A Ghost Report from the Bisbee Daily Review on September 11, 1909

Spectral EditionA ghostly light has been appearing nightly in Northbridge, Massachusetts.

An assembly of 200 people witnessed the phenomenon, and many were terrified by it.

It was seen to vanish into a pond. Does the spirit of an undiscovered drowning victim seek help from the living?

1909-09-11 p3 Bisbee Daily Review [Arizonia]Each Wednesday, I post an actual ghost report from a U.S. newspaper published between 1865 and 1918. You can also hear me read the articles on The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts — or listen to previously released recordings here.

A Ghost Report from the St. Paul Daily Globe on September 24, 1891

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A Mississippi farmer is the victim of more than just a ghost out for revenge. This ghost is on a rampage.

Livestock and dogs are being killed, and the farmer himself was attacked in the dark.

His little daughter, though, can see the ghost — and she seems safe from it.

1891-09-24 p12 St. Paul Daily Globe [Minnesota]Each Wednesday, I post an actual ghost report from a U.S. newspaper published between 1865 and 1918. You can also hear me read the articles on The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts — or listen to previously released recordings here.

A Ghost Report from the Los Angeles Herald on April 27, 1905

Spectral EditionDr. Joseph King is calling it quits.

He tried to stay in the haunted house. However, the sudden bangs and the ghostly singing — and the time “when he was aroused by a cold, clammy object being placed on his face” — proved to be too much.

1905-04-27 p1 Los Angeles Herald [California]

Each Wednesday, I post an actual ghost report from a U.S. newspaper published between 1865 and 1918. You can also hear me read the articles on The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts — or listen to previously released recordings here.

 

A Ghost Report from the Charleston Daily News on September 16, 1869

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A house in Charleston exhibits signs of being haunted: the rattling of chains, locked doors opening noiselessly, and a shuffling of feet.

But there was no history to explain why a ghost might linger there. One brave ghost hunter set forth to determine the truth of the haunting.

Sometimes, things are not as they seem.

1869-09-16 p3 Charleston Daily News [South Carolina]Each Wednesday, I post an actual ghost report from a U.S. newspaper published between 1865 and 1918. You can also hear me read the articles on The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts — or listen to previously released recordings here.

A Ghost Report from the Wichita Daily Eagle on January 24, 1896

Spectral EditionOne of the silliest ghost reports I’ve uncovered. A riderless bicycle seems to pursue Peter Cooley.

In fact, the phantom bicycle passed through Cooley’s cow — as “green balls of fire fell from the tips of her horns.”

Sadly, the cow did not survive. But Cooley now believes in ghosts!

1896-01-24 p5 Wichita Daily Eagle [Kansas]

Each Wednesday, I post an actual ghost report from a U.S. newspaper published between 1865 and 1918. You can also hear me read the articles on The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts — or listen to previously released recordings here.

A Ghost Report from the Memphis Daily Appeal on January 18, 1888

Spectral EditionA tenement house in Concord, New Hampshire, is riddled with inexplicable sounds: raps, whistles, groans, rattlings, and more.

More than one team of ghost hunters have spent the night at the house. But no physical cause for the disturbances could be found.

1884-1-18 p1 Memphis Daily Appeal [Tennessee]Each Wednesday, I post an actual ghost report from a U.S. newspaper published between 1865 and 1918. You can also hear me read the articles on The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts — or listen to previously released recordings here.

A Ghost Report from the Daily Capital Journal on April 21, 1910

Spectral EditionThe devastating 1906 earthquake in the Bay Area of San Fransisco destroyed the library at Stanford University.

Four years later, odd noises — clankings and groanings — were reported to be rising from the library’s ruins.

University officials took the reports seriously enough that they posted a night watchman.

1910-04-21 p2 Daily Captial Journal [Salem, Oregon]

Each Wednesday, I post an actual ghost report from a U.S. newspaper published between 1865 and 1918. You can also hear me read the articles on The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts — or listen to previously released recordings here.

A Ghost Report from the Columbia Democrat and Star of the North on November 7, 1866

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One of the earliest ghost reports in my collection features a haunted house in Massachusetts.

There’s not much information on exactly what kind of manifestations have been witnessed there.

But its reputation for evil persists.

1866-11-07 p1 Columbia Democrat and Star of the North [Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania]Each Wednesday, I post an actual ghost report from a U.S. newspaper published between 1865 and 1918. You can also hear me read the articles on The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts — or listen to previously released recordings here.

A Ghost Report from the Holbrook Argus on September 28, 1901

Spectral EditionA New Jersey tenement is reportedly haunted by the spirit of murder victim Pietro Pasquillo.

Among the the strange manifestations is the faucets being turned on throughout the building all at once.

Is Pasquillo trying to wash away the blood?

1901-09-28 p3 Holbrook Argus [Arizonia]

Each Wednesday, I post an actual ghost report from a U.S. newspaper published between 1865 and 1918. You can also hear me read the articles on The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts — or listen to previously released recordings here.

A Ghost Report from the Webster City Freeman on February 20, 1912

Spectral EditionSome ghost reports end with a physical explanation.

This one, for example, provides a convincing — if disappointing — reason for the ghostly lights that appeared in a cemetery in Ireton, Iowa.

I hope the brave investigators slept well that night.

1912-02-20 p6 Webster City Freeman [Iowa]Each Wednesday, I post an actual ghost report from a U.S. newspaper published between 1865 and 1918. You can also hear me read the articles on The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts — or listen to previously released recordings here.