Showing posts with label Ghost Lab. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ghost Lab. Show all posts

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Haunted places - Myrtles Plantation, Louisiana

The Myrtles Plantation is regarded as one of the most haunted places in the United States. The plantation was built in 1796 by General David Bradford but wasn't used as a workplace for slaves then. It was when new owners took over the places they began to use it as a plantation with slaves. Now it's used as a Bed and Breakfast, and people who stays there often reports strange happenings during nighttime.

Image left: The Myrtles Plantation from the outside.

The plantation was scene of many murders and mischief’s, some researchers say as many as ten murders have been committed there, but it has only been possible to confirm one of these murders.

Many ghosts is said to roam the place, according to some up twelve ghosts is staying at Myrtles. The most famous of them is probably Cleo, a former slave who was hanged on premises for killing two little girls. But with the lack of historical records for the event, were not able to confirm this legend.

Other stories include the ghosts of two murdered girl that are playing on the veranda. Another ghosts is said to be William Drew Winter. Winter was an attorney living at the plantation between the years of 1860 to 1871. On day, he was shot on the side porch by a stranger. With blood pouring from his body, he stumbled into the house and began to climb the stairs to the second floor. But, he didn't make it up, and collapsed and died on the 17th step. It is said that his last footsteps in life still can be heard today. The murder of Winter is the only one who have been verified.

Other ghost stories includes slaves that shows up for their daily chores and a grand piano that is said to play by itself, repeating one chord.

The location is a popular place for paranormal investigations. Both Ghost Hunters and Ghost Lab have investigated the place.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Hunting ghosts (on TV)

Today, TV is overwhelmed by programs that hunt ghosts.  We got the most famous ones like the American long runner Ghost Hunters and their British counterpart Most Haunted, which is now in their 14:th season.  But we can’t forget the newcomers. On Travel Channel Ghost Adventures was a success and a fourth season is in production, and recently Discovery Channel’s Ghost Lab concluded its first season.  And we cannot not continue without mention A&E:s Paranormal State and just started Paranormal Cops. It’s a smorgasbord for the paranormal interested.

But with a lot of competition comes a big pressure of getting results, and for a ghost hunting show the pressure is even bigger. If no ghost shows up, no one will view the show and it will probably get cancelled. So in that perspective it’s understandable that some content in the show maybe made-up on purpose. And there have been some controversial, especially on the most famous one Ghost Hunters and on Paranormal State, with content that apparently been hoaxed. 

But still, I find those shows interesting and will still tune to watch ghost hunting shows when they air.