A Paranormal Journey

Land of Disappearances: Alaska Triangle

By Kris M

Land of Disappearances: Alaska Triangle

Get ready for a mysterious tale from the Land of the Midnight Sun. Otherwise known as Alaska, this northwestern state is sparsely populated and known for its diverse terrain of open spaces, mountains and greenery, abundant wildlife and quiet towns. Alaska boasts more unsettled wilderness than any other area of the country. Anything can happen out there and you would never know. Strange disappearances seem to be an epidemic, ranking the missing persons rate nearly twice the national average. What’s most unsettling is where the disappearances are occurring. Bodies alive or dead are rarely ever found.

The Bermuda Triangle isn’t the only area of the world where people mysteriously vanish. The Alaska Triangle covers a significant portion of the state from the Janeau/Yakutat area in the south, to the Borrow Mountain range in the north, with Anchorage to the west. Thousands of unlucky travelers have disappeared in this vast triangle of unforgiving wilderness either on foot, in boats and cars or airplanes. Most famous of the bizarre vanishings includes that of a Cessna 310 airplane carrying US House of Representatives Majority Leaders Hall Boggs, Nick Begich, their aide Russel Brown and pilot, Don Jonz. An extensive search lasted for 39 days and included over 400 aircraft and 12 US coast guard vessels. But the men or any sign of a wreckage were never discovered. Their fate still remains a mystery nearly 50 years later.

Lovers of lore have been obsessed with unlocking the mystery of the Alaska Triangle. Theories run wild from unusual heavy air and strange weather patterns to alien involvement. Scientists claim they have a much more ‘logical’ explanation for the excessive disappearances. Alaska is covered with massive holy glaciers, hidden caves and crevasses. They firmly believe the state’s geography provides the perfect hiding spot for downed aircrafts. At least, they have an explanation for the missing aircrafts. What about those who vanished at sea or were seemingly swallowed by the crisp Alaskan air driving down the many scenic highways trapped in the triangle? Perhaps, they're just telling us what we want to hear. Something doesn't add up. What is making the aircrafts fall from the sky? They left that part out. 

Beware. If you venture to Alaska, don’t let your GPS take you through the land of disappearances. Aquaint yourself with the geography of the state or you too, could strangely disappear in the Alaska Triangle. 

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Death at Holy Land Theme Park

By Kris M

Death at Holy Land Theme Park

For such a sacred space, the death of a young girl in 2010 stunned the Catholic community. A staunch Roman Catholic had a vision of a roadside theme park devoted to God but met his death before the park could be completed. John Baptist Greco began construction of the theme park in Waterbury, Connecticut in the 1970's. A decade later, he had a miniature replica of Bethlehem. His creations attracted 50,000 people a year to get a glimpse of the like-life Garden of Eden, biblical themed dioramas and various depictions dedicated to the life of Jesus. Greco had high hopes to expand the park but as quickly as the park closed to continue construction, he passed away.

Holy Land has sat empty and abandoned since the original owner’s passing. The park was passed along to a group of nuns who kept the park clean but never opened it to the public. If a vast abandoned amusement park isn’t eerie enough, perhaps the murder that took place there 25 years later will scare you away. In 2010, a young woman was murdered inside the park, leaving it far from being the safe haven of a replica spirituality that it once was. Since the murder, the park has been sold. The new owners have added extra security and numerous no trespassing signs on the grounds in hopes of scaring explorers away.

But the ghost of the young murdered woman isn’t the only one haunting the park. Locals have reported seeing a woman getting into a phantom car and disappearing into the night air at the entrance of the front gate dating back to 1984. Many paranormal groups have investigated the grounds, some experiencing a feeling of peacefulness and others claiming they experienced unexplainable battery drainage with their equipment. Locals advise those interested in exploring the property to stay away, stating there isn’t enough left to justify the trip and risk getting caught. Not to mention, those who have visited say the neighborhood is questionable. Regardless of the dangers and risks involved, urban explorers and paranormal investigators flock to the abandoned Holy Land theme park anyway. 

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Most Haunted Home in America: Sallie House

By Kris M

Most Haunted Home in America: Sallie House

This is the story behind the most haunted house in Kanas, if not the entire country. The home on 508 North Second Street of Atchison is home to the ghost of a young girl named Sallie. Many owners have came and went but it wasn’t until the mid 1990’s that the story of Sallie finally gained both local and national attention. Tony and Debra Pickman began sharing their strange activity which included physical attacks, disembodied voices and burnt finger marks found on mysteriously burning candles.

The story of Sallie is an unfortunate one. The 6 year old girl grew ill with appendicitis and the town doctor attempted a botched surgery in the home in an effort to save her life. It is said that in the doctor’s haste he failed to properly anesthetize Sallie, causing her to wake up during surgery in agonizing pain and horror and quickly died from blood loss and shock. The young girl died in the home of doctor Charles Finney around 1906, beginning a very long road of haunted activity.

