A lot of people have a fascination with the occult. Maybe it’s about life and death, or maybe it’s the rush that comes from being afraid, or maybe it’s the confirmation that something else might be out there… something more. Of course, it’s all fun and games until something more is threatening to make you something a lot less. From ghosts, to demons, to aliens, fascination quickly changes to fear when facing the unknown. It’s one thing to hear a legend or read a story that might be true (but probably isn’t), but it’s a completely different thing when somebody you trust and put your faith in tells you that the things you always thought were unreal are very, very real, and very, very close to home. All of a sudden you’re hearing noises, looking over your shoulder, avoiding that dark basement, and turning on a night light. But in a lot of these cases, that’s not going to help you. Here are 25 Frightening Paranormal Events Witnessed By People You’d Trust.
Lincoln’s Levitating Piano
Nettie Colburn Maynard was said to be Mary Todd Lincoln’s closest spiritualist friend, and during a séance, when compelled “by the spirits” to play the Grand Piano, it began to rise off the floor. Both President Lincoln and Colonel Simon Kase are said to have climbed on the piano, causing it to jump and shake violently until they climbed off. It is recorded that Lincoln would later refer to the levitation as proof of an “invisible power.”
Mary Lincoln’s Ghostly Photo
After her husband died, Mary Todd Lincoln met with the “spiritual photographer,” William H. Mumler for a photograph. Surprisingly, long before Photoshop was invented, Mumler did indeed produce a photograph that appears to show the ghost of President Lincoln behind her. That photo is now displayed in the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The New Mexico Police Ghost
Officer Karl Romero of the Espanola, New Mexico Police was on guard duty in 2014 when he saw something in the heavily secured entryway to the station on camera. Initially, he thought it might be an insect, but closer inspection does indeed reveal a blurry, white humanoid figure. The story made local news, and detectives at the station claim that isn’t the first time paranormal activity has occurred.
You can find a link to the video here.
Bobby Jindal – Former Governor of Louisiana/Failed Exorcist
Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana up to 2016, wrote that his crush, “Susan” was diagnosed with cancer. Shortly after this, she began having visions and smelling of sulfur. One day, when they had all gathered as friends to pray for her, Susan began emitting “strange, guttural sounds” and fell to the floor. As Jindal put his hand on her to help with the prayer, a strange voice came from her and berated him for not being able to reveal his true feelings for her. Eventually, she came around and was seemingly cured.
Salt Lake’s Capital Theater Haunting
Dave Murphy, a Salt Lake County Sherriff’s Deputy, was moonlighting as overnight security in Salt Lake City’s historic Capitol Theater when he claims he saw “dark shadows moving through walls.” Once he was on patrol when he began hearing doors violently slamming, causing the windows to vibrate. He then looked up to see a woman dressed in clothing from the early 1900’s, who walked right past him while he was in the control room. At one point the black shadows actually attacked him.