10 Scariest and Lesser Known Hauntings

By Jacob Shelton

While most people know of vampires, werewolves, zombies, and even the Slenderman, an entire subset of lesser-known ghosts exist throughout the world, all dedicated to haunting this mortal coil. These forgotten paranormal entities and rare ghosts may not appear all that often in pop culture, but they still wait in the shadows nonetheless. Some of these creatures are pets who returned as ghosts, or shadows that wait until you’re cozy in bed before they crawl out from the corners of your room. Another forgotten ghost is a mysterious fog that pours from a European forest at night. These may be ghosts you never knew existed, but not knowing about them will not protect you from their mischief and wrath.

These forgotten ghosts offer an insight into the history and local legends of where they come from, and are as terrifying as they are fascinating. Perhaps you even grew up with a few of them, in which case you understand how scary they can be. For those of you just learning about these unique and strange supernatural beings, make sure you take note of how best to avoid them.

Kuchisake-onna

Kuchisake-onna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list These Lesser-Known Paranormal Entities Are Far More Terrifying Than Your Average Ghost
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This ghost, whose name translates loosely to “slit-mouthed woman,” first appeared during Japan’s Edo period (between 1603 and 1868) and managed to grip the consciousness of Japan to this day. According to storytellers from the Edo period, the Kuchisake-onna is a ghost that presents itself as a woman with a scarf covering her face. Modern versions of the Kuchisake-onna story depict the ghost wearing a red surgical mask rather than a scarf. She approaches victims and asks them, “Am I pretty?”

If you answer “no,” she kills you immediately; if you answer “yes,” she removes the scarf and repeats her question. If you answer “yes” again, the kuchisake-onna will follow you home and murder you there. To escape being murdered by this angry ghost, throw candy or money in her face and run away. One may also give her an open-ended or confusing answer, forcing her to think while you make your escape.

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Onryō

Onryō is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list These Lesser-Known Paranormal Entities Are Far More Terrifying Than Your Average Ghost
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These vengeful spirits from Japan are some of the most powerful and terrifying paranormal creatures ever reported on earth. According to reports, the onryō are not only capable of assaulting people, they can also cause natural disasters. So what makes an onryō? These spirits all began life as women who were wronged by their lover, and who return only to make them miserable. If you’ve seen The Ring or The Grudge then you know exactly what the onryō looks like; typically they wear a white robe, with faces covered in pasty white kabuki-esque makeup, and they have jet black hair streaming into their faces. When an onryō is created, its effects go far beyond just those who incurred their initial wrath. Onryō spirits enjoy tormenting their subjects, often by killing off those around them before finally attacking their targets.

Shadow People

Shadow People is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list These Lesser-Known Paranormal Entities Are Far More Terrifying Than Your Average Ghost
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Of all the lesser-known ghosts, ghouls, and goblins, shadow people definitely grew in infamy as more people claim to come across these mysterious beings. Reports of shadow people increased since 2001, when Native American elder Thunder Strikes appeared on Coast To Coast AM to discuss shadow people. The discussions of shadow people on Coast to Coast provided a language for people to discuss these types of hauntings; multiple listeners submitted drawings to the show, and the topic of shadow people remained a mainstay ever since. In 2015 a study on sleep paralysis and shadow people stated a part of the brain pulls shadow people from the depths of one’s subconscious in order to “clear out confusion.” Regardless of where they come from, shadow people still terrify whomever they come across, filling witnesses with dread and on occasion even physically assaulting them.

La Llorona

La Llorona is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list These Lesser-Known Paranormal Entities Are Far More Terrifying Than Your Average Ghost
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Woe to whomever comes across La Llorona, “the weeping woman” while making their way through Mexico. Many different theories attempt to explain why this weeping ghost kidnaps and drowns its victims, but the main story tells of a young woman who grew jealous of the attention her husband was receiving from other women. Enraged, she ended up throwing her children in a river; when she realized what she’d done the woman committed suicide shortly there afterwards. Now, the woman haunts the darkness of Mexico as La Llorona, a weeping ghost who kidnaps children who stay out after dark, drowning them so she may make them her own.

 

Deogen

Deogen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list These Lesser-Known Paranormal Entities Are Far More Terrifying Than Your Average Ghost
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What would you do if you walked by the forest and saw a fog with a mind of its own growing from the trees? The Deogen phenomenon, de ogen translating to “the eyes,” reportedly happened to  people who lived near the Sonian Forest in Belgium in the early ’30s. According to De Kinderen van Het Bezeten Bos, or “Children of the Haunted Forest,” the haunting began after local nuns discovered the charred remains of a group of murdered children.

