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Posted on Thursday, April 27 - 2006

The ghost of a little boy can be seen in the shrubbery.

Lisa, one of our regular readers, was touring the historic House of the Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts when she snapped a remarkable ghost photograph. The photo clearly shows the image of an apparition, which we have good reason to believe may be the ghost of Nathaniel Hawthorne or his son, Julian.A 35-year-old resident of Long Island, New York, Lisa says she has been experiencing paranormal happenings on many levels for as long as she can remember. "It seems the older I get, the more frequent and in-depth these happenings have become," she says. And now she has photographic evidence to back them up.The photographwas taken in September, 2004 when Lisa had taken a trip to Salem.

"On this particular trip," she says, "I decided to take a guided tour of The House of the Seven Gables property, also known as the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion located at 54 Turner Street. On that property now sits the birth home of American author Nathaniel Hawthorne, which was actually moved from Union Street onto Turner Street."

Hawthorne's Dark Past Nathanial Hawthorne (1804-1864) is considered one of the most important and influential American authors of novels and short stories. His richly allegorical tales employed a kind of pre-Freudian psychological exploration of his characters, which makes his work as relevant today as ever. His best-known work, The Scarlet Letter, is still required readingin many American literature curricula. Other works include the dark short story "Young Goodman Brown" (in which a young man meets the devil in a forest) and The House of the Seven Gables, based on the property shown in this photograph and the legend of a curse that was placed on Hawthorne's family by a woman sentenced to death during the infamous Salem witch trials. Hawthorne's family was of Puritan stock, one of this ancestors being Judge Hathorne, who presided over some of the witchcraft trials in 1692. Nathaniel was actually so ashamed of this bit of family history that he added a "w" to the family name to make it Hawthorne, yet he felt it left an indelible stain on his imagination. If that's not pretext for a good ghost story, nothing is.

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Posted on Thursday, August 05 - 2004

The Hutchison Elcan House in Brownsville has a reputation for a ghost occupying the premises, as testimonies from past and current tenants support. Do people believe such phenomena exist or merely regard such tales as interesting stories that add to the mystique of the antebellum house? What kind of events could transform a non-believer into a believer? Would actually experiencing the ghost do the trick? Current owners of the house, Tommy and Bonnie Lynn, have certainly had some interesting experiences with the long-time "tenant" of the Hutchison Elcan House. Tommy Lynn purchased the house in September 2003 and began renovations to it the samemonth.

There were indications of something odd about the house even at the closing. Tommy nonchalantly asked the sellers, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Walters, "Are there any ghosts in the house?" He was surprised when Mrs. Walters gave him a serious look and responded, "Why do you ask that question? Yes, you have a woman ghost and I've seen her." Mrs. Walters told Tommy about the time she was putting on her make-up and saw the woman ghost in the mirror. Tommy recalled, "It was a real short conversation, but Mrs. Walters was very serious about what she had seen. I did not pursue the question any further, and I didn't really believe in ghosts." Other folks around Brownsville repeated stories to Tommy about the ghostat the house. "Two young girls came in the backyard one day and told me the house used to be a duplex. They said they had seen a girl ghost in an upstairs bedroom," Tommy said. He described the two bedrooms upstairs, one of which has a very shallow closet. It was in this bedroom that the girl ghost had been seen coming from the shallow closet door. "Folks said that the closet door wouldn't stay shut," Tommy further explained.When Tommy went to the Brownsville City Hall to pay the taxes, the clerk commented to him, "Oh, you've got the old Hutchison House." Tommy replied, "Yeah." She continued, "Well you know it's haunted." She proceeded to tell him that her daughter had once lived in....

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Posted on Wednesday, June 30 - 2004

LIVING in a castle or a mansion has to be the top rung on the property ladder for any self-respecting househunter. So itís not surprising some people, once they manage to acquire such a prestigious address, donít want to leave. Ever. In fact, as a new book by Musselburgh author Martin Coventry has shown, there are 450 spectral squatters, in 300 castles, palaces and stately homes across Scotland - and many of them in Edinburgh and Lothian. Coventry spent nine months researching Haunted Castles and Houses of Scotland - and has uncovered some surprising facts. For instance, 60 per cent of Scotlandís ghosts are female - many young women who were thevictims of violence, cruelty or neglect.

Coventry gives one reason for the bias towards ghostly female victims: "Perhaps they are the only means of giving the victim a voice when otherwise the wrongs and injustices that had been done to them would have been long forgotten." One such tale involves the sightings of a headless woman and baby, seen in a house where James Gillespieís school now stands. The house, known as Wrightshouses, was home to Lieutenant General Robertson of Lawers at the end of the 18th century. It was his servant who was disturbed from his sleep to find the headless figure of a woman with a baby in her arms. The image was seen again and again by the same servant and always by the hearth in the bedroom.Remarkably, when the building was demolished in 1802, it is believed the bones of a beheaded woman and baby were discovered. The apparition is said to be that of the wife of James Clerk, previous owner of the house. When James died in battle at the end of the 17th century his younger brother ensured he took possession of the house by killing his brotherís remaining wife and child. Itís women again who are said to haunt two of Midlothianís plushest hotels - Borthwick Castle in Gorebridge and Dalhousie Castle in Bonnyrigg. At Borthwick the guest who just wonít leave is said to be doomed medieval serving girl Ann Grant. Coventry reports that Ann fell in love with one of the Borthwick lairds with whom she had an affair, but when it becameobvious she was. ...

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Posted on Sunday, June 08 - 2008

David Harrill and Joe Wright are members of a team that recently investigated paranormal activity at the home of Kim and Steve Etters.

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Five people live in Kim and Steve Etters' house on Kerr Street — and, they believe — at least that many ghosts. Three have made their presence known enough times to earn names: Princess, Sweaty Boy and Mr. Atwell, the name of the man who built the house. Princess is described by the Etters children — 20-year-old KatiEarl, 16-year-old Casiann and 14-year-old Chase — and a family friend as being a little girl with no eyes and long ringlets who is always wearing a long white Victorian gown andwhite satin slippers.Sweaty Boy, according to several eyewitness accounts, has eyes, but his neck and head appear to be wet.

He's usually seen wearing overalls and a red shirt.
Mr. Atwell, a man of small stature, has brown hair and is wearing dress pants, a shirt and a vest.The first sighting happened in the fall of 2001, a year after the Etters moved into the 6,000-square-foot, three-story house. It happened in the downstairs formal sitting room after Kim had brought some tiles from an upstairs fireplace to use around a fireplace there. "I saw a shadow walk by the room," she says. Thinking it was her daughter, KatiEarl, she asked her a question, getting no response. "KatiEarl, if I'm going to talk to you," Kim says she said, "you better talk back when I askyou a question." KatiEarl was in another part of the house. One weekend in September 2002, Kim's sister brought her three sons — ages 3, 5 and 8 — to stay with them for a few days. Before her nephews left to return home, Kim says the 5-year-old asked her, "Are the cops going to come take that dead body out of Chase's closet?" "It was sort of a random question," she says. "I didn't know where that came from." The following Tuesday, Kim, an assistant principal at China Grove Elementary School, says she and the children heard a "thump, thump, thump, boom, boom, glass-breaking noise." Casiann says she was on the third floor and ran downstairs, meeting KatiEarl running up from the first floor. They found what they believe was the causeof......

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