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The Hanging Lady & Other Ghosts of Downieville

by Paul Dale Roberts

Ghosts & the Supernatural – Mark Twain frequented St. Charles Place. James Beckworth – Trapper who was known to have freed slaves via the Underground Railroad and was known to have several Indian wives, visited Downieville many times. Joseph Zumwalt arrived in Downieville in 1850 and brought with him The Secrets of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E. Clampus Vitus. He would have secret meetings with his new selected Downville order. There has been several fires in Downieville.

Josepha of Downieville

The Ghost of James O’Neill

‘Sierra County Sheriff’s Gallows November 27, 1885. 20 Year Old James O’Neill killed a man on August 7, 1884. He murdered Webber Lake Dairyman John Woodward. Executed by Sheriff Samuel C. Stewart. Facebook friend says that he talked to a few people in Downieville and some claim that they have seen the ghost of James O’Neill. The ghost is seen with horrific rope burns on his neck.

Mine Shaft Woman Ghost

Pretty much the whole town is haunted, the two biggest spots are Downieville River Inn. This is a certified haunted inn, it’s in the book “Haunted California.” Room #1 is supposedly haunted by one of the boarders from when the inn was a boarding house. Reports of water turning on and off by itself. Reports of someone getting into bed with them, or laying on top of them. Also their is paranormal activity in the basement laundry. The ghost is a woman ghost and one of the stories is she was the wife of the owner who either fell or was pushed down a mine shaft.

Ghost of Josefa  ’Juanita’ Segovia

One particularly infamous crime was when a Mexican woman named Josefa Segovia was lynched by a mob in Downieville. She was accused of killing a white man who had attempted to assault her after breaking into her home. It remains the only lynching of a pregnant female in California history. It is said, that Josefa’s ghost haunts the town. The lynching consisted of a severe beating by several men and then she was hung.

The other location is the Jersey Bridge. 24 yr. old Juanita was executed by a lynch mob July 5th 1851. Juanita was hanged from the bridge for murdering a popular local man, whose amorous advances she had resisted. Later her skull was stolen from her grave and used as an initiation at a men’s club in Sierra City. Today Juanita’s ghost appears out of a fog in the southeast corner of structure and walks towards bystanders as if trying to tell them something.

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The location of her grave is unknown due to the cemetery being moved several times by miners digging for gold. (A steel bridge has replaced the original wood bridge. On a small building at the end of the bridge is a plaque dedicated to her memory.) This is just one of several stories. Sacramento Haunts actually does a ghost tour there. There is also nearby the town of Sierra City. The Sierra City hotel is said to be haunted. An apparition appears in the second story window.

Juanita before she died says: “I would do the same again if I was so provoked.”

Local Interviews

Rebecca B – Employee of Downieville River Inn. “I felt someone sitting on the bed, sometimes it feels like a ghost cat jumped on the bed. GHOST IDENTIFIED: DOWNIEVILLE RIVER INN PHANTOM CAT.

I once felt a hand rub my arm. I have taken many orb photos throughout the Inn. Once there was a man that saw a woman apparition in the mirror and the woman ghost says to him: “My dress is worth $100.00!” Then she vanished. GHOST IDENTIFIED: THE PRICE TAG GHOST.

Another time a man claimed he saw two ghostly mean looking cowboys that stared him down and then vanished. GHOSTS IDENTIFIED: THE TWO MEAN COWBOYS.

Another story about Juanita is that there was a group of hombres that were drinking, they were looking for more alcohol and decided to break down Juanita’s door. They looked for some of the alcohol and tried to gang rape Juanita. Juanita fought back their advances. The next morning the leader of this gang went back to Juanita’s home to apologize. Juanita stabs him and kills him. The man she stabbed was a very large man, so they dug a big hole for him and when they buried him, they threw in Juanita’s corpse over his dead body and buried them both together.”

Terra Mihelic Interview: “I like to beat box with my mouth. (Terra demonstrates and does a great job of it!) One day I was beat boxing in Room 3 and some unknown thing beat box right back at me, in my face, I felt the ‘pah pah, pah’ in my face! Some people see a young girl apparition and they believe it was a young girl that was rough housing with her cousin by the river and drowned. GHOST IDENTIFIED: THE DROWNED GIRL.

