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Ghosts of the General Wayne Inn



The General Wayne Inn, now a Jewish Community Centre. Photo: Wikipedia.

The General Wayne Inn in Merion, Pennsylvania has a troubled history of murder and suicide and is now believed to be home to several spirits with unfinished business.

History of the General Wayne Inn

A historical plaque outside the General Wayne Inn. Photo: Haunted Houses

The original building on the site of the General Wayne Inn was a special gathering place built by Robert Jones in 1709. When Jones died in 1746 he left the property to his grandson who rented it to a man named Anthony Tunis.

Anthony Tunis turned the building into the Tunis Ordinary, serving meals to weary travelers from the nearby King’s Highway at a fixed price. In 1775 Abraham Streaper bought the Inn and continued its legacy as an establishment of refreshment.

During the American Revolution and the Civil War the General Wayne Inn provided some relief to passing soldiers. The Inn continued on until it was eventually closed in 2005 and became a Jewish synagogue and wellness centre.

The General Wayne Inn was thought to have been the oldest continuously functioning inn in America. Many famous people have stayed at the General Wayne Inn including George Washington, Ben Franklin, and Edgar Allen Poe. It is even thought that Poe wrote part of his famous “The Raven” while staying there.

Murder and Suicide at the General Wayne Inn

Chef Jim Webb and businessman Guy Sileo. Photo: Oxygen.

Chef Jim Webb and businessman Guy Sileo partnered up to purchase the General Wayne Inn in 1995. They ran the Inn together for about a year but were plagued with financial problems.

On the 27th December 1996, Jim Webb was found dead in his office at the Inn and it appeared he had been murdered.

Police suspected that Guy Sileo had murdered Webb in order to claim on his $650,000 life insurance policy and use the money to pay his debts. Sileo claimed that it couldn’t have been him because he was having dinner with his girlfriend, 20 year old assistant chef Felicia Moyse, on the night of the murder.

Police discovered that Sileo had left the General Wayne at the same time as his girlfriend both in separate vehicles. Sileo then doubled back and murdered Webb, then rushed to the dinner venue in order to beat Felicia there.

Eventually Felicia realised her boyfriend had murdered Webb and used her as an alibi. Unable to cope with this Felicia committed suicide on February 22, 1997.

Sileo was convicted of the murder of Jim Web in 2001 and sentenced to life in prison.

Paranormal Activity at the General Wayne Inn

Even before the murder and suicide at the General Wayne Inn it was notorious for paranormal activity. The Inn featured in an episode of Unsolved Mysteries in Season One, Episode Seven. You can watch it below:

Unsolved Mysteries with Robert Stack Episode featuring the General Wayne Inn

Ghost sightings at the General Wayne Inn have been reported as far back as 1848. In this year an election took place at the inn. A woman who helping with the voting process went down into the cellar to collect some more ballots.

While she was down there she saw soldier in a green uniform. When reporting what she had seen the woman described the uniform of the soldier as being exactly what the Hessian soldiers wore during the Revolutionary War.

This same soldier has been seen multiple times by various guests and hotel workers over the years. Waitress Alice Gormley was walking through the dining room one evening when she heard someone calling her name.

She turned to the hallway to see where the voice was coming from and saw an apparition of a frightened soldier standing on the stairs. The soldier disappeared before her eyes.

Another unexplained incident occurred in 1987, when a valet was walking past a Cadillac that was parked outside the Inn. The owner was inside the Inn having a drink and had his keys with him.

All of a sudden the car began blaring its horn and the window wipers were set off. The cars doors and windows were all closed and locked. Neither the valet or the owner of the car could explain what happened.

One of the General Wayne Inn’s former owners, Barton Johnson, claims to have seen many ghostly events but no ghosts themselves. He has often seen an unseen force going down the bar blowing on the back of all of the girl’s necks. When this happens each girl seems to turn around in sequence looking for whoever it was that was playing a prank on her.

A former maitre de of the General Wayne Inn named Dave Rogers claimed to have seen a ghost one night when he was closing up the restaurant. While walking out of the kitchen he saw a decapitated head sitting on a chest of drawers. It took a few seconds to register what he had seen and when he turned back to look the head was gone.

One evening a number of patrons were watching a Halloween newscast featuring the General Wayne Inn on a TV at the Bar. When the story started playing the TV strangely began rotating clockwise on the spot until the end of the story. This never happened again before or after.

Many regular patrons of the General Wayne Inn were convinced that it was haunted reporting strange occurrences such as towels being thrown across the room by unseen forces, interference with electronics in the Inn and many sightings of ghosts.

Would you still be keen to stay at the General Wayne Inn after hearing all this? Let us know in the comments.

