Its summer here in India, and summer means hours of power cuts for us making our lives dark for a few hours, which is surely one of the best times to think about a spooky story, which often gets me to see more shadows than they actually are. From many years its been my hobby to check out supernatural stories and try my best to learn as much as possible about them. Many a times I’ve been lucky to have heard of a few stories from people around me as well. So right now I’m showcasing few of the best stories with my own personal views on all.
This list contains not just the most popular ones, but the most spine tingling ones, and these are those stories which would force you to believe in the paranormal, and I also have one of my personal stories in the end.
Lisa was an 11 year old girl who stayed with her parents in Farmsburg, her parents had to travel a lot which often left Lisa alone in her house until late at night, to keep her company her parents had bought her a dog which is said to have had a change of behavior after it entered the house, as the family saw it barking at objects which didn’t exist.
One night Lisa heard a dripping noise while in her bedroom, she went towards the toilet and checked all the taps, she came back put her hands under her bed and her dog licked it, but the dripping continued, Lisa went to the bathroom downstairs and shut all the taps tightly, she again put her hands below her bed and has her dog lick it, whereas the dripping sound still continues, this time she tries to find out the real source of the sound and hears it coming from the cupboard, she opens it and to her terror sees her dog hanging upside down with its neck cut out.
Lisa was too frightened to scream and wouldn’t dare to see how it happened or who was it under her bed who was licking her hand all this while. What happens next is unclear, she is said to have run as fast as possible to her neighbors house, or she is also said to have screamed aloud which gave a call to her neighbors.
This story was considered an urban legend, due to plenty of variations of different versions, but recently the crew of ‘The Haunted’ have found the house as it was described in the very same place and to their surprise it had no one in it. The part of the neighbor’s coming in is said to be false as there was no house around the place for miles. This is surely one of the most scariest stories I’ve ever heard, if this was true then what is it that killed her dog and who or what was it that was licking Lisa’s hand under her bed?? This will have to remain a mystery.
It was 1641 when Captain Hendrik van der Decken swore he would round the Cape of Good Hope if it took him till doomsday. At his current rate, it probably will. The captain’s ship, known as The Flying Dutchman, has been seen frequently around the area, a phantom ship often so close the witnesses would swear it was on a crash course for their ship, only to see it vanish before them.
It is always viewed as a bad omen to see the ship. Such a sighting was witnessed by the future King George V of England in 1881. He wrote: “At 4 a.m. the Flying Dutchman crossed our bows. A strange red light as of a phantom ship all aglow, in the midst of which light the masts, spars, and sails of a brig 200 yards distant stood out in strong relief as she came up on the port bow”. Later that morning, the sailor who originally spotted the vessel fell to his death.
Each year, throngs of visitors emerge upon Long Island in New York to see for themselves any evidence of the Amityville horror that began in 1974. The DeFeo family, consisting of Ronald Sr. and Louise with their sons Mark and John as well as two daughters Dawn and Allison. In November of ’74, the family peacefully slept in their three story colonial house at 112 Ocean Avenue until Ronald murdered his parents and siblings with a high-powered rifle.
While on the surface, the family seemed to be the perfect All-American example, Ronald often fought with Louise and posed a threatening image to his siblings. Upon noticing his behavior, Ronald Sr. and Louise placed their son in psychiatric care, though it was a futile attempt because Ronald, nicknamed “Butch”, refused to work with his counselor. At this point, the family began giving Butch what he wanted in order to keep him more stable. The boiling point was apparently reached on November 14 at approximately 3am when Butch became unhappy with the money his parents were giving him, which was spent on drugs and alcohol. He was awake in his room, thinking about his problems while the rest of the family was asleep. He purposefully stood up, obtained a rifle and entered his parents bedroom.
After the murders and trial of Ronald DeFeo Jr. had passed, a new family moved into the house on December 18, 1975. George and Kathy Lutz purchased the house for $80,000 so they and Kathy’s three children would finally have their dream house. Almost immediately, the family claimed they began hearing strange noises throughout the house. They also insisted that locked doors and windows began to open without explanation. George Lutz, a former Marine, stated to have heard a phantom brass band march through the house. After these incidents, the family contacted the Catholic church. During an attempt to exorcise the house, the priest was told by a disembodied voice to get out.
After 28 days of living in their new house, the family fled from the house in a rush leaving their possessions behind. After the house was empty in February of ’76, New York Channel 5 took a news team to the location to capture footage of famous demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren conducting an investigation. George Lutz refused to accompany them but did give them a key to the house. Ed Warren began to experience heart palpitations. His wife Lorraine, a clairvoyant, said that she sensed an unearthly presence in the house and that Shinnecock Indians had used the property as an isolated area for sick and insane members of their tribe. However, they didn’t bury their dead at the location because it was possessed by demons.
Bhangarh is a place on way from Jaipur to Alwar city in Rajasthan state of India. Today Bhangarh is known for its ruins where nobody dares to stay after sunset. Looking through history we find that this town was established by Madho Singh, younger brother of King Akbar’s General Raja Man Singh, in 1631. But the city seems to have been abandoned in a hurry some centuries later.
The local folks say that due to a curse the whole town was vacated overnight. According to the story of the curse, if the town was ever rediscovered the township would not be found, but only temples would show up.
True to the story only temples dot the landscape and even far up on the mountains only shrines can be seen. It is said that nobody returns from there who stays after dark.
