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Fall River- Freetown State Forest

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    The Fall River-Freetown State Forest is owned by the state and maintained by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. A 323-acre parcel was purchased for $4500 in 1934. Most of the other acreage was purchased in 1935. Currently the forest is 5,441 acres and has 50 miles of unpaved roads and trails. 
   Freetown was purchased in 1659 from the Wampanoag Tribe and became a town in 1683.  The Native Americans in the area already believed the land highly scared and Wamsutta, who sold the land, might not have had the backing of the tribe.  Although the evil energy there seems to date back further than the purchase of the property, this seems to mark the transfer of curse to the settlers and off of the Wampanoag.  Many feel the events of the area have turned the once gentle spirits violent, attracting evil to it and it return being fed by the evil.  Psychics who have visited the area and Native American both claim the horrible crimes and hauntings will not stop until the tribe is given back the land.

Wampanoag Nation Reservation

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 Wampanoag Nation Reservation was established in 1939. The history of this reservation began with the Wattuppa Reservation located in Fall River Mass.

Wattuppa Reservation
    During the King Phillip War (1675-1676) The war turned when some of the Indians including members of the Fall River based Pocasset Wampanoag Tribe agreed to fight alongside the English.
   In 1778 Colonial Captain Benjamin Church, who recruited tribe members, deeded 190-acres of land in Fall River Mass. to the Pocasset Tribe members who fought on the English side. The land then became known as "Wattuppa Reservation", named for the two ponds in the area.
   In 1907 The City of Fall River took 100-acres of the "Watuppa Reservation" by eminent domain, in order to protect the city'sdrinking water supply.
   In the 1930's the State of Massachusetts was under pressure from federal officials, adopted The Acts of 1939 which provided 227-acres of land in Freetown to compensate for the land the was taken by the City of Fall River in 1907. In 1976, an Executive Order from Governor Dukakis strengthened the Reservation by granting tribal rights to the Wampanoag Nation. The land in Freetown is under the control of the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The current "Wattuppa Reservation" contains 97-acres of land, which the Pocasset Wampanoags still use.

Wampanoag Cultural Center
   The Assonet Wampanoag tribe Cultural Center building in the Freetown-Fall River State Forest was destroyed by an arson fire on June 27 2009. The center was built in the 1990's and was used as a gathering place for meetings, celebrations and teachings. The building had suffered many acts of vandalism during the recent years.


Profile Rock

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Profile Rock is also known as Joshua's Mountain. The rock is 50-feet high and solid granite.  Joshua's Mountain was named after Joshua Tisdale (1646-1718) who constructed his home and a mill on land that his father had deeded to him. His father, John Tisdale, was one of the original purchasers (23rd lot) of what is today the Town of Freetown on April 2 1659. The site was privately owned for many years until it was sold to the State of Massachusetts and opened to the public. Profile Rock and the surrounding 60-acres of land were added to the Fall River-Freetown State Forest in 1955.
    According to legend, the profile is that of Wampanoag Chief Massasoit. The site is reportedly the location where his son (King Phillip) stayed the night before he was captured and later killed. There is a possibility that King Phillips hid his sachem belt here. This location has been sacred to the Wampanoag’s; the rock is from the "gods" to represent Chief Massasoit. However, the likeness was created in the mid 1800's, so the face has not been there since the dawn of time. It was created from dynamite.

  There is another local legend around Profile Rock. There was a village thief who on Sunday's while everyone in town was at church would steal peoples belongings and hide in a cave that once stood in the area where Profile Rock stands today. The town folk found out, and tracked him down to this cave. After recovering the stolen property the townspeople thought it would be in the best interest to destroy the cave. Dynamite was set up and the cave was collapsed; out of the rubble came “Profile Rock
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"The Ledge"

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  Located inside the Fall River-Freetown State Forest, the ledge is a spot worthy of a visit.  The ledge has had its share of tragedies throughout the years. It has been the place of numerous suicides and car dumping.  The ledge is approx 80 feet deep, divers have yet to reach the bottom. Some people claim to have sensed an overwhelming feeling of dread at the ledge. It is also a rumored  hotspot for cult activity, as well as various parts throughout the forest, mainly the southern side.
   “The Ledge” was owned by the Fall River Granite Company and was used as a quarry during the 1800's.  Granite taken from this specific quarry was used in constructing many of the Fall River's mills, Fall River YMCA, Fall River Public Library and the original BMC Durfee High School. Additionally granite from this quarry was used at Fort Adams (RI), Taunton State Hospital, New Bedford Waterworks and the New York State House in Albany NY.



Pet Cemetery

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   Pet Cemetery is located off Bell Rock Road inside the Fall River-Freetown State Forest. The land used for the cemetery was donated by the City of Fall River, for use by the Fall River Animal Rescue League. The cemetery has not been used since the 1984. Recently the land was donated back to the Greater Fall River Land Conservancy, which will ensure the land will be preserved.


Wampanoag Legend - Pukwedgies

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    According to Wampanoag folklore: "A pukwudgie is a 2 to 3 foot tall troll whose features resemble those of a human but have larger noses, fingers  and ears. Their skin is described as being smooth grey, and at times  has been known to glow."  Indians believe that Pukwudgies are best left alone.  If they are seen they shouldn't be messed with, or they will  repay you by playing nasty tricks on you, following you or simply  causing trouble. They were once friendly to humans, but they turned  against them. They are known to supposedly kidnap people, push them off  cliffs, attack their victims with short knives or spears, and to use sand to blind their victims."

How did this Wampanoag folklore begin ? 

  "Legends of the Pukwudgie began in connection to Maushop, a mythical giant believed by the Wampanoag to have created Cape Cod. He was loved  by the Wampanoags, but the Pukwudgies were jealous of the affection the Natives had for him. They became mischievous and aggravated the Natives  until they asked Granny Squanit, Maushop’s wife, for help. Maushop  collected as many as he could. He shook them until they were confused and tossed them around New England. Some died, but others landed,  regained their minds and made their way back to Massachusetts.
   Satisfied  he had done his job and pleased his wife, Maushop went away for a while. In his absence, the Pukwudgies had returned. They again changed  their relationship with the Wampanoags. They were no longer a nuisance, but began kidnapping children, burning villages and forcing the Wampanoag deep into the woods and killing them. Squanit again stepped  in, but Maushop, being very lazy, sent his five sons to fix the problem.  The Pukwudgies lured them into deep grass and shot them dead with magic arrows. Enraged, Squanit and Maushop attacked as many as they could  find and crushed them, but many escaped and scattered throughout New England again. The Pukwudgies regrouped and tricked Maushop into the  water and shot him with their arrows. Some legends say they killed him  while others claim he became discouraged and depressed about the death  of his sons, but Maushop disappears from the Wampanoags' mythology."

   It has been reported that Pukwudgie encounters have occurred in the Fall-Freetown State Forest. The forest contains the 227 acre Watuppa Reservation which belongs to the Wampanoag Nation. 

    There  is a serious lack of evidence, no photos and no verifiable witnesses.  Some have claimed to have interviewed people who have  claimed to see  these creatures, yet little details or where, when, such creatures were  seen. The most outrageous reports
 claim that these creatures are the  leading cause why people jump (or are pushed) off the Ledge in the Fall-River-Freetown State Forest

UFO's in the Forest ?

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    There have been many who have claimed to see UFO's in the Bridgewater Triangle area. These reported sightings are still unexplained even today. One particular sighting story keeps getting told, 

Here is the story about the famous sighting:
  There has been a few in the paranormal field who claim that President Ronald Reagan had an encounter with a UFO over the Assonet Ledge. Their story claims that the "during the 1980's the UFO began to follow Air Force One, thus prompting fighters to be scrambled."  The story then changed into "Its' claimed a mysterious light came out of the forest from the area of the Assonet ledge, and was stalking Air Force One". 



Cult Activities

Ice Shack

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   The Ice Shack Ice Shack was constructed for purposes of logging during the 1940's. It is claimed by many including law enforcement to have been the location where cult activity had  taken place. It is also reported to be the location where Carl Drew (Fall River Cult Murders) participated in drug and cult activities. Animal bones have been found in the surrounding area but no human bones have ever been found.




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   During the late 1970's and 1980's there were rumors of cult activity within the Fall River-Freetown State Forest. Initially, the police dismissed this claiming it was just left over "hippies" from the 1960's. As time went on, it was determined not to be "hippies" and there was in fact satanic activities going on. 
  This was an actual photo from the 1980's of the underground bunker found deep inside the Fall River/Freetown State Forest. Inside the bunker was evidence of satanic activity. 

Pentagram 
   In the 1980s a cranberry bog worker in Freetown noticed people with black robes in the woods coming in and around this make shift shack in the forest, so he contacted the Freetown Police Department. Detective Alves (Ret.) arrived at the location. 
  This photograph was taken and photographs of this area. The worker showed the detective a makeshift shack as well. Oddly, this pentagram was destroyed by the bog worker after the photos were taken. The following day not only was the pentagram back, but the same rocks were in the same spots by size. 


Mary Lou Arruda Murder Case 1978

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    On September 8 1978 about 4PM Mary Lou Arruda was last seen riding her bicycle near her home in Raynham Mass.  Her bicycle was found around 430PM by the  side of the road, next to it was a tire track with an acceleration mark. The tire track showed an abnormal wear pattern, also located close by  was a Benson & Hedges cigarette. A number of  witnesses came forward reporting seeing a bright green car with a black racing strip. Police  obtained a driver's description. At 5PM the boy who found Arruda's  bicycle returned it to her parents, who had just finished reporting Arruda missing to the Raynham Police Department. An  extensive search was conducted for three (3) days in the area she was last seen  On  September 9 police had developed photos of the tire tracks found near the bicycle.  On September 10 police circulated a wanted  poster containing the composite likeness of the driver of the bright green car.  On September 13 Police received information on James Kater and a photo.  September 19 Kater along with his attorney and wife met with Raynham police. Police notified his appearance matched that of  the wanted poster. In addition he smoke Benson & Hedges cigarettes  and drove a bright green 1976 Opel with a black racing strip. His  right  front tire had excessive wear, photos were taken.  James Kater from Brockton Mass was a donut maker and was on probation for an incident  in 1969. Kater plead guilty to assault with intent to rape, assault & battery with a dangerous weapon and kidnapping. All of the charges were from a 1968 kidnapping and attack on other young girl from Andover Mass.
     On November 11 1978 the body of 15 yr old Mary Lou Arruda was  discovered decomposing tied to a tree in the Freetown-Fall River State  Forest. Her body was discovered by a dirt bike rider. The cause of  death was ruled by the medical examiner as strangulation by ligature or positional asphyxia. The medical examiner determined she was alive and  in a standing position when she was tied to the tree, but once she  became unconscious the weight of her head against the ligature around  her neck caused her to suffocate. It was determined she died the same  day she went missing. She was later buried in the St. Joseph's Cemetery in Raynham Mass.
         At the trial, James Kater testified on his own behalf and acknowledged his guilt in the 1968 incident. He stated was rebuilding his life since his release from prison in January 1976. Kater denied any involvement with the Arruda case.
    In 1979 Kater was convicted of 1st degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court overturned the verdict,  and he was convicted again in 1986. The verdict once again was  overturned. He was retried  in 1992, ending in a mistrial. He was retried in 1996 and was finally convicted. Kater is currently serving his sentence in a federal prison at Lompoc, California where he was moved for his safety.
                                     

Bridgewater Triangle

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 Bridgewater Triangle

     The Bridgewater Triangle is an area of about 200 square miles within southeastern Massachusetts in the United States. Since colonial times the area has been a site of alleged paranormal phenomena, ranging from UFO and "black helicopter" sightings (including many with multiple points of corroboration including police and a local news team), to poltergeists and orbs, balls of fire and other spectral phenomena, various "bigfoot" sightings, giant snakes and 'thunderbirds', as well as the mutilation of cattle and other livestock.
    Although known for centuries as an area of unusual and unexplained activity, the specific boundaries of the Bridgewater Triangle were first defined by paranormal researcher Loren Coleman in his book Mysterious America. The Triangle encompasses the towns of Abington, Rehoboth and Freetown at the points of the triangle, and Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, Middleboro, Dighton, Berkley, Raynham, Easton, Lakeville, and Taunton inside the triangle.  

Hockomock Swamp

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 In the upper section of the Bridgewater Triangle is the mysterious and largely untouched Hockomock Swamp, which means "the place where spirits dwell", and which was called "The Devil's Swamp" by early settlers. 
  One of the most common phenomena observed in the area is "spooklights" or the will-o'-the-wisp, sometimes known as ghost lights, a phenomenon typically seen in boggy or swampy areas. Mysterious lights also appear along train tracks every January, and foxfire has often been observed within the swamp.
  For hundreds of years, the Hockomock and surrounding areas have been a hotbed of reported supernatural events and strange sightings and experiences.
  The Hockomock Swamp, contained within parts of Bridgewater, Easton, Norton, Raynham, Taunton, and West Bridgewater, and crossed by a number of roads (including Route 24 and Route 138) and an old railroad bed, is 6,000 acres of black rivers, marshes and ponds, thickets of cedar and maple trees, beds of brush, twisting vines, sinkholes, and quicksand, with some of it miles removed from human habitat. It is rich in animal, plant, and geologic diversity. The swamp itself and the 17,000-acre ''Area of Critical Environmental Concern" (a designation granted by the state in 1990) in which the swamp sits, serve as a sponge and release valve for rain water and melting snow, thus protecting the area from flooding. The swamp and its environs represent the largest freshwater vegetated wetland system in Massachusetts. Human artifacts discovered in the swamp have been dated at some 9,000 years old.
  Over generations, many have believed the Hockomock is home to spirits, strange animals, and more. Stories abound: There are the vicious, giant dogs with red eyes seen ravenously sinking their fangs into the throats of ponies; a flying creature that resembled a pterodactyl, the dinosaur that could fly; Native-American ghosts paddling canoes; and glowing somethings hovering above the trees. There's also talk of a shaggy half-man, half-ape seen shuffling through the woods.
  Students of the paranormal have speculated that negative and disruptive energy was created when the Native Americans of the region were so horribly persecuted, and that that energy continues to circulate in the Hockomock. There have been reports of cult and satanic rituals conducted in the swamp.
  Joe DeAndrade thinks the swamp may be the habitat of a creature yet to be identified. In 1978, DeAndrade, then 24, was standing on the shore of Clay Banks, a pond in Bridgewater near the swamp. His back was to the water.
  ''I was standing there, and for some reason I had to turn around," DeAndrade says. '' maybe 200 yards away, there was this -- well, I don't know what it was. It was a creature that was all brown and hairy, like a big apish-and-man thing. It was making its way for the woods, but I didn't stick around to watch where it was going. I ran for the street."
  He has never figured out what it was he saw. Not long after his encounter, the Bridgewater resident organized expeditions in search of the Bigfoot-like creature. Equipped with cameras and rifles, the searchers trekked deep into the Hockomock Swamp two or three times. They found not a trace of the beast. About five years after DeAndrade saw his creature, another local resident reported seeing something similar.
      John Baker, a veteran fur trapper, was about a mile from his West Bridgewater home, on a canoe in a river in the swamp, laying muskrat lines on a winter night. Paddling along in the quiet, Baker heard a loud crash and rumble of an animal in the nearby woods. Frozen with fear, he saw a large hairy beast slog into the river and pass within a few yards.
      ''I knew it wasn't a human because when it passed by me I could smell it," Baker said in an interview in 1998. ''It smelled like a skunk: musty and dirty."
      Baker, who died in 2001, always maintained that he could not identify what he saw, but that in his more than 30 years of trapping in the swamp, he never saw such a thing before or since.

