Chillicothe’s Crybaby Tunnel Joins The List!

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We have a new entry in the Ohio Crybaby Bridge Project: Chillicothe’s own Crybaby Tunnel.

This is a rather unique entry for several reasons. First off, it is one of the longest-standing ghost stories from Chillicothe. Perhaps more importantly, it represents a slight departure from the standard Crybaby Bridge legend in that here we are dealing with a tunnel as opposed to a bridge.

Oh yeah, and there’s also a dark and twisted non-Crybaby ghost story associated with the tunnel. So what are you waiting for? Click here to jump directly to Chillicothe’s Crybaby Tunnel.

To read up on the background of the Ohio Crybaby Bridge Project, and see the list of all current locations, by clicking here.

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Updates To The Ohio Crybaby Bridge Project

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Amazing. Simply amazing.

When I made the decision to launch the first 10 pages/sites in the Ohio Crybaby Bridge Project this past Friday, I had no idea the impact it was going to have. Sure, since I’ve always been fascinated with this dark aspect of Ohio folklore, I thought a couple of you would be interested in it, too. But based on this weekend’s numbers, my estimate of a “couple of you” being interested was a bit off. OK, a lot off.

I have been writing this blog for several years now and I have never seen numbers this high. At one point, there were so many hits, I think we were in danger of breaking the Internet. OK, that’s a bit of a stretch. But for my site, which averages several hundreds hits a day to suddenly jump to, at one point, several thousand hits an hour, well, let’s just say it quickly became clear to me that the Ohio Crybaby Bridge Project struck a chord with many of you. Put another way, I was incredibly overwhelmed, humbled, and excited.

I can’t even begin to thank each and every one of you who left comments and sent e-mails (but I am trying). You wrote in and shared your stories, let me know of possible variations of the known legends, directions to some of the bridges, and best of all, let me know of new bridges (Pitchin, anyone?). To be honest, I’ve got my work cut out for me updating the site with all this new information. With that in mind, here’s the game plan:

  • I am planning on continuing to add pages for the remaining bridges I have on file. The plan is to upload at least 2 pages a week.
  • Each time I upload a new page, I will push out an update to all the usual places (Facebook, Twitter, etc).
  • During that time, I will also begin adding all of the personal experiences that people have shared with me to the existing pages.
  • With regard to updates to existing content, for the short term, I will compile all updates into one “roundup” post. Short term, I plan on pushing the Roundup post out every Monday, beginning March 2, 2015.

In terms of you keeping track of all these changes/updates, the easiest thing would be to simply bookmark this site. But if you’d like to be made aware of the changes as soon as they are made, you can Follow this blog by clicking the link in the top right corner of this page. You can also follow me on Twitter or my Facebook fan page.

Regarding those of you who shared your personal experiences and stories here: In order to make them easier to access (and enjoy), I will be incorporating them into the pages dedicated to that specific bridge. So please, if you notice that your comment has been deleted, don’t panic! I’m just moving it to a better place! And to those of you who e-mailed your stories, I will be responding to each and every one of you regarding adding your stories to the site. I just need a bit of time to dig out from the wonderful avalanche of Crybaby e-mails!

And finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t say something about the Pitchin Crybaby Bridge. Far and away, I received more correspondences related to that bridge (or the fact that it was MIA from the list) than any other. Truth be told, I did have a few bits of information about an “alleged” bridge, but nothing concrete. In fact, the bridge was in danger of slipping into the world of anonymity. But you guys weren’t having that. Your e-mails and comments literally brought the Pitchin Crybaby Bridge back to life. In effect, you were saving a bit of Ohio folklore. And for that, I thank you all.

OK, I’m off to start making updates! Keep the e-mails and comments coming!

The Ohio Crybaby Bridge Project Goes Live!

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It’s about time, huh? It’s still a work in progress. In fact, only about 25% of the entries are complete, but we needed to get this thing launched!

To begin your journey through the Project, give a click on the Crybaby Bridge Project link above or any of the individual pages from the pulldown, although I highly recommend that if it’s your first visit here, start with the Project’s home page, which you can also access here.

Thanks to everyone for their patience! And hey, now’s the time for all of you to start sharing your own personal Crybaby Bridge stories! Shoot me an e-mail at jim@strangeandspooky.com and I’ll be more than happy to add your story to the database!

 

 

Currently Scheduling for 2015: Don’t Delay!

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It seems a bit odd to be talking Halloween in February, but since when have I done things the traditional way?

Anyway, I have begun scheduling appearances for both myself and The Ghosts of Ohio in 2015. I am currently in negotiations with over 30 locations and while few have yet to be officially booked, most are all but a done deal at this point. For obvious reasons, most are looking for presentations and/or appearances in October.

Standing Room Only–Oxford, OH 2013

My point is this: if you are even remotely considering scheduling  me for an event, especially for something in October, please reach out to me now! We can work out the details as we go along, but the longer you wait, the better the chance that someone is going to snatch the date you want out from under you. And that would make me sad.

If you remember, I made the decision to take last October off, which means there are a lot of hungry strange and spooky fans out there who can’t wait to see me and The Ghosts again. Plus, this year’s presentation will be filled with all-new videos, audio, and photos. Special guests are also planned and yes, I will even be bringing parts of the Strange & Spooky Museum on the road with me! And if that’s not enough, there’s a special announcement coming soon that is going to create quite the buzz through the Ohio paranormal community. In other words, shoot me an e-mail now and get something scheduled…or be sad later.

