On January 23, 1897, 23-year-old Zona Heaster Shue died under mysterious circumstances at her home in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. Strangely, by the time a doctor arrived, Zona’s husband, Erasmus “Trout” Shue, had already moved her body from the downstairs area to the bed and dressed her. Throughout the next few days, Trout displayed some bizarre behavior over his wife’s passing, but since the cause of death was initially believed to be heart failure, no one suspected foul play. However, weeks after Zona was laid to rest, her mother, Mary Jane Heaster, paid a visit the local prosecutor to ask for her daughter’s body to be exhumed. This decision was motivated by alleged visits from Zona’s ghost.
Mary Jane claimed that Zona’s ghost had visited her over the course of four nights and revealed that Trout was an abusive husband who had broken her neck by strangling her in a fit of rage. The authorities agreed to Mary Jane’s request to exhume her daughter. An autopsy revealed that Zona’s neck had been broken. Trout was arrested and charged with his wife’s murder, even though the evidence against him was very circumstantial. When Mary Jane was called to the witness stand at the trial, Trout’s defense attorney challenged the story about her supposed encounters with the “Greenbrier Ghost.” However, Mary Jane never wavered from her original story, and her testimony proved to be so convincing and believable that the jury could not disregard it. In the end, they would find Trout Shue guilty. He was given a life sentence at Moundsville Penitentiary, where he died three years later.
Throughout history, cats have been associated with the supernatural, and the ancients believed they had unique connections with the spirit world. In Ireland and Scotland, it was once thought that the Cat Sidhe or Cat Sith would steal a person soul before it was claimed by the gods after burial. Folk would perform watches called Feill Fadalach over the corpse night and day to keep Cat Sith away and use methods of distraction like using catnip. They also would not light fires near a corpse as they believed the warmth would attract the Cat Sidhe.
From a scientific point of view, we know that cats have sharper senses than we do. A cats’ eyesight is better than humans, and recent research suggests cats see ultraviolet light which humans cannot. Cats view things in just two colours, yellow and blue. We also know that cats can see in the dark, like a night vision camera. Their pupils allow more light in than ours do. Acting like little motion detectors as well our cats eyes have an inbuilt ability that picks up small movements invisible to the human eye.
This eerie picture, which shows a ghostly figure dressed in a long, black gown, was captured at Bulloch Hall in Roswell, Georgia. John Avena, a ghost hunter and leader of a ‘Roswell Ghost Tours’, says many strange things have been reported at the 19th century mansion, such as rocking chairs that rock on their own, unexplained music that plays somewhere from within the home, and full-bodied apparitions.
The image is definitely intriguing. It doesn’t appear to have been doctored, and judging from other pictures of Bulloch Hall, there aren’t any small trees or lawn ornaments that could’ve been mistaken for a ghost. While it’s still possible that the picture was faked, I personally think the image looks pretty real, but I’m still a bit skeptical only because of how easily, and frequently, fake ghost pictures are produced in this day-and-age. What do you think? Does the image show a real ghost walking across the lawn of this purportedly haunted mansion? Could this simply be a case of pareidolia? Or is this just another hoax? I’d love to know your thoughts on this image.
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We must grope our way through the dim path before us, ever in danger of being led into error, while we may confidently reckon on being pursued by the shafts of ridicule – that weapon so easy to wield, so potent to the weak, so weak to the wise – which has delayed the birth of so many truths, but has never stifled one
“We must grope our way through the dim path before us, ever in danger of being led into error, while we may confidently reckon on being pursued by the shafts of ridicule – that weapon so easy to wield, so potent to the weak, so weak to the wise – which has delayed the birth of so many truths, but has never stifled one”
Catherine Crowe, The Night Side of Nature, or Ghosts and Ghost-Seers. (1848)
“This exceptionally strange photo was snapped by a group of carpenters in Norway who were hired to perform renovations on a historical site. Unfortunately, after just a few weeks, the men began experiencing some unexplained activity. The strange knocks, disembodied voices, and other mysterious phenomena got so bad that the men refused to finish their work on the basement. After a particularly active day, one of the men took a series of photos down a particularly problematic hallway, and when they discovered what resembled a “white shadow resembling a man” in the images, they left and vowed never to come back.”
Not my words or my image, I found this photo on a master post by equinoxparanormal but only wanted this one in my blog because I was too sceptical of the others but you can check out the post here
Hauntings and apparitions are often a personal experience. Just stories you hear about without actually seeing any evidence. But capturing EVPs are unique as they can be shared with anyone willing to listen and serve as strong proof that in the end, there is life after death.