GHOSTLY ENCOUNTERS!

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.


GHOSTLY ENCOUNTERS!

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Driskill Hotel, Texas: Room 525 is said to be the most haunted room. It is believed that two young women who were in the hotel for their honeymoon committed suicide in the room twenty years apart from each other. For a period of time, the room was closed. The room was opened again in 1998 and since then strange occurrences have been reported. These include ghostly apparitions, sensations, voices and unexplained noises.

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Mackenzie Poltergeist - It's said that when a homeless man snuck into the mausoleum for shelter and disturbed the coffin of Sir George Mackenzie (a man responsible for a large number of deaths during his time as judge and lord advocate), his ghost awoke and the activity in the Black Mausoleum began. Since 1999 visitors have reported temperature changes, and some visitors have been physically attacked (350 documented cases) or simply collapsed for no reason.

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There stands a Victorian house in Bidston on the Wirral in north-west England, which was once the scene of a disturbing supernatural incident that allegedly occurred in 1920. The house was bought by two sisters who had been left a substantial legacy in 1919, and their names were Victoria and Margaret Webster. Margaret was 19 and Victoria was 24, and they originally came from Neston, but heard about the beautiful terraced house in Bidston after the death of their father, a weal

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10 haunted places in Salt Lake City, Utah ~ When it comes to tales of paranormal activity, Salt Lake City is not an exception to hauntings. From the University of Utah to the Rio Grande Train Depot, people have reported hearing, feeling and seeing ghosts in several locations across the city.

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Ghost Stories & photo's of the Banff Springs Hotel ~ While the hotel may deny any paranormal activity, there are many photos and photobooks that say otherwise. While some photos are clearly random dust specks, tricking your eye into thinking its an entity, many guests of the Banff Springs Hotel actually do have visible ghost photos that they could turn into some quite chilling photobooks.

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Stanley Hotel - Stephen King's Overlook Hotel in The Shining was inspired by Colorado's Stanley Hotel. Guests have often reported sightings of the hotel’s founder, F.O. Stanley, co-inventor of the Stanley Steamer, and his wife, Flora, playing her haunting melodies from the ballroom piano.

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The Langham, United Kingdom - This hotel is thought to be inhabited by numerous ghosts, from a doctor who killed his wife, then himself, to a German prince who jumped from a fourth-floor window. Room 333 is probably the most haunted in the entire hotel, visited by both the prince and other ghosts, including one who likes shoving guests out of the bed.

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Dragsholm Slot, Denmark - One of Denmark's oldest buildings, Dragsholm Slot is a 12th-century castle with three resident ghosts: the Earl of Bothwell, the White Lady and the Grey Lady. James Hepburn, the 4th Earl of Bothwell, and third husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, died here. Since then visitors have seen the Earl riding into the courtyard and heard the sound of his horse-hooves on the cobbled yard.

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Karosta Prison Hotel, Latvia - A former military prison used to house Nazis and Soviets, the prison walls still depict the graffiti of former prisoners, which makes for chilling bedtime reading. Guests also have to share accommodation with the ghost of a woman who hung herself after learning her fiancé was executed here.

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Hotel Del Coronado, USA - This landmark resort is more than a century old and has had its share of ghostly sightings. A part of the John Cusack film 1408 was inspired by a collection of real-life news stories about parapsychologist Christopher Chacon's investigation into one of the hotels notoriously haunted rooms.

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Grand Hyatt, Taiwan - It is rumored that the Grand Hyatt was erected over land that had once served as a Japanese execution ground and prison camp during World War II. Paranormal encounters abound: even action star Jackie Chan apparently stormed out of his suite in the middle of the night after encountering a ghost. The desperate management have even been said to have turned to feng shui experts to fend off the spirits.

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Ballygally Castle Hotel, Northern Ireland - Isabella Shaw, the former Lady of the Castle in 1625, was locked her inside a room by her husband immediately after she gave birth to their son. She died after falling out of a window in an attempt to escape. It is believed she has wandered the castle for over 400 years in search of the son who was taken from her.

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Fairmont Banff Springs, Canada - Guests and staff members claim they've encountered the ghost of elderly bellhop Sam Macauley, who so loved the hotel that he continued working there even after he died. Another resident ghost is thought to be a young bride who died on her wedding day at the hotel. The Fairmont management adamantly denies any ghostly activity, but stories abound.

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Visitors at the haunted Hotel Burchianti, in Florence, need not be alarmed if they hear a bump in the night as it’s just the ghost of a dead maid going about her cleaning duties. Former guests have also described feeling an unknown presence, having icy breath on their faces, seeing the ghost of a young girl skipping down the hall and the vision of an old lady knitting in a chair.

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Russell Hotel, Australia ~~ The Russell Hotel in Sydney served as a hospital during deadly outbreaks of smallpox and bubonic plague, and later became a rooming house and hostel for sailors. It is said that room number eight is haunted by one of the seamen. Staff members have also claimed to have heard unexplained footsteps over creaky floors during the night

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Hotel Queen Mary, USA - The Queen Mary became known as "the haunted ship" after numerous disasters, including a split hull that left few survivors. A popular ocean liner for Trans-Atlantic travel, it carried many dignitaries and celebrities across the sea. When it retired from service, Queen Mary became a floating hotel. Many people died on board over the years and it's believed that their ghosts still haunt the vessel.

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Hotel Chelsea, USA ~~ It's rare that celebrity guests don't kick up a fuss when their hotel is closed for renovations, not so in the case of Hotel Chelsea in New York. Supernatural inhabitants are said to include Dylan Thomas (who died of pneumonia while staying here in 1953) and Sid Vicious (who stabbed his girlfriend Nancy Spungeon to death here in 1978). The ghost of American novelist Thomas Wolfe is also said to haunt the eighth floor.

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Haunted hotels around the world: Hotel Roosevelt, USA You can enjoy celebrity spotting unlike any other at the Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood. Marilyn Monroe was a resident here for two years while her modelling career was taking off. Seems like she never left as sightings of her restless spirit are often reported by guests. Another frequent guest (strictly spiritual) is actor Montgomery Clift who is often heard playing the trombone.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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