Category: ghost and hauntings

myhauntedsalem: Truth or Legend?


Truth or Legend?

A Mother’s Ghost Saves Her Son

In the wee hours of June 10, 1994, Deborah Hoyt awoke with a start. She was staying with her husband at a relative’s home in Sacramento, CA, but felt she must leave immediately. The winding mountain road between Sacramento and the Hoyts’ own home in Lake Tahoe made Deborah uneasy, especially at night, but the urge to leave was overwhelming.

“I just felt like there was something pulling me up the mountain,” Hoyt said in an appearance on Paranormal Witness.

At a section of Highway 50 known as Bullion Bend, near Placerville, Deborah spotted a nude woman lying near the shoulder of the road. The woman was positioned on her side, bent legs together with an arm over her head. She was ghastly pale and looked dead.

Horrified, Deborah and her husband drove to the nearest phone and called the police. Sheriff’s deputy Rich Strasser arrived at the scene, but found no trace of a woman, nude or otherwise.

Four days earlier Christene Skubish, 24, and her son Nick, 3, left her parents’ home near Sacramento to embark on a new life. Bound for Southern California, Christene was excited to begin a new job and provide a better life for her son. However, the pair never made it to a friend’s house as planned. The concerned friend eventually phoned Christene’s father who alerted authorities. The police brushed off the report at first, saying Christene and Nick would eventually show up.

Meanwhile, Christene’s aunt began having strange dreams. In one, she was riding in the backseat of a car and saw the silhouette of a woman and a young boy riding up front. It was night, and the car was traveling in a heavily wooded area. In another dream, Christene and Nick stood in a yard as hurricane-force winds whipped leaves from the trees. Christene tried and tried to reach her son, but the howling wind repeatedly pushed her back. The aunt asked Christene if she was okay, but a haunted-looking Christene said no.

The aunt’s dreams had come true in the past, and she was sure something terrible had befallen Christene and Nick. Frightened, she called Christene’s father and then left to look for the missing pair.

Back in Placerville, Deputy Rich Strasser couldn’t forget the report of a nude woman near the road. Deborah Hoyt seemed like a credible witness, and Strasser was certain she’d seen something. After learning about Christene and Nick’s disappearance, Strasser wondered if the two incidents were related. On a hunch, he returned to Bullion Bend to scour the area.

The deputy found nothing out of the ordinary at first, but he soon came across a child’s shoe. After peering into the brush, Strasser spotted a demolished car at the bottom of a 40-foot embankment. He raced to the vehicle and found Christene and Nick inside. Christene was dead, her body fully clothed in the driver’s seat. Nick was curled up nude in the passenger seat, alive, but in critical condition.

Nick ultimately survived his injuries, though he’d gone five days without food or water. Authorities believe Christene fell asleep at the wheel, leading her car to plunge off the highway and roll down the steep embankment. The coroner determined that she’d died upon impact or shortly thereafter.

Though he was only three at the time, Nick says he remembers the accident and the long nights after. He remembers climbing up and down the embankment. He remembers a glowing white light hovering near the mangled vehicle and a shadowy figure standing nearby. He remembers telling his family about the angel that had watched over him.

Christene was fully clothed when Strasser found her, and authorities believe she died soon after the crash. So who was the naked woman on the roadside? Hoyt believes it was a spirit sent by God to save Nick before it was too late. Christene’s friends and family believe she watched over her son, even after death, appearing as a nude apparition to get the attention of passing motorists.

“I absolutely think something special happened here,” Deputy Strasser said on Paranormal Witness. “I think it is a miracle. It’s a whole series of events that I can’t explain. I’ve often thought about it. I just don’t have the answers.”

Truth or Legend?

Unlike many paranormal tales, the facts of this case have been well documented. Christene Skubish indeed ran off the road near Bullion Bend, and Deborah Hoyt indeed reported a naked woman near the accident site BEFORE anyone knew about the accident. So who, or what, did she see?

The most intriguing theory is that Christene’s ghost remained near the wreckage and appeared nude to draw attention to Nick. Some versions of the tale claim “numerous motorists” called authorities about seeing a naked woman near Bullion Bend. However, mainstream coverage of the event only mentions Deborah Hoyt’s report.

Another theory is that Deborah saw Nick on the road, not Christene. After all, police did find Nick naked in the vehicle and he does remember climbing up and down the embankment. It was also dark and Deborah may not have seen the figure clearly. Could she have confused the three-year-old boy with a grown woman?

The other paranormal elements of this story – Deborah Hoyt’s sudden urge to leave, the aunt’s dreams, the white light, and the figure watching over Nick in the car – are interesting, but of course impossible to prove.

myhauntedsalem: The Spooks of Skirrid Inn


The Spooks of Skirrid Inn

This new ghost photo taken at the Skirrid Inn in Abergavenny Wales shows a blurred figure standing near the door. Here’s what the photographer had to say:

“All of us were upstairs and from the bar we heard a woman calling ‘Hello, hello, hello? Is anyone there?’ Not one of us thought that it was paranormal. We thought someone had got into the bar, and since we had the key and any damages would be on us, we all ran down the stairs. There was no one there, and the doors were locked as we’d left them.”

