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Overtoun Bridge

Overtoun Bridge

Overtoun Bridge is an arch bridge located near Milton, Dumbarton, in Scotland, and it was built in 1859. It has become famous for the number of unexplained instances in which dogs have, apparently, committed suicide by leaping off it.

The incidents were first recorded around the 1950′s or 1960′s, when it was noticed that dogs would suddenly and unexpectedly leap off the bridge and fall fifty feet, to their deaths. In some cases, however, the dogs would survive, recuperate, and then leap off the bridge again. What makes this tragic mystery even more mysterious is that many of the dogs that jump from Overton Bridge jump from the same side and from almost the same spot: between the final two parapets on the right-hand side of the bridge.

Some believe that the bridge is haunted. In 1994, a man threw his baby son off the bridge, claiming that it was the anti-Christ. Later, the man attempted suicide there as well.

Was Overtoun Bridge responsible for this tragic event? Some believe that Overtoun Bridge is a “thin place”, where the barrier between the world of the living and the world of the dead meet, and sometimes, cross over.

 

Shanti Deva

Mathura

In 1930, aged 4, Shanti Deva from Delhi, India, told her parents that she had once lived in a place called Muttra (now known as Mathura), that she had been a mother of three, who died in childbirth, and that her previous name was Ludgi.

Because the girl continually related the story, her parents eventually investigated. It turned out there was a village called Muttra, and that a woman named Ludgi had recently died there. They took Shanti to the village where she began to speak the local dialect and recognized her previous-life husband and children. She even gave twenty four accurate statements matching confirmed facts about Ludgi’s life.

 

 

Freddy Jackson’s Ghost

Freddy Jackson's Ghost

Freddy Jackson's Ghost

This creepy photo, taken in 1919, was first published in 1975, by Sir Victor Goddard, a retired R.A.F. officer.

 

The photo is a group portrait of Goddard’s squadron, which had served in World War I, aboard the HMS Daedalus. An extra ghostly face appears in the photo. At the back of the airman positioned on the top row, fourth from the left, can clearly be seen the face of another man. It is said to be the face of Freddy Jackson, an air mechanic who had been accidentally killed by an airplane propeller two days earlier. His funeral had taken place on the day this photograph was snapped.

Members of the squadron easily recognized the face as Jackson’s. It has been suggested that Jackson, unaware of his death, decided to show up for the group photo.

 

 

The Versailles Time-Slip

Palce de Versailles- Petit Trianon

Palce de Versailles- Petit Trianon

If the account of two women in the early 1900’s is to be believed, then time travel is not only possible, but it can happen spontaneously and without warning.  One of the best-known, and earliest, examples of a “time slip” was reported by two English women, Charlotte Anne Moberly (16 September 1846 – 7 May 1937) and Eleanor Jourdain (1863–1924), the principal and vice-principal of St Hugh’s College, Oxford, who believed they slipped back in time in the gardens at Versailles from the summer of 1901 to the period of the French Revolution.

 

In August of 1901, Charlotte and Eleanor decided to visit the Palace of Versailles in France. After touring the palace, they decided to walk through the gardens to the Petit Trianon. However, on the way they learned that they were closed to the public that day and so instead, they decided to explore the grounds some more.

Soon, the two ladies were lost and, as they put it, were overcome with a feeling of weariness and oppression, and they began to notice things that were out of place – people and things appeared as though they belonged more in a museum than in 20th century France.

They reached the edge of a wood, close to the Temple de l’Amour, and came across a man seated beside a garden kiosk, wearing a cloak and large shady hat. According to Moberly, his appearance was “most repulsive… its expression odious. His complexion was dark and rough.” Jourdain noted “The man slowly turned his face, which was marked by smallpox; his complexion was very dark. The expression was evil and yet unseeing, and though I did not feel that he was looking particularly at us, I felt a repugnance to going past him.

A man later described as “tall… with large dark eyes, and crisp curling black hair under a large sombrero hat” came up to them, and showed them the way to the Petit Trianon.

A portrait of Marie Antoinette & her children

Marie Antoinette

After crossing a bridge, they reached the gardens in front of the palace, and Moberly noticed a lady sketching on the grass who looked at them. She later described what she saw in great detail: the lady was wearing a light summer dress, on her head was a shady white hat, and she had lots of fair hair. Moberly thought she was a tourist at first, but the dress appeared to be old-fashioned. Moberly later came to believe that the lady was Marie Antoinette. Jourdain did not see the lady.

After this they were directed round to the entrance and joined a party of other visitors. The strange feelings and visions of the past vanished as quickly as they had came.

It was many months before the women told anyone of their strange experience. They visited the Trianon gardens again on several occasions, but were unable to trace the path they took. Various landmarks such as the kiosk and the bridge were missing, and the grounds were full of people. During their research they thought they recognized the man by the kiosk as the Comte de Vaudreuil, a friend of Marie Antoinette.

In 1903, an old map of the Trianon gardens was found and showed a bridge that the two women had claimed to have crossed that had not been on any other map.

The two women eventually wrote a book called “An Adventure” in 1911, but their identities as the authors were not revealed until 1931 four years after Eleanor Jourdain passed away. The story caused a sensation and was subject to much ridicule at the time.

Did Charlotte Anne Moberly and Eleanor Jourdain actually walk through a hole in time and experience 16th century France? Skeptics suggested that the two women might have experienced a shared delusion or perhaps even wandered into a costume party or the rehearsal for an outdoor play.

Others suspect that the Moberly–Jourdain incident was a “time slip” and that, for some reason or another that we cannot understand, two people from the 20th century were accidentally sent to the 16th.

 

Devil’s Footprints

Devils Footprints?

Devils Footprints?

On the night of 8–9 February, 1855, and one or two later nights, after a light snowfall, a series of hoof-like marks appeared in the snow.

These footprints, measuring 1.5 to 2.5 inches wide and eight inches apart, continued throughout the countryside for a total of over 100 miles, and, although veering at various points, for the greater part of their course followed straight lines. Houses, rivers, haystacks and other obstacles were traveled straight over, and footprints appeared on the tops of snow-covered roofs and high walls which lay in the footprints’ path, as well as leading up to and exiting various drain pipes of as small as a four inch diameter.

There were also rumors about sightings of a “devil-like figure” in the Devon area during the scare. Many townspeople armed themselves and attempted to track down the beast responsible, without success.

Recently, on the night of March 12, 2009, more strange marks, corresponding to those left in 1855, were found again in Devon – these new footprints are shown in the image above.

Karen Banting

About Karen Banting

Karen Banting has written 26 posts in this blog.

Karen is an author & blogger with a lifelong interest in science & the paranormal.

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