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Posted:8/2/2015 9:31:09 PM
Exactly what is a curse? How does it work? What makes it supernatural? These, like many other questions, I had asked when I first came across the concept of a curse. Over the years, I had learned it could also be a hex or jinx where supernatural forces are invoked to inflict harm, misfortune or punishment on a person or people by spells, rituals, pact, spirit or divine being. Curses could even be placed on objects or places, but could they follow you home? The next installment in the series of curses, we'll be looking at the ghost town of Bodie.

Bodie is a ghost town in California located north of Mono Lake. Gold was discovered in the nearby hills by W.S Bodey resulting in hundreds descending onto the area looking to make their fortune. Soon, a boom town was erected and named Bodie due to a misspelling of a sign maker of Bodey. In 1877, a major gold deposit was found in a local mine and two years later the population increased to over 10,000 people. Bodie, like most boom towns during the gold rush, seen its share of lust, greed and violence. The area became infamous knew within the state for lawless, fights and murders.

Bobie decline into a ghost town was gradual as mines were closed and opening, the population dwindled to a few hundred by the 1920s. Only the advancements in gold mining technology had kept the town alive. By the 1940s, the remaining mine was closed and Bodie became abandoned. In 1962, the area was declared as a National Historic Landmark and the Government of California opening the town as a historical Park to be preserved in a state of arrested decay. Soon after that, a strange phenomenon started to occur.

Within incidents reported back in the late 1970s, park staff started receiving packages and letters. The letters were from people who had visited Bodie explaining they had taken a nail, glass jar, rocks or some other souvenir. They would continue to describe experiencing some bad luck or misfortune within their lives. The letter would end with an apology and the returned item hoping their luck will change. This would be known as the Bodie Curse.

Over the years, the letters continued to come and even increased. Accounts given from past visitors having accidents, bad luck, illness, financial troubles, personal crises and even close encounters with death believing the Bodie Curse had befall on them. Many returning the items they had taken and hoped the misfortunes would end. The park has no official standing on the curse, but during tours park staff do mention the curse and advise against any souvenirs. The letters received are on displayed at the Bodie museum.

Some believe that Bodie's violent history place a curse on the town, while others speculate the ghosts from the past are protective of their items. The park is known to have other paranormal phenomenon to occur. Those who slept over night in Bodie report hearing ghostly voice, moving shows and poltergeist activity. If you ever find yourself visiting the park, remember to heed the warning of the curse.

Posted:7/25/2015 5:49:25 PM
The Legend of Moll Dyer has become the most viewed article on Abnormal Realm to date. I would like to thank everyone for checking out the blog along with their comments and feedback. There was no surprise in receiving emails asking for more articles on similar stories. As requested, I will be doing a three part series on places, objects or people believed to be cursed. This week's article looks into the haunted pillar of Georgia.

In August, Georgia, on the curb of Fifth Street stands an old decaying stone pillar. It is all that remains of a market place that was destroyed back in 1878. The column has its own historical marker along with a known dark past. If you ask any local about the pillar, they would warn to best stay away from it. The structure is believed to hold a curse that if anyone was to touch it would result in misfortune, illness or even death.

The pillar was part of large structure known as the Upper and Lower Markets. This center was built in 1830 where residents of Augusta and near by areas would attend to sell or purchase products. The legends says sometime in the last 1800s, an old evangelist visited the city and began to preach at the Market. He hounded the citizen on the need need to turn away from sin along with demanding a church be built for his services. The locals became annoyed of the old man resulting in banning him from the Lower market while some even attempted to run him out of town. The preacher, enrage by such actions, touched the southwest column and declared it would be the only thing standing after a storm to hit the city. Legends also mentions he added a death curse to anyone who tried to move or touch the pillar.

On February 8th , 1878, a tornado hit Augusta and torn though the city for almost a mile. The Lower Market was demolished with only the southwest column standing. Many believed the old preacher's prediction to have been fulfilled and now feared the curse hanging over pillar. Over the years, there have been many stories told about the misfortunes to occur by those touching the structure. The first account mentioned was during the cleanup of the Lower Market when two workmen were struck by lightning while attempting to move the pillar. Another story told goes back to the 1940s about an out-of-towner dying in a car accident after finishing an unsuccessful run in moving the column with his truck and chain. There is even a tale of a bulldozer operator had died from a heart attack when trying to move the pillar that resulted in all future plans to relocate it to be abandoned.

