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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.

8/13/2013

COOL HAUNTED PLACES III

Ok let's talk about some more COOL places to go ghost hunting!  I thought I would list some of the places I have heard about as being REALLY, REALLY haunted.  I also am going to throw in a couple of places that aren't as "famous" or as "well known".  Some of these I have actually been to and some of them are on my "bucket list".  And have you ever noticed when your a ghost hunter that your GHOST HUNTER BUCKET LIST is wayyyyyyyyyy longer than your LIFE BUCKET LIST???? What's with that?  I could be dead by the time I complete my GH BUCKET LIST!!!! LOL

Ok...Stay on the subject Beck.....I want to tell you guys about a really CREEPY PLACE in Houston, Tx called the Jefferson Davis Hospital that is now an apartment building for inspiring artist.

                     


One of the hallways in the Jefferson.  Notice the floor.  In all the
renovation, the floors still look like the original
floors from when it was a hospital.



An orb going up to one of the floor
Trying to be brave....and go upstairs.
 

The pictures above are my actual photos of the Jefferson Davis Hospital in Houston, Tx.  This landmark was built in 1924 and is often referred to as one of the most haunted buildings in America. It was built atop a burial ground for confederate soldiers, slaves and city leaders.  The Jefferson Davis  Hospital sits creepily along the Buffalo Bayou near White Oak Dr.  The building was recently renovated and transformed into the Elder Street Artist Lofts.  The hospital is said to have spirits such as nurses, doctors, and patients that still roam it's halls.  Many have gone into this place and have had their own personal experiences such as being watched , seeing shadows, and smelling sterilization solutions in certain areas.                                                                         

This hospital was built upon a site of about 3,000 graves of civil war and yellow fever victims, from when it was a cemetery in the 1800's.  During some excavation work done in the area, approximately 60 "black earth graves" were uncovered.  The common characteristics of these graves were the orientation of graves East to West(the head), and body was wrapped in a shroud and buried without a coffin.  Because the graves were filled with fresh soil of high organic nature they are called "black earth graves".

I went to the Jefferson Davis Hospital several years ago, and I have to tell you...IT IS CREEPY!!!!! A friend of mine took me there, during the day, but HE was to afraid to get out of the car and come in with me.  So, I put on my "big girl shoes" and went in alone.  The smell, oh man... the smell of sterilization solution was overwhelming!!!!!  To the point I thought I was going to be physically sick.  That really bothered me, because how could that smell be that STRONG back from the 1800's????  It wasn't in just a couple of places, it smelled that way the whole time I was there.

There are people living here so you have to be respectful of that.  There are signs that say "Residents Only" but.....lets just say....I must not have seen that sign until I had left. lol ssshhhhh   I just snapped a few pictures in the entry way and it was deadly quite.  I walked up and down the hallway taking pictures, but you could absolutely feel what it was like a long time ago when it was a hospital...the sadness...the concern, much like you would feel in a hospital today.  The residents have the doors decorated in their own styles, but that doesn't matter at all.  You still feel sadness.  I decided to be really brave and go up the stairs, they were very narrow and creepy.  I have to say that after all my years of going to "haunted places and graveyards" this place really made me uncomfortable. I walked all the way to the top floor on the stairs taking pictures.  I didn't stay long, even though it was in the day, I just wanted to get out of there.  I WILL go back someday....One of my readers wrote me just the other day and said he delivered some packages their and the SMELL was so bad he couldn't believe people could live there.  I didn't really capture anything to exciting but a few orbs in some of the pictures.  But if you are in the Houston area, don't pass this one up.
 
The next place is more well known. It sounds like a really, really cool place and is also on my bucket list. 
 
New Orleans-And the legend of Marie Laveau.
 
 
  New Orleans is said to be haunted by the ghost of the world famous Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, Marie Laveau. Her spirit has been reported inside of the St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, walking between the tombs wearing a red and white seven knotted turban , and mumbling a New Orleans Santeria Voodoo curse to trespassers. Her Voodoo curse is loud and even heard by residents on nearby Rampart Street. Locals say this has started in recent years for she is alarmed by the many vandals and state of the cemetery. Voudon believers, tourists, and locals still come to her tomb every day and leave many, many Voodoo offerings (candles, flowers, the monkey and the cock statue, Mardi Gras beads, Gris Gris bags, Voodoo dolls and food in hopes of being blessed by her supernatural powers from beyond the grave. Many make a wish at her tomb marking three X's. while others say they have her Ghost on film emerging undead from her tomb. They say her soul appears here as a shiny black Voodoo cat with read eyes. If you see it run!   I am attaching a website for Marie Laveau
 
 
 
 
I have not been here yet but I have friends and family that have (darn it!) and they said it is "quite the sight".  So someday.........Marie and I will hopefully meet.  Let me know if you guys have been to New Orleans and seen her grave.

 
 
And the last place I am going to talk about is the McPike Mansion, in Alton, Illinois
 
 

    
 
 








                       
 
The above photos are mine.  The last picture is just the original photo of the one above it that is blown up.
 
Now, here's my story.  I went up to Alton, Illinois for one of the annual American Ghost Society's Conferences.  I registered late, and therefore, missing out on an investigation of the famous "McPikes Mansion".  I was soooooo bummed!!!  So, on my way to the airport, returning from my trip, I was talking to the cab driver.  He asked me if I got to do everything I wanted and I said "no".  I missed out on an investigation on the old McPikes Mansion.  He said, no problem.  I know where it is, if you would like to go there before catching your flight?  ARE YOU KIDDING!!!!! YESSSS I would love to go there.

So, off we went. After a short drive, he pulled up in the driveway of the McPikes Mansion.  No one was there because it is abandoned and most people go at night. The cab driver stated that he did not want to get out. He was to afraid.  I got out of the cab and walked just a little ways up in the front yard, because there are "NO TRESPASSING" signs posted everywhere. I just kinda walked around the front yard taking pictures.  I got back in the cab feeling awesome that I got to at least see the outside of the mansion.  Of course, that cab driver got a GREAT tip!!!!!

When I got home I downloaded my pics of the mansion.  My first thought was, wow what a beautiful old mansion and what it must have been like to live there.  THEN.... I looked at my pictures a little closer and couldn't believe my eyes!  It looks to me like two people, maybe one adult and a young girl are in the window on the second floor.  I could see them clearly!!!  I was sooo excited!!!

So again, if you are ever in this area, DEFINITELY check this out.
 

 

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