The Screaming Tunnel in Ontario

The Canadian city of Niagara Falls may be best known as the location of one of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls, but if you’re a fan of the paranormal, there’s a story told by localsthat will capture your imagination more firmly than the city’s fabled natural wonder.

The chilling urban legend concerns a small limestone passageway known as the Screaming Tunnel, originally built as a drainage system beneath the former Grand Trunk Railway (now Canadian National Railways).

The tunnel allowed farm animals to pass safely beneath the busy tracks while draining fields of excess water. But it also has a darker side. According to local folklore, the tunnel is haunted by the ghost of a girl who escaped a burning farm only to perish within its walls.

Several versions of the tale exist. One claims that the girl’s father set her alight after losing custody of his children during an accrimonious divorce. Another holds that the girl was raped inside the tunnel and her body burned to conceal the evidence. 

Whatever the version, it’s said that striking a match inside the tunnel will conjure the gruesome screams of the spectral girl. And whether real or pure fantasy, the urban legend puts a dark twist on the more tacky and touristy side of Niagara Falls.

Such is its local notoriety that the Screaming Tunnel was used during the filming of David Cronenberg’s 1983 adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dead Zone.

Chernobyl

 For those who are too young to remember or are not familiar with what happened, on April 26th 1986 nuclear reactor number four exploded forever changing the way the world thought about nuclear power. The town of Pripyat which had the unfortunate luck to be the closest town to Chernobyl stands today as it has since the accident, abandoned.

You can walk into any home in Pripyat and perhaps find dishes on the table waiting to be filled, or books spread out where perhaps a child had been studying. Residence of Pripyat claimed there were some odd occurrences in the days prior to the explosion such as having odd and terrifying nightmares. Some have claimed to have received strange phone calls while others have claimed that there were apparitions to be seen wandering around the town.

Fortunately there were few lives lost that day when reactor number four exploded, but the firefighters that rushed to the scene would all succumb months later. These brave men that rushed into save anyone they could ended up dying slow painful deaths from radiation poisoning. Ironically the beds that the firefighters used while in the hospital would go on to kill others. For some unknown reason the beds that the firefighters used while in the hospital were used for other patients thus contaminating those patients with radiation poisoning. It is unknown exactly how many people died in total from Chernobyl as most fled the area before any quarantine measures could be put into place.

Very few investigations have been conducted at Chernobyl due to the prohibitively high levels of radiation that are still present. For those who have been allowed inside the barricades that are erected around the area claim to have seen shadows lurking in the night and also claim to hear whispering but can never find its source. Some of the shadows that have been seen have the appearance of firemen in full gear making those that have seen them assume these are the same firemen that had lay dying in the hospital months after the explosion.

It may be decades more before proper investigations can be done to deduce whether or not Chernobyl is truly haunted, but from the stories that come from those that have been to the area it may be well worth it. What do you think?

Edinburgh Castle of Scotland

Edinburgh Castle is reputed to be one of the most haunted spots in Scotland. And Edinburgh itself has been called the most haunted city in all of Europe. On various occasions, visitors to the castle have reported a phantom piper, a headless drummer, the spirits of French prisoners from the Seven Years War and colonial prisoners from the American Revolutionary War - even the ghost of a dog wandering in the grounds’ dog cemetery.

The castle (you can get a tour here) standing magnificently between sea and hills, is a historical fortress, parts of which are more than 900 years old. The cells of its ancient dungeon, the site of uncounted deaths, could very well be an eternal place of unrest for numerous spirits. Other areas of Edinburgh also have ghostly reputations: the subterranean vaults of South Bridge and a disused street called Mary Kings Close where victims of the Black Death plague were sealed up to die.

On April 6 through 17, 2001, these three spots were the subject of one of the largest scientific investigations of the paranormal ever conducted - and the results surprised many of the investigators.

