A Ghost Report from the Pickens Sentinel on February 4, 1886

Spectral EditionThere’s a rotting cottage on the outskirts of Wabash, Indiana. Its decaying door hangs open.

At least two people passing by at night have seen a figure, dressed in black over white, standing in that doorway. The first witness thought it was male. The second saw a female . . . floating in the air.

1886-02-04 p4 Pickens Sentinel [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 New Era on February 10, 1910

Spectral EditionThe windows of a haunted clubhouse won’t stay closed — even if they’re locked.

There’s a creepy light at night, too.

One theory is that it’s the ghost of a man wanting to retrieve a 10-dollar bet he had made just before being shot to death.

1910-02-10 p2 The New Era [Davenport, Oklahoma]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 Manning Times on February 15, 1888

Spectral EditionThe little Holler girl can’t live anywhere without a rain of stones falling inside the house.

This is not a haunted house. It’s a haunted child.

Several witnesses corroborate the poltergeist-like phenomenon.

1888-02-15 p1 Manning Times [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 News and Herald on December 30, 1879

Spectral EditionMr. Searles transports mail between Milford and Delaware Water Gap, Philadelphia. He claims he’s seen a ghost on his route. Repeatedly!

Some think it’s only someone in a sheet.

Others speculate it’s the spirit of John Goble, who had been murdered on that road fifty-two years earlier.

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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 Washington Bee on December 13, 1902

Spectral EditionA woman lived in Dunkirk, New York.

She didn’t like to have guests in her house.

She died alone.

She still doesn’t like having people around.

1902-12-13 p6 The Washington Bee [Washington DC]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 Guthrie Daily Leader on April 19, 1896

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Ella Myers, an Oklahoma prostitute, might have been the victim of a wrongful death.

Or the victim of a wrongful burial.

Did her ghost walk in hopes of conveying the truth?

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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 McCook Tribune on January 27, 1907

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Miles Fuller was hanged in Butte, Montana.

It looks to be his ghost terrifying those who travel between there and Rocker.

But why is there a spectral woman with him?

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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.

Taking Steps to a Spectral Edition Book

Spectral EditionI spent some of my time off for the holidays organizing the ghost reports I’ve collected for the Spectral Edition project. I separated these authentic ghost reports from U.S. newspapers into folders with titles such as Haunted Roads or Haunted Buildings Other than Houses.

The folders will let me more easily pick and choose the most interesting ghost reports for corresponding chapters of a book. I did a count of the articles I currently have at hand. There are 346 — too many for a single book, I bet. I’m going to have to make some heartbreaking decisions about which ghosts make it into the book and which ghosts get left behind.

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An illustration from a ghost report published in the Little Falls Herald on April 20, 1906

Very likely, this book will be my first to be self-published, so I can’t give an Estimated Time of Arrival for it. I have too much learning to do.

Meanwhile, I’ve also recorded the last of my Spectral Edition audios, in which I read selections from those 346 ghost reports (at times, hamming up my delivery so much that it’s, well, spooky). This leaves me with four series, each one comprised of thirteen short episodes. These audios have been spotlighted on the Big Séance Podcast, which features interviews with people exploring a wide variety of paranormal phenomena, and on the History Goes Bump podcast, which looks more specifically at ghosts and history. After each Spectral Edition audio is released as part of those podcasts, I post it here.

Completing the audio version of Spectral Edition should give me more time to focus on the book version it. Of course, I’ll continue to post individual ghost reports every Wednesday right here at the Merry Ghost Hunter.

A Ghost Report from the St. Johns Hearld on May 7, 1891

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Spectral violin music was heard in a gold miner’s cabin in rural Alabama.

The cabin had belonged to Daniel McLeod, known for the Scottish tunes he had played on his fiddle. The evidence suggests that McLeod had been murdered by his mining partner, Martin Burke.

And if Burke wasn’t punished for the crime in this world, he just might have been in the next.

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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 Sacramento Daily Record-Union on August 29, 1885

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11-year-old Annie Fisher from Millville, California, seems to have been the catalyst of poltergeist activity on her family’s farm. Stones and sticks were tossed from nowhere, doors locked and unlocked themselves, pictures moved, a clock and a potato were found with strings tied around them — and a lot more bizarre phenomena were observed by multiple witnesses.

Before reprinting the article from a local paper, the Sacramento Daily Record-Union secured confirmation from the local Post Master and a Justice of the Peace.

1885-08-29-p6-sacramento-daily-record-union-californiaEach 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.