Showing posts with label Washington. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Washington. Show all posts

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Roommate

When Brien Sykes a 35-year-old massage therapist moved into his Burien, Washington apartment dealing with an unwanted roommate was the last thing on his mind.

The building that housed his new home was built in the 1940s. The first odd activity that Sykes noticed involved his cat, Sam.

When Sykes left for work he always locked his cat into his apartment but within weeks of moving in he would return home to find his cat outside.

Perplexed as to how his cat managed to get outside Sykes started to put barriers at his door and made sure the apartment’s windows were shut tight.

But when he returned home he found these barriers undisturbed and he continued to find Sam outside waiting for him.

He then began to shut his cat in his bathroom with he left but every time he came home he found him outside the apartment building.

It dawned on him something otherworldly was occurring. With the onset of strange noises and items being moved Skye concluded he must be living with a ghost.

Several months after he moved in, he had several friends from work over. As they sat talking they all heard footsteps heading down the hallway to his apartment’s door.

When Sykes went to greet the new arrival no one was there. He reluctantly admitted to his friends that the apartment was haunted and what they heard was probably his ghostly roommate.

He went on to explain that he was not afraid because he never felt threatened. One reason was because the ghost liked to do housework.

If he left his bed unmade he would return to find it made. If he fell asleep with dirty dishes in the sink he would find them in the morning washed, dried and put away.

Sykes was so comfortable with his unusual roommate when he moved to a new apartment he invited the ghost to come with him.

But this didn’t happen and he now complains he has to do his own dishes.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Seattle’s Pike’s Place Market, Part ll

Most tourists do not know that Pike’s Place Market is haunted.

Over the years many witnesses have seen an old lady--most often on the lower level. She appears so real that many witnesses do not figure out they have seen a ghost until afterward.

It is said this ghost was the eldest daughter of Chief Sealth--which through misspellings and mispronunciations became “Seattle.”  Her Duwamish name was Kikisoblu but the early Anglo settlers in the area named her Princess Angeline.

In 1855, the Treaty of Point Elliot required the Duwamish leave their land for a reservation. Princess Angeline ignored the order and stayed in Seattle.

She lived in a waterfront shack where the market sits today. She survived by taking in laundry and selling hand woven baskets along the street.

Princess Angeline's shack.
Photo: Edward Curtis

She was a well-known figure in the city. She walked bent over with a cane. She always wore a handkerchief on her head and a shawl around her shoulders.

Princess Angeline
Photo: Edward Curtis
One reason it is known what she looked like is a young photographer at the time--Edward Curtis took many pictures of her.

When Princess Angeline died at the age of 84 in 1896 the citizens of Seattle gave her a big funeral. She was buried in a casket that was made to look like a canoe.

Her ghost has haunted the Market for decades. She appears so life like most witnesses at first are just taken aback by the sight of this odd old woman.

In Leslie Rule’s book entitled, Ghosts Among Us she tells a story about one of her friends when she was a teen growing up in Seattle. Her friends and her often rode the bus downtown and hung out in the market in the 1970s--this was when it was still a hippie hang out.

One day one of her friends went to the Market alone, while there she saw a sight that upset her. She saw an old woman she described as being a Native American.

This woman stared at her with piercing eyes that sent a chill down her spine. She was extremely old, toothless and wore a shawl. A smell of decay clung to her.

She muttered something, which the teen could not understand. She told Rule later that she wondered if this old lady was an evil witch that cast a spell on her. Rule’s friend was so frightened she has never gone back to the market.

Several years later when Rule heard other stories about Princess Angeline she wondered if this was the odd lady her friend saw.

In recent years, one shop owner on the lower level who sales beads saw an older woman dressed strangly in her store looking at beads in the back. When she approached this woman to ask if she needed assistance she disappeared.

She made inquiries and heard the story about Princess Angeline’s ghost. She has continued to see her ghost in her shop--she is now more comfortable with this sight. The owner states the ghost always checks out her beads in the back--then she fades away.

One day the shop owner saw her walk right through the back wall.

Most witnesses state the Princess moves slowly. Some state she even glows--in shades of lavender, blue and pink.

Other witnesses have seen a young Native American boy walking with her. The shop owner of the bead store has seen this ghost as well.

Lower levels where ghost has been seen.
It is said her ghost is felt near a central wooden column in the lower level. This area is always cold and several people who have taken pictures in this area have discovered anomalies in their photos.

In Part l of Seattle’s Pike’s Place Market the history of this historic market is shared.

