Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Could this new footage captured by a tourist be Nessie? (video)

THOUSANDS of tourists flock to Loch Ness every year hoping to see the elusive monster - or even better - get a photograph of it.

So when a black hump emerged from the dark waters of Britain's biggest loch, as Connie Ross and her daughter Reyshell Avellanoza were taking pictures, the opportunity was too good to miss.

But the pair were so mesmerised for those vital few seconds, their chance of capturing a rare close-up image of the Nessie phenomenon, was gone.

Instead, they filmed the aftermath as the mysterious object sank to just below the surface and moved away into the loch, leaving behind a perfect circle of disturbed water.

It was 29 year old Reyshell's first visit to Scotland, having flown over from the Philipines with her five year old daughter, Heather Elizabeth, to visit her stepfather, 73 year old retired architect Campbell Ross and her mother and Campbell's wife, Consuela (50).

Or, could this video be of the Loch Ness Monster?

No trip to the Highlands would be complete without a tour of Urquhart Castle and the chance to see the loch's shy occupant.

Connie said: "Campbell drove us down to the loch last Tuesday. He stayed in the car park, and my daughter and granddaughter walked down to go round the Castle and then take pictures by the loch-side.

"It was about 1.30pm in the afternoon and I had my still camera. Reyshell had her tablet and we were taking pictures when Heather pointed out something in the water.

"She said it looked like a big black belly. We looked and could see this big disturbance quite a way out and this big black object in the middle of it.

Read Full Story: Daily Record UK

Monday, April 27, 2015

Witnesses see a crazy fast UFO over NYC

Red Object spotted over NYC sky
The truth is out there — and it’s hovering over The Bronx.

A mysterious light in the sky so freaked out some Hunts Points residents that they called authorities to report their only possible explanation: the arrival of aliens from outer space.

A “flying spaceship” is moving swiftly over East 149th Street and the Bruckner Expressway, one terrified woman told a 911 operator Saturday night, according to an FDNY source.

Juan Marrero said he, too, had a close encounter.

“I look up and see this fireball, ‘Whoosh!’ and then another, ‘Whoosh!’ ” said Marrero, 57, a pigeon fancier who was on the roof of his building at 11:30 p.m. when he saw two bright lights streaking across the sky. “From one side of the sky to the other, too fast for an airplane.”

Andres Morales, 25, said he also saw the speedy orb — and did his best to document his out-of-this-world experience.

“I stuck my hand out the car window and snapped like crazy,” he told The Post. “I don’t know what it was but it was moving crazy fast.”

It’s not the first time locals have said extraterrestrial immigrants boogied down from another galaxy to check out the neighborhood. Unusual lights in the sky were seen in the same area last year, and also in 2011, according to self-described “UFO journalist” Ryan Sprague.

“I definitely think we’re dealing with anomalies that could potentially be nonhuman,” Sprague said.
East 149th Street is close to La Guardia Airport, which could lead to “misidentifications,” Sprague conceded, though he said witnesses should not be discounted.

Those who saw the orb on Saturday, and the one last May, echoed the same description — a light that “just sort of hovered, stationary, and then shot off in the blink of an eye,” he stressed.

“The maneuvers these objects seem to be making don’t fit with any current technology that we’re aware of,” Sprague said.

Read Full Story: New York Post

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Ghost of Exit 82 on NJ's Garden State Parkway

Perhaps it's apropos that in our fast moving, highly mobile state, many of our most notable ghosts are seen hanging out at the side of the road, where it is said that they met their untimely demise. These roadside apparitions have been witnessed by countless motorists over the course of several generations. They seem to be content to wander their own stretch of paranormal pavement year in and year out, eternally reenacting their final living moments here on this Earth.

So could a road as legendary as New Jersey's famed Garden State Parkway not have a highway haunting associated with it? No way! Unexplainable encounters and close calls around Exit 82 at Route 37 in Toms River are attributed locally to the "Parkway Phantom." Ever since the completion of the Parkway in 1955, people have reported seeing a person trying to cross the road, waving his arms. This Phantom appears only at night and only around an eight-mile stretch in the vicinity of Toms River Barracks of the New Jersey State Police. The apparition is described as being very tall with a long topcoat belted at the waist. The strangest thing about this apparition is the way he waves his arms, which is synchronously, both bending from the elbow. It has been described as looking like a strange football cheer. Although the State Police are reluctant to comment, a former state trooper admitted that that section of the highway has seen more than its fair share of auto accidents.