 

Wampanoag Tribe


 

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The Wampaoag Tribe consists of five (5) tribes, with two (2) that have gained federal recognition.
     The Wampanaogs lived in southern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, as well as Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Their population numbered in the thousands, however in 1616-1619, the Wampanoags suffered a devisting epidemic. The epidemic caused a high fatality rate and nearly destroyed the tribe.
  The epidemic lead the Wampanoags to convert to Christianity. During the early decades, relations were friendly, but a time went on the tribe began to resist colonial encroachment. The King Phillip's War against the colonist resulted in the deaths of 40% of the tribe. Most of the male survivors were sold into slavery in the West Indies, and the females and children were enslaved in England.

The Aquinnah Wampanoag of Gay Head   
    This tribe is the only one to have a formal land-in-trust reservation, which is located on Martha's Vineyard. The reservation consists of 485-acres and is located on the southwestern part of the island. The tribe was federally recognized in 1987.

  The Assonet Wampanoags  
  This tribe established an inter-tribal council entity in 1990 and is based in New Bedford. The Assonet tribe claims as traditional tribal lands extending from New Bedford to Rehoboth.

  The Herring Pond Wampanoags  
  The Herring Pond tribe claims as traditional tribal lands extending from Plymouth to areas of Cape Cod. 

  The Mashpee Wampanoags  
   This tribe was established in 1972. The tribe was federally recognized in 2007.

 The Namasket Wampanoags  
   This tribe was established 2000. The tribe claims ownership of the 100-acre Watuppa Reservation in Fall River.


Chief Massasoit Bloodline

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    Very little is known about Chief Massasoit prior to the Pilgrims in 1620. It is believed that he was about 40 years of age when the Pilgrims landed in 1620 in Plymouth, Ma. It's believed that he became the Chief of the Wampanoag Federation sometime between 1605 and 1615. Chief Massasoit was a longtime friend of the colonists and likely prevented their early starvation. For the remainder of his live he lived in peace with colonists and was true to his word.  Chief Massasoit had two (2) brothers:
  Quadequina - Massasoit's chief councilor, no records have been found regarding his death.
  Akkompion - Metacomet's chief councilor, captured July 31 1676 along with Chief Massasoit's daughter (name unknown)

Chief Massasoit had five (5) children; three (3) sons and two (2) daughters
 1Wamsutta (x-1662) means "warm heart" and was given the English name "Alexander". Wamsetta married Weetamoe "The Squaw Sachem of Pocasset" and the daughter of Pocasset Wampanoag Chief Corbitant. Wamsutta traveled to Duxbury Ma with his family to meet with Major Winslow. Wamsutta became ill with a fever and his family begged to take him home. He died while descending into a waiting canoe. On Aug 1676 Weetamoo drowned in the Taunton River while attempting to flee from the English, her body was recovered and beheaded. Weetamoe's head was mounted on a pole in Taunton Ma for other Indian prisoners to see. 

2. Metacomet (x-1667) means "killer of wolves" and was given the English name "Phillip". Metacomet married Wotonekanuske (Weetamoe's sister), they had one (1) child that was sold into slavery. Metacomet became the leader of the Wampanoag tribe upon the death of his brother in 1662.

3. Sunconewhew (x-1675) very little is known about this third son. His name has only appeared once on a land sale to the English in 1641. It is beleived Metacomet has him killed on July 18 1675.

4. Daughter (name unknown) (x-1676) was captured with Massasoit's brother July 31 1676.

5. Aime (x-x) married Tuspaquin "of Assawomsett". Tuspaquin was captured and killed by the English in Plymouth in 1676.    Aime and Tuspaquin had two (2) children:  William Tuspaquin - fought in the King Phillip's War, was killed May 14 1676.
  Benjamin Tuspaquin - "warrior", a portion of his jaw was shot off during a battle. It's unclear which side his loyalties were, he is mentioned as a member of Captain Church's militia. Benjamin died suddenly after the war while sitting in his wigwam. Benjamim Tuspaquin married Weecum, They had five (5) children 

1. Benjamin Tuspaquin Jr. married Mercy Felix "Betty" Assawetough. "Betty" was the daughter of John Sassamon. This marriage caused great controversy since Sassamon was considered a traitor to the Indians. They had a daughter named Lydia Squin, 
Lydia Squin later married and had Phebe Squin, she later married Silas Ross. Silas died as sea, they had two (2) children
 2. Esther Tuspaquin married Tobias Sampson, they had no children
 3. Hannah Tuspaquin married Quam, they had two (2) children: Hope (never married)  John died at sea (never married)
 4. Mary Tuspaquin married Issac Sissel, they had three (3) children: Mercy, Mary, Arbella (two died in infancy)
 5. Lydia Tuspaquin married Wamsley,  Lydia drowned in Assawomsett Pond in 1812, and Wamsley was lost at sea in Feb 1851. Lydia and Wamsley had five (5) children:
   Paul Wamsley married Phebe Jeffries, they had seven (7) children: Mary, Jane, Wealthy, Lydia, Ephraim,Bathsheba, and unknown.    
   Zerviah Wamsley (x-1816) married James Johnson, had one (1) child, Arbella died at 3 mos old.
   Jane Squeen (1771-1794)
   Benjamin Wamsley (x-1799) died at sea
   Phebe Wamsley (1770-1839) married (Pvt Rev. War) Silas Rosier died at sea, they had two (2) children:
 Martin Rosier (1792-1792)  John Rosier (1793-1851) married Jane Wamsley, his cousin, (d of Paul & Phebe Jeffries) they had one (1) son never married. John drowned in Assawamsett Pond   
        Phebe remarried after Silas's death to Brister Gould, they had seven (7) children:
                      Brister drowned in Weymouth on Aug 28 1823
Betsey (1797-1824), Lydia (1799-1855), Jane S (1801-1844),Ruby (1803-1851)Malinda (1805-1824), Zerviah (1807-1859), Benjamin (1809-x) died at sea.

Zerviah Gould (x- 1898) married Thomas Mitchell (x-1859). 
    They had eleven (11) children      
  Jane W (1827-1840)                                                   Thomas C. (1838-1859) 
  Zerviah G (1828-1926)                                                John B.  (1841-1870) Lost at Sea
  Levina C (1830-1841)                                                  Lydia A.  (1843-x) 
  Delores B "Chic Chic Chewee" (1834-1875)                  Emma J. (1846-x)
  Melinda "Tewelleema" (1836-1919)                              Charolotte "Wootonekanuske" (1848-1933)
                                                    Alonzo H. (1850-x)

      On Feb 21 1917 the Massachusetts General Court passed a resolution granting annuities to Teeweleema (Melinda) Mitchell and her two (2) sisters. Teeweleema Mitchell, Wootonekanskue (Charolette) Mitchell and Zeriah (Mitchell) Robinson were to receive quarterly installments of $100 on Dec 1, 1916 to the aged and needy Indian woman of the Wampanoag tribe and residents of Lakeville Ma. until their death.


Zurvich G. Mitchell vs. Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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      In 1857 Wampanoag Indian Zurviah G. Mitchell challenged the commonwealth to have the guardianship program removed,  and have four (4) lots of land she claimed in Fall River (Wattuppa Reservation), and requested payment for the timber removed by the guardian, Benjamin Winslow, of the Fall River Indians. 
   Winslow was an opponent of Native equality, claiming that the Native "would receive no benefit from the privilege of citizenship, if it was put upon them."
     At the time Mrs. Mitchell claims to a full eighth of the entire reservation in Fall River caused resentment by the others that resided on the reservation. They had claimed that Mrs Mitchell "had taken liberties not heretofore allowed or claimed by any other member of the tribe." Hostility towards Mrs. Mitchell grew, and was not discouraged by Mr. Winslow.  Sadly, little did the Fall River Natives realize that Mrs Mitchell's legal challenge was a critique of the Commonwealth's guardianship program, nor did they comprehend that it was the begining of the demise of the guardianship system. 
     On Apr 2 1861 The Commonwealth resolved to pay an amount of money due Mrs. Mitchell for the wood cut from the lots on the reservation. Upon agreement with Mrs. Mitchell on the amount of money, she will in turn relinquish to the Commonwealth all her rights,title and interest in said lots.
    In 1861, The Commonwealth's Commissioner of Indians, John M Earle, determined that Mrs. Mitchell was entirely competent to manage her own affairs and didn't require or want guardianship.     
    In 1869, "An Act to Enfranchise the Indians of the Commonwealth" was established, which ended the guardianship program and gave the same rights and privileges to the Indians as the white citizens.

"Betty's Neck" Lakeville Mass.

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     The 483-acre peninsula that juts into the Assawampsett Pond (Place of the white Stones) has a long history dating back to the Wampanoag Tribe.  In 1673 Old Tuspaquin and his son William Tuspaquin deeded a gift of 27-acres to John Sassamon at Assawamsett Neck.  Mar 11, 1673, the same parties deeded to an Indian named Felix, son-in-law to John Sassamon, 58 1/2 acres of land. 
     In a deed dated Dec 23 1673 Indian Tuspaquin and his son William Tuspaquin deeded the land as a gift to Assowetoh (English name "Betty"), daughter of John Sassamon.
    In 1679 Massachusetts Governor Winslow ordered that all lands that were formerly John Sassamon's shall be given to his son-in-law Felix (husband of Assowetoh), and the said lands shall remain his and his heirs forever.
    Felix died before Assowetoh, and in her 1696 will, she gave the land to her daughter Mercy Felix (wife of Benjamin Tuspaquin, grandaughter to John Sassomon).
    The sisters of Benjamin Tuspaquin were quite disgusted at the fact that Benjamin married Mercy Felix, the grandaughter of John Sassamon. As history has it, John Sassamon was regarded as a prime betrayer to the Wampanoag Tribe.
     "Betty's Neck" was the homeland of Chief Massasoit, the leader of the Wampanoag tribe. Chief Massasoit's daughter (Aime) and her descendants lived on Betty's Neck until the 1926, thus making ten generations to inhabit the land.  For the last 50 years the land had been owned and farmed by a local cranberry growing operation.  When cranberry prices dropped the company decided to sell the land. The Town of Lakeville was able to acquire 292 acres of land and set conservation restrictions on the other 150 acres, at a cost of $8.4 million. The remaining 38 acres was purchased for $600,000 by the Trust for Public Land, at a time in the future the Trust will deed the land to the Town of Lakeville.


Royal Wampanoag Cemetery 1676-1812

     This cemetery sits on the shore of  Little Quitticas Pond. The property surrounding the cemetery is owned by the City of New Bedford. It is reported to contain twenty-three (23) graves, but finding and identifying all those interred here is difficult. All those buried here are descendants of Wampanoag Chief Massasoit.  Interred on the scared site:  Lydia Tuspaquin (x-1812), Jane Squeen (1771-1794), Benjamin Wamsley (x-1799)

Indian Shore Cemetery

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     Located down an old access road lies grave markers of four Native Americans. The graves marked the burials of the last Wampanoag tribal members that lived in that area for hundreds and probably thousands of years.  
   Two grave stones (and foot stones) marked the graves of a Thomas Smith (died 1872 age 62) and a William Smith (died 1875 age 61). Sadly these stones were located lying against a tree in a swampy area.  It was quite clear that these stones had been moved from the original location of the burials. It is believed that the graves were actually once located a few hundred yards away, next to two traditional ancient burial mounds. The original location of the burials now lies within ahousing development that was constructed in 1998. It is strongly believed the stones were moved during the construction, but the remains were not moved, but bulldozed. It appears no effort was made to contact the town when the stones were discovered. 
                                           Interred on this sacred site : 
    John Rosier (x-1851) John Sassamon (x-1675) Thomas N. Smith (x-1872)William Smith (x-1875)

    Jan 2009 The Lakeville police were notified that the foot stone with the initials T.N.S. (Thomas N Smith) had been stolen from the cemetery. It is believed the stone was stolen between Sept 20 and Oct 17 2008. The Wampanoag tribe has since decided to take possession of the remaining stones and have removed them from the site.  According to Indian legend.... "The repercussions of this (theft and disturbance) are that bad energy will come because people are unsettled. When you disrupt something it is unsettled and it is out of our hands, it's in the hands of the elements," 
March 2009 Lakeville Police report the foot stone was located. 

Mourn not for me, my friends so dear,
Although in death I slumber here
My days are past, my grave you see
Therefore prepare to follow me
— Grave inscription for Thomas N. Smith, Lakeville, 1872
 
 

Sprague Mansion - Cranston RI

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National Historical Register 1971
  The Sprague mansion was constructed around 1790. The house was the birthplace of Rhode Island Governor William Sprague III and his nephew Rhode Island Governor William Sprague IV.  The Spragues were wealthy and owned the Cranston Print Works, a textile mill that helped pioneer chemical bleaching in the 1800’s. 

   When the Print Works patriarch, William Sprague, died, he passed the business on to his two sons: Amasa and William II. Both brothers were elected to the state legislature; Amasa focused on the family business while William II focused on politics, serving as a U.S. Representative, Governor and United States Senator. His political career was cut short by Amasa's murder on December 31, 1843. William II resigned from the Senate and returned to Cranston to manage the company.
     On Dec. 31, 1843, Amasa Sprague left his Cranston home to travel to Johnston. The following morning, his bludgeoned body was found beside the road, almost within sight of his mansion. A man suspected of the murder was tried and hanged, but evidence later proved his innocence. John Gordon was the last person executed in Rhode Island, as public indignation led to legislation abolishing capital punishment. The actual killer was never found. Following the murder, the Sprague family fortune dwindled and the home fell into disrepair. 


Paranormal Activity
  Legend has it the mansion is haunted by Amasa Sprague and Charlie the butler.  It’s claimed that a presence still manifests itself in Sprague Mansion. The apparition is most often observed descending the main staircase or is felt as a passing breath of icy air in the wine cellar. 
   Some of the activity in other parts of the house includes: bedding being unexplainably pulled off of the beds, even while people were sleeping in them. In the "Doll Room," lights have been reported to flick on and off on their own, phantom footsteps have been heard, and many have reported feeling a presence in the room with them.

