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This Tiny Island in Maine Is One Horror Story After the Next

This Tiny Island in Maine Is One Horror Story After the Next 88

What could be so scary about an island just barely off-shore? There’s no space for grass, trees, or any other plant life trying to break through the craggy terrain of Boon Island, just six short miles off the southeast coast of Maine. The sight of mainland’s shore—easily visible from the island—is perhaps the most frightening feature of the watery pile of granite that snares sailors like flies in a spider’s web. Marooned just a stone’s throw distance from civilization could drive anyone to madness or gruesome means of survival. Boon Island has seen all that and more.

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Boon Island is older than colonial America, its recorded “discovery” dating back to at least 1682, when the trading vessel Increase wrecked against its rocky peaks. The four survivors, three white men and a Native American, survived by eating fish and gull’s eggs. Bitter cold and violent, the breaking waves of the Atlantic kept the survivors firmly in place until a month later, eyes trained on the mainland shore, they watched smoke curling over Mount Agamenticus. Quickly, the sailors built their own fire as a signal.

Native Americans, for the millionth time in history, graciously came to the rescue of the white men seeking to loot the land. Boon Island’s namesake was supposedly born of these survivors—their rescue a “boon granted by God,” though the island and appellation appear in shipping records prior to the Increase’s deliverance under different spellings. The island’s next “boon” would require more than a sacrifice of human life—it would require the surrender of humanity itself.

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The British ship Nottingham Galley shipwrecked on Boon Island on December 11, 1710. Fighting starvation and a brutal winter, the few survivors resorted to eating their dead, all the while watching the mainland, just out of reach. Despite their gruesome account upon rescue—and the subsequent practice of local fisherman leaving barrels of provisions on the island for the inevitable use of shipwrecked sailors—it took another 80 years before the erection of a lighthouse. A wooden tower, it survived just 5 years before the brutal Atlantic winter storms took it down, when frothing waves hurled boulders across the bedrock like skipping stones.

A year later, in 1805, the project began anew, this time with stones as foundation for the tower. The three workers tasked with its construction drowned upon their returning sail home—just miles from shore.

This Tiny Island in Maine Is One Horror Story After the Next 89

Grieving Widow’s Island

The nineteenth century brought many iterations of a lighthouse that would not stand on Boon Island, with many men tasked with keeping the windy, damp rock well-lit. One legend tells of the newly wedded keeper who brought his wife to the island, where he fell ill and died during a nasty squall. Despite her grief, his widow climbed the 168 stairs to light the lamp for the remaining days of the storm.

When mainlanders noticed the tower going unlit, they voyaged to the island to investigate. There, they found her deranged with grief and wandering the rocks in hysterics. Though she made it back to mainland, she died just a few short weeks after her return.

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The Coast Guard keepers who maintained the tower in the 20th century tell of “a sad faced young woman shrouded in white” who haunts Boon Island. Local lore supposes she is the ghost of the mistress of the captain of the Nottingham Galley, while others (rightly) claim she is the widow, returned to the island in search of her fallen husband. Bob Roberts, who worked as a Coast Guard keeper in the 1970s, frequented the island and described “strange events” that he couldn’t explain:

“One time, [Roberts] and fellow crewman Bob Edwards were off the island fishing, and they drifted too far from the island to make it back in time to turn the light on before dark. There wasn’t a person on the island, but somehow the light was glowing brightly by the time the keepers returned. On other occasions [Roberts] and others heard doors mysteriously opening and closing. When we would go to turn on the fog signal, he felt as if ‘someone was watching.’”

On another occasion, Coast Guardsman Dave Wells was doing routine maintenance on the tower when his Labrador retriever became spooked. The dog “chased something from one end of the island to the other and back again.” There was nothing he could see, though the dog continued its hunt.

“We figured the island must be haunted, but nothing ever bothered us,” says Wells.

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Forsaken Island

In the 20th and 21st century, the lighthouse changed ownership almost as many times as it replaced its keepers. In 1978, when an ocean storm launched boulders across the granite island, the two men who would be the island’s final keepers narrowly escaped a stormy death in the tower. The roiling sea damaged the fuel tanks, helicopter pad, generator building, boathouse, and boat launch. It was finally decided that the station should be automated.

In 2012, Boon Island Lighthouse was put up for sale by the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000 to “eligible federal, state and local agencies, non-profit corporations, educational agencies, and community development organizations to be used for educational recreation, cultural or historic preservation purposes,” but no one bid for the accursed tower—cultural posterity be damned. Online auction of the tower brought a bid by a real estate developer for $78,000, who somehow managed to flip it. The current owner, Boon Island LLC, is registered in Wilmington, Delaware, and Boon Island and its lighthouse sit abandoned and watchful, providing automated light flashes to passing ships and a strange gravitational pull to sailors who try to pass it.

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There are no tours of the lighthouse. The only way to explore the lighthouse is arriving by air or sea, but do yourself a favor and enjoy it while you remain firmly planted on the mainland.

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

The inhabitant of "The scariest house in Britain" is sure that she lived with a poltergeist for years 90
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

The ghost of a deceased guy walked on the water: an eyewitness filmed him 92

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

Reality show to be filmed in medieval "haunted castle" in Wales 93

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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