Several other stories of this town involve the spirits allegedly haunting the Patricia J. Hennsy Memorial High School and Middle School. Joined only by the grounds, these two buildings were built in the early 1800's and were the town's pride and joy. The schools were reported haunted as early as 1830. Through the decades until its closure in 1960, the school played host to almost twenty murders, suicides, and fatal accidents. There have been several apparitions spotted. The Middle School's first Principal, Jean Jacues, who fell asleep at his desk in 1807 and passed away. Three other spirits are the victims of a violent murder that took place within the basement of the High School in 1889. A student and a teacher were having an affair, and when the principal then found out, a Mrs. Rita McDaffing, the principal shot them both with a 12-gauge shotgun, and then herself in the office after writing a suicide note about the ordeal. Two other spirits are the ghosts of a young boy and a girl, who play together on the ruined playground. The story goes that the young boy was a student who was stung by a bee, and suffered a fatal allergic reaction before the paramedics could arrive. The little girl is said to have been the victim of a freak accident when a massive tree branch broke off the trunk of the ancient oak tree located in the playground area and crushed her skull. Both of these deaths are supposed to have occurred in the 1901-2 school year. Another popular story concerns the school buses that once brought the students to these once hallowed places of learning. They were all parked in the parking lots of their respective schools upon them closing, though it is said at random they disappear if only to be seen rumbling along or parked elsewhere in the residential areas. There are three documented cases of there being fatal accidents involving three separate buses, of which there were no survivors.
As for the St. Maria Hospital, the story is that in the year 1953 a George Manusco was admitted to the hospital with a terrible fever. His illness was never revealed, as when he awoke later that night, mad with his fever, he grabbed a fire ax from the hall outside of his room and began to brutally murder all who crossed his path. He killed almost 150 people (most of which were either people who were bedridden through sickness themselves or nuns) before he turned the ax on himself. The hospital was never opened again after the massacre, and its doors were closed forever. The spirits of those killed are said to make themselves known in a variety of ways. What's most unnerving about the building of this former house of healing is that the bloodstains of those killed can still be seen, as the blood was never cleaned up before the doors permanently locked. In effect, all of the equipment, lights, medicine, and rotted foodstuffs remain in the building.
The Train Depot itself was build in the late 1800's or early 1900's, if only to be immediately shut down due to a terrible accident that took the lives of seventy people. From what can be gathered from public records, the train depot had a passenger train come into the station shortly after noon, next to two other trains that had also pulled into the station. One of the steam powered locomotives suddenly exploded, sending pieces of the iron making up the locomotive flying in all directions. These pieces were reported to range wildly in size. Two pieces were send into the neibouring trains, causing these too to explode. A fire broke out, decimating the depot and the remaining train cars. Eyewitness accounts when recorded told of how the fire rapidly sprang along the floor and the rafters above the trains, trapping many people and paired with the chocking steam, suffocated many people. The ruins of the depot still stand as a testament to a time long gone by. Again, as with the hospital, the ruined train cars were never moved. Tracks were laid to circumvent the depot, as the tracks in the station itself were claimed to be beyond salvation and the city didn't wish to deal with the costs of tearing the building down and rebuilding. The ruins of the building, trains, and tracks appear today as they did on the day of the tragedy.
The next popular discussion is of the residential area, said to be plagued with strange occurrences. Many, many different apparitions have been seen roaming the streets, and not all of them human. Several breeds of dogs have been seen, as well as several different colored cats. Many different apparitions have been seen here, their clothing dating from the early 1800's to the 1960's. From the larger, older, and more luxurious homes comes the sounds of parties held by an invisible crowd. Lights within the homes turn on and off (which should be impossible as the power to these buildings has long since been severed), and candles are said to be lit and flit about the rooms. The stories of several different models of vintage cars and trucks are told repeatedly. In some of these stories, cars will pull out of driveways and drive down the street, often with no driver. 3423 Russo Drive is said to have the most interesting vehicle. The home itself is nothing special to look at, though the ancient 1956 station wagon is. Rusted throughly, the car sits on flat tires. The car was simply abandoned there. The car is said to start up on its own, with all of the noises of a car that hasn't started in years. It will roll forward, playing music from its radio distinctive of that time period. Other stories involve phantom vintage vehicles which disappear as one approaches them, or cause accidents with terrible crunching and grinding of metal. On inspecting one's vehicle, the other vehicle is gone, and there is no damage done. It's not just the streets that are haunted, but the homes as well. A fair few were the scene of another massacre, when a woman used her make-up salesman routine to approach all of the houses in a neibourhood, and kill all of the residents of the homes with an ax. She wound up killing fourty-three people including children, some of which were infants. Thankfully, her rampage was on a school/work day, or there may have been many, many more deaths.
