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We live in a fantastic time to be paranormal enthusiasts. Dozens of ghost hunting programs are currently featured on television. There are websites dedicated to developing and selling ghost hunting gear, and tourism for haunted locations is so high that hotels and restaurants often post their ghost stories right on their own websites. But, believe it or not, this isn't the first time that America has been captured by the mystique of ghosts and hauntings. After Margaretta and Catherine Fox claimed to have made contact with a spirit in Hydesville, New York in 1848, a new movement quickly swept across the country: Spiritualism. Not to be confused with Spiritism (a movement started by Allan ...

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The Myrtles Plantation St. Francisville, Louisiana https://www.myrtlesplantation.com/ It's hard to hear the words haunted plantation and not think of Myrtles. The sheer amount of eyewitness accounts of paranormal doings—as well as its numerous appearances on television shows—has made this spot a veritable pilgrimage for anyone interested in ghost hunting. But this location has so much more to offer than just a collection of spooky stories, starting with the history. While the home has been built upon a few times over the centuries, the original portion of the house dates back to 1796. It was made for General "Whiskey Dave" Bradford who was on the lam for taking part in the ...

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In the 1800s, construction crews cut through mountains, soared over rivers, twisted around bends, and drove straight into towns and cities to build railroad lines that swept across the land like an iron and steel wildfire. On May 10, 1869, a seminal moment in railroad history, a golden spike was pounded into the final tie to officially commemorate the completion of the transcontinental railroad. Railroads would connect states and nations, forever tying people and business together. Something else swept along with this marvel of construction and transportation, however, something that remains embedded in our collective psyche: railroad ghosts. Haunted railroad lore runs the full line of ...

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My latest book, The Horrors of Fox Hollow Farm: Unraveling the History and Hauntings of a Serial Killer's Home, covers a rather unique location. Usually, the locations of most serial murders are demolished, primarily to prevent ghoulish visitors from turning them into a makeshift shrine. Fox Hollow Farm, a sprawling 18-acre property located in Indiana, is a rare exception, however. Because it is privately owned, and also a family residence, Fox Hollow still exists today in a condition very much akin to that at the time of the murders. Serial killer Herb Baumeister (subsequently dubbed, "The I-70 Strangler," after a string of murders that took place along the interstate highway) was never ...

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