Seattle’s Pike’s Place Market, Part l

Today this market is Seattle, Washington’s most popular tourist attraction. It sits in an historic district in downtown Seattle overlooking Puget Sound.

What most tourists are not aware of is this market is one of Seattle’s most haunted. Locals and vendors openly share tales about the ghosts that remain in the market.

Pike’s Place is in a rustic, long multi-level building with uneven floors and wooden columns. Steps or steep ramps take tourists from one level to the next.

Fresh produce and flowers.

Fish market.
The upper level or street level is used to sell an impressive assortment of farm fresh fruits and vegetables. In one corner of this level is the famous fish market where strong young men throw or torpedo fish to paying customers.

The lower levels have vendors and permanent stores that sell a variety of handmade goods and antiques. On any given day over 600 vendors are selling at the market.

A public market has been located on this 4-block boardwalk since 1907. The original vendors displayed their wares in the open air. Seattle residents flocked to the spot in search of fair priced food.

Market in 1911
By November of 1907 Frank Goodwin, who became rich from Klondike Gold, built the first structure on the spot.

In the 1930s, during the Great Depression Pike Place Market still offered the freshest and cheapest food in town. The market was still going strong during World War ll. But with more automobiles and the creation of supermarkets Pike’s Place drastically declined.

In the 1970s the area was a hippie hangout and was about to be torn down when a concerned architect led a movement to “Save the market” campaign.

It worked, for local voters approved the area as a 17-acre historic district and they undertook a rehabilitation of the market. This decision needless to say was a lucrative one.

View of Puget Sound from Market.

So Pike’s Market does not need a haunting to draw tourists in but it has several resident ghosts. One is a princess who has been seen many times over the years.

In Part ll, Seattle’s Pike’s Place Market the story of the Market’s most well known ghost is shared.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Bair Drug & Hardware

Sign read: Bair the Druggist
Pierce County Library archive
In 1895 W. L. Bair opened his modern pharmacy in the coastal town of Steilacoom Washington that sits on Puget Sound.

Bair known as “Cub” to his friends was a meticulous man. His store reflected his attention to detail. His customers could buy medicine and hardware. Many customers ordered a refreshing treat at his soda fountain.

Green River pop unmixed
Cub made sure that his store’s potbelly stove was always stoked. This warm environment always welcomed his cliental including a group of faithful retirees who played checkers in his store.

When Cub died many felt he had trouble giving up his beloved pharmacy for his spirit has haunted this building ever since. People state his ghost still puts in a full day’s work.

When his old store was converted to a café it is said Cub even tried to change with the times. But now his attempt at perfection suffered.

The café’s new equipment often stumped Cub. Employees would find bagels mysteriously burned and the café’s new electrical equipment in the soda fountain was sometimes found broken.

This was just the beginning. Various witnesses reported other strange happenings. One employee saw a group of sauce bottles fly off a shelf. These bottles did not drop to the floor immediately but instead flew across the room.

Café patrons report seeing coffee pots spin and doors swing open. Almost everyone who enters the café state the lights above sway back and forth.

Business today is called Bair Bistro
When a museum was added to the café many felt this mellowed Cub’s ghost. They felt the familiar antiques, such as medicine bottles, old hardware and a line of postal box slots attached to the rear wall made Cub feel more at home.

The activity settled down to the point that people began to believe Cub’s ghost had finally moved on. But this does not appear to be the case.

As recent as 2005, people standing near the postal boxes have felt someone standing close behind them--only to discover no one there. Others have heard distinctive humming.

Several visitors state they felt someone breathing down their necks and then the sound of someone wheezing. Cub’s presence has also been felt in the bank next door.

This old building is located at the intersection of Lafayette and Wilkes.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Ghostly Figure Caught on Camera

Nathan Ziegler a principal at Hope Academy in Minneapolis was visiting his hometown of Milton-Freewater, Washington in the Walla Walla Valley with his wife this summer when he decided to try out his new time-lapse camera.

Ziegler a camera enthusiast had just bought himself a GoPro Hero 3.

Fuzzy Figure captured.
He likes to photograph the valley’s beautiful sunsets so he chose Old Pioneer Cemetery, which sits high on a hill outside of town. He knew he would get a nice sweeping view from this hill.

Ziegler hiked a mile to reach this cemetery on July 23rd--the town’s oldest graveyard. This cemetery is along the Oregon Trail and the first graves are from 1868. It has a padlocked gate and is on private property today. The last time it was used for burials was in the early 1940s.

