- Ghost of Clifton Manor owner said to be haunting a park
- The urban legend has gone viral on internet forums
- People screaming in reserve frightening local children
THE truth is out there - teenagers are more frightening than ghosts.Stonyfell residents in South Australia are being spooked by hordes of young thrill-seekers determined to find paranormal activity in a local park.
Rumours that the ghost of Clifton Manor owner Dr Michael Schneider, is wandering nearby Michael Perry Reserve - also known as Schneider's Alley - have gone viral on internet forums. The number of children causing a ruckus after dark in the hope of meeting the eerie figure has skyrocketed since a YouTube video was uploaded six months ago.
A resident who did not want to be named said that people screaming in the reserve after dark were frightening local children.
The video that`s being circulated - Warning, a `screamer` right at the very end.
Paranormal field investigator Alison Oborn has been investigating ghost tales for 23 years. "Schneider's Alley is basically an urban myth," she said, adding that "it started with a whole load of stories", including the one about Dr Schneider killing children.
"I'm not surprised the residents are very upset.
"You put a haunted tag on something like that and what happens is you get kids and thrill-seekers who want a bit of fun and when they don't get that fun, there starts to be damage and bad behaviour.
"I think that is what happens down Schneider's Alley.
"The rumours have been going for years."
Ms Oborn has researched Dr Schneider's life from when he lived at the Waratah Way address between 1934 and died around 1970.
"He was a lovely man who was community minded," Ms Oborn said.
"There are no records of any murders or mysterious deaths on the estate."
She warned that the historical Uley Baptist Church cemetery in Uleybury had been given the "haunted tag" and was subsequently vandalised. Residents have approached the Burnside Council with concerns of skylarking teens.
Burnside councillor Graham Bills said residents did not want the park closed.
However, he warned the council would be looking into ways that it could make the park less attractive to people in the dead of night.
"We don't want to go locking off parks," he said.
"But if it becomes a situation where peace and comfort is compromised, then I think we need to do something about it."
Source: TheTelegraph (Aus)
This story tells much of the attitude of modern life and youth.
A place becomes associated with an urban haunting myth and that attracts the natural curiosity of kids who want to experience seeing a ghost. Of course, nothing remotely like that which is alleged occurs and so boredom creeps in to the mindset of some who instead wreck and vandalise the site.
That often isn`t the end of it. The police are then informed of the mayhem at night, and subsequently the site is made `off-limits` to all, and that includes responsible investigators drawn by the stories to check the place out.
A few months further down the road and the site draws in `black magic worshippers` who then defile the grounds and later the unwanted attentions of arsonists who start fires ..
In the meantime the press continue to repeat lurid tales in the local news rags, and the authorities (having been fed-up with the negative publicity) decide to clear the site entirely and build something else in it`s place.
So between the kid`s and the `responsible` authorities they`ve effectively removed an attractive facility once enjoyed during the day by adult or child.
And this same story is being repeated across Europe and America, with many historic sites or buildings being airbrushed into history. And this is something we`ve all seen or read about, and we still haven`t learned from these lessons.