If you enjoyed this article you may also like to learn about the Grey Man of Pawleys Island or the ghost of Phillip Babb.

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Fleshgait: Predatory Mimic in the Woods




A fleshgait is a creature that imitates the voices and appearances of people in the woods, with the intention of luring them away. People who have seen fleshgaits describe them as tall, thin, grey beings with long claws and no hair.

Description of a Fleshgait

Imagine a mysterious creature lurking in the depths of the woods, capable of mimicking human voices and appearances. Meet the fleshgait—a cunning trickster that entices unsuspecting wanderers. Witnesses who have encountered these eerie beings describe them as towering, slender figures, draped in a shroud of grey, with razor-sharp claws and an absence of hair.

Picture this: as you venture into the wilderness, unaware of the lurking danger, the fleshgait slinks in the shadows, perfecting its masquerade. With a supernatural ability to mimic the voices of both people and animals, it skillfully mimics the ones you hold dear, beckoning you deeper into its treacherous domain.

It is widely believed that fleshgaits are dangerous towards humans and often lure them deeper into the woods in order to harm or eat them. Some people also think that fleshgaits are connected to the Missing 411 disappearances, but there is no evidence to support this claim.

The powers of fleshgaits are not fully understood because nobody has witnessed their full capabilities. Based on reports, here are the commonly agreed-upon traits:

Voice Mimicking: Fleshgaits can imitate the voices of both humans and animals. They can only mimic voices and phrases they have heard before. Their calls can be captivating and difficult to resist, even when people know the voice is not from the person they are concerned about.

Super Speed: Fleshgaits are known for their unnaturally fast movement, often disappearing quickly into the woods.

Excessive Strength: Animals found torn apart in areas where fleshgaits are sighted suggest that these creatures possess tremendous strength.

While some reports suggest that fleshgaits can change their shape, not all reports mention this ability. Reports of shape-shifting fleshgaits occur frequently enough for many people to believe in their shape-shifting abilities.

Fleshgait Sightings

The Lore Lodge covers the the legend of the Fleshgait

Angeles National Forest, California – Alex Reynolds, Sarah Mitchell, and David Thompson, had a heart-stopping encounter with a fleshgait almost ten years ago. Despite the scary moment, these brave explorers managed to come out of it without any harm.

On a sunny afternoon, specifically on July 21st, 2013, the trio set off on an exciting adventure deep into the breathtaking Angeles National Forest. Towering trees and stunning views provided the backdrop for an experience they would never forget.

As they went further into the wilderness, a strange feeling of unease settled over them. It felt like the forest was holding its breath, and they sensed something they couldn’t see. Curiosity pushed them forward, unaware of the terrifying encounter they were about to face.

In the heart of the forest, they heard a voice calling their names from all directions. Confused, they looked at each other, trying to figure out where the calls were coming from.

With fear gripping them, the hikers cautiously followed the enchanting yet unsettling voices. Suddenly, in a sunny spot, they saw the fleshgait appear. It was tall and slender, with eerie eyes that seemed to shine from another world. Its appearance matched what others had described—a tall and thin creature with pale skin that stood out against the green forest.

Surprisingly, the fleshgait showed no signs of wanting to harm them. Instead, it seemed curious and watched them with an enigmatic gaze. The hikers watched in both awe and fear, their hearts racing with a mix of emotions.

After a few intense moments, the creature vanished into the forest, disappearing quickly as if it were never there. The hikers were left bewildered but relieved that nothing bad had happened. They hurried back to civilization, eager to share their extraordinary story.

How to Know A Fleshgait is Near

Here are some signs that suggest that a Fleshgait may be nearby:

You hear someone calling your name, but it’s not the person you know. For example, a woman heard her “mother” calling for help in the woods, even though she knew her real mother was far away. Despite the strange voice, she felt a strong urge to follow it. Later, she heard chattering noises and realized something was wrong. She barely escaped.

Your group feels like it has more people than before. People often sense an “extra person” around them before a fleshgait attack.

You see claws wrapped around a tree or a very thin figure that doesn’t look human. Many people witness them with their hands wrapped around trees or standing nearby. Some even describe them as resembling the character Gollum from Lord of the Rings.

There are reports of animals being killed in unusual ways or strange disappearances happening nearby. This makes sense because fleshgaits are predators.

The forest suddenly becomes quiet and eerily still. This often means there’s a predator nearby and creates a feeling of panic in the woods.

Your “friend” starts acting strangely and doesn’t sound like themselves.

If you notice any of these signs, it’s a good idea to trust your instincts and make a quick exit from the area.

How to Avoid a Fleshgait Attack

Fleshgaits are believed to be attracted to bright colors so it may be wise to wear more dull colors when adventuring in the woods.

