Top 10 Murder Victims Who Became Ghosts — TopTenzNet

Top 10 Murder Victims Who Became Ghosts — TopTenzNet

August 14, 2019 67 By William Hollis


Top 10 Murder Victims Who Became Ghosts 10. William Sketoe It was coming to the tail end of the American
Civil War at the end of 1864. In Newton, Alabama, there were rumors that the local Methodist
minister, Bill Sketoe, was somehow involved with Unionist raiders. Without any proof,
the captain of the local guard and some of his troops kidnapped Sketoe and brought him
out to the side of the Choctawhatchee River. There they strung him up and Minister Sketoe
prayed to God to forgive his killers. When they dropped him, they found out they tied
the noose around a weak branch and as a result, Bill was able to touch his toes to the ground.
So they dug a hole under his feet and he asphyxiated to death. After Sketoe died, his executioners apparently
died strange and unusual deaths. One was struck by lightning, another was shot and others
were killed when they were knocked off animals. As for the hole that was dug at the feet of
Sketoe, apparently it would never fill in. Even when someone put dirt in, it would eventually
empty itself out. While it might be possible that the townsfolk
had a hand in keeping the hole clear of dirt, the lynching of Bill Sketoe is one of Alabama’s
oldest ghost stories. 9. The Manson Murders Probably the most well known of the murders
on the list is the massacre at 10090 Cielo Drive. Sharon Tate, her friend Jay Seabring,
a friend of Roman Polanski named Wojciech Frykowski and his girlfriend Abigail Folgers,
were murdered by members of the Manson Family on August 9, 1969. The actress and wife of
director Roman Polanski, was eight months pregnant when she was brutally stabbed to
death in the home she and her husband rented. Manson and a number of family members involved
with the murders were arrested and convicted. Perhaps because of the infamy of the brutal
murders, it and the areas around the home are thought to be the most haunted areas in
the United States. While the home was torn down in 1994 and a new home was built in its
place, the ghosts are still thought to roam about. For example, David Oman, who built
a house in 1999 a few hundred feet from the murder site, said that workers heard weird
voices and footsteps when no one was there. Also Oman said that one night he woke up to
a ghostly apparition of a male at the foot of his bed, pointing in the direction of the
murder scene. Oman later saw a picture of Jay Seabring and identified him as the apparition
he saw. Other visitors claimed to have seen a bleeding naked woman outside. Oman has invited
many paranormal investigating teams to come and visit the area to see if they can get
any evidence of paranormal activity. Oman’s experiences were also the basis for his screenplay,
The House at the End of the Street. 8. Lisa Posluns On November 2, 2002, 38-year-old real estate
agent, Lisa Posluns was working late on a Saturday night in her Toronto office. As she
left her office, she was ambushed and led to a utility room. There, she was handcuffed,
raped, stabbed and her throat was slit. Her body was found seven hours later, after she
had been reported missing. A custodian who worked in the building and
had access to all the rooms in the building was Rui Marques, which made him an early suspect.
However, DNA evidence cleared him. When the police interviewed him about who could possibly
have done this, he told them about an experience he had one evening while cleaning the building
a short time after the murder. He was polishing a black table when an apparition appeared
in front of him, just for a few seconds and pointed to the black table. He instantly thought
of a man named Nelson DeJesus, who always wore black. The police looked into DeJesus and found that
he had been harassing Lisa for months prior. His DNA matched the samples left on Lisa’s
clothes. He was convicted and given a life sentence. 7. Ella Maude Cropsey Ella Maude Cropsey, who went by the name Nell,
was one of nine children in the Cropsey family that moved from Brooklyn, New York to Elizabeth
City, North Carolina in 1898. After moving into town, the 16-year-old Nell started to
date Jim Wilcox, who was the son of the sheriff. After about three years, in the fall of 1901,
the relationship started to sour. On November 20, Watkins went to the Cropsey
house and asked Nell to speak in private on the porch. That was the last time anyone saw
her alive. Of course, people were immediately suspicious of Wilcox since he was the last
one to see her. He claimed he didn’t know what happened to her, he said he broke off
the relationship and he left her crying on the porch. While Nell was missing, a medium volunteered
her services and said that she had visions of Wilcox attacking, killing her and then
dumping her body in a deep well. However the medium was wrong; Nell’s body was pulled
out of the Pasquotank River 37 days after she went missing. There was an autopsy and
they found an injury on her forehead, so it was suspected that she was murdered. This
head injury, along with the psychic prediction, had people in the town convinced Wilcox was
the murderer; despite no solid evidence to support that theory. Wilcox was arrested and
convicted, he spent 15 years in prison before he was pardoned. His life never recovered.
