The Boy In The Box

Some of the cases I stumble upon, affect me. Especially when it involves children. Children should never have to experience such violence that ends their lives. But when a violent act is committed and the child is not able to be identified it seems to make it even harder. Today’s case is such a case that it’s hard not to be touched, and angered that a young boy was taken too soon, and unfortunately America’s Child is still unknown.

In February 1957, the body of a young boy, aged 4-6 years, was found in the woods, in Fox Chase, Pennsylvania. His naked body was inside a box which once contained a bassinet.

The boy was autopsied, not only to learn his identity, but to also find out what caused his demise. His hair had recently been cropped, there were signs of malnourishment, as well as scars on his ankle, groin, and under his chin.

The boy’s fingerprints were taken, and police were optimistic that they would find out the boy’s identity, but sadly that never happened. No one has ever come forth with any useful information.

Many theories and tips have been used to advance the case, the two that have generated the most interest are:

  • The Foster Home:
    • There was a foster home approximately 1.5 miles from the site of the body. Upon entering an estate sale at the foster home, Remington Bristow, an employee of the medical examiner’s office, discovered a bassinet similar to the one that was sold in a box that the boy was found in. He had also discovered blankets hanging on the line, that were similar to the one in which the boy was wrapped in. Remington’s theory was that the boy was the son of the stepdaughter of the man who ran the foster home. They disposed of the boy so the girl wouldn’t be exposed as an unwed mother. He theorizes that the death was an accident.
  • The Woman Known as Martha or M:
    • In February 2002, a woman only known as Martha, claimed that her mother was abusive and had “purchased” the unknown boy, who she said was named Jonathan. He had been bought from his birth parents in 1954. The boy was subjected to extreme physical and sexual abuse for two and a half years. One evening the boy had vomited up his dinner and was severely beaten for it. His head was slammed against the floor until he lost consciousness. He was given a bath, during which he died.
    • Martha’s mother had cut the boy’s hair in an effort to conceal his identity. Her mother then forced Martha to assist her in dumping the body. A confidential testimony given by a male witness in 1957, stated that the body had been placed in a box previously discarded at the scene.
    • Most of the details in Martha’s story matched information only known to police. However previous neighbors claimed that Martha’s claims were ridiculous, as she had a history of mental illness.

It is probably fair to assume that the identity of this little boy will never be known. It breaks my heart that those that perpetrated this crime will be unpunished, at least in this world. Hopefully his soul is at peace.

Be safe, make good choices, take care of the children

Laneige

When I first started my venture into helping my skin be beautiful I found a brand that I have instantly loved. Laneige.

Laneige is a Korean skincare brand and products are available online and I have even found them in local stores as well.

They offer a full line of skin care products and I do recommend them if you are looking to start a new routine or even trying different products. Here are a few that I absolutely love.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. Comes with a small silicone applicator, or simply use your finger or cotton swab. After cleansing and applying other moisturizers, simply apply this to your lips to drench them in moisture overnight.

The product isn’t very heavy, and feels silky on your lips. After a few days you may notice an improvement in your lips simply from using this product nightly.

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. This product is a lightweight formula that you apply after your other moisturizers. You do not need to slather it on you simply apply an even layer thinly on your skin and it will lock in the other products you applied and provide even more hydration for your skin.

This isn’t a thick formula and it’s very cooling on the skin. One of my go to products for dry patches or even sunburn (eek!)

Laneige Eye Sleeping Mask. This little gem is ideal for those nights when your eyes are super dry. I’ve even applied this in the morning after a rough night.

The applicator, as seen in the image, is smooth, cool, and as you apply this product you can massage the sensitive skin around your eyes while applying a light layer of product. I can’t even tell you how many times I did this when my children were babies. Some mornings my eyes needed a little extra TLC.

Laneige Essential Balancing Emulsion. This has to be my absolute favorite Laneige product! It’s simply a lightweight lotion, that you can use in addition to other moisturizers, but I have used this alone and love how it feels and more importantly how it works on my skin.

A couple pumps of product is sufficient for your face. And if you wish to add this as a step in your routine one pump to focus on those areas you need more help with is plenty.

I honestly was saddened when I couldn’t get this for awhile, and then when it became available again I was overly excited. This is one product I foresee will be used a long time for me.

This post was not sponsored, but as I am here to share products with you I felt I would be doing you all a disservice by not mentioning this brand and these products specifically. Give them a try if you are looking for some new options, and let me know your opinions!

