On July 22, 1934, Depression-era gangster John Dillinger was killed by FBI agents as he left the Biograph Theater in Chicago. Or was he? More than 5,000 showed up at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis for the burial of his wooden casket. While some accounts say it was encased in cement, the most accepted one is that Dillinger’s father had the casket buried under a concrete cap, scrap iron and four slabs of reinforced concrete. Was it to protect the remains from his former gang? From morbid curiosity seekers? Or was it to hide the fact that the family tricked the FBI into shooting someone else and buried that body instead while the real Dillinger escaped? Someone is in that grave and someone’s ghost haunts the Biograph Theater and a hotel in Tucson where Dillinger stayed before he was captured. Whose?
We may soon know at least some of the answers. The Indiana State Department of Health approved a request by Dillinger’s nephew, Michael C. Thompson, to have the body exhumed from Crown Hill Cemetery and then re-interred there. While they claim there’s no connection, The History Channel will be there to document the exhumation and examination. Not all of Dillinger’s relatives are behind this project. Dillinger’s great-nephew, Jeff Scalf, thinks it’s “desecrating the dead.”
What about the ghosts?
The Biograph Theater is said to be haunted by Dillinger’s ghost, but the scariest accounts come from the alley behind it, where Dillinger was killed. Some stories say a shadowy figure is seen running in the alley before falling as if shot and disappearing. The shadow cannot be identified, leading some to question whether it’s Dillinger or the alleged double.
Another haunted spot with a Dillinger connection is the Hotel Congress in Tucson, Arizona. A fancy hotel known for catering to wealthy guests, the third floor of the Hotel Congress caught fire in January 1934 and residents of that floor had to be evacuated. One group that resisted leaving was John Dillinger and his gang, who were hiding in Tucson after a series of bank robberies back east. They were finally convinced to leave, but they regretted it. On January 25, Dillinger and the gang were arrested in Tucson and taken to Indiana. Dillinger escaped six weeks later, but the problems that started at the Hotel Congress contributed to his eventual demise. You remember the Hotel Congress, right? It was restored, but four rooms there are said to be haunted. Is it Dillinger coming back to get even?
The Chicago Tribune says the Indiana health department expects Dillinger’s body will be exhumed and re-interred on Sept. 16 — the date listed on the permit issued to Michael C. Thompson. The Tribune contacted the Crown Hill Cemetery, which has no information about the plans to exhume Dillinger’s body. It also received no response from Savanah Light, the funeral director whose name is listed on the permit.
Why is Michael C. Thompson exhuming John Dillinger’s body? Will he share what he finds? Will this put the ghosts to rest? Will anyone be watching at the Biograph Theater or the Hotel Congress?
Will someone start a ‘Storm Dillinger’s Grave, He Can’t Shoot Us Anymore’ movement?
Source: Mysterious Universe
Haunting moment Second World War ventriloquist doll ‘blinks and moves its mouth’
This is the haunting moment a creepy ventriloquist doll dating from the Second World War allegedly blinks and moves its mouth.
The 1940s doll, named Mr Fritz, was given to Michael Diamond, 48, earlier this year by a former prisoner at a Nazi World War Two camp.
Mr Diamond noticed the door to the doll’s glass display cabinet kept opening up at night, so he set up a GoPro camera to film over two evenings on September 19 and 20.
When the father-of-two from Liverpool watched back through the footage, he saw the cabinet door open – and the doll’s mouth and eyes moving.
He believes the doll is haunted and has now locked the cabinet in his home with a chain and covered it with a blanket.
Mr Diamond said: “When I first watched the video back I had a weird feeling in my stomach.
“I wasn’t completely surprised because what has been happening with the door. At least once or twice a week I noticed the door kept coming off its latch.
“I decided to set up the camera for fun just to see if anything would happen. When something actually did I got a weird feeling in my gut, it’s hard to describe.
“I was really taken back by it and I did have a strange feeling. I wouldn’t say I’m scared of Mr Fritz but I am wary of it.”
The creepy doll was made by an American prisoner at Stalag II-B, a German World War II camp, now in the town of Czarne in Poland. Mr Diamond believes the prisoner worked as a ventriloquist before being taken prisoner.
The doll was apparently taken to America after the end of the war and was owned by an antiques shop in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina before it came to the UK.
