While searching for poltergeist footage on YoTube, I found these two entertaining clips from a subscriber who claims to have caught evidence of a poltergeist at the house he shared with his Nan. I generally believe in everything, so I enjoyed the two videos, especially the first-year anniversary one with the animated Santa and twinkling Christmas tree lights appearing to answer and comment on the narrator’s questions and prompts to his Nan. I love how Nan is having none of it.
“The Hotel Vancouver is haunted by a benevolent and elegantly dressed ‘Lady in Red.’ She’s often spotted on the 14th floor, and is also seen in the ground floor lobby near the guest elevator doors. She sometimes passes through elevator doors on those floors and glides along the hallways. Most intriguing is that the 1st and 14th floors are the only ones with elevator doors that lead to a dummy elevator shaft. The ghost has been seen passing through those disused, locked doors.
“The Lady in Red is also encountered in some of the guest rooms. Once, a Japanese family that checked into a room on the 14th floor called the front desk to ask whether their room had been double-booked. They described seeing the Lady in Red in the room, which had caused their confusion.”
Read the full story as well as other ghost stories from Vancouver, Canada, at Ghosts of Vancouver.
This video really seems like a fake, but I like it anyway. I have lived in two apartments with ghost cats, and I’m certain that the spirit of my first cat remains with me. I have a cat, and it always freaks me out when I see one walk by at the corner of my eye and I look over to see mine sleeping or sitting in another part of the room. Luckily, because I have a cat, I think that ghost cats like me because they have their creature comforts.
“Belvelly Castle sits prominently on the shore of Great Island in Cork Harbour. It is said that in the seventeenth century Margaret Hodnett lived there. Mirrors were a status symbol with the wealthy at that time and Margaret was known for her love of these to remind her of her renowned beauty. She had an on-off relationship with a local lord called Clon Rockenby who asked for her hand in marriage many times but was refused.
“Eventually, Rockenby decided that the humiliation was enough and raised a small army and went to the castle to take her by force. He thought the Hodnetts, used to a luxurious life, would not withstand a siege.
“However, they surprised him by holding out for a full year before surrendering. When he entered the castle Rockenby was shocked to see the state of Margaret, skeletal and starved, a shadow of her former self, her beauty gone. Out of rage, Rockenby smashed her favourite mirror to pieces, as he did so one of the Hodnetts killed him with a sword.
“After these events Margaret descended into insanity, she was said to have sought out mirrors constantly to check if her beauty had returned. It never did. She died in old age at the castle. Her troubled ghost appears as a lady in white, sometimes with a veiled face and sometimes with no face at all. Those who have seen her say that she looks at a spot on the wall, then rubs it as if looking at her reflection.
“Apparently, one stone on the castle’s wall has been rubbed smooth over the years, perhaps the spot where her mirror used to hang. Belvelly has largely been unoccupied since the nineteenth century but is currently being renovated.”
I recently returned from a trip to my favourite city, San Francisco. I particularly love the hippy neighborhood the Haight. I like to spend time there with the spirits of Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia and Jimi Hendrix. I was interested to then see this video about hotels haunted by celebrity ghosts, among them the hotel in Los Angeles where Joplin lost her life to a drug overdose.
There are some pretty spooky sightings caught in this video. I can’t say that I am convinced that each one is real or that it is ethical to disturb people’s resting place at night, but it still made the hair on the back of my neck stand up!