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Historic Ghost Sightings

Updated on October 22, 2011

Ghosts are referred to as an essence of any organism, particularly a human being. The most likely meaning of the word ghost is an illusion of a dead human being. However, a spirit or a ghost is not always a foggy form of a dead person. Some religions believe that the soul or the spirit of a person wanders away from the body of the person during unconsciousness and sleep. Some religions also believe that the spirit remains near the body of the person and that is why they place food and clothing along with the dead body in the grave.

Whether ghosts are real or just a work of fiction cannot be clarified. However, here are a few ghost stories that might make you wonder if ghosts do exist or not.

British ghosts

The Tower of London is the place where many people were executed because of adultery, treason and murder. According to many books, the common people were executed in public through the use of axes, guillotines and burning while royalty was executed using a sword or an expensive axe. Many ghosts have been known to pass the halls of the tower at night and many ghosts have been seen in the Bloody Tower that was built by the well-known Bloody Mary, Daughter of Henry the Eighth. One of the most famous ghosts is the ghost of Lady Jane Grey.

She was queen of England for nine days but was overthrown by Mary Tudor. Even though she had become queen, Mary was somehow suspicious that Jane might take over the throne again and so she imprisoned her in the Tower of London, where she was executed because of a false charge of treason. Before she was executed, she had to see her husband executed before her eyes, which caused her a great deal of sorrow. Her ghost is seen walking in the bloody tower while a sad pale figure of a man can also be seen which is said to be that of her husband.

Another famous ghost that haunts the Tower of London is that of Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry the Eighth. In 1536 Anne was imprisoned in the tower of London and was charged with adultery. Most say that it was a false charge put forth by the king because he wanted to remarry since she couldn't bear him a son. She was executed with a sword and people say that they have seen the event take place before their eyes in the tower even 200 years later. Many people have claimed that they have seen foggy images of the event in the past like a hazy replay. Once a guide was giving a lecture on Anne Boleyn's persecution to the tourists as well as showing them around the tower. He told them that the Queen had been executed by using an axe in the very room they stood in. A little girl replied that if truth were told, she was executed using a sword. This was true since royalty was executed using swords rather than axes. The girl's father interrupted that she couldn't have known this beforehand since she was least interested in reading books at home. When she was asked how she knew about this, she replied that she had seen the execution take place before her very eyes in that room.

Australian ghosts

Although the British ghosts are extremely old and illustrious, Australian ghosts are also known to have caused disturbance in many cities including Perth, Brisbane and Sydney. The following are the most famous ones:

Brisbane has a beautiful mall in the centre of the city and the ground floor cuts between two streets. However, the second floor consists of a balcony that runs all the way round the building. Rumour has it that a ghost of a shopkeeper walks around the balcony of the arcade. She has been seen and chased by many guards but she always disappears around the corner. After her death, her shop had closed down but it seems that she is still watchful of the place!

The Plough Inn is a pub that lies near the south bank of east Brisbane. It was built in the 1800s and has been one of the best nightclubs in Brisbane. The people believe that the ghost haunting the pub is that of a girl who was strangled to death sometime in the 1920s. Although no one has actually seen her, people claim to have heard her voice in the seventh guest room.

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American ghosts

The crash of Eastern Airlines Tri-Star jetliner, Flight 401 was one of the most tragic events that took place in 1972. The pilot, Bob Loft, and flight engineer Don Repo, were two of the 101 people who died in the air crash. Not long afterwards, the ghosts of Don Repo and Bob Loft were seen by many people onboard other Eastern Tri-Stars, especially those that were fitted with the parts from the Flight 401 wreckage. Their ghosts were also seen in planes, which had been piloted by Repo and Loft. There were more than twenty occasions when these ghosts were seen and both the ghosts were identified as the pilots of Flight 401. Unfortunately, further research could not take place because the airline refused to co-operate with the investigators.

There are other famous landmarks and buildings which are known to be haunted, including the Forest Park cemetery. It is said that the Forest Park Cemetery is one of the most haunted cemeteries in USA. Many ghosts have been sighted there. It is said that the cemetery was built on top of a burial ground for Red Indians.

Ghosts have been sighted in the White House as well. The ghost of a British soldier who died in the war in 1812 is seen walking through the hallways at night. The spirit of Abigail Adams, wife of America's second president, John Adams, has been seen, hanging laundry in the East wing. It is known that Winston Churchill refused to sleep in the Lincoln Bedroom after seeing Abraham Lincoln's ghost lingering about.

Ghost sighting in cemetery

Ghosts in Asia

Singapore is not only Asia's tourist attraction, but also an attraction for ghost hunters. Strange lights flicker through Hougang School, near East Coast Beach. People are slapped by an unseen presence at the Changi Beach Houses. A ghost that calls for help and then runs away haunts St. John Island. The apparition of a screaming lady haunts the Hou Gang Tenements, and a ghost in Bedok Tenant House reportedly killed a person. In the Fort Sentosa district, a whole family who committed suicide together haunts the Punggol White House, while headless spirits terrorize passengers as they pass through certain MRT mass transit stations in the city.

In India, it is said that Brahmadaitya is ghost of an unmarried Brahmin monk who resides in a tree, and he will break people's necks if they trespass his territory. Pretas are the roaming ghosts of Hindu men who died by violence and whose corpses were not burnt ceremoniously.

