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The story of Robert Johnson and the Crossroads
Robert Johnson was a well known blues musician between the years 1936-1938. He was popular for his soulful guitar playing and his lyrics. Johnson liked writing songs about the life of being an African American in the south, during the Great Depression, something a lot of people could relate with at that time.
What makes the story of Robert Johnson so interesting, though, is HOW he was able to play and sing such amazing music. Its was said that when young Robert first tried to play the guitar, he struggled most of the time. He just wasn’t good at it. But making music was what he wanted to do, so he wasn’t going to give up. Johnson decided to take drastic measures.
Legend has it that Robert had disappeared, was gone one late night, and came back knowing how to play the guitar as if he were an experienced musician. Other musicians had claimed Robert told them that he went to the crossroads outside of town, and sold his soul to the devil. Robert mentioned to his peers that he met a man dressed in all black, at the crossroads. The strange man or “the devil” then took Roberts guitar and tuned it for him. Some people actually believed what Robert said, because it was unbelievable how good Robert became in just a short time, just like he claimed. He eventually wrote and recorded 29 songs, all well known and popular amongst the people. Johnson was a success.
The story gets even more strange. On the night of Robert Johnson’s death, August 16, 1938, they found Robert in his room, fitted in a strange position on all fours. He looked as if he died facing the window, howling at the moon. To this day, no one, not even investigators know the cause of Roberts death. Some say that he was poisoned by a jealous boyfriend of a girl he was talking to a few days before. But that doesn’t explain why he was in such an eerie position when he was found dead. Robert Johnson’s death is an unknown, strange mystery.
The Spooklight, also called the Hornet Spooklight or Devil’s Promenade, is a mysterious visual phenomenon allegedly experienced by witnesses in a small area known locally as the “Devil’s Promenade” on the border between southwestern Missouri and northeastern Oklahoma west of the small town of Hornet, Missouri.
Despite the fact that it is named after a small, unincorporated community in Missouri from which it is most commonly accessed, the light is most commonly described as being visible from inside the Oklahoma border looking to the west. The Spooklight is commonly described as a single ball of light or a tight grouping of lights that is said to appear in the area regularly, usually at night. Although the description of the light is similar to that of other visual phenomena witnessed throughout the world, the term “Spooklight” when standing alone generally refers to this specific case. Numerous legends exist that attempt to describe the origin of the Spooklight, one of which involves the ghosts of two young Native American lovers looking for each other.
The Top Ten Paranormal Sightings of Ireland
Chilling tales of spirit encounters around the country
From specters to strange appearances, here are ten of some of Ireland’s most recent encounters with ghosts and spirits. Are you a believer or a skeptic?
1. Virgin and Child on stump, Rathkeale
Legend has it that a female specter which haunted the churchyard in Rathkeale, Limerick was so terrifying that all who looked upon her died soon after. A local man banished the ghost by slicing off her arm with his sword and praying for the rest of the night. In an odd coincidence in 2009, the Limerick Newsire reported that a tree stump in the churchyard contains the image of the Virgin Mary and Child, and that hundreds of visitors had come to the area to pray.
2. Short Green Men, Galway
Perhaps a leprechaun sighting? In 1992, a fifteen year old boy spied two figures, just over a meter tall, sea fishing on the Aran Islands in Galway. The figures were each reportedly dressed in green and wearing brown shoes, and were speaking to each other in Irish before they disappeared. One of the small figures left behind a pipe which the 15 year old witness took possession of, although it curiously disappeared later despite being “safely” locked away.
3. Waiting Lady at Ardgillan Castle, Dublin
In a location known as The Lady’s Stairs at Ardgillan Castle in Dublin, there have been reports of a recurring apparition of lady, known as the Waiting Lady. The phantom woman is said to be waiting for her husband, who had drowned one night, to return, leaving his wife waiting on the bridge for him. One version of the story says that whoever sees the Lady on Halloween night will be picked up and thrown into the ocean.
4. Lilac Balls of Light, Dublin
Reports are split as to what these apparent balls of light spotted in Glenasmole, Bohernabreena Dublin, actually are. Some locals believe that their lilac color lends themselves to be fairies, while others believe the lights are the manifestation of a lady who lost her way in a snowstorm in the Middle Ages and died. It’s said that she now manifests herself in these balls of light to guide others home safely.
5. Headless Horseman, Dublin
Roper’s Rest, off Blackpitts Road in Dublin, was the home of Thomas Roper who became Viscount Baltinglass. Local residents have accounted for a headless horseman riding by after nightfall. Although no specific connection has been established between Roper’s Rest and the horseman, it is rumored to be associated with a gruesome incident in which a member of the Roper family died and was unattended to for several days before burial.
6. Screams of Spanish Soldiers at Dun an Oir, County Kerry
Over eight hundred Spanish soldiers landed in the area of Dun an Oir in 580, overrunning an English garrison. Spanish reinforcements failed to come, however, and their victory was short lived when more English troops arrived forcing the Spaniards to surrender and meet their deaths. Their death throes echo around the area on October 1st, the anniversary of their defeat.
7. Robed Figure at Kilbeggan Distillery, Kerry
Whiskey isn’t the only spirit at this Kerry distillery. In 2007, several people were reported to have seen a robed figure walking around the site which is the oldest distillery in the world, dating back to 1757. The West Meath Examiner reports that Derek Acorah, the star of TV`s `Most Haunted` and `Ghost Towns`, said he felt ‘engulfed’ by spirits when he entered the distillery.
8. Weeping Statue in Dungloe at the Kerrytown Shrine, Donegal
The Independent reports that on September 29, 2009, fourteen people claimed to witness crosses that formed in the sky above the shrine, before the statue became animated and began to weep. The shrine has become a popular site after producing a religious apparition seventy years ago.
9. War Staff Apparitions, City of Derry Airport
This Derry Airport, formerly known as Eglinton Air Base, was a thriving location in the 1940s as it served as a base during WWII. Staff there have reported seeing figures dressed in World War II clothing around the airport.
10. Rocking Virgin Mary at Ballinspittle Grotto, Cork
Cathy O’Mahony and her mother observed the statue of the Virgin Mary rocking on its heels on July 22 1985. The following night they returned with friends who observed the same event. Since this time, tens of thousands of people have visited the shrine in the hope of seeing something. The Independent reports more recently that O’Mahony stands by her observations, despite others ridiculing her.
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The Mystery of the Aging Doll
Years ago, a family had discovered that their daughters doll had been withering away and aging, as if the doll had been alive or even human. The parents claim that when they had packed the children’s toys away in the attic, the doll had looked like a normal baby doll. 11 years later, when they had unpacked the toys, they found that the doll had “zombie-like skin” and a mummified appearance. Some people believe the aging and wrinkled skin was due to the temperature and the climate in the attic. But there hasn’t been any evidence to prove this theory. The aging doll is still an eerie mystery, even to this day.