He placed his new camera on a tripod in front of a tombstone and started the 30-second time-lapse function at 8:13 p.m. He left it filming for 2 hours.

The following morning he downloaded the pictures he captured to his laptop--so he could share them on his blog. At first he did not notice anything strange. But when he was showing them to his father-in-law he saw something that surprised him.

He noticed a strange shadowy figure. He zoomed in to take a better look. It appeared at 9:08:30 p.m. and was a fuzzy humanoid shape behind the tree in the frame. He couldn’t determine if it was walking, leaning or standing still.

What makes this capture so unusual is the figure isn’t in the frame taken 30-seconds before or in the frame taken 30-seconds afterwards.

At 9:08:30 p.m.

Frame taken 30-seconds later

It appeared as if it literally just dropped in and then disappeared.

Ziegler first placed the photos on his Facebook page and asked for suggestions. Some felt it was an insect, others suggested it was a limb that fell from the tree.

Zeigler and his brother-in-law hiked back to the cemetery the next day on the 24th but they found no limbs on the ground.

The two men checked to see whether a person could have walked across the exposed frame in 30 seconds or less. If a person was considerably closer to the camera in the foreground they could have but the figure captured was behind the tree.

Zeigler set up his camera once more but this time it revealed nothing.

News stations in Portland, Spokane and Walla Walla all covered this story.

Here is an update by Zeigler on his blog where he did further investigations the next day--the figure remains a mystery.

Here is a nice short video Zeigler did showing the figure only appeared in one frame.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Corrupt Mortician

E. R. Butterworth was a furniture maker in Seattle, Washington in the early 1900s. At this time there were many deaths in Seattle because of fast spreading diseases and frequent mine accidents. 

Butterworth ended up making more coffins than furniture. 

By 1903 he realized that death was a booming industry. So he opened up Butterworth’s and Sons mortuary. His mortuary was located in what was to become the E.R. Butterworth building. This building still stands today and Kells' Irish Pub occupies the basement where the mortuary once was. Not surprising this pub is considered haunted.

Butterworth mortuary provided a chapel, a crematorium, and a morgue where autopsies and embalmings were performed. Some feel this space is haunted today because of Butterworth’s unethical and corrupt practices. 

There were so many deaths in Seattle the bodies literally stacked up. To alleviate this problem the city paid it’s citizens $50 to bring the deceased to Butterworth’s mortuary. Butterworth collected half this amount and prepared these bodies for burial.

It seems collecting these generous fees was not enough for Butterworth because he became greedier. He started to have people killed. 

At this point in history people did not concern themselves overly with the cause of death and the fact that Butterworth cremated these bodies destroying the evidence immediately allowed him to continue this practice for some time. Later, it was rumored that Butterworth had an accomplice.

Dr. Linda Hazzard performed extreme treatments on her patients in order to supposedly cure them. She basically staved them to death. * 

Hazzard was caught and convicted of murder for one such case. She served two years in prison and then moved to New Zealand with her husband where she continued to practice medicine. Butterfield’s handled the cremation of several of her former patients—hence the rumored connection.

The Butterworth and Sons mortuary was in business from 1903 until 1923. 

When the owner and manager of Kells Irish Pub started renovating the building they quickly became aware something odd was going on. One workman that performed a demolition on an upper floor took pictures to show them the progress being made on the renovation. In one of these photos something unexpected appeared. 

This workman had captured a man who was deathly pale, with very dark gaping eyes. But what was most unusual was the man’s mouth was sewn shut with thread. At this point the owner looked into the history of the building.

People at Kells' today feel that many of the souls of Butterworth’s victims are making their presence known. 

Glasses are pushed off the bar without apparent cause and dirty handprints are discovered on the windows after they are cleaned. 

The spirit of a little girl without legs is sometimes seen playing by an unused staircase. At one point a large wall mirror fell and broke in a room that was unoccupied. It oddly fell to the floor in neat, clean edged pieces. 

The activity in the pub seems to be most active in the month of November. It is believed this is because in November of 1918 Seattle residents were dying in droves from the Spanish influenza. People at the time wore surgical masks in order to avoid becoming ill.

* Two sisters, Claire and Dorothea Williamson were both victims of Dr. Hazzard. Claire had already been cremated at the time of Hazzard's trail but her sister Dorothea who died later was still skin and bone.

The following link is a news story about the pub and it shows the photo that was taken by the workman on the demolition crew. The manager and the owner are interviewed. The television show Ghost Adventures with the Constantinos are highlighted as well.

New story about ghosts at Kell's Pub