Reported experiences included:

  • sudden drops in temperature
  • seeing shadowy figures
  • a feeling of being watched
  • one person reported a burning sensation on the arm
  • an unseen presence touching the face
  • the feeling of something tugging at clothes

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The Melon Heads

Melon Heads is the name given to legendary beings and urban legends in parts of Michigan, Ohio, and Connecticut generally described as small humanoids with bulbous heads who occasionally emerge from hiding places to attack people. Different variations of the legend attribute different origins.

Legend in Michigan
 The melon heads of Michigan are said to reside near the Felt Mansion in Laketown Township. According to one story, they were originally children with hydrocephalus who lived at the Junction Insane Asylum near Felt Mansion. The story explains that, after enduring physical and emotional abuse, they became feral mutants and were released into the forests surrounding the asylum. The Allegan County Historical Society asserts that the asylum never existed, although it was at one point a hospital; however, the story has been part of the local folklore for several decades. Laketown Township Manager Al Meshkin told the Holland Sentinel that he had heard the tales as a teenager, noting that his friends referred to the beings as “wobbleheads”. Some versions of the legend say that the children once lived in the mansion itself, but later retreated to a system of underground caverns. Other versions of this legend say that the children devised a plan to escape and kill the doctor that abused them. It is said that the children had no place to hide the body, so they cut it up in small pieces which they hid around the Mansion. Rumors exist that teenagers who had broken into the mansion saw ghosts of the children and claimed to see shadows of the killing of the doctor through the light coming from an open door. The legend has spread throughout the region.

Legend in Ohio
 The melon head stories of Ohio are primarily associated with the Cleveland suburb of Kirtland. According to local lore, the melon heads were originally orphans under the watch of a mysterious figure known as Dr. Crow (sometimes spelled Crowe, Trubaino, Krohe or Kroh or known as Dr. Melonhead). Crow is said to have performed unusual experiments on the children, who developed large, hairless heads and malformed bodies. Some accounts claim that the children were already suffering from hydrocephalus, and that Crow injected even more fluid into their brains.

Eventually, the legend continues, the children killed Crow, burned the orphanage, and retreated to the surrounding forests and supposedly feed on babies. Legend holds that the melon heads may be sighted along Wisner Road in Kirtland, and Chardon Township. The melon head legend has been popularized on the Internet, particularly on the websites Creepy Cleveland and DeadOhio where users offer their own versions of the story. A movie, “Legend of the Melonheads” was released in 2011 which is based on the Ohio legend and various other legends in the Kirtland area.

Legend in Connecticut
 Several variations of the Melon Head myths can be found Fairfield County, Connecticut. Most instances can be found in Trumbull, Shelton, Stratford and Monroe, but other instances can be found in Seymour, Easton, Weston, Oxford, Milford, and Southbury. There are two primary Connecticut variations.

According to the first variation of the myth, Fairfield County was the location of an asylum for the criminally insane that burned down in the fall of 1960, resulting in the death of all of the staff and most of the patients with 10-20 inmates unaccounted for, supposedly having survived and escaped to the woods. The legend states that the Melon Heads’ appearance is the result of them having resorted to cannibalism in order to survive the harsh winters of the region, and due to inbreeding, which in turn caused them to develop hydrocephalus. According to the second variation, the Melon Heads are descendants of a Colonial era family from Shelton-Trumbull who were banished after accusations of witchcraft were made against them causing them to retreat to the woods. As with the first legend, this variation attributes the appearance of the Melon Heads to inbreeding.


Devil’s Tramping Ground

The Devil’s Tramping Ground is a camping spot located in a forest near the Harper’s Crossroads area near Bennett, North Carolina. It has been the subject of persistent local legends and lore, which frequently allege that the Devil “tramps” and haunts a barren circle of ground within which nothing is supposed to grow.

Stories about the ring are well known in local communities. These include the disappearance of objects left within the ring overnight, dogs yipping and howling not wanting to go near it, and strange events occurring to those brave enough to spend the night within its boundaries. It has been alleged that nothing has grown within the 40 foot ring for a hundred years. Legend says that this is the very place the devil himself can rise from the depths of fiery hell, and come to earth. It’s at this place that the devil is supposed to walk in circles on certain nights and bring his evil into this world.