Near and spread within the residential areas are several sprawling parks. Spindler Park, named for the park's third mayor, has been the site of many spectral encounters, namely caused by the restless spirits of children. In 1890, a young woman filled with grief over the loss of her young child wandered into the park and hung herself. It is said she wanders the park, dressed in a flowing black dress and her sobs and wails of anguish can be heard during the nights of the full moon. Another park, Rene Bradley Park, was the scene of several horrid murders, including that of thirteen children and a lynching of four women by a religious cult. The rotting wooden structure of a massive playground still echoes with children's laughter and screams. Sarah Gestault Park is infamous for the statue of a young girl who supposedly weeps blood every night of the full moon. A fourth park, Glen Oak Park, was the scene of a theological horror. An unknown person attacked, bound, and gagged the clergy of a local church, and brought them all to the park to be butchered. Of all the body parts recovered, there were several missing organs from the five bodies. All of their hearts were missing. The symbol of the cross was carves not only through their faces, but through their skulls as well.
Perhaps the most odd haunting is that of the fairgrounds, where it is said the ghosts of an elephant and a tiger can be seen and felt. The Miriam the elephant was struck by lightning in 1918, and instantly died, whereas the Tiffany the tiger died of old age in 1920. There is a memorial to the beasts on the grounds. Another specter within the grounds is that of that of Miles Gray, whose name belied his colorful nature, and he was a jovial and humorous circus clown who died of an unknown disease in 1949. It is said he appears sometimes with and sometimes without his clown suit. Within the rotting big top there is supposed to be the spirits of a young man and woman who died in a trapeze accident. Many times the wooden roller coaster can be heard running along the tracks, but the ride has long been closed down, and sections have collapsed due to rot. The sounds of the carnival that was once here can be heard on some nights as well, and people claim to have seen its bright and flashing lights and heard the carnival music only to arrive there and find it dark and ominous.
The Morrison Manor itself seems to be quite the paranormal hot spot as well. Boasting a massive Victorian mansion. a poolhouse, a gazebo, a ballroom, and a massive rose garden, the once beautiful mansion grounds have fallen away to rot and disrepair. It was here on July 4th, 1932, that a terrible series of crimes took place. Owned by Reston Morrison, he and his family boasted many almost legendary parties, included on the guest list was many a Hollywood star or musician. Every single man, woman, and child on this property were murdered, and in cold blood. Through a variety of means, the people here on that night were killed in terrible fashions. But, the stories of the grounds of the mansion itself are steeped in blood as far back as the late 1600's. Past lynchings, murders, suicides, and a collapsed mine are on the grounds. All in all, there have been 367 documented deaths and 45 verified deaths on the property since the late 1600's, long before the mansion was built in the mid 1800's. Even after the manor was erected, the number of deaths escalated ever more.
