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  • Phone calls that ring, but when answered there's just static.

  • Lights mysteriously switch on.

  • Peculiar shadows in photos.

  • Some people believe that after death, a loved one has communicated with them from the other

  • side.

  • These paranormal encounters- while spooky- were generally comforting, most felt their

  • loved one was saying a final goodbye.

  • But in some cases a spirit has reached out from the great beyond with a shocking revelation

  • that's had ramifications in the world of the living.

  • The Secret in the Red Barn

  • Ann Marten woke up gasping.

  • For the last several weeks odd dreams about her stepdaughter Maria had repeatedly interrupted

  • her slumber.

  • She didn't always remember what happened in these dreams, but she couldn't shake

  • a sense of dread.

  • Unfortunately for Ann, her dreams were about to get worse.

  • By all accounts 24 year old Maria Marten was quite lovely.

  • She was also an unwed mother which was scandalous according to her neighbors in the country

  • village of Polstead, in a quiet corner of England's Suffolk County.

  • Though they had a tempestuous relationship, her latest lover William Colder asked her

  • to elope.

  • He made plans to rendezvous with Maria late one night at a local landmark, the Red Barn,

  • which had a unique red roof.

  • William even suggested that Maria disguise herself as a young man, suggesting the authorities

  • had issued a warrant for her arrest on the charges of bearing illegitimate children.

  • Allegedly the couple eloped to the town of Ipswich on May 18, 1827.

  • William returned to Polstead a few weeks later.

  • When friends and family asked where Maria was, he claimed that she had stayed in Ipswich.

  • Eventually William left the area and traveled to London.

  • Then he settled on the Isle of Wight.

  • The Marten family received a letter from William, who said that he was writing on Maria's

  • behalf since she had hurt her hand.

  • Maria claimed to be happy and settling into her new life.

  • Though Ann wrote her stepdaughter several times, she only received a few letters bearing

  • excuses in return from WIlliam.

  • Time went by.

  • Ann began having peculiar dreams of Maria.

  • Then the dreams took a horrible turn.

  • Ann dreamed that Maria was dead and buried under the Red Barn.

  • After the second dream about Maria's death, Ann confessed to her husband Thomas.

  • She hadn't wanted him to think her superstitious, but she could no longer deny her vision.

  • She suggested that he investigate the Red Barn for her peace of mind.

  • On April 19th, 1828 Thomas went to check out the barn.

  • While removing straw from the barn's dirt floor, he noticed a depression.

  • He dug and found a shallow grave with a decomposing skeleton wrapped in a sack.

  • It had long hair and a green handkerchief around its neck.

  • The corpse was soon identified as Maria Marten.

  • It appeared that she had been both shot and stabbed.

  • 11 months after Maria was last seen alive, the police caught up with Will Corder in London.

  • He had married a different woman and was running a school for genteel young ladies.

  • He denied ever knowing Maria.

  • William was arrested and charged with Maria's death.

  • There was a media frenzy stoked by the lurid details of Maria's life.

  • The courthouse was jammed packed for William's trial.

  • He was quickly convicted and sentenced to death.

  • On August 11, 1828, a crowd of over 7000 people gathered at the gallows at Bury St Edmunds,

  • Suffolk and watched as William was hung.

  • A few days before his execution he had confessed to a priest that he argued with Maria, got

  • in a scuffle and accidently shot her.

  • Gruesomely, after his death William's body was dissected, and his skin was used to bind

  • a book that described his crime.

  • After the discovery of Maria's body Ann's dreams returned to normal.

  • But Ann isn't the only one to have a ghost appear in a shocking dream.

  • She Looked Back

  • On January 23, 1897 Erasmus Shue, a blacksmith, sent his neighbor's 11 year old son to see

  • if his wife needed anything from the market.

  • Unfortunately, Elva Zona Heaster didn't answer the door of the couple's rural Greenbrier

  • County, West Virginia home.

  • The boy went inside and found Elva's lifeless body at the foot of the stairs.

  • He panicked and ran home to tell his mother.

  • HIs mother summoned the local doctor and coroner, George W. Knapp.

  • But by the time Dr. Knapp arrived, Eramus had carried his wife upstairs, washed her

  • and dressed her, laying her out on a bed.

  • The clothes Eramus had chosen were suitable for burial-a high necked dress with a stiff

  • collar.

  • Also he placed a veil over Elva's face.

  • However, traditionally the women of the community would have attended to Elva's burial preparation.

  • Dr. Knapp briefly examined Elva's corpse.

  • However, a grieving Eramus cradled Elva's head during the entire exam.

  • Dr. Kanpp noticed a small bruise on Elva's neck, but couldn't get a closer look because

  • Eramus freaked out.

  • Dr.Knapp backed off.

