Perhaps not as well known as Ackley's Ghost
, whose legal, if not factual, existence is known to every American law student, the Greenbrier Ghost
is still known as the only ghost whose testimony helped convict a murderer.
Although commonly used to convict witches, spectral evidence
largely fell out of favor after the Salem Witch Trials, until one West Virginia women's ghost accused her husband of murdering her.
posted by Bulgaroktonos
on Nov 1, 2012 -
250 years ago
newspapers like The Derby Mercury featured breathless
reports on the Cock Lane ghost. Fanny Lynes wouldn't rest until her husband was hanged for having poisoned her, and the story, supported by a Clergyman, led to crowds paying to visit the house. The street outside was sometimes impassable
due to the large number of spectators present at the séances until the Lord Mayor of London had to intervene, and he duly appointed a commission to look into the matter. Notables such as Dr Johnson spent a fruitless night next to a coffin before it was revealed that the truth of the matter was more mundane
. [more inside]
posted by ersatz
on Feb 20, 2012 -
The remarkable occurrences of which I am about to write were related by certain French persons of sound sense and unimpeachable veracity, who happened to be in Berlin a few weeks before the outbreak of the European War. The Kaiser, the most superstitious monarch who ever sat upon the Prussian throne, sternly forbade the circulation of the report of these happenings in his own country, but our gallant Allies across the Channel are, fortunately, not obliged to obey the despotic commands of Wilhelm II, and these persons, therefore, upon their return to France, related, to those interested in such matters, the following story of the great War Lord's three visitations from the dreaded ghost of the Hohenzollerns.
From "Wilhelm II and the White Lady of the Hohenzollerns," by Katharine Cox, as reproduced in S. Mukerji's charmingly digressive Indian Ghost Stories
posted by Iridic
on Oct 31, 2011 -
“We got a bit excited because we realized that people have collected
lots of dybbuk
stories, but our fragment
describes a real event, where you see how they come together and pray in order to exorcise the ghost from a widow,” [more inside]
posted by ServSci
on Dec 21, 2009 -
Perhaps it was bound to happen eventually, but it seems Michael Jackson's ghost
is already haunting the halls of Neverland Ranch. Whether or not the spirt was moonwalking is currently inconclusive. [more inside]
posted by zardoz
on Jul 6, 2009 -
Anime Music Videos.
Yet another remixing web subculture
, they're usually a source of amateurishly produced angst. From the competitive perfectionists
, though, come well lipsynched
, action packed
, and occasionally just filthy
stuff for cartoon nerds. Besides the usual metal, ballads, and pop rock, there's some Daft Punk
, and downtempo
accompaniment. Or you can just go to hell
. Wear headphones and no-one will know.
posted by anthill
on May 28, 2007 -
Hell House: The Ghosts of Maryland
Many say the place is haunted
. Others used talk of satanic altars
or drug labs hidden within the cavernous old building. And... people sacrificing goats?
Well, not really. These are just rumors surrounding the old St. Mary's College in Ilchester, stories passed around among teenagers from all over the region. The students have a different name for the old seminary too: "Hell House
posted by Shanachie
on May 11, 2005 -
Biker angst on Ebay
It's been poltergeisted and cootie-scanned -- man sells ex-wife's helmet. Description reads like drunken letter to Penthouse.
posted by joaquim
on Oct 13, 2004 -
"On a cold winter morning in 1937, a janitor grabbed his flashlight and headed down into the pitch-black basement of the Willard Library to stoke the coal furnace."
And so begins the legend of the "Lady in Grey
," an apparition said to be haunting the aisles of the Evansville, Indiana building to this very day. In fact, so many have been said to have seen her
, and other ghosts, that the library has set up 24-hour online web cams
so that others may try their hand at spectre spotting. Whether real or not, the cams have revealed some interesting
, yet creepy pictures
and, some rather silly spoofs
posted by snarkywench
on Oct 31, 2003 -
"Before the invention of modern billboards, sign painters used to paint advertisements and company names directly onto building walls. These gradually fading painted signs are known as ghost signs
posted by dobbs
on Oct 8, 2003 -