Both paranormal teams and former owners claim to have been graced by the presence of Sallie. However, they believe she is not alone. Dark shadows, unusual voices, temperature changes, equipment malfunction and physical attacks are just some of the activity reported. It is believed a middle aged woman is behind the more sinister occurrences. This agitated entity seems to zone in on the males living in the house. But even if you’re just visiting, she won’t cut you any breaks. Past investigations have caught a generous amount of evidence to prove those wrong who may be doubtful.

The Sallie House is open to the public for tours and overnight stays. Spice up your next sleepover and rent out the entire home. Maybe you too, can meet the tragic spirit of Sallie.

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The Clown Motel

By Kris M

The Clown Motel

Ever think your worst nightmare could actually be true? Well, if you’re deeply unnerved by clowns, you may be slightly terrified after reading this one. Deep in the dry terrain of Nevada’s desert sits a motel dedicated to, you guessed it…clowns. The Clown Motel located in Tonopah is a favorite pit stop for truckers and bikers but most of all paranormal lovers. Upon arrival, you’ll be met with a colorful glowing neon sign with its name in giant block lettering and showcasing a massive grinning clown with open arms, to welcome you of course. Once you enter the lobby, the clown show begins. Owners of the motel have collected donations from those eager to find these haunted clown dolls a home. People from all over the world have sent hundreds of haunted clowns to the motel, providing enough dolls for each room and plenty to fill up the lobby.

Though the haunted dolls are sure to bring a world of paranormal sightings and events, the motel sits atop an old mining town that was once populated by more than 50,000 residents. What I find most disturbing is the massive cemetery that sits just behind the motel. It closed only 10 years after its opening when the number of the dead outnumbered the plots the cemetery could offer. The cemetery is home to 300 deceased whose lives were either compromised during the Tonopah Plague which devastated the area is 1902 or from the fatal mine fires throughout the area.

Those who are brave enough to sleep with the spirit ridden clown dolls have claimed to experience all sorts of ghostly encounters. Some report doors slamming or opening, room keys vanishing, unusual sounds and voices and even dark shadow people, which is a sign of a not so friendly spirit. Paranormal investigators and urban explorers have had quite a blast visiting the motel claiming it’s rich with paranormal activity.

Current owner, Bob Perchetti, is looking to sell the Clown Motel. But why would anyone want to sell such a legendary place? Perchetti says he had his fair share of enjoyment from his clowns and is ready to pass on the fun to a new owner. The motel’s asking price is currently set at $900,000 but comes with one condition. The buyer is required to keep the place open as the Clown Motel. His hopes are the new owners will love the place as much as he did and continue to expand on it.

Would you spend the night in a motel full of clowns? One guest shared his only concern about his stay…

“The only trouble are the voices. ‘They won’t stop whispering. They want me…they want me to do things. Terrible things.”

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The Deadly Cellar Of Allen County

By Kris M

The Deadly Cellar Of Allen County

Not much remains of the deadly cellar of Allen County, KY. Just before the Civil War, stood a home occupied by a married couple and their 15 slaves. As with many slaves of the deep south, the 15 slaves were savagely beaten and punished whenever the owners decided. The husband was known for bringing his helpless slaves to the cellar of his home, chaining them up and beating them. Often times he'd leave them down there for days, starving and emaciated. 

When the war rolled into town, 13 lucky slaves escaped. But there were 2 unfortunate souls left chained in the basement. When the crazed owner discovered his missing slaves, he violently murdered the two that remained. He concealed the bodies in the cellar and locked it up for good...or so he thought.

After his death, his wife sold the property to a young couple and their children. On one fatal night, the couple awoke to noises coming from beneath their house. The husband broke through the barricaded cellar door and hurried down to investigate. He never returned. When his wife went looking for him, she found him at the bottom of the staircase, dead, with a broken neck. Distraught by the death of her husband, she packed up her children and moved away. All that's left of the home is the fateful cellar where the ghosts of two anguished slaves took their revenge out on an innocent man. Those who have successfully located the cellar claim the smells and sounds of death still linger. 

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Myrtle’s Planation: A Slave’s Fatal Revenge

By Kris M

Myrtle’s Planation: A Slave’s Fatal Revenge

Restless and tormented spirits haunt the notorious Myrtle’s Plantation. If you ever find yourself in the deep south, this portal to a century plagued by hardships and sorrow is something you won’t want to miss. Those who visit say the grounds remain haunted thanks to the gruesome murders and suffering that took place there more than 150 years ago.

