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 infamous 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 that he arranged for her to live in private quarters above the carriage house. There, the two romped until Sorrel’s wife Matilda discovered the sordid 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 mansion.

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

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01/27/15

Truth or Legend? A Killer Slave Haunts the Myrtles Plantation

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The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, LA bills itself as one of the most haunted homes in America. Dozens of legends surround the historic property, though the tale of Chloe the killer slave is by far the most famous. But is it true?

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12/15/14

Truth or Legend? A Mother’s Ghost Saves Her Son

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In the wee hours of June 10, 1994, Deborah Hoyt awoke with a start. She was staying with her husband at a relative’s home in Sacramento, CA, but felt she must leave immediately. The winding mountain road between Sacramento and the Hoyts’ own home in Lake Tahoe made Deborah uneasy, especially at night, but the urge to leave was overwhelming.

“I just felt like there was something pulling me up the mountain,” Hoyt said in an appearance on Paranormal Witness.

At a section of Highway 50 known as Bullion Bend, near Placerville, Deborah spotted a nude woman lying near the shoulder of the road. The woman was positioned on her side, bent legs together with an arm over her head. She was ghastly pale and looked dead.

Horrified, Deborah and her husband drove to the nearest phone and called the police. Sheriff’s deputy Rich Strasser arrived at the scene, but found no trace of a woman, nude or otherwise.

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09/1/14

Truth or Legend? The Amityville Horror House

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The Amityville horror house is arguably the most famous haunted home in the United States. The Ocean Avenue site has inspired countless books and a dozen films, with the latest, Amityville: The Awakening, slated to hit theaters early next year. However, are the stories about the house true or nothing more than an elaborate hoax turned legend?

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