People who witness Deogen claim to see a dense fog escape from the forest, often times appearing in colors like green or gray. In the midst of the fog, mysterious, child-like figures can be seen rushing through it. Drivers sometimes report the imprints of hands on the windows of their cars. It’s possible that the ghostly fog, and the book that brought it to life don’t exist, but do you really want to take that chance the next time you’re in Belgium?

The Bell Witch

The Bell Witch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list These Lesser-Known Paranormal Entities Are Far More Terrifying Than Your Average Ghost
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Spooky tales from the South tell of ghosts, witches, and demons haunting their pitch black fields, but the story of the Bell Witch still sends shivers down the spine of anyone who knows of it. In the early 1800s a farmer named John Bell and his family fell victim to a mysterious creature who used everything in the paranormal handbook to completely ruin their lives. The haunting began, as many do, with a series of knocks happening around their home. From there the activity became more harrowing; blankets yanked from beds, hair pulled, and eventually an unseen force assaulted the Bell children. Then the entity began speaking to the family, revealing “herself” to be Kate Batts, a neighbor of the Bells who disagreed with them over the sale of slaves. After John Bell began suffering a mysterious illness, Batts allowed him no rest until he died; even then she made a point of causing a scene at his funeral too.

After that the Bell Witch began to make the rounds in Robertson County, Tennessee and haunt whomever it felt deserved it. According to locals, terrifying happenings are still going on in the area, so take a trip down to Adams, Tennessee if you dare.

Chindi

Chindi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list These Lesser-Known Paranormal Entities Are Far More Terrifying Than Your Average Ghost
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In the lore of the Navajo people it’s believed the last breath a person takes contains everything bad about them and everything that kept them from becoming one with the universe. The final expulsion of negative energy creates a malicious spirit called a chindi. To ensure your dying self will not create a chindi, one must pass away in an open area like a field or a desert so the chindi may dissipate. For those without that luxury, your family must burn all of your belongings and never say your name again. Worst case scenario: if you or a loved one passes away inside a house, the house will be haunted forever. If you ever been drive through the desert and come across a dust devil, then you’ve encountered a chindi, and that’s about as close as you want to come to one unless you’re aching to be infected with a “ghost sickness.”

 

Old Book

Old Book is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list These Lesser-Known Paranormal Entities Are Far More Terrifying Than Your Average Ghost
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The weeping ghost known as “Old Book,” haunts the grounds of the Peoria State Hospital in Bartonville, Illinois. This mental institution operating from 1902 to 1973 plays host to a series of different hauntings, but none are as apparent as the cries of Old Book. Before his death, Old Book lived as a patient in the hospital who also worked as a grave digger; because no one knew his real name he was checked in under the pseudonym “A. Bookbinder.” Supposedly before being sent to the mental institution he worked in the world of bookbinding, and at one point became so overwhelmed with stress it rendered mute.

The story goes that Old Book attended every funeral and lean against an elm tree where he would cry, even if he hadn’t known the person in life. When he died in 1910 hundreds of people attended his funeral. As pallbearers prepared to lower his casket into his grave, it bounced up and into the grave, knocking the pallbearers down. The man in charge of the institution, Dr. Zeller, wrote in his journal after the casket fell everyone who hadn’t fled the harrowing sight could hear someone crying against an old elm tree. “Every man and woman stood transfixed, for there, just as had always been the case, stood Old Book, weeping and moaning with an earnestness that out-rivaled anything he had ever shown before. We could not be mistaken. It was the same Old Book.”

If you visit the grounds of the now abandoned hospital make sure you listen carefully, you may hear the cries of Old Book.

Kobolds

Kobolds is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list These Lesser-Known Paranormal Entities Are Far More Terrifying Than Your Average Ghost
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Unless you read up on Germanic mythology, you likely never hear of the Kobold outside of a game of Dungeons & Dragons. This creatures isn’t a ghost nor a demon, but instead something rarely ever seen in American paranormal mythology – a sprite. Dating all the way back to ancient Greece as creatures associated with Dionysus, these little European creatures appear almost anywhere such houses, mines, and even ships. But their “appearance” are difficult to confirm, as the sprites usually perform tasks under invisibility. While many Kobolds act as benevolent helpers, some possess more mischievous personalities, especially if you wrong them. One tale tells of a Kobold who tore a boy apart and proceeded to cook him all because the boy offended the sprit.. Scholars believe that these creatures first came about in the 13th century, and that they’re where the idea of a gobbling originated.

