The Ghosts in My House #realparanormaltales #hauntings #Hauntedflint



I wrote a little about my haunted house on the blog before and you can find a more detailed account in my new book, Haunted Flint.

Things have been pretty quiet for awhile. There's still the random weird noise, squeaky door opening by itself, and things that disappear into thin air but for the most part it has been uneventful. I have had thorough spiritual cleansing of my house performed and I do regular sage smudging and salt cleansing. I think that keeps things quiet.

At least it did until this past week.

Maybe it's because my box of books arrived and all the talk in my house has been about  Haunted Flint, Halloween and all the upcoming events. It has the spirits stirred up. I think they know they have an entire chapter dedicated to them.

Several nights ago I was alone in the house. My husband and son were both out and I was curled up on the couch. All the cats were either on the sofa with me or on another piece of furniture in the living room.

All the sudden I heard a weird noise. It sounded like something had been thrown down the basement stairs. I quickly looked around to make sure all cats were accounted for. Then I got up to go check out the sound. Yes, I am one of those people.

A birdhouse that had been on a shelf in the stairwell had "fallen" down the stairs and shattered. When I went up and down the stairs earlier it had not been teetering on the edge. It wasn't sitting precariously waiting for gravity to pull it off the shelf.

But now the poor thing was at the bottom of the stairs, broken.

A couple days later I was crafting downstairs in my workshop. When I turned to go up the stairs I swear there was movement in my husband's workshop. But again, I was home alone. The movement occurred at human head level, so it wasn't one of the cats skulking about in the shadows.

Last night my husband went downstairs to do laundry and quickly came back upstairs. "She's in my shop," he announced. 

I was tired so it didn't "click" right away so I asked, "Who is in your shop?"

"The old woman. She's in my shop!" He exclaimed.

My response, "Why did you have to tell me that? Now I'm not going to want to go down there and work when I'm home alone."

He laughed and picked up a copy of my book, "Are you serious? You wrote this book. You look for ghosts."

"That doesn't mean I want one lurking about in the shadows while I'm home alone working on things. I get spooked easily."

He laughed again and walked away. 

I haven't been downstairs yet but I have a lot of work to do this weekend.

Basements are creepy enough without ghosts flitting about.

Makes sense she's creeping about in his workshop. It is directly under "THAT ROOM" on the main floor. The room where all the ghosts seem to hang out. The old woman,  the middle aged woman, and the young woman/teen. (Hmmm I never realized the maiden, mother, crone theme with my spirits until now- odd). I have cleansed THAT ROOM repeatedly. But I never make it to back part of the basement where his workshop is.  So perhaps all the ghosties are partying down there now. 

Other weird things have happened upstairs though.

One day I was digging in my closet and found a pair of husband's dress shoes that had been missing since our trip to NOLA in 2012. We thought they had been left in the hotel.

But suddenly there they were. I have torn everything out of my closet numerous times between 2012 and now. I don't see how it is possible that they've been hiding in there this entire time. My closet isn't that big.

So I pulled out the shoes and placed them in my husband's room so he would see them when he came home. There was nothing on the floor at the time I placed the shoes in his room and again, I was home alone. Just me and the cats.

About twenty minutes later he arrived home and was excited that I found his favorite shoes, the comfy expensive ones that he loves to wear to our Halloween balls. He had missed them so much.

Then he came to me with 3 cards in his hand, "What are these? Why were they on the floor in the doorway?"

In his hand were 3 monkey cards from a child's card game. The first two monkeys were in the classic see no evil, hear no evil poses. But the third...dance no evil?



Our youngest is 13. The cards were his. He was our little monkey boy. He had monkey everything. But I haven't seen any of those cards in years. More importantly I sure didn't see them on the floor in the doorway when I took the shoes into the room.

Other strangeness, my cameo skull brooch disappeared. I thought I lost in during a cookout we had in May and that it was somewhere in the yard. But in my jewelry box, in it's place, was an antique cameo I had never laid eyes on before. Friday the 23 of August I found my missing skull cameo brooch in a jewelry box at the top of my cabinet under some costume pieces. A jewelry box I rarely use and would not have been able to navigate its retrieval while I was a bit tipsy after the cookout.