Today, the column remains as a great tourist attraction drawing in thousands to Augusta every year. Most come to see the pillar for themselves while others to tempt fate by laying their hand on it. In researching the Internet on accounts by those claiming to touch the column some reported nothing happened, yet there are testimonies about having bad luck, illness, or other misfortunes. I have not come across any cases involving a death resulting from the curse pillar. However, there have been paranormal activity reported around the column such as phantom sounds, moving shadows and electrical devices failing. If you ever find yourself In Augusta, Georgia and thinking on trying your luck against the curse, remember you had been warned.



Posted:7/17/2015 3:44:02 AM
A few days ago, when over to a friend's place to watch a few horror movies which including the Blair Witch Project. I remember the first time watching the film in theater and enjoying those few moments of suspense, but now it did nothing. I guess that what occurs with any movie you watch 15 years after its release. However, I did learn something new about the film that my friend had informed me about. The Blair Witch Project was inspired from an actual legend of a witch named Moll Dyer who lived in Maryland, USA, during the 17th century.

Before I continue, I want to note that tens of thousands of innocent people throughout the centuries were falsely accused, trailed and executed as witches. They were believed to possess supernatural abilities, cast spells and even curse people while making pacts with demons or the Devil. Today we now know differently. Most of the victims were ordinary women who owned businesses, mid-wives, had knowledge in herbal medicine, lived independent or didn't follow society norms at the time. They became targets of jealousy, fear, hatred, political or financial gains or when a scapegoat was needed. Moll Dyer was no different.

The legend has been part of Leonardtown in St. Mary's County, Maryland for 300 years. There are no historical records of Moll Dyer, yet all the town's residents know her story. According to legend, Moll Dyer migrated to Maryland alone with no one knowing her past or origins. She lived in a cottage just outside of town which was then Seymour town. Moll was a strange woman who lived alone and isolated herself from the daily events of community life. She was known to be a herbal healer that sold remedies to the local town folk. Many of residents were uneasy with her from the beginning and over time suspicion would have them calling her a witch.

As the legends goes, in 1697, Seymour town was hit with harsh winter. During the fall crops had failed and some of the livestock had mysteriously died. With food already scarce an epidemic hit the area resulting in many deaths from either starvation or sickness. With all that was occurring, Moll Dyer had remained unscathed. The locals soon blamed her for the misfortunes and hardship believing she was truly a witch that cursed the town. Then, one night a group of the townsfolk gathered together and decide to put an end to witch's terror. They set the cottage on fire, yet Moll had fled into the woods. Legends says that even though she escaped, she was alone in the forest in the middle of the coldest night of winter.

Several days later, Moll's body was found frozen kneeling with one hand on a rock with the other raised as if crying out for mercy or a curse. The legend continues that when her remains were removed, prints of a hand and knees were left on the boulder. Many believed that Moll Dyer had curse the town as the legends mentions harsh winters, poor crops, and disease continue to plague the area for several years. Over the past century and even today strange occurrences are reported to happen in Leonardtown. There are accounts of those claiming to have seen Moll Dyer's ghost roaming the forest along with stories of specter animals, shadowy figures, a glowing fog and abnormal weather patterns. The rock believed to have the Moll's prints lays in front of the Leonardtown courthouse where people reported to experience some ill affects.



Posted:7/7/2015 2:13:43 AM
Prior to the internet, most of my knowledge about the paranormal came from books, articles, magazines and journals. I read everything I could about UFOs, aliens, demons, ghosts, monsters, legends and even abnormalities in animal behavior. There are cases about domestic pets that cross hundreds of miles to reunite with family, know when their own is coming home or alert to the presence of a supernatural entity. There was this one dark tale I read about involving dogs and a bridge in the U.K.

Near Milton, Dumbarton, Scotland, lays the Overtoun Bridge. The three arched structure was built in the 1890s over a deep valley to allow travel between two estate grounds. The bridge is not known for its architecture or its history, but for what some would claim to be a paranormal phenomenon occurring. In the last five decades, dogs have been leaping off the Overtoun Bridge to their deaths.

Since the 1960s, there are recording accounts of dogs leaping off the bridge and falling 50 feet into the waterfall below. What even becomes more weirder are those canines that survived the fall would attempt to jump off again if brought back to the area. There have been over 60 cases documented of these dog suicides while locals say the number is far greater than what is reported.