Be strong, be beautiful, be you

The Tower of Silence

No this isn’t a movie, it’s a tradition in Zoroastrianism, and a structure they used for excarnation. I do not intend to cause harm, misinformation, or any negativity during this blog. I hope that you all read this with an open mind and a desire to learn more about other cultures that share this planet with us. The information shared here is by no means inclusive, and I won’t attempt to explain in detail a religion that has been practiced for over 4000 years. It doesn’t do the religion and practices justice, nor will it provide you with any real knowledge. Please reach out to the Zoroastrian community with more specific questions.

Zoroastrianism, is one of the worlds oldest, continuously practiced religions. Based on the teachings of Zoroaster, the belief has a dualistic cosmetology of good and evil. The religion exalts and uncreated and benevolent deity of wisdom, Ahura Mazda (Wise Lord) as its supreme being. The religion states that active and ethical participation in life through good deeds formed from good thoughts and good words is necessary to ensure happiness and to keep chaos at bay.

One of their traditions considers cut hair, nail clippings, human and animal corpses to be unclean, and potential pollutants. They also had rules against graves and raised tombs. Enter the Tower of Silence.

Modern towers are fairly uniform, they have an almost flat roof, and its divided into three concentric rings. The bodies of men are arranged around the outer ring, women around the second ring, and children in the innermost ring. The remains of the bodies are left in the open are to be consumed by vulture or other scavengers. Once the bones of the deceased have been bleached by the sun and wind, usually taking up to a year, they are collected in an ossuary pit at the center of the tower and assisted by lime they gradually disintegrate and any remaining material, including rainwater run-off, runs through multiple coal and sand filters and then eventually returned to the sea. Only special pallbearers handle this process.

In the past the community planned to keep these rather sacred towers outside of populous cities, but with growth, cities have expanded and the towers are closer to the cities, or inside them completely now. This has potentially invited vandalism, and corpse desecration, something that is devastating to the practitioners and family members.

Recently upon great reflection and consideration many Zoroastrianism communities no longer use the Tower of Silence, even though the towers remain, the deceased are now entombed in graves that are sealed with rocks and cement so that the bodies do not touch the ground.

Originally this post wasn’t going to be about this unique practice, but I came across and it and realized I learned something new, and hope I shared with you all something new as well. The more you know, the more you can share.

Stay curious my friends!

Travel Blog – Appleton, WI

Okay I admit, Appleton doesn’t seem like a major tourist destination. Perhaps it isn’t but it does offer some great options for dining, shopping, sports, and other unique adventures.

Appleton, Wisconsin

Appleton is located in Eastern Wisconsin about a half hour south from Green Bay, and an hour west of Lake Michigan. Here I am with my Wisconsinite distances, instead of miles I give distance in time.

They have numerous dining options and while we were there we ate at some more well known chains but also a few mom and pop places too. My girls and I stayed two nights in Appleton and the surrounding area and here’s a few things I will share. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

La Quinta, Appleton

First night we stayed at the La Quinta off of College Avenue. I originally picked this place as they had a large pool and my girls and I wanted some time to swim and relax. Plus the rate was reasonable at $88 plus tax for the night.

If you can choose where you stay, take my advice and do not stay here. Why? The pool, hot tub, and kids activity center were all closed due to a burst pipe. From the time I booked, and drove the hour to the hotel, this occurred.

We were disappointed, but I tried to make the best of a bad situation. The room we were assigned was literally just off the ‘lobby’ but really it wasn’t a lobby, just where the front desk was.

The room was clean, but when I took a shower the maid service did not apparently see the wash cloth on the shower curtain from the last guest, so that was a nice surprise when I was showering.

The room was considered a two room suite, and it had a living area with a desk, couch, and TV. And then a separate bedroom with two full sized beds. The couch pulled out to a bed, so we all could have our own bed. Due to my children being a bit rotten I ended up on the couch and it was the worst bed I’ve slept in ever.

I know, I know, pull out couches aren’t a luxury. Once I did finally get comfortable, that’s when the staff began talking at the front desk. Remember, we were literally 30 feet from them. And at midnight their voices carried easily.

Now the staff that I interacted with seemed interested in only doing their job to the extent of getting to take their next cigarette break. Which seemed to be quite often.

Overall, La Quinta Appleton, I would not go back nor recommend it.

