alleged that the relationship was discovered and that the monk was executed for his betrayal. After this, the Grey Lady threw herself into the River Tweed and drowned. It is believed she still haunts the grounds where her biggest loss to place.

5. Stirling Castle

Our list of most haunted locations in Scotland would not be complete without a genuine Scottish castle. While there were plenty of options to choose from, the most haunted castle in Scotland is undoubtedly Stirling Castle.

There are countless ghosts that are said to be haunting Stirling Castle, but one of the best-known ones is that of the so-called “Highland Ghost”. Visitors claim they confused the Highland Ghost for a tour guide, only for him to disappear right in front of their eyes. It is also claimed that the ghost was caught on camera in 1933.

Another ghost that is said to roam the halls of Stirling Castle is none other than Mary Queen of Scotts. The Green Lady has also been spotted, which is believed to have been one of Mary’s servants who died during a fire. Plenty of interesting tales to go check out if you feel brave enough.

America's Most Haunted Restaurants

America’s Most Haunted Restaurants

You do not have to head to the nearest castle or Tudor house to go ghost hunting, because there are plenty of haunted restaurants in the United States. One with a more bloody history than the other, let us take a look at the haunted restaurants where you might encounter a ghostly apparition or dine with the local spirits of the times.

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Americas Most Haunted Restaurants

Muriel's (Louisiana) Is One Of The Most Famous Haunted Restaurants Full Of History

Situated in the cultural epicenter of New Orleans, Muriel's is the restaurant we start our most haunted restaurants' list with. Compared to most restaurants these days, Muriel's has a really long history, as it was originally found in 1718!

Muriel's is believed to be haunted by a previous owner of the restaurant, Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan. He even has his own reserved table every night, which is set by the staff with bread, cutlery, and wine. Pierre allegedly died in the restaurant in 1814 after losing a game of poker. Since then, many guests and staff have reported sightings of the former owner.

Haunted Restaurants in History – Scarlett O'Hara's (Florida)

As haunted restaurants go, this restaurant is listed in the National Directory of Haunted Places, you may have guessed that this place has quite a haunted history. Many believe that the place is haunted by the man who built the restaurant, a man called George Colee. If stories are to be believed, the founder of the restaurant died in the bathtub right after his fiancé left with another man. Since then, George's spirit is spotted at the restaurant's "Ghost Bar".

Poogan's Porch (South Carolina)

South Carolina is already known for its frequent paranormal activity, yet it would be easy to miss this haunted restaurant if you did not know where to look! Built as a Victorian home back in 1888, this restaurant also comes with a rather sad story.

According to a local Charleston legend, the owner who commissioned the home in 1888 had a dog called Poogan. However, the owner would leave the loyal canine behind and Poogan would die shortly afterward. Today, it is believed that the ghost of the dog is still haunting the place. In fact, the restaurant was named in his honor.

Unfortunately, the tragic history of Poogan's Porch does not stop with the abandoned canine. The woman who owned the restaurant in the 1900s, Zoe St. Armand, allegedly lost her mind when she lost her sister. Shortly afterward, she died after falling down the stairs within the home. Locals say that Zoe still haunts the house to this day in search of her sister.

White Horse Tavern (Rhode Island)

Most people are already familiar with White Horse Tavern, as it is the oldest tavern in the United States. Evidently, such as long history is also accompanied by plenty of stories, including a rather gruesome story of murder.

All locals of Newport know the story that surrounds the White Horse Tavern. It is said that two men stopped at the White Horse Tavern in search of a room in the 1720s. By the next morning, one of the men was found dead by the fireplace, and the other disappeared. Some who have visited the tavern claim that the ghost of the former visitor is still sitting by the fireplace.

Lemp Mansion Restaurant and Inn (Missouri)

Some locations have a creepy look naturally, and this certainly applies to Lemp Mansion Restaurant in Missouri. Being an old Victorian mansion that has been prime investigative ground for paranormal investigators in the past, it is no surprise that the mansion made our list.