Adam & Elana Emery Case

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   Adam Emery was convicted of 2nd degree murder, which carried a 20-year sentence, on Nov 10 1993 after his trial in Rhode Island Superior Court. The conviction stemmed from an incident that occurred on Aug 31 1990, during which Emery stabbed Jason Bass to death.  Emery had thought that Jason's vehicle had struck his in the parking lot of Rocky Point Amusement Park in Warwick RI. Emery had chased and confronted Bass when the stabbing occurred. It was later determined that Bass's vehicle did not strike Emery's vehicle another vehicle did, which was never located.
     Emery spent eight (8) months at the ACI (Adult Correction Institute) before Adam and Elena's family raised the $270,000 bail including putting up three (3) houses up as surety.
     At the end of the trial, a TV news crew captured Elena on film after the verdict was read speaking to her husband. The RI State Police hired a lip-reader to find out what she had said which was: "We will do what we originally said. You promised me. We should have done this before"
   Emery was permitted to remain free on bail pending formal sentencing which was scheduled for Dec 1993.
  Emery and his wife, Elena, left the courthouse in order to get his affairs in order. Four hours after the guilty verdict, his vehicle was discovered on the Newport Bridge (Newport RI).  Located in the vehicle were the keys, credit cards and the same clothes Adam and Elena wore to court that day. Also located in the vehicle was a receipt for $240 from Kelly's Sporting Goods store, the purchase was made at 4PM. The purchase contained 2 pairs of 10lb ankle weights, 10lb wrist weights and 20lb waist weights.
Investigators had two theories, they jumped to their death, or they faked their death and are on the run.
    The Emery Family spent $15,000 searching to find the bodies. Now the families stand to lose the three (3) houses that they put up as surety. Arrest warrantswere issued for Elena and Adam. The state charged Elena with aiding and abetting a convicted felon's escape.
  On Jan 18 1994 a federal arrest warrant was issued charging Emery with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
  On Aug 30 1994 a fisherman dredged up a human skull. Dental records proved it was Elena Emery.  No remains of Adam have ever been located.
  On Sept. 14, 2004, Superior Court Judge Daniel Procaccini declared him deceased. Three months later, the State of Rhode Island issued a death certificate. “Declared legally dead by the Superior Court”
  On Jan 10, 2005 Superior Court Judge Vincent A. Ragosta discharged Adam Emery’s bail and released the liens on the property his parents and in-laws posted for his release.
  On Apr 19 2010 Adam Emery was placed on the FBI's wanted list.  The FBI believes Adam is still alive, since no body has been located.
                                         Precious Blood Cemetery
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   The main entrance is in Woonsocket RI with the remainder of the cemetery in Blackstone MA. Precious Blood has been closed to burials since May 31 1955 it contains 16,000 burials. 
    Some of the graves have wooden crosses with handwritten names and epitaphs. There are also ones made of concrete that are crumbling after time. Many of these are located in the back part of the cemetery.
   In August 1955 the area was already by the weakened Hurricane Connie, which dumped nine (9) inches of rain.
Just a week after Hurricane Connie, Hurricane Diane brought even more rain which caused overflowing rivers and ponds.
The Blackstone River runs along-side the cemetery and runs into Harris Pond, all this rain caused the river and Harris Pond to flow over its banks and flood the cemetery. As a result of the flooding, more than fifty (50) caskets surfaced and broke open, causing the deceased to float away.  Some bodies were recovered and reburied, there is speculation that many were reburied under the wrong headstones.
                              Marie Rose Alma Ferron 1902-1936
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      Marie Rose Ferron was born in a barn near Quebec, Canada to a very strong and large (15 children) Catholic Family.  At age 4 her family moved to Fall River MA, then in May 1925 they family moved to Woonsocket RI.
    At an early age it was claimed that Rose saw the child Jesus in a vision. In this vision it’s claimed that Jesus was carrying the cross and the look of melancholy on his face was so intense that it remained with her until the day she died.
     She began to present the wounds of Stigmata are bodily marks, sores, or sensations of pain in locations corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ, such as the hands and feet. By the age of twenty Rose was bedridden, due to her illnesses and wounds. Rose would become one (1) out of 150 Stigmatics of the world who bore Jesus’s precious wounds and one (1) out of 30 who bore all 5 of his precious wounds.
   Her grave is located at the Precious Blood Cemetery in Woonsocket RI. Many have also testified to an exquisite fragrance of roses emanating from objects associated with Rose
 
 
                                        Nellie L. Vaughn 1870-1889
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    The story of Nellie Vaughn is a legend.  There is no evidence that she was a vampire. The legend of her being a vampire didn't start till some 80 years after her death. Nellie died of pneumonia at age 19.
  Nellie's original burial was on the Vaughn Homestead. Her remains were moved to the West Greenwich Cemetery when her family sold the property. Her tombstone has a unique engraving:   “ I am waiting and watching for you” 
Most likely intended to mean “I am waiting and watching for you from Heaven.” 
    Due to repeated vandalism, Nellie’s headstone, which was near  the entrance, was eventually removed by town officials.  The cemetery is now closed to the public.
    There is vault within the cemetery with no inscription – which people have been chipping away at over the years…erroneously believing that the body of the “vampire” Nellie has been sealed inside. According to cemetery records the vault contains the remains of two bothers of the Knight family.
 
                                        Mercy L. Brown 1872-1892
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  The story of Mercy Brown is a legend.  There is no evidence that she was a vampire. The legend of her being a vampire was generated out of fear. George and Mary Brown gave birth to 5 children. The family began to suffer from Tuberculosis infections in the final two decades of the 19th century. Tuberculosis (then called Consumption) was poorly understood and became the subject of urban mythology. 
   The mother, Mary Brown was the first to die on Dec 8 in 1883. On June 6 1884 Mary Olive, the eldest daughter, died. In 1890 Edwin became ill he died on May 2 1892. In 1891 Mercy contracted the disease she died on Jan 17 1892. The status of the other two daughters in not known. Friends and neighbors of the family believed that one of the dead family members was a vampire (although they did not use that word) and caused Edwin's illness. At the time folklore linked multiple deaths in one family to undead activity. 
   George Brown was persuaded to exhume the bodies, which he did with the help of several villagers on March 17, 1892. While the bodies of both Mary and Mary Olive had undergone significant decomposition over the years, the more recently buried body of Mercy was still relatively unchanged and had blood in the heart. This was taken as a sign that the young woman was undead and was the cause Edwin's condition. 
    It's important to note the cold weather made the soil virtually impenetrable, essentially guaranteeing that Mercy's body was kept in freezer-like conditions in an above-ground crypt during the 2 months following her death. Mercy's heart was removed from her body, burnt, and the remnants mixed with water and given to the sick Edwin to drink. He died two months later.
   The legend of Mercy Brown was so strong that someone stole Mercy's gravestone. The headstone was missing and it had been determined it was stolen between Aug 8 and Aug 14 1996.
    There was a $50 reward offered, but it was proved unneeded. The headstone was recovered only a few days later on Aug 19 1996 about 15 feet from Mercy's grave. It is still unknown who or why the stone was stolen
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Paranormal Activity 
  Rumors of strange lights, shadow figures, and a female dressed in a white dress has been reported.
 
                                        Rose Martin 1914-1998
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    In 1994 80 year old Rose Martin announced to her friends and family that she wished to be buried in her 1962 Corvair, next to her husband. She even went as far as to include her last wish in her will.
  "She prearranged with us, and this was her wish. It was very well known throughout Tiverton that she wanted this," said director of the Oliveira Funeral Home in Fall River Mass.
   Mrs. Martin bought the Corvair for $2,500 in 1962 mainly for her son, but he declined to use it and preferred a different vehicle.  So Mrs. Martin then used the vehicle mainly around town.  At the end of Mrs. Martin's life the vehicle had 87,000 miles. 
  Mrs. Martin served as the Tiverton Police Departments first matron.  Prior to her death she chose six members of the Tiverton Police Department to serve as pallbearers. She had called them "her boys.''
  On May 2 1998 Rose Martin died. Mourners at her burial grinned through their tears as six (6) Tiverton police officers acting as pallbearers slid the inlaid wood coffin into an opening in the rear of the Corvair, which had been altered to accommodate the casket. The car was then lowered into the ground with a crane. It took up four burial plots.
 
 

Carey Mansion (Seaview Terrace) Newport RI

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Carey Mansion - Seaview Terrace
   Originally called the Seaview Terrace is the 5th largest mansion in Newport RI. In 1907 millionare Edson Bradley constructed a French-Gothic mansion in Washington D.C. It included a Gothic chapel with seating for 150 people, a large ballroom, an art gallery and a 500-seat theater. When completed in 1911 it was called “Aladdin’s Palace”.
   In 1923 Mr. Bradley began disassembling “Aladdin’s Palace” and started to relocate it in Newport RI.
    The Seaview Terrace was constructed in 1885 and it was incorporated into the mansion Mr. Bradley was moving from Washington D.C. A new “Seaview Terrace” was born out of combining both mansions together. In total Seaview Terrace cost over $2 million to construct.
    In 1929 Mrs. Julia W. Bradley, wife of Edson Bradley, died and her funeral was held in the chapel inside the house. Mr. Bradley spent five (5) summers at the mansion before his death in 1935. Julia B. Shipman, daughter of the Bradley took possession of the estate and lived there until 1941. She vacated the house on July 24 1942 after a dispute with the City of Newport over non-payment of three (3) years of back taxes. During WWII the house was used by the US Army as an officer’s quarters. In 1949 the property was purchased for $8,000.
   In 1950 the mansion became an exclusive all-girl summer boarding school, and was renamed “Burnham-by-the-sea”. The house was owned, the summer schoolwas run by Mr. and Mrs. George Waldo Emerson. 
   In 1968 the Burnham School merged with the Stoneleigh Prospect Hill School, which took over operation of the school. 
    From 1966 to 1971 the Gothic soap opera “Dark Shadows” used the mansion as the exterior set for the fictional Collinwood Mansion.
    In 1974 Martin and Millicent Carey purchased the mansion. The Careys’ faced a large cost for the upkeep and decided the lease the main house and gatehouse to Salve Regina University. The mansion was then renamed the “Carey Mansion”. On Aug 31 2009 Salve Regina University terminated the lease with the Carey family. The Carey’s daughter, Denise Carey currently resides in the mansion.
   On March 6 2013 the SyFy network featured the mansion in a realty show called “Stranded”.

Paranormal Activity
  There are reports that a nun hung herself in the chapel, this hasn’t yet been proven. Mrs. Bradley is believed to roam and claims have been made that she has been seen playing the organ. Footsteps, banging, voices, shadows have been seen.
 
                                               Belcourt Castle
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   The Belcourt Castle is the third largest mansion in Newport and was constructed by Oliver H.P. Belmont (1858-1908). Belmont began construction of the  summer cottage in 1891 and completed in 1894 at a cost of $3.2 Million. The 50,000 square-foot, 60 room castle was designed by Richard Morris Hunt, and it was based on the Louis XIII hunting lodge at Verailles. Richard Hunt had designed the base of the Statue of Liberty, many other Newport mansions. The mansion was scheduled to be open on July 4 1894. However, Belcourt remained closed that year due to Belmont being hospitalized in New York after being a victim of a mugging.
   In 1896 Belmont married Alva Vanderbilt (1853-1933), the former husband of William K. Vanderbilt.
In the divorce from  William Vanderbilt, Alva received a $10-million financial settlement which included the Marble House in Newport. Alva Belmont (Vanderbilt) made several changes to the already accentric mansion.
 Alva and Oliver are buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York.
    In 1933 upon the death of Alva Belmont, Belcourt was passed to 80-year old Perry Belmont, who was Alva's brother-in-law. At the beginning of WWII, Perry Belmont had most of the contents moved to his other estates in Newport, as Newport became an active naval base. Several pieces of Alva's collection were auctioned off.
  In 1940 Perry Belmont sold the castle to George Waterman for $1,000. Waterman drafted a plan to use Belcourt as an antique auto museum. There was one condition to the sale, Waterman had to restore the castle as close to Richard Hunt's design. Waterman was then informed that zoning wouldn't allow his antique museum.
   In 1943 George Waterman sold Belcourt to Edward Dunn. Dunn never resided at Belcourt during the 11 years he owned it. Dunn rented the stables to the military.
  In 1954 Edward Dunn sold Belcourt to Elaine & Louis Lorillard for $ 22,500. The Lorillards envisioned using Belcourt as a seat for the Newport Jazz Festival. The lawn was the used for many concerts, but Belcourt had deteriorated from being uninhabited for over two decades.  
   In 1956 The Lorillards sold Belcourt to the Tinney Family for $25,000. The Tinney's then changed the name from "Belcourt" to "Belcourt Castle". The Tinney's began to fill the castle with their own collection of antiques and reproductions. In 1956 the Tinney Family consisted of Harold Tinney (1901-1989), his wife Ruth Tinney (1906-1995), and their son Donald Tinney (1934-2006) and Ruth's aunt Nellie Fuller (1881-1972). In 1960 Donald Tinney married Harle Hanson, who had worked as a tour guide at Belcourt. Presently Harle (Hanson) Tinney is the only surviving member of the family, and the current owner. The Tinney Family made several renovations including new gates at the Bellevue Avenue entrance.
   In May 2009 Belcourt Castle went up for sale, asking price $7.2 million.  The price was later reduced to $3.9 million 
On Nov 12 2012 Belcourt Castle was sold.


Paranormal Activity
  There have been numerous reports of paranormal activity in the castle. 
     The Ballroom -  The Ballroom is reportedly the place with the most number of unexplainable activities
There are claims of objects being thrown thru the air, furniture being displaced or moved, the sound of footsteps, drop and rise in temperatures and doors shutting without warning. 
   The Salt Chairs - the chairs were used at a time when salt was a commodity and was more valuable than gold and silver. There are claims that people who attempt to sit on the salt chairs find themselves being resisted by an unknown force, denying them a seat. 
  Monk - Statue of a monk covered in a robe that is believed to keep shifting its position. 
 Armor - Armor belonging to a man that died when a spear went through the eye-slot and out the other end.
     Many claim that he can be heard screaming in and around March, the approximate time of his death.
 
                                             Astor Mansion
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    Built in 1851 for New York merchant Daniel Parrish, it later became the summer estate of the Astor family.  When Mrs. Astor died she left it to her son John Jacob Astor IV, who married his second wife Madeleine. After John's death on the Titanic in 1912, it passed to his widow Madeleine, who turned the entire third floor into her own personal walk-in closet. After she died it was turned into Newport's only living history museum and featured actors portraying the daily lives of those who inhabited, ran and cared for the estate. 
   


Paranormal Activity
  Reports of a full-bodied apparition of a woman known as only as "the lady in yellow" appears in an early 1900's gown.
 
                                             Fort Adams
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    Fort Adams was established on July 4 1799 as a coastal fortification. Its first commander was Capt. John Henry. The fort is named in honor of President John Adams. 
  The first fort was designed by Maj Louis de Tousard of the Army Corps of Engineers. The fort mounted 12 cannons and was armed during the War of 1812. After the War of 1812, there was a thorough review of the nation's fortification needs and it was decided to replace the older fort with a newer, larger fort. 
   The new fort was designed by Brigadier General Simon Bernard, who had served as a military engineer under Napoleon.  Construction began in 1824 and continued until 1857. 
   The new fort was first armed in August 1841, functioning as an active Army post until 1950. During this time the fort was active in five major wars (the Mexican-American War, American Civil War, Spanish-American, World War I and World War II) but never fired a shot. During the Mexican-American War the fort was briefly under the command of Brigadier General Franklin Pierce who later was elected President of the United States in 1852.
  In 1861 The US Naval Academy was moved to Fort Adams from Annapolis Maryland. In Sept 1861 the Naval Academy moved to the Atlantic House Hotel in Newport and remained there until the end of the Civil War.  
  In 1953 the US Army gave the fort to the US Navy. In 1965 the fort was given to the State of Rhode island for use as Fort Adams State park. The eighty (80) -acre Fort Adams State Park was declared a National Historical Landmark in 1976.
 