The first night we had dinner at Texas Roadhouse. It was busy so there was a wait, but Texas Roadhouse….do you really need 6-7 staff members standing around the hostess stand talking and laughing while people are waiting for a table? Couldn’t you offer a soda or water to people? Especially when it’s super hot and the kids are a bit tired? But I digress…

Ribeye steak at Texas Roadhouse

The food was wonderful, our waitress was polite. We enjoyed our dinner. Nothing superb, nor horrible to report.

After our night of joy in the La Quinta, we went to find breakfast the next morning, as a Nutri Grain bar was not enough for my hangry child.

We found a mom and pop restaurant, simply called The Diner. Upon entering, my youngest had to use the bathroom (I swear she has to visit every bathroom) so my two girls went while I waited for someone to seat us as the sign said.

Inside The Diner in Appleton

All I got from the waitress was to “sit anywhere with a green sign.” Gee thanks. I found a table and my girls joined me. The same gracious waitress provided us menus, her name was Jeni and the sign said it was her birthday.

I don’t want to assume she hates her job but I am willing to guess that smiling was something she was allergic to. Regardless, she took our order, brought our food, and the bill. She never asked how we were doing or if we needed anything else.

The place was not overly busy and she wasn’t the only one there but if she wants to make a career on her people skills, she’s not gonna get far.

Country Fried Steak at The Diner

But again the food was really good and my youngest inhaled her pancake and bacon.

After a fun day of shopping we then went to our second and last hotel. This one was about 10 miles north from where we were and their pool was not closed.

Country Inn and Suites, Little Chute Wisconsin. They offered a comfortable room, but more importantly they had a small waterpark on the property. 1 pool, hot tub, splash pad with two slides and then another independent slide as well.

Country Inn And Suites, Little Chute WI

We spent 5 hours in the pool area and it was the best time I could have hoped for. If you need a decent hotel, clean, and in an easy to get to area, definitely check them out.

The property also was conveniently located to fast food restaurants or other dining options a short drive away.

We opted to check out a local Mexican restaurant. El Jaripeo. I have mixed reviews on this place. The food was delicious and we were very full. But…we waited 20+ minutes for a server to come to our table to even get a drink order. The five tables that surrounded us all were serviced within 5 minutes of being seated. So service wasn’t the best but the food was good. Would I try them again, maybe.

Nachos El Jaripeo

So my friends, I feel that I had more bad to report than food, however I enjoyed our little mini break and my girls and I had another memory together.

Not all those who wander are lost.

Thirsty Thursday – 2 for 1 Beverage Recipe

Hello my friends. As I write to you late today, please accept my apologies, I’m on a mini break with my two girls and after a fun filled day of shopping and swimming, we are now doing some down time, allowing me the opportunity to share with you. Hopefully you all will be looking forward to the travel blog that will be shared in the next day or so of our adventures.

Today I will be again sharing two beverage recipes, one for those who imbibe, and one for those who do not. As always when consuming alcohol, please do so responsibly, do not drink and drive.

There are some drinks that are iconic. In my mind a Rootbeer Float is up there with Apple Pie, Baseball, and Hotdogs. It’s a classic American treat. I remember when young we would get these on special occasions, and it was always something I loved.

  • Rootbeer Float
    • Ingredients:
      • Rootbeer – A & W, Mug, or other creamy rootbeer that you prefer
      • Vanilla Ice Cream – Not vanilla bean, or another fancy concoction, this is old school, so simply vanilla is what you are looking for.

Directions:

Scoop one to two scoops of ice cream into a tall glass. SLOWLY pour the rootbeer over the ice cream. As mentioned, you will want to pour this slowly as it foams up quickly and you will need to pour more throughout consumption.

Enjoy!

Wisconsin Brandy Old Fashioned

Wisconsin, land of beer, cheese, fish fry Fridays, Packers, and Brandy Old fashioned. Normally we like our beer, please don’t offer us those foreign beers, we have plenty of better options locally, but when there is a bigger event, party, wedding, or special occasion, you will find us requesting a Brandy Old Fashioned. Either sweet (meh) or sour. Here is the recipe you can use to make your own old fashioned.

  • Brandy Old Fashioned
    • Ingredients:
      • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
      • 2 orange slices
      • 2 brandied or maraschino cherries
      • 1 sugar cube
      • 2 ounces brandy
      • 7UP, Sprite, sour mix soda, or club soda, chilled, to top
      • Garnish: brandied or maraschino cherry
      • Garnish: orange slice
  • Directions:
    • Add the bitters, orange slices, cherries and sugar cube to an Old Fashioned glass and muddle to combine.
    • Add ice to fill the glass, then add the brandy.
    • Top with the 7UP, Sprite, sour soda, or club soda, and stir to chill.
    • Garnish with a skewered cherry and an orange slice.