The current owners of Lemp Mansion Restaurant and Inn have embraced its paranormal history and currently offer ghost tours. Visitors have reported weird voices and figures, but no explanation has ever been found. And, despite the fact that guests already leave feeling creeped out, Lemp Mansion Restaurant and Inn is still one of the most popular venues in St. Louis.

Brennan's Restaurant (Louisiana)

Let's head back to Louisiana for another haunted restaurant in New Orleans. This time, we are dealing with some strange ghosts, because their backstories are almost too crazy to be believed.

One of the ghosts that are said to be haunting Brennan's is that of its former Chef Paul Blangé. Upon his death in 1977, he was buried with the restaurant's menu as well as a fork and knife across the chest. His passion for the restaurant is said to be the reason why he still keeps an eye on the kitchen.

Not only the kitchen is haunted at Brennan's though, because the wine cellar is the home of a sommelier called Herman Funk. According to witnesses, he likes to clink bottles for no apparent reason.

Succotash (Missouri)

Traveling back to Missouri, this time to Kansas City, we pay a visit to Succotash. Originally a saloon with the name Dutch Hill Bar and Grill, guests regularly smell cigars when they visit the restaurant. However, there is never a cigar in-sight. It is believed that the smell is left by a man called RAdar, who was known to frequent the old saloon with his favorite cigarillo cigars.

Stone's Public House (Massachusetts)

Another restaurant with a tragic and morbid history is Stone's Public House in Massachusetts. In 1845, the owner of the public house – John Stone – allegedly killed one of the guests and buried him down in the basement. There were allegedly several witnesses to the crime, who are still stuck haunting the place. According to witnesses, they love to make a mess and cause regular mischief.

Beardslee Castle (New York)

We end our overview with arguably one of the better known haunted restaurants. The story of Beardslee Castle even gained commercial known as it was featured in Ghost Hunters. The makers of the show would even claim they managed to spot some spirits.

As is usually the case with most haunted locations, Beardslee Castle has a bloody and sad history. One story states that several Native Americans were killed in the venue in the 1700s. Another story states that a former owner who passed away is still haunting the place.

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Other Haunted Restaurants

Honorable mentions

It is not difficult to believe that there are lots more haunted restaurants around the United States. In our honorable mentions list, there is the Moon River Brewing Company (Georgia), The Whitney (Michigan), Old Town Pizza (Oregon) and The Twisted Vine (Connecticut). If you should run out of haunted restaurants to visit, be sure to pay a visit to these ones too!

The Most Haunted Homes In The World

The Most Haunted Homes In The World

If you are thinking about purchasing a new home, you might want to check this list first. Various homes around the world have an extensive history, sometimes even with their own resident spirit or reported hauntings. Of course, some homes around the world are known to be haunted homes, but which are the most haunted ones?

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Myrtles Plantation (United States)

Myrtles Plantation is undoubtedly one of the scariest haunted homes in the world. It achieved the dubious title of 'one of America's most haunted homes' and it is claimed that the home was built on an ancient Indian burial ground.

The rumor that the home is built on an Indian burial ground might not be the sole reason for the haunting. Local legend also states that ten murders took place in the house. Reported sightings include the ghost of a slave wearing a green turban, Sarah Woodruff and her children – who were former residents of the home – and William Winter who was allegedly shot on the front porch of the house.

The Ancient Ram Inn (United Kingdom)

We decided to include the Ancient Ram Inn in this overview because it still functions as a restaurant and hotel. Built in the 1100s, this house has quite the history. Guests have reported hearing screams in the middle of the night and furniture moving on its own. It is even claimed that the house was built on a Pagan burial ground, where children were sacrificed. There have also been reports by guests claiming they were pushed on the bed by a male demon.

The Monte Cristo Homestead (Australia)

The Monte Cristo Homestead may look picturesque from the outside, but there have been some strange and terrifying reports over the years. The Monte Cristo Homestead was the site where a baby was thrown down the stairs by something supernatural. Another boy got burned to death and a pregnant woman was pushed over the balcony by something. It is believed that this home is haunted by the former owners of the house, Christopher and Elizabeth Crawley.

