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Friday, April 18, 2014

Nashville's Haunted History: Union Station Hotel

Located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a hidden haunted gem called the Union Station Hotel. This beautifully restored 19th-Century railroad station was built to bring the city's numerous railroad companies under the same roof. Rich in history, it is the tragic train collision of 1918 that many associate with the numerous hauntings reported at this site.

On a fateful morning in 1918, a train travelling from the station collided head on with another train at a section of track called Dutchman's Curve, tragically killing 101 people. Spectators came in droves to see the aftermath of the accident. Witnesses described seeing badly burned bodies scattered amongst the wreckage and those whose remains were completely torn apart from the impact.  The injured and dead were brought back to the station where a makeshift morgue and hospital were made.

The ghost of a young man wearing a WWII uniform has been spotted as well as the apparition of a woman wearing bloody torn clothes. Hotel guests who stay on the 5th floor have reported hearing banging sounds late at night and hearing the sounds of disembodied voices. Lamps, televisions and other electronics will turn on and off for no apparent reason. Also, objects tend to move and go missing with no explanation.

Great Train Wreck of 1918 

Monday, April 07, 2014

Ghost Soldiers of Old Fort Niagara

 Photo © 2014 Marica Sutic
With more than 300 years of history, Old Fort Niagara is believed by many to be haunted with the ghosts of soldiers from its past.  With a history soaked in violence, death and misery, it is no wonder there are so many claims of paranormal activity at this location.  Once occupied by three nations - France, Great Britain and the United States, today Fort Niagara sits along the Niagara River and Lake Ontario perfectly preserved as it appeared in the 1700's.  

Recently, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit Old Fort Niagara, and attend the Para-History Festival taking place on site. A number of paranormal investigators were in attendance, along side members of the TAPS family and former Haunted Collector, Brian Cano. After saying hello to a few friends, I excitedly headed out to explore the grounds and take a step back in time.

A short distance from the building where the festival was being held, is a small  fenced in cemetery with numerous headstones, many of which are unreadable. Two monuments to honor the fallen soldiers from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 are also in the cemetery. Beyond the cemetery, near the gated entrance to the fort, stands a historic, inactive lighthouse that served a great importance during its operational years.
Photo © 2014 Marica Sutic

Filled with excitement, like a kid in a candy store, I made my way over to the fort. My eyes were immediately drawn to the magnificent sight of the French Castle. It is within these impressive stone walls, where sightings and stories of paranormal activity are a plenty. As I stepped inside my eyes were drawn to a stone well. A longtime local legend tells a story of a decapitated French soldiers' body being thrown down the well and his head tossed in the nearby lake. According to this legend, a bitter feud erupted between two French soldiers over their love for the same woman, ending in the horrific murder.  It is said that the spectre of this headless soldier has been seen wandering the parade grounds and within the buildings on moonlit nights. * I have found no historical records to validate this story.*

 Photo © 2014 Marica Sutic
I continued my exploration of the building and grounds, taking numerous photographs; allowing my senses to guide me. I didn't capture any anomalies on film,  and I felt very comfortable throughout my exploration of the fort. At times I thought I heard a few odd sounds, but the winds were fierce coming off the nearby lake and I dismissed the sounds as mother nature being the cause. When I returned to the location of the event, I spoke to a number of paranormal teams who have investigated the site before. They told me that they captured a number of clear EVPs in the French Castle. Also, the sound of heavy boots coming from the upstairs level was heard and numerous shadow figures have been seen. Later that evening, a public investigation was being held at the fort. I did not participate and am waiting to hear from those that did as to what, if any, evidence was captured. I look forward to returning to this beautiful historic location in the nearby future.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

A Paranormal Card Game

©2014 CORE Films, Inc
"THE THREE PILLARS™  is a fast-paced, witty game of checks and balances that celebrates the paranormal community while gently satirizing the drama that is often encountered within it. Assemble your team, visit haunted locations and submit evidence to close the cases - but be warned - not only must you deal with Murphy's Law, but with other paranormal teams investigating the same places as you - and chances are, they won't be helpful. Never before has Paranormal Division been so fun."  

This game looks like a lot of fun and will be the perfect add to my paranormal collection. I especially like the chosen design for the Evidence Cards - a very nice touch! 
***The Three Pillars is now available for pre-order in the SCARED! store. (Release date: 4/10/2014)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Fort Pulaski: The History and the Haunts

Haunted Fort Pulaski: Located on Cockspur Island, Georgia, near the mouth of the Savannah River, stands a battered "monument of military ingenuity". This massive fortification, shaped like a truncated hexagon, played a critical role in the American Civil War. Named in honor of the "Soldier of Liberty", Casimir Pulaski,  the fort took nearly twenty years to complete construction and consisted of a moat, parade ground and two powder magazines. Fort Pulaski also served as the southern most destination along the many vast and intricate safe havens for slaves known as the Underground Railroad.

