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Nine of the Most Haunted UK Roadways 

If you’re planning a journey along these strange highways, you’d better cross your fingers and reach for a four-leaf clover.

Because you can consider yourself extremely unlucky if your car breaks down on one of these lonely stretches – as you could end up with more than just a mechanic for company! Car breakdown experts at leading UK recovery firm 24|7 Vehicle Rescue have combed through the archives of paranormal sightings to compile this list of the “UK’s most haunted roads”. And one East Yorkshire road makes it on the list.

Spokesman Ranjen Gohri says: “Britain is a land steeped in superstition, myth and legend.

“So it’s no surprise to learn that there are thousands of strange and unexplained sightings on our roads, with many reports coming from isolated highways that cut through barren stretches of moor and mountain.

“Breaking down by the side of the road is clearly never an enjoyable thing.

“But we imagine the situation is made even worse when you’re seeing things through your windscreen, or rear view mirror, that really shouldn’t be there!”

East Riding of Yorkshire: B1249 between Driffield and Staxton Hill

B1249 between Driffield and Staxton HillB1249 between Driffield and Staxton Hill

B1249 between Driffield and Staxton HillB1249 between Driffield and Staxton Hill

Real life wolves roamed the wooded farmland of the East Riding of Yorkshire up until the 15th century, when they were hunted to extinction. But it’s wolves of the supernatural kind that get glimpsed there now.

One werewolf report from the 1960s, and documented by author Charles Christian, describes how a lorry driver was left terrified when a red-eyed hairy creature tried to smash its way through his windscreen as he drove along the remote road.

Then in August 2016, motorist Jemma Waller, 24, described seeing a monster which looked “like a big dog, ­probably bigger than my car, but it had a human face” in the nearby village of Halsham.

Dartmoor: B3212 between Dunsford and Yelverton

B3212 between Dunsford and Yelverton

B3212 between Dunsford and Yelverton

Dartmoor is described as the most remote location in southern England. And the B3212 which cuts through it is home to mysterious “hairy hands” myth – with motorists describing how a disembodied pair of mitts grabs their steering wheel and tries to run them off the road.

In 1962 holiday-maker Florence Warwick was driving the route when she stopped the car to look at a map. She recalled: “I looked up and saw a pair of huge, hairy hands pressed against the windscreen. I tried to scream, but couldn’t. I was frozen with fear.”

Another eyewitness in 2008, Michael Anthony, told how a pair of “paws” appeared over his own hands while driving.

Kent: A229 at Blue Bell Hill

A229_Blue_Bell_Hill

A229_Blue_Bell_Hill

The ghost of a young bride has been terrifying motorists – and baffling police – on this stretch of road between Maidstone and Chatham since 1974.

The legend began when 35-year-old bricklayer Maurice Goodenough ran frantically into Rochester Police Station claiming he’s just knocked down a young woman in her mid twenties near Blue Bell Hill.

He told cops: “The girl’s just walked out in front of me from the edge of the road. My car hit her with one hell of a bang”. Yet police and tracker dogs found no trace of any victim.

The same thing happened again in 1992 when 54-year-old coach driver Ian Sharpe experienced a similar thing.

At the time, PC Roger Ginn reported: “Once we were satisfied there was no sign of an accident, no damage to his car, and particularly in view of where it had occurred, we just had to write it off as another sighting of the Blue Bell Hill ghost.”

Surrey: A3 at Burpham

A3 at Burpham

A3 at Burpham

In December 2002, Surrey Police investigated reports of a car seen swerving off the A3 near Burpham.

They eventually found a car in a ditch containing the remains of a driver – but the motorist had perished some five months previously, leading to speculation the sighting had been a ghostly re-enactment of the crash which killed him.

Sergeant Russ Greenhouse, of Surrey Police, said: “The car was discovered as a result of a report from members of the public who thought they saw a car’s headlights veering off the road.

“The officers could not identify that collision but they had the presence of mind to search on foot.”