After you have tried these you can appreciate a fine cocktail. I’ve recently tried these and I’m 100% on board a fan. Don’t skimp on the steps, and don’t use poor quality ingredients. Buy what you can afford, but be sure it’s the best you can afford. Always drink responsibly, and don’t drink and drive.

Happy drinking my friends!

City of the Dead

Many cities claim to be the city of the dead, but in Dargavs, Russia, it truly is the City of the Dead. Let’s probe into this location to learn more. **If any errors are expressed in this article, it is due to my research itself and is not intentional.**

Dargavs contains over 99 tombs or crypts, some dating back as early as the 12 century. Each crypt belongs to one family or clan. The deceased were carefully buried with all their clothes and possessions with them.

To find the City of the Dead you will need to drive a minimum of three hours, over small hidden roads. One of the legends surrounding the city is that if one were to enter the City of the Dead, you would never emerge alive.

Local legends have it that in the 18th century a plague swept through Ossetia. The clans built quarantine houses for sick family members, who were provided with food but not the freedom to move about until death claimed their lives. People who did not have any remaining family members to bury them would just wait in the massive cemetery until their death. It was a very slow and painful way to go, and in the City of Death they stay.

When arriving into the area you will see numerous stone houses, these are actually the crypts. The crypts have ridged curved roofs which rise in step-like fashion to a pointed peak at their center. The smaller crypts have flat sides at the front and back and curve inwards on the sides while the very smallest have no roofs whatsoever.

As the crypts are on a hillside, you will also find many coins on the grounds.

The grounds near the are scattered with coins. Ossetians would throw a coin for a dead family member from the hill and if it hit a stone, it was believed that this indicated the soul of the deceased had reached heaven. This could also be done in the small wells that are in front of every crypt. **For respect of local custom, heritage, and history, and that of dead, please do not pick up, take, or keep the coins.”

Many locals refuse to visit the city, believing the legend that they would not leave the city alive. If you have visited, please share with me more details! I think it’s a beautiful area, and the history behind the crypts is worth knowing more about.

Stay weird my friends!

Shelly

There are parents who dote on their children and their families. There are parents who provide safe, loving homes. And then there is Shelly Knotek.

Shelly Knotek

Michelle “Shelly” Knotek, seemed to have a wonderful life. She was married to her husband David, in 1987. This was her third marriage, and he came into the relationship with two daughters, Nikki and Sami. Daughter Tori was born two years later. The Knotek family lived in a nice home and were known to be selfless people. Taking in family and friends who were down on their luck and needed a place to stay.

However when these guests vanished seemingly overnight, questions began to be asked and the Knotek sisters were told to NEVER tell anyone about what happened at home. There was an enforced code of silence, and if it was broken….well it wasn’t something you would do twice.

In 1991, Kathy Loreno moved into the Knotek home, having known Shelly for two years and when she moved out of her family’s home, she moved in with Shelly, David and their kids. In 1994, Kathy’s family reported her missing. Police investigated and was told by Shelly that Kathy had moved in with a trucker and was now living in Hawaii. Shelly also stated that he was in regular contact with her, but this proved to be false. Kathy’s brother had hired a private investigator and it was determined that there was no contact between Shelly and Kathy after Kathy had disappeared. David Knotek later stated that Kathy had asphyxiated on her own vomit, but she was not taken to the hospital due to the injuries on her body.

Shane Watson, Shelly’s nephew, was born in 1975. He moved in with the Knoteks, in 1988. Shortly after Kathy had disappeared, Shane too seemed to vanish. Shelly claimed he too had moved out of state, this time to Alaska to work on a fishing vessel. However after they were arrested, David confessed to shooting Shane with a .22 caliber rifle. The reason that Shane was murdered was he infuriated Shelly by taking pictures of the abuse inflicted on Kathy. David stated later that he had burned both bodies and scattered the ashes on the beach.

In 2001, Ronald Woodworth, came to live with the Knoteks. Like Kathy, he was also subjected to extreme abuse. He was forced to do chores outside in his underwear, and was told to jump from a second story window without shoes, causing injuries and lacerations to his feet. Shelly would then pour boiling water and pure bleach on his injuries. David confessed to burying Ronald’s body on their property after Shelly told him that Ronald had committed suicide. It was later determined that he had been murdered.

Tori, Shane, Nikki, and Sami

Nikki, Sami, and Tori were innocent of the violence their parents inflicted onto others. After Ronald disappeared, and Tori was out of the house, the three sisters turned their parents into the police.

