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  2. philamuseum:



    Home Ranch,” 1892, by Thomas Eakins

     

  3. haunted-tales:

    The Murder of the Grimes Sisters and the Haunting of German Church Road

    On December 28th, 1956, Patricia (13) and Barbara (15) Grimes left their Damen Avenue home in Chicago to see an Elvis Presley film at the Brighton Theater on Archer Avenue.  They never returned, and after 27 days of relentless searching their nude, frozen bodies were found near Devil’s Creek in suburban Willow Springs.  During the time of their disappearance, dozens of sightings of the girls had been reported, but none had been confirmed.  The autopsy revealed the sisters had died of exposure and shock, although some evidence of bruising and puncture wounds had been found.  Thousands of suspects and persons of interest had been interviewed with no success.  To this day the case remains unsolved and has become one of Chicagoland’s most notorious murder cases. 

    The story of the Grimes sisters doesn’t end there, however.  The eerie environmental impact of of the Grimes slayings seemed to begin immediately after the discovery of the bodies, when a house near the site was abandoned by its owner, who left everything behind, including the car in the driveway.  Though guesses have been made about the possible guilt of the escapee, no reason for the evasion has been established.  Part of German Church Road, where the Grimes’ bodies were found, is alleged to replay the last act of the 1956 murders.  Since the discovery of the bodies in January 1957, Cook County police have received reports from those claiming to have heard cars pull up at the site and to have distinguished the sound of something being dumped in the road without any car or person in sight.  In addition to such “audio” phenomena, one woman reported having seen the bodies of two teenaged girls being dumped from a car.  When police investigated the report, they found no trace of such an incident. 

    It is obviously impossible to judge just how many, if any, of these reports were made in earnest, and how many were simply conscious and callous fabrications.  Believers in the legitimacy of these reports have wondered if witnesses’ experiences are audio hallucinations, based on knowledge of the site’s notoriety and created in the witnesses’ own minds.  Others suggest that the intense anxiety of the killer at the moment of the dumping of the girls’ bodies may have left an impression on the very physical environment, an impression that so-called sensitive individuals might perceive on their visits to the site.

    — From Ursula Bielski’s Chicago Haunts:  Ghostlore of the Windy City

     

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  6. Now That I Know - Shannon McNally

     
     


  7. Haunted Old Town Spring, Spring, Texas

    Old Town Spring (Some call Old Town Spring “The Ghost Capital of Texas”):

    The Wunsche Bros. Hotel and Saloon

    The Wunsche Bros. Cafe and Saloon building located at 103 Midway, has served many purposes throughout the past 100 years, including a rail station, brothel and the now well-known restaurant. It is said that many have seen an apparition of “Old Man Wunsche” on the upstairs balcony. And several waitresses who have worked there over the years have also claimed to have seen him.

    The Wunsche Brothers, railroad men themselves, built the Wunsche Bros. Hotel and Saloon to accommodate railroad employees overnight. In 1923, Houston and Great Northern (now called Missouri Pacific) moved the Spring rail yard to Houston. By 1926 most of the town’s wood buildings were salvaged for barn construction and firewood. The Wunsche Bros. Cafe and Saloon was the first two-story building erected in Spring and remains today the oldest survivor of the past.

    The building is in its original location. The tracks run right across the street. It was a saloon/restaurant/boardinghouse in its early days. There is a story that has been passed down through the generations of locals that Charlie Wunsche fell in love with a young woman who didn’t love him in return. She jilted him and he ended up a rather crusty old man, who in turn has become a crusty old ghost. The restaurant was remodeled a few years back to add extra dining space and it is said that Charlie has been on a rampage on the second floor. 

    Managers and employees prefer not to discuss Charlie as he has done some nasty and uncalled for things to them, such as locking them out of the building. Another story is that shortly after Charlie’s death, a young artist stayed in the room where Charlie died. The man awoke in the middle of the night to see an old man staring at him from across the room. The artist drew a charcoal sketch of the old man and asked the owner of the building if they could identify who he had drawn (hoping to identify the man who had interrupted his sleep). The old man was immediately identified as Uncle Charlie Wunsche.

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    The Wunsche Brothers Saloon, formerly The Spring Cafe

    Charlie Wunsche


    The Old Spring State Bank Building


    This little brick building at 115 Midway in Old Town Spring has been the home to many shops since the 1930’s when it was the Spring State Bank. At that time, the bank was the site of at least two robberies involving gunfire. One team of bank robbers was said to have been the notorious folk bandits Bonnie and Clyde (though this has never been officially confirmed).

    Today, the bank is a memory, but specialty shops often move into the building… and then they seem to quickly move out. It is beleived that the old metal vault that’s still part of the building is the source of the spiritual apparitions, and at least one ghostly figure may be trapped inside this building, looking for the cash deposits that left when the bank did, over 50 years ago.

    Descriptions of the alleged ghost by visitors to the site seem to match a similar figure… but he manifests in different ways to each person who sees him.

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    Several people have commented on this ghost photo. It was taken at an old bank building in the middle of Old Town Spring, north of Houston, Texas.

    The picture at the right has been modified only to enhance the contrast. I’ve added a circle to indicate where the face is. Other than that, this photo is exactly as it originally appeared.

    That ghost would be full-size — about six feet tall, or a little shorter. That is, if you could see my reflection in the window — which you can’t — it would be about the same size as the ghost. (I looknothinglike the ghostly figure.)

    There are many interpretations of this ghost photo. Some people see a full figure within the circle. Others see a cowboy in chaps.

    I’m the first to admit that this is one of those “either you see it, or you don’t” photos. It may be nothing more than a quirky reflection from the flash on the window. I’m fine with that.

    On the other hand, when I see really weird images and anomalies, I pause and wonder if that old adage is true, andthere are no coincidences.

    The bank’s robberies took place in the 1930s, and the robbers may have included the infamous Bonnie and Clyde.

    My sketch of the figure, as I see him.In addition, the town has ghosts dating back to its “wild west” days. So,anyfigure from those eras is likely.

    We were outside, looking in, when I took a series of pictures.  I angled my camera to reduce glare from the flash, but — of course — a lot of people are going to say, “Of coursethat’s the reflection of her flash camera.)

    I don’t have a lot invested in being right about what I see when I’m ghost hunting.  Confirmation is always nice, but it’s not required.  I know what I see.

    At left is my sketch of the figure in the window, as I see him.

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    Read more athttp://ghosts101.com/hauntedplaces/old-town-spring-ghost-photo-detail

     

  8. The haunted Whitehall House in Spring, Texas, has a one-of-a-kind three story dove sanctuary (seen on the right in the second photo) as part of the whole structure.   The doves inside tend to “coo” in unison when the paranormal activity is at its greatest.  ** This is a short walk from the haunted Wunsche Brothers Cafe which is featured on the recent post on my blog.  **

     

  9. royalbks:

    Hangover Square | Patrick Hamilton | 1942

    Advance Review Copy of the First American Edition. Good to Very Good in illustrated self-wrappers, with the same illustration (and odd laminate) used on the jacket for the first edition of the book. Numerous vertical creases at the spine, and a slight roll, with a small corner crease at the bottom front panel and light rubbing to extremities. Basis for the superb 1945 film starring Laird Cregar and George Sanders.

     


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  11. liquidnight:

    Steve McCurry

    Jodhpur, India, 2007

     

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