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Teachers leave haunted school

A teacher was last in class at Mgotjane Primary School after claiming to have been attacked by evil spirits. This was in April.

Gugu Kubheka, who teaches Grade VII, is not the only teacher who has allegedly been attacked by the evil spirits as another recently vacated his living quarters after claiming that his life was in danger and continuing to reside there was a dangerous.

The attacks, said to be affecting both pupils and teachers alike, resulted in the school being closed on Tuesday and a prayer, involving parents, teachers and pupils, was held on Thursday. Two pastors led the prayer.
Mduduzi Dlamini now resides in Matsapha and he commutes to work at Mgotjane, situated past Bhunya. He decided to leave following the encounter which he termed ‘four men’. After this encounter, he decided that it was not safe to continue residing at the school and decided to leave.

During the prayer pupils related how they heard a strange voice in the latrines, which shouted at them for relieving themselves on him. Three girls aged 13, 14 and 16 related what they experienced while in the latrine. They had gone to answer to the call of nature together as they are close friends who were always together when at school. Two entered the latrine while the third remained by the door.

“While they were inside I heard a voice addressing them and it asked why they were relieving themselves on it. I asked who was in there with them as I didn’t see anyone enter.
“The shouting became louder and I decided to run away and went to report what had happened to my teacher but he didn’t believe me,” said Nono*.

Her friends Nobuhle* and Nokwazi said immediately they heard the voice they also took to their heels. However they never got to see where the voice was coming from as they were terrified. Nono said after a few minutes another group from junior classes reported to their teachers that other learners had a similar encounter while relieving themselves.

“When I got home I told my mother about it and she dismissed me saying I should stop making up stories. Last week Friday the situation worsened when a majority of young girls were verbally attacked by the strange voice.
“It was after that incident on Monday that the matter was reported to the Manzini Regional Education office. The head teacher said he went to Manzini and the REO said he should handle it with the support of parents because as a ministry they do not want to discuss such issues without an input from parents,” said Nono.

Not only the pupils are affected as two male teachers claimed to have been visited by the strange spirit that leads them to a deep slumber before it strangles them or sits on their stomachs and suffocate them. Thulani Dlamini (25) said it used to come once in a while in the past but since the beginning of the year things have intensified. Thulani said it comes in different forms.

“At times it comes as an evil spirit or in the form of a person. One night in June, I was in my room when I overheard footsteps of people approaching my quarters.  My colleagues had once told me of how their sleep was interrupted by a strange spirit and that got me thinking. “I immediately reached for my bible and started reading it. As I read my bible I heard one of my colleagues shouting that he was being attacked by four short men who were trying to strangle him. “The time was after midnight if I recall correctly. Late that same night, at around 2am the ‘four men’ came to my house. Two entered through the back door and the other two through the main door. Upon entering two stood at the edge of my bed and the other was by the headboard,” said Thulani.

“They kicked me on my back after they could not sit on me or strangle me. They also tried to press me face down so I couldn’t breathe but they couldn’t. Just before the crack of dawn Mduduzi came knocking pleading to come and spend the night in my room.” Mduduzi later moved out of the quarters and now stays in Matsapha. Jimson Magongo, the head teacher, said in his more than 15 years at the school, the incident was the worst he ever experienced. He said there were few incidences that never warranted calling a parents meeting to deliberate on the issue.

“At the moment one of our teachers is not at school after being attacked by whatever this thing that saw her leaving the school in April. She never returned when the second term started. “Her condition worsens whenever she returns. Efforts are already underway to get her another school even though we still need her services. As a school we are leaving everything to God in order to protect our children,” said Magongo.

School Committee Chairperson Nomsa Dlamini said as parents they were concerned with the prevailing situation at the school.
“In our Tuesday meeting a request was made by some parents to whoever may have brought whatever this thing to the area to please take it back.
At the moment we are leaving everything to God because we do not have an answer to the problem,” said Nomsa.
* Not their real names

‘I can’t say what attacked me’

MBABANE – The teacher who left her teaching in April after an attack by a mysterious element at Mgotjane Primary School finds it difficult to explain the kind of force that attacks her whenever she sets foot at the school.

She fails to get sleep whenever at the school.
“I remember one night where I had to leave the lights and TV on the whole night. The situation in my house forced me to remain awake. I tried to sleep but it could not come. I would hear strange noises that I cannot explain. There were times I would hear things walking on the roof. After spending the night awake, I called the head teacher and told him that I was having a tough time in my house.

“He suggested that I go home to rest. When I got home I could get to sleep without a problem. I returned to the school two days later but the attacks started afresh and I returned home later that day. I sometimes go to school but the condition worsens.

I am hoping that after the prayer service I will be able to return to my children,” said gugu Kubheka. She said she first kept it to herself but after hearing other teachers discussing how their children in the different classrooms were being attacked and harassed she revealed what had happened to her. “I am feeling much better such that I have indicated to the head teacher that I will be returning next term. I have not lost hope because my children need me and I have to go and help them prepare for the external exams.

“I will force matters to be back at the school. I am concerned that those in grade V11 need my help as they prepare for the exams. I teach English and Religious Education in the two senior classes,” said Kubheka.

Police are not  ‘ghost busters’

MBABANE – Inspector Khulani Mamba, Police Deputy PRO said there was a case of that nature with the Bhunya police. He said police were called to monitor the situation at the school.

Mamba said as police there was little they could do because the incident was more spiritual and they would live everything to pastors to handle.
This follows attacks on pupils and teachers by an unknown element at the school.
Inspector Mamba said their officers were called on Tuesday just to monitor the situation adding that they returned to their workstation after the school committee decided to close the school.

“We heard that whatever this thing is was also attacking teachers such that they have deserted staff houses. Since this is a spiritual thing there is very little we can do as police to help the teachers,” said Inspector Mamba.


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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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