Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The tower of London

The tower of London is perhaps so synonymous with ghosts that people tend to forget its historical prominence. The tower has a long and bloody history of its own and understandably is a famous tourist destination in England.

The most interesting thing to note about the supposed ghosts of the tower of London is that there are many ghosts in fact numerous ghosts that are supposed to have made this tower their abode. This is an interesting case in the paranormal since usually most haunted places have one ghost or one horrifying event in its past. Executions, tortures,murders and numerous other depravities have taken place here.The tower of London has been a silent witness to many acts of horror and seems to be adding ghosts to add to its already large collection of specters.

So let us examine a few of these supposed ghosts....lost souls who seem to have consigned themselves to a fate of roaming these walls and showing themselves once a while to the unsuspecting visitor.

The tower which is actually a castle was built in 1078 by William the Conqueror. Since then the tower has played an important role in the history of England. Famous historical figures like Richard the lion heart, Charles II, Henry III and the infamous Henry the VIIIth have lived here or have performed official duties here. The tower was also used for other purposes such as armory,prison etc...

The Ghosts:

1. Anne Boleyn: She is by far the most famous ghost of the tower. She was the second wife of Henry the VIII. It is said that he was unhappy about the fact that she could not give him a male heir. So he leveled charges of treason (punishable by death) against her and she was beheaded inside the tower on 1536.

Since then her ghost has been reported seen by many witnesses throughout the centuries. She mostly appears to guards or sentries. The most gruesome detail is that she is mostly seen headless holding her head and mourning. It is said that she was put to death wrongly and her spirit wants justice. Her ghost sightings continue to the present day.

2. The countess of Salisbury: Margaret Pole the countess of Salisbury was another victim of Henry VIII. She was charged with being a traitor and sentenced to death in 1541. She did not get the luxury of having a swordman to execute her like Anne Boleyn. Instead she was to be executed by the common axe wielding executioner. She maintained her innocence till the very end and her death was very sad and tragic. At the age of 67, weak and ill she was dragged to the killing block. Because of her condition, the executioner could not aim correctly and hit her shoulder on the first attempt. It is said that it took 11 blows from the axe to sever her head. It is needless to say how horrific it would have been and the great amount of pain and suffering she went through.

It is said that her ghost also roams the tower and sometimes is seen with other ghosts who wail understandably at the fact that she was innocent. Many others claim to have seen her execution being re staged. Her story is one of the most tragic stories of the tower.

3. The young princes: These two children were the sons of Edward IV. They were Edward V aged 12 years and his brother Richard aged 10 years. Their uncle the Duke of Gloucester however had made plans to ascend the throne after his brother. In the pretext of providing security to the young princes, he had them locked up in the tower.

For many days the brother were seen by many people until their sightings started becoming rarer. Until one fine day, they disappeared. It is said that their uncle asked one of his loyal henchmen to eliminate the princes. They were smothered to death with pillows in their sleep somewhere around 1483.

It is said that they were buried in the tower itself but were later removed and interred elsewhere because the king was getting nightmares. In 1674, their skeltons were found buried under a stair case in the tower. The then queen Elizabeth II ordered that they be reburied with respect in Westminster Abbey. In 1933, modern(for the time) tests were carried out and the results were inconclusive.

Their ghosts have been sighted on many occasions and usually appear to be in fright clinging to each other. Their tragic tale and violent death coupled with being buried in anonymity adds further sadness to their story.

It is said that after they got a respectful burial, their ghosts were rarely sighted thereafter.

4. Other royal ghosts sighted:
  • The Ghost of Catherine Howard
  • The Ghost of Jane Rochford
  • The Ghost of Lady Jane Grey
  • The Ghost of Guy Fawkes
  • The Ghost of Sir Walter Raleigh
  • The Ghost of Thomas Becket
  • The Ghost of King Henry VI

Other ghostly things seen are anonymous ghosts of ladies wearing gray or black, a group of ghostly soldiers, a ghostly funeral carriage etc.

A final mention could be made of the Salt Tower. This is one of the most haunted areas of the Tower of London complex where even dogs will not enter this ancient scary building, and some of the guards have reported that this unseen spirit has tried to throttle them.

In 1864, a soldier whose post was to guard the Queen’s House at the Tower of London, saw a apparition so real, that after ignoring the soldiers three challenges, he charged with all his might at the intruder with his bayonet, only to go straight through the figure.

The salt tower is the sight of some of the scariest ghost sightings in the world.

With all the countless acts of bloody violence committed inside its wall, the tower remains to be a vault where the souls of those unfortunate victims still reside because it seems they still have some unfinished business in the world of the living.

All text © 2011 Calvin N

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Why ARE thousands of birds falling from the sky? 2012 effect?

This is a really frightening but true occurence. It is straight out of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds".

There is talk of secret ­government experiments with death rays, ­collisions with UFOs, a demag­netised Earth’s core — and even the Second Coming of Christ.

It’s not the first occasion that America has been well and truly spooked by a series of bizarre occurrences, but is there reason to be worried this time?

The fish died first, with an estimated 85,000 ­carnivorous drum fish being washed up along a 17-mile stretch of the Arkansas River last Thursday. Local experts could not recall a time when so many had died so suddenly and, because it was confined to just one ­species, blamed disease.

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Is this a precursor to the supposed end of the word in 2012? Birds and Animals have heightened senses of premonitions according to scientific research. Birds and Animals have been known to be agitated long before some horrible natural disaster strikes.

Or is this just a random case of coincidences? But how can this explain mysterious bird and animal related phenomenon happening the world over? These things are happening across vast geographical distances(United States to New Zealand - Refer to map above) for us to relate it to any kind of naturally occurring causes. Is there something else at work here? Something more deadly and sinister?

What could be the other causes of such behavior?

1. Experimental weapon testing: In the past, scientists have warned that experiments with "Death ray" guns - weapons which use a directed beam of energy could be interfering with the flight paths of birds. Could this have happened here. Then there is the top secret HAARP project of the US government. This is a top secret weapon which primarily uses elements from nature to create artificial atmospheric conditions to create disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis. The existence of such a project is officially denied. But fact is often stranger than fiction.

2. Nibiru is approaching us: Nibiru is considered to be a rogue planet which is supposed to be on an intercept course with Earth. When it approaches Earth in 2012, the resulting gravitational disruption will totally destroy Earth or so the 2012 end of the world theorists say.
What if this is really true and the effects of that approaching rogue planet is already being felt by these birds?

Scientists say that there cannot be any such planet out there and that by now we should have seen it. Yet the believers say that the governments know about this planet and are hiding this information from the public.

3. UFO activity/ALIENS: Are alien ships responsible for this. Who knows what kind of energy they output which is disrupting the directional sense of these birds/fish? Or is this some kind of mass experiment? Is this the beginning of an alien invasion? First the birds, fish, then the animals and finally the HUMANS!!!

4. The Earth's core has slowed down: The revolving Earth's core maintains life on the Earth. Is this slowing down? The premise of the film "2012" was that the Earth's core was slowing down. Are these birds and fishes sensing this already?

Remember that the fast rotation of the core provides the magnetosphere around Earth which repels harmful solar radiation and protects life on this planet. Without this protection, all life could vanish in an instant.

5. Religious beliefs: Many religious members perceive such phenomenon from the context of their dogma such as the second coming of Christ etc...

These are a few of the supernatural/paranormal theories for these bizarre and mysterious phenomenon. Of course there could be a valid scientific explanation.

But as 2012 comes nearer, such incidents are bound to make people think twice. Is 2012 really the end?