On April 10, 1862, under the command of Colonel Charles H. Olmstead, Confederate militia occupying the fort came under Union attack. After a 30 hour bombardment by the Union's innovative Parrott Rifle cannon and percussion shells, Colonel Charles H. Olmstead surrendered.

Today Fort Pulaski stands as a vivid reminder of these past events, including the story of The Immortal 600.
"To the dead and living comrades of the Immortal Six Hundred, Confederate officers, prisoners of war, who were confined in the stockade on Morris Island, South Carolina, under fire of our own guns shelling that island; and who were subsequently starved on rations of rotten corn meal and onion pickle at Fort Pulaski, Georgia, and Hilton Head, South Carolina, 1864-65, by order of Edwin M. Stanton, United States Secretary of War to all who remained true unto the end, under the terrible ordeal of fire and starvation, this history is affectionately inscribed with a comrades love. J. OGDEN MURRAY. "
These unimaginable events have imprinted the fabric of time, leaving energy to remain on the grounds. Recently, team members from Off The Beaten Path Paranormal conducted an investigation at the fort. The evidence that Steve Cote and Dominic Bouchard captured is by far some of the best I have seen.
Haunted Fort Pulaski & Bonaventure Cemetery  by Steve Cote 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Creepy Balloon Carrying Clown Goes Viral

Photo by Michael Leavy

I've sat back and watched the "terror" unfold as sightings of a creepy, balloon carrying clown goes viral and terrorizes Staten Island residents long enough! I think that most of us would agree, thanks to Stephen King, clowns scare the shit out of the majority of us! However, not wanting to leave your home because of a man wandering around dressed in a clown suit -  is just ridiculous! I'm going with 'Creepy viral clown may be linked to film company'.  Think publicity stunt first people and Pennywise the crazy, killer clown second. LOL.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Off the Beaten Path: Haunted Savannah Georgia Teaser

From Off the Beaten Path Paranormal comes this Haunted Savannah Georgia teaser vid. Be sure to check out Crossroads Paranormal for more videos of their travels and investigations at some of the most haunted locations in North America.

UPDATE! Brand new extended Off the Beaten Path video & vlog Haunted Savannah Georgia Road Trip Intro

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Haunted Niagara

Niagara-on-the-Lake Town Hall -  ©2014 Marica Sutic
One of my all time favorite places to wander and immerse myself in haunted history is Niagara-on-the-Lake. As I wander the streets of this quaint town, I am surrounded by buildings and homes that date back 200 years-  each with their own story to tell.  This charming Canadian town played a key role in the War of 1812, and is considered to be "Canada's most haunted town".

Walking along Queen Street, my mind takes me to the story of "Sobbing Sophia". Sophia Shaw was the love of Major General Isaac Brock. Brock was tragically killed in the battle at Queenston Heights before the two lovers could wed. Sophia was devastated by the news of Brock's death and never recovered from the loss of her love. She died young - from what many say was a broken heart. To this day locals say that her sobs can be heard reverberating throughout Queen Street.
The Olde Angel Inn- ©2014 Marica Sutic

Another popular place where I stopped to enjoy a cold pint and the friendly atmosphere of one of Ontario's oldest inns was at The Olde Angel Inn. One step through its doors and you are immediately taken back in time. This small, cozy inn is the site of Captain Colin Swayze's murder. With hopes for one last rendezvous with his lover, Captain Colin Swayze retreated to the Inn where he found himself surprised by American troops sent to search the place. The Captain hid inside an empty barrel in the basement to escape detection. Tragically, the invaders used bayonets to stab and slash at everything in sight -including the barrel - leaving Captain Colin Swayze fatally wounded. Visitors and employees have seen shadows and heard strange sounds coming from the Colonel Room. Place settings in the dining area have been eerily moved around, and the sound of footfall across the wooden floors have been heard often.
Stay tuned! I will be heading back to Niagara-on-the-Lake soon and bringing back more ghostly tales from Canada's most haunted town.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Savannah's Haunted Brewery

Established in 1999, Moon River Brewing Company is considered to be the most haunted location in Savannah, Georgia. Built by Elazer Early in 1821, the building was once the City Hotel, and also served as a post office as well as bank. Often times hotel patrons clashed and violence brought on by booze and pride erupted. In 1932 a feud broke out between Dr. Philip Minis and James Stark, which ended in Minis killing Stark with a pistol shot to the chest. Minis was later acquitted of the crime and went on to become a prominent surgeon. The hotel came to a close in 1864 just prior to the city's invasion by Union troops. The building managed to remain unscathed during the Civil War, and was used over the years for a number of businesses.

