05/3/14

Ghost Photo: A Serial Killer’s Victim?

ghost photoA reader writes:

“I live in Tampa, FL. I have a couple criminal justice and crime scene analysis degrees, so I’m slightly obsessed with serial killers. Tampa has had only one serial killer: Bobby Joe Long. He murdered 10 women at his home in 1983-84. He is STILL on death row.

I began dating a guy who’s mom moved into this beautiful old bungalow along the river that was priced too low and on the market too long. Isn’t this how all haunted house stories begin? LOL. She didn’t ask questions and moved right on into Bobby Joe Long’s house.

One night, my boyfriend took me there, and I was stoked to be at such a prolific crime scene. His personal affects that weren’t evidence are still in the shed. Long hung a swing from a tree, and I sat in it and had my pic taken about 5 times in a row and on only one, this showed up. I could not debunk it.”

Have a cool ghost pic to share? Send it to christy@ghostsnghouls.com!

03/13/14

Florida Suncoast Paranormal Investigations

I’d like to give a shout out to my ghost hunting group, Florida Suncoast Paranormal Investigations (FSPI). I’ve mentioned the group a couple of times in the past, but they deserve a bit more praise as they took me in and taught me about the world of paranormal investigations.

Based in the Tampa Bay area, FSPI has investigated everything from private residents to famous hotels. Some of the investigations I’ve attended include the May-Stringer House in Brooksville, FL (my personal favorite) and the Brooksville Train Depot. However, FSPI has been going long before I joined and has explored such well-known sites as the Tampa Theatre, the Don Vicente Inn, and the Cuban Club, among others.

Right now, however, we’re a bit stuck in coming up with places to investigate. If anyone in Tampa Bay area or the surrounding areas has any ideas/suggestions/connections, we would greatly appreciate your help. You can get in touch over at the group’s Facebook page or email me at ghostsghoul@gmail.com. Thanks so much!

01/6/14

Tampa’s Haunted Oaklawn Cemetery

cemetery

I’ve visited several cemeteries in Savannah, Beaufort, and Charleston (many more than once), but today was the first time I visited a reportedly haunted cemetery in my own hometown: Tampa’s Oaklawn Cemetery.

Described as the final resting place for “white and slave, rich and poor,” Oaklawn is Tampa’s oldest cemetery at approximately 164 years old. Several prominent Tampa families rest in the historic cemetery, as do pirates, slaves, soldiers, and victims of yellow fever. Given the cemetery’s age and the stories of its residents, it’s hardly surprising that Oaklawn has a haunted reputation.

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