Downtown, once again, is filled with disturbing haunts. The Macremay Movie House once held massive audiences captive in front of the silver screen as well as play productions since its construction in 1899 up until its closure in 1980. Three actors, two actresses, and two employees have died in the course of the productions of this theatre. Many accounts reveal the scent of two distinctive perfumes, ghostly apparitions, and the sounds of a performance. On occasion, movies have begun to play from the reels still stored in the projector boxes. In the parking lot of the building are strange sightings of a classic Ford Mustang, a vintage hearse of unknown make or model, and a Volkswagon Bus. Elsewhere downtown, the City Hall and Courthouse soars majestically into the sky. Closed since 1970 when the rest of the town was almost completely abandoned, these two three story buildings sit next to one another with a parking lot shared between them. There have been twenty deaths between the two buildings, including the most commonly spotted spirits of that of Jason Marley, a judge who died of being accidentally electrocuted, Nancy Fields, a twenty year old woman who died after being murdered because she refused the advances of an aging and popular judge, Miranda Cummings, an elderly woman who cleaned the buildings, and Aaron Yeln, who was the town's fifth mayor who passed away at his desk due to a heart attack. A city park sits near these two buildings, and has the feeling of being safe permeating though it. A fountain and statue of a woman sits at the center of the park, facing the courthouse. It is said that she overlooks the park as some kind of savior and on certain nights she moves and sings and prays. There were several reports of people attacked in the park, if only for their attacker to be thwarted by a woman who bore a disturbing resemblance to the statue. It is thought that the spirit is that of a woman named Annabel Maston, who was an adamant and early supporter of women's rights. She was quite popular in the town, and had a very pointed view of justice and how people should be treated and punished for crimes committed. She was seen as something of a local hero, because of her work for charity and for her immediate actions to find missing people during bad weather, sometimes by herself. It was one night after leaving her home that she mysteriously disappeared, and to this day remains unsolved. After her disappearance the statue of her was erected, and the strange happenings began to occur.
A young man named Bradley Cadds was convicted of a crime in 1922 of which he maintained he was innocent of until his hanging on the gallows once located behind the City Hall. Allegedly, Cadds was in love with a young woman, named Mary Morrison, who coincidentally happened to be the daughter of the Morrison family who lived in the famed Morrison Manor. The story goes that it was her father who accidentally killed her out of rage when he forbade his daughter from seeing the simple farmer. When she refused, he savagely beat her and locked her up in her bedroom. When she refused to eat, he again beat her. Unable to convince his daughter to his side of things, he allowed her to escape, if only to shoot her as she ran away with a hunting rifle. Though he aimed to kill her, she managed to get away. Knowing where his daughter would be headed, the angry father was determined to never allow his daughter to be with the 'filthy lower class'. On arriving at the home of the Cadds, the father was already too late, his daughter had died in the arms of Cadds. Through his anger he had failed keeping this from happening, and he was able to twist the story of how things happened and had Cadds hanged for a crime he did not commit. Cadds and Mary are said to haunt the Cadds estate, and have been seen together walking on several occasions. It seems Mary's father failed at keeping them apart after all, and this is one of the few more or less happy hauntings in the sad tale of this forgotten city.
Finally, the last area of the town that's a trendy topic is the Ashley Cemetery and the roads around it. This particular cemetery is haunted by many things which are described as 'less than human.' People Tell stories of the ancient stone centerpiece gazebo, which houses the statue of an angel who was modeled after the founder of West Burmon, Westley Burmon's own daughter, who died of Tuberculosis shortly after her father founded the town. She is the first person buried here on these grounds, and is said to possess the statue on occasion. The statue has been known to change positions, poses, and watch people. Other apparitions have been known to appear in the cemetery and chase people. The road on the outside of the cemetary is supposed to have a phantom black big rig which chases down your car and attempts to run you off the road. Rumor has it, the big rig was picked up by a tornado and flung around, killing the driver. This story however has never been proven.
Of course, these are only a few of the stories of the hauntings of this abandoned town.
These occurrences seem to plague this poor town. Why that is no one knows. But we're here to investigate, and lay these poor souls to rest. Why is this town so haunted? Why were there so many tragedies? Just what is it in this town that causes all of the activity? is the area of the town cursed?
That's what we are going to find out. We are the Peace Makers. We lay to rest the spirits of those departed and unable to find peace. Using our abilities, wits, logic, and our own supernatural powers, we are those who help those who are unable to help themselves. How will you help them rest?
Here is the sign-up sheet:
Skills:(what are you good at?)
Gear: (Do you have EVP readers? Cameras? A spork? What did you bring with you?)
Supernatural Ability: (nothing too powerful, perhaps things related to ghost hunting)
Biography:(what was your first supernatural experience?)
Edited by Inuyasha Fandom, 29 March 2011 - 02:18 AM.