  • He saw nothing amiss during the quick exam.

  • Also he had been been treating Elva for a few weeks prior to her death.

  • He listed the cause of death aseverlasting faintand then later changed it tocomplications

  • from pregnancyalthough it was not known if Elva was pregnant.

  • During Elva's funeral Eramas acted erratically.

  • He paced by the casket, frequently adjusting Elva's body, especially her head and neck.

  • In addition to the veil, he covered her head and neck with a scarf.

  • It didn't match her burial outfit, but Eramus insisted, saying the scarf was Elva's favorite

  • and that she would have wanted to be buried in it.

  • He also was antsy about other people getting too close to the casket.

  • Most guests chalked up Eramus' odd behavior to the fact that he had lost his beloved wife

  • after only 3 months of marriage.

  • From the start Mary Jane Heaster had never liked her daughter's husband.

  • After Elva's death, she was convinced that Eramus had murdered her.

  • She decided to pray for Elva to return and reveal the truth about her death.

  • She prayed every evening for 4 weeks, until finally her prayer was answered.

  • For four nights in a row Mary Jane was visited by the ghost of Elva.

  • The ghost first appeared as a bright light then gradually took a human form as the room

  • grew cold.

  • Elva's ghost cried to her mother that Eramus had abused her.

  • One night in a fit of rage, he attacked her when he thought that she hadn't made any

  • meat for his dinner.

  • He had broken her neck.

  • The ghost of Elva rotated her head until it faced backwards to show how it was broken.

  • Then the ghost walked away, fading into the night while staring back at her mother.

  • Mary Jane convinced John Preston, the local prosecutor to reopen the case of her daughter's

  • death.

  • It's hard to say whether he believed Mary Jane or if he agreed to further investigation

  • just to get her off his back.

  • John spoke to Dr. Knapp who brought up Eramus's odd behavior while he was trying to examine

  • Elva's body.

  • John found the lack of complete exam a reason to have an autopsy performed.

  • An exhumation was ordered and an inquest jury formed.

  • Despite his objections, per law, Erasmus was required to witness Elva's autopsy.

  • Her body was examined over 3 days beginning on February 22, 1897.

  • The medical examiners found that Elva's neck had been broken, and her windpipe was

  • smashed.

  • Furthermore, bruises in the shape of fingers indicated that she had been choked.

  • Erasmus was arrested and charged with murder.

  • Mary Jane was the star witness for the prosecution during Eramus's trial, though she didn't

  • speak of the ghost.

  • Hoping to make her look crazy, Eramus's lawyer extensively questioned Mary Jane about the

  • ghost's visits on cross-examination.

  • However, the tactic backfired, as she was calm and resolute that the ghost of her daughter

  • had visited her.

  • On the other hand, Erasmus took to the stand in his own defence and made a poor impression

  • on the jury by ranting and rambling.

  • The jury quickly returned a guilty verdict and Eramus was sentenced to life in prison.

  • Spirits don't only communicate in dreams though.

  • Sometimes they take a more direct approach.

  • The Possession February 21st, 1977 - Just before 9 pm the

  • Chicago Fire Department responded to a 911 call for a raging fire on the 15th floor of

  • an apartment building in the neighborhood of Lincoln Park.

  • After firefighters put out the fire, they found a badly charred body under a smoldering

  • mattress.

  • The body was that of Teresita Basa, a 47 year old respiratory therapist.

  • She had multiple stab wounds and a butcher's knife was still sticking out of her chest.

  • Her apartment had been ransacked.

  • Chicago Police Detectives Joseph Stachula and Lee Epplen investigated Teresita's murder

  • for over 6 months with little progress.

  • Teresita had lived a quiet life and was well thought of by her friends and coworkers.

  • Then in August of 1977, Dr. Jose Chua contacted the detectives with a strange story.

  • He claimed that shortly after Teresita's murder, his wife Remi began having dreams

  • in which Teresita appeared to her, begging her to go to the police about her murder.

  • Teresita was a former coworker of Remi and she had taken her death quite hard.

  • Jose worked in a different part of the hospital and didn't know Teresita, but he, Remi and

  • Teresita were all natives of the Philippines.

  • Apparently, on one particular afternoon Remi awoke from a nap and spoke in Tagalog with

  • a strange Spanish-sounding accent.

  • She claimed to be Teresita and told Jose not to be afraid.

  • She begged him to go to the police regarding her death.

  • Her murderer's name was Allan Showery, a respiratory technician that had worked at

  • Edgewater Hospital with her.

  • Allan repaired items as a side job.

  • When Teresita had him come to her apartment to repair her TV, Allan attacked her.

  • He had stabbed her, then set the fire to destroy any clues he might have left behind.

  • The spirit of Teresita begged Jose to go to the police.