Outside of prison, he couldn’t find work and drank too much. He ended up committing
suicide. It is unclear if Nell was the victim of a
homicide. She could have committed suicide or it could have been an accident. However,
something else that is interesting to note is that when Nell’s body was pulled from
the river, there wasn’t much decomposition. During the month of December, the ice bill
for the Cropsey family was three times the normal amount. Was it possible that they hid
the body and put it on ice? Also, two of the people who were in the house on the night
of the disappearance ended up committing suicide years later. In front of his wife and child,
Nell’s brother drank carbonic acid, while Nell’s sister Ollie had a boyfriend visiting
that night, he ended up shooting himself. Ollie herself became an eccentric and continued
to dress like it was 1901 until her death in 1940. Since Nell’s death, there have been reports
of people seeing her ghost in the house where she once lived. Her ghost has been seen along
the stairs and in one of the bedrooms. Also, it has been seen on the porch, where Wilcox
claims he last saw her. Finally, her spirit has been seen roaming the river where her
body was found. 6. Grace Brown In 1905, 18-year-old Grace Brown was working
in a petticoat factory in Cortland, New York. There, she met the owner’s nephew, 22-year-old
Chester Gillette. By Spring 1906, the two were an item. In May 2006, Grace, who was
just a small town girl, told Chester that she was pregnant. He offered to help her by
paying for an abortion, but she didn’t want that. She wanted Chester to marry her, and
he said he would. However, he never proposed and Grace moved back to her family’s farm.
Grace would write to Chester and in July, he told her to meet her at a hotel for a pre-honeymoon
trip. Excitedly, Grace met Chester and they boarded
a train, which travelled for about a day to Big Moose Lake, where Chester signed the registry
at the Covewood Lodge under the name Carl Grahm from Albany. The next day, the couple
rented a rowboat and it was later found capsized. Grace’s body was pulled from the lake and
there were bruises found on her forehead. Chester was found at another resort two days
later and arrested. He claimed Grace committed suicide, but the prosecutors argued he beat
his pregnant girlfriend in the head with a tennis racket and left her to drown. He was
convicted of the murder and executed in 1908. The story of Grace and Chester was the basis
for the classic novel An American Tragedy, which was adapted into the film, A Place in
the Sun. Every year, on the anniversary of her murder, people travel to Giant Moose Lake
where there are boat tours and a historical marker. The lake, and the hotel where Grace and Chester
stayed, are said to be haunted by the ghost of Grace Brown. There have been a number of
people who have seen a ghostly apparition of a young woman. One story includes a rolling
fog coming off the lake and standing there amongst the fog was the ghost of a young woman.
All the people who have seen the ghost say there is a sense of uneasiness and sadness
surrounding the spirit. Another interesting aspect of the story is
that Chester was only convicted on circumstantial evidence, yet he was executed for the crime.
It’s said that the prison where he lived his last days is also haunted by his ghost. 5. Mamie Thurman 1932, Logan County, West Virginia, 32-year-old
Mamie Thurman was living a double life. To some, she was just the wife of one of the
county’s policemen. To others, she was a fixture at local speakeasies. It was also
rumored that she was having an affair with a local businessman. On June 22, 1932, a boy was picking blackberries
when he came across Mamie’s body about 15 feet from the road. Her throat had been slit,
then she had been shot twice in the head and her body was badly bruised. There were many
suspects, including prominent people in Logan. Another suspect was a handyman employed by
the businessman who Mamie was apparently having an affair with. That being said, no one was
convicted of the murder. Since her murder, Mamie’s ghost has been
seen on Holden 22 Mine Road, close to where her body was found. The stories are that coal
truck drivers will see a young woman wearing old-fashioned clothes, so they pick her up,
but then she vanishes from their cab. Other times, she appears on buses that go to the
mountain, at times she appears to be soaking wet. When they arrive at her stop, she is
gone from the bus, but the seat where she sat is wet. 4. Karen Gregory 36-year-old Karen Gregory had just moved into
her boyfriend’s home in Gulfport, Florida. Shortly after she moved in, he had to go away
on business, leaving Karen home alone. In the early morning of May 23, 1984, neighbors
heard a woman screaming, but no one called 9-1-1. Two days later, Karen’s boyfriend
called the police and asked them to go to the house. Karen hadn’t answered the phone
or been to work in two days. Once in the house, they found a gruesome scene; she had been
raped and stabbed to death. For a while, the case sat cold until two years
later when a detective noticed that the neighbor across the road, firefighter George Lewis,
had changed his story a number of times. They looked into him and found that a handprint
left at the crime scene matched his. He was arrested, convicted and given a life sentence
despite his claims of innocence. He appealed a number of times, but ultimately died at
the age of 52 in prison. As for the house in which Karen was murdered
in, a new owner bought the house and claimed some spooky things happened. For example,
there is a brown spot in the hallway where Karen’s body laid for two days that never
comes clean. She would scrub it, but the stain always comes back. Another example is that
the intruder came in through a window and whenever she tries to open the window, it
shatters. The owner also claims she has seen a misty face in the mirror behind her. Her
mother also heard loud footsteps, like someone running away from an intruder, but no one
was in the house. 3. Mildred Ann Reynolds On March 13, 1956, 23-year-old Mildred Ann
Reynolds was supposed to visit her husband for lunch. He worked as a gym coach at the
Avard, Oklahoma high school. However, along the way, on a rural road, her car was found
in a ditch and it was on fire. Sadly, Reynolds’ body was in the front seat and everyone assumed
it was a tragic accident that stole the life of a young woman. While examining the scene there were a few
things that were off. Like her right shoe was covered in blood and it was found over
250 yards in front of the car. Also, her coat was found 100 feet behind the accident. Then
the car had burned through thoroughly, as if it was given help through some type of
flammable material. Then it looked as if she could have been driven off the road, as there
were witnesses who saw a second car and there was another set of tracks near the crash scene.
