Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Golden Eagle

In Stephen King’s book entitled Christine a car, a vintage Plymouth Fury, named Christine, possesses its teenage owner, Ernie. Ernie does not know this car had been responsible for the deaths of the previous owners’ wife and daughter.

This car eventually also is responsible for Ernie’s death. King’s book and the film based upon it are still popular.

King is a master at writing horror stories—this genre is effective entertainment—but what is interesting is there is a car that people point to as being a real-life Christine.

The Golden Eagle is a 1964 Dodge Limited Edition. Its history reflects eerie similarities to King’s fictional car. Some consider this car haunted. Others believe it is “the most evil car in America.”

This vehicle was originally used as a police car in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. The three officers that drove the car all died in bizarre murder-suicides. Each of these officers killed their families and then themselves.

This Dodge after this was sold quickly for it now had a dark reputation. Wendy Allen’s parents bought the car. The Allen family used it on a regular basis for many years without incident. Except for one thing-- if they drove it on the highway random doors would fling open without cause.

The Golden Eagle
Wendy states her family was never harmed by the car but in the 1980s and 90s several local churches decided the car was demonic. Allen thinks this is because the car gained an unfair reputation for killing at least 14 people.

She feels people’s fears about the car are based in superstitions.

The most bizarre stories about these deaths involve children. One child in the 1960s and another in the 1980s were both hit by cars and flung across the street. Their bodies were both found under the Golden Eagle. Both died before paramedics arrived.

In 2008, another child was dared to just touch the Dodge, he then died along with the rest of his family, including their dog, two weeks later in a house fire.

After being vandalized.
In the 1980s members of local churches hearing about this strange car began to vandalize it. After this damage was done, two leaders from these vandal groups died in two separate horrific car crashes where they both were decapitated by 18-wheelers.

Yet another four members died after being hit by lightning. Today the old Dodge is in pieces. Members of yet another church stole the car, chopped it up and placed these parts in various junkyards.

Wendy Allen upset and not believing the rumors the car is demonic requested people help her locate and retrieve the car. The Dodge’s parts today are hidden so people can’t find them.

So did these deaths actually happen? Wendy Allen says they did but that the connections to her family car are all just coincidence.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Scary History of Ouija Boards

In 1890 a group of businessmen came together to form the Kennard Novelty Company.

They had noted an instant interest in talking boards. These boards had been developed by spiritualists in order to communicate with spirits in a more efficient way than tapping on tables.

These businessmen decided to mass market this new phenomenon in America and cash in on its success. Their first hurtle was what to call this board. One of the men’s sister-in-laws was a medium.

Helen Peters and the group decided to ask the board what was its name? Peters led the session and told the group the boards’ response was “Ouija.” She then asked the board what this word meant—its response was “Good Luck.”

Most people who have gotten real responses from Ouija boards have not experienced what they consider good luck.

The group patented the board in 1891. This newly named Ouija board became an instant success and has continued in popularity for all the decades since.

William Fuld factory.
By 1893 one of the stockholders, William Fuld took over ownership of the company—he guided the company through its boom years. He fell off the roof of one of his factories and was killed—he ironically was up there following the advice of a Ouija board. Fuld’s company was sold to Parker Brothers in 1966.

In the 1960s the board gained more notoriety with a rising interest in the occult. By this time the sale of boards brought in millions of dollars.

In 1973, with the release of the film The Exorcist the boards gained a reputation with the general public as being evil—a portal to hell. In this film the main character, a girl named Regan, used a Ouija Board and connected with a spirit named Captain Howdy who was actually the demon who possessed her.

This fictional film brought to light something that many already knew. People felt the Ouija should not be used as a parlor game for they knew how dangerous playing with one could be.

In John Harkin’s book, Ouija Board Nightmares he gives many examples that support the fact these boards are not toys.

Early on in his book he shares several stories of how Ouija boards have caused mental distress and even insanity in people who played with them.

Throughout the 1920s and 30s there are several documented cases of people who committed murders—they claimed their Ouija boards told them to do it.

One vivid example Harkin shares happened in 1930 in Buffalo, New York. Two Native American women were put on trial for murdering the wife of the famous sculptor Henri Marchand.

They beat Clothide Marchand to death with a hammer. One of them told the authorities that they had communicated with her husband while using a Ouija board. He told her that Marchand was a witch who had killed him.


Another example Harkin shares involves an entire town.

In the 1920s, over a course of a few short weeks the police in El Cerrito, California arrested seven people. All were driven insane after playing with boards. A national headline at the time read, Whole Town Ouija Mad.

