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Behind Every Cloud is a Kindred Spirit (BECKS)I lost my grandfather when I was 17. I had a VERY difficult time getting over it. How could I still communicate with him? I loved him so much I didn't think I could live without him. I read everything I could get my hands on to do with the "afterlife" and that started it all...the love of Ghost Hunting and the Paranormal. I have been researching the paranormal for over 30 years!! It is my way of staying in touch with my grandfather. Being a Ghost Hunter is not always as exciting as it seems on TV. Many nights I have sat in the dark and not a thing happened. BUT it is those times you DO get that one voice, that one unexplainable picture or have an experience that sends chills down your back that makes it sooo worth it all!!! My purpose of this blog is not to make people believe in ghosts but maybe to open their minds just a little bit... I LOVE this crazy thing called Ghost Hunting. It is as much a part of me as breathing. I am just a girl that refuses to accept we can't still contact our loved ones after they die. My grandfather won't let me.



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San Antonio, Tx is surrounded by many stories of ghosts!!!  The ghost of the Menger Hotel, the Alamo, the Riverwalk itself, but none more famous than that of a tragic accident that killed a bus full of children! Many say these children...to this day....still try and protect others from the same fate that they endured. 

The Legend of the Haunted Railroad Tracks
One telling of the legend takes place during the 1930s or 1940s (depending on the account), and according to this variation, a bus carrying students home from school was heading toward the intersection (Villamain and Shane). When it came to the railroad tracks, the bus stalled out. The bus driver then noticed a train barreling down on them, and the driver rushed to get the children off the bus. But there wasn't enough time, and the train crashed into the bus killing 10 of the students and the bus driver as well.
The more detailed version, which explains the legend more suitably (in my opinion), begins much in the same way. Decades ago (late 30s/early 40s), on an especially dark evening, a nun was driving a school bus filled with children home after a field trip. They were heading down Shane road, but when approaching the railroad crossing, the bus abruptly stalled out on the tracks. Most of the students were sleeping, so she was quietly attempting to start the engine back up. It was then that a train emerged, seemingly out of nowhere, as its headlamp was burnt out, it offered no warning of its impending arrival. It was too late to evacuate the children, as the train was moving too fast. The nun, desperately and frantically, turned the key, making one last attempt to restart the bus just as the train smashed through the bus cutting it in half. The nun was thrown through the windshield but miraculously survived. The young children were not as fortunate—they were all killed instantly.

A cut of an article copy from the San Antonio Express, year 1938, about a tragic freight-train accident that killed nearly 30 children.
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A few weeks later, the nun, guilt-ridden and heartbroken, returned to the site of the accident. She was unable to continue on and thus decided to end her life. She parked her car on the tracks and sat there waiting for the next train to come along. Later, when a train came into sight, speeding down toward her, in the same way as that tragic night, the nun began to hear small familiar voices. Then, her car began to move forward, as if it was being pushed from behind. The nun's car was rolled to safety, just as the train roared by. In disbelief the nun got out of her car, and began looking around expecting to find a good Samaritan. She saw not a single soul. She looked back at her car and noticed children-sized handprints on the back of her trunk. It was then she realized that the ghosts of her students had saved her life. The nun was then blessed with a newfound purpose in life, and she opened a school for orphans. She taught there till the day she died.
It is said that to this day, if anyone parks their car on or near the railroad tracks at Shane Road, ghostly children will push the vehicle to safety, as they are determined to make sure that no one meets the same gruesome fated that they suffered.
This legend has grown so much over the years that tourists travel from all over the country so that they may bare witness to this phenomenon at the rail road crossing on Shane Road. Some will sprinkle baby powder on the back end of their car, so that they can more easily spot the hand prints after their vehicle is pushed off the tracks, just as the nun's car was so many years earlier.

