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Ghosts of the General Wayne Inn

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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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Walking Sam: The Suicide Spirit of Pine Ridge

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Walking Sam: The Suicide Spirit. Photo: Ranker.

In 2015 a spree of suicides took place in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Some believe these were caused by an evil spirit called Walking Sam.

Who is Walking Sam?

An artist’s depiction of Walking Sam. Photo: Ranker

Walking Sam is known by various names, including “Tall Man” and “Stovepipe Hat Bigfoot.” He is a towering figure standing at seven feet tall and has eyes but no mouth, sometimes wearing a stove-pipe hat.

When he raises his arms, people can see the bodies of his past victims hanging beneath him. Walking Sam is said to call out to teenagers and try to convince them that they are worthless, urging them to take their own lives. Some believe that he targets young people because they are more vulnerable to his manipulations.

According to Native American legends, Walking Sam is an ancient being closely linked to “Stick Indians,” who are dark and shadowy spirit entities.

Kids grow up hearing spooky stories about these evil forces that haunt reservations and try to lure unsuspecting victims to their doom. They’re always followed by a creepy cloud of death that just hangs around them.

If you hear whistling, it might be one of these Stick Indians nearby. But if you follow the sound, you could get paralyzed, hypnotized, or even lose your mind completely.

If you disrespect them, they’ll hold a grudge and seek revenge no matter what. Some tribes are so scared of them that they won’t even talk about them, so we don’t know everything about these beings. But Walking Sam is supposed to be one of the most powerful ones.

There are those who believe that Walking Sam represents the pain and trauma that the Lakota Indians endure on a daily basis. Given the deep spiritual connection that the Lakota people have with their land and heritage, some see Walking Sam as a physical embodiment of this suffering.

The Pine Ridge Suicides

A video telling the story of Walking Sam

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is located near the Black Hills of South Dakota and is home to the Oglala Lakota tribe. It’s one of the largest Indian reservations in the US. Sadly, Pine Ridge has a sad past as hundreds of Lakota Indians were killed during the Wounded Knee Massacre.

It’s one of the poorest counties in the US. In 2015, a number of young people committed suicide on the reservation, and some people thought that supernatural forces like the legendary Walking Sam were to blame.

From December 2014 to March 2015, there were a staggering 103 suicide attempts, with nine of them being successful, and tragically, none of the victims were older than twenty-five.

The majority of those who died had used hanging as the method of suicide. Although there had been other clusters of suicides in previous years, this was the largest. As the community struggled to understand and deal with the crisis, some looked to traditional Native American beliefs for answers.

Lakota children are raised hearing stories about “suicide spirits,” “stick people,” and shadow people who try to lure young people away from their homes at night. These stories may have evolved over time, influenced by the popularity of Slender Man, into the figure now known as Walking Sam.

Walking Sam Sightings

During meetings of reservation officials, one of the topics that often comes up is Walking Sam. These officials advise reservation members to avoid walking on the streets at night as it would be an ideal time for Walking Sam to approach his victims.

Several residents have expressed concern and requested the police to keep a lookout for Walking Sam. Many residents have reported seeing his shadow and have shared their encounters with the police. Some residents have even reported hearing whistling sounds coming from nowhere.

Have you ever seen Walking Sam? Let us know in the comments.

If you enjoyed learning about Walking Sam you might also be interested in Diao Si Gui: Chinese Hanged Ghosts or La Ciguapa: The Woman with Backwards Feet.

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Diao Si Gui: Chinese Hanged Ghosts

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A Diao Si Gui or Hanged Ghost. Photo: Cryptid Wiki

According to Chinese legend, Diao Si Gui are the souls of those who took their own lives or were executed. These spirits may manifest as a body with a protruding, lengthy red tongue and attempt to persuade those who cross their path to join them in the world beyond.

The Legend of the Diao Si Gui

Diao Si Gui, or Hanged Ghosts can be created in two ways: when a person takes their own life by hanging or when they are executed by hanging as a punishment for their crimes.

The more prolonged and painful the death, such as by slow suffocation instead of a quick snap of the neck, the greater the likelihood of them becoming a Diao Si Gui.

These ghosts are said to haunt the vicinity of the location where they committed suicide and are often depicted with a noose around their neck, dangling feet, and long red tongues hanging from their mouths.

It is believed that one should avoid making eye contact with a Dio Si Gui as they may lure you into a hypnotic state and persuade you to hang yourself.

In some versions of the legend, if the ghost successfully persuades someone to hang themselves, that person becomes a Hanged Ghost while the original ghost goes free.

Other versions suggest that a Hanged Ghost is not limited to a specific location and can torment a person for days, gradually convincing them to take their own life. When the time is right, the ghost will appear to the person in a high place and lower a noose to them.

Stories About Diao Si Gui

In the Chinese Fairy Book by Dr. R. Wilhelm (1921), there is a story known as The Hanged Ghost, which tells the tale of a soldier seeking refuge for the night in an old, run-down temple.

While there, he witnesses a female ghost descending from the rafters, unaware of his presence in the shadows. Intrigued, he follows her to a farmhouse where he discovers the ghost urging a young mother and her child to hang themselves. The soldier intervenes, saving the woman’s life and causing the ghost to flee.

On his way back to the temple, the soldier takes the rope left behind by the ghost, but she appears on the road and demands that he give it back.

He refuses and wraps the rope around his arm, causing the ghost to transform and attack him. The soldier defends himself by flinging his own blood at the ghost, causing her to retreat. He continues his journey with the rope now part of his arm, unfazed by the encounter.

A video telling the tale of Diao Si Gui or hanged ghosts

Possible Explanations for the Diao Si Gui

It is possible that the legend of the hanged ghost came about as a way to help families come to terms with the unexpected suicides of their loved ones. It’s easier to believe that a loved one may have been manipulated in to killing them self by a spirit than it is to believe that they wanted to die.

Have you ever seen a Diao Sui Gui or Hanged Ghost? Let us know in the comments.

If you enjoyed learning about the Diao Sui Gui you might also be interested in the mysterious stain left behind by the body of Margaret Schilling or how the ghost of Teresita Basa solved her own murder.

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