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Old Coot of Mount Greylock

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Old Coot of Mt Greylock. Photo credit: The Yankee Express.

In the beautiful surrounds of Mount Greylock a bedraggled spirit affectionally nicknamed the Old Coot is often seen on ascending to the peak near Bellows Pipe and Thunderbolt Trails.

The Legend of Mount Greylock’s Old Coot

The snowy peak of Mount Greylock, home to the ghost of the Old Coot. Photo credit: Wikipedia.

In 1861 a farmer from North Adams named William Saunders, left home to fight in the Civil War. Saunders left his wife, Belle, and their children on their farm and promised to return before long.

While he was away fighting in the war Saunders sent hundreds of letters to his wife and children who waited faithfully for his return.

About a year after he left, his wife received a letter stating that Saunders had been seriously wounded by a cannonball during battle and was unlikely to survive.

This was the last news Belle ever received about her husband. Belle was deeply upset and feared the worst for her husband but continued to tend the farm and live in hope that he would still one day return.

She hired a young farm worker named Milton Clifford to help with the running the farm. As time went on she realised her husband must have passed away from his injuries and she eventually married Milton who adopted her children.

The war ended in 1865 and all of the soldiers returned to their prewar lives. One of these soldiers was an injured, bedraggled and unshaven William Saunders who had managed to survive his injuries and continue fighting in the war.

An exhausted and gaunt Saunders made his way back to his home town of Adams. The locals no longer recognized him due to his war injuries so he was able to anonymously inquire about his family before returning home. To his horror he was told his wife had moved on and his children were calling a new man “Daddy”. Saunders was devastated and instead of going to the farm to reunite with his family he retreated back into the mountains.

Near Mount Greylock in the remote portion of Bellows pipe he found a satisfactory spot and built himself a crude cabin. He lived out the rest of his days in this small cabin, occasionally going to work on neighboring farms. It is said he even went to work on his families home, joining his wife and children at the dinner table without being recognized due to scarring from his horrific injuries.

The locals called him “Old Coot” as he refused to give them his real name. He embraced his new name and became a part of the scenery at Mount Greylock.

One cold January day some hunters stumbled upon Old Coot’s shack and went inside for shelter. Inside they found the body of Old Coot who seemed to have passed away some time before.

Before they could react the spirit of Old Coot shot out of his body, out the door and up the mountainside. To this day many hikers claim to see the spirit of Old Coot ascending the peak near the Thunderbolt Trails and Bellows Pipe but never going in the opposite direction.

Either way, one cold winter day in January, hunters stumbled upon his shack, where they found Old Coot dead. It was one of the coldest winters on record and it appeared that poor William Saunders had frozen to death in his bed. They were more than frightened when his spirit jumped from his body, bolted out the door and flew up the mountainside. To this day, his “bedraggled spirit” is seen on Mount Greylock, always ascending the peak near Bellows Pipe and Thunderbolt Trails, but never reversing direction.

Sightings of the Old Coot of Mount Greylock

The photo of the civil war soldier in the woods reported to be The Old Coot of Mount Greylock. Photo credit: The Yankee Express.

In 1939 the January 19th edition of the North Adams Transcript told the story of the Old Coot. The next week a reader had written in with a photograph claiming he had seen the ghost of the Old Coot and managed to capture a picture.

The reader claimed to have been on a ghost hunting expedition near Mount Greylock. He was alone at his camp when he suddenly saw a strange old man trudging through the snowy woods towards him. The man was very skinny and wearing a ragged Civil War uniform.

The reader thought the man was interesting enough to photograph so he took his camera out and got it ready to take a picture. As he did this the man took off at an unnatural speed. By the time the reader had his camera ready and snapped a photo he was almost out of sight.

Since this sighting many hikers on the trails in the area have seen humanoid figures skulking amongst the trees and heading towards the peak of the mountain. It seems the Old Coot of Mount Greylock is still trying to find peace in his mountain home.

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Green Orbs Appearing in Photos?

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Green orbs appearing in a photo

Have you been taking photos and discovered mysterious green orbs appearing? What could this mean?

Spiritual Meaning of Green Orbs

Green orbs are believed by many intuitive people to symbolize nature, love, and the heart. If you see one, it could suggest that you should be more open to love and enjoy the beauty of the world. It might also mean you need to focus on healing yourself or helping others with their physical, mental, or spiritual well-being. Green orbs could be a sign that a human spirit, like a ghost, is nearby and trying to communicate with people in the physical world.

Another green orb appearing in a photo unexpectedly.

Could a Green Orb Appearing in a Photo be a Spirit?

A green orb could mean that a spirit might be trying to tell you something. People think orbs are pure energy, possibly representing a spirit that has passed away or one that never had a physical body. If you spot a green spirit orb, it could be here to guide you or convey a message. This spirit could be someone you know or a stranger. Spirits might show up in meaningful places. Reflecting on why a location is important could help you understand who is trying to talk to you. Try meditating to connect with the spirit. If they want to communicate, they might reach out while you’re in a calm and thoughtful state.