I think I need more sage. 

But on the bright side we're at a point where instead of things disappearing, things that were lost are being returned.




Haunted Flint
Haunted America Series
Roxanne Rhoads and Joe Schipani 

Publisher: The History Press

Release Date: September 2, 2019

ISBN-10: 1467143049
ISBN-13: 978-1467143042

Book Description:

Sinister Secrets in Flint’s History

Home to ancient burial grounds, unsolved murders, economic depression, and a water crisis, Flint emits an unholy energy rife with ghostly encounters.

Colonel Thomas Stockton’s ever vigilant ghost keeps a watchful eye over his family home at Spring Grove, where guests occasionally hear the thump of his heavy boots.

Restless spirits long separated from their graves lurk among the ancient stones in Avondale Cemetery.

Carriage maker W.A. Paterson’s spirit continuously wanders the halls of the Dryden Building, and something sinister and unnamed resides in a Knob Hill mansion waiting to prey on impressionable young men.

Join authors Roxanne Rhoads and Joe Schipani on a chilling tour of Flint’s most haunted locations.

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Haunted Flint and Halloween Fun

Hello Halloween Lovers,

Haunted Flint hits shelves in a few days and the release party for Haunted Flint is just one week away!!! Throughout September and October I have a whirlwind of events.




The Haunted Flint Book Release Party is Friday September 6 at Totem Books in Flint. Starts at 6 PM.



On Saturday September 7 I will be at A Festival of Oddities in Lansing MI from 11 AM- 7PM. I'll have copies of Haunted Flint along with some of my other books as well as products from The Bewitching Cauldron



On Saturday September 14 we're having a Haunted Flint Book Signing at R&B Used Books in Grand Blanc. The signing is from 1-4 PM.




On Saturday October 12 I will be at Witchtober Fest  brought to you by Witches Tea Flint. I will be doing a short presentation from 3:15 to 3:45 PM followed by a quick Q&A and signing of Haunted Flint. The Bewitching Cauldron  will have a booth set up throughout the event.

Love Halloween? Some things you may be interested in on the Halloween blog include: DIY Mini Top Hat, DIY Creepy Doll, Swamp Witch Party Theme Ideas Easy DIY Faux Antique Pewter Mirrors, A Review of Paperless Post's Gorgeous Digital Halloween Party Invitations, DIY Tuxedo Coffin Invitations, and my most popular DIY - the Crystal Ball with Swirling Mist.

Keep up to date on Halloween happenings by following A Bewitching Guide to All Things Halloween's Facebook  page and MeWe group so you'll always know when I post something new. I'm also on Instagram. 🎃 

Follow Haunted Flint at Haunted-Flint.com  and on Facebook  

If you're looking for spooky Halloween themed gifts, costume accessories or jewelry please check out my Etsy store The Bewitching Cauldron. 


~Roxanne



Freaky Flint History with Joe Schipani - Conflicting Evidence May 7th, 1933 #freakyflinthistory


Flint is well known for its modern violent crimes but Flint's history is filled with little known stories that read stranger than fiction. Gruesome murders, weird accidents, and violent deaths. Join us every Thursday as Joe Schipani details some of the odd but true deaths he found in Flint's archives.

Conflicting Evidence May 7th, 1933

The morning of May 7, 1933 started in an unusual way for Robert and Muriel Moyar. He woke up that Sunday in his usual manor and went outside do yard work. But Muriel claimed she said she did not feel well and stayed in bed.

Around ten in the morning, while doing yard work, Robert heard a gunshot from inside the house. He quickly ran into the house to see what happened. When he got the bedroom, he saw Muriel lying there holding a gun, with a bullet hole in her head, mumbling she was sorry. He then ran to the neighbor’s house to have them call the police before rushing back to Muriel.

By the time he returned she was gone.

The police arrived shortly after and took statements from Robert and neighbors who heard the gun fire.

When the coroner arrived and looked at the body he determined that Muriel had been dead for several hours and although possible, it would be hard for her to shoot herself at an angle to match the wound entry.

