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The Devil’s Promenade: Inside the rural American town haunted by mysterious light that even Army engineers are at a loss to explain

The Devil's Promenade: Inside the rural American town haunted by mysterious light that even Army engineers are at a loss to explain 86

By  Daily Mail Reporter

On a road outside Joplin, Missouri, where the rolling Ozarks merge into the endless flatness of Oklahoma and Kansas, locals report seeing a light called the Spook Light

The anomaly is variously described as a golden, red, or blue light but is always seen as one or more floating orbs

In the early 1940s, the Army Corps of Engineers studied the lights in a failed attempt to scientifically explain them

A photographer has lifted the lid on a famously unexplained light phenomenon that appears in an area of the Missouri known as the Devil’s Promenade

Locals in the Ozarks hills say they have seen the light and heard the tales of it all their lives.

The name of the area is the title of the series, created by artists Lara Shipley and Antone Dolezal,- but the mysterious apparition itself is known to the townspeople in southwest Missouri as the Spook Light.

Spook Light appears as a basketball-sized orb of light, but only every so often and only by chance on a road called E50, where the rolling Ozark hills disappear into the endless flatness of Kansas and Oklahoma

Spooklight Road: Southwest Missouri's West 50 road is famous to area people as where Spook Light, a bright and aptly named anomaly

Spooklight Road: Southwest Missouri’s West 50 road is famous to area people as where Spook Light, a bright and aptly named anomaly

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The light: Artists Antone Dolezol and Lara Shipley traveled to an area of the Ozarks known as Devil’s Promenade, a moniker that lent their project its name, in order to try and catch the intermittent, unexplained  phenomenon for which locals have varying explanations

 

Waiting for light: The Devil's Promenade is an area of southwest Missouri where the rolling hills of the Ozarks give way to the endless flatness of Kansas and Oklahoma

Waiting for light: The Devil’s Promenade is an area of southwest Missouri where the rolling hills of the Ozarks give way to the endless flatness of Kansas and Oklahoma

 

On E50, also known as Spook Road, there’s a gathering south of the town of Joplin each year at  Halloween, when hopeful visitors and locals alike seek a chance  encounter with the Spook Light.

Meanwhile, the cause of the light–which hovers in the sky and is seen to change colors as it moves towards and away from the viewer–remains a mystery

Denizens: The area where the Spook Light is colorful even without the lore. Some locals believe its the ghost of a Civil War soldier, while others say it is an Indian spook

Denizens: The area where the Spook Light is colorful even without the lore. Some locals believe its the ghost of a Civil War soldier, while others say it is an Indian spook

 

Isolated: The isolated locals somehow manage a living in rural Newton County, where methamphetamine and prescription drug abuse run rampant

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Isolated: The isolated locals manage a living in rural Newton County, where everyone seems have a version of the Spook Light story

 

Parallels: The series points toward parallels between the Bible Belt area's haunting anomaly and its denizens' struggles to remain in the light, here on Earth and beyond

Parallels: The series points toward parallels between the Bible Belt area’s haunting anomaly and its denizens’ struggles to remain in the light, here on Earth and beyond

SPOOK LIGHT, GHOST LIGHT, OR DEVIL’S JACK-O’-LANTERN: A MYSTERY NO MATTER THE NAME

 

MANY NAMES

The Spook Light can be found south of Joplin, Missouri, a town now better known as the site of a devastating F5 tornado in 2011.

The anomaly is variously called the Spook Light, Ghost Light, Joplin Ghost Light, Ozark Spook Light, Devil’s Jack-O’-Lantern, Hornet Ghost Light, and others.

MANY LEGENDS

Like folklore anywhere, the legend of the Spook Light and its origins varies each time its told. Some maintain the light is the torch of a beheaded Quapaw or Osage Indian in search of his lost head.

According to another origin tale, the orbs are the spectral remains of the mutual murder of a native man and a white farmer in the woods.

Others legends say the light is the ghost of a Confederate soldier or that of a decapitated miner.

NO EXPLANATIONS

Despite an attempt in the 1940s by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study the Spook Light, it’s true origins remain a mystery.

Some say the lights are the result of gases emerging from the abundant shales in the area.

Others blame reflected car headlights, though official reports date back to an 1881 publication called Ozark Spook Light, well before motor vehicles began passing through the area.

Luminescence from rotting organic matter has also been fingered, as have UFOs.