                               "God's Little Acre" Colonial Burial Ground 
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  This cemetery is located in Newport and is one of the oldest slave cemeteries in the US.
   It lies within the boundaries of the Common Burying Ground. “God’s Little Acre” contains nearly 450 graves, most of which are difficult to read due to the passage of time. The gravesite dates back to the 1600’s when the first slave ships began to arrive in Newport.  During this time period Newport was a large producer of rum, which was then transported to West Africa and sold in exchange for slaves. Before emancipation took effect, 100,000 slaves were brought to Rhode Island
 
 
 

Rose Island - Rose Island Lighthouse

Rose Island

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Rose Island
   Rose Island is an 18.5 acre island is located off Newport RI just under the Jamestown Bridge. The island allegedly received its name due to appearing similar to a rose at low tide. The island, which is only accessed by boat, has a long and unique place in history. The Native American name for the island is “Conockonoq"

 
 
                                                  
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  Fort Hamilton was constructed in 1798-1800 to accommodate 300 men. The  barracks consisted of nine (9) bombproof chambers with 3 to 4 foot thick  walls.  The fort was partly constructed by Major Louis de Tousard who also designed Fort Adams. The fort is named after Alexander Hamilton.    
   During WWI and WWII the chambers were renovated to store explosives for the Navy’s Torpedo Factory, which was  located on the island. 
   After WWII the US Navy stopped using the island  and declared it  surplus.  The barracks were used as a quarantine station during the 1823 outbreak of Cholera. Many buildings from the original Fort Hamilton still stand today.    
   Victims of the epidemics along with military men who died in Newport are believed to inhabit a number of unmarked mass graves.  In the 1800’s there were reports made of bodies being unearthed and used for medical  research. Today it is not clear where these mass graves are or were located. One cemetery was uncovered in 1938 during construction of a water tower. Several human skeletons in civil war era dress were discovered. The remains  were reburied in an unmarked grave.
 
                                            Rose Island Lighthouse
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Rose Island Lighthouse
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     On July 20 1868 the US Congress approved $7,500 for the construction of the lighthouse; it was completed in 1869, and went into service on Jan 20 1870. The lighthouse was constructed on top of Fort Hamilton’s former “South Battery”. In 1912 a brick oil house was added along with a foghorn.   The construction of the Jamestown Bridge in 1969 then caused the lighthouse to become obsolete and it was decommissioned in 1971. The lighthouse was leased to the University of RI as a marine research center; but vandalism became a problem.
    In the early 1980’s the lighthouse was declared surplus and in 1985 the “Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation” was formed to protect and preserve the lighthouse.  The lighthouse has been preserved to the 1912-1915 period.  In 1992 the lighthouse was opened to the public and in 1993 the lighthouse was relight as a private aid to navigation. 
    On Aug 7 1958 the Lighthouse was nearly destroyed when two (2) tankers collided in heavy fog near Fort Adams and burst into flames. One tanker called “The Graham” floated very close to the lighthouse, forcing the keeper to flee. The tide and wind turned and the tanker floated away from the lighthouse.  In total eighteen (18) men were killed in this accident.

  On August 7, 1993 Rose Island Lighthouse was relighted as a private aid to navigation.

  Lighthouse Keepers :
John Bailey Cozzens 1870-1887, Charles Slocum Curtis 1887-1918, Jesse Orton 1921-1936 
George S. Bell (Lighthouse Service Keeper) 1936-1952  

Paranormal Activity
   Visitors have reported hearing voices, doors slamming. There are rumors that a past lighthouse keeper by the name of Charles Chase who served as keeper for 31 years (1887-1918) haunts the island. Footsteps at night making rounds, similar to the rounds Mr. Chase had made.

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Charles Curtis Lighthouse Keeper 1887-1918
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Amityville Horror House - Amityville NY

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   Amityville NY is a small village in the Town of Babylon within Suffolk County New York. The population is just shy of 10,000 residents. Amityville became best known as the setting of the 1977 novel "The Amityville Horror" by Jay Anson. The book was later turned into a series of films between 1979 and 2005. The story of "Amityville Horror" is traced back to a real life murder case in Amityville in 1974.
   The DeFeo’s purchased the home at 112 Ocean Avenue in 1965.  On Nov 14 1974 Ronald J. “Butch” DeFeo Jr., age 23, shot and killed six (6) members of his family at 112 Ocean Avenue, his parents Ronald Sr. (43) , Louise (42) , and his siblings John Matthew (9), Mark (12), Dawn (18), and Allison (13) with a .35 caliber Marlin rifle. 
   Ronald DeFeo was taken into custody for his own protection after suggesting to police officers at the scene of the crime that the killings had been carried out by a mob hit man named Tony Mazzeo. However, an interview with DeFeo at the station soon exposed serious inconsistencies in his version of events. The following day DeFeo confessed to carrying out the killings. Mazzeo had an alibi for his whereabouts the night of the murders. 
   Ronald Defeo’s trial began on Oct 14 1975. On Nov 21 1975 DeFeo was found guilty on six counts of 2nd-degree murder. On Dec 4, 1975 Ronald DeFeo, Jr. was sentenced to six (6) concurrent sentences of 25 years to life. DeFeo is incarcerated at Green HavenCorrectional Facility in New York. 
     On Dec 18 1975 George and Kathy Lutz purchased the home for $80,000 and moved their family of three (3) children into the house. In Feb 1976 just 28 days after moving in, they fled the home, claiming to have been terrorized by paranormal phenomena.
     The 1925 constructed house featured in the novel and movies still exists, but has been renovated and the address has been changed from 112 Ocean Avenue to 108 Ocean Avenue. In May 2010 the house was put on the real estate market for $1.15 million. It sold in September 2010 for $950,000

 The Hauntings 
   George & Kathy Lutz claimed the house was haunted by demons or evil spirits. The Lutz’s signed a book deal and sold the rights to the tale for $4 million to film-maker Jay Anson. Their story about the events that took place in the house began to unravel.
      The Lutz family never called the police during the 28-day stay in the house. A garage sale took place at the home the day after George claimed to have fled out of fear. George Lutz had taken out a mortgage, which was fully paid off by the profits from the horror story.
     "The Amityville Horror," suspicious claims, actions and admissions on the part of George Lutz himself, supporting statements from other people involved in this case, and eventually a full disclosure by Ronald DeFeo's lawyer, William Weber, that this entire charade was indeed a fabrication.
    The Lutz's later recanted most of their statements and experiences. Kathy and George Lutz divorced in the late 1980's. Kathy Lutz died in 2004 and George died in 2006. 
     The next owners of the property, Jim and Barbara Cromarty, resided in the home for 10 years stated that they never experienced anything out of the ordinary.


Execution Island - Long Island NY

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 Located in Long Island Sound, this tiny deserted island contains lots of history. The name "Execution Island" originates from several folklore legends. There are many versions of the same stories. None of these legends have solid historical evidence to support them. It's interesting to note that some of these legends have been circulating since the birth of our nation.
    It has been said that the name of the rock reef was noted on British charts in the 18th century as "Executioners Rock", because the rock "executed" so many ships.
   A popular legend tells that the British would capture American rebels from the settlements during the Revolutionary War and torture them and then execute them. It was claimed that the British drove spikes into the rock reef and chained condemned prisoners to them at low tide, the as high tide came in it would drown them. 
   The island also became famous due to a serial killer named Carl Panzram.  Today the island is under the authority of the US Coast Guard and there is no public access.

Execution Island Lighthouse
   Commissioned in 1847 completed in 1849, but not lit until 1850, remained in use until 1979. In 2009 the lighthouse was transferred to a group called "Historically Significant Structures Inc." based out of Philadelphia, which they will partner with the Science Museum of Long island to make sure the lighthouse is preserved.


Hart Island - Long Island NY

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  This is a small island at the western end of Long Island. It's approximately one mile long and a quarter-mile wide. The island was purchased by the City of New York in 1869 for $75,000
   Hart Island has served many purposes, from a workhouse, hospital, prison, Civil War internment camp, reformatory and a "Nike" Missile base. The island currently serves as the city's potter's field and is operated by the New YorkDepartment of Corrections.


Prison
  At different time the New York Department of Corrections used the island for a prison. During the Civil War Hart island was used as a prisoner of war camp for four months in 1865. 3,413 captured Confederate soldiers were housed here. 235 of those soldiers died in the encampment, their remains and the remains of some Union soldiers were moved to a cemetery in Brooklyn in 1941.

Cemetery
  The cemetery is 101 acres and is the largest tax-payer funded cemetery in the US. In 1977 the island was vandalized and many burial records were destroyed by a fire. The remaining records were transferred to the Municipal Archives in Manhattan. There are more than 850,000 dead buried here, approximately 2,000 per year. Of this 850,000 one-third of them are infants and stillborn babies.  In 2005 there were 1,419 burials on Hart's Island, 826 adults, 546 infants and still-borns and 47 dismembered body parts.
    The dead are buried in trenches, babies are placed in coffins of various sizes and are stacked 5 coffins high and 20 across. Adults are placed in larger pine boxes according to size and are stacked 3 high and 2 across.  The archives indicate that babies and adults were buried together in mass graves up until 1913. The trenches were then separated in order to make it easier for disinterment of adults. 
    Ceremonies have not been conducted at the burial site since the 1950's and there are no individual grave markers.  The one exception is the first child that died of AIDS in New York, who is buried in isolation. The grave is marker with SP (special child) B1 (baby 1) 1985.
    In the past, the trenches were re-used after 25-50 years, allowing time for sufficient decomposition of the remains. Presently the old buildings are being demolished to make room for new burials.
     Today, these mass burials are conducted by Riker's Island inmates. Those recently interred on Hart Island are not necessarily homeless, but rather people who could not afford the expense of private burial or who were unclaimed by relatives of their death. About 50% of the burials are children (under age 5) who are identified and died in New York City hospitals. The mother's signed for a "city burial". 
     In March 2008 50,000 burial records from 1985-2007 were released to the public, In June 2008 additional records were released for the time period of 1977-1984.
     In 2009 an investigation into the handling of the infants was opened in response to a criminal complaint made to the New York State Attorney General's Office.
     Access to Hart's Island is restricted.  The New York Department of Corrections schedules visits with family who can show proof that a relative is buried on Hart Island.  There is no general public access and news media is not allowed at anytime.


Paranormal Activity
 Since this is restricted, investigating is out. However I can only image what activity they must have going on !!
 
 
 
 
 

The Headless Horseman

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"Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
   This is a short story written by Washington Irving. The story was written by Irving while he was living in Birmingham England and was published in 1820.  The story is set in circa 1790 in a Dutch settlement of Tarrytown NY called Sleepy Hollow.
    Ichabod Crane, a schoolmaster from Connecticut completes with Abraham "Brom Bones" Van Brunt for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, the daughter of a wealthy farmer Baltus Van Tussel. As Crane leaves a party he attended at Van Tassel's home he is pursued by the "Headless Horseman".  The "Headless Horseman" is supposedly the ghost of a Hessian trooper who had his head shot off by a stray cannonball during a "nameless" battle ofthe Revolutionary War.  The "Headless Horseman" rides to the scene of the battle nightly in search of his head.
    Ichabod mysteriously disappears from town, leaving Katrina to marry "Brom Bones". Oddly "Brom Bones" who looks exceedingly knowing whenever the story of Ichabod was told.  Although the nature of the Headless Horseman is left open to interpretation, the story implies that the Horseman was really "Brom Bones" in disguise.


Old Dutch Church & Burial Ground - Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

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National Historical Register 1966
Old Dutch Church (Dutch Reformed Church) 
The church was constructed in 1685 and sits on a 3-acre parcel of land which contains a burial ground. The Old Dutch Church Burial Ground is surrounded by the 90 acre Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Frederick Philipse, who constructed the church, and his family members are interred in the church crypt, while others from the congregation are buried in the church burial ground.

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Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse

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National Historical Register 2009
    In the 1600’s, the British established Fort William and Mary on New Castle Island to defend the entrance to the Piscataqua River and Portsmouth Harbor. This fort was known as “The Castle”.
   In 1771, Royal Governor John Wentworth had a wooden lighthouse built at Fort Point. The lighthouse was the tenth of eleven to be established in the thirteen colonies before the American Revolution. 
   On December 13, 1774, Paul Revere rode from Boston to Portsmouth to notify patriots of an imminent seizure of the stores at Fort William and Mary. Several hundred men defended the fort, No deaths occurred. 
Americans rebuilt the fort starting in 1800 and renamed it Fort Constitution. 
    While Fort Constitution was under construction, a new lighthouse was built on the point in 1804, east of the 1771 tower. A wooden bridge had to be used to access the replacement lighthouse, which stood on a rock near the water’s edge. 
     In 1791 the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse was transferred to the federal government. In 1851 the tower was shortened to fifty-five feet. On December 29, 1854, a fourth-order Fresnel lens replaced the array of lamps and reflectors. A fourth-order lens remains active in the tower today, showing a fixed green light produced by an acrylic cylinder that surrounds the lens. The characteristic has been green since 1941.
    As only one lamp was used inside the lens, a significant savings in oil was realized. Prior to the change, 302.21gallons had been consumed in six months, and afterward only 39.93 were needed over the same amount of time.  The old and decayed lighthouse was replaced in 1877 by a cast-iron tower lined with brick. The iron tower was originally painted white, as its predecessor had been, but in 1887 its daymark was changed to brown. The tower remained brown until it was again painted white in 1902. 
    A bell house was built at the base of the tower in 1896, allowing a 1,048-pound bell to be tolled once every ten seconds. As early as 1886, the keeper had been given a hand bell to be rung in answer to a vessel’s signal. A foghorn replaced the bell in 1972 and kept the same signature as the bell: a single blast every ten seconds. 
   Elson Small served from 1946 to 1948 as the last full-time keeper of Portsmouth Harbor Light, which had been electrified in 1934. Connie Small, who passed away at the age of 103 in 2005, wrote a book in 1986 entitled The Lighthouse Keeper’s Wife, which chronicles her life at the lighthouses. 
     Coast Guard personnel from the discontinued lifesaving station on nearby Wood Island were transferred to Fort Point in 1948. Until automation of the light in 1960, whoever was standing watch at the station was tasked with turning the light on a half-hour before sunset and turned it off the next morning. The watchstander also had to crank up the fog bell mechanism every two hours during limited visibility. 

Paranormal Activity
  To be investigated 
 
 

       Unsolved Mysteries  


"Black Dahlia"

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      The term “Black Dahlia” was a nickname given to Elizabeth Short (1924-1947) who was the victim of a gruesome and highly-publicized murder. Short was found mutilated; her body was sliced in half at the waist on Jan 15 1947 in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, California.  Her remains had been left on a vacant lot.   Short's mutilated body was severed at the waist and completely drained of blood. Her face had been slashed from the corners of her mouth toward her ears, creating an effect called the Glasgow smile. The body had been washed and cleaned and had been "posed" with her hands over her head and her elbows bent at right angles. Her murder remains unsolved.   Short was born in the greater Boston Mass, and lived in Medford Mass., with her four (4) sisters and parents. He father builtminiature golf courses until the 1929 stock market crash, in which he lost the family’s fortune. In 1930 her father parked his car on a bridge and vanished, it was believed he committed suicide. Later it was determined her father was alive and well and living in California.    In 1943, at age 19, Short traveled to Vallejo California to live with her father. This arrangement wasn’t working out and she was returned to Florida and had occasional visits Massachusetts.   In Florida, Short met Major Matthew M. Gordon Jr., a decorated US Army Air Force officer. Short told friends that Gordon wrote her a letter from India proposing marriage, while he was recovering from injuries sustained from an airplane crash. She claimed she accepted the proposal, but Gordon was killed in a second airplane crash on Aug 10 1945.   In 1946 Short returned to Los Angeles California to visit Army Corps Lt. Joseph G. Flickering, a former boyfriend. Short remained in the Los Angeles area until her death.    On January 23, 1947, the killer called the editor of the Los Angeles Examiner, expressing concern that news of the murder was tailing off in the newspapers and offering to mail items belonging to Short to the editor. The following day, a packet arrived at the Los Angeles newspaper containing Short'sbirth certificatebusiness cards, photographs, names written on pieces of paper, and an address book with the name Mark Hansen embossed on the cover. Hansen, an acquaintance at whose home she had stayed with friends, became a suspect. The killer would later write more letters to the newspaper, calling himself "the Black Dahlia Avenger," after the name given to Short by the newspapers. On January 25, Short's handbag and one shoe were reported seen on top of a garbage can in an alley.    Elizabeth Short is buried at the Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, California. After Short’s sisters had grown up and married, Short’s mother moved to Oakland to be near her daughter’s grave.    