Animal Spirits

Animal Spirits is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list These Lesser-Known Paranormal Entities Are Far More Terrifying Than Your Average Ghost
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Despite the myriad theories of what ghosts are (multi-dimensional creatures, energy beings that weren’t able to cross over to the afterlife, etc.), general consensus agrees that ghosts are the spirits of something that was once alive. Thus, it makes sense both pets and feral animals run the risk of having their spirits trapped on the mortal coil. According to Dale Kaczmarek, president of the Ghost Research Society, the most widely seen animal spirits are “dogs, cats, and horses in that order respectively.” He theorizes only intelligent creatures possess the capability to return to life as a ghost, an explanation as to why there are no phantom mosquitos. And rather than returning because they suffered a traumatic death, Kaczmarek believes an animal may return as a spirit due to their owner’s intense grief.

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“PLACE” MEMORIES AND PSYCHIC ABILITIES

When apparitions appear, it could be that the source of this phenomena is that they are actually “place” memories.  These apparitions can appear as “solid” (the same as any person.)  The theory in parapsychology used to explain apparitional “place” phenomena (which were imprinted upon the location years ago) is that one can respond to past images.

Scientifically speaking, the world we live in is governed by light and energy.  Memories can be stored in an environment.  A “place” memory is similar to a recording that exists long after a person has died.  Some people have a sensitivity to place memories and can pick up those traces.  Scientists have yet to understand how these energies are stored in the environment or why so few individuals can perceive them.  We all have these abilities, but in some people they are much further progressed.  One source could be fluctuations in magnetic fields that occur when rocks shift beneath the earth’s surface.  These fluctuations are known to affect the right temporal lobe of the brain and can cause hallucinations.  Studies have shown that a person’s perceptions can also be influenced by ions or electrically charged particles in the air.  Strong positive ions noted in the air have a negative effect on a person’s mood and perceptions.

To measure differences in a magnetic field an electromagnetometer is used.  Power lines, electrical appliances, and electrical wiring are known to cause magnetic fluctuations.  To a sensitive person these can cause hallucinations.  To have a negative effect on brain activity the magnetic field would have to fluctuate over time, thus must be read over time.  A reading of .01 Milligauss would be a low reading while a reading that reaches 40 Milliguass would be a high reading that could explain visual phenomena.  A dwelling can be wired with sensors and a computer can record the readings in order to understand what is occurring.  But doing so will not stop apparitions.  In fact, it can antagonize them and cause any havoc they are creating to worsen.

High reading results can be indicative of a haunting.  Geological research may reveal that a small earthquake can cause a fluctuation such as this in the earth’s magnetic field.  If there happens to be a seismic fault near a property, apparitions/hauntings may result.  Magnetic impulses generated by movements along the fault may stimulate a person’s brain, and positive ions can adversely affect a person’s perceptions.  (Also relevant is the fact that place memories are commonly known to be recorded in limestone and other certain, specific rock.)

Should physical harm such as scratches appear on the subject however, or shadow people or haunting noises (such as banging noises) or perceptions of evil that instill fear, indicate that there is something more at work and that it is definitely of a paranormal nature.   (Scratches that occur in a series of three are of an evil entity/spirit that is mocking the holy trinity.)  Enlisting the services of a psychic or physical medium (such as Amy Allan or one’s local paranormal society investigators) can be very helpful in tracing the origin of, and of ridding a haunting.  There can also be a genetic link.  Investigating the family of origin and to explore whether or not there were psychic abilities that can be traced back and that have been genetically “handed-down.”

Sometimes hauntings can actually be attracted to a particular family.  There are several different factors involved in this; location (see above information), one or more members who are mediums and do not realize this fact about themselves and who have psychic abilities.  In this case, a family could not just move/relocate and expect nothing more of a paranormal nature to happen.  Because of their abilities things will happen throughout their lives.  This is not to say that any family is plagued by demons.  Entities or spirits who come through that way tend to be people who were not great people in life.  They were angry in life and are still angry in death; some are serial killers, murderers, rapists and the like.  They can also manipulate how we perceive them – basically feeding off of our fear.  To decide that an angry, mean presence is demonic is to create more fearfulness and thus runs the risk of becoming a vicious cycle.

