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A shot of the kitchen features the noise of a cupboard being opened and shut – a ghastly noise no earthly hand could possibly hope to replicate.

A petrifying video showing the demonic power of a poltergeist has emerged online.

The spine-tingling footage, posted on Youtube, was taken using a night-vision camera.

A shot of the kitchen features the noise of a cupboard being opened and shut – a ghastly noise no earthly hand could possibly hope to replicate.

Meanwhile, video taken in the spirit-infested lounge shows a picture frame and an ornament terrifyingly tumble over.

Again, the ONLY possible answer to such a supernatural spectacle is the unquiet soul of the departed dead flailing around in grief, trapped between worlds.

Even more heart-stoppingly inexplicable are the ‘orbs’ that are seen floating around the home.

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Heart-stopping TERROR: This picture frame was KNOCKED OVER!!!
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Phantom: The forces of the macabre topple the picture frame

Why they may appear to be dust motes in front of the camera lens, the terrifying truth is they are spirits that have penetrated the veil between our earthly plane and the infinite beyond.

The footage was posted by Michael Magee, a British man who claims hehas been followed around by spirits since 2009 and has taken numerous videos to prove it.

On his Youtube channel, he writes: “This is a very scary video of a real ghost walking around a haunted house.

“In this video I capture my ghost walking around my haunted home. It appears to be getting a little stronger as there are a large number of orb manifestations as it makes its way from room to room as well as poltergeist activity and it throws items in my living room.”

A Night in Greenlawn Cemetery


After seeing the cemetery in the daylight, I decided I had to return at night and look for ghosts, or maybe zombies. So my girlfriend at the time and a friend and I packed up some flashlights and headed out to Greenlawn around midnight one night in August 2001. After a trip to the Abbey we parked around the corner from the cemetery gates, in front of an apartment complex called South Park Apartments, and walked in through the main entrance. Greenlawn closes at 8PM, but even when it’s closed it’s no challenge to get inside. I guess they figure a place this big is impossible to seal off.


Not necessarily haunted but still sort of morbid are the open graves you run into from time to time. In a cemetery this size burials are a constantly ongoing process, and open graves are a fairly common sight. What I found sort of shocking was how shallow six feet really is; you always imagine the bodies being way down there underground, but I stood in the open graves and had my head poking out. Above you can see the concrete coffin casing in one grave, waiting to be filled, and the side of an already-filled one next door.


Another weirdly creepy thing about Greenlawn is the swamp in the middle. A tiny creek runs into this sunken, stagnant pool, which is hidden by trees behind the Hayden Mausoleum. It’s completely covered with bright green algae and lilypads and is actually sort of pretty, in a disgusting sort of way. As it turns out this was a quarry for many years; the story of the Greenlawn quarry is told on a plaque around the corner from the Hayden Mausoleum.


Our night trip turned out to be less scary than it was exhausting. We picked one of the hottest and most humid nights of the year to explore Greenlawn, which is roughly 8,000 square miles in size, on foot. By the time we were past the gates and visitors’ center we were already tired, and getting lost on foot didn’t help at all. We rested once on a bench-shaped gravestone and finally made our way back.

During the trip I approached the Hayden Mausoleum and looked inside. I knocked on the door and asked the ghost to come out. He didn’t oblige. Dr. James Snook did not appear to us, head bowed over his disgraced resting place. And Thurston did not appear in a cloud of magician’s smoke in the lobby of the Abbey. So no ghost sightings at Greenlawn this time. If you’d like to take a walking night tour of Greenlawn, make sure you know where you are in relationship to the exit. It is an amazing place, and one that not every Columbus resident really knows about. Maybe you’ll come across one of the ghosts.

We’ve taken a look at the origin of the Jersey Devil legend in part 1, and explored some of the vast number of sightings people have claimed over the years in part 2. With such a huge number of reported encounters, often by large groups of people rather than individuals, surely there must be something behind it. But what?

The most mundane explanations go straight back to the original legend. We know, for example, that in 1735 a woman by the name of Leeds did live in the region in question. She is known to have had a large number of children, perhaps as many as twelve or thirteen – it wasn’t that uncommon at the time. Given her likely age after bearing so many children, it’s possible that she had reached a point close to menopause, where birth defects occur at a greater rate and pregnancies are higher risk.