UPDATED: Feb 2013  
   A former Los Angeles Police Department detective who believes his father killed the "Black Dahlia" 66 years ago claims a cadaver dog's recent search of his old Hollywood home uncovered the scent of human decomposition.
    Author Steve Hodel made the claim in his 2003 book, "Black Dahlia Avenger," that his father, Los Angeles doctor George Hill Hodel, committed the murder. Hodel has said he believes his father killed Short at the historic "Sowden House" in Hollywood where the family lived at the time. 
   Hodel said Friday that a November search of the home by a cadaver dog, named "Buster," and a retired police sergeant turned up the scent of human decomposition. Samples from the basement's dirt floor were reportedly taken for testing. 
    George Hodel was always considered a person of interest in the case, one of the oldest and most celebrated unsolved murders in Los Angeles history. But over the years, more than 50 people have confessed to the grisly crime and new tips come in whenever the case is in the news. Hodel abruptly relocated his family to Asia before authorities could investigate him any further. He died in 1991.


"D.B. Cooper"

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The name D.B. Cooper was the name used to identify the man who hijacked a 727 aircraft in the airspace between Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington on Nov 24 1971. He extorted $200,000 in ransom and parachuted to an unknown fate.  An extensive search was conducted and an FBI investigation was conducted. The perpetrator was never located or positively identified and the money was never recovered. The FBI believes the Cooper didn’t survive the risky jump.    

The Crime :
  On Nov 24 1971 the suspect purchased a one-way airline ticket to Seattle, Washington under the name Dan Cooper at the Portland International Airport in Portland Oregon. The flight was 1/3 full and took off at 250PM. Cooper passed a note to flight attendant Florence Schaffner indicating he had a bomb in his briefcase. Cooper dictated his demands – “$200,000, four (4) parachutes, and a fuel truck standing by upon arrival in Seattle.”
   The pilot William Scott contacted Seattle-Tacoma Airport which informed local and federal authorities.
The 36-passengers were informed of a “minor mechanical difficulty”. The president of the airline authorized the payment of the ransom, and ordered all employees to cooperate.
   The FBI assembled the ransom money, all with serial numbers beginning with “L”, which was issued by the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco. All currency had a “Series 1969-C” designation.
  At 524PM all of Cooper’s demands had been met.  At 539PM the airplane landed at Seattle-Tacoma Airport, refueled, ransom money handed over, and all passengers and two flight attendants were released.
     At 740PM the plane took off from Seattle-Tacoma airport. At 800PM a light in the cockpit indicated that rear stairs were opened, at 813PM a sudden upward movement occurred. The plane landed at 1015PM in Reno, Nevada and Cooper was no longer onboard.

The Investigation: 
   The FBI recovered 66 unidentified fingerprints, Cooper’s black tie and tie clip from the airplane. An extensive search was performed to no avail. 
In 1971 the FBI publicly released the serial numbers of the ransom money in hopes the money would turn up. The airline also offered an additional 15% reward for any money recovered. 

Physical Evidence: 
  In 1978 a placard containing instructions for lowering the air stairs of a 727 was located and verified to have been from the hijacked airliner. 
  In 1980 an 8-yr old boy uncovered three (3) packets of the ransom cash, significantly disintegrated, but still bundled in rubber bands. The FBI confirmed the money was from the ransom money.

 Suspects:
   In 2007 the FBI announced it had obtained a partial DNA profile obtained from Cooper’s clip-on tie which was left behind on the plane. Since 1971 the FBI has processed thousands of “suspects”, most of who have been ruled out.
  In July 2011 an FBI spokesman told a British newspaper that the FBI was investigating a “new suspect”.
  In August 2011 Marla Cooper came forward as the source of the new information. She suggested that her uncle, Lynn Doyle Cooper who died in 1999, as the new suspect in the case.
     She provided a guitar strap her uncle had made for fingerprint and DNA analysis. On Aug 9 2011 the FBI stated the fingerprints and DNA was not a match. The FBI added that it has not come up with anything that is inconsistent with Marla Cooper’s story, and is still investigating.

James R. Hoffa 1913-1982

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     Hoffa was involved with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) union as an organizer from 1932 to 1975. By 1952 Hoffa had risen to national vice-president of the IBT, which was well on its way of becoming the most powerful single union in the United States. Hoffa served as General President from 1958-1971.
  Hoffa had been convicted of jury tampering, attempted bribery and fraud in 1964. He was sent to prison in 1967 and sentenced to serve 13 years, but only served 5 years, after his sentence was commuted.
   In 1971 Hoffa resigned as the IBT president, an action that was part of the sentence being commuted by President Richard Nixon, to facilitate his release that year. Hoffa was banned from union activities until 1980.
   Hoffa was last seen after 245PM on July 30, 1975, in the parking lot of outside of Machus Red Fox, a Detroit suburban restaurant. Hoffa had told other that he was meeting two mafia leaders – Anthony Giacalone and Anthony Provenzano. When Hoffa didn’t return home that night, his wife reported him missing to the police. Hoffa’s vehicle was located at the restaurant but no sign of Hoffa or any signs of what may have happened. Giacalone and Provenzano were found to not have been near that restaurant that day and had no meeting scheduled with Hoffa.
  Hoffa was declared dead by absentia on July 30, 1982. His body was never found and still remains unsolved.
  In 2001, the FBI matched DNA from Hoffa's hair—taken from a brush—with a strand of hair found in a 1975 Mercury Marquis Brougham driven by longtime friend Charles "Chuckie" O'Brien on July 30, 1975. Police and Hoffa's family had long believed O'Brien played a role in Hoffa's disappearance. O'Brien, however, had previously denied ever being involved in Hoffa's disappearance or that Hoffa had ever taken a ride in his 1975 Mercury Marquis Brougham.
   In January 2013, reputed gangster, Tony Zerilli, offered that Hoffa was buried in a shallow grave with the plan that Hoffa's remains would be moved to a second location. Zerilli contends, however, that these plans were abandoned, and Hoffa's remains lay in a field in northern Oakland County not far from the restaurant at which he was last seen. Zerilli, however, denied any responsiblity or association with Hoffa's disappearance. The FBI declined to comment when asked if Zerilli's claims were credible.

                      Ameilia Earhart        

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      Earhart was reported missing on July 2 1937. Earhart was scheduled for a fuel stop on Howland Island, in the Pacific Ocean, while conducting her 1937 flight around the world. On July 2 1937 Earhart and her co-pilot Fred Noonan took off from Lae, New Guinea. Their radio transmissions were picked up on Howland Island when the aircraft was coming closer, but they were never seen again. On Jan 5 1939 Earhart was declared legally dead.
    The U.S. Coast Guard cutter “Itasca” was stationed at Howland Island to communicate with Earheart and guide them to the island.
   The “Itasca” received strong and clear voice transmissions from Earhart, but she was unable to hear the ships responses.
  At 742AM Earhart radioed “We must be on you, but cannot see you – but gas is running low. Have been unable to reach you by radio.”
  At 758AM Earhart radioed that she couldn’t hear the “Itasca” and asked them to send voice signals so she could get a better bearing. The 758AM radio transmission was reported by the “Itasca” as the loudest, indicating Earhart was close-by.
  Earharts last transmission was at 843AM.
    The search for Earhart’s plane began an hour after her last message was recorded. The U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy searched for many days. The search effort was called off on July 19 1937.  No evidence was ever found.

Theories:
 
  Crash & Sink Theory: The plane ran out of fuel and crashed into the ocean and sank.

  Gardener Island Theory: The plane landed on Gardner Island, 350 miles southeast of Howland Island.


    In 1940 Gerald Gallagher, a British colonial officer and licensed pilot, radioed his superiors to inform them that he had found a “skeleton, possibly a woman” and along with an old-fashioned sextant box on Gardner Island in the southeast corner. He then was ordered to send the remains to Fiji where in 1941 British colonial authorities took detailed measurements of the bones and concluded they were bones of a male 5ft 5 in tall. In 1998 analysis of the measurements by forensic anthropologists indicated the skeleton had belonged to a “tall, white woman and of northern European ancestry”.  The remains has since disappeared.
    According to a book written by Thomas E Divine, Eyewitness: The Ameila Earhart Incident includes a letter from a daughter of a Japanese police official, who claimed her father was responsible for Earhart’s execution. US Marine Robert Wallack claimed her and other US soldiers opened a safe on Saipan and found Earhart’s briefcase. Former US Marine Earskin Nabers claimed that while serving as a wireless operator in Saipan in 1944, he decoded a message from naval officials which said Earhart’s aircraft had been found at Aslito Airfield, and was later ordered to guard the aircraft, and witnessed it destruction.
     In 1990 the TV show Unsolved Mysteries broadcast an interview with a Saipanese woman who claimed to have witnessed Earhart and Noonan’s execution by Japanese soldiers. No independent confirmation or support has ever emerged for any of these claims. Alleged photos of Earhart during her captivity have been identified as either fraudulent or having been taken before her final flight.
     In 2006 The National Geographic Channel aired a series about the claim that Earhart survived the world flight, moved to New Jersey, changed her name, remarried and became known as Irene Craigmile Bolam. This claim was originally raised in the book Ameilia Earhart Lives (1970)  By author Joe Klaas, based on research of Major Joseph Gervais. Irene Bolam who had been a banker in New York during the 1940’s denied being Earhart and filed a $1.5 million lawsuit in damages. The books publisher withdrew the book from the market shortly after it was released and made an out of court settlement with Ms Bolam.
     In 2009 an Earhart relative claimed the pair died in Japanese custody, citing an unnamed witness including Japanese troops and Saipan natives. He claimed that the Japanese cut the valuable Lockheed aircraft into scrap and threw the pieces into the ocean.
    In 2010 a recent finding on Howland Island raised the question; did Earhart land? An investigation of the island turned up a bone fragment, pocket knife, pre-WWII bottle, makeup kit, and remains of small fires that once burned. DNA testing was conducted on the bone fragment in March 2011 by scientists at the University of Oklahoma, the results were inconclusive.


Earhart Light
   This day beacon (no light) was named in her honor. The beacon was rebuilt in the 1960’s by the U.S. Coast Guard. In 2000 the Earhart Light was reported to be crumbling and hasn’t been painted in decades.

Howland Island - Pacific Ocean

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      The island is located in the Pacific Ocean just north of the Equator. Today the 455-acre island and the 32,074-acres of submerged land, is now known as The Howland Island National Wildlife Refuge. In 1822 Capt George B. Worth from the Nantucket Mass. whaleship "Oeno" sighted the island and called it "Worth Island". 
  In 1842 Daniel MacKenzie from the whaler "Minera Smith" was unaware of Worth's sighting when he charted the island in 1828 and named it after his ships owners on Dec 1 1828. 
    Howland Island was at last named after a lookout who sighted the island from the whaleship "Isabella" from New Bedford Mass. on Sept 9 1842.
n 1857 the US Government took possession of the island. Public entry to the island is by special permit from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and is limited to scientists and educators. 
    In 1935-1942 A brief attempt was made to colonize the island, the colony was named “Itascatown”. Small houses were constructed along with tents on the beach area. The residents conducted science experiments while living on the island. The construction of a landing strip began with these residents.
    On July 2 1937, Amelia Earhart left New Guinea, heading to Howland Island. Amalia never arrived, and the mystery of her disappearance remains unsolved.  
    On Dec 9 1941 Howland Island was bombed by the Japanese, killing two residents. The bombing damaged the runway. On Dec 10 1941 a Japanese submarine shelled what was left of the colony. The two survivors were evacuated by the US Navy on Jan 31 1942. The US Marines occupied Howland Island from Sept 1943 until May 1944.
 
 

Vermont


Gold Brook Bridge (Emily’s Bridge)              

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    The Gold Brook Bridge is a covered bridge located in the town of Stowe Vermont. The bridge has become known as “Emily’s Bridge”, due an alleged haunted by a girl named Emily. There are several versions as to how Emily died, none of which have been historically proven.  Additionally there is no evidence the Emily ever existed. The first mention of the bridge being haunted came after 1968 when a high school student wrote a paper on the subject, claiming that while using a Ouija board on the bridge an entity presented itself as Emily. Others who have claimed to have used a Ouija board claimed that Emily was killed by her fiance’s mother.


Paranormal Activity
   The reports of activity range; from scratches appearing on vehicles that have parked on the bridge, strange noises, footsteps and a girl screaming. It’s claimedthat most of the events take place between Midnight and 330AM.
 
 

State Hospitals vs. State Schools

   State hospitals were for the mentally ill, while state schools were institutions for the mentally defective. The term “State School” is a misnomer, as they did not involve any sort of education.

Camp Myles Standish (1942-1946)

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   Camp Myles Standish opened in the fall of 1942, and initially served as a staging area for soldiers shipping out of the Boston and New York ports. A staging area was always an army base, and it was a place where soldiers gathered right before they were sent out. At a staging area, soldiers would undergo medical examinations, vaccinations, dentist visits and were subject to moral/anti-German propaganda films.  At Camp Myles Standish, they even undertook lifeboat drills on Watson’s Pond.
      In its prime the 1,620-acre camp contained 35 miles of paved roads, 10 miles of railroad tracks and almost 1500 structures — including more than 600 barracks — 500 to 700 civilian workers and 39,000 soldiers at any given time.
    During WW-II, 51,000 Italian soldiers were brought to the United States as “co-belligerents”, most of who were captured in North Africa.  On March 29, 1944, 500 Italian soldiers arrived at Camp Myles Standish; they did not have the run of the camp. The Italians needed passes to leave camp, and they had G.I. escorts when outside of Myles Standish, however security was poor.  At the end of the war, all the Italian soldiers were sent back to Italy, in accordance with the Geneva Convention. 
  Unlike the Italians, the Germans — who first arrived at Camp Myles Standish in 1945 — were considered prisoners of war. The Germans were under guard 24 hours per day, were separated in camp from all the other troops, were subject to frequent inspection, and had to march back and forth from meals. Germans were made to wear dark blue denim pants and a dark blue denim jacket with white “PW” on the back. 
    Beginning in 1945, the German and Italian soldiers were sent back to their respective countries. The civilians at Camp Myles Standish were all laid off one day, and gradually the army left. In total, about 4,000 Italian soldiers and 3,000 German soldiers stayed at Camp Myles Standish throughout WW-II. The camp was officially decommissioned on Jan. 11, 1946.
     Camp Myles Standish was eventually turned over to the state for $1, in 1959 the site became the location of the Paul A. Dever School.


