Monday, October 30, 2017

The Wollaton Park 'Driving Gnomes'


This odd incident occurred on October 29, 1979 in a swampy area of Wollaton Park, Nottingham. There's not much information to go on...all the evidence is anecdotal, but it is an interesting mass sighting of gnome / fairy creatures:

“The witnesses were a small group of children aged eight to ten, and the events took place in September 1979 in Wollaton Park, Nottingham. They were in the park grounds at 8.30 p.m., when it was getting dark but there was still some light to see by. In a swampy area with trees, fenced off to stop the public from entering, the children saw about sixty little men, about half as tall as themselves. They had long white beards with red tips and wrinkled faces. They wore caps on their heads, described as being like old-fashioned nightcaps, Noddy-style, with a bobble on the end.they also wore blue tops and yellow tights. For most of the fifteen minutes that the children spent with them, the little men were in little cars. There were thirty cars with two men in each. The cars didn’t have steering wheels, but a round thing with a handle to turn. There was no sound of engines, but they traveled fast, and could jump over obstructions like logs.”

“They were also seen up in trees, coming out of and returning to holes. The children felt they could only come out after dark. Despite the disbelief of their parents when told about the little men, the children were adamant that they were not making up stories. They also claimed to have seen the little people before, during the long summer holiday. Their headmaster interviewed and recorded them separately soon after, and despite a few discrepancies in their accounts, and differences of emphasis, the children do sound truthful.” - Fairies: Real Encounters With Little People

Furthermore, the author Janet Bord adds this seemingly innocuous footnote, based on its similarities to the sighting:

Over six years before the Wollaton fairies were reported in the media, I had corresponded with Marina Fry of Cornwall, who wrote to me giving details of her own fairy sighting when she was nearly four years old, around 1940. One night she and her older sisters, all sleeping in one bedroom, awoke to hear a buzzing noise (one sister said ‘music and bells’). Looking out of the window they saw a little man in a tiny red car driving around in circles’. He was about 18 inches tall and had a white beard and a ‘droopy pointed hat'...he just disappeared after a while.

In Fortean Times #31, there is another reference to the sighting:

Several children returning home after playing, heard a sound like a bell and saw coming out of the wooded area about 60 little gnome like men with wrinkled faces and long white beards, they were about 2-foot tall and were riding small bubble-like vehicles. The beings rode over the swamps near the lake and some chased the children towards the gate of the park. Some of the humanoids wore red hats and green pants and seemed to be laughing in a peculiar way. The children ran from the area. - darklore.dailygrail.com

There was a later reference in the Fortean Times #34:

"Wollaton Park in Nottingham, Notts, is the setting for one of the most bizarre modern-day encounters with the Little People ever recorded.

A small group of 8-10-year-old children were walking home from the park at around 8.30pm one evening in late September 1979 when, they claim, a vertiable cavalcade of gnomes, approximately 60 in total drove out of the bushes around the park's lake in 30 tiny red and white bubble cars.

According to their amazed eyewitnesses, these extraordinary entities had greenish wrinkled faces with white beards tipped in red, wore brightly coloured tunics and leggings, and were only half as tall of the children. The Gnomes drove around for about 15 minutes - even playfully chasing the children - but were not frightening or aggressive.

Not suprisingly, when they attended school the next day and spoke of what they had seen, the children were interviewed separately and rigourously by their headmaster, but their testimonies were predominately consistent and they insisted that their story was true.

Furthermore, once it became public, other local people came forward to claim that they too had spied these mini-motorists in the park, especially near the lake, and Marjorie Johnson, a former secretary of the Nottingham-based Fairy Investigation Society, confirmed that she had recieved a number of previous reports of Little People frequenting this locality". - Fortean Times #34 (Special 2005 Edition)

Gnomes are said to be the spiritual beings who inhabit the spirit realm of the earth element. As spirits of energy they are commonly invisible to the average person, only those that possess second sight can see them clearly. However being on the first level of the spirit realm, they are close enough to the physical realm in order to easily inter-react with it. By tradition Gnomes were the protectors of secret treasures hidden in caves beneath the earth. Legends have it that they were reluctant to help and aid humans, but if you were to gain the trust of one, they could prove to be powerful friends. On the other hand, if you were to lose their trust, deceive them or misuse their aid, then all hell could be let lose.

In Wicca/Witchcraft Gnomes are called to instill confidence, steadfastness and endurance, but can also be used to bring about gloom, melancholy and despair should that be required.