Studies had been conducted to determine the cause to why the animals are leap over the side of the bridge. Environment factors, breed and including the dog's lifestyle were tested, but revealed nothing conclusive. There is no scientific explanation to this day to why these incidences are happening. Theories speculated had ranged from dog depression to sounds wave confusing the animal. Scientists and animal experts believe the canines are chasing after local wild life by the bridge and jump over the side on impulsive without realizing of the drop.

There are a few that think there is more of a paranormal explanation to these events such as ghosts or a curse. This assumption resulted from the fact of the dogs jumping off the bridge from almost the same spot. Also, in 1994, a man threw his baby off the Overtoun Bridge believing the child to be a demon and later attempted suicide there as well. Whether supernatural to be at work or not there is no other location on the planet where this phenomenon is occurring. As the locals warn, keep your friend tight on the leash if you are the cross the bridge.



Posted:5/30/2015 1:42:22 AM
In European history, documented cases exist of people convicted for committing murders as a werewolf. In their confessions, many described the source to the transformation as a belt, ointment, a potion or some other magical device when applied. Historical believed that such objects maybe have been either part of the delusion experienced in clinical lycanthropy or a hallucinogen altering reality. Even the testimony of witnessed transformations are seen as nothing more than fabrications, coached or hysteria. In the final installment of historical werewolves, we look into the account of Jacques Roulet if such creatures are supernatural or the delusions of the human mind?

In 1598, near Angers, France, two hunters came across the remains of a 15 year old boy that two wolves were feasting upon. When the men approached, the animals quickly retreated into the forest. The hunters gave chase and tracked the wolves through the woods where they stumbled upon a half-naked man shivering uncontrollably while hiding under some thicket. He was covered in blood with small pieces of flesh in hand. Immediately the hunters were suspicious of the man and brought him to the local authorities.

The man was identified to be a local beggar by the name of Jacque Roulet. In the investigation, the flesh in the man's hand was found to be human and after questioning admitted to killing the 15 year old boy. Jacques was arrested and put on trial where he confessed to being a werewolf. In a statement, years ago his parents gave him a salve to drink bestowing upon him the ability to transform into a wolf. Jacques claimed his brother and cousin also received this power. He continued that the three of them killed and eaten the bodies like the 15 year boy.

The local authorities investigated the parents found them in good standing along with the brother and cousin. Mr. Roulet was convicted of murder, werewolfism along with cannibalism and sentenced to death. Jacques appealed to the Parliament of Paris and confined to a mental institution for two years after being judged not to be sound of mind.

Jacques Roulet is among the many documented cases where convicted murderers were alleged to be werewolves. There are debates whether these accounts were the result of delusions of the mentally unstable, drug induced hallucinations, or even fabrications forced to confess under torture. Historians and researcher doubt of any supernatural connections into such accounts, yet in this modern era sightings of werewolves continue throughout the globe.



Posted:5/25/2015 3:18:27 AM
Modern historians researched into causes to explain the reports of werewolves throughout Europe over the centuries. Theories suggested have been hysteria, disease, mutation or medical condition. One argument that has been widely referred to is clinical lycanthropy where the person is affected with a delusion they could transform into a wolf or some other animal. The researchers believed the few cases where individuals were found guilt of murder, assault and cannibalism were suffering from this psychiatric syndrome. One account to always be mentioned when discussion clinical lycanthropy is Jean Grenier, which is the next installment in the series of historical werewolves.

In 1603, a rain of terror hit the small villages within the south-western parts of France. Children were mysteriously disappearing from farms and roads without a trace and in one account a babe was reported taken from his cradle. Some of the villagers believed wolves to have taken the children while others whispered of something more supernatural within the woods. What many had feared became reality when a young girl was attacked by a wolf.

One day, Marguerite Poirer, a 13 year old girl was attending to livestock within the fields. A large wolf unlike any she had seen before came charging out of the forest at her. The creature attacked Marguerite, but she was able to defend herself with an iron stuff she carried. Eventually the wolf retread back into the woods as the girl ran back home. Marguerite reported the assault to local authorities along with mentioning of a boy, aged 14, named Jean Grenier who in past conversions with her on the enjoyment of killing as a wolf.