The house dates back to 1796, built by Revolutionary War General, David Bradford. After his passing, his daughter and husband, Clarke Woodruff took over the estate. The couple would have three children but only one would make it to see adulthood. It was during their lives on the plantation that the most famous ghost story would be born. Woodruff was known for sexually abusing the young slave girls. He favorited Chloe who was terrified his wife would find out and harshly punish her. If she didn’t obey Woodruff, she knew she would be sent to work in the blistering heat of the cotton fields. Stuck in a rut, young Chloe devised a plan. She began eavesdropping on the family’s conversations. However, Woodruff caught her listening and ordered her ear to be cut off as a punishment.

Chloe wanted revenge. One evening as the family sat down to dinner and Woodruff was away, she made sure to slip poison into the prepared meals for his wife and children. Only a short while later and just as Woodruff arrived home, his wife and two of his children were dead. In fear of their lives, the other slaves took matters into their own hands. Chloe was quickly murdered and cut up into bits and pieces and thrown into the nearby river.

In the years to follow, the planation would fall into the hands of many owners. No one seemed to want to settle or raise a family on the land. Everyone knew about the murders and it was rumored that the planation was built on top of an ancient Native American Burial ground. During the time the plantation was in operation, there was an unbearable amount of Yellow Fever outbreaks, causing many deaths in and around the area. In the 1970’s, a family purchased the property and transformed its grime past into a quaint bed and breakfast. But from the very beginning, guests would begin reporting strange sightings and hearing creepy sounds and voices. The guests were convinced Chloe’s spirit still haunted the land and it was her ghostly apparition that was appearing throughout the old plantation.

Should you be daring enough to spend the night at Myrtle’s Planation, be sure to rent one of the cabins spread out among the fields that once homed the tortured slaves. I’m sure Chloe and the Woodruff’s aren’t the only ones to have passed here.

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Shades of Death Road

By Kris M

Shades of Death Road

As a kid, I couldn’t wait to get my license so I could explore Shades of Death Road. In middle school I was tasked with a report of my choosing and while others chose something a bit friendlier, I chose to write about the ghosts at Ghost Lake and the creepy events at Shades of Death Road. It winds alongside Jenny Jump State Forest up to Allamuchy in Warren Country, NJ. This road less traveled has had its fair share of haunted encounters. Over the years, reality and legend have become intertwined, leaving room for even more questions about the mysteries that plague the land. No one is certain how it gained its grime name but there are many legends surrounding it. The most popular legend tells of a murderous past with the original inhabitants of the area. Men from a rowdy gang were said to have caused more than just trouble with women and random squabbles and gained a reputation for their killings. The area they inhabited was nicknamed, Shades of Death Road.

Upon traveling the scenic road, you would never suspect it had a sinister past. The lush wooded land and crisp country air is a great disguise. The road is notorious for mysterious unsolved murders in recent years, becoming a hotspot for local kids and thrill seekers. There is much to explore along the windy road including an old cabin near Ghost Lake and the surrounding miles of forest in the area. While collecting stories for my report, I stumbled upon a chilling tale by an unknown person on the internet. They were exploring deep within the woods near Shades of Death Road when they came across hundreds of unsettling polaroids scattered in the leaves. A few of the disturbing photos featured a TV changing channels and a morbid looking woman lying on some sort of metal table, conscious but not smiling. Local police swiftly began an investigation but came up with nothing.

Head down Lenape Lane toward the cabin and you will find Ghost Lake. The lake is known for its thick fog and eerie apparitions. Anytime I’ve visited I've seen the fog. Ancient Native Americans are said to still haunt the land and many nearby streets have inherited their tribal names. While exploring the nearby woods next to the lake, I began feeling a bit ill and uneasy. My friend and I looked at each other with the same unspoken thought. We quickly headed out of the woods and back to our car. The entire area smelled like blood. Although, we didn’t witness any ghostly figures, many who have visited the area claim to have seen the ghost of a 9-year old girl. No one knows what happened to her but some suspect that she was kidnapped from her parents and killed on the road. Legend has it, if you stop your car and she sees you, she will ask where her parents are. Those who have met the child spirit claim they could not simply ignore her and must try to help.

Despite all of its terrors, I will always be drawn to it. 

 

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The Strange Floating Lights of Slabtown Road

By Kris M

The Strange Floating Lights of Slabtown Road

An extraordinary light show can be seen in a grassy field just off Route 40 in Woodstown, NJ. Those who venture out to witness these mysterious lights claim you can hear the sounds of footsteps walking toward you on either side. The lights begin when the footsteps stop and you will be swarmed with small white lights in the trees, on the road and in the grass. You fingers can glide through the lights without them dissipating. Strange light phenomenons just like the Slabtown lights have been witnessed throughout many parts of the country. Scientists claim there is a practical explanation for them. However, those who visit Slabtown Road are eager for an answer regarding the unnerving footsteps that surround them just before lights appear. Could the floating lights be orbs of energy from spirits that once occupied the land?

 

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