The Mystery of the Handless Man
By M.P. Pellicer (Stranger Than Fiction Stories)
In 2018, on the small islet Chapelle Dom Hue the remains of a man without hands was unearthed by archaeologists. The skeleton of a dolphin dating back to medieval times was buried only a few feet away.
Beware the Raven Mocker
The vampire feeds on blood, the Raven Mocker (Kâ'lanû Ahkyeli'sk) feeds on life. The Cherokee feared these witches greatly.
Am I Alive or Not?
Reports are received worldwide that in the aftermath of disasters those that perished appear to be ignorant that they are no longer among the living. Calls are received at emergency centers, taxis are hailed, and these lost souls try to reach homes that are demolished or connect with loved ones who are dead as well.
Legends of the Lighthouse
The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse sits on a piece of land replete with history and colorful legends. It was completed in 1860. Thousands of visitors have crossed its threshold through the years, and many of them have reported hearing "strange noises" and feeling "cold spots" while climbing the 100-foot spiral staircase. Others felt hands touching their shoulders when there is no one behind them.
Haunted Lone Pine
Lone Pine, California has only one road with a traffic light. Whitney Portal Road heads westward across Highway 395, traversing the Alabama Hills and onto Mount Whitney which is nine miles away. It is the tallest mountain in mainland United States. Like many routes that started out as trails they are witness to human traffic and tragedy, and inevitably tales of hauntings.
The Mystery of Jupiter Mine
In 1897, on the corner of a building at the southeast corner of Geary Street and Grant Avenue, San Francisco the ghost of a missing man stalked the halls.
The Ghost Under the Tree
Many times the reason for a haunting remains unknown, and even the identity of the ghost is a mystery. Such is the ghost story reported in 1890 by an unwilling witness.
The Murdered Miner
There was a boarding house on Commercial Street in San Francisco kept by 'Red Pat' Riley. It was here that a hardened detective told the story of seeing a ghost.
The Russian's Ghost
Mines, both mysterious and treacherous are believed by the men that work there to be haunted. Sometimes these apparitions try to give a warning of pending disaster, other times they lure the living to their doom. In Grant Town, West Virginia the Federal No. 1 mine operated from 1901 until 1985 and was said to be haunted by a Russian miner.
Beasts of the Underground
The no-man's land of the underground has always fascinated and terrified mankind. Most of the time when people are consumed by their daily errands they do not give it much thought. Some places are created by the earth itself such as caves and sinkholes, but others were purposely made by people to enhance their daily existence. Tunnels, subways and sewer systems are some of these. However in these places where sunlight seldomly invades it, many of the sightings of things that exist here inspire the utmost terror.
Legions of Ghosts
In March 2011, over 18,000 Japanese people were swept to their deaths by a devastating tsunami. The initial assessment of those who died, the financial fallout and other collateral effects of this event were tallied, and Japan turned to rebuilding. However their was something that was not measured which were how many of those killed still lingered behind, hungry to reclaim their lives.
The Haunted Locomotive
In 1890, a long time employee of the Louisville, St. Louis and Texas Railroad Company in Henderson, Kentucky, resigned from his position which he held for many years because of fear of encountering the ghosts haunting the yards at night.
The Persistent Ghosts
Over 30 years ago on November 17, 1988, a heavily pregnant woman named Jackie Hernandez moved with her 2-year-old son to an old bungalow in San Pedro, California. The reason for the move was a troubled marriage, but soon enough this was the least of her worries, when she realized the house was badly haunted.
In North Carolina, on UNC campus east of Chapel Hill there is a monument to a mysterious student love triangle where a blood-stained rock is the only clue to the unknown fate of Peter Dromgoole.
A Savannah Ghost Story
On September 28, 1889, Sarah Ann Adams, 25, died at her father's home situated on the outskirts of Savannah, Georgia. The cause of death was consumption. It wasn't long before an apparition was seen at the house, but it wasn't Sarah haunting it.
The Haunted Well
In the Trás-os-Montes region of northern Portugal, there is a place called Torre de Dona Chama. It is an ancient place established in the 8th century, and named after a noblewoman who owned a castle there. There was once a story of an enchanted well haunted by a Moorish maiden cursed to be a snake.
The Portluck Mystery
Portluck is a ghost town located on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. Established as a salmon cannery early in the 20th century. It sits on Port Chatham bay, and a once thriving community fled the area in the 1950s after reports of Bigfoot attacks and unexplained disappearances.
Horror in the Hospital
There can be no doubt that terrifying things can happen in a hospital, as this is the place were human beings sometimes breath their last. What happens when supernatural forces creep into a place meant to give succor?
Prison of Forever
If there was ever a place where a soul could find no escape even after death it would be a prison. Here are some of those places.
Almost a year to the date before the infamous Villisca Axe murders in Iowa, a family of four were killed in Ardenwald, Oregon in a similar manner, and like that crime this one remains unsolved until this day.
The Lost of Land's End
St Helena's Island located in the Port Royal Sound of South Carolina is thought to be one of the oldest settlements in the United States. Lucas Vázquez de Ayllón discovered the area around 1520 in his quest to colonize the islands along the coast. An adjacent island named Port Royal (now Beaufort) was once the capital of the Spanish colony in Florida. In an area so rich in history, there are ghosts behind every Spanish moss draped tree.
Along Old Sheldon Church Road stands the ruin of what was once known as Prince William’s Parish Church in Yemassee, South Carolina. Now it goes by the name of the Old Sheldon Church Ruins. Built between 1745 and 1753 it witnessed mundane family celebrations as well as history making events, so it is not surprising that it has a reputation for being haunted.
The Ghosts of Anderson's Corner
On the corner of SW 232nd Street and 157th Ave, Homestead, Florida sits a two-story building encircled by a chain link fence. The openings for the windows are boarded up and it dilapidates by degrees. None would guess by its appearance now that over 100 years ago it served the farmers in the area, not only to purchase supplies but a place to trade information.
A Tale of Jealousy and Witchcraft
A man is induced by his wife to strangle her sister and is in turn put to death in a horrible manner.
A Curse, A Ghost and A Murder
November, 1924, Fred Dean a well-liked rancher was found murdered in his bed. His head was bashed in and his throat slit with a razor. There were two other persons in the house. His wife and daughter who slept downstairs. What came to light during the trial where his wife defended herself of a murder charge held the country spellbound for several months.
Stranger Than Fiction Stories by M.P. Pellicer