ParaPedia - Encylopedia of the Paranormal, Bizarre, Mysterious, & the Unexplained



Sabbat - The Witches' Sabbath, said to have been a weekly midnight convention attended by warlocks and demons.
Sachs Covered Bridge - Built in 1852 by David S. Stoner. On June 19, 1996, a flash flood knocked the bridge from one of its abutments. It was restored: over 75% of its original structure was used. It was reconstructed in 1996. The bridge was rededicated on July 21, 1997.
Sagers, Annette - On November 21, 1987, Korrina Lynne Sagers Malinoski, a 26-year old woman from Mount Holly, South Carolina, mysteriously disappeared when she did not show up for work and her car was found parked in front of the Mount Holly Plantation
Salem witch trials - The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts, between February 1692 and May 1693.
Salem witch trials - tests of guilt - These were the several different tests used to test the guilt of witches during the Salem witch trails.
Samhain - One of the "doorways" marking the start of the Celtic year.
San Antonios Railroad Crossing Ghost - The San Antonio Railroad Ghost is a legendary story of lost souls trying to help from the afterlife.
San Haven Sanatorium - The San Haven TB Hospital was closed in 1987. It served as a tuberculosis sanitarium in the early and mid 1900's. In the 1970's it was converted into a state school for the mentally handicapped.
Santa and and Elf - Christmas Ghost Story
Santa at the bedroom door - Christmas Ghost Story
Santa Claus and Coca-Cola - Our vision of Santa Claus was developed out of a marketing plan by the Coca-Cola Company.
Sasquatch - AKA Bigfoot, A legendary creature resembling a large hairy human, said to inhabit the wilderness of the northwestern United States and western Canada.
Satan - In Judeo-Christian belief, the personification of evil. Said to be a fallen angel, and usually used synonymously with The Devil.
Satanism - The worship of Satan.
Schooner Jenny - The Schooner Jenny was an alleged English schooner that became frozen in an ice-barrier of the Drake Passage in 1823, only to be rediscovered in 1840 by a whaling ship, the bodies aboard being preserved by the Antarctic cold. The original report has been deemed "unsubstantiated", but the story has become a fixture of Antarctic sea-lore, and inspired a noted Australian poem.
Science - A system of knowledge and understanding in which the objective world is represented by theories and models.
Scottish Lighthouse Keeps Disappearance - Three lighthouse keepers disappeared without a trace.
scrying - A method of divination using a crystal ball or similar object.
seance - A gathering of people with the purpose of experiencing supernatural phenomena, usually involving contact with the dead.
Seaside Ghost - A Christmas Ghost Story
Sefton Church Ghost - Ever hear The story of The Sefton Ghost? Learn about this spooky image and the mysterious figure in the church.
Shadow Figures and Shadow Beings - Shadows can be seen in both bright daylight or at night. Most often they are capture by photographic equipment (still photos or video) but have been seen with the naked eye.
Shattuck-St. Marys School - On June 3, 1858, in a small rented building in Faribault, Minnesota, The Rev. Dr. James Lloyd Breck established the Episcopal mission school and seminary from which Shattuck-St. Mary's School has developed and prospered.
Shroud of Turin - An ancient strip of cloth marked with bloodstains and what appears to be the image of a man. Believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ.
Sightings - Sightings is an American paranormal and news television series that originally aired from April 17, 1992 to August 1, 1997.
sitting - Another term for seance.
skepticism - A philosophical position in which a person seeks answers based on evidence rather than doctrine or pre-conceived beliefs.
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery - Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, New York, is the resting place of numerous famous figures, including Washington Irving, whose story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is set in the adjacent Old Dutch Burying Ground. Incorporated in 1849 as Tarrytown Cemetery, it posthumously honored Irving's request that it change its name to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.
Sleepy Hollow, New York - Sleepy Hollow is a village in Tarrytown, New York in Westchester County, New York, United States. It is located on the eastern bank of the Hudson River, about 30 miles (48 km) north of midtown Manhattan in New York City, and is served by the Philipse Manor stop on the Metro-North Hudson Line. - Rumor Has It - The definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation. Use the search box above to locate your item of interest, or click one of the icons below to browse the site by category.
Solar and Geomagnetic Activity Theory - The possible effect of solar and geomagnetic activity on paranormal activity and ghost investigations.
