Local Legends that Demand a Book
Today’s BLOGOWEEN host is Camilla @ Reader in the Attic, and you can find her prompt post here. I was initially so nervous about this prompt, but then I remembered that Sacramento was big during the Gold Rush and likely has a lot of history… so I took to Google and was not disappointed!
Today’s Blogoween Prompt
Prompt Title: Local Supernaturals Who Demand A Book
Explanation: Share your local stories of ghosts, supernaturals and what happens round your area. Either where you live, or nearby; can also share your own personal scary experience. These are the stories which you think, deserve their own novel – could add a blurb to the story. Can share as many stories as you wish as long they’re: horror/supernatural/scary/ghostly etc.
Haunting Sacramento Legends
Originally I was going to say The Vampire of Sacramento, Richard Trenton Chase, tormented the city for about a month in 1977. But uh… that is dark. Read more at your own risk. Apparently, the houses of his murder victims are haunted to this day with reenactments of the murders. No thanks.
The state capital of California was built at the confluence of two rivers, The Sacramento and American Rivers, during the height of the Gold Rush. The storms of 1861-62 caused the city’s rivers to flood from the 45 days of rain (wow, what’s that like) and a “giant inland ‘lake’ — more than 250 miles long and 20 to 60 miles wide — submerged the streets of what is now Old Sacramento for three months.” [Source]
Everyone that survived the floods didn’t want that to happen again, so they went to the politicians and agreed to self-tax to raise the town… so modern Sacramento is actually built on top of Old Sacramento to raise the city below water level! What remains of this era is an underground network of tunnels and a town down below. “The tunnels are said to be one of the most haunted places in Sacramento, so much so that many of the transient people who take shelter down there actually refuse to sleep in certain sections of the tunnels.”
I know what I will be doing this month…
⛏️ Here’s a list of the top 11 haunted places in Sacramento in case you are interested in more, which includes a haunted Burger King!
A Spooky Ghost Experience in Edinburgh
I like to think of myself as a skeptic that is open to being proven wrong. And to this day, five years later, I do not know how to reconcile what I experienced in the Underground Vaults of Edinburgh on that summer night with that skepticism. In case you haven’t heard of the Vaults, they are rated one of the most haunted places in the UK and have a rich & interesting history!
One summer night in 2013 we went on a night walking tour of the Vaults. Dank, musty, and claustrophobic, the atmosphere instantly is electric with history. Our guide told us about the various ghosts that have been encountered in the past, the only one that I remember is who she referred to as The Watcher: a malevolent spirit that simply watches and doesn’t like people entering the Vaults. I remember thinking to myself that the guide was a really good storyteller and that the tales she told seemed typical of ghost tours.
We went through the rooms, the cubby room where the graverobbers are said to have stored bodies had a noticeable chill to it that I attributed likely to walkways. The room right after I tried to take a photo – #2 below – but the flash refused to go off.
But the worst was the last room (first picture below). I went to the back of the room on the edge of the group (would be facing the camera location) and I got this intense feeling that someone was standing behind me. I looked over my shoulders and no one was there. Then I started feeling breathing on my neck. My pulse began to race and I wasn’t even listening to the guide anymore at this point because I heard something whisper “GET OUT” in my ear… and I ran out of the room. It turns out that is the most haunted room in the Vaults and that it was the Watcher’s Room; the guide then said she was about to tell the story of something similar happening on another tour and I about fainted.
Do you have any local legends or haunted stories? Or maybe some supernatural experiences? I would love to hear around them in the comments below!