Greater Manchester: The A6 at Stockport, near Mersey Square

The A6 at Stockport, near Mersey Square

The A6 at Stockport, near Mersey Square

For years the A6, which runs between Manchester and Buxton, has been the haunt for a phantom female motorcycling hitchhiker, who thumbs a lift before vanishing into thin air.

Eyewitness Harold Smith recently recalled his run-in from the early 1990s, saying: “As I came down the long hill, I saw a figure on the left-hand pavement.

“She was slim with dark, straight shoulder-length hair, wearing a short jacket and trousers and holding a helmet.

“As I approached, she walked to the kerb and stuck her thumb out. People don’t usually thumb lifts from motorcyclists.

“When I stopped in the lay-by and looked back over my shoulder, I couldn’t see her any more. I waited, revved the engine, but gave up and rode home. The whole thing was very strange.”

Northumberland: The A696 near Belsay

The A696 near Belsay

The A696 near Belsay

In August 2015 Gateshead-based radio presenters Rob Davies and Chris Felton had a run-in with a ghost dressed in RAF uniform on this remote rural road.

Rob explained: “We saw a man standing at the side of the road. We both actually jumped at first because we didn’t see him until very late.

“He was dressed in a beige colour from head to toe. He was sticking his arm out for a lift, but we could not stop in time due to being at 60mph.

“We turned around and I started filming on my iPhone as it seemed a bit odd. We couldn’t remember how far back he was, but we saw him again and slowed.

“He was dressed in what I can only describe as RAF gear and was holding something under his arm, which looked like a helmet or some kind of bag. It was only seconds and no other car had been past, but when we turned around he was gone.”

Scotland: The A75 ‘Kinmount Straight’

The A75 'Kinmount Straight'

The A75 ‘Kinmount Straight’

Dubbed the “most haunted highway in Scotland”, the A75 is apparently home to “screaming hags, eyeless phantoms and a menagerie of unearthly creatures”, according to local paranormal investigator Kathleen Cronie.

The most famous sighting came in 1962, as reported by Derek and Norman Ferguson. They witnessed a chicken flying towards their windscreen before dematerialising, as well as giant cats and a furniture van that also disappeared into the ether.

Cheshire: The M6 between Crewe and Knutsford

M6 junction 17 from the south

M6 junction 17 from the south

Many motorists have been distracted by what looked like Roman Soldiers marching on the side of the highway, while others have reported hitting “translucent” figures with their vehicles.

One report, from an eyewitness travelling home to Wirral, told last month: “It was a really freaky experience. I was driving on the M6, around junction 17, when I thought I saw a figure ahead.

“I immediately slowed down. I could seen that this ‘person’ was in the middle lane. To me, it looked like the figure had run across the lanes and was now waiting for me to him them – as if they were suicidal.

“But as I got closer the figure didn’t look like a solid figure. It looked almost translucent. And then the figure just vanished. There was nothing there. I literally blinked and it had gone.

“I checked my mirrors and there was nothing behind me. I don’t logically believe in ghosts and the supernatural. For now I’m telling myself that my brain was playing tricks on me.

“But my brain was suitably convinced that something was amiss that I slammed on the brakes and swerved to avoid hitting whatever was in my way.”

Sheffield: The A616 at Stocksbridge

The A616 at Stocksbridge

The A616 at Stocksbridge

This stretch of road has been described as “the Killer Road” in recent years.

The Stocksbridge bypass was completed in 1989 and has been called “an accident black spot”, with large numbers of fatalities.

The stories of a paranormal nature began during the building of the road when two security guards tasked with keeping watch over building materials claimed they saw a group of children dancing beneath a pylon in the early hours, they had their claims laughed off when they called Deepcar police station, with officers saying they would be better off phoning a priest”

Drivers on the road have stated they have seen a monk staring blankly over the valley beside the road, with some even stating they have seen the apparition beside them in their vehicle!

Sophie Kitching
Hull Daily Mail

 

 

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The Mirror Lake Michigan Hauntings

Ideally, institutions of higher learning are environments where young people who are first stepping out on their own are encouraged to become independent thinkers and dynamic individuals.

