A Ghost Report from the Evening Star on July 25, 1887

Spectral EditionHere’s another ghost report that didn’t make it into the book. There’s some poltergeist activity described, but it’s not very impressive.

It might have fit into the “Natural Explanations” chapter, but there are too many tricksters afoot. Even so, not all of the ghostly evidence is explained.

1884-07-25 p3 Evening Star [Washington, DC]

Each Wednesday, I post an actual ghost report from a U.S. newspaper published between 1865 and 1917. You can hear me read many of the ghost reports here, readings first heard on episodes of The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts.

UPDATE: Formatting is still in progress with the book version of Spectral Edition: Ghost Reports in U.S. Newspapers, 1865-1917. Keeping the graphics looking good is proving to be difficult as I convert the Word document into a pdf. I’m still aiming for a pre-Halloween release, though.

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A Ghost Report from the Brownsville Daily Herald on March 19, 1904

Spectral EditionI’ve found several reports of murderers haunted by the ghosts of their victims. It’s easy to attribute this to a guilty conscience. A few of these appear in the “Haunted People” chapter of my forthcoming Spectral Edition book.

But here’s an article that almost fits better into the chapter on “Natural Explanations” — or it would if it offered a clear-cut explanation for Susano Marmolejo’s ghostly visions of a man he had stabbed and left for dead.1904-03-19 p1 Brownsville Daily Herald [Texas]Each Wednesday, I post an actual ghost report from a U.S. newspaper published between 1865 and 1917. You can hear me read many of the ghost reports here, readings first heard on episodes of The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts.

UPDATE: I’m now at the slow, careful formatting stage with the book version of Spectral Edition: Ghost Reports in U.S. Newspapers, 1865-1917. I’m also gradually learning what’s needed to self-publish the book. All looks good for a pre-Halloween release!

A Ghost Report from the Nebraska Advertiser on October 31, 1902

Spectral EditionHere’s a good example of a ghost report that didn’t make its way into the upcoming book version of Spectral Edition: Ghost Reports from U.S. Newspaper, 1865-1917. I rejected any articles published on either April Fool’s Day or, as this one was, on Halloween. No trick reports, thank you.

And there’s not much ghostly activity here. A woman wearing black appeared on a porch one day. When addressed, she “disappeared.”  Does that mean she turned transparent — or she simply turned and ran off?

1902-10-31 p1 Nebraska Adverstiser [Nemaha City]Each Wednesday, I post an actual ghost report from a U.S. newspaper published between 1865 and 1917. You can hear me read many of the ghost reports here, readings first heard on episodes of The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts.

A Ghost Report from the Albuquerque Morning Journal on October 15, 1882

A stretch of the Virginia Midland Railroad is haunted.

At first, the phantom appeared with two ghostly horses. Afterward, it appeared alone, taunting and playing games with the train workers.

Then it appeared within the train cars beside those workers!

Each Wednesday, I post an actual ghost report from a U.S. newspaper published between 1865 and 1917. You can hear me read many of the ghost reports here, readings first heard on episodes of The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts.

UPDATE: The entire manuscript of Spectral Edition: Ghost Reports from U.S. Newspaper, 1865-1917 is complete. A couple of proofreaders will go over it, and no doubt I’ll tinker with it, too. This leaves me all of September and the start of October to learn how to self-publish — plenty of time to have the book available before Halloween. Look for updates on my progress here at The Merry Ghost Hunter site and on my Facebook author page.

A Ghost Report from the Sacramento Daily Record-Union on March 25, 1890

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In a fit of jealousy, Harry Lebo murdered his wife in the backyard of his father-in-law’s house.

Now, one of the neighbors claims that mysterious groans woke her one night.

And then that neighbor saw the ghost of the victim — headless — in the spot where the murder had occurred.

1890-03-25 p4 Sacramento Daily Record-Union [California]

Each Wednesday, I post an actual ghost report from a U.S. newspaper published between 1865 and 1917. You can hear me read many of the ghost reports here, readings first heard on episodes of The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts.

UPDATE: The introduction and transcriptions of close to 150 ghost reports are complete for Spectral Edition: Ghost Reports from U.S. Newspaper, 1865-1917. I’m probably about halfway through an examination of the 1871 Memphis’s Brinkley College haunting — and the debates it stirred about whether or not newspapers should print ghost reports — which will go into an appendix at the end. Look for updates on my progress here at The Merry Ghost Hunter site and on my Facebook author page.

