Ghosts

Those Ghostly Faces in the Windows: How Were They Made?

How were the mysterious, ghostly “faces in the window” images made? I invite my readers to try their hand (or face) at creating their own. Prizes for the best (non-photo-shopped) examples.

The Ghost of Romeo, the Circus Elephant

The announcement that Ringling Brothers Circuses will eliminate elephant acts gives rise to a look back at the mistreatment and death of Romeo, an elephant in Forepaugh’s Menagerie, who was said to appear after his death.

Spectral Sheep and a Ghastly Goat

Today begins the Chinese Year of the Sheep—or the Goat—there seems to be some controversy about the precise animal, but be reassured that I am on the job and have you covered with stories of spooky sheep and a ghastly goat. Let’s start with the goat story, covered in these pages previously, but one of my favorites. […]

A Minister Tests His Dead Wife’s Spirit

One Sunday morning in 1919, Dr. Russell H. Conwell, founder and President of Temple University, stood before his congregation in the pulpit of the Philadelphia Baptist Temple and dropped a bombshell–revealing that his dead wife had visited him repeatedly.

The Mysterious Mirror of Maine

On 7 June 1903, Adelia A. Warren, Mrs. Robert Warren, of Bowdoinham, Maine, died, age 48, leaving behind a bereft husband and two sons: 28-year-old Randall S. and 33-year-old Edwin W. Just six months later, it was reported that Mrs. Warren, a Spiritualist, had returned to try to communicate with the family through a mirror.

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