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Hales Bar Dam



The Hales Bar Dam – Photo: Wikipedia.

The Hales Bar Dam is a location with dark past that is popular with paranormal investigators. Visitors to the Hales Bar Dam have reported being touched by unseen forces, hearing disembodied voices and even native american flute playing.

History of The Hales Bar Dam

The Hales Bar Dam in 1949. Photo: Wikipedia.

Construction of the Hales Bar Dam began in 1905 nd was completed in 1913. There were numerous problems during the construction of the Dam mostly caused by the soft limestone foundation it was built on.

One the dam was opened for operation it had many leaks. The leaks were temporarily halted by pouring concrete into the dam. Despite years of attempting to repair the leaks the dam was eventually decommissioned in 1967.

Several hundred workers lost their lives during the construction of the Hales Bar Dam. This was not unusual for a large construction project of the time.

After the dam was completed 11 children lost their lives in or around the damn. At least two children were killed when using a tunnel that ran underneath the dam. When a large leak occurred in this tunnel the children were swept away and drowned.

The dam suffered a catastrophic failure in the 1960’s and flooded a huge are downstream. A cemetery was impacted by this flood and the graves of hundreds of children who had died during the Spanish Flu pandemic were washed away.

The dam itself is now long gone but some of the buildings that were connected to it are now used as a wedding venue and for paranormal tours.

Paranormal Activity at the Hales Bar Dam

In this video the paranormal investigators ask spirits at the Hales Bar Dam to move a specific playing card. They seem to obey.

The site of the Hales Bar Dam has long been associated with a Native American curse.

A treaty was signed between European settlers and the Native Americans in 1775 called Treaty of Sycamore Shoals. In this treaty the Translyvania Company purchased over 20 million acres of land from the Cherokee Indians. Cherokee Chief Drag Canoe opposed the treaty. He is said to have cursed the area to become dark and violent place for anyone who settled there.

There are many ghost stories surrounding Hales Bar Dam. Some believe that the souls of the lost workers, the children who died in the tunnel, and the those whose graves were disturbed continue to haunt the site for revenge.

Tapping is often heard coming from the inside walls of the building. This is believed to be caused by the spirits of construction men who were trapped in the walls during the construction of the dam.

Children can be heard giggling and whispering in the tunnel that goes underneath the buildings.

The spirits of Native Americans are often heard chanting of playing the flute.

The Hales Bar Dam is open to paranormal investigators and many have made their way to the site to see if they can capture anything on camera.

The Ghost Adventures team managed to record several aggressive EVPs saying things such as “I’m gonna shoot you all…”. They also captured a dark, shadowy entity on their thermal imaging camera.

Other paranormal investigators have reported hearing whispering in the tunnels, feeling disembodied touches and even seeing things move on their own.

Do you think the Hales Bar Dam is haunted? Let us know in the comments.

If you enjoyed this article you may also enjoy learning about Calico Ghost Town or the Old Coot of Mt Greylock.

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Walking Sam: The Suicide Spirit of Pine Ridge




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




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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