Haunted Road Trip: The Winchester Mystery House  

Winchester Mystery House

Previously: Dead Woman’s Crossing, Weatherford, Oklahoma.

Sarah Lockwood Pardee was in her early 20s the year she married William Wirt Winchester — the namesake of what’s now known as the Winchester Mystery House. A well-educated and beautiful woman, Sarah was known as the Belle of New Haven; William, meanwhile, was the son of Oliver Winchester and heir to the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. It was considered an excellent match, and they said their “I dos” on September 30, 1862 in New Haven, Connecticut. For the first years of their marriage, they lived a life of happiness and luxury, moving in the best circles of New England society — only to have their happiness come to an abrupt end in 1866 when their only child, Annie, died of marasmus in infancy. After the death of her daughter, Sarah fell into a deep depression; no one, however, had any idea how long that depression would plague her, and to what lengths she would go to assuage it.

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The Most Dangerous Games: Elevator to Another World

OtisPreviously: The Dead Poet’s Game.

This game appears to originate on a Korean website some may recognize as the source of a particular comic that pops up every few months or so on sites like reddit. Unfortunately I don’t speak Korean, so working off of the rough translation found here, I’ve tried to tease out a clearer version of the rules and instructions.
It’s unclear whether the Otherworld to which the elevator delivers you is the Shadowside referred to by FableForge in his various games and rituals, or whether it’s something else; regardless as to what it may or may not be, however, as always—play at your own risk. 

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Unresolved: The Lead Masks Case on Vintém Hill

lead masks

Previously: The Curious Case of Kaspar Hauser.

Flying a kite on an idyllic summer day might sound like the perfect day off—as long as you don’t stumble upon two dead bodies while you’re doing it. That, however, is just happened to a boy in Niterói near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 20, 1966: As he flew his kite on the Morro do Vintém — Vintém Hill — he noticed something peculiar in the brush. When he went to investigate, he discovered the bodies of two men, dressed to the nines in what looked like their best suits. There was no sign of a struggle; they were wearing raincoats over their suits; and lying nearby were two wet towels and an empty water bottle. The strangest detail of all? They were also wearing lead masks.

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Abandoned: Hashima Island’s Ghostly Remains (Photos)


Previously: Pripyat and the Chernobyl Disaster.

There are an impressive 505 uninhabited islands in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. The most haunting by far, however, is one you’ve probably seen before in photographs or on film, although you may not have known it at the time. Once a thriving coal mining facility, Hashima Island, sometimes called Gunkanjima or Battleship Island due to its shape, has seen no inhabitants for 40 years.

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From the Vaults: Creepy Things That Seem Real But Aren’t

Hey gang,

It’s come to my attention via the wonders that are analytics that a lot of you are finding your way to The Ghost in My Machine by searching either for “Creepy Things That Seem Real But Aren’t” generally, or stories I covered once upon a time in “Creepy Things” specifically. As such, I’ve decided to make it a little easier for you to find them all: Starting today, you’ll see a new permanent page called “From the Vaults” in the sidebar (below the “About” page). It’s got direct links to some of the more popular “Creepy Things” features—Killswitch, This Man, Slender Man, the Dionaea House, etc.—as well as a link to the complete “Creepy Things” archives on Crushable. Bear in mind that the articles were written back in 2011, so the info in them may be a little out of date; in case you’d still like to read them, though, feel free to head on over there are check ’em out.

Thanks for taking the time to explore this strange little corner of the web, as well as for your continued patronage—and as always, if there’s something you’d like to see covered on TGIMM, leave me a comment  or Tweet me @luciapeters. Happy reading!

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A Selection of “Ghosts” Currently Haunting the Daily Mail: Big Foot, the Blair Witch, and a Spirit Who Just Wants a Sandwich

sheet ghost

Wow, man. Those spectral beings really love the Daily Mail, don’t they? Maybe we’ll make this a regular feature. Since our last edition of “A Selection of ‘Ghosts’ Currently Haunting the Daily Mail,” a huge variety of other supernatural occurrences have been reported in that venerable (HA) publication’s sensationalist pages. They’re a little more run-of-the-mill than the previous ones, but I still get a kick out them. Let’s take a look at a few, shall we?

1. Haunted Mansion That Has Witnessed TWO Mystery Deaths Goes On Sale

The emphasis on “two” is the Mail’s; apparently they wanted to drive home exactly how haunted this house is, and as we all know, there’s nothing like ALL CAPITAL LETTERS THAT LOOK LIKE YOU’RE YELLING AT YOUR READERS to get it done. Anyway, as of May 5, this “mini-mansion” in Joliet, IL is on the market for the astonishingly low price of $159,000—due, apparently, to its dark and terrifying past. Here’s what it looks like:

Hirum Scutt mansion

The house was originally built in 1882, and as you can see, it’s absolutely gorgeous; once owned by Civil War veteran and barbed wire inventor Hiram Scutt, it has been, at various times, a private home, a school for girls, and a boarding house for women. Despite its long and storied history, however, the two “mysterious deaths” touted in the Mail’s headline didn’t occur until quite recently: A man was fatally shot during a party held at the house in 2004; then, in 2007, a 29-year-old John Wilkes Booth impersonator who had just bought the house intending to turn it into a museum died suddenly and without warning. Visitors to the mansion have reported hearing voices and felt fingers running through their hair, and the “doll room” on the third is believed to be a particular hotbed for paranormal activity.

The realtor has noted, however, that the low price on the house is due to the renovation work it so badly needs, rather than due to any ghosts or spirits. She hopes whoever buys it will turn it into a bed and breakfast. If that happens, maybe we’ll have a new Haunted Road Trip location to add to our itinerary!

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