What we fear most
Is fear itself
One way the dead can get a message across to us is through our dreams.
There may be many other ways for the dead to contact us but it is dreams which are by far the most common.
By Joe Kent © AUFORN Queensland
Having lived for over ten years in the same house it came as a shock to find that the garden and the house had suddenly become haunted. Michael and his family had no interest in ghosts or other supernatural goings on. To be confronted by first a wisp of smoke trailing from one side of the garden to the other then taking shape was something one would expect to find in books or films, not in real life. The shape was that of a man dressed in Elizabethan clothes. This man constantly paced back and forth and did not appear to be aware of Michael. Whatever caused him to pace the way he did was also making him very agitated, as he would thump his fist into his palm on and off. Michael saw this gentleman many times over a period of months, yet only once in the house. In the house this gentleman was seen standing at the bottom of the stairs with his head at a slight angle. Whether he was listening or looking at someone can only be guessed at. Most visits were generally during the late afternoon although he had been seen once or twice of a morning.
A Steady Climb
In the heart of the countryside a plane is seen making a steady climb towards low heavy cloud. Soon it will be out of sight. The silhouette of this plane is enough for those who know their planes to recognize it as one of America's well-known bombers better known as the 'flying fortress'. This plane is not seen often but each time it is seen the weather is always as mentioned above. The one thing that makes this an eerie sighting is the lack of sound. These planes, like all heavy bombers, were far from quiet. They were deafening to say the least. This plane's mission was not only silent for those who watched her, but did make them wonder if this plane and its crew ever made it back safely. If not, then this plane and its ghostly crew are still fighting World War Two.
A Helping Hand
In Johannesburg a large hospital was visited by an old man who would sit with patients who were dying and when the end came he would vanish. No one knew where or how he went. It was presumed that he had been a patient many years before, possibly during the 1930s. But many people felt that he might have been a doctor because of the way he was dressed.
Deep In Thought
Mr Greene, like many people, did not have a television set but did have a radio. While sitting in his armchair and listening to the commentary of the Queen's Coronation, he had a feeling that there was someone in the room besides himself. On looking around and seeing nothing, he put it down to indigestion and continued listening to the radio. Within a few minutes the feeling of not being alone came across much stronger. On looking up, Mr Greene saw a lady standing by the window looking out. Her dress was clear to see and definitely Edwardian in style. Her features however were not so clear making it hard to judge her age. At a guess, Mr Greene thought she may have been in her early to mid thirties. He coughed and was about to get up from his chair when the lady faded away. She seemed deep in thought, said Mr Greene later on. Where she came from or whom she was, remained a mystery. The house was Victorian and had been turned into flats. The house does not exist today.
With Out A Trace
When three friends were driving home from a day on the beach, they had no idea what was about to happen to them. On their way home they saw a woman thumbing a lift and because it was dark they stopped. The woman sat in the back of the car and had little to say, except that she was late for an appointment. Just as they were nearing a bend in the road, the woman yelled out, watch that bend! The driver took the bend with ease but then had to stop her car because both her friends were screaming and becoming hysterical. The reason? The woman they had given a lift to, had disappeared without a trace right there in the car.
Before 1939, an elderly lady was seen from time to time visiting dying patients. It was presumed that she was making it easier for those who had little time left. On the other hand, when she was with a child it was certain that the child would be going home. For some reason, she has not been seen since the start of World War Two.
Queen Mary's Ghost
When the liner Queen Mary was commissioned in 1936, she was to sail the Atlantic Ocean longer than her sister ship the Queen Elizabeth. During World War Two when the Queen Mary became a troop carrier, she would zigzag across the water to avoid being hit by German U-boats. Towards the end of 1942, the Queen Mary hit the cruiser HMS Curaçao, killing over 300 sailors.
John had spent several months travelling around Europe and of course had taken many photos. It was while he, with his mother and sister, were looking at the photos that they became aware of one photo in particular. In this photo, John is seen sitting at a table outside a café with the name of the café clearly seen. Just behind John is his father who is wearing casual clothes and smiling. What made this photo different was the fact that John's father had been killed in 1917 and this was 1936. John had purposely chosen this café because his father, with two mates, had been photographed standing outside the café's door just days before he was killed.
When Heather and James married, the little church was full to overflowing with family and friends. Yet it was not until the photos were developed that it was found that there were two extra guests. The ghostly couple was close to Heather and James, as if they too were getting married. Although the photo showed the ghostly couple it was not clear enough to say what era they belonged to. Most people however agreed that the lady's dress looked suspiciously Victorian.
Stopped To Watch
During World War One, a young couple walking along the beach stopped to watch an old man throw a stick into the water for his little dog to retrieve. Both were enjoying the game with the little dog barking for more. When the couple came face to face with the old man, the young man mentioned that the little dog not being bothered by the cold water. The old man smiled, doffed his hat, and vanished before their eyes. And not only the man, but his little dog too! It was several years later that the young couple, now married, was to learn that both this old man and his little dog were inseparable in life as they were in death. This was the only known sighting.
The Boy Who Sang Softly
When I was a child my parents used to rent the first floor of a large Victorian house. One family per floor. Our floor consisted of two bedrooms, sitting room and kitchen with the bathroom on the ground floor. Because my bedroom was long and narrow it contained my bed, a chair, and dressing table. That was all. It was in my room this event took place.
A Family Group
Jean* remembers the girl as pretty with blonde hair, the greenest eyes she had ever seen, well spoken and had immaculate manners.
Mr Greene, like most people [in 1953], did not have a television set but he did have a radio. While sitting in his armchair and listening to the commentary of the Queen's Coronation he had a feeling that there was someone in the room besides him. On looking around and seeing nothing he put it down to indigestion and continued listening to the radio. Within a few minutes the feeling of not being alone came across much stronger. Looking up Mr Greene saw a lady standing by the window looking out. Her dress was clear to see and definitely Edwardian in style. Her features however were not so clear making it hard to judge her age. At a guess Mr Greene thought she might have been in her early to mid thirties. He coughed and was about to get up from his chair when the lady just faded away. 'She seemed deep in thought,' said Mr Greene later on.