It’s not unreasonable to hypothesize that last child could have been born deformed – and at the time, deformed children were thought to be the spawn of the devil. It wasn’t uncommon for one to be locked away or hidden in a small room to avoid public scorn or – even worse – the mother being accused of witchcraft. Such a child could have been exposed to the public at some point, and the legend is born.

But as reasonable and likely as that sounds, it can’t explain the years of encounters and sightings that have continued right up to modern day. Needless to say, there have been as many explanations suggested as there have been encounters with the creature.

Biologists and Zoologists have suggested that people might have been seeing a species of bird that was once indigenous to the New Jersey area – the Sandhill Crane. It regularly stands 40 − 48 inches tall, has a wingspan of up to seven feet, and its call is a loud (and some say unnatural-sounding) screech. But land development has driven the Sandhill Crane south and out of the region, and the crane is an herbivore whereas the Jersey Devil has been known to attack animals and steal livestock. Not to mention the fact that the rest of the Devil’s description really doesn’t exactly fit…

Others have suggested that the Jersey Devil might be (or be related to) the Hammer Headed Fruit Bat (Hypsignathus Monstrosus). While there is a striking resemblance to the description of the Jersey Devil, none are known to exist in the wild in America (they’re native to Africa), and the bat in question rarely grows more than eleven inches tall – which is large for a bat, but not near the reported size of the Jersey Devil.

One particularly wild theory suggests that the Jersey Devil is actually a ‘survival’ – that is, an animal which has survived past the commonly accepted point of extinction, like the coelacanth. In this case, people have suggested that the Jersey Devil might be a group of pterodactyls that have survived throughout the years. Needless to say the physical details are only a rough fit at best, and it seems extremely unlikely that such a survival could have occurred.

But there are even wilder theories. It has been suggested that the Jersey Devil could be the descendant of another creature of legend – the dragon. Both creatures are said to have long necks, wings, and the ability to fly; and in some encounters with the Jersey Devil, it has been said to breathe fire like a dragon. But dragons are, of course, purely mythical. Aren’t they? The Native American tribes of the region did call the area “Popuessing,” which translates to “place of the dragon.”

There are, of course, a large number of supernatural theories about the Jersey Devil. Some people have asked why the Jersey Devil has to be a creature that can be explained by scientific means. Couldn’t it truly be a supernatural entity? After all, it has survived for so long; been shot without taking harm; its tracks have been followed to and through places that no natural creature of its size could have passed through; its tracks have been reported to change size mid-stride, and even to change shape; and it has eluded every attempt at capture.

Needless to say, that’s going to be a hard theory to prove or disprove.

Coming back around from the supernatural, cryptozoologists have put forth two ‘real world’ explanations that many Jersey Devil researchers support.

First, the Jersey Devil could be a hybrid animal of some sort (like a mule, for example). There are two problems with this theory: hybrids tend to be sterile, so reproduction (and thus an ongoing population) is unlikely without intervention; and what creatures could be mated that would produce that unlikely combination of features?

Second, cryptozoologists have suggested – as they have for many unexplained creatures – that it might simply be a previously undiscovered and unidentified form of animal life. New animals are discovered daily somewhere in the world – it’s small-minded to believe that we know every type of creature that inhabits the Earth. Perhaps there is a creature native to the Pine Barrens that lives nowhere else on the planet and has never been captured or killed by humans. Still, with more than seven million people living in the state of New Jersey, it seems unlikely that such a creature could have gone unseen (and uncaptured and unkilled) for this long. Unlikely, but not impossible.

Maybe it’s one or more (or all) of the above. To date, we just don’t know. Obviously, some explanations are more likely than others. Whatever the Jersey Devil is, one thing about it is undeniable: it has made an indelible impact on popular American culture.

