“Eerie Ghost Stories From Every State” [a preview] Book available in Spring 2019

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                       Here are just two of the 50 ghost stories in the book.                                    

 

                                                          Florida

 Our dreams are firsthand creations, rather than residues of waking life. We have the capacity for infinite creativity; at least while dreaming, we partake of the power of the Spirit, the infinite Godhead that creates the cosmos.

                                                                                        Jackie Gleason  Actor Comedian

 

alligator night

               Death caused by alligators in Florida is a rare occurrence, but when it happens it grabs news headlines.  For example according to a report in Wikipedia, an alligator snatched a 2-year-old boy and dragged him under water in the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Disney World Resort.  His father tried to rescue him, but was reportedly attacked by a second alligator and forced to flee. His mother also witnessed the attack and tried to save him. The Orange County Sheriff’s office conducted a search and recovery effort to locate the boy’s body, which was recovered the next day.

            His body, which was intact, was found about 10-15 yards away from the location of the attack. It is believed that he was drowned by the alligator, which was 4–7 feet long.

        Some distance away are the Florida Everglades, a massive area teaming with wildlife including alligators and crocodiles.  Legend has it that in the early 1900’s a woman, after being attacked by both an alligator and a crocodile, slithered out of the water with no arms, eaten off at the shoulders and no legs, cut off at the hips. Her body seemingly covered with skin resembling the attackers.  Witnesses said she would only be seen very early in the morning just at day break, and would wait silently in the shallow part of the water’s edge.  She claimed more than a few victims, and was never caught.  Her favorites, according to the rangers in the area were other women.

            One in particular, Maud Seitz, a woman in her 80’s, was walking her dog along the shore when suddenly the womagator [coined by the rangers] started to grab her dog, but a witness said Maud hit the gator with her walking stick but then it turned on her and dragged her to the water’s bottom where she drowned.  Later, just the trunk of her body was found, washed up on shore with both arms and legs missing. Search teams were organized and daily hunts for this odd specimen took place for weeks but to no avail. The legend of the womagator ghost is still thought of as the Everglades worst nightmare.

 

 

GEORGIA

“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.”

Martin Luther King Jr.  Civil Rights Leader

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                  Just as revealing is the story about the visit made almost weekly in the Colonial Park Cemetery by the ghost of General R.J. Beauregard, an up and coming leader in 1864 of the gray coats when he was secretly assigned to guarding the river port against invading blue coats. Beauregard, or as his associates called him ‘General R.J.’, was no slouch when it came to leading a corps of able bodied men.  He was highly regarded by the higher-ups in the Confederacy and was the owner of some 1000 indentured [as in slaves] men, women and children.

               When it came time to stand up to the first thrust by the blue coats in the river area, General R.J. was shot and his injured body taken to the temporary hospital set up by the Confederate Army. The surgeon worked feverishly to remove the splintered materials from the bullet, which hit a wooden stanchion before entering his body.  It was to no avail, as the General died that evening on December 1st, 1864.

                Just months before the war ended, General R.J.’s body was to have returned to his plantation, just outside Savannah, but mysteriously disappeared and was never buried.

             Some say the slaves on his plantation, who were freed after General Sherman entered Savannah, never saw the body.  Somehow in the crazy days after General Sherman’s march into Savannah, General R.J.’s body was misplaced.

              It is thought Union soldiers interrupted the transport of his body and brought it to the old Christ Church Cemetery [now called the Colonial Park Cemetery]; since that is place the army  bivouacked in December, 1863, even though no Confederate soldiers are believed to have been buried there.

            Now during the first week in December in the Colonial Park Cemetery, late in the evening, a white light is momentarily seen rising up from one of the unmarked graves and then hovering and moving in the direction of General R.J.’s former plantation.  Efforts to record the white light have failed, but those who have witnessed it, swear to its validity.  The mystery of what really happened to General R.J. Beauregard’s body remains to this day.

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