Haunted Stories

The Flying Dutchman

The Flying Dutchman, is a seventeenth-century merchant ship said to haunt the high seas. the ship, which often appears as a hazy image or a strange light, is said to be a portent of bad luck and doom.

The ship and its crew became eternally cursed when its Dutch captain refused to take safe harbor during a storm despite pleas from the crew and passengers. Instead the impudent Dutchman challenged God to take them down. The “ghost ship” has been reported on the ocean from time to time, including appearing off the coast of South Africa in 1923. 

Anne Boleyn

One of the most frequently reported ghost sightings in England dates back to the 16th century. Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII and mother of Queen Elizabeth I, was executed at the Tower of London in May 1536 after being accused of witchcraft, treason, incest and adultery. Sightings of Boleyn’s ghost have been reported at the tower as well as in various other locations, including her childhood home, Hever Castle, in Kent.

Bell Witch

The events that allegedly happened at John Bell’s Tennessee farm between 1817 and 1821 are said to be one of the classic American ghost tales. Bell shot at a strange animal on his farm, but the creature disappeared before it could be harmed. Several weeks later, the Bell family was tormented by a ghost that made terrifying sounds, shook the house, and physically attacked Bell’s daughter Betsy. The spectral assaults continued for several years, and at one point Andrew Jackson is said to have dabbled in ghost hunting and did his own investigation.

The Horton Grand Hotel

The Horton Grand Hotel was once two separate buildings, the Grand Horton and the Brooklyn Hotel. In the 1970s, the city of San Diego bought both buildings for $2 and dismantled them brick by brick, only to rebuild into one expansive hotel, the Horton Grand. Throughout its past, many strange and inexplicable events have occurred and continue to intrigue guests as well as paranormal enthusiasts. One of the most reoccurring reports of ghostly sightings centers around room #309. Guests who’ve stayed there say that the bed shook, the lights flickered, items were moved and that the doors of the armoire opened and closed on their own.

Robert The Doll

once the favorite childhood toy of a local boy, Robert Eugene Otto, who went by the name of Gene. When Gene received this handmade doll, all seemed normal until one day his parents heard a disturbance in their son’s bedroom. When they heard Gene screaming, they ran to his door, only to find it locked and to hear the boy screaming for help. When they finally got the door open, they saw that their son’s room was in total disarray, furniture was knocked over, items were strewn all over the place and poor Gene was shivering with fear.

His only words were “Robert did it.” Over the years, Gene would say those words a lot when strange things happened or things were inexplicably broken.

As an adult, Gene kept Robert even after he married, to the dismay of his wife who insisted the creepy doll be put in the attic. Yet even this isolation did not dissuade Robert from spooking people; people on the sidewalk below their home would report seeing the doll sitting in the window of an upstairs room – not the attic.

Many times over the years, Robert seemed to move around the house and when the Otto home was eventually sold, the new owner donated the doll. Reports say that it moved from one room to another on a regular basis. Today, you can see Robert the Doll at the East Martello Fort in Key West. He resides inside a glass display case; although this does not stop him from behaving badly. Many report camera malfunctions when trying to take a photo of him, workers state that he changes his position and lights and electronics and cameras all seem to cease working correctly in his presence.

Chaonei No. 81

One of the most common tales is about the mistress of a government official who died by suicide in the home, after the official left her during the Communist war. She is said to now haunt the property. 

Another legend purports that the home was actually commissioned by a British priest who intended for it to be a church, but who went missing before the construction was ever completed.  Then, there are the three drunk construction workers who disappeared on the property, according to the Vintage News. The three workers were actually in the building next door, when they decided to break through the wall which separated their building from the Chaonei home. They were reportedly never seen again. 

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