Thursday, March 25, 2010

Other World Bug

Every so often you come across a creature that simply defies imagination. This critter (insect?) fits that description.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Haunted Suicide Railroad Bridge

The sad story has been repeated over and over: Unwed girl gets pregnant, gives birth, and takes her life and the infant's life as well.

This tale of tragedy takes a paranormal turn in Columbus, Indiana. The time is in the mid 1920's, when illegitimate children brought shame not only to the mother but to her family as well. One such birth led to the young unwed mother making the decision to take her own life and her baby's. The location of the suicide was an open railroad bridge over the East Fork of the White River in Columbus, Indiana.
Locals still report seeing the misty figure of a young woman with a bundled blanket in her arms standing on this bridge, which does not have adequate width to even allow current pedestrian traffic. This figure vanishes into "thin" air. Perhaps even more unsettling is the mournful sound of a baby wailing, also heard emenating from somewhere in the area.
Research into this apparition has revealed a couple of accounts of the sighting of some sort of large yellow eyed creature being seen on this bridge at times. However I was not able to confirm any such sightings or reports of same with the locals.

"Mikey" Haunts a School Auditorium

North High School, located in Columbus, Indiana, is apparently the lair of a rather mischievous ghost.

Long before the High School was built, back in the horse and buggy days, a young lad named Mikey was walking along a dirt road on the then northern outskirts of the town. A man driving a horse drawn wagon or buggy did not see Mikey and ran him down, killing the boy.

As it sometimes happens, the Judson S. Erne Auditorium at North High School was constructed on the exact spot where the old dirt road used to run, and where hapless Mikey lost his life. Locals have for years told of many episodes in the auditorium that are attributed to the ghost of Mikey.

Mikey has been known to turn lights on and off. He has been seen briefly at times in the catwalks and the balcony. Some claim to have seen him out of the corner of their eye running across the stage. It would seem that Mikey enjoys staying around, or at least making an appearance occasionally. The school officials tend to discount these sightings, which is frankly to be expected. However, many in the Columbus area are convinced that the ghost of Mikey truly haunts the Erne Auditorium.