Joey explains the significance of green orbs in photos

Possible Scientific Explanation for Green Orbs

When it comes to capturing unexplainable green orbs in photographs, the most logical explanation often lies in the behavior of light. These orbs can manifest due to a phenomenon called lens flare.

Lens flare occurs when light enters the camera lens and interacts with the internal components, causing artifacts such as orbs, streaks, or circles to appear in the resulting image.

Modern digital cameras, like the ones in our phones, have lenses coated with a thin film to reduce internal reflection and minimize lens flare. However, under certain conditions, intense sources of light—especially those emitting in the green spectrum—can still produce these compelling orbs.

This is especially true when the light source is positioned at an oblique angle relative to the camera lens, leading to internal reflections and refractions within the lens system.

Natural and artificial sources of bright light, such as the sun, street lamps, or flashlights, are common culprits leading to the appearance of green orbs in photographs. Even in low-light or night photography, the use of a camera flash can inadvertently cause the phenomenon.

As the flash interacts with particles in the air or small water droplets, it generates reflections and artifacts that materialize as vibrant green orbs in the final image. Therefore, while these green orbs may initially appear as mysterious or supernatural, they are sometimes the result of the complex interplay between light, lenses, and photographic technology.

Have you ever taken a photo with a mysterious green orb? Did it bring you comfort or cause fear? Tell us about it in the comments!

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The Pollock Twins

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The Pollock Twins are thought to be one of the strongest cases in support of reincarnation.

In 1957, Jacqueline and Joanna Pollock lost their lives in a car accident. Their parents believe they were reincarnated the following year as their twin sisters.

The Tragic Death of Jacqueline and Joanna Pollock

In May 1957, in a small town called Hexham in England, two sisters, Joanna (11 years old) and Jacqueline (6 years old), along with their friend Anthony (9 years old), were going to church when a driver who was on drugs hit them. Sadly, the two sisters and Anthony died almost immediately.

The driver, a local woman, deliberately hit the children because she had been separated from her own kids. This incident became widely known in Britain, and the woman was later sent to a psychiatric hospital.

The Pollock Twins and Hints of Reincarnation

Armchair Investigator covers the case of the Pollock Twins

After Joanna and Jacqueline died, their mom and dad, Florence and John Pollock, were devastated. But when Florence got pregnant again, John had an unshakable belief the two girls would come back as twins.

Florence and John were Catholics and often fought about the idea of being born again. Florence didn’t agree with John’s thoughts, and it caused a lot of problems. It was even said that their whole marriage was in danger, and Florence almost wanted a divorce.

Neither parent’s family had a history of twins, and the doctor thought Florence would have only one baby. But surprisingly, on October 4, 1958, Florence gave birth to twin girls named Gillian and Jennifer.

Even though the twins looked the same, they had different marks on their bodies, which is uncommon. Jennifer had a small mark on her left hip, just like Jacqueline, and a mark on her forehead, similar to a scar Jacqueline had.

When the twins were three months old, the family moved to Whitley Bay, near Hexham. But as the girls grew up, they seemed to remember Hexham well, even though they didn’t grow up there.

When the family returned to Hexham when the twins were four, Gillian and Jennifer recognized and named places they had never seen, like the school Joanna and Jacqueline went to, the Hexham Abbey, and a playground their sisters used to love. They even seemed to know the way to the playground without ever having seen it before.

The twins could also recognize their late sisters’ toys and asked for them by name. Even though Florence had put away the toys, the twins remembered them as if they were their own. They knew the toys’ names, divided them exactly like their sisters did, and even mentioned that Santa Claus gave them the toys, which was true.

Florence and John noticed that the twins had similar personalities to their older sisters. Just like Joanna was protective of Jacqueline, Gillian took care of Jennifer and seemed more grown-up. The parents also observed that the twins liked the same games and foods as their sisters.

In the first few years, Florence didn’t believe John’s idea that the twins were “reincarnated.” But when she overheard them talking about the car accident that took their sisters’ lives, she changed her mind. Once, she heard the girls playing a game where they reenacted their sisters’ accident. Gillian was holding Jennifer’s head, saying, “The blood’s coming out of your eyes. That’s where the car hit you.”

Once, Gillian pointed to Jennifer’s forehead birthmark and said, “That’s the mark Jennifer got when she fell on a bucket.” It’s interesting that the twins also seemed scared of cars. When they were younger, they had bad dreams about getting hit by a car. Gillian and Jennifer would get scared and nervous around cars. When a car started in an alley, John remembered the girls holding onto each other, shouting, “The car is coming to get us!”

Around their fifth birthday, the memories of their ‘past lives’ slowly went away, and they started living normal lives. Even though they forgot about the accident, Gillian later remembered seeing herself playing in a sandbox at a house in Whickham. She had never been to Whickham, but she perfectly described the house and garden that matched where Joanna lived when she was four.

People often say the Pollock twins are “proof” of reincarnation, but some argue that their memories could have come from their four older brothers. John and Florence say they didn’t talk to the twins about their dead sisters until they were older, but it’s possible the twins heard about it from their brothers.

Do you think the case of the Pollock sisters is proof of reincarnation? Tell us your theories in the comments.

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