While being questioned by authorities, Jean bragged about how he assaulted Marguerite and could have killed her. As the investigation continued, the boy made claims to killing local children and eating their flesh. Jean Grenier was immediately arrested and brought to trail where he admitted to being a werewolf. In his confession, the boy described meeting a man named Pierre du Tilhaire that would introduce him to the Lord of the Forest. The Lord bestowed Jean with a wolf's skin and ointment that would transfer him into a wolf. The youth roamed the forest for three years, killing off children and eating their flesh. Jean confessed to murdering dozens of children within the area.

In the trail, there were witnesses that given testimony to being attacked by a wolf along with threats made by the boy to devour them. The claims of witchcraft, the devil and werewolves during the proceeding were ignored by the judge. He accepted the testimony of two doctors that Jean Grenier was suffering from mental condition of lycanthropy than a supernatural one. In consideration of the boy's age, intellectual problems and history, the judge was lenient and sentenced the youth to life within a monastery at Bordeaux. Years later, accounts were reported Jean stilled believed he was a wolf and continued to act as one.

There are many documented accounts people killed to what many feared by werewolves. Historians believe cases involving serial killers, murders, and cannibals, such as Jean Grenier maybe been affected with clinical lycanthropy in determining why many claimed to be these supernatural creature. This theory may explain some cases yet doesn't account for the testimony of those to have witnessed the criminal's transformation.



Posted:5/16/2015 8:08:37 PM
The werewolf, also called lycanthrope, is a mythical human that possesses the ability to transform into a wolf by either spell, curse or natural ability. Legends of this creature exists in many of the folklore throughout the world. Do werewolves walk the earth or are merely the creation of nightmares from the human imagination? In Europe, for centuries many lived in fear that the creature was all but too real. There are documented incidents of people attacked by unusually large wolves along with accounts of individuals accuses of being a lycanthrope. Whether they were serial killers, murders, cannibals, or even innocents hundreds were trailed, tortured and then executed as a werewolf. In a three part series I am posting articles on historical cases involving those believed to have been the shape shifter. We begin with Gilles Garnier

Gilles Garnier was a hermit living near the outskirts of Dole in France. He had married and brought his new bride to live with him out in the woods. Over the years, they had children and in one year. Garnier had difficult in providing food for his family. He would soon find a means to ensure there was meat on the table.

In the near by French village of Dole, sometime in the early 1570s, local children were disappearing or found dead by the villagers. There were reports of a large wolf witnessed to be prowling in the forest near the town. Many believed the creature to be a werewolf as the authorities of Franche-Comté province issued a decree to all people in the region to hunt down and kill the creature. One evening, a group of villages came across a boy fighting off a monstrous creature. When they came to the child's aid. The wolf ran off and what some would testified to witnessing the animal transformed into a man they recognized as Gill Garnier.

Eventually Garneir and his wife were arrested and trailed at Dole. In his confession, Gilles stated while hunting in the forest an spectre appeared to him. The entity was knowing of his troubles in providing food for his family offered an ointment to the man that would turn him into a wolf and hunt animals easier. Gilles took the deal, but instead of deer, rabbits or bird his prey became humans. Garneir admitted to killing four children and detailed how he would cannibalizing the body then bring home pieces of flesh for his family to eat. Gilles Garnier was found guilt and burned at the stake on January 18, 1573 as a werewolf.

There were many innocents to have falsely accused and executed during this time. This article is to examine those documented cases involving where a number of people were murdered by individuals in history to have been trailed and sentenced as a werewolf. Today one could look at such accounts that these persons were murders, cannibals or not even in the right mind. Some researchers have suggested that those convicted in the past many have been suffering a medical condition known as lycanthropy where the victim sees themselves as a wolf. Despite all theories, no one may truly know to the motives of these men.



Posted:5/10/2015 11:49:26 AM
Unfortunately if someone is sadistic in life more then likely they be the same in death. In these world we will see the good along with the bad of human nature which also goes with encountering the paranormal. There are experiences of people interacting with love one wanting to say goodbye while others are being terrorized by forces wanting to harm them. Despite these paranormal shows, research into any society, culture, religion, legend, or folklore and learn there exists entities on this planet of non human origins for thousands of years desiring humanity's destruction. Education is to helping those experiencing the worst of such encounters ending the nightmare.