Have you ever seen a Fleshgait? Tell us about it in the comments.

If you enjoyed learning about the Fleshgait you might be interested in similar creatures such as El Silbon or La Siguanaba.

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Bélmez Faces




One of the Belmez Faces.

In 1971, strange stains in the shape of human faces started appearing on the kitchen floor of a house in Bélmez de La Moraleda, a little village in Andalusia, Spain.

The Story of the Bélmez Faces

Another Belmez Face

Back in August 1971, María Gómez Cámara noticed a weird stain forming on her kitchen floor. It soon transformed into a creepy face, and to her surprise, the stain seemed to move around.

María tried to remove it, but nothing worked. Her husband and son even tried destroying it with a pick-axe and re-cementing the floor, but it came back a week later, along with more faces.

News of the “house of faces” spread quickly, attracting many curious visitors who wanted to witness this mysterious phenomenon for themselves. Parapsychology experts arrived and considered it a great mystery. They even claimed to have recorded strange voices in the house.

A local urban legend began to spread claiming that skeletons were found buried under the floor during an investigation.

Eventually, a new floor was made, and people thought the faces were gone for good. However, just two weeks later, a different face started appearing, surprising everyone once again.

By Easter of 1972, a large number of people were visiting the house to witness the faces. The Pereira family continued to claim that new faces kept appearing for the next 30 years. These faces were of both men and women, and they varied in shapes, sizes, and expressions.

Investigations into the Belmez Faces

The main researchers involved in the Bélmez case were Hans Bender and Germán de Argumosa. They worked together in Bélmez and Freiburg in the early 1970s when the alleged phenomena began. Surprisingly, neither Bender nor de Argumosa published an official report on their findings.

Bender only mentioned the case briefly in his journal, Zeitschrift für Parapsychologie. He did make some references to the case in his lectures, particularly mentioning the sealing of certain areas of the floor where faces were forming, using transparent plastic material. He stated that slight changes in the faces’ appearance during this sealed period, as documented by a notary, supported their paranormal origin.

In 2014, a TV show called Cuarto Milenio, hosted by Iker Jiménez, conducted a technical analysis to investigate the possibility of a hoax related to the Bélmez faces. The research was carried out by José Javier Gracenea, a chemical engineering doctor and general manager of Medco, along with Luis Alamancos, a forensic criminalist who served as the chairman of Gabinete Pericial Inpeval and director of the Spanish Institute of Applied Criminalistics. Alamancos was later honored with the European Police Cross of Honor.

With the permission of the house owner, Gracenea collected samples from the faces and analyzed them. His conclusion was that the images “were not created with paint” and that there was no evidence of external manipulation or added elements based on scientific knowledge and analysis techniques.

Alamancos attempted to replicate similar images using various methods that had been considered valid in previous investigations, including concrete solvents, hydrochloric acid, and silver nitrate. However, he failed to reproduce the faces and concluded that he was utterly perplexed by the phenomenon.

Skepticism about the Belmez Faces

Super Horror Bro covers the Belmez Faces

According to skeptical investigator Joe Nickell, the Bélmez Faces were intentionally fabricated, and he believes that the faces had a very unprofessional and amateurish appearance in their design.

Similarly, Brian Dunning from Skeptoid has written that investigations revealed the faces were actually painted onto the concrete floor, initially using paint and later with acid. Dunning also suggests that the woman residing in the house was involved in perpetrating a hoax on the public, potentially for financial gain.

In a journal article published in July 1993, Luis Ruiz-Noguez discussed the presence of three pigments commonly used in paint manufacturing: zinc, lead, and chromium. Based on this, Ruiz-Noguez suggested that the use of paint should be considered when it comes to the Bélmez faces, particularly with the suspicion of lead being involved. Here are the reasons he provided:

Lead was commonly used as a pigment for primary colors for a long time.

The analysis showed that the amount of chromium present was too low to be a likely option.

Lead tends to create dark and hard-to-see colorations, unlike chromium.

The most common and inexpensive primary colors are enamels that contain lead, which are widely used in homes because they are easy to apply.

However, Ruiz-Noguez also mentioned some objections to the hypothesis of paint being used based on the ICV (inorganic chemical values) samples. These objections include the fact that alkydalic-type enamels are not resistant to abrasion, paint leaves a visible film that is easily distinguishable from the surface it is applied on, and alkydalic enamels have low chemical tolerance to acids, alkalis, and detergents.

What do you think caused the faces to appear in Belmez? Let us know in the comments.

If you enjoyed learning about the Belmez Faces you might also be interested in other ghostly faces such as the SS Watertown Ghost Faces or faces appearing in an airplane oven on Flight 401.

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