Château de Brissac (France)

While a castle is a home that most of us could not afford, those who can may encounter this French castle situated in Maine-et-Loire. Nicknamed the 'Giant of the Loire Valley', this castle has its own private opera house and can seat a whopping 200 people. It was built by the Count of Anjou in the 11th century and has ties to King Louis XXIII.

The castle is no longer a home, but is currently functioning as a hotel. Reported ghosts are the Green Lady, which is claimed to be the bastard child of King Charles VII. She was murdered by her husband in the 15th century.

Casa Loma (Canada)

Casa Loma in Canada is not as old as some of the other haunted locations mentioned here, as it was only built in 1914. Nonetheless, the estate home is packed with secret passages throughout, which certainly adds more mystery to the stately home.

For years, there have been reports of hauntings at Casa Loma. One of the reported hauntings is that of the White Lady, who is believed to be one of the maids that worked at the home shortly after its construction. It is believed the maid lost her life alongside 60,000 other people in Toronto during the influenza crisis.

Another reported ghost in Casa Loma is believed to be that of Sir Henry Pellatt, the man who ordered the home to be built. It is believed his wife Mary also haunts the home.

Kehoe House (United States)

Built in 1892 for William and Anne Kehoe and their large family consisting of ten children, Kehoe House has quite a sad history. Shortly after starting to live in the house, several of the Kehoe children died.

Since 1992, Kehoe House has been transformed into a popular bed and breakfast. The bed and breakfast is certainly popular among ghost hunters, as several guests have reported hearing the sounds of children playing throughout the night, even though nobody was there.

The Winchester House (United States)

Many books have been written – as well as countless movies produced – about the Winchester House, its history, its unusual previous owners, and of course its ghosts. The stately Victorian home was built on behalf of Sarah Winchester shortly after the death of her husband, the rifle tycoon William Wirt Winchester.

Sarah believed that she was being haunted by spirits who were killed by the rifles her husband made and sold. To avoid the spirits, Sarah built a home that was filled with 47 staircases, 160 rooms, 10,000 window panes, and architectural marvels you would not find in any other home. Staircases reaching to the ceiling, but nowhere else, and even windows that lead to secret passages are a common occurence inside this home. Interestingly, the house was constantly changed and being worked on for 38 years. Construction only stopped when Sarah died of heart failure in 1922.

Reports of hauntings have been rampant for years. Visitors have claimed to have seen the wheelbarrow ghost, who is believed to be someone who worked at the house. Some also believe the home is haunted by Sarah Winchester herself.

Raynham Hall (United Kingdom)

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England has plenty of old homes with a lengthy history and one of them is Raynham Hall. It was built in 1637 and is currently a tourist attraction, as it is believe the home is being haunted by the so-called "Brown Lady of Raynham Hall". The Brown Lady is believed to be Lady Dorothy Walpole, the former owner of the home. A photographer from Country Life Magazine managed to capture her spirit on camera, which was later published in the 1936 edition of the magazine.

The Amityville House (United States)

The Amityville House is probably the home with the bloodiest history in this overview. In November 1974, Ronald Defeo Jr. shot six family members inside this house. He would later claim that an evil spirit caused him to commit the murders.

The weird history of the Amityville House did not stop with the murders committed by Ronald Defeo Jr. The year following the murders, the home was purchased by the Lutz family. As soon as they moved into the home, the Lutz family experienced severe paranormal activity. They found a hidden red room and doors slamming on their own.

Shortly after their arrival, the family requested that a priest bless the house in order to expel the spirits. The priest in question would later state that mysterious voices told him to get out of the house.

The Lutz family had to move out of the house after only 26 days. Books and movies have been made about the events. Due to all the media attention, the Lutz family later recanted their story. However, one of the sons would later state that the stories were all true, but that the media attention caused them to recant. He also admitted he still had nightmares from his time at the house.

Haunted Homes List?

We want to keep adding to this list and we are sure there are many of you readers who have experiences of other very haunted homes in the world. Let us know and we can add to this list and even begin to go a bit deeper.

The Most Prominent UFO Sightings In Human History

The Most Prominent UFO Sightings In Human History

UFO's have always spoken to the imagination of the human race. After all, is it possible that a sentient race with technology above our own is regularly paying us a visit?