There have been many reports of paranormal activity at this location; capturing the interests of paranormal television shows and investigators in recent years. The building consists of three floors, each having their own hot spots of ghostly activity. Employees have seen shadow figures and objects move, heard voices and have had the feeling of being pushed when on the stairs.

Currently, team members from Off The Beaten Path Paranormal are heading to Savannah to conduct an investigation. I look forward to their findings and will post an update for you all soon. Cheers guys and safe travels!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Extraterrestrial Implant Researcher Dr. Roger Leir Passes Away

On March 14th, the UFO community lost an important figure. Dr. Roger Leir was a devoted Ufologist known for his physical research on alien implants. Author of  "The Aliens and the Scalpel", Dr. Leir and his surgical team performed a number of removals of mysterious foreign objects from alleged abductees; baffling the scientific community and causing much controversy. 

Film documents research of alien implant doctor Roger Leir

Rest in peace Dr. Roger Leir, thank you for your passion and dedication. The UFO community praises you for your contributions.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Strange Lights in the Night Sky

This night will forever be engrained in my memory. Fourteen years later, I continue to try and make sense of what I saw. It was a stormy summer night, the rain was heavy and the lightning blinding. This was no ordinary storm though...

Earlier that night, I noticed the atmosphere was ripe for a wicked storm; I could sense one was about to erupt at any moment as I exited my university building. Everyone had the same idea as me, to get home fast!

I made it home safe, with just minutes to spare before the skies opened up and began beating on my town below. I was tired, so I decided to head up to my room and watch TV for a while. I have always loved a good storm, so like many times before I kept the vertical blinds open and all the lights off in my room- except for the glow from my small TV.

Soon, after getting comfortable in bed, my attention was drawn from the TV to my bedroom window. I noticed what appeared to be a craft of some kind descending rapidly and coming straight towards the back of our house. It was difficult to make out at first from the large, old tree dividing ours and the neighbors' backyard property. I was convinced that a small plane was in trouble due to the pounding rain. Just as I was about to run for cover, the object stopped nearby a small branch of the tree. I could see a cone shaped light emanating from the base of the object and a light beam of some sorts coming off the nose. It was there for a minute or two - suspended in air. When lightning lit up the sky, I could see that it was some sort of solid object. Suddenly it became surrounded in a bright blueish-white light and passed effortlessly through the tree branches! This ball of light was now in our backyard, hovering just 20 feet from my 2nd floor bedroom window. It was approximately the size of a lid from a round garbage can. I could see green and red rotating lights directly in the center of the object; similar to a string of lights at Christmastime on the chaser setting wrapped once around a ball. That was when I ran out into the hallway and began pounding on my brothers' door to see if he was seeing what I was - as his window also faced the backyard. He responded that he was and from the sound of his voice I could tell he was completely freaked out.  I then ran to get my parents and without any thought - pushed open their bedroom door to yell "ma..dad..there's a UFO in our backyard, come quick!" My father mumble a profanity at me in Serbian for waking him up on a work night but my mother quickly got out of bed and came into my room. We both stood there at my window in awe watching the blueish-white, orb-like object hover there for about 20- 30 minutes. In that time the storm let up quite a bit and my mother left to go back to bed. I got back onto my bed and continued to be hypnotized by what I was witnessing. Then, the object disappeared... or so I thought. Within 30 or so seconds, it reappeared as an amber orange colored ball of light - about the size of a Frisbee. And this is where it gets even weirder - the object then split into two amber colored balls of light and began zipping around the backyard in a pattern similar to that of the infinity symbol. Then it would move fast vertically up and down. Both stopping on a dime each time before ascending or descending again. They moved so fast, I could see the lit path left behind from the luminous objects.   It would fuse together back as one and then split and do the whole "dance" again. Talk about weird!  This went on for 4 hours before it disappeared completely. Now one would immediately ask - did you film it? Regretfully I did not. There was no film in my camera and our video camera at time was completely dead of batteries.

The next day I went next door to talk to our neighbor. I asked if he noticed anything odd the night before.  He said no, but he did tell me that his outdoor dogs were freaked out , feverishly scratching his back door and, as a result, he had to bring both inside for the remainder of the night. He did mention that storms in the past never caused them to panic and he found that odd. 

This event was witnessed by three members of my family. To this day, we have no idea what the strange lights were. Oddly enough, my fear was suppressed the entire time by a hypnotic-like fixation on what I was seeing. It was only after that I found myself totally creeped out.