Category: ghost and hauntings

myhauntedsalem: Shadow People


Shadow People

The belief in shadow people, also called shadow men or shadow beings, comes from the Native American tradition. These creatures are much like apparitions, but are said to be more like shadows – hence the name. They are dark forms on your peripheral vision that disappear when you notice them. Unlike ghosts, shadow people are not said to resemble humans, wearing clothing or doing human-like things.

In fact, shadow people are usually more menacing than ghosts. People who see shadow people sometimes report that they are followed or even chased by these creatures. In rare instances, shadow people have been known to attack humans. Almost always, seeing a shadow person makes the witness feel a sense of dread or horror.

Most people describe shadow people has being silhouettes with no indefinable features. Some people report seeing eyes, usually red, and shadow people are often described as being made of smoke or mist. Most people that shadow people are a kind of evil ghost or demon, but some also believe that they are alien. In the vast majority of cases, shadow people are said to be cloaked or wearing a hat.

Although science explains shadow people as an optical illusion on the peripheral vision, there is also evidence to corroborate their existence. You can use thermal cameras, electromagnetic frequencies or EVP evidence to heighten your sensing of shadow people.

myhauntedsalem: The Willard Library  Evansv…


The Willard Library 

Evansville, Indiana

The Willard Library, located in Evansville, Indiana, was built in 1881 by William Carpenter, known locally as a pioneer of public charity. Victorian gothic in design, the brick building stands two stories tall, with a tower and ornate window arches. Being the oldest library in the state of Indiana, it contains a treasure trove of local historical archives and genealogy materials. It also has a ghost.

An apparition reportedly roams the hallways and library rooms. She became known as the Lady in Grey, since she was dressed in an 1800’s period grey dress with a matching grey shawl. First seen in the late 1930’s by a custodian, who soon quit his job in fear of seeing her again, she’s been viewed countless times since. Patrons and employees alike have witnessed water turning on and off, touches on their hair, unexplained noises, and items being moved. After numerous sightings, the library installed a series of web cams around the library, allowing viewers from around the world to search for her from the comfort of their own homes.

The results have been phenomenal. People from all around the world have captured images of the grey lady as she roams the library in the middle of the night. Some even see her during the daytime, lingering in the children’s room or browsing the titles in the library.

During the mid ­1970’s, when the library was under construction, the lead librarian, a woman named Margaret Maier, reported that the ghost went home with her. Her son didn’t believe her until he saw the apparition for himself. He witnessed a woman in a long grey dress climbing the staircase to the second floor in their house. When he went to investigate, she vanished before his eyes. After construction was completed, the Lady in Grey soon returned to the library.

The special collections librarian also experienced the apparition. She was reading a book, while walking out of the second story staff room. As she passed a stack of books, she stopped short, catching something out of the corner of her eye. When she looked up, she found herself face to face with the ghostly figure.

Who is the Lady in Grey?

While nobody knows for certain, many claim she is Louise Carpenter, daughter of William Carpenter. As it turns out, Louisa might have good reason to haunt the building her father established.

myhauntedsalem: Possible Lady in Red sighting…


Possible Lady in Red sighting at Hotel Vancouver

Sometimes you work really hard to get a good shot. Other times you just get lucky. In this particular case we have someone who worked hard to get a good shot and came away with a more than they expected.

Vancouver elevator technician Scott Graham was working on the top floor of the Hotel Georgia when he decided to snap a shot of the beautiful Hotel Vancouver across the street.

After spotting something in one of the windows he zoomed it further to find this.

Now that’s clearly someone, or something, standing there in red.

The Lady in Red is something of a famous ghost. It’s said she mainly haunts the top floors of the Hotel Vancouver but has been spotted all over. The Lady in Red is the alleged spirit of Jennie Pearl Cox, a wealthy socialite from the 1940’s. As the story goes, the ballroom of the Hotel Vancouver was her favorite stomping grounds. Cox died in car crash near the hotel in 1944 and shortly after the Lady in Red began appearing.

One story told is that of a Japanese family who checked into a room on the 14th floor only to call the reception desk asking whether the room had been double-booked. They described seeing a Lady in Red in the room which caused their confusion.

The hotel has confirmed that the area this photo was taken is officially shut down to the general public. There was absolutely no reason for someone to be there.

myhauntedsalem: Can Ghosts Move Things?


Can Ghosts Move Things?

We are all familiar with stories of ghosts making spooky noises at night, or flickering lights and knocking on walls. Many of us have experienced this first hand, but can ghosts actually move things?