ONE FORM

While the name and explanations vary, all those who see the Spook Light report it as an orb or several orbs that float on the horizon and can appear to move quite quickly. It is described as being able to change colors from blue to red to gold.

‘Its very spooky,’ said local Mary Roundtree. ‘It looks like a light way far off, and then its right on you.’

Roundtree said she saw the light as a kid when she and her parents were lured to E50 out of curiosity.

‘My heart was just pounding and it was up in my throat and I thought my head was going to explode and my hands got all cold,’ she said.

Local legend has it that the first to see the lights were the local Quapaw  Indians, and some stories saw the light is actually the tormented  spirits of two Quapaw lovers run off a cliff by an angry Chieftan.

Other folklore says the light is the torch of a Quapaw or Osage Indian who  was beheaded and is searching for his head. Still others maintain it’s  the spirit of a decapitated miner or Confederate soldier in search of  his lost head.

And for every story behind the lights, there’s another name for them. It has been  referred to as the Hornet Ghost Light, Devil’s Jack-O’-Lantern, Ozark  Spook Light, and Joplin Ghost Light.

Regardless of the tale behind it or its proper name, the locals who’ve seen the phenomenon are adamant it is real.

'An authentic guide by Bob': Called the Tri-State Spook Light by this guide, the phenomenon occurs on a rural stretch where the Ozarks flow into the endless, flat stretches of Kansas and Oklahoma

‘An authentic guide by Bob’: Called the Tri-State Spook Light by this guide, the phenomenon occurs on a rural stretch where the Ozarks flow into the endless, flat stretches of Kansas and Oklahoma

 

Roberta Williams from Carthage, Missouri has seen the light and told her story to Mysterious Universe.

Cabin in the woods: Everyone in Newton County has a tale about the light, which some insist is a brilliant red, while others say its a bright blue

Cabin in the woods: Everyone in Newton County has a tale about the light, which some insist is a brilliant red, while others say its a bright blue

 

Tattooed: A local shows off his devil tattoos. Artists Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley portray a haunting landscape and the indelible mark it leaves on its inhabitants

Tattooed: A local shows off his devil tattoos. Artists Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley portray a haunting landscape and the indelible mark it leaves on its inhabitants

 

‘It was before midnight,’ she said. ‘It was like a big, huge ball with a yellow glow and it went right straight through our car. I just screamed.’

Mary Roundtree, a local historian, told NPR she’s seen the light, too.

‘Its very spooky,’ she said. ‘It looks like a light way far off, and then its right on you.’

Roundtree said she saw the light as a kid when she and her parents were lured to E50 out of curiosity.

‘My heart was just pounding and it was up in my throat and I thought my  head was going to explode and my hands got all cold,’ she said.

And like almost everyone else whose seen the bobbing orb, she has her own variation of the tale that’s behind it.

According to Roundtree, a old Indian man came across some dead bodies in the  woods where the Spook now appears. After he buried them, a white farmer  came by carrying a lantern. The two killed one another but the light of  the lantern still hangs there as an apparition.

The Devil’s Promenade is as dedicated to the the inhabitants of the rural,  impoverished area as it is to the Spook Light. The series paints a vivid picture of both the  haunting landscape and the fascinating people who populate it.

‘We feel the frequent and mysterious appearance of the Spook Light has come to represent for the people we meet a desire for redemption and the  fear of slipping into darkness,’ write Shipley and Dolezal. ‘Our aim is  not to provide documentation, but to suggest a narrative that, in the  spirit of the light, is part fixed in this unique region and part afloat in a mysterious, otherworldly realm.’

'We feel the frequent and mysterious appearance of the Spook Light has come to represent for the people we meet a desire for redemption and the fear of slipping into darkness,' write Shipley and Dolezal

‘We feel the frequent and mysterious appearance of the Spook Light has come to represent for the people we meet a desire for redemption and the fear of slipping into darkness,’ write Shipley and Dolezal

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Ghost hunter told how to summon spirits

Ghost hunter told how to summon spirits 87

A ghost hunter explained how to summon ghosts and when is the best time to do it according to The Daily Star.

Jade Capasso explores hotels, inns, historical places to allegedly reveal the spirits and ghosts that are present in them. She shares her discoveries on the YouTube channel Ghost Club Paranormal. The girl is sure that you can also talk with spirits.

