Monday 26 May 2014


A hitchhiking ghost, a haunted ambulance station and a strange apparition that appears at Jenny Dixon Beach are just a few of the eerie tales reported by Central Coast residents.

Like every community, stories of weird unexplained happenings persist in the annals of local folklore.

One of the best known concerns the hitchhiking ghost of Wilfred Barrett Drive, between Magenta and Noraville.

The legend has been around for more than 40 years with numerous reports of a young girl with flowing hair wearing a long white dress seen hitching along a lonely stretch of the road.

Witnesses claim they have picked her up. She gets in the back seat, they say, and talks a little, but mysteriously disappears by the time the car gets to Norahville Cemetery.

There have been 300 plus police reports of a hitch-hiking ghost on Wilfred Barrett Drive.

Many believe it’s the ghost of a young girl heading home from work in the 1970s who was pulled into a car and viciously attacked and raped by five youths.

She was later found barely alive at Jenny Dixon Beach, but died as a result of her injuries.

No one was ever charged with her death, but it is believed the five youths, or four depending on which version you hear, died under mysterious and bizarre circumstances.

A group of campers claims to have seen a strange apparition at Jenny Dixon Beach.
Good friends Julie Baker and Kaye Davison, both of Gorokan, swear they have seen the hitchhiking girl.
The year was 2000 and the women were driving from Gorokan to The Entrance to pick up Melbourne Cup tickets.

It was about 7.30pm and as they travelled along Wilfred Barrett drive heading south, they saw the girl, just opposite the cemetery.

“We both noticed her beautiful dress,” Ms Baker said.

Friends Kaye Davison and Julie Baker of Gorokan believe they saw the hitch-hiking ghost of Wilfred Barrett Drive.

“It was a long white handkerchief dress and we both commented on it.”

“We had seen another girl hitching on Main Rd at Toukley and thought it was dangerous and when we saw a car load of fellows in a car near the girl on Wilfred Barrett Drive we thought we should keep on eye them.

“So we slowed down and were just about pulled over and she disappeared.

“There was nowhere for her to go, she just disappeared.”

Ms Davison, who works at Wyong Police station, describes herself as a sceptic.

“But since I saw this, I am not sure anymore. I saw what I saw and I know what I saw that night.”

The story has also fascinated audio engineer and photographer Christopher Halling, of Watanobbi, for as long as he can remember. He began filming a movie called Jenny Dixon Beach in 2009.

The movie has been in the can for a few years awaiting a decent sound editor.

Halling wrote and directed the movie, which while based on the legend of the hitch-hiking ghost, has a whole fictious back story as well based on the cop who tried to find her killers.

“I was always fascinated by the story. Growing up I heard all about it and had friends swear black and blue they had seen the hitch-hiking ghost,” he said.

Over the years the story of the hitch-hiking ghost has been blended into another famous ghost story in the same area.

In 1973, four young boys decided to camp for the night at Jenny Dixon Beach.

The boys were 12 years old and set up camp on the beach with a large bonfire, huddled together around the flames. They were almost asleep when one felt compelled to look up towards the bush above.

He saw a women dressed in a long flowing dress, similar to the fashion of the 1800s.

Her arms were outstretched and the boys began throwing sticks at her which they claimed passed right through her.

Scared witless, the boys ran back up the stairs to the car park. They decided to have one more and saw her standing halfway along the stairs. They bolted home as quickly as they could.

Jenny Dixon Beach was named after a coal schooner Janet Dixon that was swept ashore in treacherous conditions.

The story goes a woman lost her young son when he was swept overboard and the ghostly mum is pleading with people to help find him.

Lonely stretches of road and windswept beaches are one thing, but strange things also happen at Wyong Ambulance station, according to station crews.
Paramedics are convinced the 62-year-old station is haunted, possibly by the old station master who once lived upstairs, which is now boarded up and no longer used.

Annmarie Delahunty, duty operations manager, Central Coast, inspects the upstairs section, of the old Wyong Ambulance Station, where many paramedics have reported paranormal activity.

Duty inspector Annemarie Dellahunty has only been on the Central Coast for two years and has never seen or heard anything untoward at the old station, but knows plenty who have.