Many people turn to their faith (i.e. their pastor or church.)  While this can be comforting, it seldom rids a family or their home of spirits, evil or otherwise.  (Which the movie “The Exorcist” – which was based on a true story – bears out.)  It is far more important to understand exactly what it is that is happening to the individual:

  • An extremely active location/home,
  • What are the individual’s abilities (psychic, mediums)
  • What is the reason the deceased individuals are attracted to them, (i.e. mediums are a type of beacon for the dead; almost like a light in a pitch black room and they’re just attracted to that light)
  • The individual must accept their abilities.

I can bear this out in that while I am not a medium, I am psychic (i.e. I sometimes know things without there having been any explainable way for me to have known them.)  I believe that I inherited this ability from my maternal grandmother who was psychic.

~Jeanie Cooke-Fredlund, Paranormal Researcher

 

 

 

 

SHADOW PEOPLE, WHAT ARE THEY?

There’s a growing interest in the phenomenon of shadow people. What are they? Ghosts? Interdimensional beings? Time travelers? Something else?

“WHAT WAS THAT?” . . . . .  You were sitting comfortably on your sofa reading the latest issue of FATE in the dim light when movement across the room caught your attention. It seemed dark and shadowy, but there was nothing there. You returned to your reading – and a moment later there it was again.

You looked up quickly this time and saw the fleeting but distinctly human shape of the shadow pass quickly over the far wall… and disappear.

What was that? Some natural shadow? Your heightened imagination? A ghost? Or was it something that seems to be a spreading phenomenon – apparitions that are coming to be known as “shadow people” or “shadow beings.” Perhaps this is an old phenomenon with a new name that is now being discussed more openly, in part thanks to the Internet.

Or maybe it’s a phenomenon that, for some reason, is manifesting with greater frequency and intensity now.

Those who are experiencing and studying the shadow people phenomenon say that these entities almost always used to be seen out of the corner of the eye and very briefly. But more and more, people are beginning to see them straight on and for longer periods of time. Some experiencers testify that they have even seen eyes, usually red, on these shadow beings.

The mysterious sightings have become a hot topic of conversion in paranormal chat rooms, message boards and websites, and it is given widespread attention on paranormal talk radio.

What are shadow people and where do they come from? Several theories have been offered.  One fact that is known for sure, is that they are known to rob young children and/or the elderly of their breath.  Thus, they are potentially dangerous.

THE IMAGINATION

The explanation we get from skeptics and mainstream science – and who are usually people who have never experienced the shadow people phenomenon – is that it is nothing more than the active human imagination. It’s our minds playing tricks on us… our eyes seeing things in a fraction of a second that aren’t really there – illusions… real shadows caused by passing auto headlights, or some similar explanation. And without a doubt, these explanations probably can account for some if not many experiences. The human eye and mind are easily fooled. But can they account for all cases?

GHOSTS

To call these entities ghosts demands first a definition of what we mean by ghosts. (See the article: Ghosts: What Are They?) But by almost any definition, shadow people are somewhat different than ghost phenomena. Whereas ghost apparitions are almost always a misty white, vapor-like or have a decidedly human form and appearance (very often with discernible “clothing”), shadow beings are much darker and more shadow-like. In general, although the shadow people often do have a human outline or shape, because they are dark, the details of their appearance is lacking. This is in contrast to many ghost sightings in which the witness can describe the ghost’s facial features, style of clothing and other details. The one detail most often noted in some shadow being sightings are their glowing red eyes.

DEMONS OR OTHER SPIRIT ENTITIES

The dark countenance and malevolent feelings that are often reported in association with these creatures has led some researchers to speculate that they may be demonic in nature. If they are demons, we have to wonder what their purpose or intent is in letting themselves be seen in this manner. Is it merely to frighten?

 

REPORT FROM ONE INDIVIDUAL WHO EXPERIENCED SHADOW PEOPLE

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HOUSE OF SHADOWS

“I became aware of the shadows shortly after moving into my house in New Jersey. My daughters’ playroom was in the basement and they were constantly complaining that they were always seeing something move out of the corners of their eyes. My youngest also said they hovered near the ceiling.

In later years, I had my floral workshop in the basement and saw them constantly. It got to the point where I would talk to them with my mind, not that they ever answered back. They were black. We saw them all over the basement, but mostly along one wall, and occasionally saw them along the same wall on the first floor and in the kitchen near the back door. We did not see them anywhere else in the house or elsewhere on the property. But even when we did not get a glimpse of them, we were aware when they were present. Some of them seemed to have an evil presence.

A few years after we moved in, I told them they were not welcome in the house and the evil presence seemed to go away. Still, we had an uneasy feeling about them.