Paul A. Dever School (1959-1991)

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    The Paul A. Dever School was established in 1959 as a state school for the mentally disabled.  The campus was originally named “Myles Standish State School” it was renamed “Paul A. Dever School” in honor of the 58th Massachusetts Governor Paul A. Dever (1953-1958)    The campus is about 1,200 acres and originally consisted of 15 L-Shaped dormitory buildings connected by about 1.5 miles of tunnels along with recreational sites. Much of the facility closed in 1991 due to lawsuits over funding, with the entire facility closing in 2002. 
    In 2007 two bodies were found inside the tunnels.  One body was identified as a prisoner of war from the 1950's. The other was never identified.
     From 2009 to present there has been a rash of arson fires to many of the buildings. Some of the buildings have burned down while others have suffered structural damage.  There are 3 cemeteries on the property; one is a family cemetery.
    On Nov 16 2011 The property once known as Paul A. Dever State School is on its way to becoming a part of the city’s premier industrial park. The Taunton City Council voted to incorporate the final phases of the Myles Standish Industrial Park. The purchase, for $1, of 170 acres of state-owned Dever land, it also sets in motion a mechanism by which to help pay cleaning up the contaminated and crumbling site. The city council agreed to provide just over 25 acres for future public “recreational use,” such as soccer and baseball fields.

WARNING:
  This is state property and currently houses a few state government agencies. It is patrolled by the Mass State Police and a private security company.  It is posted for no trespassing which is strictly enforced.

Paranormal Activity
   There is a lot of activity reported. Strange lights and cries for help. An apparition of a child between 13-15 years of age has been reported near the playground.
 
 

Convicted Serial Killer Jane Toppan

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Jane Toppan (1857-1938) was born Honora Kelley to Bridget and Peter Kelly. Bridget died of consumption when Honora was very young. Peter was an alcoholic and had violent outburst. Peter eventually went insane while working at a tailor’s shop and was institutionalized for sewing his eyelids shut. Honora had an older sister named Nellie, who went violently insane in her 20’s and was also institutionalized.
    In 1863 Peter Kelley begged the Boston Female Asylum to take the his two youngest daughters – 6-year old Honora and 8- year old Delia Josephine. It was decided the children had been subjected to abuse and neglect and they were allowed to remain at the asylum. Delia remained in the Boston Asylum until 1868 when she was placed as a servant in Athol NY at age 12. Later she turned to prostitution and died of alcoholism.
    In 1864 Honora became an indentured servant to Mrs. Ann C Toppan of Lowell Massachusetts by the Boston Female Asylum. Honora was never formallyadopted,but changed her name to Jane Toppan.
    In 1874 Jane was released of her duties at the Toppan Family and received a $50 stipend. Although she was now released Jane remained with the Toppan Family for a decade and worked for her foster sister Elizabeth Brigham after Mrs. Toppan died. 
     In 1885 Jane moved out of the Brigham household for reasons unknown. Jane began nursing training at Boston’s Cambridge Hospital. She became quite popular with the patients and acquired the nickname “Jolly Jane”, however her collegues were not taken by her. She began to conduct “scientific experiments” on her patients by alternating different doses of morphine and atropine to examine the effects. By 1887 it is speculated that Jane had killed more than a dozen patients while working at the Cambridge Hospital.
     In 1888 Doctors at the Cambridge Hospital gave Toppan glowing recommendation to further her nursing training at Massachusetts General Hospital.
     In 1889 Toppan was recommended for a job at Massachusetts General Hospital. There she claimed several more victims before being fired a year later. She then entered in private nursing. Her killing spree was running rampant, in 1895 she poisoned and killed her landlord Isreal Dunham and in 1897 his wife, Lovey Dunham as well. In 1899 she poisoned and killed her foster sister Elizabeth while at her vacation home on Cape Cod.
     In 1901 Toppan lived with Alden Davis and his family in Bourne Massachusetts. She was hired to take care of Mr. Davis because his wife has died. Mrs. Davis was also a victim of Toppan and within a few weeks Toppan has killed Mr. Davis and his two daughters. The surviving members of Davis's family requested a toxicology exam on Mr. Davis's youngest daughter. The report indicated she had been poisoned. Police began to look at Toppan as a suspect.
   On Oct 26 1901 Toppan was arrested and charged with 4 counts of murder. On March 31 1902 Toppan confessed to eleven (11) murders and on June 23 1902 was found "not guilty by reason of insanity" and was committed for life in the Taunton State Hospital. While at Taunton State Hospital she was thought to have set fires to the main building more than once.  
     In 1902, After the trial, a letter was discovered that Toppan had sent to her defense lawyer (James S Murphy) claiming she had killed more than thirty-one (31) people. In an attempt to show that she was not without feeling, Jane claimed that the jilt she received from a lover in her youth seemed to be the root of all of her problems. Jane explained, “If I had been a married woman, I probably would not have killed all of those people. I would have had my husband, my children and my home to take up my mind
  Toppan died at Taunton State Hospital at the age of 81. Her body was disposed of in an unmarked grave in Mayflower Cemetery where most of the Taunton State Hospital's patients were buried. The exact marker is missing; her grave number, 984, is on record at the cemetery department. 


Benjamin's Restaurant

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There are claims that the restaurant is haunted, although  the haunting doesn't have anything to do with the restaurant.  On June  18 1907 Howard Poole (age 17) shot and killed his father George Poole in  the living room of the Bay Street house. Howard told police that he  shot his father because his father had gone stark-raving mad.
    According to court documents, Howard claimed that he came upon his  father chocking his mother to death, Howard tried to subdue his 
father  but was unsuccessful. Howard placed the pistol to his fathers head and discharged the gun in order to save his mother. George Poole died two days later at Morton Hospital.  Howard was arrested, and was later  acquitted of all 
charges.


Paranormal Activity
     It is alleged that the ghost of George Poole is haunting the building, specifically the kitchen area.


McKinstrey House 1759

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The McKinstrey House, which now serves as the rectory for St. Thomas Church was the scene of a murder. Dr. William 
McKinstrey and his family lived in the 1759 house until a series of incidents occurred.
    On June 4 1763 Dr McKinstrey's sister, Elizabeth (age 28), was 
murdered  by a black teenager named "Bristol" who was deluded into thinking that the act would gain his freedom. "Bristol" struck Elizabeth in the head with a flatiron, killing her instantly. He then dragged her body into the vegetable cellar. Bristol then fled to Newport RI  Bristol's  defense lawyer was Robert Treat Paine, who later became famous as a  signer of the Declaration of Independence. "Bristol" was convicted and  was hung. The old hanging ground was 
located just north of Plain  Cemetery on Broadway. Elizabeth is buried in the Plain Cemetery.
    In 1779, the doctor's house and property was confiscated by the  Massachusetts Legislature because of the doctor's Tory sympathies during the Revolutionary War. In 1828, his property was sold. The St. Thomas 
Church was built on his property and remains there to this day.

Paranormal Activity 
     Numerous claims of her spirit haunts the St. Thomas Rectory. Its claimed the ruffle of her shirt can be heard.  In 1991, the Reverend  Paul Tarrant, the Rector of St. Thomas Church told of hearing someone  mysteriously dusting just outside his room at 4 a.m. He also told of how  several personal items, including a pair of slippers mysteriously disappeared from his room.


Mayflower Hill Cemetery

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Pearl E. French 1878-1882
     This child-size rocking chair grave marks the grave of Pearl E French  (1878-1882). The monument has an inscription "Her vacant chair". The  chair is cement and does not 
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  Local legend is that she  died after falling backwards in a chair, some say she died in a fire  while sitting in the chair she was told not to leave. Unfortunately the  historic records debunk the legend. Pearl was the daughter of Edwin and  Emma (Leonard) French. There is no documentation of a fatal fire in  newspapers or fire department records. However the French residence no  longer exists, it did in fact burn down and the land is now occupied by a  church.
     Pearl died of meningitis. The French family lived in Boston at the time due to Edwin French’s job, he had lived Taunton previously.  The choice of an empty chair as Pearl’s grave marker can be explained by a popular poem about the heartbreak of childhood mortality published in a magazine in 1850 by Richard Coe, Jr. entitled "The  Vacant Chair."  Pearl’s grave marker reads "Her Vacant Chair" and is  topped by a marble sculpture of a small Empire-style rocking chair.  The monument was smashed by vandals in the 1980's and restored by Rex  Monument in Taunton as a gift to the City.


Scroll Stone Monument (next to Pearl's Rocking Chair)
   This monument marks the grave of Pearl French's cousin, Vera Lucille Johnson (1880-1884).  Vera's parents were Alson T. Johnson and Ida E.  (Leonard) Johnson.  She, like Pearl, died of a meningitis


Pauper's field
    Inside the Mayflower Hill Cemetery is an area where more than 1015  people are buried in unmarked graves. These graves are just rows of  numbers on decaying metal markers in a paupers’ field. The unknown were  buried here from 1862 to 1962, the buried consists of indigent,  stillborn babies, smallpox victims, and the insane from the Taunton State Hospital. The Taunton Cemetery Department has detailed records of  the graves. According to the records,  there babies buried with  unrelated adults to save space, and occasionally bodies were removed to  other cemeteries and those plots were used for newly deceased.
 
 

Fall River Cult Murders 1979-1980

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Carl Drew
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Robin Murphy 1980
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Robin Murphy 2011
    On Oct 13 1979 the body of Doreen Levesque was discovered behind Diman Vocational High School in Fall River Mass. The victim has signs of sexual assault, skull was crushed and her hands were tied together. It was determined she was murdered on Oct 12 1979.
    In Jan 1980 the body of Barbara Raposa (22) was discovered in a wooded area behind a local printing plant in Fall River Mass. The victim's skull has been crushed and her hands were tied together. Barbara Raposa's boyfriend, and the father of her child, Andre Maltais (44) had reported her missing.
   During the investigation of Raposa's death, Maltais indicated that Raposa was a "devil worshiper". It was later learned that Maltais belonged with the same group of people.  At this point during the investigation the name Robin Murphy surfaced.
      Robin Murphy (17) was also the former boyfriend of Andre Maltais.  Maltais and Murphy had ended a long running relationship so Maltais could be with Raposa. Maltais told investigators that he had a dream in which he hovered over the crime scene where Raposa's body was found. He was arrested and charged with murdering Raposa. Maltais continuously denied killing Raposa or any involement in devil worship. Maltais was convicted of Raposa's murder in March 1981.  Maltais was later determined to be mentally ill and died in prison.
     During the investigation, police interviewed Karen Marsden about Levesque and Raposa's murder. She was very upset and police thought perhaps she may have been present at the murders. Marsden agreed to meet the detectives in a few weeks, however she disappeared. 
    On April 13 1980 A skull was located near "Family Beach" in Westport Mass. It was later identified as belonging to Karen Marsden. A search of the crime scene located some jewelry that belonged to Marsden. More items belonging to Marsden were located a half mile away. It was determined that Marsden was murdered on February 8 1980.
         Robin Murphy agreed to turn states evidence in return for a lighter sentence.  Murphy convinced the DA to grant her immunity in exchange for testimony that she was present at the slayings of Raposa and participated in the killing of Marsden. In the Marden killing Murphy said that Carl Drew had ordered Marden to be killed, Murphy also said that Drew had killed Levesque. Murphy at one point during the Levesque investigation accused two other men, later she admitted she didnt know these men she had accused. No charges were filed against these two men.  Murphy plead guilty to 2nd degree murder of Marsden and was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. She was paroled on May 3 2004.
     On July 19 2011 Murphy was arrested for probation violation. State Police, working a stake-out as part of an unrelated investigation in Revere MA, stopped the car Murphy was in and found Murphy in the presence of a convicted felon. As a condition of her parole, Murphy is prohibited from associating with known criminals. Murphy  faced the Probation Board on March 13 2012. On Oct 18 2012 Murphy was sent back to prison for five (5) years for parole violation. 
      Murphy has now denied the testimony she gave in 1980 and now also denies her guilt in Marsden's murder, Drew maintains he is innocent. Murphy told the parole board that she lied at the trials of Drew and Maltais because she felt Drew was a danger to society and should be in prison and Maltais deserved to be punished because he sexually abused her.
      Carl Drew was convicted of 1st degree murder of Karen Marsden. He has filed an appeal on the basis some of the witnesses changed their statements. Drew denies being present at the murder and he was convicted based solely on Murphy's statements. There was no physical evidence that Drew was present at any of the murders. He claims he is innocent and that Murphy was the one responsible. He also claims that his court appointed lawyer was ineffective. One final appeal is pending with the Massachusetts Supreme Court. The Massachusetts Superior Court rejected his appeal.  Nov 10 2006 The Massachusetts Supreme Court denied the request.
        No one was ever prosecuted for the murder of Doreen Levesque. It remains unsolved

UPDATE: May 19 2012
   Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter said there is no plan to reopen a murder case linked to the cult killings tied to convicted felons Carl Drew and Robin Murphy. “We are not looking at this case with a view towards reopening it,” Sutter said. “I’ve had no discussions with anyone in my office about reopening this case. We are not, at this time, looking to reopen this case or thinking of reopening this case.”
     Levesque’s body was found beneath the bleachers at Diman Regional Vocational High School on Oct. 13, 1979. Drew was convicted of murdering Karen Marsden in 1981, just days after he was charged with Levesque’s murder. The case against Drew in Levesque’s death was dropped a year later.

Rolling Rock

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  The Rolling Rock weighs between 140 and 160 tons with a  circumference of 58 feet, now sits idly on a pedestal at Eastern Avenue  and County  Street in Fall River. It was once at the center of a  controversy as far  back as 1912 in documents and perhaps longer, people who saw it as a nuisance and traffic menace argued it should be removed or destroyed while others argued to preserve it.  
   The issue was settled  in 1930,  when the Preservation 
Committee prevailed. J. Edmund  Estes,  chairman  of the Preservation Committee, had previously bought  the land  on which  the glacial boulder sits and paid  taxes on it until  he was able  to  turn the site over to the municipal  government on Nov.  22, 1930.


Skeleton in Armor

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 The mysterious “skeleton in armor” was found near Hartwell and Fifth Streets in 1831. The skelton was discovered Hannah Borden Cook, who was a young 
housewife.   Ms. Cook was putting some sand from a hill into a bucket, the hill  
 itself gave way and revealed a human skull. Ms. Cook returned with investigators who then unearthed the skeleton of a young man who had   been placed in a sitting position in a crude grave about a foot beneath the 
ground.
   The body was in a double coverings of course, dark bark which 
were taken away, revealing a brass breastplate, and a brass belt. The brass 
belt consisted of brass tubes strung together and used   for protection below 
the breastplate. Laying beside the body was a   quiver of arrows, which  disintegrated in the air. 
   The skeleton and armor was transported to the Fall River Atheneum, a private library,   located in the Town Hall. Sadly the Town Hall was destroyed by the Great Fire of 1843. All that remains are pieces of the brass belt. Two pieces of the brass tubes from the belt were donated to the Peabody Museum in 1887. The origin of the skeleton in unknown.

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drawing of the Skeleton In Armor before it was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1843. At the time the drawing was made, was in the Fall River Atheneum.
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This plaque documents the site of the discovery of the Skeleton in Armor. The plaque is on the wall on the building. The plaque was dedicated in 1903.
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This story ran in The Herald News in 1953.