The Baby Powder Experiences at the Railroad Tracks

While there are many skeptics of this occurrence, one person who tested the legend was Brenda Pacheco: "I put my car in neutral, took my foot off the pedals and the car moved! It moved quickly toward the tracks, up over the bump and down the other side, well out of harm's way!"
Pacheco also did the baby powder test: "I was so excited, I got out to check the back of my car and there were the tiny hand prints! Plain and clear, and so, so tiny! The prints were so perfect, you could see the lines of the palms, and the swirls of the fingerprints!"
Another person's encounter at the railroad tracks: "I know many dispute the legend of the railroad track ghosts. However, I was witness to one very indisputable event there in my late teens, early 20s." She goes on to recall her experience at the railroad tracks, "I once went over in my convertible with a new parakeet in the car. The bird had been chirping happily, until we staged the vehicle for the tracks, when suddenly his chirping was completely silenced. It wasn't until we left the area that he began to chirp again." Curious by her bird's reaction, she decided to try the baby powder legend out for herself: "I used the baby powder on my car, I had multiple small hand prints. But, these hand prints did not belong to me, and I had no children anywhere around my car previously and was extremely meticulous about the appearance of my car." She then points out, "When one washes their car with dish soap, oils from hands are removed, so no prints will remain."

Other Ghost Stories at the Railroad Tracks

A photo taken of a supposed ghost wandering by a set of railroad tracks in San Antonio.
Photos of this "apparition" circulate everywhere on the internet ...

Many locals have made claims they say that you can hear the rumbling sounds of a train nearing, the steam whistle howling, and the screeching of wheels as if the train is grinding to a halt, but nothing ever appears, nothing is there at all, except for the haunting chill of the night.
A popular story locals will tell you occurred not long after the horrific crash. It involves a woman who was driving down Shane Road late one night. As she approached the railroad crossing, she saw a little girl standing all alone on the side of the road. She immediately stopped, pulled over and offered the girl a ride home. Once they arrived at the girl’s house, the child was hesitant to leave the vehicle and head inside. The woman assumed that the girl must have ran away from home after a fight with her parents. So she told the girl that she would speak to her mother. When the woman got out of the car, she looked back to give the girl a reassuring smiling, but she had vanished. The woman quickly reopened her car door, but no one was there—however the seatbelt was still fastened.
Another eerie account, which happened more recently, took place one weekend when a girl and a couple of friends made the trip to San Antonio to see the haunted railroad tracks. The girl took numerous pictures and emailed them to her mother. The mother was shock to discover that in one of the photos there appeared to be a ghost, a ghost of a little girl holding on to her teddy bear.

The Truth about the Haunted Railroad Tracks

The truth has been debated in San Antonio, with both residents and law enforcement officials weary of the legend. There have been countless reports of cars appearing to move on their own, with mysterious childlike prints showing up on vehicles afterward. Some have also allegedly heard the voices and laughter of children while at the railroad tracks.
However, despite these stories, there are no records of any accidents ever occurring on the railroad tracks in San Antonio.
Some believe the legend was inspired by another fatal accident that happened on December 1st, of the year 1938, far away in Salt Lake City, Utah. The city was dealing with blizzard conditions, and a school bus carrying over twenty students (aging from 12-18), was attempting to bring the kids home safe when the bus stalled out on the railroad tracks just as a fifty-car freight train came hurling their way. The aftermath was grizzly, with every soul on the bus left dead.
Is it possible that the news coverage of the Salt Lake City's crash became blurred overtime with San Antonio folklore, with later generations adopting the story as their own? If that is the case, why aren't there other similar stories throughout America? And, why are there so many first hand accounts at the railroad tracks in San Antonio?
Maybe, you should make the trip out to San Antonio. Travel down Shane Road toward the Railroad crossing and experience the phenomenon for yourself. If you do, keep in mind that many visitors bring gifts for the ghostly children, such as, crucifixes, rosary beads, flowers and toys. Some even write messages on the railroad tracks, wishing the children peace. Hopefully, one day the ghost children of the track will find peace and cross over.



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Poisoning of Timothy O'Bryan

Poisoning of Timothy O'Bryan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Horrible Crimes Committed on Halloween
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While the vast majority of Halloween scare stories about razor blades in apples or poisoned candy are either urban legends or moral panics, one story is, unfortunately, completely true. And it had nothing to do with a demented stranger randomly killing children. Eight-year-old Timothy O'Bryan had a packet of Pixie Stix given to him by his father Ronald to cap off his trick-or-treating. He almost immediately went into convulsions, and died an hour later.

The death sent the O'Bryan's small Texas town into a panic, and the police determined that the Pixie Stix that Timothy ate were laced with cyanide. When Ronald's story kept changing, police began investigating him. They found him to be deeply in debt, and that he'd taken out massive life insurance policies on his children. Police found that other O'Bryan children had also been given the candy by their dad, but hadn't eaten them.

Ronald O'Bryan was found guilty of murder, sentenced to death, and executed in 1984.

