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Real World Horror: Tallman Bunk Beds

Today in Real World Horror I want to talk to you about the Tallman Bunk Beds.

Yup haunted bunk beds.

Ghosts, these days will haunt just about anything. You’d think they’d leave little kiddies alone. Asshole ghosts be assholes.

The Tallman haunting was covered by Unsolved Mysteries back in the 1980’s and is said to be so freaky that it rarely airs today. I don’t know if that is the case but I certainly can’t recall ever seeing that episode.

The story revolves around  Debbie and Allen Tallman who purchased the supposedly haunted set of bunk beds. Almost as soon as they had them in the house they started experiencing paranormal visions (the kids saw a ghostly woman), doors opening and closing without intervention, a chair wandered about the house seemingly of its own volition, and disembodied voices started speaking. Naturally the Tallman’s regrated their purchase as their home was terrorised.

Things got worse when the haunting targeted the youngest son, Danny, but Allen gave it a firm word or two and it started targeting him instead.

There have been numerous witnesses to the haunting, which in itself is a rarity. In particular a babysitter who saw a vision of fog and flames.

The Tallman’s ultimately destroyed the bunk beds. I must admit that had I been in their position I would have been hesitant to do so, destroying a supposedly haunted object doesn’t necessarily stop the haunting, sometimes it makes things a whole lot worse.  

Fortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case here.

Though the family moved away for good measure.

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Real World Horror: Valentino’s Cursed Ring

Today I want to talk to you about Valentino’s cursed ring.

Rudolph Valentino was an Italian actor based in the United States, he was born on 6 May 1895 in Italy died on 23 August 1926 in the USA. Starred in various sites and films.

During his career Rudolph purchased a ring, the story goes that the shopkeeper did not want to sell the ring claiming it was cursed and called it The Destiny Ring. Once Valentino had purchased the ring things started to go wrong for him, several of his movies flopped and then he became sick. He underwent surgery for bleeding ulcers, suffered an infection and passed away.

The ring was then passed to Pola Negri, who immediately became ill. Whilst she was ill her Hollywood career suffered a significant downturn to the point where it was considered over. Pola passed the ring to her younger sibling, Russ who she claimed reminded her of Valentino. Ross then died in a shooting accident.

The ring made its way to Joe Casino, who had the ring placed under glass but eventually decided to wear it and suffered a fatal accident a week later. By this point, people were connecting the ring with fatally bad luck and when Casino’s brother inherited the ring locked away.

The ring was later stolen by James Willis, during the theft the police arrived and shot him. The ring was recovered and placed back inside the safe. The ring was retrieved when director Edward Small wanted to make a movie regarding Valentino, he hired Jack Dunn to portray Valentino and asked him to wear the ring, two weeks later Dunn died of a blood disease.

The ring currently sits in a vault in a Los Angeles bank.

What do you think? Do you think the ring is cursed? Or do you think this is a series of bizarre coincidences?

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Real World Horror: Myrtles Plantation Mirror

Today in real world horror I want to talk about a mirror. This mirror is claimed to contain the spirits of a woman and her children.

The mirror is in Myrtles Bed and Breakfast Plantation, which is claimed to be one of the most haunted homes in America. The plantation was built in 1796, on an apparent native burial ground (is that where that cliché comes from?) and has been the scene for at least ten murders.

The mirror in question was added in the 1980’s and guests have reported seeing figures of Sara Woodruff and her children in the mirror. There have also been children’s handprints on the glass (kids touch mirrors, it’s kind of what they do). Sara Woodruff and her children were poisoned and after their death custom was ignored and the mirrors were not covered during the funeral thus the souls of the dearly departed were trapped inside the mirror.

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Real World Horror: The Conjuring Really Happened

Well, it kind of did.

The popular movie The Conjuring is based on the real actions of Ed and Lorraine Warren when they helped the Perrons in 1971.

The Perron family, mum, dad and five daughters, moved into the Rhode Island farmhouse in 1970 and continued to live there for ten years, give or take.

The witch, Bathsheba Sherman was born in 1812 and had at least one son with her husband, but possibly four children altogether. She lived until 1885 and was 73 years old when she passed away. There’s no real evidence that she was a witch, only stories, mostly due to the death of an infant in Bathsheba’s care. The child died when a sewing needle was inserted into its skull. Bathsheba was never convicted of the child’s murder but that did not stop stores from sprouting.

There are a lot of stories about Bathsheba’s death, including turning to stone. But I was not able to find the actual cause of her death beyond illness.

It was the Warrens who made the connection between the haunting of the farmhouse with Bathsheba, mostly due to an injury suffered in the house resembling that of a stab wound by sewing needle.

