Beelzebub

Date of Discovery

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Name

The demon Beelzebub’s name has a variety of different spellings, he is alternatively known as Beelzebul, Beelzebuth, Belzebuth, Baalzebub, Baal-zebub Beelzeboul, Baalsebul, Belzaboul, Belzebud, Beezelbub, Beelzebus, Ba’al Zevuv, and Ba’al-zebub.

By the Ancient Cyrenians, Beelzebub was referenced as Achor, which translated loosely to “Lord of the High House,” in correlation to the Canaanite chief god “Baal the Prince.” It was changed though, due to the fact that “Lord of the High House,” could only be used to reference Solomon in his temple, at which time he was then known as Beelzebub (and it’s many variations), which all mean, “Lord of the Flies.”

Physical Description

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Origin

Originally worshipped as a deity by the Philistines, with an ancient suggested association between this Philistine God and cults of flies. Every account of his name is derived from a different culture during biblical times, which has caused determinable differences to be references for this particular demon.

Mythology and Lore

One of the seven demon lords, the moniker of, “Lord of the Flies,” was highly accurate, due to Beelzebub’s powers to control the outbreak of disease; as one of the most infamous demonic figures, he would cause flies to swarm upon corpses, so they may spread the diseases of the dead to the living. in Solomon’s Testament, Beelzebub is synonymous with Lucifer and claims to cause destruction through the creation tyrants, causing demons to be worshipped among men, exciting priests to lust, causing jealousy and murders within cities, as well as bringing war. Beelzebub is mentioned several times in the New Testament, often referenced as the Chief of the Demons:

Matthew 12:24-27 NIV

24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.”
25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. 
26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? 
27 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges.

Mark 3:22 NIV

22 And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons, he is driving out demons.”

Luke 11:15-18 NIV

15 But some of them said, “By Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he is driving out demons.” 
16 Others tested him by asking for a sign from heaven.
17 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: “Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall.
18 If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebul.

Within the current lore of demonology, when Satan was cast down from Heaven after rebelling, he brought along with him many indomitable seraphim–keeping in mind that Satan and all demons were originally angelic beings–who fought on his side. Beelzebub did not possess the power to tempt men with pride until he was cast down to Hell. By the Pharisees, he was called the “Prince of Devils,” perhaps referring to his dominion over Hell which was granted to him by Jesus for his assistance in releasing the unbaptized saints from Hell so they may ascend to Heaven, despite the objections of Satan. Prior to him doing this favor for Jesus, Satan outranked Beelzebub as the master of Hell, but by the sixteenth century, Johann Wierus a Christian demonologist listed him as the Supreme Chieftain of Hell, with Satan as a subordinate.

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Benson Hotel – Portland, Oregon

Image of the Benson Hotel 1920's in Portland Oregon

The Benson is home to several ghosts. The hotel originally opened in 1913 under the name “The New Orleans Hotel” but was later named the Bendon hotel when Simon Benson purchased it in 1914. Simon Benson the teetotaler that owned the hotel was known to be well dressed and perceived as upper class. It is reported that Benson still haunts the hotel. USA Today reports that Benson’s ghost is sometimes seen in meeting rooms but is mostly known by his penchant for knocking over visitors’ drinks. Maybe this is related to the prohibition era he lived through. Allegedly a young boy maybe aged 3 to 4 and a woman wearing a turquoise dress also haunt the hotel.

Although there are no reports of this ghost The Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell died in his room while staying at the Benson on November 12, 2008.

Bigfoot

Date of Discovery

If we listen to the theory of Bigfoot being part of the genus of gigantopithecus, or giant ape, then they are believed to have been in existence when homo erectus first came into being. This means that they have existed for roughly two million years. However, there have been modern reports that date back as far back as 1818, when the Exeter Watchman reported having seen an “animal resembling the Wild Man of the Woods,” near Ellisburgh, New York.

Name

Bigfoot is possibly the most common name given to the gigantopithecus of North America–a genus of giant ape, that is said to have gone extinct around one hundred thousand years ago. Bigfoot also goes by the identifying name of Sasquatch, Skunk Ape, Skookum, Fouke Monster, Momo, Mogollon Monster, Yowie, Ban-Manush, Tornit, Honey Island Swamp Monster, Wild Man, Wauk-wauk, Saskehavis, and Grassman in the United States as well as other parts of the world. The name of this widely distributed creature varies based on the cultural influence of the region it was discovered to inhabit.

Physical Description

Bigfoot’s general appearance is more primitive than that of Neanderthal Man, standing between six to nine feet, and weighing between four hundred and one thousand pounds. They have a ruddy dark complexion, generally are known to have black eyes, with dark fur covering all of its bodies except its hands, the soles of its feet, as well as its upper facial region.