Murders of Leslie Mazzara and ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Horrible Crimes Committed on Halloween
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Late on Halloween night 2004, roommates Leslie Mazzara, Adriane Insogna, and Lauren Meanza went to bed after handing out candy. Meanza was woken up at 1AM by the sounds of a scuffle. Not knowing what was happening, she ran in terror from the house and hid in the backyard, watching an assailant climb out of a window. When the coast was clear, she ran back upstairs, and found both of her roommates butchered. 

In the course of the investigation, FBI agents found cigarette butts near the scene of the crime that matched blood evidence inside the house, but found no known matches in any DNA databases. Officers and FBI agents spoke to nearly 1,500 persons of interest during the investigation of the double murder including one of Insogna’s friends, Lily Prudhome. Her husband, Eric Copple, became a person of extreme interest during the investigation when he refused to give a DNA sample to exclude him from the suspect pool. Nearly a year after the commission of the crime, Copple turned himself in and confessed to the deaths of his wife's friends while giving no motive for the execution of his crime.

If the nature of the murders wasn't heinous enough, consider the fact that Copple was, at the time of the murders, only engaged to the friend of one of his victims and carried on with the wedding thinking his crimes would not be tied to him. This quote from Adriane Insogna's mother, Arlene Allen, gives a chilling insight into a murderer who thought he got away with it.

“You are the man who is so cruel as to invite me, the mother of the woman you murdered, to stand up for you at your wedding, to read scripture to you of love and death and to bless your union. Throughout that weekend you brought me into the heart of your family, knowing all the while it was you who destroyed mine."

Liske Family Murders

Liske Family Murders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Horrible Crimes Committed on Halloween
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On Halloween 2010, Ohio teenager Devon Griffin returned home from Sunday church services to find the corpses of his brother Derek, mother Susan, and Susan's new husband William Liske. The killer had bludgeoned Derek with a claw hammer, shot William five times with a .22-caliber pistol, and raped Susan before shooting her three times. Devon was so traumatized he could only say it was like “something out of a haunted house.”

The killer was found to be William Liske’s son from a previous marriage, William Liske Jr., who had a history of schizophrenia and violence. Liske was picked up at a halfway house, and pleaded guilty to all three murders. He committed suicide in prison in 2015. 

Murder of Tony Bagley

Murder of Tony Bagley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Horrible Crimes Committed on Halloween
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Seven-year-old Las Vegas boy Tony Bagley went trick-or-treating on Halloween night in 1994 with his sister, aunt, and mother. They were walking down the street when a man in a hoodie ran towards them with a gun and opened fire, killing Tony. He then jumped into a waiting car and drove away. The killer has never been caught, and police speculated that the shooting was revenge against Tony's father for a drug deal gone wrong.

Murder of Karl Jackson

Murder of Karl Jackson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Horrible Crimes Committed on Halloween
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Bronx resident Karl Jackson was a 21-year-old data entry clerk at Morgan Stanley. On Halloween night 1998, Jackson went with his girlfriend to pick up her young son from a party. While there, some teenagers threw eggs at their car But the classic Halloween prank soon turned really ugly.

Jackson got out of his car, exchanged words with the throwers, and got back in the car. Then one of the teens pulled a gun and shot Jackson through the head, killing him instantly. Police arrested 17-year-old Curtis Sterling for the murder, and New York cracked down on egg-throwing pranks. 

The Woodbridge Abductions

The Woodbridge Abductions is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Horrible Crimes Committed on Halloween
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In 2009, three teenage girls were abducted by a man with a gun on their way home from trick-or-treating in Woodbridge, Virginia. All three were taken at gunpoint to a wooded area, and two were sexually assaulted. The third girl was able to call her mother, causing the rapist to flee. Two years later, police arrested Aaron Thomas, who was already suspected in dozens of sexual assaults from 1997 until then. Thomas pleaded guilty in 2012 to the three kidnappings. 

Death of Yoshihiro Hattori

Death of Yoshihiro Hattori is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Horrible Crimes Committed on Halloween
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Yoshihiro Hattori was a Japanese exchange student living in Baton Rouge as part of the American Field Service program. On Halloween night 1992, Hattori and the young son of his host family went to a Halloween party for AFS students. Unfamiliar with the neighborhood were the party was, the boys rang the doorbell of the wrong house.

