Sunday, November 20, 2011

Ghost Tour

100_0786It seems many cities on their list of attractions offer ghost tours.  Well, Savannah finally got us to take one.  The American Institute of Parapsychology named Savannah as America’s most haunted city. That was good enough for us and off we went to the first graveyard..  Savannah’s haunting is a function of its many war dead, poor burials of slaves in that era, major outbreaks of yellow fever with many possible instances of people being buried alive, and numerous other frightful events.

This home is reportedly haunted by the ghost of a young girl who was beaten and then tied up in a chair and left to die from the heat of the afternoon sun shining through the window upon her.

100_0832This was the home of antique dealer Jim Williams who was the central character of the book and Clint Eastwood directed movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”.  He was tried four times and was ultimately acquitted of the murder of his gay lover.  He died six months later of pneumonia and heart failure,but possibly through poisoning by the voodoo priestess, Minerva.
The Old Chandler Hospital may be the most haunted place in Savannah.  It has seen much misery and death.  In 1876 at the height of a yellow fever epidemic, 276 people died here in a 48 hour period.  It was also used as an insane asylum.

On the grounds of the Old Chandler Hospital is “The Hanging Tree”, the reported scene of 35 hangings including those of Union Soldiers infirmed at the hospital who chose death by hanging over starvation.  Look at all the paranormal activity around that tree, or maybe is was the raindrops falling at the time.

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