  • Later when Remi awoke, she had little memory of her earlier actions.

  • Jose found the situation odd, but decided not to contact the police.

  • Several days later Remi was again possessed by the spirit of Teresita.

  • Again she spoke in slow, Spanish accented Tagalog.

  • This time she asked Jose why hadn't he told the authorities?

  • Jose said that he couldn't accuse Allan, there was no proof.

  • The spirit of Teresita said that Allan had stolen her jewelry after the murder and given

  • it to his girlfriend.

  • After Remi was possessed a third time, Jose finally went to the police.

  • Detective Stachula wasn't sure what to do with the information, but decided a background

  • check on Allan wouldn't hurt.

  • His investigation found that Allan had lived near Teresita.

  • Also co-workers confirmed that Allan had gone to Teresita's the night of the crime to

  • fix her TV.

  • The detectives visited Allan's apartment.

  • He voluntarily agreed to go to the police station for questioning.

  • During the interview, he denied murdering Teresita.

  • Meanwhile, the police talked to Allan's live-in girlfriend.

  • She had a pearl ring and jade pendant that she said Allan had given her as Christmas

  • presents, however they matched the description of jewelry stolen from Terestita.

  • The jewelry was identified by Teresita's relatives.

  • When confronted with these facts Allan Showery confessed.

  • During his prosecution in what became known asThe Voice from the grave trial”, the

  • defense claimed the police's arrest of Allan was illegal because police lacked probable

  • cause of his guilt.

  • Much was made of the fact the police only became interested in Allan because of info

  • that allegedly came from a ghost.

  • Also Remi and Allan apparently had a difficult working relationship.

  • Furthermore, soon after Teresita's death, Remi had been fired from her job.

  • The defence suggested that with nothing to lose, Remi faked the trances to harass her

  • enemy.

  • Allan only confessed because the police threatened him.

  • The trial ended in a mistrial with a deadlocked jury.

  • Just before his second trial was due to start Allan made a formal confession and pled guilty.

  • He was sentenced to 14 years for arson, robbery and murder.

  • A ghost possessing someone is difficult enough.

  • But what if a person had the will to come back just for a moment to provide vital information?

  • A Whisper from Beyond June 24, 2004 - It was a typical afternoon;

  • Danny Arizala dropped by his niece Catherine Ballesteros's home in the city of Makati

  • in the Philippines Islands.

  • He knocked on her door several times, but Catherine never answered.

  • Which was odd, she was supposed to be home.

  • Danny was able to force the house door open, but once inside, found Catherine's bedroom

  • locked tight.

  • He grabbed a stool and was able to peek through a gap between the bedroom wall and the ceiling.

  • A horrific sight met his eyes.

  • Catherine lay on the floor, bloody and lifeless.

  • Danny notified the Makati police and they quickly responded to the crime scene.

  • Later an autopsy would reveal that Catherine had been stabbed 33 times.

  • Several items were missing from her home making robbery a motive for the crime.

  • The police dusted her place for fingerprints.

  • In addition to the blood on the floor, the police found blood on a doorknob.

  • They sent both the fingerprints and blood swabs off to the crime lab, but weren't

  • able to find a match in their database.

  • Meanwhile Catherine's grief stricken parents rushed to the crime scene, but were not allowed

  • to view their daughter until she had been moved to a local funeral home.

  • When they were finally able to see the body, Catherine's mother Emer, unable to contain

  • her grief, gatherred Catherine to her for a final embrace.

  • That's when something supernatural happened.

  • Emer swore up and down that the corpse of Catherie whispered 'Baba' while Emer held

  • her.

  • Ryan Jay Viscarra a.k.a. "Babawas one of Catherine's neighbors.

  • He was known in the area as a petty thief.

  • Even more suspicious, when the police went to talk to him, Baba had vanished.

  • A few days later a relative of Baba's notified the Makati police that Baba had been arrested

  • for vagrancy in the nearby city of Manila.

  • He was quickly sent back to their precinct.

  • During questioning the police noted that Baba had a stab wound on his thigh.

  • He confessed to receiving it while struggling with Catherine.

  • Soon after they were able to match a blood sample taken at the crime scene to Baba's

  • as well as his fingerprints.

  • A few months after the murder of Catherine, Ryan Jay Vis was sentenced to life imprisonment

  • for the crime.

  • While Emer continued to mourn for her daughter, she felt her daughter spirit could rest in

  • peace since justice had been done.

  • Sometimes spirits need help getting their message heard.

  • Our final tale involves a ghost who sought help from a logical choice.

  • The Medium On June 16, 2004, 20-year-old Ashley Howley

  • called the police to report a break-in at her apartment in Columbus, Ohio.

  • Soon afterward she disappeared.

  • The police worked her case; they suspected her former boyfriend Robert P. MacMichael