6 Signs a Ghost Story is Probably BS

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As much as I enjoy writing about ghost legends, I have to admit many (most?) of the tales out there just aren’t credible. Here are six things that make me suspicious.

There Are No Historical Records

Many haunted sites have tragic back stories involving murder, mayhem, heartbreak, and despair. However, there’s often no historical evidence to back up the claims. Take Anna of the 17Hundred90 Inn. Her story is perhaps the most famous ghost tale in all of Savannah, but there’s no record of a woman named Anna jumping from Room 204 (which isn’t all that high, by the way). There’s also no record of a maid jumping from OKC’s Skirvin Hotel, a slave name Chloe poisoning her master’s family, a suicidal bride at the Adolphus Hotel, a jilted bride at the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority house, or a heartbroken woman at Emily’s Bridge. Newspapers at the time would have certainly covered the shocking events, and yet there’s no record.

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The Legend of Emily’s Bridge

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Located in Stowe, Vermont, Gold Brook Bridge, aka Emily’s Bridge, is nearly 170 years old. The wooden structure has witnessed a lot of history throughout the years, including the tragic death of a jilted young woman said to haunt the bridge to this day.

The legend of Emily’s Bridge is similar to legends surrounding other haunted properties – a beautiful young woman is abandoned at the altar and her grief proves too much to bear. Devastated by the betrayal, the jilted bride either takes her own life or dies in a tragic accident. In the case of Emily’s Bridge, both endings have found their way into local lore.

According to one tale, a young woman named Emily donned a red dress on her wedding day and waited for her betrothed to arrive at the church. The groom never showed, and in a fit of grief, Emily fled with the family wagon. Furious and heartbroken, the distracted young woman missed a crucial turn and crashed into the brook, killing herself and the horses drawing her carriage. Another version of the tale says Emily planned to meet her fiancé at the bridge, but the young man never showed. Devastated, Emily fetched a length of rope and hanged herself from the rafters.

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