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Manchac -The Ghost Swamp of New Orleans

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Manchac Swamp also known as Ghost Swamp is a wetland just northwest of New Orleans, Louisiana. The swamp is known for its murky waters and eerie looking trees. The marsh is also home to alligators that creep around on strangely colored waters while waiting for prey. Scary snakes infest the dark surroundings. Broken logs can be seen floating in the swamp. The woods are remnant of the now abandoned lodging towns of Ruddock, Frenier and Napton. Locals consider the swamp haunted not just because it has direct ties to the Rougarou and Cajun werewolves, but also the black magic and voodoo practices that were passed down from generation to generation. One of the most popular stories is about a voodoo priestess named Julia Brown whom according to the legend cursed the swamp before the time of her remarkable death.

The Ghost Swamp: Who is Julia Brown?

According to townsfolk, Julia Brown lived near the end of the swamp and worked in the town of Frenier. Brown was good to the residents and in return, the people respected her. She helped mothers during childbirth and aided in the curing of illness and infections that were difficult to treat and manage. Based on circulated stories, Brown, a good spirited person changed when the village took her for granted. People became ungrateful of her kindness, which led to her to  practice voodoo and curses that terrified the neighborhood.  She was known for making hand gestures that no one could understand and staring at others with an intensity that would terrify a holy man.

According to reports, residents of the town heard Brown singing lyrics that had everyone concerned. She predicted terrible things to those people who wronged her. One of the most infamous of Brown’s prophecies was about her own death and taking everyone to die with her.

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Some claimed that Julia Brown didn’t leave a curse but only a prediction to warn the townsfolk. Her voodoo practices were only for healing of the sick and wounded.

Census records show that Julia was born in Louisiana around 1845 under the name of Julia Bernard. In 1880, she married Celestin Brown and changed her name to Julia Brown.  Based on a statement from the modern New Orleans Voodoo priestess, Bloody Mary: “Brown served as a local healer and she was not a revengeful type of person”. She also emphasized that Julia was usually seen singing on her front porch with her guitar. One of the songs had lyrics that went like this “One day I’m going to die and take the whole town with me.”

The Faithful Day of the Ghost Swamp: September 29, 1915

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A tremendous storm approached the coast of Louisanna. The once prosperous towns of Ruddock, Frenier, and Napton were swept away by a massive hurricane on September 29, 1915. The very same day when Julia Brown was to be laid to rest in the town of Frenier. The storm was Category 4 with 145 mph sustained winds. According to reports, about 300 people died during this terrifying hurricane that traveled inland from the Caribbean. By October 1, any rescuers that arrived could see those entire communities were no more. A few of the survivors claim to see people screaming for life as they were swallowed by the swamp during the powerful destruction.

A newspaper in 1915. The New Orleans Times-Picayune documented Julia Brown’s funeral on the day of the storm:

“Many pranks were played by wind and tide. Negroes had gathered for miles around to attend the funeral of ‘Aunt’ Julia Brown, an old Negress who was well-known in that section, and was a big property owner. The funeral was scheduled …, ‘Aunt’ Julia had been placed in her casket, and the casket, in turn, had been placed in the customary wooden box and sealed. At 4 o’clock, however, the storm had become so violent that the negroes left the house in a stampede, abandoning the corpse. The corpse was found Thursday and so was the wooden box, but the casket has never been found.”

The Ghost Swamp: Haunting Experience in Manchac

Many tried to rebuild the town again, but most simply abandoned the island that once was Julia’s isolated home. The reputation of the Manchac Swamp became a hot spot for paranormal activities and was featured several times in paranormal TV shows.

Visitors and locals report spooky tales of moans and screams from an unknown woman’s voice. Cries from the victims of the old hurricane are mentioned that can still be faintly heard in the distance. However no one can be found. Residents even say the night air rings to a song similar to what Julia Brown played on her guitar about her strange death.

BoobalooTheStink posted a story on Reddit describing his terrifying experience with what he believes is Julia Brown cackling in the Manchac Swamp.

Whether or not the Ghost of Julia Brown haunts Manchac Swamp is perhaps best left to anyone who has lived there or have experienced her ghost. The only thing that is certain is the legend of Julia Brown has left either a curse or a warning to the inhabitants of Manchac swamp.