Yes, it is technically possible for ghosts to move things.Experiencing a ghost moving something right in front of you is one thing, but catching the paranormal activity on tape is something else. It can be so hard to prove what ghosts do and don’t do, as we aren’t always ready with a camera when they do actually give us notice of their presence.

Poltergeists are a type of ghost that are notorious for moving objects around, making loud noises and hiding objects around the house.

The actual name poltergeist is an amalgamation of two German words, poltern, meaning crash, and geist meaning ghost or spirit.

In most reported cases of objects moving around the house, or disappearing only to be found in an obscure place, poltergeists have been held responsible.

Usually, poltergeist activity starts with small, isolated incidents which many people write off, thinking nothing of them.

The most popular way for poltergeist activity to start is by the spirit hiding familiar objects, such as your car keys around the house.

This can progress to loud bangs on walls, footsteps at night or objects flying around the room right in front of you.

How Do Ghosts Move Objects

This is still highly debated about, but some believe that as ghosts are a form of energy, they can manifest this energy into a physical push or throw of an object.

They would have to be quite a strong entity to pull this off, but it is thought that ghosts can draw energy from electrical devices, often draining them of battery, or from sucking the heat from a room, causing cold spots.

Moving objects around is one of the best ways for a ghost to let you know they are present, how could you deny a plate flying across the room for absolutely no reason at all?

Signs Of A Poltergeist In Your Home

If you have experienced strange happenings in your home and suspect there might be some form of ghostly energy about, you might want to find out if it is a poltergeist that is present.

Here are some of the main signs to look out for in a poltergeist haunting:

Objects Disappearing

Disappearing objects are usually the first sign that there is poltergeist activity in the home.

Many people actually don’t notice this happening and think that they have just been distracted or forgetful about where they have placed certain items.

You think you have left your keys on the counter, the place where you always leave them, and then cannot find them all of a sudden.

Later during the day, or even days later, your keys might appear exactly where you left them, or in a place where you would never leave them.

This phenomenon has a name, the Disappearing Object Phenomenon. It is very common with poltergeist activity and shows the mischievous nature of poltergeists.

Objects Moving

How frightening must it be to watch a plate levitate above the kitchen counter, or knives fly across the room for no reason at all?

Moving objects can be as small as a pen falling off the desk, or books and knick-knacks suddenly crashing down off of a shelf.

Moving objects, especially objects levitating and flying off shelves, is a sign that there is a strong poltergeist activity in your home, and it might be time to become concerned (as if you weren’t already!).

Strange Scents

Poltergeists, or ghosts in general, are known to cause strange scents and odors around the house, often with no cause at all.

Spirits often have a familiar scent or smell that appears when they are around in a room. It might have to do with residual haunting or something that you associated strongly with a loved one who has passed on.

Electrical Interference

Ghosts and poltergeists are really notorious for causing electrical interference. The theory goes that because they are a form of energy themselves, they can manipulate and interfere with electrical energy.

You might be woken up suddenly at 2am to the sounds of your stereo turning on and blasting out a song, or the lights flickering when you are in a room.

Another way poltergeists and ghosts interfere with energy is by draining battery from electrical devices, or causing them to malfunction.

This is why ghosts hunters and investigators always carry spare batteries around.

Sudden Power

Poltergeists like using their energy to reanimate objects that maybe haven’t worked for a year, or which are lying lifeless.

A good example is what you often find in horror movies, you hear the sound of a laughing toy over your baby’s monitor in the middle of the night. Thinking the toy was never switched off, you go and flick it on and off.

You might hear the sound again that night, go to remove the batteries and see that there were no batteries at all.

Poltergeists also bring old antique pieces to life, like an antique clock that hasn’t worked for decades sitting on your counter.

It can suddenly begin to tock and chime. This phenomenon can be really frightening, as it is something we watch on horror movies often, and those never have happy endings!

Knocks and Footsteps

The unexplained sounds of knocking, rappings or footsteps are very often associated with poltergeist hauntings.

They almost try to drive you insane with knocking throughout the night, or the sound of footsteps above you when you only have a one-floor home.

The knocking noises, and footsteps, often have no cause and are inexplicable.


Physical attacks from poltergeists only happen when it is a particularly strong haunting, and they are absolutely terrifying.

What makes the occurrence more terrifying is that the attacks often happen to young, vulnerable children, often in emotional turmoil.

They might wake up with scratches across their back, feel sharp slaps across their face or be pushed down the stairs.

While these physical attacks aren’t common, there are reports of them happening in the past, and most have been left unexplained.

myhauntedsalem: Crisis Apparitions in which i…


Crisis Apparitions in which instead of being stuck to a single place, crisis apparitions occur to particular people. Both the witness and time is crucial while the place is immaterial.
A crisis apparition is usually someone known to the witness, unlike other hauntings. They appear at a time of crisis in the life of the person appearing a life threatening incident or at the time of death itself.