A Ghost Report from the Southern Standard on August 25, 1888

Spectral EditionAn old house in Connecticut has a history of being haunted.

George Greene’s experiences there show that things haven’t changed. Along with unexplained sounds and furniture moving by itself, there’s a “colorless” figure that keeps watch in George’s bedroom when he’s trying to sleep.

1888-08-25 p7 Southern Standard [McMinnville, Tennessee]

Each Wednesday, I post an actual ghost report from a U.S. newspaper published between 1865 and 1917. You can hear me read many of the ghost reports here, readings first heard on episodes of The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts.

UPDATE: My Introduction is complete along with my transcriptions of 146 ghost reports for Spectral Edition: Ghost Reports from U.S. Newspaper, 1865-1917. Though the book is a good, solid length, I have room enough to add an Appendix that looks closely at the 1871 haunting of Memphis’s Brinkley College — and the debates it sparked about how newspapers should handle such events. Look for updates on my progress here at The Merry Ghost Hunter site and on my Facebook author page.

A Ghost Report from the Bridgeport Evening Farmer on January 14, 1915

Spectral EditionI’ve run into several articles about the toll that houses said to be haunted takes on those wishing to rent those properties. Who wants to live with a freeloading phantom?

L.T. Gallagher and James A. Meath might or might not have believed in ghosts.

But they certainly believed they were haunted.

1915-01-14 p5 Bridgeport Evening Farmer [Connecticut]

Each Wednesday, I post an actual ghost report from a U.S. newspaper published between 1865 and 1918. You can hear me read many of the ghost reports here, readings first heard on episodes of The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts.

UPDATE: Having transcribed 146 ghost reports for Spectral Edition: Ghost Reports from U.S. Newspaper, 1865-1917, I’m now working on an Introduction, one that attempts to explain why so many ghost reports appeared when they did. Look for updates on my progress here at The Merry Ghost Hunter site and on my Facebook author page.

A Ghost Report from the Alexandria Gazette on September 6, 1878

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A railroad worker not only saw and heard a ghost at Gravesend, New York — he chatted with her.

Two other witnesses verify the encounter.

Did Maria L. Hubbard return to the land of the living because she’s upset about the handling of her death, which involves a glass of poisoned beer?

1878-09-06 p1 Alexandria Gazette [D.C.]

Each Wednesday, I post an actual ghost report from a U.S. newspaper published between 1865 and 1918. You can hear me read many of the ghost reports here, readings first heard on episodes of The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts.

UPDATE: I’ve now transcribed 146 ghost reports for Spectral Edition: Ghost Reports from U.S. Newspaper, 1865-1918. That’s plenty to fill the book, but I still have to write the general introduction — and possibly an appendix. Look for updates on my progress here at The Merry Ghost Hunter site and on my Facebook author page.

 

A Ghost Report from the Daily Inter Mountain on August 19, 1899

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A family visiting the West hears someone playing with a ball in an unoccupied room of the ranch house they’re renting. The father investigates, but he finds the room empty, the windows locked — and a rubber ball.

The same thing happens the next night, so the father asks for help from one of the ranch hands. Then the mystery is solved. And some might consider the culprit far, far worse than a ghost.

1899-08-19 p11 Daily Inter Mountain [Butte, Montana]

Each Wednesday, I post an actual ghost report from a U.S. newspaper published between 1865 and 1918. You can hear me read many of the ghost reports here, readings first heard on episodes of The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts.

UPDATE: Work is proceeding nicely on my book version of Spectral Edition: Ghost Reports from U.S. Newspaper, 1865-1918. I’m now transcribing articles for the sixth chapter. Look for updates on my progress here at The Merry Ghost Hunter site and on my Facebook author page.

A Ghost Report from the St. Paul Daily Globe on February 26, 1886

Spectral EditionIn life, a Connecticut woman is haunted by her.

In death, she seems to haunt the house where she committed a horrible act.

And Mr. And Mrs. Ray just wanted to use that house as a summer retreat.

1886-02-26 p1 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 hear me read many of the ghost reports here, readings first heard on episodes of The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts.

UPDATE: Transcribing enough ghost reports to fill a book has been fun but tiring work, but I’m on the fourth chapter of Spectral Edition: Ghost Reports from U.S. Newspapers, 1865-1918. I hope to have the book available before the end of year — ideally before Halloween!