By the Government of India rules there has to be an office of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) beside every historical structure in India. But even government authorities did not dare to open an office there. They opened their office about one kilometer away from the ruins of Bhangarh. Even this office is close to a temple because of this myth. ASI has put a signboard at Bhangarh saying, “Staying after sunset is strictly prohibited in this area.”
It is said by the local villagers that whenever a house has been built there its roof has collapsed. It seems to be true because inside Bhangarh all the houses are without a roof and even at the closest village where people reside.
Freddy Jackson was a mechanic in the Royal Air Force in World War I. Freddy’s squadron served onboard the H.M.S. Daedalus. Two days after Jackson was killed when an airplane propeller hit him, the squadron assembled for a group photo, and there’s Freddy in the back, as he faithfully showed up for his pals and grinning behind the ear of a fellow comrade. Guess nobody bothered to tell Freddy Jackson that he was dead. His face was widely recognized in this photo by members of the squadron.
It has been suggested that Jackson, unaware of his death, decided to show up for the group photo. If you haven’t noticed the ghost look behind the head of the fellow comrade.
In February, 1948, distress calls were picked up by numerous ships near Indonesia, from the Dutch freighter SS Ourang Medan. The chilling message was, “All officers including captain are dead lying in chartroom and bridge. Possibly whole crew dead.” This message was followed by indecipherable Morse code then one final grisly message… “I die.” When the first rescue vessel arrived on the scene a few hours later, they tried to hail the Ourang Medan but there was no response.
A boarding party was sent to the ship and what they found was a frightening sight that has made the Ourang Medan one of the strangest and scariest ghost ship stories of all time.
All the crew and officers of the Ourang Medan were dead, their eyes open, faces looking towards the sun, arms outstretched and a look of terror on their faces. Even the ship’s dog was dead, found snarling at some unseen enemy. When nearing the bodies in the boiler room, the rescue crew felt a chill, though the temperature was near 110°F. The decision was made to tow the ship back to port, but before they could get underway, smoke began rolling up from the hull. The rescue crew left the ship and barely had time to cut the tow lines before the Ourang Medan exploded and sank.
To this day, the fate of the Ourang Medan and her crew remain a mystery, with not a single survivor and explosion of the entire ship leaving no evidence behind.
In 1975, a man in Bermuda was walking down a street and in an accident he was killed by a speeding taxi, the driver is said to have been charged after that. Accidents cause immense shock to family, and even this man’s family felt the same. A source in The Book of wonders also says that the Taxi had no records and neither did its driver.
What makes this weird??? Exactly a year later, that man’s brother was walking down the same street, and even he was killed in the very same way. To add to this, he was killed by the very same Taxi, with the same driver and even the same passenger. So is their anything else which can beat the odds of this.
After this incident, their has been many theories on this most of which have been on supernatural, and as I’ve mentioned the particular taxi and its driver were not registered and didn’t have any criminal records against them even after the second accident, so without doubt this was paranormal.
If you have a spare £2.75 million laying around, you can be the proud owner of Clifton Hall in Nottinghamshire, England. The property was noted as far back as the 11th century, and was in the hands of the Clifton family from the 13th century until its sale in 1958. From there it became a school, then another school, then another school , then a planned set of luxury apartments, before finally settling as a private residence most recently belonging to a mister Anwar Rashid, his wife, and their four children.
It boasts 17 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 10 reception rooms, a private gym and a cinema. Oh, and a few ghosts, of course. The Rashid family experienced unsettling phenomena their very first night in the home, in the form of a knocking sound and a man’s voice calling “Hello, is anyone there?”.
In one incident, Anwar’s wife, Nabila, went downstairs to prepare some milk for their 18 month old son at five o’clock in the morning and observed her eldest daughter sat in front of the television. When calling out to her gave no answer, Nabila got a strange feeling and went back upstairs to her daughter’s room, where the eldest was found still fast asleep in her bed.
The Rashids fled the house after 8 months of putting up with the hauntings. Though their accounts are the most recent and easiest to find during research, there had been rumors and sightings on the property for as long as anyone could remember, including babies crying and a woman who could be seen through a window pacing in a room that had been bricked up and inaccessible.
The Riddle House in Palm Beach County, Florida, was originally a funeral parlor. The Victorian house was dismantled and rebuilt in Yesteryear Village at the South Florida fair grounds. In the 1920’s the house became privately owned by Karl Riddle.
Joseph, one of Riddle’s former employees, committed suicide by hanging himself in the attic of the house. Joseph, for whatever reason, hated men, and displays this hatred by attacking men who enter the attic. One man had a lid flung at his head, and men are now no longer allowed in the attic. Other places in the house are haunted as well, with furniture being frequently moved.
In Bangalore ghost stories can be found in every corner, almost all old folks have a story to tell, and being here since birth I’ve heard many stories and a few of them are just too good to be called rumors.
A few miles from my house, their is a small lodge having less than 10 rooms, and this entire area is populated with the Black Hat class, by which I mean you’ll usually see criminals and a few unusual people in this lodge. A year ago their was reportedly a death at the lodge due to unusual circumstances that is a young man had his skull burst open. The reason why it happened has still remained a mystery with not a single clue.
By luck I and my dad happened to meet the owner of the lodge and after a few meetings, we somehow jumped to the controversial topic, and what we heard could have cost me my sleep. He says that anyone who stayed in that room fell sick, and off lately they have stopped renting it, and the reason why the person died was known after the lodge owner did a bit of research on him.
The man had claimed multiple times to numerous people about him raising spirits through rituals, which was one of the reasons why he was sent out of his home village. The rest has he himself framed it was caused by a backfire of his own rituals.