Given the striking difference between crisis apparitions and more general hauntings, is there any reason to think the two have the same explanation? The only real link is that both are ghosts. However, the concept of a ghost is an artificial one. Just because we humans call all apparitions ghosts, it does not follow that they are the same. It is only the idea that all ghosts are spirits that makes us link crisis apparitions to other types of haunting. Once you put that idea aside, if only for the sake of argument, it is clear that there may be a completely different mechanism behind crisis apparitions,maybe coincidence, perhaps even telepathy.

Now beliefs in family ghosts are quite remarkable, not so much because people believe in spirits who live with them, but the stories behind ghosts that seem attached to families can be quite interesting. We have found that many families have ghosts in their closet, so to speak, and how they make their presence known to the living differs quite a bit.

Family ghosts may best be defined as spirits of deceased humans, as well as animals, that remain around certain families for a particular function. Although the stories of such ghosts abound, the reasons behind ghosts being linked to families do vary.

You might imagine having the ghost of an Aunt Helen or Grandpa Charlie who still cares for the family in his or her own way, in a sense, acting as an angel or guardian over the family. And the ways they might find to interact with the living is fascinating.

Some Common Family Ghost Traits are family ghosts interact with their persons of interest, being protective, even nosy. Some ghosts of families even warn of impending catastrophes, even of death. Their appearances, being seen by different family members at different times, demonstrate that such guardian ghosts quietly watch over daily events. But how could they know of future events?

Maybe, ghosts who are aware of things to come, might not be ghosts but enlightened spirits.

myhauntedsalem: The Black Bird of Chernobyl


The Black Bird of Chernobyl

The Chernobyl disaster in April 1986 is arguably the worst nuclear disaster of modern times. Strangely, if reports uncovered following the end of the Cold War are to be believed, many of the plant workers and residents of the nearby town of Pripyat reported seeing a strange, bird-like figure with red eyes in the air above the town in the days leading up to the tragedy. Even stranger, many of them reported receiving strange phone calls with only mysterious noises on the other end before the line went dead.

Many also spoke of experiencing a sudden onset of nightmares.The firefighters and emergency responders who were sent into the immediate vicinity following the explosion also reported seeing a strange winged creature flying through the air, weaving in and out of the smoke while they did their best to fight the blaze and rescue any survivors.

To add even more intrigue to the alleged strange events, a strange cigar-shaped object was observed almost directly over the disaster site for several hours following the explosion. The creature became known as the Birdman of Pripyat or the Black Bird of Chernobyl. Skeptics argue that it was simply a large bird.

myhauntedsalem: Alcatraz Spirit


Alcatraz Spirit

A reader writes: “This is a picture my son took with his phone while we were at Alcatraz. This is one of the sections that was closed off to the public. The first is the original. Second is zoomed in. Please let me know what you think.”

Located on a small island in San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary was one of the world’s most notorious prisons and housed ruthless criminals like Al Capone, George “Machine Gun Kelly,” and Robert Franklin Stroud. The prison closed in 1963 and is today a popular tourist attraction managed by the National Park Service. It’s also rumored to be one of the most haunted places in America.

myhauntedsalem: Fink, Tampa Theatre’s Ghostly…


Fink, Tampa Theatre’s Ghostly Projectionist

In 1965, projectionist Foster “Fink” Finley collapsed at the Tampa Theatre and later died of a heart attack. Fink dedicated 30 years of his life to running the projectors at the historic theater, and the devoted employee is said to haunt the building to this day. I toured the Theater in 2009 but captured nothing strange. 

However, one reader had better luck…“What you are looking at is the east entrance of the projection booth. You see a guy to the left looking at a guy kneeling with his hand on his chin, and you see a guy standing behind him. Well, including the camera man, there are only 3 people in the projection booth. The guy standing behind the kneeling guy was not there when the pic was taken…”

myhauntedsalem: WWI Cavalry Soldier GhostTa…


WWI Cavalry Soldier Ghost

Taken outside an inn located in Garden Grove, Iowa, the above photograph appears to have captured the spirit of a World War I soldier. The picture was snapped by a paranormal investigator who was participating in a ghost hunt at the inn.

myhauntedsalem: Colonial Cemetery Haunting


Colonial Cemetery Haunting

Reader Jenny Beyer took this creepy photo at Savannah’s historic Colonial Cemetery. The 266-year-old property contains over 9,000 graves and is reportedly home to several spirits. Do you think this photo shows one of them?