During the summer of 1985, a collaborative team headed by Dr. Robert Ballard of Woods Hole Institute in Massachusetts and Jean Louis Michel representing INFREMER (the institute of French underwater exploration in Paris) set out to find Titanic. Such a mission would indeed be an arduous one.
Whether rational or not, Titanic has attained legendary status and stands out from other ships and shipwrecks. The sole reason, if there is one, isn’t certain, but a continuously growing community of experts and enthusiasts holds Titanic in its collective heart and keeps her stories as fresh and alive as they were a century ago. What more can be said about the ship and those aboard?
Chirikof Island is around 80 miles southwest of Kodiak in Alaska. The island has a long history of rumor and legend, although it’s difficult to substantiate much of the lore. The island was first sighted by Russian sea captain Alexei Chirikov in 1741, but wasn’t named after him until 1794.
The legend of Egyptian Priestess Amen-Rah was a global story that thrilled audiences everywhere during the Victorian and Edwardian periods and even in the proceeding decades. One notable urban legend is still in circulation, where this cursed piece was responsible for sinking the Titanic. So, did the Egyptian noble have any actual influence on the sinking?
Glamis Castle has been deemed, “Britain’s Most Haunted Castle.” This could be true, but what’s even more interesting is the tremendous series of dramas, tragedies, and deaths attached to the structure. Such an established history is worthy of its own article series as we explore the history of the haunting.
Old Nance was featured in a few old books, such as Spirit of the Mountains, by Emma B. Miles. This little known haunting is remarkably and uncannily similar to the Bell Witch episode on the other side of the state.
The Trials of Betsy Bell is a little-known song that once appeared in Southern Lyrics, a book published in 1907. The song is noted as being written in July of 1906, but there is no information on the writer. ‘Tis scarcely yet one hundred years Since came and went the things I tell, Since lived and loved, in direful fears, The blue-eyed beauty, Betsy Bell.
This final article on the Bell Witch addresses many revelations and rumors that have since surfaced. Nearly two centuries have passed since these events and countless legends have developed since. It’s impossible to gather them all, and even more difficult to find the necessary history on each theory to include it.
James Johnson, or “Old Sugarmouth,” became a central figure in Bell Witch history, almost as much as Betsy’s siblings were. His sons, John and Calvin, were said to have caught Powell in the middle of something dubious. This story has been passed down through Johnson’s descendents, but has not been published in any known works.
Many theories have emerged since the haunting began, yet the most suspicious character is seldom mentioned. Betsy Bell was accused of conspiring and orchestrating the events that led to her father’s murder. Her brothers were accused of the same.