02/2/16

Ghost Queens: Katherine of Aragon

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King Henry VIII,
to six wives he was wedded.
One died, one survived,
two divorced, two beheaded.

Henry VIII is perhaps the most infamous king in English history. The fickle Henry married six times in his 55 years, but could never seem to find the happiness he craved. Though his wives tried their best to please him, Henry was a cruel and difficult man who thought nothing of forsaking those close to him.

Given the heartbreak the king left in his wake, it’s hardly surprising that each of Henry’s wives reportedly haunt the English palaces they once called home. This is the story of Katherine of Aragon.

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01/26/16

Truth or Legend? Mysterious Booms Plague South Carolina

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Skyquakes. Mistpouffers. Seneca Guns. The mysterious booms in South Carolina have many names, but no one knows what causes them. And today the mystery is back in the spotlight after an unexplained boom rattled the Charleston area.

“My whole house just shook…. anyone else? Weird and heard loud boom on Folly Beach,” wrote one witness on Facebook.

“The whole restaurant here at Shem Creek just shook! Earthquake?!,” wrote other.

The boom and subsequent vibration startled Charleston-area residents around 12:26 pm. By 1:00, witnesses were searching for answers online. Though an earthquake was the most common theory, the USGS website shows no record of a quake. So what was it?

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01/19/16

Reader Submission: Shadow Eyes

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“I attended Jefferson High School in 1967 and heard tales of a child named Richard that everyone called Shadow Eyes. He was locked up on the hill, Waverly Hills, which was called Wood Haven at the time.

Many of our parents and teachers had relatives that worked inside Wood Haven, and stories about Richard trickled down at family gatherings. They say the boy was little, about 58 pounds, and stealthy as a cat. All of us teenagers were fans of Richard because he took his bullies like a champ, and he always got his payback.

Rumor has it that when Richard showed up the first day, animals poured out of the woods to be near him. Deer and squirrels and all kinds of animals hung out around Waverly. Neighbors also noticed hundreds of crows moving in. When Richard left, so did all the animals.

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01/3/16

Greenville’s Haunted Springwood Cemetery

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After a year of living in South Carolina, I finally paid a visit to Greenville’s “haunted” Springwood Cemetery.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Springwood is over 200 years old and home to approximately 2,200 family plots. No one knows exactly how many people are buried in Springwood, though some believe more than 10,000 souls rest there. The cemetery is the final home of Confederate soldiers, prominent politicians, and even a NASCAR driver, and like many historic graveyards is rumored to be haunted.

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