Mr Fritz was given to Mr Diamond by a local militaria collector in July and it now lives in Mr Diamond’s “freak room”, where all his collector items are kept.
The hobbyist collector is married to Sally, 46, and has two children, Amber, 19, and Caleb, 11.
He said: “The door was being opened once or twice a week and I knew it was strange. You can see on the first night the door swing open.
“On the next night you can see the eyes move before the door opens and again afterwards. The eyes flicker and his mouth moves up and down slightly.
“My wife and daughter both hate it. I get why people don’t like it and think it might be scary but I’m not intimidated by it.
“I want to give it a permanent home. I get emotionally attached to my collections. What’s the explanation is the one million dollar question isn’t it?
“I have no idea myself. I don’t even know where to start. There are no open windows in the room and no airflow. The door is on a latch so shouldn’t just swing open.
“I have told Sally and Amber about it and they don’t like it at all. To stop it from happening I’ve chained the box up and covered it in a blanket.”
Mr Diamond is an entertainer and travels the country performing stunts with his museum full of collectors items like taxidermy animals, spiritual props, skulls and ancient weaponry.
Worlds Biggest Ghost Hunt on A&E Channel
This October you can watch the ‘Worlds Biggest Ghost Hunt: Pennhurst Asylum’ on A&E Channel.
It is the longest continuously filmed paranormal investigation in television history.
In this 2 hour special we see five paranormal investigators lock themselves in the legendary Pennhurst Asylum in Pennsylvania, USA, which once had more than 10,000 residents, mostly children, confined in the the most brutal conditions.
The asylum has had over 100 reports or paranormal activity with full body apparitions, physical attacks, mysterious noises and a lot more.
The investigators are locked in the asylum for two weeks to investigate and document paranormal activity. The owner granted them unprecedented access to the entire 110-acre property including areas which have never been investigated before.
During their two week investigation they record many strange things, from doors banging on their own to apparitions in the bathroom.
One night investigating during a vigil, one of the team, Austin George, claims he feels heavy chills and then complains that he feels like someone is on his back.
Moments later he chokes, convulses and keels over before having to be carried out of the building and attended to by medics. Was it a nervous breakdown or was he being possessed?
They also encounter an apparition moving in a bathroom area and capture a stick figure on the SLS camera in the same area they see the apparition. Is it the same spirit?
All this and along with doors banging on their own, EVP’s, voices on the SB11 spirit box and the teams continuous lack of sleep as the 14 days go by, its worth watching this when it airs on October 30th on A&E 8PM ET/PT.
*I had the opportunity to preview “Worlds Biggest Ghost Hunt: Pennhurst Asylum” for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Worlds Biggest Ghost Hunt: Pennhurst Asylum airs Wednesday 30th October at 8pm ET/PT.
Will you be watching?
Pictures of ghost children captured in an abandoned school in Grimsby UK
Two paranormal investigators ventured into an abandoned schoolhouse and came away with shots they believe show ghost children in action.
The two ‘ghosthunters’, Graham and Tara, ventured inside the rotting Education Offices and Art College, in Grimsby, UK and came away with two ‘supernatural’ shots.
The first, taken by Graham, is said to show “three or four children” hiding behind a wall while another child walks towards them.
“This photo, the photograph of the three or four children, was my first paranormal picture,” Graham said.
“It was only taken on a Samsung tablet on night camera mode. It was taken in the old Art College on Eleanor Street.”
He said “it all started off as a laugh” and he didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary until looking back at his photographs the next morning.
He added: “We took pictures with the lights on and lights off. We were just messing around and I was taking a load of pictures. I woke up the next morning and had a look at what I had taken.
“I was really taken back by what I saw. I have been into the paranormal since being a child. I’m no longer scared of it. I thrive on it, to be honest.
“When zoomed in, you can see facial features of the first boy. He’s sitting down, besides three or four others, crossed legged and with his right arm to his right knee.
“You can see more on the boy standing up. His facial features are much clearer. These were taken somewhere near the old swimming pool.”
The second photograph, taken by Tara, is said to show a “figure” in “full spectrum” again near the swimming pool area.
Graham said: “My partner took this image, which is in full spectrum, in the same location. It was taken further away and is harder to make out.”
Can you see the children?
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