Posted:4/25/2015 3:35:24 PM
One of the first convention I ever attended was at a hotel in Toronto. There I have seen the latest in ghost hunting equipment, talked with several paranormal groups and learn of the newest research. I remember while attending a question and answer session with one of the guest speakers, someone asked what places would likely to be more haunted one could investigate. His answer was not the cemeteries or burial grounds, but areas that seen and experience the worst of human atrocities such as prison and battlefields. The example he gave which is the final installment of the most haunted places on earth series is Fort Gorge in southern Ontario.

Fort George is a historical military site that was built at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario by the British Army in 1769. The site served as the headquarters for British forces within the area and was a scene of massive fighting during the War of 1812. The fort was taken over by American forces in 1813 and became a staging area for their invasion of Upper Canada. Eventually, Fort George was retaken by the British, but suffered heavy damage by the end of the war. Over the years, the site was rebuilt and continued to serve a military function such as a training base for Canadian forces during the first and second Word War. Fort George was abandon by the military in 1965, yet later become a National Historical Site of Canada. Today Fort George is known for yearly reenacts and the paranormal activity occurring within its walls. It has been dubbed one of the most haunted forts in the world.

Paranormal experience have been reported at Fort George not only by tourist and employees of the site, but also accounts going back a century from soldiers who once occupied the site. There have been many different supernatural occurrences being encountered withing the fortification. People have reported confronting apparitions of ghosts such as soldiers appearing out of nowhere. Some experienced poltergeist phenomena where unseen forces would close doors, move objects and even push people. One common instance many said they had is hearing gunfire, artillery shells and people screaming as there was a battle raging within the fort. Other encounters mentioned are strange lights, orbs, ghosts of children and the newest development is UFOs sightings by the structure. Many believe the paranormal activity within the walls of Fort George are caused by the ghosts of those who died in the War of 1812.

Since 1994, haunted ghost tours have been held within Fort George and maybe one of the longest running within the region. Many paranormal groups have converged upon the site over the years to investigate its supernatural happenings. Several had claimed not only have to brush against, but record the paranormal as video, EVPs, etc. Skeptics allege the stories of Fort George nothing more than fabrications to drum up business into the area. As with everything dealing in the paranormal the final decision to believe or not lies with you.



Posted:4/17/2015 5:53:26 PM
Back in the mid 90s, one of the first ghost hunting groups I joined wanted to investigate this park that was believed to be the most haunted place in the city. There were stories told for decades of ghosts, moving shadows, strange lights, and other unearthly events occurring. The nights we spent there yielded nothing, but taught the valuable lesson of patience as the paranormal will not be active at your convenience. There are a few locations on the planet where the forces of the supernatural are said to never stop occurring and each night becomes a terror. In the second installment of the most haunted places on earth series, we look into the Ancient Ram Inn.

In the village, of Wotton-under-Eedge, Gloucestershire, UK, lays the Bed and Breakfast the Ancient Ram Inn. The building is believed to be built in the 1150, once owned by the St. Mary's Church to serve has the priest's residence. The property has gone through many hands, but is currently privately own by Mr. Humphries who purchase the place back in 1968. The Ancient Ram Inn has been dubbed the most haunted building in the UK and in the world. If the nightly paranormal activity don't scare you then its history should.

The building has been claimed to be built on an ancient Pagan burial ground which remains me of a few of those haunted stories in the US that start with native burial site. The history becomes even darker once learning of the legends surrounding the Ancient Ram Inn. Tales of past inhabitants murdered in their own beds, a witch that was burnt at the stake and rituals of dark magic performed. Human sacrifice and Devil worship are believed to had happened in the past as Mr. Humphries found skeleton remains and daggers within his home.

Since the building became a Bed and Breakfast, many reported of paranormal activity. Guests claiming be awaken at night by unearthly screams of women or children crying. Accounts given of seeing shadowy figures, orbs appearing, and the apparitions of knights and monks along. There are allegations of individuals to been pushed, hit or pulled out their beds by unseen forces causing a few incidents of guests running off terrorized in the middle of the night. The owner says he had similar experiences since taking ownership of the inn and to this day is still assaulted by those entities.

Over the past two decades many paranormal groups have come to Ancient Ram Inn to investigate the supernatural inhabiting the place. Many had claimed to capture EVPs of tormented ghosts, filmed moving orbs, communicated with the spirits and warned of the presence of demonic forces. Also, I would like to mention skeptics have too spent the night at the inn and found nothing paranormal about it. They alleged that all paranormal claims are made up to stir up business. Haunted or hoax, determine that for yourself by spending night at the Ancient Ram Inn.