Mount Everest is known to be haunted by Andrew Irvine who died while trying to reach its peak in1924. The ghost was first reported by Dougal Haston and Doug Scott in September 1975 and has been seen several times since.

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Ghosts in South Africa

For over 300 years, the Cape Town Castle ghost is seen walking along the battlements. It is a tall lanky figure that haunts the castle built in 1665. The ghost of one of the men, who died building an underground tunnel in Johannesburg, haunts the dark passageway to this day. A haunted car is seen racing down the Port Elizabeth Highway causing numerous accidents.

Even to this day, no one can describe what ghosts really are and why they are there. No one knows if they are real or just a work of the imagination. The idea of ghosts has existed throughout the Greek, Shakespearean and Elizabethan times. The Elizabethans believed that the spirits of men who had committed suicide and those people who were murdered mercilessly haunt the world because they can't enter the afterworld. They are condemned and as a punishment, have to wander about in the world forever. In the movie, The Sixth Sense, it has been shown that one of the reasons that ghosts exist is because they have something to impart and some secret to share. Perhaps ghosts exist because they are too possessive about what they have left behind in the world. Maybe ghosts are just a force that connects this world from the other. We may never know for sure. Today, photographs of ghosts are abundantly available on the Internet but it is impossible to tell if they are fake or real. It's easy to create fake ghost photos so we might never know for sure...

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      _nadzter_ 6 years ago

      I believe in ghosts. Yes, I accept there are some things in life in which can't be explained. I've never seen a ghost, before. But my cousin has had three paranormal experiences and my mum and auntie had an experience when they were both quite young.

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      ladygaga101 6 years ago

      ghosts are weird

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      Claire pear 24 6 years ago

      Corin, aliens? Well I kinda believe ghosts cuz it ain't proved. Aliens NOT real

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      magnetman1972 6 years ago

      i run a ghost hunting club at my school

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      daisy 6 years ago

      there is defently something else around us weather it is spirits from past loved ones or demons either way i wouldn't want to come into contact with such a thing , my family have loads of runnings with weird things such as ghosts eg being hit punched and had wardrobes being lift off the floor i believe in them what ever they are .

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      Marshal 6 years ago

      I believe in them, Ive seen them a countless times. You got to be nuts if you don't.

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      amber 6 years ago

      I see ghosts

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      Sophia 6 years ago

      Wow!All those ghost story's are pretty scary!I saw a floating cup in my bedroom once!Any way I am a kid!

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      romantic 7 years ago

      If there is a True there is a lie, there is a good there is a bad, there is a birth there is a death, then why not Evil if there is a god. ;)

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      Andy Ne Perry  7 years ago

      Well, im not so sure about the rest of you, but i do believe in em. ive personally been grabbed, touched, had things thrown at me, and in the broad day light, me and my older brother were walking through a graveyard and i was grabbed and pulled down by me ankle, and when i got home later on, i had bite marks on my ankle. so i don't know what you call that, but its not human, and its not normal.

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      Ghost Adventures 7 years ago

      Corin@, most of the people on here think the exact opposite. When we are dead, where do we go? What do we do? Ghosts used to be humans, in the after life. But what are aliens?

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      Alexander V.  7 years ago

      Actually spirits are real .... a friend of mine has a really old Bible with wich u may call upon a spirit :| the Wife from my bro did it once and she hasn't been the same since ...

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      elle :) 7 years ago

      i dooo;)

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      GoldenAngeleye 7 years ago

      There is no such thing as ghost, for the people that do believe in ghost, they are demons that take dead people forms over. So if you think your seeing your grandmother your not! its a demon that took her look.

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      hubpageswriter 7 years ago

      I believe there are ghosts around, but not the dead people. The dead and deceased can't be alive anymore not even in spirits. Those that are roaming are most often demons/ghosts imitating those whom have lived before. If a place is "dirty" or used to have lots of historical haunts surrounding it. Like a massive killing or etc, then the place would be haunted. Imitated and reenacted by demons to scare those whom are still alive. - This is what I believe and think, others might differ.

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      ian 7 years ago

      i have seen a ghost in my bedroom

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      herr 7 years ago

      real watever corin

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      Mercy 8 years ago

      Believing in something doesn't make it real. Sure, you can believe in ghosts all you want...but that doesn't prove a thing.

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      Rambo 8 years ago

      I eat ghosts.

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      Casey 8 years ago

      Corin, that has to be the stupidest thing I've ever heard! Ghosts may not be real, but...aliens?!

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      simran 8 years ago

      i belive in ghosts but i did not before

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      kyra 8 years ago

      i belive in them

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      ruth lewis  8 years ago

      that is well cool i love ghosts

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      KAY 8 years ago

      alliens are real they are just smarter then us that's y we never see them and sorry Corin but ghosts are real just cuz u cant see it doesn't mean its not real

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      Jaz 8 years ago

      Ghosts scare me sometimes.........but when im just reading about them they seem really kool......

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      Corin 8 years ago

      aliens are real...ghosts are just....stupid myths

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      Nigel 9 years ago

      They Are REAL!!! HAHAHAAH

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      Allie 9 years ago

      I don't get it.

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      Laura Contreras 9 years ago