The Earth Spirits or Gnomes absorb from the ethers (a plain of existence beyond the upper and lower worlds of shamanism, and beyond the astral plane, but lower than the level of the Gods) and release the energy into matter to give it life. They are formless, but take the form of whatever they interact with. Thus, when they meet a human, they take a human form, though short, stocky and thick-set, due to their earthy nature. You can read more here.

Interesting enough, there was a Disney film produced in 1967 titled The Gnome-Mobile In the film, an eccentric millionaire and his grandchildren are embroiled in the plights of some forest gnomes who are searching for the rest of their tribe. While helping them, the millionaire is suspected of being crazy because he's seeing gnomes! He's committed, and the niece and nephew and the gnomes have to find him and free him. The film was based on a 1936 Upton Sinclair novel The Gnome Mobile that tells the tale of a brother and sister who befriend distraught forest gnomes in order to save a ring of ancient redwoods from a greedy logging company.

Is it possible that this mass sighting was influenced by a children's film? It's food for thought...Lon

The Gnome-King; Or, the Giant-Mountains: A Dramatick Legend [By G. Colman].

A Witch's Guide to Faery Folk: How to Work with the Elemental World (Llewellyn's New Age)



Saturday, October 28, 2017

Evil in the Apple Orchard


The following is an archived incident from Adams County, PA, this time near Arendtsville... approximately 6 miles northwest of Gettysburg. The narrative was forwarded by Joe, who was a camp counselor at Camp Nawakwa in 1972. I spent several Summer weeks at this particular camp as a child in the mid and late 1960's. Camp Nawakwa is owned and operated by the Lutheran Church and is still going strong today. Since this was a church owned facility there was only so much 'nonsense' that could be initiated or talked about, including paranormal activity and spiritual energy...which, I will admit, I sensed on occasion. Anyway, here's Joe's story:

Hi Lon - my name is Joe and I currently live in Myerstown, PA. I would like to share an incident with you and your readers that happened in 1972 while I was a counselor at Camp Nawakwa. I understand from a friend at my church that you had spent some time there as a boy (I wonder who this 'friend' was...Lon). I was there for a few seasons between 1967-1973 so we may have bumped into each other at some time (it's possible, but doubtful...Lon).

As you may remember, we would take the kids on a hike through the back woods and apple orchards to the clearing on the hill. There we would build a campfire and spend the night in sleeping bags. I liked it because it was the only time we could spend time with the female staff from the camp (well, that's not quite how I remember it. The counselors where sneaking in and out of their cabins every night...Lon).


One night several of the counselors were sitting near the campfire and bantering about. One of the counselors, whose name was Paul, was reciting certain passages from the Bible and discussing related religious subjects. He was a theology student at the Gettysburg Seminary. At one point a female counselor asked him if he believed in the afterlife and ghosts. Paul didn't hesitate in giving her an answer as he said "there are spirits and I have witnessed many." He then described apparitions of soldiers he had seen at the Seminary. Before long, every person in the group was creeped out.

It was getting late and all the kids were already asleep. We decided to get into our sleeping bags and get some needed rest. Usually one or two of the counselors would stay awake in shifts and watch over the area. After a few hours I was startled out of my slumber when someone started to shake me. It was a female counselor who was frantic. She had noticed that one of the 10-year-old girls from her cabin group was not in her sleeping bag and she couldn't find her. One counselor stayed behind with the kids while the rest of us started to meander through the orchard looking for the girl.

We were searching for hours and dawn was beginning to break. We had been in contact with the camp director by radio to see if the girl had returned to camp. There was no sign of her. Then suddenly, the girl appears from the orchard. She was hysterical and crying. There was two gashes on her back and several scratches on her arms and legs. We immediately called the camp for medical help. Paul and myself rushed the girl back to the camp which was about a mile or so away. While I carried her on the trail she told us that an 'ugly man' had grabbed her from her sleeping bag and carried her to a house. She said that she had fallen into a gully after she had gotten away from the man and had hurt her back. When we reached the camp the police and ambulance were there waiting for her.

We gave our statements to the police and told them the girl's story which they totally disregarded. To be honest, I didn't believe her story either but Paul was convinced something odd had happened. That was the last overnight sleep-out for the Summer though the season was ending the next week anyway.


The incident had always bothered me and there was never any resolution since the police said that the girl had wondered off and got hurt while trying find her was back to the site. Well, that changed a few weeks ago.

