Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Ghost of Exit 82 on NJ's Garden State Parkway

Perhaps it's apropos that in our fast moving, highly mobile state, many of our most notable ghosts are seen hanging out at the side of the road, where it is said that they met their untimely demise. These roadside apparitions have been witnessed by countless motorists over the course of several generations. They seem to be content to wander their own stretch of paranormal pavement year in and year out, eternally reenacting their final living moments here on this Earth.

So could a road as legendary as New Jersey's famed Garden State Parkway not have a highway haunting associated with it? No way! Unexplainable encounters and close calls around Exit 82 at Route 37 in Toms River are attributed locally to the "Parkway Phantom." Ever since the completion of the Parkway in 1955, people have reported seeing a person trying to cross the road, waving his arms. This Phantom appears only at night and only around an eight-mile stretch in the vicinity of Toms River Barracks of the New Jersey State Police. The apparition is described as being very tall with a long topcoat belted at the waist. The strangest thing about this apparition is the way he waves his arms, which is synchronously, both bending from the elbow. It has been described as looking like a strange football cheer. Although the State Police are reluctant to comment, a former state trooper admitted that that section of the highway has seen more than its fair share of auto accidents.

Weird NJ readers share their stories of the Parkway Phantom:

We all work as paramedics in Ocean County, and we see a lot of fatal accidents. About five years ago, on a rainy night along the spot on the Parkway where it is also Route 9, there was a guy whose car broke down on the curve. He pulled off to the side and began to walk along the shoulder when a driver hit him, throwing him into the woods and killing him.

When the paramedics got there they knew someone had been hit, but due to the darkness and rain they could not find him. They finally did and tried to revive him, but it was too late. Several weeks later the same medic crew was coming back from Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood, heading toward Toms River, when they saw someone on the side of the road waving them down. By the time they were able to pull over and back up to the spot the man was gone, but they noticed it was in the same spot where the man was hit only weeks before. They just blew off the event until..........

Read Full Story: Asbury Park Press

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mysterious 'Samurai Ghost' Boots Appear in Vacation Photo (video)

PHOTO: Martin Springalls daughter is pictured here at age 4 on a beach in Zushi, Japan on July 6, 2014.
This photo of a four-year-old girl on a beach in Zushi, Japan, seems innocent until you look closely behind her legs and back. 

A closer look appears to reveal a mysterious pair of boots and part of a blue shirt peeking out from behind her 

The photo, which was uploaded to Reddit by a friend of the girl's father, is making the rounds on Internet. Many are speculating the photo shows a Samurai ghost because the beach the girl and her dad were on was across a samurai graveyard.

"My daughter thinks the whole thing is just so funny," Martin Springall, who took the photo, told ABC News today. "She thinks it's a ghost, but not a scary ghost -- a nice one." 
Springall said the photo was taken on July 6, 2014 during a weekend trip to the beach. He added his family now lives in Toronto, Canada, but had been living in Tokyo at the time. 

"I took a few pictures, and when I was looking through them at night, I noticed what appeared to be a pair of boots behind her in one of the photos," he said. "I took several of her in the same spot, but only one had the boots." 

Springall said he freaked out, and he later showed the photo to his friend Brian Publicover during a camping trip in Japan in August. 
Publicover put it up on Reddit's "Ghosts" subreddit, and theories poured in.

"Some thought it could be the ghost of a World War II sailor," Springall said. 

He added the photo is "completely legitimate" and not retouched in any way. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Want to stay in a Haunted Ghost Town for free ?? (video)

The federal government wants to give you free food, free housing and a job. No, it's not a scary story that libertarians tell each other around the campfire. But there is a spooky catch to the arrangement.

Garnet, Montana, is the state's most intact ghost town, and some people maintain that it's actually haunted.

The remote mountain town grew rapidly in the late 19th century following the discovery of gold and silver in the area. But by the 1940s, the mines had run out and the boom went bust.

Garnet emptied out, and now the only people who spend any time there are tourists and volunteers selected by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The volunteers give tours, sell souvenirs and help out with site maintenance. The job comes with certain perks -- a furnished cabin, a food stipend and freedom from modern amenities like running water and social media.

"It’s primitive, to say the least,” ranger Nacoma Gainan told The Montana Standard this week in an article about Garnet's volunteering opportunities. “It’s for people who love the outdoors and want to give back. There’s no electricity, no Wi-Fi and no running water. But there are trails to explore, artifacts to inspect. Volunteers are really left to their own devices after the visitors are gone.”

But at least one state historian claims that once the sun sets in Garnet, the spirits of the town's historic residents come alive.

According to a 2010 article about Garnet in the Helena Independent Record:

Ellen Baumler, the Montana Historical Society’s resident ghost whisperer and author, wrote that at midnight, people have heard ghostly fingers striking piano keys, with the music floating across the empty buildings. She said that especially during the winter months, Garnet visitors see visions and hear unearthly noises.

“Late at night, the spirits of Garnet come out to play in the moonlight,” Baumler wrote in Montana Chillers. “Sometimes, in the deep winter quiet, a piano tinkles in Kelley’s Saloon and the spirits dance to ghostly music. Men’s voices echo in the empty rooms. But the moment a living, human hand touches the building, the noises stop.”

 Read Full Story: The Huffington Post

Friday, April 17, 2015

Man spots ghostly face in photograph taken at museum

One visitor to the Galleries of Justice Museum believes he could make out a ghostly face on the right hand side in front of a framed portrait.
And even staff at the Lace Market tourist attraction – who are used to regular "ghost" sightings – think there could be something in it.

The image was taken by Matty Bamford, who visited the Dr Massey exhibition about crime and punishment about a year ago.

It was only when flicking through his archives this week that he noticed the eerie figure and sent it to museum staff.

Deputy marketing manager Faye Rollinson said: "I couldn't see anything at first but I wasn't looking in the right place.

"Matty sent it again with a circle around it and I could see a face.

"I was looking on my phone so I zoomed in and you can see what looks like an old person's face with sunken eye sockets and grey hair."

Ms Rollinson said the museum receives up to 10 photographs a year from visitors who believe they have spotted a ghost.

Read Full Story: Nottingham Post

Restaurant owner captures spooky ghost on camera (video)

This is the moment a restaurant owner who 'didn't believe in ghosts' becomes converted by a white light picked up on his CCTV camera.

Marcus Levin, owner of Get Baked restaurant in Leeds, spotted the spooky sight as he checked CCTV footage from the early hours of the morning.

The camera picked up what appears to be a bright white figure moving across the screen outside the restaurant of the venue.

Marcus' amazed reaction can be heard as he watches the footage, which he posted on the restaurant's Facebook page.

He says: "I don't believe in ghosts this isn't sped up this is literally just what happened.

"What is that? Something is walking through the light, I've never been so scared in my entire life."

Read Full Story: Mirror UK