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A ghost is usually defined as the apparition of a deceased person, frequently similar in appearance to that person, and encountered in places he or she frequented, or in association with the person's former belongings. The word "ghost" may also refer to the spirit or soul of a deceased person, or to any spirit or demon.

Familiar face: A grandmother was left astonished after a photo posted on Facebook from her granddaughter’s christening appeared to show the ghost of her late husband. The bizarre image was caught on camera at St Martin’s Church, Canterbury, Kent by Mrs Sewell's son Jamie, 29, on his mobile phone. It was only when the grandmother-of-two was looking through the photos online later that she spotted the familiar face beside the family.

Punderson Manor, was built by Detroit businessman Karl Long in 1929. Long lost his fortune in the Great Depression and the property eventually reverted to the state for back taxes in 1948. Ghostly sightings have been reported at the manor for more than 30 years by guests, park rangers and caretakers. Some report hearing children laughing. Others have claimed to see an African-American girl that drowned in the lake in the mid-1970's. Still others have reported seeing Mr. Punderson.

Haunted Cleveland

College Hall at Lake Erie College in Painesville The fourth floor (now unused) is said to be haunted by an unfortunate female student from the late 19th century. The story goes that she became romantically involved with one of her professors and became pregnant. When the teacher refused to marry her, she jumped to her death from the belltower atop College Hall.

Haunted Cleveland

Akron Civic Theater (opened 1929 as Loewe's), is said to have at least two ghosts. Fred the Janitor, a theater worker in the 1930s, died in the theater and is said to haunt the building, particularly the bathrooms where he worked. The other ghost is a young woman, said to date from before the theater was built. She is thought to be from a mid-19th century canal barge family, as the Ohio-Erie Canal originally ran through the theater site.

Haunted Cleveland

The Old Fairport Harbor Lighthouse, east of Cleveland, is believed to be haunted by a gray cat, one of many owned by a former lighthouse caretaker. The myth was given more credence when, in 2001, the remains of a cat were discovered in a sealed staircase. The remains are now on display in the museum, but the playful cat's presence can be felt all over the property.

Haunted Cleveland

Rider's Inn in Painesville opened in 1812 as a hospitality stop along the rough stagecoach road between Buffalo and Cleveland. The inn, named for its founder Joe Rider and his wife Suzanne, who is said to (pleasantly) haunt the inn. In life, her job was to greet guests and she has been seen around the former front door as well as the upper floors.

Haunted Cleveland

Franklin Castle, Ohio City, is one of the most fascinating and most haunted houses in Cleveland. The four-story sandstone Gothic structure was built in the late 1880s and strange occurrences have plagued all of it's residents. Voices, organ playing, shaking light fixtures, and apparitions have all been reported. In 1975, the owner at the time went searching for the secret passageways ... and found more than he sought. He uncovered a human skeleton, deemed to be very old by the coroner.

Haunted Cleveland

The Gravesite Of Little Carrie ~ A little girl named Carrie has been haunting the roads leading east out of Washington North Carolina for well over a hundred years now. Carrie has been seen often always wearing the same pale yellow dress she was buried in. She runs out in front of cars in the area or people see her on the road side. Many people over the years have called the local police only to be told don't worry its only Carrie.

True North Carolina Ghost Stories

APPARITION AT THE DOOR! In the picture are myself, my wife and my youngest son. My 14 year old son is behind the camera. The photo was taken in the summer of 2004. No one was in the house at the time of the picture being taken. I had not seen this photo until the other day when my son was thumbing thru a photo album and this ghostly figure caught his attention.

In 1906 a legend was born in Atchison, Kansas in what is now known as the Sallie House, which was the home of the towns doctor at the time. A young girl died in excruciating pain during an emergency operation without anesthetic and now forever haunts this accursed dwelling.

Agnes Howard Hall, West Virginia Wesleyan. Pinner Emmy says she lived here her freshman year - and it was a good thing she didn't know then that it's haunted!

West Virginia Wesleyan College

This photograph was taken by a tourist visiting the Confederate cemetery near Carnton Mansion in Franklin, Tennessee. Nothing out of the ordinary was seen when the picture was taken however if you look to the upper right of the photograph, hovering in the trees appears to be a figure of man in uniform. Closer examination suggests him to be a Confederate soldier.