I was contacted recently by Paul, who is a Lutheran pastor in New Jersey. We had kept in contact off and on for the past 40 years. The incident with the girl has always been in the back of our minds since then. He said that he had some information to tell me.

He had received an email from the daughter of the girl at the camp. She was contacting Paul because she had found a card with his name in her mother's confidential papers. Her mother, whose name was Cathy, had passed away a few months previous to this contact. There was also a letter written by her mother detailing her experience that night at camp. She wrote that she was kidnapped by the ghost of an old man and that it had tried to lock her in the cellar of an old dilapidated farmhouse. When she broke free, a wolf-like being attacked her. She was able to get away after it had pinned her down and she hit it in the muzzle with a rock.

Paul told me that Cathy wrote that she had been in therapy ever since the incident but that no one ever believed her. Cathy also wrote that a wolf-like spirit would appear and harass her day and night. She had written Paul's name and other contact information on a card with the instructions "contact Pastor Paul - he knows the truth".

That's about all I have to tell you. Paul is deeply troubled by this revelation and feels somewhat responsible that he didn't help Cathy earlier - though Cathy never sought his help at any time before her death.

Do you believe that a ghost could have physically kidnapped Cathy? What are your thoughts on the wolf-like spirit? You have my permission to reprint this if you wish. Joe E.

Camp Nawakwa 1960's

Pennsylvania's Adams County Ghosts: Gettysburg, New Oxford, Cashtown, and East BerlinSupernatural Books)

Nawakwa: 75 Years At the Camp in the Woods

Haunted Pennsylvania: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Keystone State (Haunted Series)

Ghosthunting Pennsylvania (America's Haunted Road Trip)



Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Cleveland 'Demon Child'


I ran across a few odd references to a 'demon child' that was born in Cleveland, Ohio and supposedly a sideshow exhibit in the late 19th century. These 'freak' exhibits were quite common in the North America & Europe during the period:

This Demon Child is the same which created so much excitement in Cleveland, Ohio, of Russian-Polish parents. It has horns sprouting from its head, tusks protruding from its mouth. The child has claws in place of hands, has hoofs instead of feet and tail two feet in length, making in all what may be termed an “Infantile Devil or Demon Child.” All medical men have agreed upon the same point, and say that this is without a doubt the most extraordinary freak of nature they have heard of for hundreds of years past. The Demon Child will be on exhibition at the Fort Wayne fair grounds during fair week. We would advise every lady and gentleman to go and see this child, as it is without doubt the greatest curiosity that has ever been placed on public exhibition. - The Fort Wayne Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 03 September, 1888

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Leavenworth people are frequenting the dime museum to be horrified by the ‘demon child.’ - Hutchinson Daily News, Hutchinson, Kansas, 21 October 1888

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A SICKLY EXHIBITION

In Funge’s old stand a “New York Museum” has just opened. The hand bills announce a wild African gorilla. The spectator finds an idiotic child raving on a raised enclosure. Instead of being a wild African monster it was stated by several railroad men, who had brought in the baggage, that she was the child of a woman who also exhibits in the show. A painter of the future husband or wife of the dope who pays his money for a photo on his hand is another attraction (?) . Sitting Bull embalmed, a double child, a demon child and a supposed fortune telling “Circassian lady” completed the great show which which is announced to contain “Numerous Countless Conspicuous Curiosities,” which “Ladies and Children can visit with impunity. For charity’s sake, keep the children away. It is simply hideous. - The Standard, Ogden, Utah, 15 October 1891

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FLETCHER’S “CARNIVAL”

A wagon fitted up for the combined purpose of travel and exhibition purposes drove in Piqua this morning. The outfit is the property of Cramer & Fox and contains a freak of nature called “the demon child,” which the proprietors claim is “half calf, half child, born of human parents in Cleveland, Ohio, three months ago.”

Owing to the carnival being in town this week, the “show” decided to move on to Fletcher. - Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette, Iowa, 12 July 1889

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GOOD INVESTMENT for a man with a little capital, experience not necessary. I want to strengthen and enlarge my show. The right man can make big money. Call at the “Demon Child” show, corner First street and Second Avenue. - Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette, Iowa,12 July 1889

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The weird story of the "Celebrated Cleveland Demon Baby" appeared in the Bay City Daily Tribune of July 11, 1889, and was reprinted in a history book From Chalkboard to Computer .The Essexville-Hampton Story

The local history book was put together under the auspices of a historical development commission and the late Patricia Ankney, longtime drama teacher at Garber High School.

