with all those ghosts gadding about on TV shows, itís beginning to look a lot
like Halloween year-round.|
Eerie music swells in the background as re-enactments
of paranormal events depict strange goings-on, running the gamut from a departed
granny floating into the kitchen to bake cookies again to a long-dead piano player
startling a sleeping family at midnight with hits from the Fifties.
lights bounce around rooms, pictures fall from walls and tables and chairs levitate,
all of which makes one wonder, ďWhoís doing all that stuff?Ē
I would like
to think the movers and shakers are the TV producers, script writers and directors
with over-developed imaginations, or maybe the unexplainable is being outsourced.
(Can you say ďboo!Ē in Bombay?)
Iím not saying the spooks are not out
there. I guess they are -- some of them anyway -- based on reports by people who
claim sincerely and sanely that they saw what they saw.
never seen a ghost in my life and I hope I never will.
According to myriad
encounters reported over the years, however, Iíve been where the ghosts are; weíve
just never met.
times Iíve driven at night on Highway
281 between Blanco and Johnson City but, thank goodness, never noticed a shabby,
blood-stained hitchhiker with a two-foot-long butcher knife and a mean look on
Word on the street is that heís a ghost with issues. During
his earthly existence, he went on a rampage, stabbing several relatives to death.
(Was it something they said?)
Anyway, if you happen to spot the Slasher
when heís trying to hitch a ride to Johnson
City on a dark and lonely night, donít stop. Just keep driving. Faster ...
well-known hotel in San Antonio
where Iíve never seen a ghost, in spite of numerous reported sightings, is the
On several occasions Iíve stayed in the older and presumably the most haunted
section of the hotel but never got even a glimpse of Sallie White, the chambermaid
murdered by her husband in the 1800s. The ghost-watchers say Sallie walks the
hotel halls carrying fresh towels. So, just sayiní, if you need extra towels while
staying at the Menger,
apparently has been the scene of many other apparitions and one of them is supposed
to be Capt. Richard King, founder of King Ranch. The captain doesnít bother to
open doors but glides right through them, ever so quickly. Wish I could do that,
especially when struggling with those key-card door openers. |
Iíve heard, also has been host to the ghost of President Teddy Roosevelt. The
story goes that heís still in the hotel bar, recruiting Rough Riders for the Spanish-American
War. Now T.R. is one ghost I wouldnít mind meeting. I bet heís a bully-good
ghost, speaking softly, carrying a big spirit stick.
may be Americaís most haunted hotel, Galveston
claims to the most haunted city, the Top Ghost Host, with spirited attractions
ranging from pirates and hurricane victims to the rich and famous.
of Lou Ann Herda
As a frequent
visitor to the island, Iíve dropped in on Bettie Brownís mansion, Ashton Villa,
a number of times but apparently sheís never at home when Iím there. Oh well.
I read that Ms. Brown likes to travel.
The Galvez Hotel is reported to
be haunted, too, but you couldnít prove it during the time I stayed there. I guess
the Galvez ghosts were out on the town, shmoozing with their kindred spirits on
Ever heard about that creepy face on Ewing Hall at the University
of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston?
According to legend, the image is that of the original land owner who warned his
family not to sell the property after he died. They did and he came back to Ö
uh Ö face them.
I clicked on a web site that showed a photo of the building
and ... whoa! Unless the photo was doctored (no pun intended, UTMB), there is
a manís face.
Oh my. If looks could kill.
June 10, 2013 columns
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