In the face of so much newness, university and college culture often develops systems of ritual and ceremony which provide a contrast to this independence as well as comfort and structure to students as they transition into adulthood.

This week is, typically, when many students at The Ohio State University would be participating in one of it’s best known rituals: jumping into a freezing Mirror Lake prior to a football game with it’s biggest rival, The University of Michigan.

Why jump in an ice cold lake in support of your school football team? The tradition seems to have it’s origins in a turn of the century hazing practice where upperclassmen would assert their dominance by tossing freshmen into the lake.

This became a common occurrence during “May Week”, an annual demonstration of school spirit. As the rivalry between Ohio State And Michigan State grew, May Week activities slowly shifted to the increasingly popular “Beat Michigan Week” and the tradition of voluntarily throwing oneself into the lake was born.

The idea of young people being cast into a lake before an important event has been around for centuries. The Aztec, Mayan, Celt and early Nordic cultures all participated in this practice as an offering to their gods during significant times of the year, and although the young people they hurled into the water were victims of human sacrifice, the Mirror Lake Jump certainly invokes thoughts of these ancient rituals.

In fact, it was the tragic death of a 22 year old Dayton man during the 2015 jump that caused the University to put a stop to the practice once and for all. My heartfelt condolences go out to the family of this young man.

Mirror Lake

According to the campus rumor mill, this wasn’t the only time this type of tragedy has occurred. Stories persist of a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority that broke her neck during a Mirror Lake jump in the 1980s.

The legend states that her fellow sorority sisters carried the body back to the house and hid her to avoid the repercussions of underage drinking gone horribly wrong. Ever since, many have claimed to hear screaming and splashing in the waters of the lake only to see it’s surface mirror smooth when they turn to find the source of the commotion.

Another tale tells of a jogger that was killed near the lake during a mugging. This young man is said to be seen running by the lake, looking over his shoulder, before vanishing into thin air.

The most commonly spotted and well-established ghost of OSU goes by the name Lady of the Lake. Since the 1920s people have witnessed the apparition of a woman in turn of the century clothing glide across Mirror Lake on cold, wintry nights and mornings.

Some believe her to be a mysterious ice skater, but most know her as the wife of Frederick Converse Clarke.

Clarke was a professor of economics and sociology that lost all his money when he invested in a Georgia Gold Mine project that failed miserably. Aside from the obvious blow to his credentials as a professor of economics, the financial ruin left Clarke despondent and suicidal.

After airing his feelings to Dr. Oxley Thompson and getting no sympathy, the depressed professor took his own life on September 21st, 1903 in a garden overlooking Mirror Lake.

Clarke’s wife blamed the university’s insensitivity to her husband’s plight as the cause of his death and vowed to haunt the grounds after her passing.

In 1922 the university built Pomerene Hall on the site of Clarke’s suicide garden and it appears that the spirit of Mrs.Clarke decided it would be a fine building to inhabit when not gliding across the lake.

It is here that she is thought to be responsible for doors that lock and unlock of their own accord, the sound of footsteps across empty rooms and the manipulation of computer voice software, occasionally causing machines that aren’t even turned on to greet the living with a dull, electronic “hello”.

For reasons unknown she is most fond of room 213, where she is seen in a pink antebellum dress moving across to a window that overlooks the very lake that her husband last gazed upon before taking his life more than 100 years ago.

Today, Mirror Lake sits drained and fenced off awaiting a 6 million dollar renovation that will give it a “more natural appearance”. In an effort to end the tradition of the lake jump, the timing of this renovation was no accident, but some defiant students are vowing to leap into some body of water, even if it is the Olentangy River.

Source: Booze & Boos

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The German Navy’s Cursed and Haunted Submarine

From the time she was being constructed, in 1916, there was something sinister and evil about the German submarine UB-65.

Before she was even launched, an accident in the Hamburg shipyard occurred, where a steel girder broke from a crane, crushing a ship builder to death. A second worker was also badly injured.

