Graveyard Shift 15 Ghosts Who Are The Heroes, Not The Horrors, Of Their Narratives  

Erin McCann
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List Rules Vote up the ghosts you - gosh darn it - just can't help but cheer on.

No matter how they died and what they get up to, there are just some ghosts you have to root for. Perhaps they are murder victims, or are the hard-searching parents of a dead child, or are witches killed in violent ways many years ago. Whatever the case, they're stuck in our world and could use a little cheering on.

Some good ghosts are nice and friendly, while others are angry and resentful. Regardless of their temperaments, something happened to ghosts when they died, and they are stuck in a sort of limbo, not belonging here but unable to move on. Occasionally, they hang around just to help solve their own murders, which is both helpful and admirable. In some cases, no one really knows how they died. 

The ghosts in this list are fighters. They've put up with a lot and deserve a little recognition and maybe a pat on the back. Go ahead – give them a little cheer.

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The Green Lady Of Stirling Castle


The Story: Legend has it that The Green Lady was once a serving girl in Stirling Castle in Scotland. Mary, Queen of Scots was almost killed when the curtains in the room where she slept caught fire. The girl saved her from the fire, but she died in her place. 

Why You Should Cheer For This Ghost: She is said to roam the castle looking for fires, which is a pretty considerate thing to do. Also, giving your life to save someone deserves a thumbs up at the least.

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Grace Brown


The Story: In 1906, Grace Brown was working at the Gillette Skirt Factory and began an affair with the owner's son, Chester. She became pregnant and begged Chester to marry her as she didn't want an abortion, and unwed mothers were treated as outcasts. The two traveled to Big Moose Lake in the Adirondacks and rented a rowboat. They found the boat the next morning and Grace Brown's body nearby with bruises on her forehead. Chester was convicted and executed, but Grace Brown continues to haunt the shores of the lake and hotel where they stayed.

Why You Should Cheer For This Ghost: Chester Gillette did not step up to his responsibility, but that doesn't mean Grace Brown should suffer because of it. People who have encountered her ghost often experience a heavy feeling of sadness. Her story also served as the basis for the film A Place In The Sun, which portrayed her as an "unattractive nag."

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Zona Heaster Shue, The Greenbriar Ghost


The Story: In 1897, Zona Heaster Shoe was found dead in Greenbriar County, WV, her head in a strange position. In the time it took for the doctor to arrive, Shue's husband washed and redressed her body and was acting strangely, seemingly trying to hide her neck and obstructing the doctor from making a full examination. Shue's mother had a dream in which her daughter informed her that she was murdered. The mother's dream and the husband's odd behavior convinced prosecutors to reopen the case. When they exhumed the body, an autopsy revealed obvious injuries to her neck and determined her death to be caused by strangulation. During her husband's trial, it was discovered Shue was his third wife and the second to die.

Why You Should Cheer For This Ghost: Three cheers for a ghost who returns from the grave to help solve their murder and convict their killer.

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The Ghostly Residents Of The LaLaurie Mansion


The Story: Delphine LaLaurie was an affluent and stylish woman who owned a mansion with her husband in New Orleans' French Quarter in the 1830s. But beneath LaLaurie's refined exterior lurked a serial killer. After a fire swept through her house, a secret room was discovered in the attic. The contents of that room were nearly unimaginable. Slaves had been chained up, tortured, experimented on, confined to cages, killed, and made to live surrounded by human remains.

Why You Should Cheer For These Ghosts: These ghosts are angry – and rightfully so. The LaLaurie mansion is probably the best known haunted place in New Orleans and has changed ownership several times due to supernatural events. The LaLaurie family also escaped the city without any repercussions, so these ghosts may never find peace.