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For more information about scheduling an event, please go here.

Curious to know where I’ve appeared in the past? Check this list out.

 

 

New Addition To The Museum: Boy With The Leaking Boot Trading Card

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You’ll notice right off the bat that the photo above doesn’t bear that cheesy “shot all crooked against a black backdrop” look that most of the other items in The Strange & Spooky Museum have. That’s because this item was so small, I needed to scan it in so you could bask in all its glorious details.

This piece is about the size of your standard trading card. In fact, it’s part of a set that was released by Dart Flipcards in 1995 in conjunction with Hershey Food Corporation. Taking a peek at the back of the card, you can see that the set was called Hershey’s Trading Cards: The Collector’s Series and that this particular card was #42 in the set:

I did a little digging online and found that this set consisted of 100 cards and was released to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Hershey’s. As for the cards themselves, they feature all the different tasty treats Hershey’s has offered over the years. Oh yeah, and one infamous boy with a leaking boot!

You can get some additional information on the card set here.

To see more amazing Boy With The Boot memorabilia, go here.

Paul Is Dead Clues: The White Album Poster

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For me, one of the most fascinating aspects of the whole Paul Is Dead rumor is that the search for clues often extended outside the songs themselves.

In the beginning, people were simply listening for clues in the song lyrics, then pouring over the art on the album covers. From there, they started playing their records backwards. When that was done, they began looking at anything associated with the albums, including inserts like posters and booklets. That’s what led to people finding clues in the poster included in initial pressings of The Beatles’ 1968 release, The White Album.

In 1968, when it came time to develop the artwork for the Beatles’ latest album, the task fell to artist Richard Hamilton. It is said that Hamilton wanted to create an album cover that was the complete opposite of the elaborate production featured on the Beatles’ last release, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Hamilton also wanted to contrast the lengthy title of Sgt. Pepper’s. The result was a plain, all-white album without any title that became known as The White Album simply because, well, it was white.

As the story goes, shortly after the decision on the album cover was made, Hamilton and some of the Beatles started to feel a little bad about giving fans an album with no artwork to look at. So they decided to include 4 color photos, one for each Beatle, as inserts for the album. A decision was also made to create a photo collage poster, with lyrics on the reverse side, to accompany the album.

The White Album poster — via The Beatles Rarity

Most report that it was Paul McCartney who gathered up the photographs that would become the 23″ x 24″ poster. That in and of itself was enough to further fuel the “Paul Is Dead” rumors: “A dead man put this poster together, so there’s bound to be clues hidden in it.”

Most report that it was Paul McCartney who was given the task of gathering the photographs that would become the 23″ x 24″ poster. That in and of itself was enough to further fuel the “Paul Is Dead” rumors: “A dead man put this poster together, so there’s bound to be clues hidden in it.”

There are 3 alleged clues lurking in the poster. The largest, and therefore often referred to as the “most obvious”, resides in the upper left corner of the poster. The image is of Paul McCartney in the bath tub. Specifically, it’s a closeup of Paul’s head and portions of his arms.

Looking at the image above, you can see why people immediately claimed this was a clue. I mean, it clearly shows that Paul McCartney had been decapitated in a car crash, right? On top of that, Paul’s eyes are closed, further confirmation that Paul was, in fact, dead.

The next clue is towards the bottom left corner of the poster. Somewhat hidden amongst larger pictures is a small one said to depict Paul McCartney wearing a disguise he’d don to avoid being mobbed by fans when he went out in public.

Cluesters, however, will tell you that the photo is actually of William (“Bill”) Campbell, the gentleman who won a Paul McCartney look-alike contest and was chosen by the other 3 Beatles to take Paul’s place. To them, the photo shows Bill before his transformation into Faul; “Fake Paul.” (NOTE: Some believe the man’s name is actually Billy Shears, not William Campbell. You know, the same Billy Shears the Beatles “introduced” to us on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. But that’s another story for another day).

The last, and spookiest, clue is near the bottom right of the poster. It shows Paul McCartney in profile, clapping and dancing. Nothing strange or out of place here. Or is there?

If you look right behind Paul, there appears to be a pair of skeletal hands reaching out for him. Those hands are said to represent all sorts of things, none of which are good. But basically, they are said to mean that Paul had been somehow marked for death and that, after his demise, the surviving Beatles added this photo to the poster to alert their fans to the fact that Paul was indeed dead.

I’ll be honest: Of the three “clues” said to be hidden in the White Album poster, this is the one that’s the creepiest to me. Not sure what caused the image to appear (operator error, mistake during processing, soul-munching ghouls), but they certainly do look like a pair of hands.

So there you have it, friends. What sayeth you? Are there really clues to Paul McCartney’s untimely demise lurking within the White Album poster? Know of any clues that I missed? Let me know!

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For more (non-PID) information on the Beatles’ White Album, check out this great, in-depth article on The Beatles Rarity.

More Paul Is Dead “evidence” can be found in the Paul McCartney Death Clues wing of The Strange & Spooky Museum.