Archive for the ‘Hauntings’ Category


The poorly named octagon (that actually has six sides) was built with a variety of odd shaped rooms and closets leaving a wide variety of nooks and crannies. It was built in 1801 one block from the white house by Colonel John Tayloe the 3rd. Known as the richest man of his time Tayloe regularly meet with top political figures like James Madison and Thomas Jefferson and had 15 children.

These children are where the horror starts. During the war of 1812 one of his daughters fell in love with a British soldier. When Tayloe found out there was a mighty argument that according to the colonel ended with his daughter tripping while running up the stairs and falling to her death.

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It was shortly after this that his daughter’s ghost came back to re-enact her death. People have reported seeing a flickering candles shadow moving up the stairs as though someone was walking  upstairs with it. Then, there would come a terrible shriek and a thud at the bottom of the stairs. This caused the colonel to pack up his family and move out for a number of years.

They later moved back in and another of Tayloe’s daughters fell into a forbidden relationship and this time her father admitted to pushing her down the stairs and killing her. (Of course being a rich landowner who was friendly with both current and former president’s he avoided charges) this led to a second haunting where the bottom of the stairs is know to grow unnaturally cold and the carpet rolls away on it’s own.

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During the civil war the Octagon was used as a hospital and many soldiers complained about banging noises and moans coming from inside the walls. Decade’s later during a renovation the skeleton of a woman was found inside the wall with fists clenched. She had apparently been there since the period between the deaths of Tayloes two daughters. To this day the apparitions as well as cold spots and unexplainable shadows and noises continue although the building is now an architectural museum.

So keep the salt and iron handy.

Till next time turthyness seekers.

 


Time for a more supernatural bent to the things that don’t make sense to you in this crazy world as I dive Into some of the most haunted, creepy and cursed places and objects from around the world. we kick off with what is meant to be Australia’s most haunted home the historic Monte Cristo Homestead in Junee, New South Wales.

Built in 1885 it has been the setting for many accidental deaths, the forced imprisonment of a mentally ill man as we’ll as at least two murders.

It is claimed by current owners in this daily mail article that the original owners haunt the house after a string of horrifying experiences that included the tragic death of a young child who was dropped or thrown down stairs, A maid that fell from a balcony, and a stable boy who burned to death on the property.

There was also a mentally ill man (the son of a caretaker) who was chained up in the caretaker’s cottage for 40 years by his parents. He killed his mother and died shortly after leaving the property to live in a mental asylum.

The first caretaker to run the property after the death of the original owners was also murdered and his body found on the property.

As the owners again claim in this SMH story while the disasters and murders may have stopped the Hauntings haven’t. There have been unexplainable shadows, phantom touching, lights turning on with no power and mysterious sounds.

So a fairly light and standard haunting to start our series but next time beware the unsettling feelings will rise in your very souls from a much creepier haunting.