The Beast Of Bray Road

I was recently talking to a friend about the paranormal and how we both agreed that people who experience the paranormal tend to have families who do as well. In other words, it runs in the family.

That being said, both of my parents definitely have had crazy experiences, as I’ve documented here, but my dad really takes the cake. Of all the things he’s told me over the years about his experiences, this one, I think, is really cool. They’re all cool, but this one is at the top of the list.

He saw the Beast of Bray Road.

Only he didn’t know that’s what it was called, and when he saw it, he didn’t even know it was a thing.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m with you, as is he. I just learned about it yesterday, although I’ve heard his story a few times over the years.

The Beast was first reported back in the 1930s on rural Bray Road outside Elkhorn, Wisconsin. It has been seen since then, all through the years, by many different people around Wisconsin, through Illinois, all the way up into Canada, and it’s called the same name in all locations.

Reports started growing in the 80s and 90s and a newspaper sent a reporter out to write a piece on it. At first skeptical, she later changed her mind because of all of the testimonies. Her reports were all collected in a book, The Beast of Bray Road: Tailing Wisconsin’s Werewolf. It was also made into a movie, The Beast Of Bray Road.

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Paranormal Investigative Equipment: What’s Your Pick?

Sheila Renee Parker recently asked the question, when you go out ghost hunting, what equipment do you take with you?

Back when I used to hunt I used a digital camera that wasn’t the best, but did the trick. On two separate occasions I had it take pictures by itself, and only during hunts. That was awesome and creepy at the same time. I also had a Sony Handicam that was a Hi-8, and I had a voice recorder that recorded on tape. That was all I took out, and it was more than enough for me.

When I went to the Ohio State Reformatory for an overnight, I saw a lot of dedicated people with tons of equipment that made me laugh. Not because it was funny or ridiculous, it just seemed to be a bit overboard for me. They were going to get the same kind of evidence I was, but they spent hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars more on their equipment than I did. I hope it pays off for them, but it never would for me.

With that said, check out Sheila’s article and let her know what you use on your hunts!

There are so many different types of equipment that one can use while conducting a paranormal investigation, even supposedly fully equipped ghost hunting kits that claim to have everything one needs. Interesting…. do these kits come with an unlimited supply of batteries? Ghosts are known to drain batteries for the energy. So, if these kits don’t come with batteries, they’re not fully equipped now are they? Just a random thought…

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The Inn Pt. 15

I was hanging out at The Inn last night while my wife worked. In their lobby they have a giant Halloween set up for kids. There are creepy things hanging off the walls and a DJ booth where a DJ plays music, I’m guessing with a Halloween vibe to it, and the kids dance.

All was quiet in the lobby, where I was sitting by myself, all night. And then at 4:45 AM, the DJ booth started playing music by itself. It was loud, and I can’t recall the song playing but it was one I don’t think I’ve ever heard before. (EDIT: My wife just told me the song was “It’s Hip To Be Square.” If it matters.)

The guy my wife works with went out from behind the counter to the DJ booth and fiddled with some things and the music finally stopped. As he walked back to the desk he mentioned how it was strange because the system was turned off before the music started.

The Inn Pt. 14

My wife was at work the other night when a couple of things happened to her.

First, she was making her lunch in the microwave in the tiny office behind the front desk where she works. Only her and her coworker were there, the security guy was out doing his rounds. Her food cooked and she took it out, then shut the door to the microwave. She went and sat down at the front desk next to her coworker and a minute later, the microwave door slammed shut again.

A little while later she went to the bathroom. I’ve talked about how creepy those bathrooms are, and they are connected by a single entry or foyer. There are two water fountains there, then you turn left for the women’s, or right for the men’s. So naturally if the men’s room is creepy, then surely the women’s has to have stuff going on too, right?

She had finished her business and washed her hands. Suddenly she heard a woman laughing loudly, and she said it sounded as if the woman was right on the other side of the wall near the water fountains. With her hands still wet, she walked around the wall to see who it was, since it was late at night and the woman was very loud.

Only she never found the woman. She checked the men’s room, up and down the hall, the lobby. No woman.

Haunted Places: Hoia Baciu Forest

The Hoia Baciu Forest in Transylvania, Romania, is supposed to be one of the most haunted places on earth, which makes sense considering it’s in TRANSYLVANIA!

Trees grow really weird there. But they're not overly sensitive about it.

Trees grow really weird there. But they’re not overly sensitive about it.

Oh, anyway, some people call it the Bermuda Triangle of Romania. A lot of weird stuff happens there, UFOs are seen and photographed, people go missing, dogs and cats living together…

Destination Truth did an episode there. Some crazy things happened to them, but I’m not entirely convinced it wasn’t set up. I stopped watching the show after that episode.

Supposed UFO flying above the forest caught on film in the 60s.

Supposed UFO flying above the forest caught on film in the 60s.

For some cool pictures and more on the forest, check this out!

And when you book your trip to go snooping around there, let me know so I can go with you!

Vote For Me!

Hey folks, I’m going to take a small break from the haunted goodness of this blog to promote myself a bit. I have a short story in a contest and I can use all the help I can get to win this thing!

My story Watching Them Change is a nice creepy story about a woman who has to watch her neighborhood turn into evil, soul sucking demons. It’s a quick read and even though it’s creepy, it’s pretty much safe for all ages. A good camp fire type story!

Head on over to Inkitt to the Shiver contest and give me a vote by clicking the heart at the bottom of your screen! The site will ask you to sign in, so if you don’t have an account you can easily sign in via Facebook or Twitter. Please make sure to tell everyone you know! There’s a lot of time left in this contest, but I have a long way to go to get near first! I’m currently in 4th place out of well over 120 stories! Thanks a ton!!!


I’m Behind You…

I was sent a message on Facebook from a buddy of mine who recently sent me the farmhouse pic. A friend of his (the girl in the picture) sent him this picture and has given permission to post it. This comes from Colorado.

Originally I was skeptic about it, and still am to a point. But, since I have no proof either way, I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt. Take a good look at it (not the girl, although I’d be guilty of that too!) and tell me what you think. Real or no?

Need a closer look? Click the pic.

Need a closer look? Click the pic.

Originally I thought it was a mirror behind her, but I’ve received word that it’s a microwave, which would explain the graininess of the face.

An interesting side note, when I was first given this picture and skeptic, I decided to do some photo manipulation of it to see if I could come up with anything that would help me prove it was a fake. I use GIMP for that process, and when I tried loading the picture in GIMP, GIMP force closed. Each and every time. Never had that issue before.

I put it in Microsoft Paint to change the file type, and had the issue there as well. Eventually I got the file type changed and got to open it in GIMP, but couldn’t find anything to say it was a fake. Later, I tried opening it in GIMP again and had the same issue with both files. I still have no idea why.