Graveyard Shift

Ghostly Encounters That Resulted in Death  

Juliet Bennett Rylah
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Some say that while ghosts can upset you, they can't actually harm you, regardless of what horror films would have us believe. However, there are those who believe in deadly paranormal encounters, from cursed objects that trap their owners in misfortune, to mysterious deaths attributed to hauntings.

A creepy tale from a Thailand village blames the death of 10 men on a ghost who can only be warded away with an item of clothing, while an American town has embraced a legendary beast who appeared numerous times shortly before a horrific disaster. Other encounters with ghosts resulted in death when flippant naysayers ignored ancient warnings, while another ghost managed to contact the living to solve her own murder.

We're sure there's a logical explanation for all of this, but perhaps you'd like to turn off the lights and decide for yourselves. 

Villagers Say a Ghost Killed 10 Healthy Men
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Villagers in Tha Sawang, Thailand claimed in 2013 that a ghost was responsible for the deaths of 10 men. The men had all been perfectly healthy, but suddenly died. A medium told them the men were killed by a vengeful apparition known as the Widow Ghost, who was attracted to homes with only one son.

To get her to stay away, the medium advised hanging a red shirt outside the home. 

The Cursed Grave of Carl Pruitt
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This old ghost story hails from Pulaski County, Kentucky, and the cursed grave of Carl Pruitt.

Pruitt returned to his home in 1938 to find his wife in bed with another man. He strangled her to death with a chain, then killed himself. The man he caught her with ran away as Pruitt was strangling his wife. Pruitt was buried apart from his wife in a completely different cemetery. Over time, people began to notice his grave growing discolored, making the impression of a chain. 

One day, a group of boys came across Pruitt's odd grave. One of them tossed a rock at the grave and damaged it. On his way home, his bicycle chain snapped, wrapped around his neck, and strangled him. The boy's mother later damaged the tombstone with an ax, only to be strangled with a clotheslines that came loose while she was hanging laundry. The legend doesn't end there, but continues with two policeman and another man who were also weirdly strangled by various objects after visiting the cursed grave.  

The Ghost in the Hole
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If you were particularly bad while incarcerated at Alcatraz, they might put you in the Hole. The cells in the Hole were lit with one dull bulb and contained no furniture. Prisoners lived there alone, mostly on bread and water, with a full meal only every three days. The maximum amount of time one person could remain in the Hole at one time was 19 days.

One inmate was locked in the Hole and began to scream that he was not alone, but in the company of a beast with glowing eyes. His cries were ignored and eventually, they stopped. In the morning, they found he had been strangled. While some assume a guard did it to put an end to the screaming, others believe that the inmate was killed by a ghost rumored to haunt the jail. Some guards said they saw the recently deceased inmate appear for a routine count, only to vanish moments later. 

The Bell Witch
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John Bell and his family settled in Robertson County, Tennessee in the 1800s. Bell claimed to see a dog with the head of a rabbit and the Bell kids claimed that some spirit was pulling their bedding away at night while rats chewed at the beds themselves. The family claimed to hear a woman's voice singing and reciting sermons and hymns. Even General Andrew Jackson visited the house, only to encounter some kind of spirit that temporarily stalled his horses.

The ghost tormented Bell's youngest daughter until she broke off her engagement with a man the ghost did not fancy, and the ghost was ultimately blamed for Bell's declining health and subsequent death via a poison that was discovered in the home's cabinets.

Nowadays, people like to blame the Bell Witch (a name reportedly given to the entity by Jackson) for various paranormal phenomenon in the area, such as unexplained voices and lights.