Over the years, there have been reports of UFO sightings across the world. Some have been more famous than others though. If you are curious about the most prominent UFO sightings in human history, be sure to check out our top picks below.

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The New Jersey Turnpike Lights In 2001

One of the most memorable UFO sightings is the one with the lights above the New Jersey Turnpike. On July 14, 2001, countless orange and yellow lights were seen in a V formation above the Arthur Kill Waterway. Among the witnesses, a lieutenant from the local New Jersey police department.

The USS Nimitz

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The USS Princeton, one of the carriers belonging to the USS Nimitz strike group, claimed to have noticed an unknown aircraft 100 miles from the coast of San Diego. Interestingly, the military team followed the object at approximately 80,000 feet, after which it seemed to remain stationary above the Pacific Ocean.

Two fighter jets were sent to investigate the area, but all they found was a churning vortex of water with an oval shape underneath the water surface. The unidentified object would re-appear above the water, but would accelerate so fast the fighter jets lost track of it. Then, it turned back up on the radar a whopping 60 miles away; this would mean that the object would have travelled more than three times at the speed of sound and at double the speed of the investigating fighter jets!

The Incident At O'Hare International Airport

Another famous UFO sighting was the incident at the O'Hare International Airport. On the day of the incident, an airplane called flight 446 was getting ready for its flight from North Carolina to Chicago. However, one of the employees noticed a "metallic object" above gate C17. Several other witnesses would spot the saucer-like object.

According to witnesses, the saucer remained hovering in place for about five minutes. Then, it shot up so fast it would break a hole in the clouds. Officials at the FAA called blamed the incident on the weather, mainly because the object was not seen on the radar. However, the witnesses who saw the incident claimed otherwise.

The UFO's In Stephenville

Texas has always been one of the hotbeds for UFO sightings. However, one of the most famous cases is undoubtedly the one at Stephenville.

Stephenville is a small town in Texas, known for its dairy production. In January 2008, a strange object was seen in the sky. First, there was a report of strange white lights above highway 67, which seemed to be changing pattern erratically. According to a local pilot, the lights were a full mile long and a whopping half a mile wide. He estimated they were travelling at 3,000 miles an hour.

There were many things that stood out about the UFO sightings in Stephenville, but the most prominent thing is that the technology to explain such sighting simply did not exist. Whether you want to believe this was a top-secret experiment or a UFO sighting, it is certainly one of the strangest phenomenon in history.

The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program Incident

As the name suggests, the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program was created to identify any threats to the United States coming from the air. In 2015, a video was released from this program, which showed an encounter between a US aircraft and an unidentified flying object.

Until this day, no explanation for the encounter has been revealed. The Super Hornet tracked the object at approximately 25,000 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, after which it promptly disappeared.

The Disappearance Of Frederick Valentich

An Australian pilot called Frederick Valentich reported a strange aircraft following him while he was flying over Bass Strait. During his report to Melbourne Air Traffic Control, he also reported that his aircraft was behaving strangely. He also claimed the object was hovering and not flying.

Frederick Valentich would lose contact with Melbourne Air Traffic Control and disappeared without a trace. The Australian government claimed that either Valentich staged his own disappearance or got disorientated and crashed into the sea. However, no wreckage of the plane was ever found.

The Belgian UFO Craze

Between 1989 and 1990, there were loads of UFO reports in Belgium. The unknown object reports would reach their peak in march of 1990. Photographic proof of the sightings exist, as two Belgian aircrafts took photos while tracking the object.

The unidentified objects were not just witnessed by aircraft pilots, as more than 13,500 people reported sightings, with a whopping 2600 official reports and written statements.

Even though the UFO sightings were reported across Belgium between 1989 and 1990, the majority of the sightings were detected in Brussels. While the government has attempted to explain the incidents as helicopters or simply a feat of nature, the sightings have never really been explained.

The Pearl Harbour UFO Aftermath

Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbour by Japan, a UFO sighting was reported in Los Angeles. Considering the situation with Japan, the coast guard defense assumed another Japanese attack was taking place.

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Various witnesses reported a hovering object over the Los Angeles coast. At 3 am in the morning, the army opened fire and the entire city was put in a blackout. The blackout was only lifted shortly after 7 am in the morning.

Despite the public nature of the event, the unidentified object has never been explained. Given the times, little attention was paid to the occurence until years later. At the time, the media put it down to "war nerves".

Roswell UFO Sightings

Antony Gormley did an extraordinary job in creating these sculptures in Lake Ballard Western Australia. Visions of aliens in an alien landscape came to mind.
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One of the most famous incidents in history is that of Roswell. There has been much debate and controversy surrounding the incident, but here is the core of what happened.

In 1947, a unidentified flying object was found 75 miles from the town Roswell in New Mexico. The object was initially reported as a flying disk and would later be explained away as a highly classified project from the US Army Air Force. Still, despite the official statement years later, man still believe an actual alien was recovered from the wreckage and is still kept secret by the government.

Exhibit Forced To Close Due To Paranormal Activity, Would  You Sit In The Chair?

Exhibit Forced To Close Due To Paranormal Activity, Would You Sit In The Chair?

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Devils Rocking Chair

There are many paranormal exhibits around the world, but none has felt as real as "The Devil's Rocking Chair". The exhibit had to close down unfortunately; this only a month after purchasing the creepy rocking chair. There is no word if the exhibit will ever open again, this was due to the intense paranormal activity that occurred after buying it.

What Paranormal Activity Happened During The Exhibit?

Plenty of paranormal activity went on during the exhibit. A power cord pulling itself out of the wall, a light focussing on the rocking chair, five tour guides crying uncontrollably, a woman in the first group fainting. The chair is also believed to be the focus point of "The Conjuring 3". Needless to say, this is a chair with tons of history and ties to none other than Lorraine Warren, the famous paranormal investigator.

What Is The History Of The Chair?

The Devil's Rocking Chair was recently purchased by Zak Bagans, the man from the paranormal series "Ghost Adventures". The chair was supposed to be the main attraction at his Haunted Museum in Las Vegas, but the paranormal activity surrounding the chair threw a spanner in the works.

There is a lot of history surrounding this chair, dating back to the 1980s. The case was referred to as "The Devil Made Me Do It", and was investigated by none other than Ed and Lorraine Warren, whose cases have been featured in movies such as "The Conjuring" and "Annabelle". The case involved an 11-year-old boy who was allegedly possessed. Catholic priests attempted to rid the boy from the possession, but during the exorcism, the chair would levitate and start to rock by itself. Ed and Lorraine Warren claimed to have seen the devil sitting inside the chair.

After several days of exorcism, the demon was expelled from the boy. However, it is believed the demon jumped into Arne Cheyenne Johnson, the little boy's sister. Some months later, Arne would kill her landlord during an argument, stating that a demon made her do it. Even though both Ed and Lorraine Warren testified at her trail, the judge convicted her for first degree murder.

A book was also written about the case in 1983, called "The Devil In Connecticut". There is also a movie in the making that will be released in 2020, "The Conjuring 3". It is believed the Devil's Rocking Chair and its history will be the focus of that movie.

As mentioned earlier, the Devil's Rocking Chair was eventually sold for 67,000 dollars. The chair was sold by David's brother Carl Glazel. While the chair remained in their family after the weird events, Carl was set to move and did not want to take the creepy chair with him.

According to Carl, nobody should ever sit in the chair. It is said that people who dare sit in it face some medical problems shortly afterwards. Some who did even required surgery. Interestingly, the chair was only sold a couple of hours before the death of Lorraine Warren, another creepy coincidence that surrounds this chair.

Visit At Your Own Peril

While I certainly understand people's fascination with the paranormal, I would not be visiting the chair myself. If such items are not protected properly, it could certainly lead to problems. Lorraine Warren is no longer here, so one does have to ask why Zac thought it would be a good idea to display this creepy chair without any help from someone who has a bit more experience with this kind of thing. He may be a paranormal investigator, but I doubt he foresaw the trouble this rocking chair would bring to his exhibit.

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https://www.dreadcentral.com/news/293421/zak-bagans-buys-infamous-devils-rocking-chair-from-the-conjuring-3/