Some young men came to Essexville, as the story goes, and for $2 got a license to exhibit the "demon baby." The largest available space was the engine house of the fire company located on Woodside Avenue, which they rented from owner Anthony Walraven.

Before the show could go on, the firemen, steamed up because they were not to be admitted to the show unless they paid the 10 cent fee, raised Cain. They set a brush heap on fire, giving reason to enter the engine house and disrupt the baby show.

Although 16 members of the fire company rushed the engine house and broke up the show, Fire Marshall Frank Trudell foiled the scheme. Fifteen men, all except the Marshall's brother, resigned in protest.

"The proprietors of the baby made tracks for Bay City," the newspaper observed, being driven by one George Young despite threats from an angry crowd.

The following week the chagrined firemen met with the city council and decided to return to their posts. Trudell denied in a subsequent story that he ever received a penny from the demon baby promoters. - MyBayCity.com


Sideshow U.S.A.: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination

Circus and Carnival Ballyhoo: Sideshow Freaks, Jabbers and Blade Box Queens

Step Right Up: Stories of Carnivals, Sideshows, and the Circus



Thursday, October 19, 2017

The 'Hook Man'


We've all heard the story...the Hook Man, an urban legend and Halloween classic. But is there any truth behind it? Here's the basic rendition:

On a summer night, a boy and a girl drive out to a spot in the woods. Parked in the darkness, they heard on the radio that a man escaped from the a State Hospital, several miles from the local high school, and was terrorizing and killing innocent people. He was described to have lost his hand and years ago it had been replaced by a large metal hook. He had hacked off his own hand in a fit of madness, attempting to escape a pair of handcuffs years earlier.

The boy thought nothing of it, switched off the radio and turned his attention to his girlfriend.

Suddenly, noises were uttered nearby through the darkness. The girl pulled away, frightened. “I’m scared. You know...about what they said on the radio? Maybe we should go home.”

“What? Do you want your parents to find out we didn’t go to the movies? Calm down.” As they picked up where they left off, they didn’t hear anything for a while until there was a loud screech on the door...coming from the girl’s side of the car.

“That’s it, take me home! It’s not safe out here!”

Her boyfriend, obviously frustrated, reluctantly agreed. He moaned all the way home, teasing her for “being such a baby”. Barely waiting for the car to stop, the girl angrily opened the door and got out of the car as they pulled up to her driveway. Slamming the car door, ready to go inside, she froze, staring at the car. She started to scream.

The alarmed boy got out of the car and walked around to her side, where he too, stopped where he stood and could only stare at the door handle in shocked amazement. Found dangling from the car door, was a bloody hook.

This supposed urban legend began circulating after World War II and more widely during the 1950s. There are many variations, but the basic story is the same. In an alternative version of the story, the couple are driving through an unknown part of the country at night, and decide to stop the car in the middle of the woods, either because the male has to relieve himself, or the car has broken down and the man leaves to go for help. While waiting for him to return, the female turns on the radio and hears about the escaped mental patient. While waiting for the male to return, she is disturbed many times by a loud thumping on the roof of the car. She eventually exits her car and sees the escaped patient on the roof of the car, holding the man's decapitated head in his hand and hitting the roof with it. It's typical horror movie fodder...but is there any fact to the story?


In Seymour, Connecticut there is the Great Hill Cemetery which has been in use since the early 1800′s and as legend would have it is the preferred haunting grounds of the 'Hook Man.' In the 1940s a story began to circulate about a caretaker with a hooked man that once lived on the property. The caretaker murdered a young man who had been snooping around the grounds after dark. After dispatching the intruder the caretaker hung him from one of the trees on the property. Another version of the tale claims that a man by the name of 'Hookman' was wrongfully accused of a murder and since haunts the same cemetery. Old maps of the property do indicate that at one time the grounds housed a caretaker cabin.

An older account of the Hook Man legend goes back to the 1920s in Maine where a sailor returned home after two years at sea to discover that his wife had taken up residence with another man. In a fit of rage, the spurned sailor grabbed a meat hook and butchered both his wife and her suitor. It is said that the sailor hid the bodies and made his way to the Far East...never to be heard from again.

Then there is the more contemporary allegory of Edward Wayne Edwards...who could have easily been the legendary semi-mythical psycho-killer rumored to haunt lover’s lanes across this country. Edward Edwards, who died in April 2011 in an Ohio prison cell at 77 years of age, was very real.

