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Spooky Places: The Legend of Hangman's Grove

Located in north Texas, not far from the Oklahoma border, is the tiny rural village of Valley View. The village was born in the early 1870s when eighteen families decided to settle there, and eventually blossomed into a town complete with a post office, a couple of gristmills and churches, a hotel, and a connection to the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway. By the close of the 19th century Valley View boasted five hundred inhabitants. Although the village and the surrounding environs might have appeared quaint and charming to visitors, this sparsely-populated part of Cooke County also harbored a dark secret and a ghastly history.

About three miles west of the village stands a grove once known to the locals as Hangman's Grove. In spite of its name, the location doesn't appear as dreary as one might imagine; birds flitter cheerfully among the branches of stunted elm and walnut trees, while the soothing babbling of Indian Creek evokes a sense of serenity as it meanders toward Sp…
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The Headless Ghost of Allen Bayou

We came across the following article in the November 8, 1907 edition of the Pittsburgh Press and enjoyed the writer's first-person account of a spectacular haunting so much that we decided to reprint the original article.


Galveston, Tex., November 8.-- Thirty years ago, when the writer first visited the Allen Bayou country in the Chickasaw Nation it was as lonely a spot as a man would wish to see. The nearest habitation to our hunting grounds was nine miles distant, the home of an old hunter, Joseph Bozarth, who has long since passed to the happy hunting grounds.

About two miles distant from our cabin was a place said to be haunted. It was a shack without doors, without windows, and the chimney had fallen down. The cabin was situated in dense woods, cut off from any public road. There was an old cow path, but even that had been obliterated by the dense underbrush. A more admirable place for a haunted house could not be conceived of. To stumble on this place in the gloaming was enoug…

Las Vegas Mystery: Sudden death befalls three more witnesses

It seems that either something fishy is afoot, or that the survivors of the October 1 Las Vegas shooting are some of the unluckiest folks to ever walk the earth. First there was Kymberley Suchomel, the 28-year-old who passed away suddenly earlier this month in Apple Valley after fleeing the scene of the massacre. Suchomel, who had attended the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival, posted several detailed paragraphs of the shooting to her Facebook page on Oct. 4.

"I kept looking back expecting to see the gunmen- and I say MEN because there was more than one person. There was more than one gun firing. 100% more than one," she wrote, just days before she was found dead in her bed by her grandmother.

And then there was Danny Contreras, whose body was recently found inside an empty Las Vegas house with multiple gunshot wounds. He was found after a neighbor who called 911 after hearing the sound of a man groaning from inside a building on the 5800 block of East Carey Avenue. According…

Can Charles Brandon talk to the dead?

"I am Charles Mark Brandon, duly authorized representative of the dead, and I am going to prove it!"
These are the words of a man who, from his nondescript modern apartment in Brooklyn, has produced scores of videos and photographs purporting to show evidence of the supernatural. Hundreds of these videos appear on his YouTube channel, "A Brooklyn Haunting", where the viewer comments run the gamut from "Wow, that's really weird" to the "Dude, what are you smoking?" variety.

In most of Charles' videos, the camera is fixated upon bathroom mirrors which allegedly reflect the faces of the dead, although some may speculate the faces are nothing more than a simple case of pareidolia caused by the combination of reflections of textured bathroom tiles, foggy glass and camera angles. Charles refutes this explanation, of course. "If I see faces, you see faces, someone else see faces, a bunch of people see faces, then how can it be this?" h…

The man who used his arm as a piggy bank

A strange report from the Philadelphia Inquirer from April 26, 1902.


Las Vegas Conspiracy: Ellen DeGeneres' MGM connections

Jesus Campos, a.k.a. "The Vanishing Mandalay Bay Security Guard" finally emerged from hiding to give a highly-anticipated television interview. Being that he holds the key to solving the riddle of the ever-changing official timeline of events, Campos was sought out by journalists and television personalities throughout the country. He disappeared without warning, bailing on 5 scheduled television interviews, and emerged this week to appear on the Wednesday edition of Ellen DeGeneres' show.

Since "Ellen" is hardly synonymous with hard-hitting investigative journalism, Campos' decision to discuss the Oct. 1 Las Vegas shooting with DeGeneres left many people scratching their heads.
However, once you see how the threads of MGM and Ellen DeGeneres interweave, it's easy to put the pieces of the puzzle together and see why Campos agreed to appear on 'Ellen'.

First, in case you missed the interview, here's the summary.

During the interview, DeGener…

Campos union boss was target of fraud investigation, home raided by feds in 2012

Jesus Campos, the security guard reportedly shot in the leg by Stephen Paddock at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on October 1, has received a ton of media scrutiny for his sudden disappearance and his strange behavior ever since the Las Vegas massacre, leading many conspiracy theorists to believe that Campos may have played the role of accomplice in the deadly event (thus far, no credible evidence has been found to support this theory).

Earlier today Fox News attempted to clear up some of the mystery surrounding Jesus Campos. According to David Hickey, labor boss of the Security, Police, and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA), Campos was taken to a UMC Quick Care facility. Hickey told Fox News that Campos was looking forward to "telling his side of the story" and that it was Campos himself who requested permission to "go public".

But all that changed when Campos decided to bail on five scheduled television interviews, including one with Sean Hannity of Fox Ne…