To learn more Read House of Darkness House of Light by daughter Andrea Perron.

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Real World Horror: Haunted Objects Robert the Doll

Robert the doll is a popular haunted object, with many articles, blogs, podcasts and YouTube videos discussing him. The doll initially belonged to Robert Otto, an artist. It was made in Germany and given to Robert as a young boy by his grandfather.

After Robert and his wife passed away, the doll remained with the property until 1994 when it was sold East Martello Museum, although it also spends time at the Old Post Office in October.

By all accounts the doll moves independently and can change its facial expressions, it has been heard to laugh at times, typical creepy doll stories.

But there is more to it than that, local legend claims that the doll has caused car accidents, loss of employment, injuries, divorces etc Apparently the doll does these things because people are disrespectful to it in the museum or Post office, taking pictures without asking is a big no-no. However, it has never been explained how the doll causes these mishaps.

What do you think, superstitious people blaming misfortune on a creepy doll? Or unexplained paranormal stuff at work?

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Real World Horror: Black Agnes

Black Agnes, also known as Black Annis, is effectively a witch or a hag. She is said to roam the lands around Leicestershire and eat kiddies. She apparently lives in a cave with a large oak tree at the entrance (so if you see one avoid it).

The stories say she ventures out at night eating kiddies and little lambs. Once she has eaten the child or lamb she’ll turn the skin to leather and wear it.

Many accounts talk about her having iron claws which she would use to snatch children (although sometimes she was known to snack on an adult). She used these claws to make her cave (that must have taken ages).

There are a few odd traditions around Black Agnes, including building small windows to keep her out, hanging herbs to keep her out and dragging a dead cat covered in aniseed around Leicester followed by dogs. That last one was particularly odd.

Black Agnes has appeared in various modern stories, sometimes as a witch, occasionally as a fairy or a hag. But ultimately she isn’t seen much in stories these days, which is a pity she was a traditionally scary monster, out for blood which seems to be something we see less of these days.

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Real World Horror: The Conjure Chest

Today in real-world horror we’re looking at another haunted object, The Conjure Chest.

In the 19th century Hosea, a slave, was murdered by his master for not building a chest of drawers to the master’s requirements/specifications. Horsea was a skilled craftsman and the master a ruthless perfectionist who beat his slave to death.

The fellow slaves, wanting revenge, asked a conjurer to put a curse on the chest.  After this was done seventeen people close to the master died, including his two sons, a daughter and several of his decedents.

The curse has since been lifted/restrained and is now in a museum in Kentucky.

Although, it is not on display.

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Real World Horror: The Villisca Axe Murder House

Today in real-world horror we are going to talk about the Villisca Axe Murder House, sounds cheerful huh?

If the name wasn’t a dead giveaway, this house was the site of a gruesome and unsolved murder. The crime was brutal and unexplained,

In June of 1912, the Moore family lived in the house. They were, by all accounts a pleasant and unassuming family, made up of the two parents and four children. On the night of the attack, two of the children’s friends were staying at the house. As far as anyone else is aware it was a normal evening, no one suspected anything.

However, the following morning the neighbour noticed the house was very quiet, she hadn’t seen the family up and about for the morning chores, the chickens remained unfed. She went over to make sure everything was alright and when she received no answer at the door she called a relative of the Moores.

Upon arriving and entering the house it was discovered that the entire family had been murdered.

After an examination, it was found that the family and their guests had been killed by cuts and bludgeoning wounds from an axe which was found in the guest bedroom.

Several suspects were questioned but ultimately the case has never been solved.

Since that day the house has been a haven of paranormal activity, mostly children crying and voices from empty rooms. But objects have also been known to move and visiting psychics have claimed to detect the presence of pain filled spirits.

What do you think? Haunted house? or people trying to explain a tragic event?

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Real World Horror: The Haunted Cane

Last week I made a decision.

I decided that as I was enjoying the increased posting schedule for this blog that I would increase it further. Lol, who needs sleep!

However, I wanted to try something a bit different. The majority of my blogs are about writing, in particular, writing horror. Although, I do talk regularly about consuming horror in its many forms and mediums, such as through the internet in the form of Creepypastas and through video games and films.

I have decided as I said above to try something a bit different on Saturdays. Being that I am deeply attached to most things ghoulish and creepy I decided to implement this into my blog more by talking each and every Saturday about horror in the real world. I will be covering topics such as Haunted objects, creepy places and ancient creepy folk stories that might just be true (or that people thought were true at some point or another).

So, prepare for Real-World Horror Saturdays!

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