Weird NJ readers share their stories of the Parkway Phantom:

We all work as paramedics in Ocean County, and we see a lot of fatal accidents. About five years ago, on a rainy night along the spot on the Parkway where it is also Route 9, there was a guy whose car broke down on the curve. He pulled off to the side and began to walk along the shoulder when a driver hit him, throwing him into the woods and killing him.

When the paramedics got there they knew someone had been hit, but due to the darkness and rain they could not find him. They finally did and tried to revive him, but it was too late. Several weeks later the same medic crew was coming back from Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood, heading toward Toms River, when they saw someone on the side of the road waving them down. By the time they were able to pull over and back up to the spot the man was gone, but they noticed it was in the same spot where the man was hit only weeks before. They just blew off the event until..........

Read Full Story: Asbury Park Press

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mysterious 'Samurai Ghost' Boots Appear in Vacation Photo (video)

PHOTO: Martin Springalls daughter is pictured here at age 4 on a beach in Zushi, Japan on July 6, 2014.
This photo of a four-year-old girl on a beach in Zushi, Japan, seems innocent until you look closely behind her legs and back. 

A closer look appears to reveal a mysterious pair of boots and part of a blue shirt peeking out from behind her 

The photo, which was uploaded to Reddit by a friend of the girl's father, is making the rounds on Internet. Many are speculating the photo shows a Samurai ghost because the beach the girl and her dad were on was across a samurai graveyard.

"My daughter thinks the whole thing is just so funny," Martin Springall, who took the photo, told ABC News today. "She thinks it's a ghost, but not a scary ghost -- a nice one." 
Springall said the photo was taken on July 6, 2014 during a weekend trip to the beach. He added his family now lives in Toronto, Canada, but had been living in Tokyo at the time. 

"I took a few pictures, and when I was looking through them at night, I noticed what appeared to be a pair of boots behind her in one of the photos," he said. "I took several of her in the same spot, but only one had the boots." 

Springall said he freaked out, and he later showed the photo to his friend Brian Publicover during a camping trip in Japan in August. 
Publicover put it up on Reddit's "Ghosts" subreddit, and theories poured in.

"Some thought it could be the ghost of a World War II sailor," Springall said. 

He added the photo is "completely legitimate" and not retouched in any way. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Want to stay in a Haunted Ghost Town for free ?? (video)

The federal government wants to give you free food, free housing and a job. No, it's not a scary story that libertarians tell each other around the campfire. But there is a spooky catch to the arrangement.

Garnet, Montana, is the state's most intact ghost town, and some people maintain that it's actually haunted.

The remote mountain town grew rapidly in the late 19th century following the discovery of gold and silver in the area. But by the 1940s, the mines had run out and the boom went bust.

Garnet emptied out, and now the only people who spend any time there are tourists and volunteers selected by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The volunteers give tours, sell souvenirs and help out with site maintenance. The job comes with certain perks -- a furnished cabin, a food stipend and freedom from modern amenities like running water and social media.

"It’s primitive, to say the least,” ranger Nacoma Gainan told The Montana Standard this week in an article about Garnet's volunteering opportunities. “It’s for people who love the outdoors and want to give back. There’s no electricity, no Wi-Fi and no running water. But there are trails to explore, artifacts to inspect. Volunteers are really left to their own devices after the visitors are gone.”

But at least one state historian claims that once the sun sets in Garnet, the spirits of the town's historic residents come alive.

According to a 2010 article about Garnet in the Helena Independent Record:

Ellen Baumler, the Montana Historical Society’s resident ghost whisperer and author, wrote that at midnight, people have heard ghostly fingers striking piano keys, with the music floating across the empty buildings. She said that especially during the winter months, Garnet visitors see visions and hear unearthly noises.

“Late at night, the spirits of Garnet come out to play in the moonlight,” Baumler wrote in Montana Chillers. “Sometimes, in the deep winter quiet, a piano tinkles in Kelley’s Saloon and the spirits dance to ghostly music. Men’s voices echo in the empty rooms. But the moment a living, human hand touches the building, the noises stop.”

 Read Full Story: The Huffington Post

Friday, April 17, 2015

Man spots ghostly face in photograph taken at museum

One visitor to the Galleries of Justice Museum believes he could make out a ghostly face on the right hand side in front of a framed portrait.
And even staff at the Lace Market tourist attraction – who are used to regular "ghost" sightings – think there could be something in it.

The image was taken by Matty Bamford, who visited the Dr Massey exhibition about crime and punishment about a year ago.

It was only when flicking through his archives this week that he noticed the eerie figure and sent it to museum staff.

Deputy marketing manager Faye Rollinson said: "I couldn't see anything at first but I wasn't looking in the right place.

"Matty sent it again with a circle around it and I could see a face.