“Some have said cups fly off the bench, the kitchen fan moves when there is no wind,” she said.

“Others have said something brushes past their face when they are walking and something taps their feet.

“A lot of ambos don’t like doing the night shift here.”

Some officers report hearing footsteps upstairs, doors closing for no reason and the feeling of being held down in their seats.

“The stories are widespread amongst Central Coast crews,” Ms Dellahunty said.

Tall Timbers Hotel licensee Kellie Holm says she is sceptical about stories of a ghost in the 100 year old pub.
Another urban legend revolves around the ghostly bride of Tall Timbers Hotel at Ourimbah.
Legend has it a bride died on her wedding night in one of the upstairs rooms not long after the 100 year old pub opened.

“One of our permanent residents insisted the story was true,” licensee Kellie Holm said.

“The story goes that people have seen her walking up and down the corridor in her wedding dress.”

Ms Holm’s dad Mick Trembath owned the hotel from 1988 to 2006 and she spent her teenage years living at the pub.

“I never heard or saw a thing and I was a teenage girl, and if I didn’t see anything at that age, no-one would have seen anything,” she said.

Source: TelegraphAustralia

Tuesday 20 May 2014


Paranormal experiences, eerie sightings and unexplained goings on - the intrigue of the unknown instills a fascination to explore what we cannot explain.

Sites across Haringey and Enfield have hosted many ghostly sightings and experiences that have dumbfounded experts and lent weight to those who believe in the undead.

Here, we explore some of north London's most haunted hotspots and unearth the legends and stories behind their reputations...

Forty Hall, Forty Hill, Enfield

Visitors to this historic building have experienced ghostly goings on since it was opened to the public in 1951. People have reported feelings of being watched or followed by a ghost as they make their way around the corridors of the 17th Century building.

Most of the paranormal experiences have occurred on the first floor landing on the main staircase, as well as what locals call ‘Raintom’s Bedroom’. Several years ago, when the room was sealed off to the public, the bedclothes were often found disturbed, as though someone had been sleeping in them. A group of paranormal investigators visited the museum last year and reported feeling a presence on the first floor landing.

Bruce Castle, Lordship Lane, Tottenham

This grade-one listed 16th Century manor has received a reputation as the home of ‘the Ghostly Lady of Bruce Castle’. Little is known about the early life of the woman but it is speculated that she committed suicide and her spirit roams the grounds of Tottenham’s oldest park.

Highgate Cemetery, Swains Lane, Highgate

Numerous ghostly sightings have been reported at the burial place of the late political philosopher Karl Marx. David Farrant, a British occultist, claims he saw an eerie seven foot tall spirit outside the gates of the cemetery. The spirit was nicknamed ‘The Highgate Vampire’. A group of ghost hunters named the North London Paranormal Investigators backed up Mr Farrant’s claim, insisting they also ran into a tall dark figure that appeared in front of them on a visit.

Gloucester Drive, Finsbury Park

Residents claim the footsteps of an invisible and unknown pedestrian can be heard on Gloucester Drive, in Finsbury Park, late at night. Witnesses say they hear the footsteps starting outside number seven and continuing across the front gardens, with cracking twigs breaking the deadly silence of the dark street. Gloucester Road's reputation earned it the title of Britain’s fifth most haunted street.

Number 8 Ferrestone Road, Hornsey

This seemingly normal residential property in north London became known as the haunt of the ‘Hornsey Coal Ghost’ after many sightings and paranormal experiences over the best part of a century. A violent poltergeist was said to be tormenting the house in the 1920s, and a number of strange events were reported in the property in 1999, including sudden changes in temperature. A crypt was discovered submerged in the garden under foliage some time ago, providing a possible clue as to the reasons for the spooky experiences.

The Rose and Crown, Clay Hill, Enfield

This popular old-fashioned public house was once owned by the grandfather of infamous highwayman Dick Turpin. Rumour has it that the serial robber would use the drinking hole as a hideout after his violent crimes. For decades, punters have reported seeing his ghostly figure outside the pub, sometimes accompanied by his horse.