Ghosts of the Confederacy | Real Ghost Pictures

This angel or ghost picture commonly seen on the web was taken after an auto accident. The passengers in the car survived, which lead some some to believe an angel assisted them. Is it a fake or real photo of a ghost or an angel entity? You decide... ~8~

Ghost and Angel Pictures: Angel Picture or Ghost Picture?

Summerwind Mansion, formerly known as Lamont Mansion, is a ruined mansion on the shores of West Bay Lake in Vilas County, Wisconsin. It is reputed to be one of the most haunted locations in Wisconsin. As a result of abandonment, the elements, and fire, little of the mansion currently remains standing. For a while it was popular with paranormal tourists. Summerwind's ruins are located on private land and are closed to the public. The mansion was featured on an episode of A Haunting.

Summerwind Mansion

Blairsden Mansion ~ built by stock exchange tycoon Clinton Ledyard Blair 1898/1903, sold upon his death in 1950 to the Sisters of St. John the Baptist and turned into an orphanage. It's rumored that the the mother superior eventually began to worship the devil and went crazy (or became possessed) killing all the other nuns, guests and orphans living there. It is said that the home is still haunted by the past occupants.

Hinsdale Farmhouse ~ There are 12 or more ghosts seen in or around the house with house vibrations, visitor cars being possessed, weird noises, chimney bricks being removed and more. Clara Miller, who wrote "Echoes of a Haunting" based on her experiences with the house, claims her mother even talked with the spirits. Her family lived in the home from 1970-74 before fleeing. The house has even been through an exorcism to rid it of it's evil.

The house is where in 1935 Kate "Ma" Barker and her son Fred stood against the FBI in the longest shootout in FBI history. The home is riddled with bullet holes that were covered and patched but are still visible. Both Ma and Fred were killed in the shootout but it seems they didn't want to leave. In the '70's a seance was held and Fred eventually moved on but Ma has stayed put. Voices and noises are still heard late at night.

Real Haunted Houses for Sale in the U.S.

The Hampton Lillibridge home is a beautiful, historic, restored home that is part of the Georgia National Landmark Property, that is rumored to be haunted. There are stories of hangings, an accident that killed a restoration worker and even an empty crypt found on the property. There have been reports of strange noises, footsteps, moving furniture, and ghostly sightings.

Real Haunted Houses for Sale in the U.S.

There is a place in New Jersey filled with a great and mysterious force so bone chilling that even the history of the place before it was visited by spirits is disturbing.  Blairsden Mansion is famous not only for the macabre massacre that took place there in its distant past, but for the multiple ghost sightings...

The Terror at Blairsden Mansion

HAUNTED ISLAND FOR SALE ~ Italian authorities are putting the island of Poveglia, just a 10 minute boat ride from Venice, up for sale in an effort to pay off some of its debts. But beware, legend has it that the island is haunted.

Italy's Haunted Island For Sale - NBC News

Bullets Included With This Ma Barker/FBI Shootout Home for Sale in Florida ~ A marvelously museum-like home on the shores of Lake Weir where in 1935 the FBI surrounded a woman named Ma Barker & her gang & riddled them with bullets. The Orlando Sentinel had a detailed write-up of the melee that saw 2,000 rounds of bullets unloaded during the 5-hour shootout. Re-enactments performed there, & the ghastly events have prompted a few to believe the lakeside home might be haunted.

10 of the Most Haunted Homes in the US ~ Creaking floors, inexplicable cold drafts & eerie sounds usually don’t top the list of dream house features. Unless, of course, we’re talking about dream haunted house features. We’re forgoing the usual roundup of eye candy in favor of some cobweb-draped places most people wouldn’t dare put a down payment on. Tales of horror, glimpses of ghosts & a bevy of cobweb decor — it’s all here.

10 of the Most Haunted Homes in the US | Zillow Blog

What’s It Like Living in a Haunted House? Edwin Gonzalez’s wife Lillian is the one who fell in love with the home. The minute we walked in, we felt like we were going back in time,” Gonzalez said. “Lillian said, ‘This is mine!’ It was a dream home, really, it’s very charming. It calls you in.” They bought the home & moved in about six months later. That’s when they started hearing rumors about the stately Victorian. Apparently, their dream home was haunted.