"I was looking on my phone so I zoomed in and you can see what looks like an old person's face with sunken eye sockets and grey hair."

Ms Rollinson said the museum receives up to 10 photographs a year from visitors who believe they have spotted a ghost.

Read Full Story: Nottingham Post

Restaurant owner captures spooky ghost on camera (video)

This is the moment a restaurant owner who 'didn't believe in ghosts' becomes converted by a white light picked up on his CCTV camera.

Marcus Levin, owner of Get Baked restaurant in Leeds, spotted the spooky sight as he checked CCTV footage from the early hours of the morning.

The camera picked up what appears to be a bright white figure moving across the screen outside the restaurant of the venue.

Marcus' amazed reaction can be heard as he watches the footage, which he posted on the restaurant's Facebook page.

He says: "I don't believe in ghosts this isn't sped up this is literally just what happened.

"What is that? Something is walking through the light, I've never been so scared in my entire life."

Read Full Story: Mirror UK

Friday, April 10, 2015

Philadelphia's City Hall Ghost Story:

THE LITTLE GIRL is a frequent visitor to the second floor of City Hall. She slips - unseen - past the police officers outside Mayor Nutter's office. She secrets herself within a majestic room called Conversation Hall. She is not supposed to be there, unsupervised, at all hours of the night.

Officer George Feinstein, part of the mayor's security detail, acknowledges that he's never actually seen the girl. But twice he's heard her giggle while making his second-floor rounds. He's also heard her sigh, breezily, as he chitchatted with some City Hall visitors.

"It was like we were boring," Feinstein said.

On a cold, starry Saturday night last month, as a sliver of moon glowed above Billy Penn's hat, Feinstein and a group of fellow ghost hunters, including two other Philadelphia police officers, set out to find the girl.
The Nutter administration agreed to open City Hall to Feinstein's group, called Olde City Paranormal, and to a Daily News reporter and photographer (after signing a waiver agreeing that the city could not be held liable for any injuries).
The night, which began at 8 o'clock, was the first official ghost hunt to be held within the 114-year-old limestone French Second Empire headquarters of Philadelphia government.

Feinstein, who has patrolled City Hall for seven years, was determined to learn more about the girl. How did she die? When did she die? Why did she haunt Conversation Hall?

Was it because the room is fit for a princess? High golden ceilings, plum-colored drapes, rose-hued marble columns and a spectacular bronze chandelier, perfect for any girl to twirl endlessly beneath.
The group sat expectantly within the darkened room about 10:30 p.m. Feinstein, 48, the kind of cop you want to confide in, started to talk to the girl.

"My name is George," he said. "You know me. I've been in and out of this room tons of times. Why don't you say 'hi' like you did? We're not here to hurt you. We just want to make contact with you, if that's possible. Can you tell us your name?"

Read Full Story: Philly.com

Photo of ghost following girl goes viral

We've seen quite a few ghost photobombs of late. There was this little cutie who appeared to be on the brink of attack by a demon hand, and then there was the spirit who crept up in this Snapchat selfie. But of all the chilling (and yes, sometimes silly) images we've come across, this picture is quite possibly the most goose bump-inducing.

Anastassia Perets was flipping through an old family album when she stumbled across a photo of herself taken when she was four years old (she's the one in the spunky red pants). In the background, another child appears to be opening a door. Seems normal enough. But there was no little girl there—well, not living at least.

Anastassia told us, "I thought it was a mirror or something but further observation showed me that was not so. I got so freaked out I started screaming and crying and the neighbors thought someone must have broken in or something."

When Anastassia later asked her parents about the photo, which was taken in their home, they said they'd never seen the child before and confirmed that she was definitely a ghost.

Read Full Story: Redbook

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Actress Jessica Chastain buys haunted New York City apartment

Jessica Chastain, beware!

The actress, who just plunked down $5.1 million for an apartment at The Osborne across from Carnegie Hall, may find herself riding the elevator with a white-suited gentleman who died in 1947.

The ghost of Alfredo Taylor — an architect who designed the 1906 addition to the famed apartment house — is said to roam the building’s halls and ride the lift. It’s said he likes to dangle a watch fob from his hand.

But rumor has it Taylor is not the only ghost to call The Osborne Apartments home.

“I have a poltergeist!” said Naomi Graffman, who has lived at The Osborne with her husband, Gary, since 1962.

Graffman said sliding doors would open and close by themselves and a pot of water on the stove would boil without anyone turning on the burner. “We’d be standing in the hallway talking and the toilet would start to flush,” she said.

Graffman believes her spirited house guest is Johanna Gadski, a German-born mezzo-soprano who sang at the Metropolitan Opera before World War I. She lived at the time in The Osborne — in Graffman’s apartment.