Song - The Ghost of Flight 401 - Lyrics - Here are the lyrics to the song 'The Ghosts of Flight 401' that was recorded by Bob Welch
Song - The Ghost of Flight 401 - Video - The video by Bob Welch, The Ghost of Flight 401
Souling - A medieval Christian precursor to modern-day trick-or-treating. On Hallowmas (November 1), the poor would go door-to-door offering prayers for the dead in exchange for sould cakes.
South Atlantic Anomaly - One of the 12 Vile Vortices, a region of intense radiation caused by a dip in the Earth's magnetic field over the lower coast of Brazil.
Spangler, Jean - Like so many other talented hopefuls in Hollywood in the 1940s, Jean Spangler wanted to be a star. Sultry and big-eyed, the statuesque 27-year-old brunette had eked out a precarious living as a dancer and a bit player in movies and on TV while she waited for that one big break, that one part that would get her noticed and launch her screen career.
Spanish Military Hospital - The Spanish Military Hospital Museum building is a reconstruction of a Military Hospital that stood on this site during the Second Spanish Colonial Period, 1784-1821.
Specter of Newby Church - Old photos with strange blurs or shadows may be ghost manifestations, like The Specter of Newby Church, a photograph that may contain evidence of paranormal energy.
Spinning a Winters Tale - Explaination of ghost stories at Christmas time.
Spirit Photography - Information explaining spirit photography.
Spirit Photography Defined - In spirit photography, deceased people mysteriously appear in photographs. At the time the pictures are taken, supposedly, there's no evidence of the spirit. Many famous photographs appear to show spirits who reside in locations, usually homes. In other photos, spirits are shown to be looming around living people. Perhaps best known is a portrait of Mary Todd Lincoln who is seemingly sitting under the spirit of Abraham Lincoln.
Spiritualism - A belief system based upon communication with spirits of the dead.
spontaneous human combustion - A phenomenon where in a living human body allegedly catches fire as the result of intense internal heat.
Squire Castle Cleveland Research Photos - Photos by Shawn and Marianne Donley of from a visit to Squire's Castle on July 28, 2015.
St. Augustine Lighthouse - Constructed of Alabama brick and Philadelphia iron, the lighthouse is St. Augustine's oldest surviving brick structure. In 1876, a brick light keeper's house was added to the site.
St. Johns Church Ruins Harpers Ferry - Ruins of church in Harpers Ferry that was destroyed by American Civil War battles.
St. Lukes - A Christmas Mass - A Christmas Ghost Story
St. Nicholas - The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara.
St. Nicholas Symbols - A number of symbols help us recognize St. Nicholas. They developed from his most popular stories and customs.
Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens - Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens (70 acres) is a notable country estate, with gardens, located at 714 North Portage Path in Akron, Ohio. It ranks twelfth on the list of largest houses in the United States.
Stanley Hotel Photos - Photos from the Stanley Hotel, in Estes Park, Colorado.
star sign - In astrology, the sign of the zodiac assigned to a person based upon the position of the Sun at the time of their birth.
stigmata - Wounds to the hands, feet, chest, head or shoulders said to resemble the wounds suffered by Jesus Christ in the crucifixion.
Stockings at Christmas - Origin - Where did the tradition of hanging stockings at Christmas come from?
Stoker, Bram - Abraham Bram Stoker (8 November 1847 - 20 April 1912) was an Irish novelist and short story writer, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula. During his lifetime, he was better known as personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned.
Stone Tape Theory - The Stone Tape theory is a paranormal hypothesis that was proposed in the 1970s as a possible explanation for ghosts.
Stonehenge - A prehistoric stone monument located 13 kilometres (8 miles) north of Salisbury, England.
Storsjoodjuret - Sweden's most famous lake monster.
Strobe Light Theory - The theory of using a strobe light to slow down spirit movement to your eyes.
Strock Stone House - The Judge William Shaw Anderson house, also known as the Strock Stone House, was built in 1831 of huge blocks of sandstone, some weighing as much as 750 pounds, quarried from Stony Ridge on South Turner Road in Austintown.
succubus - A female incubus.
Suicide Bridge - The paranormal story behind Pasadena's Colorado Street Bridge.
Sullivan, Bridget - Bridget Sullivan (1866-1948) is a crucial character in the Lizzie Borden story.
Sweetwater Plantation - Sweetwater Plantation once covered 3800 acres on NW Alabama. It gets its name from the creek that the Indians called Sweetwater.

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