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Reality show to be filmed in medieval “haunted castle” in Wales

British celebrities will take part in a reality show at the medieval castle of Grich in the city-county of Conwy (Wales), which, according to legend, is full of ghosts. It is reported by The Sun.

According to data from open sources, the castle was built in 1283-1289 by order of Edward I of England. For four years one and a half thousand people erected the fortress and walls. The castle is surrounded by a stone wall with round towers and loopholes. 

According to local residents, the ghost of the previous owner, Countess Dandonald, who died in 1924, wanders around the castle. According to legend, the woman’s spirit is angry because her husband took the valuables out of here. 

About ten years ago, a mysterious silhouette appeared in the photo, which was noticed on the first floor of the castle in the former banquet hall. In addition, it is rumored that objects are moving mysteriously in the castle. Also, fans of everything mystical believe that there you can meet the ghosts of gamekeepers and a maid who died after falling from a horse.

The creators of the reality survival show I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! Became interested in the legends of the ancient castle, in which celebrities perform creepy tasks. 

The producers are delighted with Greich Castle. It is planned to spend almost 1 million pounds and six weeks to prepare the location for filming.

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Loftus Hall is the most famous haunted house

Almost any house built 150 years ago is tempting to think of ghosts. Of course, if it was not restored beyond recognition. But a special pleasure is to visit, or at least look at photographs of a house in which ghosts are definitely found. Well, exactly: in the opinion of its owners and those who live nearby.

Loftus Hall is one of those. Even if, in the opinion of the locals, ghosts were not found in it, they would be worth inventing again – this is how the atmosphere of this gloomy house located on the windswept and washed by waves of the Hook Peninsula in the Irish County of Wexford has to do this.

But, before we tell you what is so paranormal in this Loftus Hall, we suggest that you familiarize yourself with real historical events related to the house. Moreover, they are worthy of attention without any devilry.

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We can say that the history of the house began in 1135, when the Norman knight, Raymond Le Gros, landed on the peninsula. To assimilate faster, the knight renamed himself the more familiar to the Irish ear by the name Redmond.

The castle, built by the knight, stood for two centuries, until in 1350 the descendants of Redmond built a new house in its place. It is interesting that they were building right during the Black Death – a plague pandemic that arrived in Ireland by ship from Bristol a year earlier. The new house, Redmond Hall, was named.

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Three centuries later, in 1650, the house became the site of one of the fiercest sieges of the Irish Uprising. The owner of the house, 68-year-old Alexander Redmond, with his two sons, a couple of local activists and a tailor who happened to be in the house at an unfortunate time, barricaded himself and bravely repulsed the attack of almost 90 British for several days. 

In all fairness, most of these Englishmen have crawled into neighboring villages, indulging in robbery and violence, instead of laying siege to an impregnable home.

The attack was repulsed with the help of the Irish forces arrived in time, which attacked the British under the cover of a thick fog, which in time fell on the Hoek Peninsula.

According to local chronicles, Alexander repelled several more attacks. When the British nevertheless conquered Ireland in general, and Redmond Hall in particular, Cromwell even let Alexander die in peace in his own house – for his courage.

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Well, after the death of Redmond, his relatives were evicted from the house and soon the house was sold to a family of Englishmen named Loftus, who live nearby. 

Subsequently, the Redmond repeatedly tried to sue Loftus Hall back, but to no avail. But as compensation, they were given land in the neighborhood.

The Loftuses moved rapidly up the court stairs. If in the 18th century the head of the family was called Baron Loftus of Loftus Hall, then already in 1800 the title of Marquis of Eli was created especially for the Loftus.

Actually, the 4th Marquess of Ely gave the modern look to Loftus Hall. A major renovation was undertaken by the Marquis in the second half of the 19th century: he very much hoped that Queen Victoria would come to visit. After all, the Marquis’s mother was her maid of honor!

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The Queen never came. But the 4th Marquis of Ely became the owner of a luxurious house with such unprecedented conveniences as flush toilets at that time. And, alas, the owner of huge debts. Soon the house had to be sold and its wanderings began among different owners.

