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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Ghost Queens: Jane Seymour


King Henry VIII famously had six wives, but what he wanted most was a male heir. Henry’s first two wives, Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, tried in vain for sons, but each only bore a single daughter. Henry divorced Katherine for Anne, and the former queen died alone in January 1536. Accused of witchcraft and adultery, Anne lost her head on the chopping block just a few months later. The two former queens reportedly haunt several English properties, but they aren’t alone. Legend has it Jane Seymour, Henry’s third wife, roams Hampton Court Palace, searching for the baby she left behind.

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