His murders earned him the moniker 'man with the hook' from author Phil Stanford...though he never used a hook as a weapon (as far as we know). Of all known serial killers, Edwards was among the most cunning. Once, while on the run from the law in Minnesota, Edwards posed as a psychiatrist. In Oregon, he managed to convince those around him he was a CIA agent, fighting Communists for the U.S. government.

In the 1970s, after his release from Leavenworth, where he was doing time for bank robbery, Edwards appeared on a network quiz show, What’s My Line? posing as a reformed criminal.

He even wrote and published a book, Metamorphosis of a Criminal touting his supposed conversion from armed robber to family man...all the while, dropping clever hints about his exploits as a serial killer.

Finally arrested in 2009 as the result of a cold case investigation in Wisconsin, Edwards confessed to the murders of young couples in Wisconsin and Ohio.

Those familiar with his history are convinced he also committed his signature double-murders in Oregon, Montana and California. Montana investigator John Cameron, a former police officer currently working as a parole board analyst, has raised questions about Edwards' possible involvement in the deaths of Patricia Kalitzke and Lloyd Duane Bogle in Great Falls in 1957. He also believes Edwards may even be the Zodiac Killer who terrified the San Francisco Bay area in 1968-69 as well as the culprit in the Jon-Benet Ramsey murder.


In The Peyton-Allan Files Stanford ties Edwards directly to the savage murders of two teenagers in Portland, Oregon in November 1960.

Murderpedia - Edward Wayne Edwards

Though Edwards could not have been the basis for the original 'Hook Man', his history does offer some foundation to the theory that the urban legend was the result of a real murderer from the past.

Suggested Reading:

The Serial Killer Letters: A Penetrating Look Inside the Minds of Murderers

Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us

The Serial Killer Files: The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World's Most Terrifying Murderers

Solving the Zodiac: The Zodiac Killer Case Files



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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Katherine: The Lady of Gray's Mill


As some of you may know, I started investigating paranormal activity in 1977. Back then, there were very few investigators of unexplained phenomena. This particular investigation was conducted in 1984 at a location near my workplace. Some of Maryland’s most interesting history occurred along the Pataspco River. From Parr’s Spring to Elkridge, the river valley’s geography goes from a cold piedmont stream to a rugged, rocky gorge into a coastal plain. Many of my investigations have been in locations closely related to the river. Many paranormal investigators have concentrated on locales around Ellicott City. I like to dive deeper into the Pataspco River’s haunted history:

This investigation took place in August 1984 in a location ½ mile downstream from the Frederick Rd. bridge at Ellicott City on River Rd. River Rd. veers right from Frederick Rd. and descends to the river bank. As soon as the road levels, about 400 ft. from the turn, you will see the back wall of an old building against the hillside. Above this wall is a BG&E sub-station (on Frederick Rd.). This property is also owned by BG&E, though at the time of this investigation there was more building structure and the area was accessible to most anyone.

This area is historically known as Gray’s Mill. It was originally a Methodist Church later enlarged and fitted as a paper mill. In fact, it was advertised in 1807 as the “largest paper mill in the U.S.” Edward Gray and other investors soon purchased the mill and transformed it into a major cotton duck plant. After a major fire, Gray rebuilt the plant into the largest cotton cloth mills in the U.S. and named it the Patapsco Manufacturing Company.

Gray built a large mansion adjacent to the mill where he, his wife and daughters lived happily for many years. In 1829, Gray’s daughter Elizabeth married John Pendleton Kennedy and the couple lived together in the mansion. Kennedy was a well known writer and lawyer in Baltimore who had reached the pinnacle of social status at a fairly young age. He entered politics and was elected to Congress, and later was appointed Secretary of the Navy under President Millard Fillmore. The list of guests and friends who visited and stayed at his home was remarkable. Edgar Allen Poe, James Fennimore Cooper, Washington Irving, Charles Dickens, Andrew Jackson, Commodore Perry, James Madison, Francis Scott Key and many more important writers and statesmen spent time at this mansion.

Kennedy’s library was said to be the most impressive private library in the country containing many European first editions and works of famous friends that were never published. As well, Kennedy had a spectacular garden and grove. Washington Irving was known to spend many evenings sitting among the trees gazing onto the river. Elizabeth Kennedy would stand on the river bank and wave an American flag as the Union soldiers would hoot and holler from the train on the west bank of the river heading for Baltimore. All this would change in 1868 when the flood of the century swept through the valley and washed most of the mansion and contents away. The Kennedy’s were devastated and forced to move from their beloved valley.

