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Monday, August 31, 2009

The Bloodstain: ghost story, paranormal fear

The Bloodstain

The Phelps place was an old, abandoned property with a monstrous, decrepit Victorian house that was supposed to be haunted. It should have been a good resting place for the local deer hunters, but they would not go near it. A few that tried came away before midnight with tales of ghostly thumping noises, gasps, moans, and a terrible wet bloodstain that appeared on the floor of the front porch and could not be wiped away.

Phelps was an Englishman who had purchased land some 20 miles off the Mendocino coast in the 1880s. He had built a huge, fancy Victorian house all covered with gingerbread trimmings and surrounded by lovely gardens. When everything was arranged to his liking, he sent out party invitations to everyone within messenger range. It was the biggest social event of the year, with music and dancing and huge amounts of food. Sawhorse tables were set up with refreshments, and drinks were set out on the front porch. People came from miles around. The only one missing was old man McInturf's son-in-law. They had had a terrible fight that afternoon, and the boy had stalked off in a rage, threatening to get even with the old man.

Around midnight, the musicians took a recess and old man McInturf went out on the front porch with some friends. Suddenly there came the thunder of hooves rushing up the lane. A cloaked figure rode towards the lantern-lit porch. McInturf put down his drink. "That will be my son-in-law," he told his friends as he went down the steps. The cloaked figure stopped his horse just outside the pool of lantern-light. There was a sharp movement and two loud shots from a gun. Old man McInturf staggered backwards, shot in the throat and the chest. The cloaked man wheeled his horse and fled down the lane as friends ran to the assistance of the old man.

They laid McInturf down on the porch. He was bleeding heavily and they were afraid to move him much. There was some talk of fetching the doctor, but everyone knew it was too late. So much blood was pouring from the old man's wounds that it formed a pool underneath his head. McInturf coughed, once, twice; a hideous, gurgling, strangling sound that wrenched at the hearts of all who heard it. Then he died.

McInturf's body was laid out on the sofa, and the once-merry guests left in stricken silence. The servants came and wiped the red-brown bloodstain off the floorboards. The next day, a wagon was brought to the front of the house and McInturf's body was carried out onto the porch. As the men stepped across the place where McInturf had died, blood began to pool around their boots, forming a wet stain in exactly the pattern that had been wiped up by the servants the night before. The men gasped in fear. One of them staggered and almost dropped the body. They hurriedly laid McInturf in the back of the wagon, and a pale Phelps ordered the servants to clean up the fresh bloodstain.

From that day forward, the Phelps could not keep that part of the porch clean. Every few weeks, the damp bloodstain would reappear. They tried repainting the porch a few times, but the bloodstain would always leak through. In the county jail, McInturf's son-in-law died of a blood clot in the brain. A few months later, one of the Phelps servants went mad after seeing a "terrible sight" that made his head feel like it was going to explode. Folks started saying the house was being haunted by the ghost of McInturf, seeking revenge. The property was resold several times but each resident was driven out by the terrible, gasping ghost of McInturf reliving his last moments and by the bloodstain that could not be removed from the porch. The house was eventually abandoned.

Army of the Dead - the story

Army of the Dead

A laundress, shortly moved to Charleston after the Civil War, found herself awakened at the stroke of twelve each night by the rumble of heavy wheels passing in the street. But she lived on a dead end street, and had no explanation for the noise. Her husband would not allow her to look out the window when she heard the sounds, telling her to leave well enough alone. Finally, she asked the woman who washed at the tub next to hers. The woman said: "What you are hearing is the Army of the Dead. They are Confederate soldiers who died in hospital without knowing that the war was over. Each night, they rise from their graves and go to reinforce Lee in Virginia to strengthen the weakened Southern forces."

The next night, the laundress slipped out of bed to watch the Army of the Dead pass. She stood spell-bound by the window as a gray fog rolled past. Within the fog, she could see the shapes of horses, and could hear gruff human voices and the rumble of canons being dragged through the street, followed by the sound of marching feet. Foot soldiers, horsemen, ambulances, wagons and canons passed before her eyes, all shrouded in gray. After what seemed like hours, she heard a far off bugle blast, and then silence.

When the laundress came out of her daze, she found one of her arms was paralyzed. She has never done a full days washing since.

20 best tips on ghost hunting, Ghost hunting tips

1. Never go alone to hunt a ghost. Take along a partner, a friend or a few people for safety and peace of mind.
2. Do not forget to say a prayer of protection before and after a ghost hunt. This would stop those darned ghosts following you home.
3. Make sure all your equipments are fully charged and that you have a few extra batteries with you. Ghosts have the ability to exhaust fully charged instruments.
4. Do not walk into an area snapping pictures right off the bat. Give those ghosts that are present some time to get used to you.
5. Be aware of the surroundings for the sake of safety. For best results, always take a walk in daylight before doing a nighttime investigation. The other option would be to show up just before dark (dusk) and have a look around before starting.
6. As a ghost hunter you must do an investigation before you ghost hunt with the best of feelings for those ghosts that might be present. In other words, full respect for the living and the dead.
7. Above all - NO HORSE PLAY! A serious and conscientious ghost hunter gets results.
8. Large groups should split up into smaller groups of four individuals or less per team.
9. If you are scientifically minded take along a notebook to record significant occurrences. Begin by logging in the starting time and weather conditions etc. Also make note of surrounding lights so as to not bewilder them with irregularity later on in the pictures. Record all meter anomalies, strange sounds, sightings and feeling or emotions. Each group should take their own notes and compare afterwards.
10. Do not show fear or get scared. A gracious ghost will not come around if they sense you are fearful. Yet your fear can have a mischievous ghost feeding on that fear.
11. Always remember, you are the one with the body, and you are the one with the power. Don't give up your power to them through fear.
12. Keep in mind that a lot of the places you will be investigating will be isolated. Because of this you should always bring along some form of defense. I suggest pepper spray or a stun gun. This will also protect you from bad people as well as bad ghosts.
13. If you are planning to take pictures, be sure and read a lot about Ghost photography.
14. If you feel that some unknown forces wants you out of there then by all means get out! You should never go against these feelings or you could end up messing up.
15. Never dare an invisible presence to make itself known to you. However, it is wiser to ask those present if you can take their picture or record their voice.
16. Make sure you have authorization before entering a private property such as a cemetery or an abandoned house. This can be alluring for a ghost hunter but just remember this though, when you are caught niggling around it makes the ghost hunting community as a whole look bad. You can also be fined or jailed.
17. Use EMF meters. These can be quite helpful in locating ghostly presences.
18. Ghost voices are referred to as EVP (electronic voice phenomena). Take along an audio recorder and as you are recording ask questions to those invisible beings that might be in the area. Pause for an answer. It's also a good idea to ask some questions and then leave the device recording in a remote location for around 20 minutes or so. When you come back you might have your replies!
19. Make a check list of the equipments you need to carry.
20. End a ghost hunt or investigation by evoking the power of God as a protection. "All unseen presences must remain here in the name of God".