Check the original post: Classic Cryptid: The Truth Behind The Legend of the Jersey Devil

The Jersey Devil has built up a vast collection of encounter reports since its first appearance in the 1700s. All of them come from the area in and around the New Jersey Pine Barrens, and the majority of them by reliable witnesses. Following are some of the most notable recorded run-ins with the creature:

  • In 1819, at the behest of President James Monroe, Commodore Stephen Decatur was visiting the Hannover Mill works to inspect the quality of his cannonballs as they were being forged. While there, he reported that he sighted a flying creature matching the Jersey Devil’s description, and that he fired at and hit it with a cannonball…to no effect. Work that was done on Decatur’s house in Washington, D.C. in 2007-2008 turned up papers suggesting that this encounter might have been something more than chance – he was definitely in New Jersey at the time testing the quality of the cannonballs produced by Batsto and Hannover, but was evidently accompanied by Dr. James Killian, a famous paranormalist and cryptid hunter of the time. Stories collected from throughout New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania have the two men in pursuit of the creature for some months.
  • The writings of Joseph Bonaparte, the eldest brother of Emperor Napoleon, indicate that he saw and fired upon a creature matching the Jersey Devil’s description while hunting on his Bordentown estate in 1820. Like Decatur’s encounter, shooting at the creature had no effect.
  • In 1840, the Jersey Devil was blamed for several livestock killings; similar attacks were reported again in 1841, accompanied by strange tracks and “unearthly” screams. There were similar reports again in 1859 and a flurry of sightings in 1873, followed by a report of it terrifying children in 1887. Again, as in Decatur’s encounter, there are reports of people shooting at it to no effect.
  • On July 27th, 1937, a creature matching the description of the Jersey Devil was seen by many of the residents of Downington, Pennsylvania.
  • In 1960, unusual tracks were found and accompanied by loud shrieking heard near Mays Landing. That same year, merchants around Camden offered a $10,000 reward for the capture of the Jersey Devil, saying that they would even build a private zoo to house it if it could be brought in alive.
  • In 1990, several soldiers from Fort Dix reported witnessing a strange creature matching the Jersey Devil’s description while on maneuvers.
  • In 2007, a creature with a horse’s head and bat like wings was reported to walk in front of a couple of hikers in Wharton State Forest. The following January 21st (2008), a man in Eldora heard a strange screech and saw a creature matching the Jersey Devil’s description perched on top of his chicken coop. He said that the large winged creature flew off after being startled by his cell phone ringing.
  • In 2008, the New York Times was given no less than ten reports of encounters with the Jersey Devil by a group local to the Pine Barrens that collected them.

The list of sightings is seemingly endless, and only continues to grow to this day. But by far the most spectacular event associated with the Jersey Devil is the so-called “Phenomenal Week” of January 16th – 23rd, 1909. During those days, sightings of the Jersey Devil were reported by thousands of people in the area surrounding the Pine Barrens, including:

  • Dozens of people sighted the creature flying over Woodbury on the 16th. On the 17th and 18th, strange and seemingly impossible tracks were found in Burlington, NJ; Bristol, PA; and several other towns. The tracks were said to appear and disappear at random, sometimes even appearing in the snow on top of houses or passing beneath and through impossibly low or small spaces.
  • On the 19th, Nelson Evans and his wife, of Gloucester, reportedly saw the creature outside their windows at 2:30 AM and provided a detailed description of it: “It was about three feet and a half high, with a head like a collie dog and a face like a horse. It had a long neck, wings about two feet long, and its back legs were like those of a crane, and it had horse’s hooves. It walked on its back legs and held up two short front legs with paws on them. It didn’t use the front legs at all while we were watching.”
  • The same day, two Gloucester hunters tracked the creature’s trail for twenty miles. It appeared to “jump” fences and squeeze under eight-inch gaps. Similar trails were reported in several other towns the same day.
  • On the 20th, Haddonfield and Collingswood formed posses to find the devil. Both groups reportedly watch the creature fly towards Moorestown, where it was reported being seen by at least two more people.
  • On the 21st, the creature attacked a trolley car in Haddon Heights, but was chased off, resulting in trolley cars in several nearby towns beginning to maintain armed guards. Several poultry farmers found their chickens dead that day, and the devil was reported to collide with an electric rail in Clayton without being affected. A telegraph worker near Atlantic City claimed to have shot the devil, only to watch it limp off into the woods – it was apparently unfazed, as it continued rampaging through Philadelphia, PA and West Collingswood, NJ. In West Collingswood, the devil seemed poised to attack nearby people and was supposedly hosed by the local fire department to chase it off. It reemerged in Camden to injure a dog; the first reported attack on a living creature.