In 1917, the house was sold to the monastery order of the Sisters of Providence. In 1983, the house was converted into a hotel. Well, in the early 2000s, it was acquired by the Quickly family. In 2020, it became known that the house was again put up for sale. Moreover, Quickly emphasize that they will not choose a new owner, but “the house will choose him.” And that’s why…

The story of how the devil sailed to Loftus Hall and what happened after his visit dates back to the 19th century. It sounds like this.

On a cold rainy night, a dark-robed rider rode up to Loftus Hall on a dark horse. He said that his ship was caught in a storm and had to dock in a nearby bay. The Loftuses were away, the family of their distant relatives, the Tottenham, lived in the house. They sheltered the rider and offered him shelter and bread.

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Tottenham’s daughter, young Anna, immediately fell in love with a mysterious stranger. A couple of days later, in the evening, everyone sat down to play cards. During the game, Anna dropped the map and, bending down to pick it up, saw that the stranger had cloven hooves instead of legs.

The stranger realized that he had been discovered. He immediately soared up, surrounded by devilish flames – and, as expected, made a huge hole in the roof.

It would seem that the devil is expelled, you can live on. But Anna, after the disappearance of the stranger, became not herself. She went crazy by leaps and bounds. The family, frightened by this development of affairs, locked the girl in her favorite sewing room.

There Anna sat, almost motionless, clasping her knees with her hands and soon died. 

According to another version of the legend, before her death, she managed to give birth to a child – that is, the devil did not lose time during two days in the house. 

Anna was not buried in an ordinary coffin: they could not straighten her and buried her in a sitting position, in which she spent the last months of her life.

Since then, according to numerous testimonies of guests and owners of the house, ghosts of a girl have been walking around the house. And the house itself has become a place of attraction for lovers of everything paranormal and creepy – excursions, especially popular on Halloween, are regularly conducted in Loftus Hall.

If you consider yourself a mystic, but do not have the opportunity to visit Loftus Hall yet, we recommend watching the gothic horror film The Lodgers 2017. It is filmed entirely in the luxe and eerie interiors of Loftus Hall, and has received excellent critical reviews. Here’s the trailer:

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The ghost of the Haycock Manor Hotel: a beautiful legend about a frequent visitor to an ancient building

For decades, the Haycock Manor Hotel, located in the small English village of Wansford, has attracted tourists by claiming to be the home of the ghost of Queen Mary Stuart.

Mary of Scotland, aka Mary Stuart, according to legend, visited the Haycock Hotel on the way to Fotheringay Castle, where she was executed. Why, in this case, she chose a hotel in a small village as her last refuge , and not a stone castle, is anyone’s guess. Nevertheless, visitors to the hotel claimed to have seen the ghost of Queen Mary, the Mirror writes.

The last resting place of Mary Stuart

Because of her intrigues against Queen Elizabeth I of England, Mary Stuart was put on trial and sentenced to death, which took place at Fotheringay Castle. On the way to the castle, Mary of Scotch stopped at the Haycock Hotel.

Mary Stuart

Despite the fact that the woman spent only one night in the hotel, this is the place she, for some reason, decided to choose as her last home. At least that’s what those who encountered her ghost say.

Manifestations of supernatural powers

Many of the hotel guests, who ventured to spend the night in the last refuge of Mary Stuart, complained about strange things that happened to them.

Some guests claimed to have seen a ghost, which they identified as Mary of Scotland. Why they were so sure that the ghost was exactly Mary Stuart is not clear, because the history of England has a large number of women rulers, and it is simply impossible to remember them all.

Other hotel guests recall seeing an obscure ghostly cloud-like figure in the oldest part of the hotel. They also shared that they often encountered the feeling that there is someone else in the room – someone who cannot be seen, but can be felt.

Hotel Haycock

Guests also reported that they heard quiet voices and footsteps, although there was no one else in the rooms.

Despite the fact that such stories can scare ordinary people, they are not of interest to real seekers of the paranormal, since they can easily be explained by the dilapidated state of the building.

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Haycock Manor is currently closed for renovation, which means that if the phenomena of supernatural forces could be explained by the state of the hotel, then after the renovation they should disappear.

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