Myddleton House, Bull’s Cross, Enfield

This impressive historic estate was formerly the home of Edward Augustus Bowles, one of Britain’s most famous self-taught gardeners, artists and expert botanists. A caretaker working at the 19th Century home claims she once saw a man in a suit walking towards an exhibition group while she was cleaning the ground floor. But as she followed him in to tick him off the list, he vanished, leading to a widely-held  belief that the estate is haunted.

Hadley Road, Enfield

Legend has it the ghost of a witch who lived in Hadley Road in the 1600s haunts this sometimes eerie country lane. She was reportedly executed in 1622 for witchcraft and residents insist that on cold, misty nights, her ghostly form returns.

Source: EnfieldIndependent

Thursday 15 May 2014


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Saturday 10 May 2014


"I still can't tell you what I saw. There was a fuzzy thing on there. I don't know if it was a fly leg, I don't know if it was something that, you know, could be related to ghosts. I really couldn't tell you," Heim, an admitted non-believer in ghosts, said. "(Orr) asked me if we investigated stuff like that, and I basically told him that he probably should call Ghostbusters."

So that's what Orr did. A few days after the shadowy-figure video incident, Orr called a ghost hunting team from Iowa City. As of Wednesday afternoon, he had not yet heard back from them with any results.

Is it phantom or fiction? Orr said his employees have occasionally reported strange activity in the past three years, that this was just the first of it caught on camera.

Besides, there's a whole other piece of possible evidence.

In a second video, dated April 19 at 9:49 a.m., a stack of cups flies (or falls) off a kitchen shelf, hitting an employee, who is preparing food below. Clearly rattled, the employee backs up and turns to walk out of the kitchen.

Wednesday afternoon, Tom Oberbroeckling and his wife, from Anamosa, were eating lunch at the Maid-Rite in Cascade.

When told the restaurant he was eating in might be haunted, Oberbroeckling said he was, "very surprised, considering this is a new building."

The Maid-Rite has been in Cascade for just over three years. Before then, it was an empty lot.

"I've been here in town about eight years," Heim said, "but they said there's been quite a few different things that have actually been on that lot over there. Groceries stores, and there's been some other things in the area, such as funeral homes and the old ambulance garage, so who knows!"

Is it a poltergeist? A prank? A publicity ploy?

"You can believe what you want, whether it's a bug, a shadow," Orr said. "I don't know what's going on down here, but it's kind of funny."

Customers can enter, if they dare, and have a ghostly gander.

For the faint of heart, there's always the drive-thru.

Story: KWWL

My view: The `pulsating creature` is nothing more than a bug close to the lens. With regard to the poltergeist activity, I am concerned that the incident occurred to the extreme right of the camera. The opportunity to stand off camera to push these cups is too obvious, but without further information, I am unable to add further to this observation. Real or fake, you decide!

Tuesday 6 May 2014


Oldnall Road haunted by a Victorian girl?
Even imaginative locals at The Why Not Inn nearby could not come up with a plausible explanation.

Now investigators into the paranormal think they could be on to something – a ghostly apparition which motorists say appears to them during the dead of night.

The spirit spooking them is apparently of a young girl in Victorian dress, and she is being blamed for a whole series of crashes and frightening near-misses in recent years.

The strange experiences take place on Oldnall Road, between Wollescote and Cradley, in the Halesowen area of the West Mid­lands, which locals say has now become an accident blackspot.

The mystery is being investigated by the Parasearch group whose chairman David Taylor said: “Reports have been coming in suggesting that the ghostly figure may have been the cause of several accidents. It is one of those roads where a lot of people seem to have accidents.

“Although the drivers who have reported the sightings didn’t actually crash, they were close to it because they had to swerve around the apparition and up on to the pavement. There have been some serious incidents, so maybe they had seen the same thing.

“There could be a logical explanation. It could be an optical illusion of some sort.

“But the road is a straight stretch between two built-up areas. For 22 years we have run a group who investigate claims of the paranormal. Most of the time there is a logical explanation but I haven’t found one in  this case.

“The image that drivers say they see is of a small girl, between the ages of three and five, wearing Victorian clothes.

“We are trying to find out any stories locals might know which might explain who she could be.”

Local resident Jimmy Lahn, 54, said: “I wouldn’t be surprised if this ghostly figure has something to do with all the accidents we have had on this road.