There were a few more sightings on the 22nd, but the damage had been done – widespread newspaper coverage had led to a panic throughout the Delaware Valley, resulting in a number of school and business closings.

It can’t be denied that people have been seeing something in and around the Pine Barrens over the past 275 years or so. But what, exactly, is it that they’ve been seeing? In the next part, we’ll explore some of the theories people have put forth to explain what the Jersey Devil might be.

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Original story credits: Josh Sanofsky by Week in Weird

Almost everyone who lives in the northeastern United States has heard of the Jersey Devil once or twice. It’s one of the most famous early American legends, and one of the most often investigated and sought-after cryptids; the earliest reported encounters with it date back as far as the late 1700s or early 1800s. And as with many legends, there are almost as many different versions of the creature’s origins as there have been sightings of it.

The most common version of the legend goes a little something like this: In the 1700s, a woman named Deborah Smith emigrated from England to marry a Mr. Leeds, and went to live in the area of New Jersey now known as the Pine Barrens. When the story of the Jersey Devil truly begins, Mrs. Leeds had given birth to twelve children, and had discovered that she was about to give birth to her thirteenth.

Some versions of the story say that when she learned that she was pregnant with her thirteenth child, she reacted with fury and disgust, crying out “I hope it’s a devil!” or “May it be a devil!” Other variations say that she invoked the devil during the particularly difficult and painful labor that followed. Be that as it may, when the child was born it was either immediately known to be unnatural by its appearance – being born with horns on a horse-like head, wings and a tail – or shortly after its birth changed into a devil-like creature. Again, these differences depend on the version.

There are even versions of the versions. One says that rather than cursing the child herself or calling on the devil during the birth, the child’s devilish nature was the result of a family curse, though it doesn’t mention which side of the family. Still another version mentions that the creature visited Mrs. Leeds every day; she would stand at her door and tell it to leave, until finally it relented and never returned.

Some stories say it was the sixth child, or the eight, tenth, twelfth or thirteenth. Some say it was born normal, others deformed. Some say the mother immediately drove it out of the house, while others say she confined it to the cellar or attic.

Another popular alteration of the legend says that a Mrs. Shrouds of Leeds Point, New Jersey, made a wish that if she ever had another child, she wanted it to be a devil. Her next child was born misshapen and deformed (though not necessarily unnatural). She kept it hidden in the house so curious neighbors wouldn’t be able to see him. Finally, one evening the child flapped its arms – which turned into wings – and escaped up the chimney, never to be seen by the family again.

Burlington, New Jersey claims (as do a few other locations) to be the birthplace of the Jersey Devil. They say that in 1735, Mother Leeds was in labor on a stormy night with her friends and family gathered around her. Rumors said that she was a witch, and that the child’s father might even be the devil himself. When the cursed child wasborn, it appeared to be perfectly normal, then in front of the eyes of the room, changed from a normal baby into a creature with hooves, a horses’ head, bat wings and a forked tail. It proceeded to beat everyone present, then flew up the chimney. It circled the village before heading toward the pines, and commenced to harry the town until a clergyman banished the creature for 100 years in 1740.

In every version of the story, there are some consistent details. The name “Leeds” enters into many of them, either as a location or the name of the cursed family. Most agree on the final appearance of the creature as it left its birthplace.

There is also, potentially, some historical precedent for the story. One historian discovered that a Daniel Leeds owned land in Great Egg Harbor, New Jersey, in 1699, and that his family lived in Leeds Point. He also discovered that a Samuel Shrouds came to Little Egg Harbor in 1735, and lived across the river from the house of Mother Leeds. The Leeds and Shrouds names appear in many versions of the legend.

Another professor found that a “devil” was mentioned in historical and religious writings from the Burlington area as early as 1735. He noted that the name “Burlington” was used to refer an area of New Jersey from the city of Burlington to the Atlantic Ocean, which encompasses Leeds Point and several other locations associated with the legend.

