Reader Submission: The Gardener


“About five years ago, I purchased two cottages adjacent to each other in one garden. They’re in a small hamlet called ‘Les Granges’ located on the outskirts of a rural village called St. Dizier Leyrenne in the Limousin region of central France. My main intention was to develop the properties for holiday lettings.

I began to renovate the houses, and it was during this time whilst installing a new window, I caught a glimpse of an elderly man in overalls and a straw hat.

Intrigued by his presence and his unknown identity, I proceeded downstairs through the cottage and exited, into the garden, and to my amazement he had curiously disappeared. I patrolled around the perimeter of my garden, but not a soul was to be seen.

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7 Chilling Paranormal Mysteries

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We’ve all heard ghost stories about creepy things happening to “a friend of a friend” or a distant relative in another city. But what about the stories that are more than just urban legends or anecdotal accounts? What about the stories reported on by reputable sources? Those that make national headlines and involve one or more credible witnesses? Believe it or not, stories like these do exist. And they’re more common than you might think. With than in mind, here are seven paranormal mysteries that will give you chills.

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7 Tragic October Events That Created Ghosts


Ah, October. A time for pumpkin patches, autumn celebrations, and of course, Halloween. But it’s not all fun and games this time of year. From a horrific fire to a tidal wave of beer, here are seven October events that created ghosts.

HMS Curacoa Sinking


On October 2, 1942, the RMS Queen Mary accidentally rammed and sank her escort ship, the HMS Curacoa, as she carried over 10,000 troops to Europe. More than 200 men died in the collision, and now Queen Mary staff and visitors reportedly hear strange sounds coming from the ship’s bow. The eerie noises include rushing water, tearing metal, and anguished screams.

Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe


On October 7, 1849, renowned author Edgar Allan Poe died four days after he was discovered deliriously wandering the streets of Baltimore. No one knows how Poe got in that condition or what caused his unexpected death.

Though Poe might be gone, some people believe the author still lurks around his former home at 203 North Amity Street. Several people have reportedly felt taps on the shoulder but saw no one when they turned round. One guest was spooked when a window sash appeared to fly across the room and land at his feet.

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8 Haunted Places in Iowa

A historic asylum, an airplane crash site, a home with a horrifying past. Iowa is full of chillingly haunted places. Here are eight of them.

Villisca Ax Murder House – Villisca


On June 10, 1912, someone took an ax to six members of the Moore family and their two overnight guests. Six of the victims were children and each had been viciously struck in the head. Though authorities investigated many suspects, including one man who stood trial twice, none were found guilty, and the murder remains unsolved. Today, the home is reportedly haunted by the slaughtered victims. Strange activity includes vanishing bloodstains, disembodied voices, and shoves from unseen hands.

Oakland Cemetery – Iowa City


Many creepy tales surround the “black angel” of Oakland Cemetery. Some say those who kiss or touch the angel will suffer an agonizing death. Others believe a curse causes the angel to darken each year. Many paranormal investigators are drawn to the statue and have recorded strange audio and shadows in the night. One cold night, a televised team pointed a thermal camera at the statue only to discover it was red hot.

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