Michelle showed an extreme indifference to human life and was charged with first degree murder for Kathy Loreno and Ronald Woodworth’s deaths. David was charged with first degree murder for Shane Watson’s death.

Through plea negotiations, they both plead to lesser charges. Shelly accepted an Alford Plea, not admitting fault, but recognizing the prosecutions case against her. She plead guilty to second degree murder and manslaughter, she was sentenced to only 22 years in prison. She will be released from prison in June 2022, and her daughters are fearful about what will happen when she is released. Currently they have no communication with her.

David accepted a lesser charge of second degree murder, he was sentenced to only 15 years in prison. He was released from prison in 2016, and has limited communication with his two daughters, Sami and Tori. He currently lives in Washington State.

It’s frightening to think that Shelly Knotek will be released from prison in less than a year. She had shown zero remorse for her actions, but still is allowed to walk among us again. I sincerely hope that her children, and their families, will be safeguarded from this monstrous woman, and that she is no further threat to them, or anyone else again.

Be safe, make good choices, and stand up for others who may be victims

From left to right: Kathy Loreno, Shane Watson, and Ronald Woodworth

Mystery – Room 1046

We’ve heard of rooms that we shouldn’t visit in hotels; Room 217 (The Stephen King room) at the Stanley Hotel, Room 1220 Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, and now Room 1046 at the President Hotel in Kansas City, MO.

A young man checked into the President Hotel in Kanas City on January 2, 1935. He checked in under the name Roland T. Owen. He was at the hotel for a couple of days, interacting with someone named “Don”, and the hotel staff noted other unusual behaviors and incidents.

Roland asked for an interior room, several floors up, when he checked in on January 2. Staff remember him as dressed well, with a dark overcoat, but no baggage. He had provided a Los Angeles address.

The maid service would encounter Roland several times during his stay. He always had the shades drawn and only a dim light on. The maid, Mary Soptic, commented that “He was either worried about something or afraid.”

When bringing fresh towels to the room, Mary would see Roland laying on the bed and a note to someone named Don, advising that Roland would be back in 15 minutes.

On January 3, Mary had overheard a telephone conversation between Roland and Don. Later that afternoon when delivering towels, she heard two men talking in the room so she knocked, which one of the voices replied, “We don’t need any.”

January 4, the hotel operator had attempted to make the requested wake up call to Room 1046, when she noticed the indicator that the phone was off the hook. The bellhop, who had escorted Roland to his room on January 2, went to the room. After several loud knocks a voice told him to enter. The door was locked, so he was unable to enter, after being told to turn on the lights, the bellhop eventually yelled through the door to hang up the phone.

An hour later, another bellhop went to the room, and this time he had a key to enter. Roland was laying on the bed, drunk, but the bellhop picked up the phone and replaced it on the stand, hanging up the phone.

A couple hours later another operator noticed the phone was again off the hook. The same bellhop returned to the room, and found Roland on his hands and knees, his head bloodied, the walls in the room and bathroom were also bloody.

The bellhop immediately went for help, the assistant manager and the bellhop returned to the room, assisted Roland to the edge of the tub and called for police. Roland answered some questions and but then lost consciousness, and was taken to the hospital. He was completely comatose, and died shortly after midnight on January 5.

Roland Owen/Artemus Ogletree

So who killed Roland?

An autopsy was performed, and he had died from stab wounds that had punctured his lung and from the trauma to his head. There was no evidence in the room, as Roland had checked in with no baggage, the towels supplied by the the hotel were missing.

It soon became apparent that Roland T. Owen was an alias, he was identified as Artemus Ogletree, who had left his family in Birmingham, AL, to travel to California. He had kept in contact with his family via letters, and his mother had reportedly received letters from him until August 1935.

The murder of Artemus Ogletree remains unsolved. The police do not know who killed him, nor why. But in 2012, a historian had received an anonymous call about the case stating that an elderly person who had passed away had a box of newspaper clippings about the case and an item mentioned repeatedly in those stories, but they refused to say what that was. The police in Kansas City continue to investigate.

So my friends, there isn’t much to go on with this unusual case, but it is quite the mystery. I wonder if the real identity of “Don” will ever be learned, or who had really killed Artemus.

Stay curious my friends

Inflammation

Normally on a Sunday you would see a post about beauty. Today I’m diverting from the norm and wanted to address something that I’ve noticed in myself recently. Inflammation.

