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Shroud of Turin

 An ancient strip of cloth marked with bloodstains and what appears to be the image of a man. Believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ.
An ancient strip of cloth marked with bloodstains and what appears to be the image of a man. Believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ.

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Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, New York, is the resting place of numerous famous figures, including Washington Irving, whose story
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, New York, is the resting place of numerous famous figures, including Washington Irving, whose story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is set in the adjacent Old Dutch Burying Ground. Incorporated in 1849 as Tarryt...

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Sleepy Hollow, New York

Sleepy Hollow is a village in Tarrytown, New York in Westchester County, New York, United States. It is located on the eastern bank of the Hudson River, about 30 miles (48 km) north of midtown Manhattan in New York City, and is served by the Philipse Manor stop on the Metro-North Hudson Line.
Sleepy Hollow is a village in Tarrytown, New York in Westchester County, New York, United States. It is located on the eastern bank of the Hudson River, about 30 miles (48 km) north of midtown Manhattan in New York City, and is served by the Philipse...

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Souling

A medieval Christian precursor to modern-day trick-or-treating.  On Hallowmas (November 1), the poor would go door-to-door offering prayers for the dead in exchange for sould cakes.
A medieval Christian precursor to modern-day trick-or-treating. On Hallowmas (November 1), the poor would go door-to-door offering prayers for the dead in exchange for sould cakes.

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Spangler, Jean

Like so many other talented hopefuls in Hollywood in the 1940s, Jean Spangler wanted to be a star. Sultry and big-eyed, the statuesque 27-year-old brunette had eked out a precarious living as a dancer and a bit player in movies and on TV while she waited for that one big break, that one part that would get her noticed and launch her screen career.
Like so many other talented hopefuls in Hollywood in the 1940s, Jean Spangler wanted to be a star. Sultry and big-eyed, the statuesque 27-year-old brunette had eked out a precarious living as a dancer and a bit player in movies and on TV while she wa...

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Spiritualism

 A belief system based upon communication with spirits of the dead.
A belief system based upon communication with spirits of the dead.

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St. Lukes - A Christmas Mass

A Christmas Ghost Story
A Christmas Ghost Story

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Stoker, Bram

Abraham Bram Stoker (8 November 1847 - 20 April 1912) was an Irish novelist and short story writer, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula. During his lifetime, he was better known as personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned.
Abraham Bram Stoker (8 November 1847 - 20 April 1912) was an Irish novelist and short story writer, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula. During his lifetime, he was better known as personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and business ...

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Sullivan, Bridget

Bridget Sullivan (1866-1948) is a crucial character in the Lizzie Borden story.
Bridget Sullivan (1866-1948) is a crucial character in the Lizzie Borden story.

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow


"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is a short story by American author Washington Irving, contained in his collection of 34 essays and short stories entitled The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. Written while Irving was living abroad in Birmingham, E...

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The Legend of the Bell Witch

The story of the great American haunting known as the legend of the Bell Witch.
The story of the great American haunting known as the legend of the Bell Witch.

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The Legends of the Irish Banshee

Banshee (bean-sidhe) means 'Faerie woman' or 'woman of the Faerie mound'. Many legends exist surrounding the Banshees and just how evil is she meant to be.
Banshee (bean-sidhe) means 'Faerie woman' or 'woman of the Faerie mound'. Many legends exist surrounding the Banshees and just how evil is she meant to be.

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The Phillip Experiment

Often people so much want something to be paranormal when it isn't they will convince themselves of the paranormal activity.  This experience outlines
Often people so much want something to be paranormal when it isn't they will convince themselves of the paranormal activity. This experience outlines

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The War of the Worlds Radio Drama

The War of the Worlds is an episode of the American radio drama anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air.
The War of the Worlds is an episode of the American radio drama anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air.

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Touch test

During the Salem witch trials, it was believed that if the witch would touch one of the afflicated that was having a fit, the affilicted would instantly calm down.
During the Salem witch trials, it was believed that if the witch would touch one of the afflicated that was having a fit, the affilicted would instantly calm down.

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Twin City Opera House - Full History

The Full History about the Twin City Opera House
The Full History about the Twin City Opera House

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Victorian Era Superstitions

People living within the Victorian Era had many different beliefs and superstitions.
People living within the Victorian Era had many different beliefs and superstitions.

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Victorian Funeral Cards

During the Victorian Era, families would created invitations that was sent out to people in order to attend a wake or funeral.  It was considered a privelege to receive an invitation and a personal insult if you did not attend after receiving an invitation.
During the Victorian Era, families would created invitations that was sent out to people in order to attend a wake or funeral. It was considered a privelege to receive an invitation and a personal insult if you did not attend after receiving an invi...

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Victorian Funeral Processessions

Grandiose is not too strong a word to use to describe the manner in which a Victorian funeral was conducted.
Grandiose is not too strong a word to use to describe the manner in which a Victorian funeral was conducted.

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Victorian Grave Robbing

Grave robbery by the 'Resurrectionist Men', often doctors themselves was a problem in the 19th century as medical schools needed fresh cadavers for dissection classes.
Grave robbery by the 'Resurrectionist Men', often doctors themselves was a problem in the 19th century as medical schools needed fresh cadavers for dissection classes.

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Victorian Hearses and Horses

If a funeral parlour did not have enough clients to warrant owning their own hearses and teams of horses, this task was contracted out to a carriage-master who could serve several funeral businesses.
If a funeral parlour did not have enough clients to warrant owning their own hearses and teams of horses, this task was contracted out to a carriage-master who could serve several funeral businesses.

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