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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 10/20/10

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

ANNE BOLEYN, THE PHANTOM OF THE BLOODY TOWER

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

    In his anxiety to rid himself of a wife who could not give him a male heir, Henry VIII said Anne Boleyn committed adultery with various men (and thus treason) and incest (with her brother).  She also had bewitched him. Because marrying her brought Protestantism to England, it was widely believed by Roman Catholics that Anne possessed a third nipple and a sixth finger on her left had, and that -as a child-she had a curious dislike of church-bells.  It was clear that Anne Boleyn had entered into a pact with the Devil and that the King had been a victim of her devilish sorcery...
   The supposed lovers of Anne Boleyn were executed on May 17 of the year 1536 and two days later Anne was beheaded i the Tower.  She wore a gay robe of  damask over an underskirt of red and upon her wonderful black hair she had a pearl-embroidered hood.  As she stood there on the scaffold, her dark eyes shining, laughing in the face of death, she made a joke about her little neck and the skill of the executioner.  Her bravery caused the Governor of the tower to write that "this lady had much joy and pleasure in death".



Tower of London

   Anne was buried in the Church of St. Peter ad Vincular, within the Tower itself, where she once wrote these haunting lines: "Oh Death, rock me asleep, bring on my quiet rest, let pass my very guiltless ghost out of my careful breast..."-But Death brought no quiet rest for the spirit of Anne Boleyn...She has been seen in various places, particularly at the several homes where she once lived, and accompanied by the phantom coaches and headless horses that have always been associated with witchcraft and devil worship.  But most of all, she is one of the most famous phantoms of the Bloody Tower!
   Anne Boleyn still haunts the little church where she was buried.  Around 1880, an officer of the guard noticed a light shining inside the church and asked the sentry outside what it was.  The soldier said he did not know, nor did he wish to investigate the phenomenon.  So the officer mounted a ladder, peered into the window and saw the church filled with an eerie glowing light, and a procession of people dressed in Elizabethan costume moving along the aisle.  At the head of the procession was a splendidly dressed and bejewelled woman whose face resembled the portrait of Anne Boleyn.  Suddenly, the procession vanished, leaving the church in utter darkness.



Anne Boleyn's burial site

   In 1817, a sentry had a fatal heart attack after meeting her on a stairway, and in 1864 a soldier was court-marshaled for being found asleep on duty.  He claimed to have gone in a swoon after meeting the white figure of "a woman wearing a queer-looking bonnet with no head in it".-"Who goes there?" he yelled, and when he got no reply he made a thrust with his fixed bayonet.  The following moment "a fiery flash" ran up his rifle and gave him a burning shock.  Several witnesses told the court that they had seen the same headless woman in white near the Lieutenant's Lodgings that night.  One officer who was in the Bloody Tower had heard the sentry yelling and saw him thrusting at the ghostly intruder with his bayonet.  He saw the spectre walking through the bayonet...and through the sentry as well.  The court martial found the sentry not guilty.



Anne Boleyn ghost
   In 1933, according to some newspaper reports, the ghost of Anne Boleyn again walked straight into the bayonet of a guard, and scared him so much he fled from his post shouting for help.  The headless body of Anne Boleyn also appears near the place of her execution and some have even witnessed her walking in the Tower, carrying her head....





FAMOUS ACTORS AND ACTRESSES THAT HAUNT AMERICA!

   America has a fascination with famous celebrities.  America has a captivation with ghosts and ghost stories as well.  So it's just natural that, even after a superstar dies, we're not ready to let go of them.  Maybe they're not ready to move onto the Next World either.  If you want to know where you may get a glimpse of your favorite star, find out about there famous celebrities who still haunt America.

Mariyln Monroe

   While at her home, this "sex goddess" from the 1950's, took an overdose of sleeping pills on August 4, 1962.  She lapsed into a coma, and never regained consciousness.  Marilyn Monroe was pronounced dead on August 5, 1962.
   Today, her ghost is said to still haunt the Brentwood house where she died at.  You can still see Marilyn Monroe's image in a mirror at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard too.  Monroe often stayed at that hotel when her career was its hottest.  The full-length mirror used to be located in her suite by the swimming pool.  It's since been moved to the lobby where people report seeing her image in it.



Lucille Ball

   Another one of the famous celebrities who still haunts America is the beloved Lucille Ball.  This comedic actress starred in numerous films, as well as in her own successful TV show, "I Love Lucy", in the 1950's.  Ball was 77 years old when she died on April 26, 1989 during surgery. 
   Ever since then, the ghost of Lucille Ball reportedly haunts her former home at 100 North Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills, California.  There are accounts of strange happenings in the home, such as broken windows, haunting voices and furniture and other items moving around the house.



Orson Welles

   Orson Welles will long be remembered as one of the most talented writers,  actors and producers in Hollywood history.  His brilliant career ended when the portly man died from a heart attack in his home in Hollywood, California on October 10, 1985.  Welles was 70 years old.
   If you visit Sweet Lady Jane's Restaurant in Los Angeles, you might get to see Orson Welles, a famous celebrity who still haunts America.  During his life, the 8360 Melrose Avenue address belonged to a restaurant called "Ma Maison".  The eatery was known for its tasty food and its rich desserts.  Welles enjoyed fine dining and he often ate there.  He even had a favorite table.
   It's believed the ghost of Orson Welles has been seen sitting at that same table after his death.  Along with eating fine foods, he had a passion for brandy and cigars.  Some of the restaurant staff and customers have reported smelling brandy  and cigar smoke when he's been seen.



Liberace

   Born "Walter Valentino Liberace", but known as simply "Liberace" by his adoring fans, this famous celebrity died on February 4, 1987.  He was 68 years old.  Liberace was known for his remarkable piano talents.  He will also be remembered as the man who loved to dazzle his audiences with the numerous diamonds he wore.
   Since Liberace's death, his ghost has been reported to have taken up residence at Caruccio's Tivoli Gardens.  He had owned the restaurant, and had a private lounge there he entertained his dearest friends.  The ghostly reportings include bottles that fall over, restroom locks that mysteriously lock and unlock, and unexplained power outages.  One year on May 16th, the electricity at the restaurant suddenly shut off.  The story goes that nothing could be found wrong with it.  Finally, one of the staff realized it was Liberace's birthday.  They wished him a "Happy Birthday", and the power was restored.


Harry Houdini

   During his life, Harry Houdini was Known as a top-rate magician and escape artist.  But, on October 31, 1926, this famous celebrity wasn't able to escape the final grips of death...or did he?  Houdini had a keen interest in the occult.  Before he died, he promised his wife Bess he would come back from "the other side" and contact her.
   Today, the ghost of Harry Houdini can reportedly be seen haunting the property which is located at 2398 Laurel Canyon Boulevard in  Hollywood.  This address is where his house was formerly located.  The house burned down in 1959.



John Lennon

   Singer/songwriter  John Lennon is another famous celebrity who still haunts America.  Up to his death, this former "Beatle" made his home at The Dakota Building, 1 West 72nd Street, in New York City.  On December 8, 1980, a crazed fan named Mark Chapman shot Lennon to death as he was walking into the apartment building.
   Since that time, it's reported that John Lennon's ghost can be seen walking up and down the halls of the building.