It’s worth noting that the Pine Barrens itself is a fascinating region of heavily forested land. The area’s soil is sandy, acidic and nutrient poor, which led to sparse settlement as it was poor farming land. In spite of this, the uncommon conditions there enable the Pine Barrens to support a diverse spectrum of unusual plant life, including orchids, carnivorous plants (such as the Venus Flytrap), and a rare pygmy variant of the Pitch Pine, amongst others. Even before the birth of the Jersey Devil, the Lenni Lenape Native American tribes of the region referred to the area as “Popuessing,” meaning “place of the dragon.”

All of these details have to have come from somewhere, and that somewhere would be the huge body of encounters people have had with the creature over the past 275-odd years.

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Is this a ghost, an alien… or both?

A strange orb was captured on video last week at the U.S. Space Walk of Fame Museum in Titusville, Florida and no one that works there knows what it is or what it wants.
It appeared multiple times zipping around a room containing “artifacts, memorabilia, records and photos from the Mercury and Gemini space programs,” according to the museum.
“We can’t explain it, nor can the fellas who put in the system for us,” president of the museum, Charlie Mars, told WKMG News.
He suggests it could be the spirit of someone who donated an item to the museum and has since died.
Both the lights and AC were both off, he says, so it’s not likely a dust particle or glare as many others believe it to be.
The building is 100 years old, so it’s obviously a ghost of some sort.

We have just started an investigation, and will update this post later on. 

Posted: 10/14/2014 8:41 am EDT Updated: 10/14/2014 8:46 am EDT
HAUNTED HOUSE

Let’s call a spade a spade: October is the spookiest month of the year. From scary Halloween costumes to creepy Jack-O-Lanterns staring at us from front porches, ghosts, whether you believe in them or not, are always on the back of your mind.

And for us, when the stairs are a little too creaky or a huge gust of wind blows the front door open, we definitely start believing our house is haunted. So we decided to call in John E.L. Tenney, one of the world’s leading paranormal investigators in the world and the star of Destination America’s new TV show, ‘Ghost Stalkers’ to debunk and confirm the biggest myths.

Here are some of the most common misconceptions — and truths — he comes across regularly.

1. You’ve felt someone tap on your shoulder when no one is there.

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TRUE: Tenney told us that “the truer nature of hauntings is that they are far more subtle and vary greatly.” So if you feel like someone tapped your shoulder in an empty room or house, you just might be in the presence of a haunted spirit.

2. Your furniture is constantly rearranging itself.

FALSE: According to Tenney, “there are no ‘hard and fast’ rules” when it comes to figuring out if a house is haunted or not, but there are certain things that will not occur, like a pet speaking multiple language or a box springs suddenly hovering three feet off the floor.

3. People have died in your house.

FALSE: “People believe that a death or tragic occurrence in a home means their house is haunted, but not even this has been a reliable indicator that strange manifestations must take place,” Tenney explained. “Most homes have seen death or tragedy in some way and, indeed, they do not have what people call ‘hauntings’.”

4. You hear strange sounds more commonly during certain seasons.

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FALSE: In some of Tenney’s cases, certain residents of “haunted” houses have reported weird noses that Tenney attributes to a change in temperature. He explained that wood, steel and other materials shrinking or expanding might be causing that bump in the night, especially during the fall and spring seasons.

5. You suddenly smell the perfume of a loved one.

TRUE: Just like something tapping on your shoulder when no one is home, Tenney said that the presence of a possible haunting experience “is as simple as smelling the perfume of a loved one who has passed away.”

6. You’ve had a frightening experience in an attic, basement, crawl space or closet.

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FALSE: “Reports of frightening experiences taking place in a home are also mostly based around confining and dark locations such as attics, basements/crawl spaces, and closets,” said Tenney. “This can be attributed to our own human psychological fear of dark and constrictive spaces.”

To further ease our minds, Tenney also said that a “quick look back through my files over the last 27 years shows that close to 98% of the cases I’ve investigated have had normal, if not readily noticeable, explanations.” Though that doesn’t completely ensure that we won’t run into a spirit at some point, we’ll keep this list handy just in case.

 

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