 

Interesting links:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/88132/legend-and-truth-voodoo-priestess-who-haunts-louisiana-swamp

https://roadtrippers.com/stories/the-legend-of-julie-white-the-death-predicting-voodoo-queen-of-manchac-swamp?lng=-96.67528&lat=40.80972&z=4

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/frenier-cemetery

http://973thedawg.com/the-legend-of-voodoo-priestess-julia-brown-who-haunts-the-manchac-swamp-video/

https://weather.com/tv/shows/american-supernatural/video/the-legend-of-julia-brown

https://www.reddit.com/r/nosleep/comments/30gs9d/aunt_julia_in_ruddock/

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The inhabitant of “The scariest house in Britain” is sure that she lived with a poltergeist for years

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The inhabitant of the most terrible house in England told about ghosts

Shirley Hitchings, an 80-year-old resident of England, a famous resident of “the most terrible house in Britain”, for the first time in many years, told how she was pursued by a poltergeist for seven years and even once moved to a new home with her. She shared her story in connection with the fact that a documentary podcast about these events will be released on Radio 4 in some time.

Shirley Hitchings’ London house is called “the scariest in Britain”.

Shirley’s childhood home is located in the Battersea area of ​​south London. She said that she faced an otherworldly force when she was 15 years old. One day she discovered in her bedroom an ornate silver key that did not fit any lock in the house and which was the first time her family had seen it. According to Shirley, her family was then woken up by a loud rumble that seemed to come from the walls and ceiling. And that’s how it all started.

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According to the story of the Englishwoman, strange events took place from 1956 to 1968 – objects flew around the rooms, a mysterious knock was heard, a fire was kindled for no reason. So, according to Shirley, one day a clock fell off a shelf, slippers moved around the room, and a chair rose into the air. 

The poltergeist was nicknamed Donald, and, as grandmother laments, he became like an annoying brother to her. According to her story, once her family poured holy water on her to protect her from the “devil”, but this made Donald even more angry and tore the curtains.

In the hope of driving away the poltergeist, the grown-up Shirley invited a medium – the wife of her colleague – to the house. But the session, in her words, did not help. The situation in the house attracted the attention of the police and even the local authorities. Newspapers began to write about Donald, and these publications were noticed by the famous ghost hunter, Harold Chibbett. 

After examining the house, he told the family that he believed Donald was a restless spirit that haunts a particular person and causes physical disturbances. Some supporters of the paranormal believe that this type of mystical activity is most often “triggered” by adolescents going through puberty, because they release “pure life energy” that feeds poltergeists.

According to Shirley, Chibbett tried to communicate with the poltergeist using cards with letters, and the ghost allegedly responded with a childish scrawl, “Shirley, I’m coming.” According to her, Donald “demanded” a pen for communication.

“He [the ghost] was like a bully, demanded, told people what to do. He took all my old dolls that were kept in a chest in the attic and brought them downstairs. He cut off their heads, tore off pieces of fabric from my clothes and left notes in which he ordered to sew dresses of this material If someone angered him, he wrote, to “punish” a piece of paper, and you knew that you were waiting for that night, “-. Shirley shared, according to quotes from the of Sun

According to the Englishwoman, the ghost also scared away her boyfriends. And when Shirley got married in 1965 and moved to West Sussex, the ghost allegedly went with her and told her in new messages about what her parents were up to.

According to the elderly woman, Donald “fell silent” in 1968 – he left the last message to her parents with the words that he was leaving them alone. By that time, the family was already so used to the ghost that Shirley’s mother burst into tears, but she and her father were happy.

However, there is no evidence that the poltergeist Donald actually existed.

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The ghost of a deceased guy walked on the water: an eyewitness filmed him

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The incident took place in the province of Davao del Norte (Philippines), where a resident, seeing a drowning dog, rushed to save him. The dog was pulled out to a safe place, but the man himself was pulled into the depths. Everything that happened was recorded on camera by a woman named Chanel.

When Dondon (that was the guy’s name) went to the bottom, one eyewitness immediately called for rescuers. While the brigade was doing their job, it became clear that the man was already dead. They searched for his body for several hours. What is surprising in the story is that suddenly a silhouette of a man came to the camera, he appeared right above the water. Chanel, who records the video, believed it was the spirit of Dondon.

During the video recording, the eyewitness did not expect to see anything like this, because she does not really believe in ghosts. The entity had obvious human features, so it definitely had a spirit. For several hours they searched for the body of the drowned man and pulled it out with an excavator.

It’s pretty creepy to look at the tape. According to an eyewitness, goosebumps ran over her, especially after seeing the spirit. It should be noted that not all users believe in the authenticity of the video. Some people think that the footage may well have special effects. Chanel refutes any such claims: the video is original. She understands the doubts of people, because the shots are really ‘out of this world’.

Special skills and abilities are required to distinguish the edited video from the original. Of course, hardly anyone will devote time to study the presented video. We can only hope that the woman did not actually use editing software.

The footage confirms the existence of the human soul and gives hope that life after death does not end.

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

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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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