Origin

The villagers of the Caucasus Mountains have legends of this apeman going back for centuries, as do the Tibetans living on the slopes of Mount Everest. These are the first human accounts of Bigfoot being a creature that had been undocumented, but if sticking with the theory that Bigfoot is in fact a gigantopithecus then they have been around since man’s ancient ancestors first stood upright. From the Native American myths and legends, we have gotten a rich body of tales about hairy, manlike beasts that roam the forests; depending on the tribe, they have often been considered cousins of creatures such as the Wendigo, Tornit, Strendu, Chenoo, Oh-Mah, Skookum, the full list is exhaustive. Bigfoot may well be the most widely known and farthest-reaching cryptid across the world.

Mythology and Lore

Possibly the earliest and most notable report of Bigfoot was made by Theodore Roosevelt in his 1893 memoir, The Wilderness Hunter–his account came secondhand by a hunter and trapper by the name of Bauman. Bauman was trapping with a friend in the Bitterroot Mountains of Idaho and Montana when they noticed that there was something raiding their camp every time they went to check their traps. One evening after the two men fell asleep, Bauman awoke to a large, dark shape standing outside of his lean-to, without hesitation Bauman fired his gun at the shape. Over the next few days, the men often felt as if they were being watched from afar, that they were being followed as they went about their business, with something hiding behind the thick brush and trees. Eventually, the two men became so unnerved that they made the decision to leave the mountains entirely. In order to leave as quickly as possible, Bauman went to collect their traps while his friend packed up their camp. Upon returning to their camp, Bauman found that his friend’s body had been horribly mutilated and he fled as quickly as possible.

These creatures are apparently recorded to have had aggressive behavior well into the early twentieth century. Fred Beck reported that he and three other miners had been attacked by “mountain devils” whilst working their claim near Mount Saint Helens. They had continuously heard whoops, hollers, and screams from these unseen creatures for several days until one day Beck saw the unidentifiable creature staring at him from across a small canyon and immediately began firing his weapon.

The creature I judged to have been about seven feet tall with blackish-brownish hair. It disappeared from our view for a short time, but then we saw it, running fast and upright, about two hundred yards down the little canyon. I shot three times before it disappeared from view.

Fred Beck

As a result of Beck’s aggression towards the creatures, the miners reported that their cabin was attacked and at least three large, hairy creatures circled the cabin, pounded on the walls, tossed rocks, and jumped on the roof. Beck even recalled that at one point a hairy arm reached through a notch in the wall and attempted to grab one of the men’s axes–throughout the entire assault on their cabin the men alternated between being frozen in fear and firing their guns at the walls and roof.

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Surprisingly, Bigfoot is a fairly popular topic when it comes to media references. When it comes to fiction and supposedly non-fiction material, there is a wealth of information both for entertainment and research purposes.

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Birch Hill Cemetery, Fairbanks, AK

Date of Discovery/Date of Establishment & Haunting

Sightings of apparitions within the Birch Hill Cemetery have been happening since the 1930s.

Name & Location

Birch Hill Cemetery houses at least one apparition, the most notable of which is the White Lady.

Physical Description

Gwich'in Elder Grave at Birch Hill Cemetery
Gwich’in Elder Grave at Birch Hill Cemetery

The Birch Hill Cemetery is a prominent geographical feature in Fairbanks, it rises on the north slope of the city and faces the Steese Highway. It is a peaceful cemetery that is surrounded on three sides by dense woods and the overlooking hill to the city displays seven planters that are in the shape of the Big Dipper–the symbol on the Alaskan flag. It is a very unsuspecting location for a haunting, it’s a beautiful location.

The White Lady appears in an early 1900s era dress and a fancy hat–something that would have been worn during the early pioneering days of Fairbanks. Aside from the White Lady, the apparition who appears most often, there have been reports of a little girl and a little boy who haunt the cemetery on their own.

Origin

The Birch Hill Cemetery officially became the main cemetery in Fairbanks after the Clay Street Cemetery began to quickly fill up–it covers approximately thirty-two acres of the southwest side of Birch Hill and there are still plots available today.

Mythology and Lore

The White Lady has been sighted since 1938 when the cemetery was officially established, along with two apparitions of children.

In 2001, Fairbanks paranormal investigator by the name of Jessie Desmond obtained an electronic voice phenomenon (EVP), but states that they are not necessarily “the result of intentional voice recordings.” He also stated that Paranormal Explorers of Alaska (PEAK) uses this particular cemetery for training and to see if they can capture more information about Birch Hill Cemetery’s resident ghosts. They occasionally capture orbs in their pictures and would hear movements that have no known origin.

In May of 2012, Jessie Desmond collaborated with Neelie Lythgoe and Tony Hernandez members of Investigators of the Paranormal in Alaska (IOPIA) from the Anchorage region; it was during this investigation that they were able to capture a few EVPs as well as a picture of what they believe was an apparition.