Investigators could find no reason for the accident, and within a few months, the submarine had put to sea, undergoing trials. Three engineers, testing the ship’s batteries, were overcome with deadly fumes. Again, an inquiry was launched, but failed to determine the cause of their deaths.

Despite her early record of tragedy, the submarine was commissioned, and placed under the command of Kapitanleutenant Martin Schelle, a 29-year-old veteran of the Kaiser’s Navy.

She soon put to sea in an operational capacity, and found herself in the middle of a fierce storm. Captain Schelle used this opportunity to test his boat’s ability to surface in rough seas, and upon breaking the surface, a sailor was washed overboard to his death.

German U-boat

Unexplained Malfunctions Aboard UB-65

Soon after, ballast tanks sprung a leak, and the submarine plunged to the bottom of the sea. Seawater rushing inside caused the dry cell batteries to leak the same toxic fumes that had earlier killed the engineers.

This time, however, the crew was fortunate and suffered no fatalities. UB-65 remained on the bottom of the ocean for 12 long hours, before she was finally able to surface.

Returning to harbour, engineers could again find no explanation for the malfunctions. The crew were beginning to feel their ship was cursed, and many no longer wanted to serve on UB-65. She had soon earned the nickname “The Iron Coffin” within the U-boat fleet.

After leaving port, another tragedy occurred. An exploding torpedo killed the second officer, and wounded several others. Schelle returned to port, the officer was buried, and things started to get really eerie.

Ghost of the Second Officer Appears

While still docked, shortly after the funeral, a seaman claimed to watch the dead officer walk up the gangplank, towards the bow of the ship, and disappear before his very eyes.

More sightings were soon being reported. A lookout claimed to have seen the dead officer standing on the deck of the ship, in rough seas. At first, the commander dismissed the ghost stories, but then he reportedly came face to face with the dead man himself. Whether he admitted it or not, Captain Schelle was now a believer.

The high command finally agreed to have a priest bless the ship, a feat almost unheard of in the no nonsense German Navy. She docked in a port in Belgium, where the ritual was carried out.

After the ceremony was completed, the crew was broken up, and assigned to other ships in the fleet. A new crew was assigned to UB-65, and the captain demanded there was to be no further talk of ghosts.

The change of crew seemed to have no effect. The ghost of the officer was reported on several more occasions, once walking through a steel bulkhead. A torpedoman, terrified by the spirit, jumped to his death in the sea.

The Strange End to UB-65

In July of 1918, off the south coast of Ireland, a U.S. submarine sighted UB-65. Before the American crew could take any action, the German boat mysteriously exploded, seemingly on its own.

UB-65 took her entire crew to the bottom of the ocean, leaving only a patch of oil, some debris, and mystery behind.

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The most haunted house in England ‘The Cage’ has finally sold after 12 years

Vanessa Mitchell has owned a two-bedroom house ‘The Cage since 2004 and often reported seeing ghosts and other spirits. The ghost and spirits would regularly disturb and scared the woman.

The owner insisted she had to leave the house after the horrific incident happened when the ghosts physically attacked her at home. Years Later, it was revealed that the house was used to hold prisoners accused of Blackmagic and witchcraft in the 16th century.

She states she was walking over the stairs and suddenly got pushed over while pregnant and saw mysterious blood spatterings appear.’

Electric gadgets have also turned themselves on, and doors started slamming while walls inexplicably were covered in blood.

After this horrific incident, she decided to move out in 2008 – just four years after purchasing it – buyers were wary and doubtful of taking the house.

Now the haunted house The Cage, in St Osyth, Essex, has finally sold, subject to deal, after nearly a dozen years on the market.

Guests often reported hearing women’s voices and cries from the storeroom even though no one was there when they checked for it.

The claims led to paranormal detectives who regularly came to the haunted house, and it was also a matter of many documentaries.

A plaque on the rear of the house depicts the plight of Ursula Kemp, who was jailed in The Cage on doubt of witchcraft before being hanged in Chelmsford in 1582.

Source: The Digital Wise

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