The Skirrid Mountain Inn is one of the oldest pubs in Wales with a history dating back over 900 years. It’s also reportedly haunted by a number of ghosts, including a former employee named Fanny.

myhauntedsalem: 5 Historic Haunted Brothels i…


5 Historic Haunted Brothels in the U.S.

Historic brothels, like theaters, always seem to have a resident ghost or two. Here are five former brothels haunted by the working women of days gone by.

The Dumas Brothel
Butte, MT

For 92 years, the women of The Dumas Brothel in Butte, MT served the community’s hard-working miners and helped the business become America’s longest-running house of prostitution. Though the brothel closed its doors in 1982, the property’s current owners believe at least a few working women remain. Eerie events at the old brothel include falling mirrors, touches from unseen hands, and a shaking bed. The Haunted Collector team investigated The Dumas for an episode of the show and reportedly contacted the spirit of a former madam named Sarah.

The Bird Cage Theatre
Tombstone, AZ

The Bird Cage Theatre opened its doors in 1881 and served as a theater, saloon, gambling parlor, and brothel. The business closed just a few years later, and was sealed for 45 years before becoming a tourist attraction. Now, staff and visitors report all manner of paranormal activity including ghostly moans, disembodied voices, and an apparition of a woman in white. Several paranormal shows have investigated the property, including Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, and Ghost Lab.

Red Onion Saloon
Skagway, AK

The 116-year-old Red Onion Saloon is a former bordello that now serves as a museum and restaurant. A former madam named Lydia reportedly haunts the establishment, while cold spots, disembodied voices, mysterious footsteps, and the lingering smell of perfume also plague the former brothel.

The Hotel Lincoln
Manns Choice, PA

Once known as “the best little whorehouse in Pennsylvania,” the historic Hotel Lincoln building is allegedly haunted by the women who once plied their trade there. Legend has it an enraged husband killed his wife in the building when she failed to charge a favored client for her services. Now, the slain woman is said to appear in the reflection of an antique mirror on the property. Today, many women feel ill at ease on the second floor and quickly return to the first level.

Earnestine & Hazel’s
Memphis, TN

Earnestine & Hazel’s is now a bar and restaurant renowned for its delectable burger, but in the 1930s and 40s the business used to be booming, if unofficial, brothel. Strange events at the historic establishment include the sounds of party when no one is around and a juke box with a mind of its own. The current owner of the building also claims a group of giggling, invisible women penned him to his bed one evening. Kinky.

myhauntedsalem: The Buford House Haunting


The Buford House Haunting

Despite what traditional ghost tales might suggest, not all lovesick ghosts are women. The heartbroken spirit of a scorned male reportedly haunts the historic Buford House in Tombstone, Arizona.

Located at 113 East Safford Street, the Buford House once operated as a bed and breakfast. Two sheriffs, a mayor, and a state senator have reportedly slumbered inside the home’s historic walls, as did the legendary actor John Wayne. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, though the history of the Buford House is far from pleasant.

Legend has it that a man named George Daves once lived at the Tombstone home, across the street from a lovely young girl named Cleopatra Edmunds, or Petra for short. George and Petra were childhood friends, but their innocent relationship eventually blossomed into something more and the two made plans to get married.

Driven by love and ambition, George toiled away in distant silver mine. The grueling work kept him away from Tombstone, and Petra, for months at a time, but George didn’t mind the temporary separation. Soon he would have enough money to marry his sweetheart and support a family. However, these happy dreams soon went up in gun smoke.

Not long after returning from a lengthy stint at the mine, George accompanied Petra to a party. However, the night of frolic and fun turned to one of heartbreak and humiliation when Petra reportedly snubbed George by walking home with another man. The betrayal ate away at George, and he spent days brooding over the loss. On April 14, 1888, a heartsick George grabbed his revolver, pointed it at Petra, and fired four times. Two of the bullets hit their mark, and as a bleeding Petra lay screaming in the dirt, George turned the gun on himself. The scorned miner died from a gunshot wound to the head. According to a death certificate, George was just 21 years old. Petra, 17, miraculously survived her injuries and lived another 50 years. The tragic tale of unrequited love made headlines, appearing in the Tombstone Epitaph.

Does George Daves Haunt the Buford House?

Though George Daves died in 1888, many believe the young man never truly left his former home. A couple that once owned The Buford House reported a number of strange occurrences, including lights turning off and on, raps in the walls, and a doorbell that rang at 3 a.m., though no one was ever at the door. One December, the couple spotted a shadowy figure lurking in the hall. They believe it was George stopping by to admire their newly-erected Christmas tree.