“It is an accident blackspot – and maybe now we know why.”

Emma Jordan, 21, who works at The Why Not Inn, said: “There have been a lot of crashes recently around here. I was thinking it was quite strange to have so many in a short period of time.”

A West Midlands Police officer said: “There was a crash in Nov­ember and a woman was taken to hospital after another last July.”

Source: DailyExpress

Saturday 3 May 2014


Here is a video that was posted on Youtube a year ago, and has attracted over one million views.
As you will see, a man was allegedly pushed to the ground and dragged along a corridor by spirit.

The immediate observation is, `why?` And why hasn't there been other instances of an event which to an intelligent mind is quite frankly faked.

As with all dubious reports, there is no back story or reference to where and how this amazing incident occurred. All we have to conjure with in our imagination is a rather salubrious title, and this news report which was released yesterday by the Daily Mirror.

The reason I can see it is a faked video is the rather crude CGI adapted to portray the alleged `ghost` who drags him along the corridor. That in itself should have raised alarm bells, but quite to the contrary, it has attracted a great deal of attention.

As you will also see, the video is of very poor visual quality, and likens to some dubious UFO videos that flood out of Russia and the Far East. The poor quality appears deliberate, as it disguises the mechanism used to pull him along the floor.

But to the media, this is more ammunition that buries any serious discussion or analysis of the paranormal.
There are much more convincing news reports, and better video that illustrates a subject that has fascinated humanity since the dawn of time.

But as I have shown in many earlier reports, it isn`t at all about truth, it`s about selling newspapers in a fast diminishing market place, and fake or highly questionable paranormal activity provides the platform they need to improve viewers of both websites and newspapers. And importantly, they don`t have to prove or disprove. But sadly any intelligent mind with no prior experience of the paranormal would became a deep sceptic after seeing this video, which judging by their online poll at the end of the article asks, `Do you believe in the paranormal?`.  After seeing the video and report, it has obviously impacted on viewers belief mechanisms. Currently the poll stands at 50/50. Whereas the national average for paranormal believers stands much higher.

And here is the report and video - complete with the original title written by the newspaper:

Watch incredible CCTV footage of ghost PUSHING man to the ground and DRAGGING him along corridor

The attack lasts just a few seconds before the sinister apparition disappears, leaving the victim to flee the scene in sheer terror,

This extraordinary CCTV footage captures the moment a ghostly apparition PUSHES a man to the ground before dragging him along a corridor.

The 60-second video, posted on YouTube, shows the man, clad in dark clothing striding purposefully along a deserted hallway, watched by the unsleeping eye of a CCTV camera.

Then as he reaches the end of the corridor, a sinister dark shape suddenly materialises in front of him.

The shocked man is violently hurled onto the floor, before being dragged a short distance along the hallway by his right leg.

The ghostly figure then dissolves away into the ether before the terrified man scrambles to his feet, turns tail and runs headlong in the direction he has just come from.

If you are easily scared, perhaps this video isn't for you.

Source: DailyMirror

Thursday 1 May 2014


A local businessman has become involved in a bitter dispute with his realtor after he claims he almost moved into a property built ontop of a notorious child-sex and murder den.

The house at the centre of the dispute
Nir Golan had placed his deposit down and was packed and ready to move to the seaside town of Seabrook, near Houston, when he discovered his home was built on the site locals call 'Murder Mansion'.

Indeed, Golan claims that his realtor dropped the leasing price so low he couldn't refuse it, but now is battling to get his money back because he thinks the home might be haunted.

'A lot of people say there's shadows of children,' said Golan to KHOU.
'People say that they wouldn't come to my house as a guest.'

The horrifying past of the property the home was built on dates back to 1984 and Texan millionaire Bill List, who built a massive mansion on the site.
He would pick up young teenage boys and house them in exchange for sexual favors.

However, one night, the children rebelled and shot and killed List.
Afterwards, the home was torn down and the property was subdivided.
But, Golan's realtor neglected to mention any of the terrible history.

'I said let me tell you something. If you paid me money, I would not move there. It's against my religion. You cannot force me to move there,' said Golan to KHOU.