Gray's Mill Mansion - engraving from 1867

For several years, I had been told about strange lights and mists that eminated from the mansion area onto River Rd. at night. For many years previous, the river bank was a hangout spot for local kids until the state built mounds and barriers on the riverbank that blocked cars from parking. The sightings began after the parking areas were removed and the area was quiet in the evening hours. I had personally noticed fog in this area because it is swampy and there is a small drainage stream that flows through the location. I decided to investigate on a night when there would be minimal traffic on River Rd. (namely when the mill down river was shutdown).

I received permission to park my car on a small private lot on Frederick Rd. and walked down River Rd. to the Gray’s Mill location. A friend who had worked with me previously accompanied me to the site. We decided to walk around the grounds as best we could and see if we could observe any activity. We started at 7:30 pm and used the remaining light to get our bearings to which areas of the site we would concentrate. The weather was very warm and humid in the mid 80’s and clear.

I decided we would stick together because of the swampy terrain. We setup along the mansion remnants that included large pieces of granite strewn randomly. There is a small part of the back wall remaining, so we sat there and waited. As dusk came, the area comes alive with “peepers”, small frogs singing in the moonlight. Behind the wall is a high bank that extends up towards “9 Mile Hill” onto Frederick Rd. We could barely hear the traffic on the main road above and behind us. It was very peaceful as the river rippled through the valley and the moonlight bounced off the water provided dancing lights against the opposite bank.

Around 10:30 pm, we heard sounds on the hill directly behind us. I figured it was a raccoon or a possum looking for a meal. After a couple of minutes, I heard a rustling in the high weeds to our left and could see movement. I pointed the flashlight towards the area and noticed nothing. As soon as I turned the flashlight off, I sensed a presence of something. My friend suddenly commented that he felt a chill sweep by his right ear. The being I sensed was definitely that of a woman. She seemed to be joyful and was definitely enjoying herself. I started to get a deeper sense of this spirit and started to 'see' the name Katherine. There were a few cold spots along the wall but there was no vibration normally associated with a vortex. Her presence continued off & on for another half hour. I tried to get an indication from this spirit if she was aware we were present. I walked around to see if I could get a better gauge of the presence. The best sign we could get was an occasional sweeping sound in the high grass.

Gray's Mill, MD - engraving from 1865

This activity continued past midnight until we noticed a scent of honeysuckle. There were no honeysuckle bushes in the area and the scent was getting very strong, almost to the point of being sickening. Then we noticed her! Directly in front of us at a distance of about 20 yards we became aware of the misty shape of a woman with blonde or gray hair in a light blue dress moving left to right, then proceeding towards the road. Then she would move back towards us. It was a very spooky sight because it seemed she would “light up” occasionally revealing her facial features and hair. We watched this for a few minutes when I decided to try to communicate. I slowly got to my feet and walked towards her. I stopped and watched her move around me when suddenly she started moving towards me. Instantly, I was hit in the face with that sickly honeysuckle scent, this time it made my eyes and nose burn. I tried to look around me but could not see nor sense her. My eyesight was blurry and I was very uncomfortable. My partner said she moved off towards the road and he lost sight of her. I then realized that I should have restrained from making physical contact. This could have easily been a serious situation if this spirit was malevolent and, frankly, I know better. All indications are that this was a visiting spectre and that there was no residual haunting, at least by this spirit. We waited for another ½ hour but noticed nothing further. Frankly, that odor of honeysuckles was still on me and I was ready to get home wash it off. One interesting side note, when I did get home my wife thought I was crazy because she noticed just a slight scent of honeysuckles. But the stench continued to get stronger, until she couldn't stand it any longer. It just wouldn't wash off...though it finally faded away about a week later.

I have checked the name “Katherine” for many years and the best I can speculate is that Katherine was either a guest or friend of the Gray or Kennedy family who is drawn to this location. I never received any indications of sorrow or evil from her while she visited us that August evening. It’s too bad that this is not the case with most of the entities I have encountered.

Investigation Report: Lon Strickler (1984)


The Patapsco: Baltimore's River of History

Ghosts and Spirits - Insights from a Medium

Ellicott City's Guide To Haunted Places B+W Edtition: The Haunted Travel Guide Series

A Guide to Patapsco Valley Mill Sites: Our Valley's Contribution to Maryland's Industrial Revolution



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