Given its harrowing history, it’s not surprising that the Buford House has attracted a number of paranormal investigation crews. The California-based team Ghost Trackers visited the haunted hotspot in 2002 and sensed a “tremendous energy” in the home. According to a report posted online, the investigation crew noticed a strange light on the wall as they prepared their equipment. As a member of the team stepped forward to get a closer look, the light zipped across the room and out the door. Orbs also appeared in the crews’ photos, and one pic reveals what appears to be the face of a cowboy reflected in a bedroom mirror. The image is faint and indistinct, but one member of the Ghost Tracker crew felt certain it was George staring in the direction of Petra’s former home.

Tthe Arizona Desert Ghost Hunters visited the home and also photographed a gentleman’s reflection in the mirror. The image, posted on, shows what appears to be a tall man dressed in a black hat and black coat. Psychics at the scene saw a man with the same description walk through the bedroom wall and disappear.

However, George does more than appear in mirrors and photographs. In 2002, a guest at the Buford House awoke with a start, feeling as if she’d been zapped by a bolt of electricity. The tingling sensation traveled up her spine and down her legs, and as she lay terrified on the bed an invisible entity began sliding the covers off her body. The guest, whose report appears on, also felt a hand stroking her backside. Thankfully, the woman was spared further assault when her friend awoke and approached the side of the bed. It wasn’t the first time George had gotten frisky with a female guest. The spirit has also been known to touch women’s hair and stroke the back of their necks. Perhaps the spurned and heartbroken George is simply lonely and longing for a woman’s touch?

myhauntedsalem: Evidence for Full-Spectrum Ca…


Evidence for Full-Spectrum Cameras

A true full-spectrum camera captures ALL light on the spectrum: visible, infrared, and ultraviolet. If you’re interested in buying a full-spectrum camera, you can purchase one that has been modified or purchase a standard camera and modify it yourself. This is done by removing the camera’s internal infrared blocker, though such modifications can be tricky for amateurs.  

Unlike standard cameras, full-spectrum cameras capture the full range of the light spectrum, including near ultraviolet (UV) light and near infrared (IR) light. According to some theories, ghosts may be visible in IR or UV light only, and full-spectrum cameras therefore increase the odds of spotting paranormal entities.

myhauntedsalem: Street Walker


Street Walker

The photo comes from a Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) traffic camera. In March, UDOT tweeted:

“We have 1,150 traffic cams throughout the state. Sometimes they catch some unusual things.”

Just what kind of things? Guesses about the blurry figure include everything from ghosts and Sasquatch to aliens and white walkers.

The camera was positioned at Soldier Summit, a mountain pass in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. Legend has it many soldiers died while traveling through the area in the 1800s.

myhauntedsalem: Toys R Us Ghost Photo The figu…


Toys R Us Ghost Photo

The figure leaning in the background was not seen by anyone sitting on the floor at this Toys R Us and wasn’t captured on any security cameras.

myhauntedsalem: Summerwind MansionWisconsin


Summerwind Mansion

Summerwind is a haunted house in Wisconsin that has a terrifying history. It is often called the most haunted mansion in the world.

Back in the 1900s, Summerwind was called Lamont Mansion and a man called Robert Lamont lived there with his wife. When Mr. Lamont moved into the house, the maids he employed told him that it was haunted. But he was a stubborn man and refused to believe in ghosts and the supernatural. However, something was about to convince him.

One evening, as he and his wife were eating dessert in the kitchen, the door to the basement began to rattle and nearly shook off its hinges. Suddenly, the door burst open and the ghostly form of a man was standing there.

Mr. Lamont took one look at the ghost, and pulled out a pistol. The ghost swung the door shut and Lamont fired two shots in its direction, before fleeing the residence with his wife. The Lamonts abandoned the property that night and never returned.

After remaining vacant for some time, the haunted house became the residence of Arnold and Ginger Hinshaw and their six children, who moved into Summerwind during the early 1970s.

When Henry Bober attempted to renovate the house, he suffered countless problems. Every time they tried to measure the rooms, the dimensions changed drastically. It seemed as if Summerwind was gradually changing shape. After hearing strange voices and seeing ghostly apparitions, builders refused to work on the property.

One day Mr. Bober was in the house on his own when he heard gunshots coming from the kitchen. He rushed downstairs and threw open the kitchen door but it was empty. He smelled gunpowder in the air but the only bullet holes he could find were the ones in the basement door, lodged there years before.

Mr. Bober was forced to abandon his plans to convert Summerwind into a restaurant and instead sold the building. In 1988 Summerwind was struck by lightning several times, resulting in a fire that destroyed much of the old mansion. Today, only the house’s chimney stacks, foundations, and stone steps remain. The evil lurking in Summerwind Mansion had finally succeeded in destroying itself.

myhauntedsalem: Old Pioneer Cemetery Ghost Ph…


Old Pioneer Cemetery Ghost Photo

A photographer set up a camera at the Old Pioneer Cemetery in Milton-Freewater, OR and let it run on its own for a few hours. What he wanted was a nice time-lapse of the sunset. What he got was a strange image that appears only in one frame and then disappears.

myhauntedsalem: The Ghost Eye Ghost Photo


The Ghost Eye Ghost Photo

The ghosts eye is watching you. This ghost photo is said by many to defy explanation. The ghost eye seems very human and life like.