Eagle Restaurant

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  The Eagle restaurant dates back to 1929. For decades The Eagle Restaurant 
served Chinese and American cuisine. It was known  locally as  one of the 
ritziest restaurants in the city of Fall River.
     In  late 1929, Ng Quong, a chef, joined his brother Moy Thong and baker  Toy  Goon, founding the Eagle Restaurant at this site of the former  Wilbur  Hotel. The hotel burned with more than a dozen other buildings  from the  1928 fire that ravaged the downtown. The owners used a $125,000  bank  loan to build the building. About 1955 the owners 
disbanded. 
       The architecture was modeled after the dining rooms on the Fall River   Line ships, and was designed by Maude Darling Parlin, a native of  Westport Mass. Interesting side note, Parlin was the first woman graduate of  assachusetts Institute of Technology in 1910.
   The   Eagle closed in the 1960’s and was vacant for nearly 30 years. In 1990   the restaurant went through 
a $1-million renovation and reopened. In 2002 the restaurant closed again due to a failed attempt at a liquor license.
    In 2008 the restaurant has re-opened with new owners.


Ice House - North Watuppa Pond

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    The Watuppa Ponds are two large spring-fed ponds located in Fall River and Westport, Massachusetts. Watuppa is a native word meaning "place of boats". The two ponds were originally one body of water, connected by a narrow rocky straight near what is now the boundary between Fall River and Westport. Together, the ponds have an overall north-south length of about 7.5 miles, and an average east-west width of about a mile. The ponds are drained by the Quequechan River, which flows through the center of Fall River from South Watuppa Pond to Mount Hope Bay.     
       The North Watuppa Pond has a surface area of 1,805 acres. It is the second-largest naturally occurring body of water within Massachusetts. It has been used as the City of Fall River's primary drinking water supply since 1873, when the Fall River Waterworks was built on its western shore. It drains into South Watuppa Pond by a small channel at its southern end, in an area known as the Narrows. The northeastern shore of North Watuppa Pond, known as Copicut Reservation, is sparsely developed, and contains a vast area of protected land as part of the city's water supply. Public access to North Watuppa Pond restricted. All activities including fishing, boating, swimming or skating are strictly prohibited.
   North Watuppa Pond once contained several ice houses along its shore, beginning in the 1840s. The granite walls of one of these ice houses, built in 1864 by Robert Cook and William Durfee, still exist on a peninsula near the end of New Boston Road, at what was once known as Interlachen, the estate of Spencer Borden, founder of the Fall River Bleachery. Interlachen once contained a large mansion, gardens, horse pastures and a network of bridle paths. The house was demolished after the city acquired the land by eminent domain for the protection of the water supply. The foundation is all that remains of the Borden mansion today, and the land has mostly reverted to woods.
    The South Watuppa Pond has a surface area of 1,551 acres, and is the third-largest naturally occurring body of water within Massachusetts. South Watuppa Pond is a popular fishing area with boat access from a city-managed public boat ramp located off the end of Jefferson Street, in an area known as "Dave's Beach".
 
 

Quequechan River

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  The Quequechan, Wampanoag for "falling water",  flows from the South Watuppa Pond to the Taunton River. The river is calm until it reaches the downtown area where it turns into rapids. The Quequechan originally contained eight (8) small waterfalls. The upper portion of the river was dammed to provide additional waterpower and water storage for the mills. 
    By 1880 the water quality of the river began to be an issue. During periods of low water the area known as the "flats" became covered in muck consisting of industrial and human waste.
    In 1913 the Massachusetts Legislature established the Watuppa Ponds and Quequechan River Commission to investigate and draft a solution to the problems. In 1915 a Boston-based civil engineering firm provided a lengthy report and designs for a permanent solution. 
  During the 1960's I-195 was being constructed a portion of the river from Plymouth Ave to the waterfront was redirected into a series of underground culverts passing under Route 195.
   In 2009 the city completed one phase of the Combined Sewer Overflow Project to capture wet weather sewer overflow and have it flow into the city's sewer treatment plant, thus preventing it from entering into the river. The project had a dramatic effect on water quality improvement.


"Crone of the Quequechan"

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   A crone is a stock character in folklore and fairy tale, an old woman. In stories, she is disagreeable, malicious, or sinister in manner, often with magical or supernatural associations that can make her either helpful or obstructing. The Crone is also an archetypal figure, a Wise Woman. The word "crone" is a less common synonym for "old woman," and is more likely to appear in reference to traditional narratives than in contemporary everyday usage.
      “The Crone of the Quequechan” was reportedly haunting a portion of the Quequechan River decades before the Borden murders in 1892. According to The Herald News on April 3, 1845, an old crone who lived in a hut on the Quequechan was run out of town by angry mobs who accused her of being the mistress of the pirate Captain Kidd. According to the legend, an apparition of the old crone still haunts that area of the city.
    She lived in a rickety log cabin high above the great falls of the river; she was the Crone of the Quequechan. 
Although its origins are lost in time, the tale first appeared in print in the April 3, 1845 issue of the Fall River Weekly News. 
      The hut was on the southern bank of the river near where the Massasoit mill stood. It was reported that on dark stormy nights red or blue flames and strange noises had been seen and heard by passers-by.
     According to legend, on one particularly December night a column of sparks and flame was seen escaping from the hut's small chimney. The villagers became curious and gathered at the store of Peter Leonard, on the east side of what is now North Main Street. The group considered several courses of action: Leonard himself said, "I propose that we take the Bible and move in a body on the spot." Welcome Brownell suggested taking guns and other weapons and attacking the hut. Stephen Davis, "the noisiest braggart of the settlement," proposed taking six men and plunging the hut into the Quequechan. "I propose," said Joel Wilson, "that we stay where we are." 
     The door of the hut flew open, and there stood the old crone, bent half double with age, her face disfigured with irregular streaks of smut and her blood-shot eyes flashing fire as she gazed on the motley group within. Her large boney hands, foul with sore and accumulated filth, were thrust forward, and her long hooked fingers, incessantly in motion, seemed eager to seize whoever or whatever might come in her way.
      "Who talks of throwing me or mine into the Quequechan?" said the crone, She looked around the room and scowling horribly as her eyes fell on each individual of the group in turn. She made four or five turns, each time approaching near and nearer the place occupied by Welcome Brownell in front of the great fireplace. With the quickness of thought Brownell drew back, raised his arm and planted a deadly blow, with his heavy iron fist, directly between the eyes on the lower edge of her forehead."  The crone fell to the floor as still as death, Brownell thought he'd killed her.  A few moments later, to the relief of Brownell and the entire group, she sprung to her feet very much alive. 
    The crone then shouted "Laugh imp of the fiery world! But know that my revenge is certain and speedy," as she ran towards the door snatching an infant from the arms of Mrs. Brownell. The old crone raced across the small bridge over the river, up the opposite bank, and stood on the edge of the precipice overhanging the falls near her still illuminated hut.
       "Not another foot nearer!" shouted the crone, holding the shrieking child at arms-length over the dashing current below - one step and the heir of Brownell never breathes again." The group was paralyzed with fear, and expected the hag to carry out her threat at any moment. As the villagers stood watching helplessly, an athletic young man named Lot Lee was stealthily making his way over the open ground toward the rear of the hut. With her back towards him the crone did not detect his approach and he was able to conceal himself around the corner of the cabin.
       Lee made a single bound forward and, seizing the crone with one hand, and the child with the other. They bound the crone with rope and quickly turned their attention to the hut. After several tries a heavy rock finally succeeded in smashing in the door and Lee dragged the crone into the single room followed by the entire group. 
       Satisfied that nothing valuable was in the hut the men prepared to set the torch to it but stopped when the hag cried out in protest. As this was going on, Stephen Davis found a small box hidden in the crones bed of straw. Seeing this, the crone sprang forward, loosening her bond, and fell at the feet of Davis.
      The crone made no effort to escape, but seated herself upon the rickety stool, which still remained undisturbed in the center of the room, and took from the box a small package, which she handed without uttering a word to Lot Lee.

He opened it and read as follows:  'Boston, June ye 10, 1700
Mary I am in the iron grasp of the king's bloodhounds! Take care of thyself.  KID'

      Every eye was instantly turned on the old crone, who still sat on the stool, intent on the effect which the reading of this note might produce.  'And you are"¦' said Lee.  'The last mistress of Kid the pirate!' she shouted, snatching the note from the hands of Lee and walking deliberately out of the hut.
    No effort was made to detain her; each individual stood riveted to the spot. She mounted the riding ground on the south of her cabin, paused a moment, as if to take last look in her strange habitation, then dashed off into the high road leading to Newport. This was the last ever heard or seen of the Crone of the Quequechan!"   

 Note: No one knows for sure whether the tale is fact, fiction, or a combination of both. But history shows that the notorious pirate Captain William Kidd, was captured in Boston in 1699, taken to London in 1700, and hanged for his crimes on May 23, 1701.


Quequechan Club

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National Historical Register 1983
   The club was organized on Nov 22 1894 by a group of nine (9) men. At their first meeting it was decided to purchase property to use as a clubhouse. They purchased the 1861 William Mason Estate on No. Main Street in Fall River on Dec 19 1894. 
   The house was completely renovated and enlarged to its present 
size. In 1910 the Dining Room was expanded and the Billiard Room (now known as the (Mt Hope Room) was enlarged.
  In Jun 1919 The club purchased land next door, after renovations and additions the "Ladies Annex" opened in Jun 1920. This building is now known as the "Priscilla Room". Some of the original furnishings are still in use, such as the grandfather clock at the main entrance which is dated Jul 1 1895. On Feb 18 2012 The club closed.
New owners have taken and after months of work unearthing the architectural beauty of the former William Mason estate at 304 N. Main St., they are planning a reopening on Nov 12 2012. The two-lane bowling alley has been restored which is where East Coast’s oldest bowling league started in 1911. 

Paranormal Activity
The club has been reported to be haunted, solid proof has yet to be presented. Some past employees have claimed the activity maybe from a former prostitute from a longtime ago held at the club for the enjoyment of the men.
 
 

Borden Murders 1848       96 Second Street

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Lawdwick-Borden House
    Prior to the famous "Borden Murders" in 1892, The were other "Borden Murders" at 96 Second Street.  Lizzie Borden’s great uncle Lawdwick Borden (1812-1874), who was the brother of Abraham Bowen Borden, was the Andrew Borden’s father. Lwdwick had four (4) wives over the span of his life; Maria (Briggs) Borden (1811-1838), Eliza (Darling) Borden (1811-1848), Eliza (Chace) Borden (1813-1864), Ruhama (Crocker) Borden (1814-1879). Ruhama Crocker Borden is listed as Lawdwick’s widow when he died in 1874.
     Lawdwick Borden’s second wife Eliza Darling Bordon did the unimaginable. She killed two (2) of her three (3) children then took her own life.  It is believed she suffered from post-partum depression. They Borden's lived in a small cape-cod style home next door to the Charles Trafton House in 1848. The Charles Tafton House would later be purchased by Andrew Borden in 1872. Eliza Borden slit her throat with a razor after dropping her children in the cellar cistern. The sole surviving child was Maria Borden (Hinckley) (1844-1909).  These two (2) children drowned - Holder S. Borden (1847-1848) and Eliza Ann Borden age 2


Lizzie A. Borden 1860-1927

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      Lizzie Andrew Borden was a spinster and the central suspect in the murders of her step-mother and father on August 4 1882. Lizzie was arrested and charged on August 11 1892 in the deaths.  A Grand Jury indictment was handed down on December 2 1892 and her trial was scheduled for June 1893 in New Bedford. On June 20 1893 at 3:42PM Lizzie was acquitted of all charges, and noone else was ever charged. The murders are unsolved.

Post Trial: Lizzie and Emma Borden (sister) moved into a new house that Lizzie named "Maplecroft". The sisters settled all claims against them from Abby's side of the family, giving Abby Borden's family members everything they wanted in order to avoid further lawsuits. Because it was proven that Abby died before Andrew, all of her estate legally went to Andrew, with Andrew's estate going to his daughters. The settlement reached between the Borden sisters and Abby's two sisters was substantial.
   In June 1905, Lizzie and Emma Borden became estranged over differences in their lifestyles. Emma moved out of the house to live with her close friend Alice Lydia Buck. After the separation from her sister, Borden began using the name "Lizbeth A. Borden", rather than "Lizzie".
   Following the surgical removal of her gallbladder, Lizzie was ill the last year of her life.  Lizzie died of pneumonia on June 1, 1927. Lizzie's funeral details were not made public and few people attended her burial. She was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery under the name "Lizbeth Andrew Borden", her footstone was inscribed "Lizbeth".
    Lizzie Borden never married, and her will, left $30,000 to the Fall River Animal Rescue League, $500 in perpetual trust for the care of her father's grave. Much of her wealth was transferred to her cousin Grace H. Howe, and her closest friend Helen Leighton. Nine days later, on June 10, 1927, her sister Emma died

Borden House 92 Second Street

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 Andrew Jackson Borden  1822-1892

 wife #1 Sarah Anthony Borden 1823-1863
 wife #2 Abby Durfee Gray Borden 1828-1892

Children with wife #1:
Emma Lenore Borden 1851-1927  Alice Esther Borden 1856-1858 Lizzie Andrew Borden 1860-1927

Bridget Sullivan 1869-1948

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   Bridget Sullivan was employed as a maid for the Borden Family.  She was was working in the Borden house in Fall River Mass. at the time of the murders Abby and Andrew Borden on August  4 1892. According to trial transcripts Sullivan testified she prepared a meal of 2-day old mutton for the Bordens and then was sent to by Abby Borden to wash the windows. After finishing the windows in the heat, she retired to her room on the third floor attic to rest, as she felt ill. At 11:10AM Lizzie called to her "Maggie come quick ! Father's dead, somebody came in and killed him." It was Sullivan that discovered the body of Abby Borden dead in her bedroom. Sullivan provided key testimony at the inquest, preliminary hearing and final trial of Lizzie Borden, who was later acquitted of all charges.
   Sullivan was born in Ireland. She emigrated to the USA on May 24 1886 arriving in New York aboard the SS Republic. She began work as a maid in Newport, Rhode Island then moved to South Bethlehem Pennsylvania and lived with relatives. In 1888 Sullivan moved to Fall River Mass and worked as a cook for Lawyer Charles Reed, who resided in the Highland section of the city. In 1889 she then moved to the residence of Clinton Remington, also in the Highland section of the city. In November 1889 Sullivan began her employment with the Borden Family. 
The Borden home was 2-blocks from the Irish neighborhood, Fourth Street Coraigh "Corky Row". Sullivan denied having any claims to the Irish neighborhood, although many of the Irish from that same neighborhood came from the same region in Ireland.
   After the trial in 1893, Sullivan returned to Ireland with the help of Lizzie and Emma Borden. Sullivan later moved back to the USA and settled in Anaconda Montana, and in 1896 became the maid for Attorney George Winston (1861-1936). She remained employed by Winston until his death, never mentioning the murders in Massachusetts.
   In 1905, Sullivan married John Sullivan (1868-1939) who was a copper smelting furnace man. In 1910 they resided at 412 Monroe St., then later moved to 701 Alder St where they lived for many years. After John Sullivan's death in 1939 she moved to Butte Montana and resided there until her death.
Bridget and her husband John are buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Anaconda Montana.