The 28-year-old ghost hunter is confident that you can talk to ghosts and spirits using a voice recorder. A particularly good time for this, according to her, is the eve of All Saints’ Day – Halloween.

 “I think there is more activity during Halloween. More people believe in the other world, ”she said.

She recalled that Halloween pumpkin is an invariable attribute and symbol of the holiday. People decorate their home with funny, scary, and sometimes even terrifying faces.

 “I’m sure there will be more sessions and many will use Ouija boards,” she says.

To connect with the “other world”, you can go to a famous haunted place, says Kapassa. She also recommends checking your home for ghosts.

To hear a ghost, the girl recommends using special equipment. 

After all, ghosts, she said, emit sounds at ultra-low frequencies that are not perceived by the human ear. You can hear them, as she notes, only on audio recordings.

The girl says that you need to leave the digital voice recorder in a room where paranormal activity is observed all night, or ask questions and wait for an answer.

“Ask questions, and who knows, you might hear a disembodied voice answering you,” says Jade.

According to her, there is no need to rush, because the spirits must be given enough time to respond.

“You probably won’t hear them in real time. But if you listen to the recording, you might hear someone from the underworld, ”she said.

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A photographer took a picture of an old house, but did not know that a woman lived there. No wonder – you can only see it in the photo

A photographer took a picture of an old house, but did not know that a woman lived there. No wonder - you can only see it in the photo 88

A Scottish resident took a photo of an abandoned building, and then could not believe his eyes when he looked at the finished photograph. From there the woman’s face was looking at him, but the man is sure: there was no one in the ruins of the house. Finding an explanation for what he saw was not easy.

A photographer from Scotland, who wished to remain anonymous, decided to arrange an unusual photo session, Unilad writes.

His choice fell on several abandoned buildings that are located in one of the parks in the North Ayrshire region. After taking a couple of pictures, he went to the studio to print them, and then looked at the finished result.

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The negative of one of the photographs of the photographer

Mysticism often happens in abandoned buildings , and the case with a man was no exception. In one photo, the Scotsman saw the ghostly silhouette of a woman looking at him from a window. However, the man assures that there was no one in the building, and he was alone in the ruins.

During the shooting, I did not feel anything unusual or anything otherworldly.

Despite the fact that the woman’s face looks intimidating, he is glad that he managed to capture it. Moreover, the hero of the story shared the frame with all friends who adore mysticism and riddles.

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Pay attention to the left window

I’m happy that I was able to capture something that looks like a ghost. I am even proud to be able to show photos to people who love riddles.

Many people, according to the photographer, are inclined to believe that this is a ghost, who love to talk to children so much, although the author of the picture himself is in no hurry to draw conclusions. He even looked at the frame under a microscope, but never came to the truth.

You can, of course, speculate, but the human brain makes us see familiar traits everywhere, especially if we look at them long enough.

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Moreover, the photographer, according to him, does not really believe in ghosts and other mystical phenomena.

I don’t like the term paranormal. As for ghosts, I don’t know if they exist. I don’t even know how to define them. What is it? Energy?

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Camera recorded an extraneous movement in Massachusetts. And this sight is not for the faint-hearted

Camera recorded an extraneous movement in Massachusetts. And this sight is not for the faint-hearted 89

A Redditt user with the nickname grandslammer0891 from Mansfield, Massachusetts, posted a video from security cameras at a friend’s house, which scared him and left users in disbelief.

The author of the video explained that his friend left home by the end of August, leaving four huskies in the care of a friend. He usually visited them during the daytime.

One day the owner of the apartment received a notification in the middle of the night that the camera recorded some kind of extraneous movement. At that time there were only dogs in the house.

The video captured the kitchen and part of the living room. A dog is lying on the sofa in the right corner, and you can trace the turns of the head by its ears. When her ears turn to the left, then in the dark you can see the transparent figure of a moving person.

The video puzzled users and caused a mixed reaction from them. Some could not find an explanation for what they saw and panicked slightly. The dog’s head turns towards the ghost, which suggests that it also noticed the apparition.

“What is it, I saw it … with my own eyes. Does anyone else see this? Because it seems to me that I definitely saw something wrong. No no”.

Others decided that a man had walked past the window on the right, and his shadow flashed on the left in the headlights. Some users even believe that a live person got into the frame.

“I hope your buddy has a gun. There was a real intruder. “

Some readers agreed that the ghost video is quite plausible, since Massachusetts is full of ghosts.

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