A 15-year-old girl was found naked and acting crazy after communicating with the spirits. In the following days this madness spread. It even affected a local police officer that ran naked into a bank screaming.

As a result the town officials banned Ouija boards within the city limits.

John Harkin goes on to share numerous modern day stories of how Ouija’s have scared and caused danger to those who have used them.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Stolen Ghost

Ye Olde Man and Scythe
I wrote about the Ye Olde Man and Scythe pub in England being haunted in a previous post, here. Along with this story I share a compelling video of a ghost that the pub captured on video.

Last month, an article published in a local Bolton newspaper, Bolton News, caught my attention.

To be honest I am not sure whether to laugh or cry at this news . . .

A Chinese artist, Lu Pingyuan traveled all the way from Shanghai to Manchester in order to steal the decapitated ghost that haunts this Bolton pub.

It is believed this ghost is that of James Stanley—he was the Seventh Earl of Derby. Stanley was a Royalist whose family originally owned the pub—the Scythe is the 4th oldest pub in Britain.
Video is on my original post.
The Earl is thought to have spent his last few hours in the inn before he was taken out and executed—he was beheaded in 1651 near the end of the Civil War.

The chair where the Earl sat before his death is still in the pub.

Pingyuan upon seeing a video of the Earl’s ghost in 2014 decided he must capture it. He followed the ghost into the Scythe’s restroom and then performed “an incantation” to trap it in a bottle.

Recently, Pingyuan has had this ghost on display in a traveling exhibition. When Richard Greenwood, the pub’s owner found out this exhibition was on display at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in Manchester he wrote Pingyuan a letter.

Greewood expressed he wished he had known about Pingyuan’s intention before he removed the ghost. He feels this removal has unbalanced the natural order of things and he misses this spirit.

Greenwood also states he would have allowed the ghost of Stanley to be exhibited—for the world to see—but that he would have insisted the ghost be returned to its home at the pub after this.

This article did not mention if Greenwood has received a response.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Versailles Time Slip

The following story is about one of the first and most famous Time Slip encounters recorded.

Palace at Versailles


Two English ladies Charlotte Anne Moberly and Eleanor Jourdain in August of 1901 visited the Palace of Versailles in France. As they toured the palace they became bored and went outside to explore the gardens and see the Petit Trianon—a small chateau on the grounds.
Petit Trianon





But they were informed that the Petit Trianon was closed for the day so the two women decided to continue exploring the grounds. At one point they became turned around and discovered they were lost.

It was at this point a feeling of weariness and oppression overtook both women. They noticed the pleasant sunny day took on a fuzzy appearance. Things now seemed out of place.

They watched a women shake a white sheet out one farmhouse window and noticed there was an old fashioned plough in front of this structure.

They observed the people around them were all dressed in funny old- fashioned clothing. Several of the men wore three-cornered hats. Jourdain commented later that these figures reminded her of the wax figures in Madam Tussauds.


Eleanor Jourdain
Jourdain also noted that everything around them all of a sudden looked unreal . . . unpleasant. The trees even appeared flat and lifeless. She stated there was no play of light and shadow you normally see on a sunny day.

One man the pair spotted was so rough in appearance--pock marked face, dark expression, wearing a floppy hat and large cloak-- that Jourdain admitted he repulsed her. The two women decided they didn’t even want to walk past him.

A more pleasant tall man with curly hair approached them and showed them the way to the Petit Trianon.

Charlotte Moberly
After they crossed one bridge Moberly spotted a stately woman with fair hair wearing a large white hat sketching on the grass. This woman wore a pale summer frock and looked directly at her without interest. Moberly afterwards came to believe that this woman was Marie Antoinette. Jourdain did not see this lady.

Once the two women reached the entrance they were joined by a group of modern day tourists. They stated that the strange feelings that had overtaken them vanished at this point.

When what both women saw and experienced that day in early August was made public they were ridiculed but Moberly and Jourdain were not young girls, they both were well educated and had met while they were principals of a women’s residence hall at Hugh’s College in Oxford. Jourdain also ran her own school.

Portrait of Marie Antoinette
that reminded Moberly of
women she saw.
They suspected they would not be believed so it wasn’t until years after their encounter they wrote about it and published it in a book entitled, An Adventure in 1911. They used pin names. It wasn’t until four months after Jourdain died in 1931 that their real names came out.

The two women were firmly convinced that the grounds at Versailles were haunted and what they saw that day were ghosts. Later their experience of walking out of the 20th century directly into the 16th century was labeled a Time Slip experience.


I talk about what Time Slips are and share several modern day encounters here.