Gadski, a red-haired practical joker, had to step down from the Met because she was German. She died in a car accident in Berlin in 1932.

Davida Deutsch’s first night in her Osborne apartment in 1971 was harrowing. Deutsch and her husband had heard rumors of a ghost and were so nervous, they left a broom near their bed in case they needed to ¬defend themselves against the apparition. Sure enough, they were startled awake by a loud bang in the night.

“We were scared to death,” said Deutsch, who put aside her fears and has become the building’s unofficial historian.

Read Full Story: New York Post

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Poltergeist Reboot Director claims film location is haunted

The director of the upcoming Poltergeist reboot is keeping the infamous 'Poltergeist curse' alive and well.

Director Gil Kenan said he and his crew experienced strange phenomena during shooting.

"The location for the house, during shooting, I chose because it had a strange and unnecessary field that the houses of this particular community were built around", wrote Kenan. "And we found - throughout production - that we had persistent and repeatable equipment field only on that strange plot of land.

"For instance, lights that could turn on anywhere else in the neighborhood would blow out the second you'd try to light them on this plot."

Kenan confessed to being too afraid to find out what the land used to be, but revealed that they           filmed outside of Toronto.

"Somewhere between Buffalo New York and Toronto, Ontario, in a town called Hamilton".
Far more disturbingly, Kenan believes (or at least pretends to believe) that he and his crew were haunted by a ghost in the house they rented for shooting.

"The house that I rented during filming was straight-up legit haunted by a female spirit dressed in black.

"And I became aware of her within the first few days of staying in the house. And only after I left did I
receive a call from the previous owner, who had moved back in, who was terrified by the goings on in the house, and wanted to see if I had experienced any of it. So it was an incredible real-life inspiration for filming that followed me home.

"Well, I mean, she definitely was there. It didn't follow me back to Los Angeles, but it followed me from set back to where I was sleeping during filming."

Read Full Story: IGN

Friday, April 3, 2015

Ghost sightings in haunted houses linked to hallucinogenic mould

Researchers studying ghostly apparitions said that hauntings are usually reported in old buildings which often have poor air quality from pollutants.

Previous research has shown that toxic mould can affect the brain, but the results of indoor mould exposure on cognitive functioning is less known.

Professor Shane Rogers, who is leading the research said: "Experiences reported in many hauntings are similar to mental or neurological symptoms reported by individuals exposed to toxic moulds.

"Psychoactive effects of some fungi are well-known, whereas the effects of others such as indoor moulds are less researched.

"Reports of psychiatric symptoms including mood swings, hyperactivity, and irrational anger, as well as cognitive impairment are prevalent among those exposed to moulds.
"Other reports include depression and loss of memory function.

"More recent work is emerging that supports brain inflammation and memory loss in mice exposed to Stachybotrys charatarum, a common indoor air mould, as well as increased anxiety and fear."

Read Full Story: Express UK

Woman sees ghost of mother, father and dog in Google Earth image

A woman claims she has seen her mother's ghost in the window of her old family home in Swanley, while looking on Google Earth.

Michelle McHattie said she was "shocked" when she saw the image of mum Kathleen King, who died aged 82 in 2012, in the window of the house in Rowan Road.

As she looked further she also noticed her father, and Kathleen's husband, James King, who died in July last year, aged 83.

She also spotted a dog in the window - which may be the old family dog Blackie.

Scarily, the Google Earth photograph was taken in October last year.

If this wasn't proof enough of supernatural goings-on, Ms McHattie added it was only after her parents had died that the curtains in the window were removed - there are no curtains in the Google Earth image.

Read Full Story: News Shopper UK

Are Aliens Behind Mysterious Radio Bursts?

What are those things?

For the past eight years, astronomers have been scratching their heads over a series of strange radio signals emanating from somewhere in the cosmos. And now, the mystery has deepened.

A new study shows that the so-called "fast radio bursts" follow a weirdly specific pattern -- a finding that the researchers behind the study say "is very hard to explain."

"There is something really interesting we need to understand," study co-author Michael Hippke, a scientist at the Institute for Data Analysis in Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany, told New Scientist. "This will either be new physics, like a new kind of pulsar, or, in the end, if we can exclude everything else, an E.T."

Alien signals, really? That might sound far out, but a leading scientist in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) says we shouldn't rule out that possibility.

"These fast radio bursts could conceivably be 'wake up calls' from other societies, trying to prompt a response from any intelligent life that's outfitted with radio technology," Dr. Seth Shostak, senior astronomer and director of the Center for SETI

Read Full Story: Huffington Post