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Black Diamond Cemetery

Date of Establishment

Black Diamond Cemetery was founded in 1884 as a joint company and community cemetery by the Coal Mining Company. The earliest grave is from 1886 and this large marble marker still stands today near the west side of the central road. These grounds now hold more than 1200 graves, many immigrants who came to work the mines. The Lawson Mine explosion victims of 1910 lay at rest here in the same grave. Since 1977 the City of Black Diamond has been responsible for the care and upkeep of these grounds. As of April 2000, Black Diamond Cemetery has been on the National Register of Historic Places, who with the City’s help is working to maintain this historic site. Black Diamond is a very old cemetery but it is still an active cemetery adding plots to this day.

Name & Location

Black Diamond Cemetery is located in the City of Black Diamond and is on the corner of Cemetery Street and Morgan Street in King County, Washington. This cemetery is one of the more culturally diverse we have looked into; containing markers from over 7 countries outside of America. As well as a Civil War veteran, victims of the 1900s epidemics (smallpox & flue), and at least a dozen mineworkers graves. Including the victims of 1902, 1910, and 1915 mine explosions. Black Diamond Cemetery is not only an extremely historical location, but it is one of the most haunted places in Washington State.

Physical Description

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Originally the grounds were enclosed with a wooden picket-style fence that leads to a double-gated hearse entrance. There also stood a stile for pedestrians and visitors to use at any time. The wooden fencing has now been updated with modern chain-link fencing. Surrounding the grounds stands a thick tree line, to block visitors from the neighbors on either side. The grounds are well maintained and simple in design, the pathways seem to slowly curve their way through-out the inside of the tree lines. Over 1200 grave markers, tombstones, and memorials sprawl across the grassy grounds bring a tragic beauty to this property.

Origin

Most of the other experiences have zero histories leading to their origin or spirit. The grounds of Black Diamond Cemetery seem to come alive and do as they please. Some claims and reports will match up to an area being more active than another, however, this does not supply us with a true source spirit. The south end of the grounds seems to be an active zone, as well as around the Morgan marker. The origin of the lanterns, however, can be traced back to 4 major mining disasters that happened within 4 towns. Between 1894 and 1915 these towns suffered deadly mine disasters, two of those were at Lawson Mine. In 1902 a methane explosion at Lawson mine killed 12 miners, 9 of which were never found. Lawson Mine suffered again in 1910 as another explosion claimed 16 men, 5 of which were never found, leaving the mine to be closed for good. Most of the recovered victims were buried at Black Diamond Cemetery. Ravensdale’s explosions happened in 1915 and claimed 31 men, 3 of which now rest in Black Diamond Cemetery. Even though we know who was claimed as a victim we can not tie a special name to a lantern, however.

Mythology & Lore

Many visitors have come to the cemetery to do their own independent “ghost hunting” and various reports of their experiences. Many ranges of strange noises have been heard on these grounds. From whistling in the distance to footsteps through the woods, heavy breathing, and a horse’s call. Many people have experienced all types of electronic failure and malfunction such as focusing/recording issues, drained batteries, loss of footage, and the ever so helpful complete device shut down. The grounds also like to provide strange smells from time to time; the most reported are baby powder, coal, or the smell of smoke. These strange scents never seem to have a true source but are continually reported through-out the years. Some reports claim to see pinwheels or flags blowing in the wind, went the air is completely still and stagnant. Many believe this suggests that spirit is active while its graveside offering is “self-powering”.

Reports also show there is an ere feeling of being watched that follows you as you visit the grounds. At all hours there have been claims of random motionless clouds of smoke-like fog or mist, that seem to lazily hang about. Others have claimed this mist seems to close in on you as the night grows closer. Another odd but common assurance is the appearance of a riderless white horse that seems to enjoy strolling the grounds. Sometimes witnesses report this to be a phantom-like horse figure rather than a realistic portrayal.

 Once night falls floating lanterns seem to come out on the south side of the grounds, and slowly make their way silently along. Strange streaks of lights 8-feet above visitor’s heads have also been reported coming from the tree lines surrounding the property. They seem to float above your head for a few minutes before leaving you in darkness again.

In 2018 paranormal investigates were launched by Ghostly Activities and AGHOST, 2 happened in May. The first was to investigate the cemetery, and the second investigated the neighboring towns where the mining accidents took place (Franklin & Ravensdale). Their findings were a bit hit and miss with some of the equipment, as noise pollution made EVP suspect to creditably. They also experienced an outage of power to cameras. MEL meters did record spikes as the cameras seemed to act-out; however, no other solid evidence could be found.   

To this day seekers of the paranormal culture of Washington flock to this beautiful and creepy cemetery. Black Diamond Cemetery maintains its spot in the top 5 haunted locations in the state, and deservedly so. If you plan to visit this location please check with caretakers before strolling the grounds, as this is still an active cemetery with new graves begin marked. Always be respectful of guests visiting loved ones and family members, as well as respect the grounds themselves.

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