Maplecroft - Home of Lizzie Borden (Post Trial)

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   After being acquitted of the murders of her father and step-mother, Lizzie move dout of 92 Second Street and moved into  306 French Street "Maplecroft".  Lizzie Borden resided at Maplecroft from 1894 to her death in 1927. Lizzie's funeral was held at Maplecroft.
    After Lizzie’s death the house was sold to a few different owners, and in April 2012 it has been placed on the market, with an asking price of $650,000.
    The house is described as 14-room residence with seven bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. It contains a grand entry foyer, two sunrooms, seven fireplaces, original parquet floors, tin ceilings and mahogany moldings.


 

School Houses in Assonet

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Village School 1854-1950
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South School 1869-1950
Village School : In 1794, William A. Leonard, a lawyer from Raynham Mass, erected a large office building. Its believed it remained an attorney's office until about 1830. The building was used later by the Assonet Academy, a private high school.  In 1854 it was purchased by a School House Committee, and three years later the Town bought it for the village elementary school. It continued as the Assonet School until 1950. 
  In 1906 it was remodeled in the Colonial Revival style, orienting the entry to face the street rather than the church.  In the 1980's and 1990's the building was used for municipal purposes. The building is currently used as storage.
  The building is a two story building, with two rooms on the upper floor. The lower floor is a two-room cellar, and partially underground.  The interior of the building is divided in the center,  each room has  chalkboards running along the walls. The building has no plumbing and a woodstove provides heat.
   Currently  the town leaders are having discussions on what to do with  this building and the very poor condition. Preservation or demolition? In 2011 the Freetown Historical Commission is pursing two grants, one for emergency repairs and one for renovations in an effort to save this building. 
    In August 2012 the Town received a $30,000 grant from the Massachusetts Historical Commission to replace a portion of the roof, roof rafters, ceiling joints and front stairs. Town meeting also approved an additional $30,000.


South School : The South School operated from 1869-1950. It was a 3-room schoolhouse for grades 1-8, in later years grades 3-6. After the school closed the building was used as the  American Legion Hall. The building is currently unoccupied and hasn't been used for years, but is still owned by the American Legion.  The American Legion Post 425  is working on revitalizing the building.  
    In August of 2008 the Freetown Cemetery Commission obtained a map, prior to Route 24 construction, showing a previously unknown cemetery. This cemetery was located across the street from the Meeting House on South Main Street. Research has now determined the cemetery is where the current parking lot for the American Legion Hall. It is now believed this previously unknown Quaker cemetery predates the Quaker Cemetery on North Main Street. The boundaries of the cemetery and the graves aren't clearly marked.

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History of the Perron family and the Harrisville Haunting (true story behind the movie The Conjuring)






Ed and Lorraine Warren had been investigating paranormal activity since the early 1950’s. During their decades-long careers, they investigated over 4,000 hauntings, including the well-known Amityville Haunting where they were recognized as the first psychic investigators to step onto the scene. The 2013 film, The Conjuring, was based on their terrifying investigation of the Perron family and their haunted farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island. Known variously as the “Harrisville Haunting” or the “Perron Family Haunting”, the Warrens would say that their investigation of the Perron family’s haunting was their “most intense, compelling, disturbing and significant investigation” of their careers. Roger Perron, his wife Carolyn, and their five children Andrea (Annie), Nancy, Christine, Cindy, and April endured a decade of torture from the spirits that occupied their country home.

Note: The story behind the movie The Conjuring 2 was based on a different case, The Enfield Poltergeist haunting.


The Harrisville Haunting – the hauntings begin

Seeking to move the children to a quieter home life in the country, Roger and Carolyn Perron purchased their dream home in the winter of 1970. TheOld Arnold Estate was 200 acres in size and one of the original plantations in the area surveyed by colonist John Smith in 1680 and deeded to Roger Williams for the formation of the state of Rhode Island. Located on Round Top Road in Harrisville, Rhode Island, the 10-room “lovely, charming” country home was built in 1736 on a beautiful plot of land with plenty of room for their five children, all girls, to roam about and play. Nancy and Christine Perron shared one room, Cindy and April another, and Andrea had a room all to herself – except on nights when, as Andrea put it, the sisters “came crawling into bed with her, trembling and crying in terror”.

The Perron family began to notice something was amiss from the first day they stepped into their lovely new home. Later it would be learned that eight generations of families had lived, and died, in the Old Arnold Estate including Mrs. John Arnold who at the age of 93, hung herself from the rafters of the barn. Other unfortunate losses of life on the estate included several suicides (hangings, poisonings), the rape and unsolved murder of eleven-year-old girl Prudence Arnold (later presumed to have been murdered by a farm hand), two sudden drownings in the creek located near the house, and four men who mysteriously froze to death on the land. It did not take long before the Perrons’ understood why the previous seller advised them on the day that they moved into the house, “leave the lights on at night.”

The many friendly ghosts

At first the ghosts, or demon spirits as the Warren investigators thought of them, were harmless. Described variously as opaque or somewhat solid in appearance, there were many spirits present in the old homestead. One ghost smelled of flowers while another would gently kiss the girls goodnight in their beds every night. Another appeared to be a small, young male that the girls would watch, mesmerized, push toy cars about the room propelled by an invisible hand.

One apparition, presumably a female ghost, was a welcome presence in the home. The Perron’s would often hear sweeping noises coming from the kitchen. When they entered the room, they would find the broom had been moved to a different spot in the room with a neat pile of newly swept dirt sitting in the middle of the floor, waiting to be deposited in the trashcan.

“Manny” was another spirit that the young Perron children loved. Manny was believed to be the spirit of Johnny Arnold, who had committed suicide by hanging himself in the attic of the house in the 1700’s. Manny would appear before the children, often standing nearby quietly watching the children going about their daily activities, a crooked smile on his face, amused at the children’s’ play. If eye contact was made with Manny, he would withdraw from sight just as suddenly as he had appeared.

In addition to ghostly entities, the Perrons’ witnessed many other odd and unexplained phenomena. Beds would levitate several inches off of the floor, telephone handsets would hover in the air and slam down onto the phone base when someone entered the room, and various household objects would glide about the house on their own. Often chairs would be pulled suddenly from beneath an unsuspecting guest and pictures would tumble from the walls. The Perrons’ once reported seeing an orange ooze blood and a wall dissolve into nothingness.

Some spirits, aka demons, were not so nice

Not all the ghosts at Harrisville were welcome visitors. Some would yank the girls’ legs and hair during the middle of the night. Others would loudly bang the front door of the home with such force that the entire house would shake. Doors would slam shut on their own while others would stay frozen in place, unable to be shut no matter how much force was applied to them. One entity in the home routinely kept the family awake as it continually cried out in the night, “Mama! Maaaama!” while another apparition tortured 8-year-old Cindy telling her over and over, “there are seven dead soldiers buried in the wall”. One of the Perron’s recalled a small, delicate spirit, appearing to be about 4 years old, roaming the house crying, calling for her mother.

One of the spirits was so evil, the Perron family to this day will not disclose what it did to them. Andrea Perron, who authored a book about their experiences in the home (House of Darkness House of Light), hinted that the unmentionable spirit may have molested some of the young girls. When asked about this spirit during an interview, she avoided the question, telling the reporter:

“Let’s just say there was a very bad male spirit in the home – with five little girls.”

The baddest of them all – Bathsheba Sherman

The most horrid ghost in the home targeted Mrs. Perron specifically. Known as Bathsheba, the entity was thought to have been the ghost of Bathsheba Sherman, a practicing Satanist and witch who had lived in the home in the early 19th century and died there after hanging herself from a tree behind the barn. The Perrons’ were not a religious family. Weak in faith, it was theorized to be a primary factor for the particularly violent and active nature of Bathsheba’s treatment of the Perron family. Credence to this theory is strengthened when it was learned that the only previous resident not to report any odd occurrences was a local minister. Lorraine Warren explained was this was important:

“You only have your faith as your protection. I always had my faith. God protecting me allowed me to do this. At that particular time, the Perrons’ did not have religion – and it was very dangerous.”

Bathsheba was a vile, hideous creature described as having a face “similar to a desiccated bee hive” covered in cobwebs with no real human features other than vermin crawling from crevices etched into the wrinkled skin of her face. Her head, round and gray, sat “leaning off to one side” as if her neck had been broken and an evil stench permeated the room when she was present.

Bathsheba Thayer was born in 1812 in Rhode Island and married fellow Rhode Islander Judson Sherman on March 10, 1844. When alive Bathsheba had lived a life of solitude, an outcast of the community she lived in after being accused of killing her young baby as a sacrifice to Satan. The baby’s body was found to have been impaled in the head with a sharp object. Lacking evidence, the case was eventually dropped. Bathsheba was believed to have had three other children, none of whom survived past the age of four. Her children may not have been her only victims. Bathsheba was also known to have brutalized the staff often starving and beating them for minor infractions. When Bathsheba died on May 25, 1885, the coroner wrote that he had never seen anything like it – her emaciated body had eerily solidified, seemingly turned to stone.

It was easily recognized that Bathsheba had her favorites in the household.  She tortured Carolyn Perron (one of the daughters, Cindy, was often a frequent target) while lusting after Mr. Perron. During their stay, equipment in the home frequently broke. Roger Perron would take the broken machinery down to the cellar to repair. While working, he often felt Bathsheba touching him, gently caressing his neck or running her hands down his back. But while longing for Mr. Perron, Bathsheba abhorred Carolyn. It was clear that Bathsheba wanted Carolyn out of the house.

An August 1977 article in the localProvidence Journal described the appearance of Bathsheba:

“Mrs. Perron said she awoke before dawn one morning to find an apparition by her bed: the head of an old woman hanging off to one side over an old gray dress. There was a voice reverberating, ‘Get out. Get out. I’ll drive you out with death and gloom.’”

In the beginning, Bathsheba’s treatment of Carolyn was merely “cruel”. Carolyn would be pinched, slapped, or have objects thrown about her. Her greatest fear, fire, was soon discovered by the entity and used repeatedly to strike terror in her as Bathsheba banged torches against her bed while demanding that she leave the home immediately.

As time progressed, the attacks grew harsher. In one instance, Carolyn was lying on the couch when she felt a sharp pain in the calf of her leg. She examined her leg and found a large, bleeding puncture wound that looked “as if a large sewing needle had impaled her skin”. Later, after threats failed to motivate Carolyn to leave, Bathsheba took a different tack and attempted to invade Carolyn from within. Believing that Carolyn had been possessed, the Perrons’ called in psychic investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren to assist them.

Ed and Lorraine Warren offer to assist

Ed and Lorraine Warren are often thought of as “the original paranormal investigators”. For decades they had helped investigate hauntings and demonic possessions across the country. In many of their cases, they were able to convince the Vatican to provide exorcisms of the spirits that they found. The Perrons’ heard of the Warrens after one of their many public speaking engagements and pleaded with them to help save their mother. By this time, it was believed that Bathsheba has physically possessed Carolyn Perron, an assessment that Ed Warren could not disagree with.

Daughter Andrea Perron remembered the night the exorcism took plae:

“The night I thought I saw my mother die was the most terrifying night of all. She spoke in a voice we had never heard before and a power not of this world threw her twenty feet into another room.”

Unfortunately, the true story of the Perron family’s haunting ended differently than The Conjuring movie portrayed. In reality, the Warrens were not successful in ridding the Perron family of their hell-bent tormentors. Carolyn Perron recalled that “dreadful night” and explained that even though the Warrens’ intentions were good, they essentially found that things “got worse around them”. As the situation spun out of control, Roger Perron demanded that the Warrens leave the premises immediately.

The Perrons’ flee their haunted home

The Perrons’ soon learned that every occupant (with the exception of a local minister and his family) of the old Arnold Estate had reported supernatural phenomena on the homestead. In fact, the owner just prior to the Perrons’ had hired a contractor to renovate the house. The contractor had been busily renovating the home when he suddenly stopped work and fled. It was reported that he had left the home screaming leaving behind his tools and his car. The owners never moved in and the home sat vacant for several years before the Perrons’ discovered it was on the market.

Despite their unfortunate circumstances, financial constraints kept the Perrons’ rooted in place for 10 long years. Unable to flee, they endured the inconvenience of the “friendly” spirits and the torture the malevolent ghosts bestowed upon them. Finally, in 1980, at the insistence of Carolyn, the Perrons’ were financially able to vacate the home. They moved to Georgia.


     Tucker Hallow Road - Foster

     The spirit of Lonnie Davis is reported to haunt the lot where her house once stood. She was shunned by her neighbors who thought she was a witch. Before she died she swore she would never rest as long as two floor boards were nailed together on her house. She never wanted her house moved, upon her death the neighbors took apart her home one board at a time as she had requested. Her property has never been built on since.

Paranormal Activity
  Whenever someone steps foot in the area of her former home, coldness is felt. This has been reported by many neighbors.

Madame Sherri's Castle - Chesterfield

  Madame Antoinette Sherri  made her fortune in "show business" as a theater costume designer in New York.
   Sherri constructed a stone mansion as a summer home in 1931. She was known by the extravagant parties she threw there, as well as expensive cars and outfits, and generally acting like a well-to-do person.
   The mansion became neglected and in 1962 the house was destroyed by fire. Left behind is medieval-looking ruin, the most prominent feature of which is a set of curving stone steps that end abruptly some 20 feet in the air.
The area surrounding the house has been named the Madame Sherri Forest and contains 488 acres of land.

 Paranormal Activity
  There are claims that anyone who touches the stairs will hear music; they say it’s the same that once resonated from the mansions interior.

                           Annabelle


   In 1970 a nursing student named Donna received the Raggedy Ann Doll from her mother as a birthday present. Shortly thereafter, Donna and her roommate Angie began to notice that the doll would switch positions and move around their apartment on its own. Donna and Angie then began to notice childlike messages that had been scribbled onto parchment paper, which they concluded must have come from the doll. At the time Donna had never kept parchment paper, on which the notes were written, in the house, so where did it come from?
     Things escalated when their friend Lou, who had been staying with them, claimed that the doll tried to strangle him during the night. On another occasion, Lou believed that the possessed Annabelle doll was responsible for bloody claw-like scratches that mysteriously appeared across his chest when he went to investigate a noise coming from Donna's room.
     Donna and Angie would come home to find the doll in a completely different room from which they had left it. Sometimes the doll would be found crossed legged on the couch with its arms folded, other times it was found upright, standing on its feet, leaning against a chair in the dining room. Several times Donna, placing the doll on the couch before leaving for work, would return home to find the doll back in her room on the bed with the door closed.
    In an attempt to rectify the situation, a séance was held. The medium informed them that the doll was possessed by a young girl named Annabelle Higgins, who had resided on the property before the apartments were built. When she was just 7 years old, Annabelle's lifeless body was found in a field where the apartments now stood.
     Paranormal Investigators Ed & Lorraine Warren were brought in to investigate. They did an exorcism of the apartment and they took possession of the doll.   The Warrens had a special case built for Annabelle inside the Occult Museum, in Moodus, Conneticut. The museum is run by Lorraine Warren. Since the case was built Annabelle no longer appeared to move but she is thought to be responsible for the death of a young man who came to the museum on motorcycle with his girlfriend. The young man after hearing Ed's account of the doll, defiantly went up and began to bang on the case insisting that if the doll can put scratches on people then he wanted to also be scratched, Ed said to the young man "Son you need to leave" and put him out of the building
     On the way home the young man and his girlfriend were laughing and making fun of the doll when he lost control of his motorcycle and went head on into a tree, the young man was killed instantly but his girlfriend survived and was hospitalized for over a year. When asked what happened the young woman explained that they were laughing about the doll when they lost control of the motorcycle.

this was put together by craig of nepr 

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