Not fear. We just accepted they were there, as several steps taken over the years to make them go away didn’t work anyway. Only once after the evil ones were told they were not welcome was I aware they came back. And I am not sure if they were evil or just upset. I will explain later.

Only once did it see one clearly.  But it happened in a split second and I did not see it from top to bottom. I was walking through the breakfast room into the kitchen. The kitchen light was on in the corner. It was by the back door in front of the stove. I was startled. I thought someone had come into the house. It all happened very fast. But the light from behind it did not pass through as it would a shadow. It was short and stocky and appeared as a silhouette of a person. It had a head (there were no discernible features, including no eyes) shoulders, arms and a torso. It disappeared too fast to take note if it had legs or feet. I sensed it was as surprised as I was and did not intend to be seen.

Then our house caught fire. It was a major fire that started from a shorted TV along the wall of shadows in the den. We were out of the house six months while it was repaired. About a week after the fire, I stopped by right before dark to pick up a few things. As I came onto the back porch and looked through the six-foot hole where the picture window once was, I looked across the breakfast room at the basement doorway. I sensed three shadows near the doorway. It was almost dark outside, so I did not actually see them.

I also got a very bad feeling about them and told them by thought that the evil ones were still not welcome in the house whether I was there or not. Then I turned and left without entering the house. I was quite rattled. Whether I had this feeling because I was also emotionally upset about the fire… I cannot say.

The next day, I went back and it seemed the house was full of shadows, although I only caught a glimpse of them, as usual, fleeing in the basement. And I am not sure I really saw them as there were no lights on down there and the only light was from the window-well windows. It was the only time I ever sensed that they tried to communicate. It seemed they were upset that we were not there because the house was all black, there was no light for them in the kitchen, and there were strangers in the house (the workers) every day.

A few weeks later, burglars tried to steal the new appliances for the house. Everything was left in the kitchen by the back door. My daughters and I joked that they met up with the shadows and were scared off. Who knows?”

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NOTE FROM THIS AUTHOR:

MY FAMILY AND I LIVED IN A HAUNTED HOUSE

Our Haunted House

(Photo Credit: JC “Jeanie” Cooke-Fredlund, Author and Photographer)

Years ago, back in 1973, to be exact, my ex-husband and I decided to relocate back to our hometown of Mankato, MN. We looked at several houses, but this one really caught my eye. It was a partially remodeled home that had been built in the late 1800s.

It is the house that I referred to in my Forever Nearby article titled, “We’re Definitely Not Alone.” It was in this house that my (then child, son) experienced the terrifying presence of Shadow People.)  Today, my son is an adult with a family of his own, yet he continues to attest to the fact that his experiences with “A Shadow Man” definitely occurred.  Of course, I didn’t take his reports seriously at the time, but I believe that NOT coincidentally, then severe asthmatic problems all but completely dissipated once we left that house.

Yes, the house possessed plenty of old time charm, but I was happy to move out five years later. (I also believe that, NOT coincidentally) no one has remained in the house longer than five years before or since!

It’s located at 619 N. 4th St. in Mankato, MN, but is a private residence and so trespassers are not welcome.

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MY FAMILY AND I LIVED IN A HAUNTED HOUSE

Our Haunted House

(Photo Credit: JC “Jeanie” Cooke-Fredlund, Author and Paranormal Researcher)

Years ago, back in 1973, to be exact, my childrens’ father and ex-husband and I decided to relocate back to our hometown of Mankato, MN.  We looked at several houses, but this one really caught my eye as well as my fascination with history.  It was a partially remodeled home that had been built in the late 1800s.  It is the house that I referred to in my Forever Nearby article titled, “We’re Definitely Not Alone.”

It was while residing in this house that my (then child, son) experienced the terrifying presence of Shadow People in his bedroom.)   Today, my son is an adult with a family of his own, yet he continues to attest to the fact that his experiences with “A Shadow Man” definitely occurred.  Of course, I didn’t take his reports seriously at the time, but I believe, in retrospect, that NOT coincidentally, my son’s then severe asthmatic problems all but completely dissipated once we left that house.  His experiences with the paranormal were not the only ones our family experienced during our five years living there.   It was our personal experiences that served to trigger my adult interest in the paranormal.

Yes, the house possessed plenty of old time charm, but I was happy to move out five years later.  I also believe that, (NOT coincidentally) no one has remained in the house longer than five years before or since!

The house to which I refer (pictured above) is located at 619 N. 4th St. in Mankato, MN, but is a private residence and so trespassers are not welcome.

(Copyright 2017 by JC “Jeanie” Cooke-Fredlund)

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED