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Ghosts Across America


Hampton Court Ghost

 
 
The Undead in Massachusetts
 
 
The above picture is, of course, the famous Hampton Court Ghost in England, but we have ghosts in the United States too.
 
In 1919, when my father was eight years old, his cousin thirteen years old, died. The funeral was held with open casket. After the service my father went back alone to look at the body one last time.
 
As he left the room he looked back and saw his cousin suddenly sit up. The boy remained upright for about ten seconds, then slowly reclined backwards. My father ran over to the casket, but his cousin was still pale and cold with no sign of life.
 
When my father told me this story around1962 I asked how his parents reacted. He said that he never told anybody about it because he figured they wouldn't believe him.
 
 
March 4, 2006
 
12:53 PM
 
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Out of Body Travel in Illinois
 
 
My Aunt Priscilla was born in 1913. She was a very smart, well educated woman. Once in Europe she was walking with her second husband, State Senator Hudson Sours of Illinois.
 
She turned to Hudson and remarked that somehow she knew that a good friend of theirs back home had just died. When they got back to the USA they found out that the friend had died at precisely that time.
 
On April 4, 1944 Priscilla gave birth to a daughter Linda. It was a difficult birth. Just afterward Priscilla died on the operating table. All life signs stopped.
 
What she experienced was flying up and out, looking down at her own body on the operating table. At this point she suddenly felt a rush of total understanding about all human behavior which had previously perplexed her.
 
She also decided that she still had much to do on Earth and that she didn't want to pass over quite this soon, so she went back into her body and lived on to be eighty nine years old.
 
Priscilla later became President of the Illinois Society for Psychic Research for two terms in the 1960s. She was an acquaintance of Frita Fromm Reichman and J.B. Rhine. She passed on in the winter of 2002.
 

March 6, 2006
 
c. 11:15 AM
 
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Ghost in Massachusetts
 

One summer day back in the late 1950s I visited a good friend of mine, Bruce Elmer, at his house in Dover Massachusetts. His father was there and seemed to be in perfect health. A few days later Mr Elmer died unexpectedly.
 
The next night Bruce had just gone to bed when he heard someone call his name. He looked up and saw his father's face, very pale and white, but quite clearly looking at him, through the window screen. The figure remained for about thirty seconds and then moved slowly away disappearing as it went.
 
 
February 28, 2006
 
11:55 AM
 
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Dancing Skeletons
 
 
In 1957, when I was eleven years old in Dover Massachusetts, a friend of mine, Dougy Monroe, told me there were local people who said they had, over the years, occasionally seen a skeleton dancing in the moonlight near a row of hillside tombs in the public cemetery. We decided to investigate.
 
Late one October afternoon, just as it was getting dark, we arrived at the row of tombs. One in particular caught our attention because the iron hasp retaining the door was broken. Dougy's family had been in Dover a long time and the tomb was ancestral for him.
 
We tried to peek inside, but couldn't see anything. We decided to open the door, but suddenly heard something behind us. A deep eerie howl came from across the cemetery. Filled with terror, we ran for our lives.
 
All the next day we bolstered ourselves with rationalizations, and right after school, came back on our bicycles with a pinch bar. The door was rusted shut, but we took turns and finally pried it open. What we saw shocked us.
 
The coffin had been ripped to pieces. There were bones everywhere. The skull was sitting on the floor to the left of the coffin. Now suddenly again we heard the howl, but today quite a bit less eerie sounding. We looked at each other, closed the tomb door, and ran across the cemetery to see just who this howl was coming from.
 
Dougy's father had a little carpenter shop in the cemetery. He was outside and had seen us at the tomb. He said made the howling to scare us. When we mentioned the day before he claimed to have done it only on this occasion.
 
He also told us that his mother had opened the tomb exactly as we had sixty years earlier and had seen exactly the same thing we had seen. She too had heard the story of the dancing skeleton when she was a little girl. For some reason I don't understand now we never went back at night to see.
 
In June of 1993 I visited Placerville California, which was also known as Hangtown in the Gold Rush days. This was because in summer, when the Devil Winds come, the murder rate went way up and many a man visited the gallows.
 
While breakfasting at County Waffles, a chap told me that often in those days the dead bodies of undesirable elements were thrown down abandoned mine shafts and, that on nights of the full moon, you could still see their skeletons dancing on a high ridge silhouetted by the moonlit Sierra.
 

April 19, 2006
 
Morning

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Ghost Seen by Massachusetts Cats
 
 
In the Early 1970s a fellow named Rick Bates was living at Chickering Farm in Dover Massachusetts. The house was built in the 1600s. Rick had two Siamese cats.
 
One day as Rick sat eating breakfast in the kitchen he observed the two cats both watching a figure that moved slowly through the room. Their eyes both followed the figure as far as possible until finally they had to turn their heads to keep watching it all the way to the door. The moving figure was invisible to Rick. He didn't see anything except the cats' behavior.
 

March 3, 2006
 
12:21 PM
 
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Ghost in Vermont
 

In August of 1986 I moved into a sixteen room Gothic Chateau style mansion known as "Castle on the Green" in Lyndonville Vermont. The place has an unusual history. In the 1930s one former owner's son drowned in Lake Willoughby, a few miles to the north. The father later hung himself in the octagonal ice house behind the mansion.
 
I live alone. My first night, as I came up from a snack in the kitchen into the second floor hallway, I heard a strange creaking on the massive oak stairway coming down from the third floor tower room. The sound traveled from step to step slowly down the staircase exactly the way it would if a heavy person were carefully descending in stocking feet to prevent the sound of foot-falls.
 
I addressed the situation as though dealing with a haunting. Esoteric privacy dictates not reproducing every word: "I am the just owner of this property. You are an intruder here. I have absolute mastery over all inferior potencies, embodied or disembodied, and command you to leave this house now and never to return." The noise immediately stopped and I never heard it's like again.
 
 
February 28, 2006
 
10:06 AM
 
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Ghost in the High Sierra
 
 
On December 19, 1995 I was driving my Eagle Talon Turbo at about ninety miles an hour through a pass in the High Sierra on the way back to Lake Wildwood California from Reno. I was not thinking about anything in particular.
 
At 4:10 PM PST I had an abrupt clear mental picture that the disembodied spirit of a good friend, Edward Zalesky, came flying out of the blue, clung to the windshield looking in at me, then flew off on other business. It seemed like his spirit was letting me know he was OK. This was not a vision, but a conceptualization. It somehow came into my brain expressed visually, but not through the eyes.
 
The next day Ed's girlfriend, Maggie, called from their home in Ashland Massachusetts to tell me that Ed had died at 7:00 PM EST the day before. This was about ten minutes before my impression.
 

March 6, 2006
 
c. 10:30 AM