Golan claims it does not matter where the murders take place, just that they did on the land.
'There was a murder, but the murder wasn't in this house. It was on the property. And I'm trying to explain to him to me it doesn’t matter. A property is your front yard, your backyard,' said Golan.

A neighbor and former HOA president told KHOU that everyone knows the story of the Murder Mansion.
'It was 30 years ago. I mean it didn’t bother me to the point, I mean, I was gonna buy the old murder mansion and redevelop it. So you know people die all the time,' said Larry Neu.

The huge mansion which formerly stood on the site
While the homeowner had agree to terminate the lease, they will not return the deposit - a decision that infuriates Golan.
Golan tells KHOU he is planning to sue to get his money back but a lawyer said he is on shaky ground.

'That law in Texas is clear. There is not a duty to disclose in most circumstances. And on the issue of religion, there is no duty of the seller to be a mind reader and guess the religious objections a renter could have,' said Gerald Treece, a professor at the South Texas College of Law.

Source: DailyMail


Deanna Stinson
A beauty school student from Sacramento says she had to sell her car because it was being haunted by the spirit of her dead boyfriend.
Deanna Stinson says she had a series on spine-chilling experiences in her pick up truck which started days after her boyfriend Alex's unexpected death.
When a paranormal investigator checked the car, he recorded what the pair believe was a male voice trying to answer their questions.

Ms Stinson had been dating Alex for only a month in 2005 when he died of a drug overdose. Three days later she claims she had the first of several supernatural encounters with the 22-year-old.
She said she was driving through Sacramento while wearing a skirt that Alex had always admired on her, when she could feel someone touching her.

Claims ghost used to touch her
'I could feel touching on my hair and on my shoulders, on my thighs, just everywhere,' she told CBS Sacramento.
'My concentration would be lost a lot of the times, but I would just pray, and then it would stop,' she added.
On a couple of occasions the student became convinced she could see Alex in the rear view mirror and even in the passenger seat next to her.

In one encounter, she claimed that he appeared as a ghost in the back seat and began to give her a shoulder massage.
'I was starting to get freaked out and I don't like to be touched by ghostly hands, especially when I am driving,' she told the Knight Talk Radio website.
Ms Stinson says she had no choice but to get rid of the pick up truck but when the feeling that she was being haunted lingered, she called in a paranormal investigator.
Paul Dale Roberts, who has written several books about supernatural activity, used electronic equipment to test the truck.
The 59-year-old, who married Ms Stinson earlier this month, asked the spirit of Alex a series of questions and, when he played back the recording a muffled male voice could be heard.
'He’s definitely probably not attached to his car, but he’s attached to Deanna,' Mr Roberts said.
Ms Stinson says that although she has still felt the presence of Alex in her new car, she is happy for him to remain as long as he doesn't interfere with her driving.



Can you see the ghostly face?

This ghoulish face peering out of the darkness from the gents in a city centre Indian restaurant is enough to give anybody the willies.

Aaron Ali, co-owner of the family-run Bombay Palace restaurant in Upper Northgate Street, Chester, was sitting in the dark at the front of the eating house about 3am one morning,  just before last Christmas, when he heard the sound of a door banging.

Everybody else had gone home, except for the waiter who had retired to his upstairs living quarters, and Mr Ali decided to film the scene on his mobile because he was slightly unnerved by the noise.

However, his mobile was set on stills camera mode and he took a snap shot which looked innocuous at first.  However, on zooming in he spotted the creepy looking face in the background, positioned where the gents toilet mirror is located.

Mr Ali explained: “I thought it must be the light hitting the mirror in the gents toilet because when we clean up we use a mop to hold the door open. I  thought it was some sort of reflection.

“When you first look at the photo you think there’s nothing there but when you zoom in you can see what looks like a face.”

Mr Ali said customers, a handyman who does work at the restaurant, the chef and his brother Zafor, with whom he runs the business, had always  thought there was “something” towards the back of the building.

In addition, an empty coffin had been found in the cellar of the restaurant in the 1980s with no explanation as to what it was doing there.

Mr Ali, from Newton, denied altering the image, saying: “I don’t know anything about computers.”

He had been reluctant to share the photo because he does not want to unsettle his young children who often visit the restaurant. “I don’t want to scare them,” he said.

Source: ChesterChronicle