Do you love an old historic home? Large porches waiting for a rocking chair occupant to sit and ponder that day, stoic attics whose windows seem empty and lonely waiting for someone to look into, old carved wood banisters that wait for a hand to hold them as you descend. Can you imagine actually getting to purchase one only to find out it isn't unoccupied? That the living has moved out but the unliving remain and don't want to leave?
Our guest today is that lucky homeowner. Karlo Zuzic, a long-time paranormal researcher, featured on several paranormal shows as seen on Travel Channel, Animal Planet and History Channel shares his amazing journey on how he brought a haunted historic home called Bihl Manor and all the creepy activity that is happening.
Listen in the 343rd episode of the 222 Paranormal Podcast.
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Serving time could seem like an eternity, perhaps it is. Especially when you are in Ohio State Reformatory, aka Mansfield Prision. And no one knows it better than Greg Feketik, author and lead investigator of Tri-C Ghost Hunters. Greg's years of investigation had led him to Mansfield, where the spirits follow him from cell to cell and beyond. We caught up with Greg and give some great ghost stories to you, our listener as well as info on the upcoming ParaPysCon2023.
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Greg is the author of Roads into the Unknown: A Ghost Hunter's Journey Continues Paperback.
The Ohio State Reformatory (OSR), also known as the Mansfield Reformatory, is a historic prison located in Mansfield, Ohio in the United States. It was built between 1886 and 1910 and remained in operation until 1990 when a United States Federal Court ruling (the 'Boyd Consent Decree') ordered the facility to be closed. While this facility was seen in a number of films (including several while the facility was still in operation), TV shows, and music videos, it was made famous by the film The Shawshank Redemption (1994) when it was used for most scenes of the movie.
From small town to small town one staple of the community is the local jail. Although often forgotten, they are necessary part of the dynamic of the society we live in. Many of these stone castles and small impenetrable fortifications have been abandoned for more modern facilities. But some have not forgotten. Spirits still roam the short halls and tiny cells. The energy of long since passed guards and inmates sometimes reach out to the living as if to say, I'm still here, this place mattered to me. Or perhaps their unrestful souls are trapped in the space that ended their life or somehow saved it. One person preserving the history of those sites is Miranda Young, aka The Ghost Biker.
Miranda's series The Ghost Biker, takes us on a journey to some of these jails, and brings us at the 222 Paranormal Podcast, a sneak peek into the latest season.
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Secret Societies are cloaked in shroud and mystery. Private ceremonies, invite only parties, members who are sworn to secrecy participate in ancient rituals, indulge in hush hush rites, possibly partake in debauchery. One such place and order was the Hellfire Cave and the Hellfire Club. We travel back in time to share the origins of this mystical group and gathering spots to peek into the closed off convention.
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The Hellfire Club
To build the lodge, they say that Connolly's workmen used stones from the ancient passage tombs - their destruction marks the start of the association of the site with the supernatural.
Local legend has it that the devil was so enraged by the desecration that he blew off the wooden roof of the lodge in a storm.
After Connolly's death, his widow leased the building to the Earl of Rosse, Richards Parsons, in 1735. He was one of the leading figures in the Dublin Hellfire Club - also known as The Blasters or the Young Bucks of Dublin.
The club was one of many in both England and Ireland where rich young rakes indulged in ceremonial drinking and dining and gambling and carousing.
The Hellfire Caves (also known as the West Wycombe Caves) are a network of man-made chalk and flint caverns that extend 260m underground. They are situated above the village of West Wycombe, at the southern edge of the Chiltern Hills near High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, Southeast England.
They were excavated between 1748 and 1752 for Francis Dashwood, 11th Baron le Despencer (2nd Baronet), founder of the Society of Dilettanti and co-founder of the Hellfire Club, whose meetings were held in the caves. The caves have been operating as tourist attractions since 1863.
Welcome to 2023! New Year New Boo!! The 222 Paranormal Podcast welcomes back all our listeners and to our new listeners, thank you! On today's episode we are sharing some New Years's Ghost Stories and weird New Year's Traditions, and some help tips for the coming year! Stay tuned for another great episode, and we are looking for forward to another amazing year you all!
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In this episode, we talk about New Year's traditions and some ghost stories.
A few stories
Lady in Red Phantom
The Celebration of The Drake Hotel's Grand Opening on New Year's Eve Photo Credit: Windy City Ghosts
On New Year's Eve of 1920, the Drake Hotel celebrated its opening night with much glamour and tinsel! It was both magnificent and tragic. It was magnificent because the Drake was to be one of Chicago’s most beautiful and celebrated hotels. It was tragic because, according to legend, it was the night the “Woman in Red” ended her life.
On this day, a man and his fiancée (who was clad in a brilliant red silk gown) attended the gala held in the Drake’s Gold Coast Room. The man stepped away and did not return, so his fiancée went looking for him. She found him, enthralled by another woman, in the Palm Court parlor. The devastated woman climbed to the roof and jumped to her death.
Since then, guests at the Drake have reported seeing her apparition in the Gold Coast Room, Palm Court, and on the top 10th floor as well as the roof. Condemned to replay her final night, her restless soul wanders attempting to find peace with the final tragic chapter of her life. In addition to spontaneous phantom appearances in her red garment, workers and guests also get a creepy and uncomfortable feeling in the ballroom.
The Phantoms of the Inn
The Inn on Main Street Bed and Breakfast, located in Weaverville, North Carolina, is indeed very spirited on New Year’s Eve! Although the innkeepers of this historic bed and breakfast will not admit it's haunted, there's no denying the tales told by guests or staff verifying the house's spectral activity. Phantoms lurk in its spaces, and mysteriously, they have a special preference for making an appearance on New Year’s Eve.
Strangely, on New Year's Eve, guests frequently hear pictures fall off the wall multiple times, never finding physical evidence of them actually falling. Is this a residual haunting or just too much celebratory champagne? In addition, many also hear the back door open and then close. Yet, again, no mortal is ever discovered entering the building.
The house was built 100 years ago by a doctor. The innkeepers know of at least one person has died in the house. A bloodstain remains under the tiles in a bathroom that was once part of his operating room and lab. The stain was never able to be removed, even with sanding, resorting to it being hidden with tile. Could any of these haunts have a relevance to the celebrations of a New Year?
Do not hesitate from staying at this inn. On the other hand, be fascinated for the opportunity! Innkeepers have been told all the energy here is good, claiming they've never lost a guest to the inn's 10 identified phantoms including men, women, children, Native Americans, and even a white dog. But again, they will never confirm their presence. Really?
The Haunted Agora Theatre
A holiday ghost hunt on December 31st was planned to seek the legends that haunt this historical venue. The entity they sought most was the ominous man in the yellow raincoat. During the investigation, one of the ghost hunters felt a splash of cold water on the back of her legs. Upon reaching down to find the source, she found that her tights were dry and there was no one behind her who could have spilled liquid. Still, a strange wet sensation remained tingling and continued where she felt “water” minutes after the encounter.
This, in fact, is a common experience, all attributed to the man in the yellow raincoat. The iconic apparition is not shy! He has been seen on the stage, on the catwalk, and in several of the viewing balconies. Apparently, he is interactive with spectators, often casting “disciplinary looks” when the audience is naughty.
Other experiences that many have encountered include doors opening on their own and the appearance of what looks like bloodstains in the basement.
The Agora Theatre and Ballroom has seen the performances of Elvis and The Beatles and is also home to some spirits. Besides the man in the yellow raincoat, many apparitions have been seen. A psychic once did an investigation and said the spirit's name was John.