04/15/15

Truth or Legend? Wronged Wife, Slave Haunt Savannah’s Sorrel-Weed House

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Built in 1840, the Sorrel-Weed House in Savannah, GA is famous for its history and famous for its ghosts. But is the legend surrounding the historic home true or is it mere folklore?

The Legend

The Sorrel-Weed House first belonged to wealthy shipping merchant Francis Sorrel. Though Francis was married, legend has it that a beautiful slave named Molly caught his eye. In fact, Sorrel was so enamored by the slave named that he arranged for her to live in private quarters above the carriage house. There, the two romped until Sorrel’s wife Matilda discovered their affair. Devastated by her husband’s betrayal, Matilda leaped from a second story balcony and died in the courtyard below. A few days after Matilda’s death, servants discovered Molly hanging from a noose in the carriage house. Now, the tragic women reportedly haunt the Sorrel-Weed House.

In 2005, the Ghost Hunters crew recorded this EVP which some believe is Sorrel’s slave screaming in pain.

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04/13/15

Paranormal Book: Kamakura Hauntings by Ron L. Dutcher

kamakura_hauntingsI’ve long been fascinated with Japanese ghost stories which is why Ron L. Dutcher’s Kamakura Hauntings caught my eye. Available on Amazon’s Indie Bookstore,the book features 10 chilling ghost tales from Kamakura, Japan.

Kamakura is the former de facto capital of Japan, and Dutcher’s book features 10 spooky stories about the ghosts said to roam the ancient city. There’s a haunted tunnel, a ghoulish seductress, a vindictive statute, and many other horrors. I particularly enjoyed the book because I was unfamiliar with the legends. Unless you live in Japan or have researched the country’s ghost tales, the stories will be new to you as well.

Unlike many self-published works, Dutcher’s book is well written with only a minimal amount of typos and errors. Ron also knows how to weave historical facts into a story without boring the reader (a rare skill for paranormal book authors). The author presents many of the legends in short story format, which I enjoyed, though some readers may prefer a less fictional approach.

If you’re looking for a short, entertaining read or want to learn more about Japanese ghost tales, Kamakura Hauntings is a good bet. Check it out!

Kamakura Kwaidan: True Japanese Ghost Stories and Hauntings is available on Amazon for $3.49 or KindleUnlimited for free. Dutcher is also the author of Okinawa Hauntings and Okinawa Hauntings 2.

04/12/15

Ghost Photo: Real Ghost or Poster Child?

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Last week, redbookmag.com posted this photo with the following explanation:

“Anastassia Perets was flipping through an old family album when she stumbled across a photo of herself taken when she was four years old (she’s the one in the spunky red pants). In the background, another child appears to be opening a door. Seems normal enough. But there was no little girl there—well, not living at least.”

While the magazine implies the blonde girl in the background is a ghost, critics aren’t so sure. Many point out that the blonde child appears oddly flat, as if she’s part of a poster or photo glued to the wall. Others point out that the child bears a striking resemblance to Poltergeist’s Carol Anne or a girl from a V.C. Andrew’s cover (Flowers in the Attic or My Sweet Audrina). What do you believe?

Have you captured a ghost on camera? Send it to ghostsghoul@gmail.com!

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04/6/15

Reader Submission: The Ouija Boy

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“My friend and I moved into an apartment about two weeks ago. On our first night here, I had a vivid dream that a little boy (around 10-12 years old) stood by my bedroom door and watched me sleep, all the while coming closer and closer. The next day, I told my friend about it. We are both very interested in the supernatural so we decided to get out a Ouija board out and see if it was real.

We contacted a spirit that said it was the boy. He said he had died in our apartment building, in room 308. That room is just down the hall from us. We talked to it a bit and it seemed nice. We eventually said goodbye and went to sleep.

The next day we used the Ouija board again because our friend came over and wanted to try it. The spirit we got didn’t like me because I’m a woman. It even spelled out the word b*tch. The planchette kept moving off the board and towards me, across the table. We asked it if it was obsessed with me, and it said yes. My friend decided to ask if it was the boy we talked to yesterday. It said yes. We said goodbye and put the board away.

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