Monday, June 29, 2009

Lizzy Borden

The famed Lizzie Borden, did she murder her father and step-mother. We may never know the what really happen. This has became one of the most famous unsolved crimes of all time.

Lizzie was born, to Andrew and Sarah Borden, in Fall River Massachusetts on July 19, 1860. She died of pneumonia on June 1, 1927. She had one older sister, Emma Borden. She was acquitted of murdering her father and step-mother. No one else was ever arrested or tried for the crimes.

It all began on August 4, 1892. Emma was not at home and the maid, Bridget Sullivan, was in her room resting. She had gotten sick earlier that morning. Mrs. Borden was upstairs tiding up the guest room and Mr. Borden was out on errands. Lizzy was out in the barn looking for fishing lures for an upcoming fishing trip.

At 10:45 Mr. Borden returned home and laid down in the sitting room for a nap. Around 11:00 Lizzy woke up Bridget saying that someone had broke into the house and killer her father. When Bridget asked about Mrs. Borden, Lizzy replied that she had received a telegram asking her to visit a sick friend. Lizzy didn’t believe that she was in the house.

Bridget and a neighbor woman discovered the body of Mrs. Borden shortly after the doctor arrived at the house. Apparently someone had attacked both Mr. and Mrs. Borden with a hatchet. Mrs. Borden received 18 blows to the head and face, and Mr. Borden received only 11 blows to the face.

Lizzy was arrested on August 11, 1892, and spent 10 months in jail awaiting trail. The jury only deliberated for one hour and a half. Reasonable doubt, because no murder weapon was found and no blood evidence was noted. The trail received a enormous amounts of national publicity.

The home of Lizzy Borden, 92 Second St., is now a Bed and Breakfast.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart was the first catholic community in Oklahoma. Father Felix was the first priest to celebrate mass at Sacred Heart, May 13, 1877. The service was held outside.

The town or monastery began to grow, and by the end of the year a two-story building, a school, and a farm had been built. The school started out for Indian boys. The first nuns, five sisters, arrived in 1880. They begun the school for girls, St. Mary’s Academy and Convent.

By 1884 the community had its own carpenter shop and tool house, blacksmith shop and stables, and bakery. The farm offered many animals as well as gardens, orchards, and vineyards.

Sacred Heart was a government contract school. St. Benedict’s Industrial School, for Indians, housing both boys and girls until the late 1890s. It also included college studies. The college taught classes in the finer arts of painting and music as well as a chemical lab. Basic classes of English, math, and business were also required teaching.

Then devastation struck the community and it never fully recovered. The fatal night was January 15, 1901. Fire broke out in the dinning room of the boys school. It quickly spread out of control. Within hours most of the building were gone, the boy’s and girl’s schools, as well as the college, the monastery and convent, even the church. Temporary wooden building were put into place for both schools.

Today a two-story building and the bakery are the only remains to remind us of this once great school, and the priests cemetery and the nuns cemetery are still keep up and clean. The church was rebuilt east of the community with a small cemetery.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Waverly Hill

Waverly Hills was one of the biggest hospitals for “The White Death” or Tuberculosis.
Contraction on Waverly Hills Sanatorium began in 1908. It started out as a two-story frame building. It opened on July 26, 1910. Originally it was set up to hold 50 patients. However with so many people carrying the disease a new hospital was build. Opening its doors on October 17, 1926, it provided accommodations up to 400 patients.

Because the disease was easily transmitted the staff had to live on the grounds. This was also the reason for the famed tunnel or “The Body Chute”. The tunnel was used to transport the dead out of the hospital without the patients knowing of other patients dying. It continued as a tuberculosis hospital until 1961.

In 1928, one of the nurses committed suicide by hanging herself on the fifth floor in room 502. She was unmarried and pregnant at the time.
In 1932, another nurse that worked in room 502 was found dead on the grounds. She either jumped from the roof patio, falling several stories to her death, or she was pushed from the roof patio. No one know for sure which one.
People have either seen or heard a child known as Timmy. There are reports of an elderly woman, her wrists wrapped in chains and bleeding, running out of the front door begging for help.

Other occurrences
There is a feeling of dread everywhere, photographs of orbs, evp’s of footsteps, and shadow people.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Skirvin Hotel

The Skirvin Hotel located in Oklahoma is one of the most haunted hotels in the state. W.B. Skirvin began building the hotel in 1910. In 1911, the Skirvin Hotel was ready to open its doors. The hotel had two towers rising up to 10 stories with over 200 rooms. Back in the day it was known as the finest hotel in Oklahoma. It was one of the first buildings to have air conditioning and running water in each room. Expansion came in 1930 with a third wing, also 4 more stories were added increasing the rooms to over 500.

Mr. Skirvin moved his family and their pets onto the ninth floor of the hotel. In October, 1979 the hotel was listed on National Register of Historic Places. W.B. Skirvin died in 1944. The hotel closed down in 1988, however it had a full complete make-over and has recently reopened.

The legend goes like this: Mr Skirvin had an affair with one of the maids working at the hotel. When she became pregnant, she was locked up in a room on the top floor. She still remained there after giving birth to her child. Soon she became depressed and unstable. With child in hand she jumped through a window. To this day no one knows the name of the maid, however the former employees named her Effie.

Other occurrences said to happen are as follows: Females reported hearing the cries of a baby in the middle of the night, men said that while taking a shower a naked female would appear in the shower with them and/or they would be propositioned by a female voice, things would be moved, and the maid's carts would move down the hallway when no one was around.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Shadow People

Shadow People, what are they?
We don’t really know, however there are several theories.

One theory is shadow people are another way for ghosts to manifest. It takes less energy to reveal itself as a shadow then it does as an apparition. Most reports say that they appear as dark forms, silhouettes, seen with in the peripheral vision. Their movement can be swift especially if they realize they have been seen. They are mostly seen at night, however they can be seen in the day time hiding in the shadows.

Other theories are the imagination, demons, time travelers, interdimensional beings.

The imagination, illusions, our eyes are playing tricks on us, or real shadows caused by passing vehicle headlights. Demons, the dark shade of these beings led’s us to speculation. Time travelers, people from the future visiting us in the past. Interdimensional beings, some theorize that there are parallel dimensions and sometimes these dimensions cross into our world. Possibly allowing us a glimpse into another dimension, and the people who live in them.