When they got no answer, they started walking back to their car. The owner of the home, Rodney Peairs, then opened the door armed with a 44 Magnum revolver. Hattori turned around and said "we're here for the party." Claiming he feared for his life and that the exchange student was "scary," Peairs shot Hattori at point blank range, hitting him in the chest and killing him.

Peairs and his wife then went back into their house and waited 40 minutes for the police, who questioned him and let him go. Only when both the governor of Louisiana and the Japanese consulate got involved was Peairs actually arrested, after which he was acquitted of manslaughter. 

Murders of Ronald Sisman and Elizabeth Platzman

Murders of Ronald Sisman and E is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Horrible Crimes Committed on Halloween
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Sometime in the early hours of Halloween 1981, Manhattan couple Ronald Sisman and Elizabeth Platzman were murdered in their Chelsea apartment. The couple was severely beaten before being shot in the head, execution-style, with the apartment completely ransacked. New York police initially believed drug money to be the motive, but then the case took a turn for the bizarre. A prison informant claimed that one of his fellow inmates had predicted the crime weeks before it actually happened. That inmate turned out to be the “Son of Sam” killer, David Berkowitz.
Berkowitz had long been rumored to be involved with a satanic cult that helped him with some of the murders. According to the informant, Berkowitz had told him that his cult was planning to enter a residence near Greenwich Village (Chelsea would qualify for that) on Halloween to carry out a ritual murder. When questioned, Berkowitz claimed that Sisman had footage of one of the “Son of Sam” shootings and was planning to hand it over to the authorities in exchange for dropping some drug charges.

While no evidence was found to support Berkowitz’s claims, he was basically right about the description of Sisman’s apartment. The killings are still unsolved.

Pasadena Gang Shootings

Pasadena Gang Shootings is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Horrible Crimes Committed on Halloween
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On Halloween night 1993, a group of five Pasadena Bloods gang members opened fire on trick-or-treating teenagers returning from a party, killing three and wounding three others. The gang members were soon arrested, and police determined they had fired at the wrong people, randomly shooting a group of kids, rather than their intended targets. Three Bloods were found guilty of the shootings.

The Murder of Martha Moxley

The Murder of Martha Moxley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Horrible Crimes Committed on Halloween
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The night before Halloween 1975, Connecticut teenager Martha Moxley left her house to attend a neighborhood party. Her body was found the next morning beneath a tree in her backyard, brutally beaten by a golf club.

Twenty-five years went by until Michael Skakel, who was also 15 at the time, was arrested, charged, and convicted of her murder. The case drew worldwide attention since Skakel was a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow. Because of his family's wealth, he had lived life in and out of rehab for alcohol, trying out for the Winter Olympics, and flunking out of multiple schools.

Skakel’s alibi seemed bizarre - that he had been masturbating under that tree earlier the same night (accounting for DNA found on the body), but that he had no connection to the crime. He had a letter written on his behalf by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and after numerous appeals, was given a new trial in 2012 due to prosecutor misconduct and a poor defense. He's currently out on bail, waiting for the new trial to start. 



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If I say the word "Demon" to you what is the first thing you think of???  Something like this:
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Whatever VISION comes to mind, I'll bet it wasn't bright and cheerful!!!  More like........ something evil, dark, scary, with horns and red or black eyes. 

"And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world:  he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."  -Revelation 12:9
The shaping of demons as we know them today comes from other canonical Catholic works by religious folks like St. Thomas Aquinas.  Aquinas, and other medieval theologians, defined in more detail, the mainstay characteristics, such as demons possessing humans on Earth, demons tempting humans to sell their souls and demons falling from grace into Hell.

Even though, I LOVE HALLOWEEN many people fear it!  The veil is very thin on Halloween so the dead can walk among the living without being noticed. And if the dead can walk among us without being noticed, why can't the Devil, right?  Well, I guess if you believe that "the veil" is at its thinnest. ....then it would be possible.

Demons have changed over the years as to their "appearance"  thanks to much with the movies.  Demons have traded their cloven hoofs and wings for sort-of human like body's with black eyes, super strength and a thirst for killing and destruction, possessing the entire body before being cast out with salt lines, holy water and recitation.

People's belief in Demons have been found all over the world.  Different cultures have different ideas of Demons, most of which represent something evil and many times they may not be called Devil but different names like Shaitan" or "Shayateen in Islam. 

