All the security in the world cannot keep ghosts out of the White House. And I’m not just talking ghosts in the closet but actual apparitions!
Though the White House was relatively new for its first reported sighting in the late 1700s, it was surrounded by towns along the Potomac River and as life does everywhere in the world, there were deaths of all kinds and by all means. John Adams, the second United States President, moved in when he won the Presidency in 1797. He and his wife Abigail were tenants there from him taking office to the end of his term in 1801. During their four year tenure there, his wife would often be found doing laundry in the sunny and dry room called the East Room. Here she reported seeing a woman wearing a cap and lace shawl, arms outstretched as if she were welcoming her into a haunting embrace.
Ghosts in the White House Another spectre was David Burns, who was a large land owner and sold what the White House and much of Washington sits on now to the government. Both a guard and a White House seamstress reported hearing a haunting voice declare itself as “I’m Mr. Burns!” though he was not actually seen by either, more a disembodied voice generally heard from the vicinity of the Yellow Oval Room.
It makes sense that as White House occupants age and pass on, that Presidents themselves would make ghostly appearances. One of the most haunted rooms in the White House was former Andrew Jackson’s bedchamber, the Rose Room. Andrew Jackson was reported to be heard by the then wife of President Lincoln, Mary Todd. She was keenly interested in the occult and it was reported that she would hold séances in order to communicate with her sons but would sometimes receive cantankerous messages from the previous President, Andrew Jackson, who was reported to be surly in nature.
The ghost of President Lincoln was also reported to be seen and heard by numerous staff and residents of the White House. In fact, his spirit is the most prolific of ghost sightings to date. Calvin Coolidge’s wife, Grace, was one of the first residents to report seeing President Lincoln while she and her husband resided there from 1923 to 1929. She reported seeing him gaze out at previous Battle Fields beyond the Potomac. It’s interesting to me that so many First Ladies reported seeing ghosts at the White House. Another First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, said that she felt President Lincoln’s presence while she did her work in the Lincoln Bedroom at night when it was most quiet. I personally think Lincoln continues to make so many appearances at the White House because his life was tragically cut short, an impetus for being earth bound. He was also one of the most beloved Presidents in our Nation’s History and that energetic tie to society may have created a stronger bond at the White House. Other people too reported seeing him. Winston Churchill reported seeing Lincoln by a fireplace when he emerged from taking a bath. Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands fainted dead away when she opened her door in the middle of the night in response to a knock, only to find Lincoln standing there, top hat and all!
I’m sure many old homes are haunted but rare are they so famous or the holder of such impactful people as the United States White House.
Happy Saturday! Hope everyone was able to catch tonight’s new episode of “Ghost Adventures!” As usual, here is my review for tonight, and check out the new episode of “All Day Paranormal” on Monday for more insight!
Location: A. I mean, it’s the Winchester Mystery House, perhaps one of the most famous haunted houses. Some of the claims may not be directly linked to massive tragedies at the location itself, but it’s a creepy place nonetheless.
Evidence: A. The initial shadow caught in front of the window was amazing, especially as right-on-the-spot evidence. The SLS camera evidence was also unexpected but shockingly compelling. Essentially, this episode was everything the initial investigation should’ve been.
Scare factor: A-. I was already creeped out by the overall dark demeanor of the building, but the ghostly hand put me over the edge.
Zak’s outfit: A+. Absolutely loved the slim fit black long-sleeve, accented with the long silver necklace. Sleek AND chic, didn’t over do it with patterns or logos. Very refreshing.
Alcatraz: Home to wrongdoers, gangsters, and… ghosts. It’s no wonder this federal penitentiary is rumored to be haunted by the men who lingered there. It has all the ingredients to hold a person’s tormented soul: misery, confinement and fear. Ịt is even rumored by the Native Americans to be an energy portal where evil spirits are allowed to come through. This may explain “The Thing” with glowing eyes that has been witnessed by prison staff and inmates alike. There are reports of ghostly figures, screams, banging metal doors, putrid smells and sobbing.
Death was no stranger to Alcatraz. The first reported ones were in 1857 where Daniel Pewter and Jacob Unger passed away under a landslide while excavating between the wharf and the guard-house. There were fatal confrontations between fellow prisoners, guard beatings, and failed escapes off the island. For many, Alcatraz was the last stop before entering Hell which is why it is sometimes called Hellcatraz.
Alcatraz To this day, there is an unexplained disturbing event that occurred in the isolation block of the prison, known as “The Hole” or the “Strip Cells”. This level was located on the bottom floor of the prison, in Cell Block D, where they kept inmates who broke the more serious of rules at Alcatraz. They would be stripped of their clothes and held in a cold cell that only contained a sink, toilet, and a small light. They were given a mattress but only at night and it was promptly removed in the morning to ensure continual discomfort and punishment. In the 1940’s it was reported by the guard that a figure seemingly from the 1800’s haunted the block. The apparition was seen on several occasions and prisoners claimed they had been attacked by a man with glowing eyes. Since The Hole was an isolation chamber, it’s likely that most guards thought the on-going screams claiming attack were hallucinations. On one particular evening, one inmate screamed the night through that he was being attacked by the man with glowing eyes but was ignored by guards who had become numb to such claims. After a night of screams and pleading he finally fell silent. The door to his cell was opened in the morning and the inmate was found dead, a horrible grimace marred his face and handprints were visible around his throat. An examination later determined that these marks were not self-inflicted. This victim, whether at the hands of the glowing-eyed ghost or by an irritated guard, became a ghost of Alcatraz himself as he was reported in a line-up with other inmates but promptly vanished to the amazement of everyone present.
Numerous psychics have reported cold spots, harsh and sudden emotional bursts, apparitions claiming abuse, vibrations and a myriad of other ghostly traces. In fact, there are few spots in the prison where you can’t see or feel other worldly energies including the hospital, the Warden’s House, Cell Blocks C and D, the lighthouse, the therapy and utility rooms.