Today in history
U.S. Navy forms
Confederate ship Albemarle torpedoed/sinks
U.S. aircraft carrier Hornet sinks off Santa Cruz
Halloween Spooktacular Stories
From now until Halloween, I will share stories from recent articles or books on “Haunted Lighthouses.” Unless otherwise expressed, the stories are a result of Internet research and not my personal experience.
The Ghost Who Hates Men
Block Island's Southeast Light, Rhode Island, sits over 200 feet high at the edge of Mohegan Bluff. In the early 1900's, a keeper, angry with his (perhaps nagging) wife, pushed her down the stairs to her death. Although he claimed it was a suicide, he was convicted of murder and relieved of his duties. Her spirit, however, stayed behind and has continued to harass men since that time. She will leave women and children alone, in fact children have seen and heard her, most notably in the kitchen banging pots and pans. But men, whether keeper or visitor to the light, are fair game. She is a very physical poltergeist, often lifting the beds with men in them and shaking them violently. She has locked men into rooms or closets. Once she even chased a keeper out of bed and into the cold night dressed only in his underwear, locking the door behind him. The poor embarrassed keeper had to call the Coast Guard to reopen the lighthouse so he could get back in.
In 1993, threatened with erosion, the lighthouse was moved back from the edge of the bluff. Unfortunately, Mad Maggie (as she's known) moved with it, and in fact seems very angry about the move. She rushes up and down the stairs in a rage, rearranges the furniture, and has even thrown bits of food to anyone who dares to sit down and eat in "her" kitchen.
Happy Lighthouse Hunting,