This time of year, people seem to want to try something different.....something SCARY.....many people think it would be fun or exciting to call up the Devil or Demons at Halloween.  A word to the wise.......PROCEED WITH CAUTION!!!  Whether you think it is "innocent" fun or not, I do BELIEVE that you can call upon something that may turn out to be your WORSE nightmare!  Know how to protect yourself and if you are calling up the Devil just to "see if you can" you may be VERY SORRY.

Halloween is a great time of year!!!!  Costumes are fun......candy is sweet......but the Devil is someone you don't want to meet!  Just remember that little poem.

Until very recently, Demons and Devils are something I didn't mess around with.  But now, I do feel that maybe I have encountered something VERY EVIL and VERY DANGEROUS.  So, I my friends, are...PROCEEDING WITH CAUTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (More on that later)



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There are so many places that could be on the list for the MOST EVIL PLACES IN THE WORLD but these seem to be, by far, at the top.  Techno Crazel created the list and I completely agree with their choices.  You want scary......you want active.......you want EVIL........well here ya go..........
1. Municipality of Kabayan in the Philippines 
Kabayan is a municipality in the Philippines. There the archaeologists discovered a network of underground caves which contains  thousands of mummified bodies. These mummies are centuries old and some of them are lying in really bizarre postures. These mummies are considered to be one of the best preserved in the world. In order to visit this site you will not only require courage but also a good compass to not to get lost among the thousands of bodies in the underground cellars. Worthy of a true horror movie!
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2. The creepy dolls on an island in Mexico

The legend says that a little girl drowned in a canal that surrounds a small uninhabited island in Mexico. After few days the body was found but then dolls began to float to the island. Nobody is 100% sure about the origin of these dolls. As of today, they are all tied to trees and the island has earned the nickname “Island of dolls.”
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3. The evil hell hole in Turkmenistan

Yes, the hell really exists on earth. This hole is located in Turkmenistan. It was created by Soviet scientists when their drilling rig collapsed into the soft ground and created a hole from which natural gas emanated. They voluntarily set the hole to fire. It has been now 40 years since the hole is constantly burning. More Strange still, hundreds of spiders are attracted every day to this evil hole.
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4. Delusional abandoned mental asylum Sussex 

The abandoned psychiatric hospital of Hellingly is located east of Sussex, England. Opened in 1903, it shocked and lobotomized patients with mental illness for 90 years and was completely closed and abandoned in 1994. The atmosphere that prevails reminds us of Asylum Season 2 of  American Horror Story. Hopefully it is not haunted in the same way.
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5. Akodessewa Fetish Market in Togo

Akodessewa  is a market town in Greater Lomé, the capital of Togo. It is best known as a “fetish market” where you can find all kinds of potions, skulls, mummified animals, pots and other items prescribed by the wizards to work their magic.
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6. Ghostly mining town of Matsuo in Japan 

Matsuo mines in Japan were once the largest sulfur mines in Asia. They were however closed in 1970. Consequently, they found themselves immersed in a thick fog. Sometimes it becomes so thick that the city of Matsuo is difficult to find.
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7. The real Silent Hill in United States

You know the movie Silent Hill? Well, the city of Centralia in United States is its real version. Once it was a thriving mining town but an accidentally started fire is burning the coal lying beneath the city since 1962. Centralia is abandoned since that time, but the smoke continues to escape from cracks on the surface of the soil.
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8. 11 juxtaposed cemeteries of Prague

The cemeteries are never an easy please to visit. However, this one of Prague’s even scarier than others. In reality, we are not talking about one, but 11 cemeteries built on top of each other. Hence, this cemetery contains 11 times more corpses under the ground.
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9. The suicide forest in Japan  

The forest of Aokigahara in Japan is renowned as one of the favorite places for people who want to commit suicide. If you are looking to make a Sunday hike through the woods, then get ready to potentially come face to face with a corpse. There are so many people who have committed suicide in the forest that the rangers have placed signs saying “life is precious” or “think about your family”. Regularly, they continue to find dead bodies.
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10. The Catacombs of Paris

When we think of Paris, one imagines at first of the Eiffel Tower, thousands of twinkling lights and couples in love. Yet, in this beautiful capital lies an absolutely incredible tunnel network called “Catacombs”. They are filled with millions of human bones. When cemeteries began to be filled, the administration of Paris simply dumped the bones in the cemeteries in these caves underground. Thus, according to the latest estimates, there are the bones of more than a million human bodies that rest under the feet of Parisians.
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