01/7/14

Ghost Photo: Pearl Harbor Face

ghost photo pearl harborOn December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy bombed the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor in a surprise attack that claimed nearly 2,500 American lives. Over 1,000 of those men died aboard the USS Arizona and many of the victims’ bodies could not be recovered.

Just under 60 years later, in September 2011, an Australian woman named Susan De Vanny visited the USS Arizona Memorial and snapped the photo on the right. The memorial sits just above the sunken Arizona, and De Vanny believes the pic might show the anguished spirit of a soldier who died in the infamous attack.

“It just looked really sad, really sad and young,” De Vanny said. “The face, to me looked young, which I don’t know if it represents the men at that time who perished.”

Mysterious Universe reported on the pic soon after its release, and a reader commented with this chilling tale:

I visited the USS Arizona memorial last June. I was watching the balls of oil float up and watched as they spread across the water’s surface; as in the picture in the article.

Next to me was a little girl, perhaps four or five years old, babbling away. I wasn’t listening to her, but as I stood up, the girl’s mother took her by the hand and asked ‘Who are you talking to?’ The little girl pointed to the water where I had been watching and said “Him. . .the man down there.” The mother was puzzled and looked to the water. The mother apparently decided that she wasn’t going to pursue this weirdness and led her away. The little girl tugged against her mom’s pull and was whining that she wanted to talk to the man in the water.”

Skeptics say the “ghost face” is nothing more than a startling illusion, pareidolia if you will. What do you believe?

See Also: “The Face in the Water

08/20/13

Ghost Photo of the Day: The Spectators

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This well-known ghost pic comes from Naval Station Pearl Harbor. Who, or what, is that sitting in the bleachers?

Share your ghost pics! Email ghostsghoul@gmail.com.

09/20/12

Eerie Eats: 100 Haunted Restaurants in the United States (Alabama – Idaho)

Do you like a side of ghosts with your evening meal? Here’s the first of a four-part series featuring 100 haunted restaurants from across the United States. We’ve got ghost hookers in Alaska, a heartbroken spirit in California, and the hotel that inspired Stephen King’s The Shining. Order up!

Alabama

The Victoria Restaurant, Anniston
A woman in white reportedly roams the upper landing of The Victoria Inn and Restaurant. Guests and staff report hearing unexplained footsteps, glasses clinking in the bar, and piano music in empty rooms.

1604 Quintard Avenue
Anniston, AL 36201
256-236-0503

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Rawls Restaurant, Enterprise
Original owner Captain Japheth Rawls reportedly lurks around the cellar of the historic Rawls Restaurant, spooking waitresses with his sudden presence. Mischievous spirits in the kitchen steal utensils or bang on pots and pans. Guests and employees also report hearing children laughing and playing, even when children clearly aren’t around.

116 South Main Street
Enterprise, AL 36330
334-347-7612

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08/18/12

Cops Share True “On Duty” Ghost Stories: Part II

Given the success of last September’s “Cops Share True ‘On Duty’ Ghost Stories,” I thought I’d dredge up a few more creepy tales from Officer.com, a popular forum for law enforcement professionals. Enjoy!

The Haunted Church
“I used to work for a private police/security firm as a patrol supervisor. On one of my patrol routes, we had a huge church that was also a private day care and kindergarten. It was my responsibility to clear and secure the building every night between 3 and 4 a.m. due to recent instances of doors being found left open in the morning. In the early 1900’s, the building was a schoolhouse and supposedly a fire killed several children trapped inside. I didn’t know any of this prior to working for the company. Several extremely creepy things happened while at the church:

My first night there, I had just walked down the very long main classroom hallway to clear all of the rooms and when I turned around to walk back up the hallway there was a red balloon floating in the middle of the hall that was definitely not there prior.

In the old pastor’s office there was a lamp shaped like a lighthouse that sat on a table in a large window. When I would pull up to the church, the lamp would be the first thing I would see in the office window. It was always turned on. However, when I would go to check/lock the pastor’s office from the inside, the lamp would always be off. When I would get back into the car to leave, the light would be back on again.

I also had the usual phenomena of previously closed/locked doors being found open just seconds after closing and locking them. Another officer that filled in for me one evening quit the very next day because he reported that as he was checking the main chapel, the pipe organ started playing itself.”

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