Another odd finding was bullet casings that were found near the car. All the evidence
seemed to point to murder, but no one was ever arrested in connection with the crime. Since then, her ghost has been spotted at
a nearby restaurant opened in 1996 in the location of the old gym where Mildred’s
husband worked and where she attended school. The owners experienced strange phenomenon.
For example, one day sitting at the counter was a young woman in green. The owner went
to get a notepad to take the order and when she returned to the young women, she was gone.
Other times customers complain about the smell of burning hair. 2. Miles Faucett It was New Years 1888 and Miles Faucett was
invited to Josiah and Elizabeth Potts’ home for a party in Carlin, Nevada. That was the
last time anyone ever saw Miles. There was some suspicion about the Pottses because they
were seen on Miles’ property and they were seen using his sleigh and buggy. The townspeople
were sure that the Pottses had something to do with Faucett’s disappearance so they
searched the property, but nothing could be found. In September 1888, the Pottses moved from
Carlin to Wyoming and the Brewer family moved into the old Potts’ home. Mrs. Brewer was
a correspondent for the Elko Free Press and wrote under the name “Busy Bee”. On January
5, 1889, she wrote to the paper saying that she believed her house was haunted. The ghost
wasn’t violent and nothing serious had happened; just a lot of strange noises, like rapping
on headboards and banging on doors. However, where most of the noise came from was the
cellar where jars of preservatives were being messed with. On January 19, when the noises from the cellar
got to be too much, they investigated and after a bit of digging, they found some human
remains. The body had been cut up and partially burned. Due to items found in his pockets,
the body was identified as Miles Faucett. The Pottses were arrested and sentenced to
death. The day before her execution, Elizabeth slit
her wrists, but was saved by a doctor. The next day, she and her husband went to the
gallows together. Elizabeth was a large woman and it made for a gruesome hanging. The rope
severely cut into her neck, which caused blood to pour over her white dress. Elizabeth Potts
is the only woman to ever be executed by the state of Nevada. 1. Cannock Chase Murders Between December 1, 1964 and August 19, 1967,
four young girls ranging in ages from 5-9 were kidnapped, strangled and their bodies
were dumped in Cannock Chase in Staffordshire, England. Out of the four girls, only a 9-year-old
girl survived. The murders horrified the community and one
of the biggest manhunts in the country’s history was initiated. Police were led to
39-year-old Raymond Leslie Morris after his car was used in an attempted abduction of
another young girl. They interviewed Morris, who looked like witness descriptions in the
other kidnappings. Also, the police had interviewed Morris twice before in regards to the missing
children. The first was that about some lurid pictures he had taken with young girls and
the fact that he was the owner of a gray Austin A55 or A60, which was seen at the abduction
site of 7-year-old Christine Darby. As a result, he was only convicted of that murder, but
police were convinced he had a hand in the murders of 6-year-old Margaret Reynolds and
5-year-old Diana Joy Tift. Their bodies were found together, about 100 yards from the body
of Christine Darby. On March 11, 2014, Morris died in prison at the age of 84. Shortly after his death, visitors to Cannock
Chase reportedly started seeing “black eyed children” in the area. One visitor reportedly
heard a little girl giggle and then saw a small child, but her eyes were completely
black. Michelle Mason was visiting the forest with her two sons, when she snapped a picture
of her sons in a tree. When looking at the picture later, she made a disturbing discovery.
On the far right of the picture there is the faint image of a young girl, with blackened
eyes holding a hula-hoop.