**This post is not intended to replace professional medical diagnoses, and you should always consult with your medical professional with any concerns, changes in treatments or new symptoms.**

As with any topic that crawls inside my brain like an earwig, I wanted to do some research on it. What is inflammation? How can you treat it? And what happens if left untreated? These questions I will try to answer for you as well today.

What is inflammation? – Inflammation is a process by which your body’s white blood cells and the things they make protect you from infection from outside invaders, such as bacteria and viruses.

Inflammation can be short lived, or long lived. And can be partnered with other diseases. For example:

  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Asthma
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Gouty Arthritis

When showing symptoms of inflammation you may experience;

  • Redness
  • A swollen joint that may be warm to the touch
  • Joint pain
  • Joint stiffness
  • A joint that doesn’t work as well as it should
  • You can also experience cold or flu like symptoms

What causes it?

When inflammation happens, chemicals from your body’s white blood cells enter your blood or tissues to protect your body from invaders. This raises the blood flow to the area of injury or infection. It can cause redness and warmth. Some of the chemicals cause fluid to leak into your tissues, resulting in swelling. This protective process may trigger nerves and cause pain.

Your doctor will have to give you an exam, and ask about your medial history to diagnose you with inflammation. There may be little to no pain if your inflammation is associated with your organs as there are little pain receptors there. But you may be in pain if the inflammation is more in your joints. Just ask anyone with even the smallest amount of arthritis and they will be able to tell you first hand.

How can you treat inflammation?

Depending on the severity of your case, your doctor may advise for you to rest, prescribe medications, suggest regular exercise, or even surgery.

The goal of treatment are to:

  • Correct, control, or slow down the disease process
  • Avoid or change activities that aggravate pain
  • Ease pain through pain medications and anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Keep joint movement and muscle strength through physical therapy
  • Lower stress on joints by using braces, splints, or canes as needed

Some medications are easily purchased over the counter, such as naproxen, ibuprofen, or aspirin. Your doctor may also prescribe medications to you as well.

But there are things you can do on your own to help reduce the inflammation in your body, such as:

  • Quit smoking
  • Manage stress
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Regular physical activity
  • Limit alcohol
  • Use supplements such as, willow bark, green tea, omega-3 fatty acids. Consult your doctor before adding supplements to your diet.

You can also choose to follow an anti-inflammatory diet which consists of, nuts, tomatoes, olive oil, leafy greens, fruits, and fatty fish like salmon, tuna, or sardines.

What happens if inflammation is left untreated?

As inflammation progresses, however, it begins to damage your arteries, organs and joints. Left unchecked, it can contribute to chronic diseases, such as heart disease, blood vessel disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions.

I highly encourage you all to care for your bodies, and listen to them when something isn’t right. You only have one body, take care of it and it will take care of you.

Be healthy my friends!

Whaley House

If you build it, they will come. I know it’s a quote from Field of Dreams, but I’m not talking about a baseball field in a cornfield. I am referring to ghost or spirits. The spirits of old ball players came to play in a cornfield in Iowa and if you build a house on a graveyard, you can assume the ghosts will come for that too.

In Old Town San Diego, you will find an historic property called the Whaley house. The house itself has “witnessed more history than any other building in the city.” Originally built in 1857, the house had been a general store, a second county courthouse, and the first community theater. It was also built on a graveyard.

Thomas and Anna Whaley moved into the house after they married in New York. They had six children. However illness and other calamities befell the family. Over the years, many of the family died, and it’s rumored that you may be able to see one of the Whaley family members if you visit the house. Whaley family members you may encounter are: Baby Thomas Jr, Anna, Violet, Francis, George and Corinne.

Besides the family members who died in the house, other spirits may be there from other guests who perished within the houses walls. Thomas Tanner, a performer, rented out a room to use as theater space, 17 days after opening, Thomas died, effectively disbanding his acting troupe. His spirit may still reside in the house.

Yankee Jim

Another spirit that you may encounter, who is known to walk the floors of the upper level, is that of James “Yankee Jim” Robinson, who was previously hung on the property for stealing a boat.

Anytime a home has a haunted history, or reputed haunted history, someone in the media claims it is the most haunted house in America. Life Magazine gave this title to Whaley House in 2005. I hope to visit the house in the future and see for myself, but until then I can only speculate if it is haunted or not. Believing is seeing, and if you believe in the supernatural, paranormal, or hauntings of spirits, you may actually see them.

If you have visited the house, please share with me your experiences.

Happy Haunted Hunting, my friends