The Devil’s Chair of Illinois

The story of the Devil’s Chairs started in the Appalachian Mountains in the mid-1800s. It is said that on certain nights of the year a chair would come up out of the ground in a graveyard. If you sat in it you could make a pact with the devil and get whatever you wanted for seven years. After the seven years, the devil would come back and take your soul.

The story has changed over the years and now says that if you sit in it you will die within a year.

What are these chairs? Most of them are what were refered to as “mourning chairs” in the Victorian era. They were put in cemeteries next to the grave of the recently deceased by a relative, making a calmer place to rest while visiting.

Most of them are plain, but some were elaborate and may have been what inspired the legend of the Devil’s Chairs. Many of the throne-like chairs have been removed, supposedly by the parents or friends of a teenager who sat in the chair and died soon afterward. In one Illinois cemetery, a Devil’s Chair caused many teenagers to go to the graveyard to see it. A tale that was going around told of a teen that sat in the chair on Halloween night and soon after was killed in an auto accident. Since then, more and more teens started slipping into the cemetery at night to see the chair. Finally, with the family’s permission, the cemetery took away the chair and put it in storage.

Most of the tales have not been proved, but one chair in Peck Cemetery, took its toll on a non-beliver that sat in the chair laughing that nothing was going to happen to him. Less than a year later he was thrown from a car accident and killed. Was this a coincidence that had nothing to do with the Devil’s Chair? Could be, but his family thought otherwise. After the teens funeral, his father drove out to the cemetery and destroyed the chair with a sledgehammer.

You can believe what you like, but remember the story got started for some reason; if you happen to come across an old stone chair in an Illinois cemetery,

The Belchen Tunnel

The Belchen Tunnel is a motorway tunnel in Switzerland. The tunnel was built in the mid-1960s. It was completely renovated in 2003.

January 1981, a modern myth circulated, dealing with a “white woman” (“weisse Frau”) of the Bölchentunnel (“Bölchen” is local dialect for “Belchen”). Shaped as an old white-clothed hitchhiking woman, a ghost (though not initially recognized as such) appears out of nowhere in front of the drivers and sometimes even speaks to them.

The first known Belchen ghost was actually male. The first written credentials about the phenomena (dated June 1980) are about a male hitchhiker who was picked up, but despite the driver’s high rate of speed, after some time passed the person was no longer in the car.

Towards the end of that year, the “white woman” began appearing in or outside the tunnel. On January 6, 1981, the tabloid Blick wrote about the sightings, followed by other media also adopting the story. Basel Police received many phone calls, dozens of which had to be logged.

 There were two female jurists who picked up an inconspicuously dressed, clumsy, pale, middle-aged woman in Eptingen. When later asked if she felt better, she answered “No, unfortunately not. I am not well at all (or “It isn’t going [at all] well (for me)” .. Something really awful is going to happen, something very dreadful!”. When the two jurists next looked at the backseat, the woman had disappeared.

Such visitations don’t only happen inside or around tunnels. There are similar cases at other Basel places: “the Heidegg castle’s lady,” “the maiden on the goat,” and “the grey woman.” In Läufelfingen, the woman wears a green loden coat, in the Canton of Bern, a girl in a short leather jacket appears. In the area of Basel, as with the case in Tenniken, a man wearing black is seen. The man prophesizes an earthquake and a hard winter before disappearing. The mysterious hitchhikers can even disappear if the car has only front doors and no back doors.

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St. Helen’s Church

St. Helen’s is the Anglican parish church in the village of Sefton, Merseyside, England, that started in the making in the 12th century and finished in the early 16th century, and is currently a christian church.

The picture above was taken in September 1999, the photographer reported to not have seen any figure when the photo was shot. It is believed that the figure was a former church minister due to the black attire. Though the identity remains to be unexplained to this day.