White Ladies and Other Ghosts


The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall is considered to be one of the most famous of the ‘white lady’ class of ghosts in the world. Further, she is said to have been the subject of one of the most famous spirit photographs in history. It is claimed that Lady Dorothy Walpol haunts Raynham Hall. Her reasons for haunting that location are a subject of debate; while it is known that she did die there, rumor suggests both that her husband killed her there out of jealousy caused by infidelity and that the wife of the man she was having of an affair with did not allow her to leave. Regardless of why she was there, she eventually died of smallpox in 1726.

It would be over 100 years before there is a recorded account of her ghost. However, since the first mention of her spirit in 1835 the ghost, called the Brown Lady because of her clothing, would be seen several more times. The most famous of these sightings would be the occurrence during which the ‘Brown Lady’ photograph would be taken. This siting would not be without controversy as it was labeled a fraud, and the ghost would not be seen again after.

White Rock Lake was created out outside of Dallas, Texas via the building of the White Rock Dam. The dam was built as a way of collecting water for long term storage, though the plan faced some difficulties, mainly resistance from the previous owners of the property. However the dam was completed in 1911. The ghost of White Rock Lake was first reported in the 1960s. The local legend claims that on certain nights, drivers traveling near the lake may be stopped by a young woman wearing dripping wet 1920s style evening wear. She will claim that she needs help returning home. In true phantom hitchhiker fashion, if she is allowed into the car the address that she provides will no longer be in existence and the car will be empty when she reaches it. If there is a house still standing there, an inquiry at the residence will show that the girl died years ago in a boating accident. Legend further states that the song Bringing Mary Home is about this specific haunting.

Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery near Chicago is famous for its resident ghosts, plural. The legends surrounding this cemetery actually seem to be fairly modern; many of the sightings date to the 1970s and 1980s. This seems to be an active location; it may be that it inspires active imaginations however. Some of the sightings are slightly far-fetched, if it’s possible to be gently skeptical. Claims range from traditional orbs into folkloric ghost vehicles (which are not unheard of in European cultures) to the wilder suggestions of entire buildings that appear and disappear.


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