Marshall, Texas Ghost Sightings - PAGE 4
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I was in Jefferson TX when I spent the night at a friends and we went to sleep. At exactly 12 am when I heard a door slam and I fell off the top bunk and hit my head on floor . I went to see what it was and I saw face in the window and ran back in the bedroom and hid under the covers.
My friend woke up and said what's wrong I said ghost!!! . When he looked it was gone. That is my ghost story.
Submitted by Troy
Stagecoach Road also known as the ''Road of Death'' is a forest that lies at the end of a long haunted road where few dare to go. The caverns found in this forest are rocky and ice-covered annually. It has been claimed by local residents and visitors that the woods are host to a great amount of paranormal phenomena. It is an old ancient forest reportedly haunted by many urban historical legends of strange beasts monsters ghosts and goblins which add to it's serious and sinister reputation. The forest floor consists primarily of volcanic rock and is difficult to penetrate with hand tools such as picks or shovels. There are also a variety of unofficial trails that are used semi-regularly for the annual ''body hunt'' done by local volunteers who mark their search areas with plastic tape.
The plastic tape is never removed so a great deal of it litters the first kilometer of the forest past the designated trails leading to and from known tourist attractions such as the ice cave and wind cave. After the first kilometer into Marshall Texas the forest is in a much more pristine state with little to no litter and few obvious signs of human contact. On some occasions human remains can be found in the distant reaches of the forest but these are usually several years old and consist of scattered bones and incomplete skeletons suggesting the presence of scavenging animals. Ghost encounters of the wandering dead are said to be often encountered more then just frequently as well as many ghost photos and EVP's.|
A very popular myth states that the magnetic iron deposits underground cause compasses to malfunction and travelers to get lost in the forest. However this myth is largely false. The Texas self defense force and the us military regularly run training practices through portions of the forest during which military grade lensatic compasses have been verified to function properly. Vehicles GPS equipment and other electronic devices function properly. It is also a popular place for suicides reportedly the world's third most popular suicide location after San Francisco's Golden Gate bridge and (before the installation of the luminous veil) Toronto's bloor Street viaduct due in some part to the novel kuroi jukai (Black sea of trees? ) which ends with the lovers of the novel committing suicide in the forest.
Since the 1950's more than 500 people have lost their lives in the forest mostly suicides with approximately 30 suicides counted yearly. In 2002 78 bodies were found within the forest replacing the previous record of 73 in 1998. The high rate of suicide has led officials to place signs in the forest urging those who have gone there to commit suicide to seek help and not kill themselves. The annual search consisting of a small army of police volunteers and attendant journalists began in 1970. Typically most suicides are men with over 71% of suicides in 2007 being male. The rate among the over-60 population is also high but people in their thirties are most likely to commit suicide.
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