Muriel’s body was taken to the coroner’s office for further investigation.

Robert was taken to the police station under suspicion of murder. Robert stood his ground with the suicide claims.

The coroner decided he did not want to make the call and would leave it up to a jury to decide.

Muriel’s mother arrived that afternoon and gave her statement to the police. She claimed that when she talked to Muriel the day before Muriel had asked to borrow money. Her mother told her she would have to check with Muriel’s father who was in Chicago at the time. Muriel then told her not to worry and bid her goodbye.

Robert claimed that the two stayed home the night before and went to bed early.

A contradicting statement was given by one of Muriel’s friends who claimed to see Muriel at a dance with another man. The unidentified man sent a statement to the police that he and Muriel attended the dance Saturday night. He claimed that he took Muriel and her friend home when the dance was over at one in the morning because all three of them lived on the same block. He parked his car in his drive way and said her goodnight. Muriel refused to get out of the car. She claimed she was afraid to go home to her husband. He then left her in his car alone. She eventually walked home.

The case did not have enough evidence to convict Robert of murder. He was released from jail.

Did Robert think Muriel was cheating and killed her? Did he hold the gun to her head and force her to pull the trigger? This would explain the angle of the bullet hole and the coroner’s statement that she’d been dead for hours.


Or did she kill herself like her husband claimed?

~ Joe Schipani is the Executive Director of the Flint Public Art Project and the FFAR Project Assistant at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.  Find him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HauntedFlint/ 

Local Authors Explore Flint’s Haunted History- Meet Them at Flint Events #HauntedFlint


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Local Authors Explore Flint’s Haunted History

Meet Them at Local Events throughout September and October

Haunted Flint is the newest addition to The History Press. The book, part of the Haunted America series, is written by local authors Roxanne Rhoads and Joe Schipani, and is set to release on September 2, 2019.

Flint is filled with terrifying tales and spooky specters. Is there something sinister lurking in Flint’s history to blame for all the hauntings? Do the souls of Flint’s murdered linger, craving justice, and haunting the land until they get their vengeance? Could an ancient curse be the source of Flint’s problems?

Join authors Roxanne Rhoads and Joe Schipani on a chilling tour of Flint’s most haunted locations.

Roxanne Rhoads is an author, artist, and lifelong resident of Flint. Joe Schipani is the Director of the Flint Public Art Project. He’s the man responsible for all the beautiful art murals you’ve been seeing around the Flint area.

Join them Friday September 6 at Totem Books for a Book Release Party from 6-8PM.
On Saturday September 7 they’ll be in Lansing at A Festival of Oddities from 11 AM- 7PM.

They’ll also be at R&B Books in Grand Blanc on Saturday September 14 from 1-4PM.
And on October 12 Roxanne will be at Witchtober Fest from 11-4 PM at the Good Beans Café and Joe will be at the Free City Mural Fest on the South Side of Flint from 11- 6PM.

For more details visit the website Haunted-Flint.com and the Haunted Flint Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/HauntedFlint/ .

CONTACT: ROXANNE RHOADS


ABOUT THE BOOK

Haunted Flint
Haunted America Series
Roxanne Rhoads and Joe Schipani 
                 
Publisher: The History Press

Release Date: September 2, 2019

ISBN-10: 1467143049
ISBN-13: 978-1467143042

Book Description:

Sinister Secrets in Flint’s History

Home to ancient burial grounds, unsolved murders, economic depression, and a water crisis, Flint emits an unholy energy rife with ghostly encounters.

Colonel Thomas Stockton’s ever vigilant ghost keeps a watchful eye over his family home at Spring Grove, where guests occasionally hear the thump of his heavy boots.

Restless spirits long separated from their graves lurk among the ancient stones in Avondale Cemetery.

Carriage maker W.A. Paterson’s spirit continuously wanders the halls of the Dryden Building, and something sinister and unnamed resides in a Knob Hill mansion waiting to prey on impressionable young men.

Join authors Roxanne Rhoads and Joe Schipani on a chilling tour of Flint’s most haunted locations.

Amazon    BN    Chapters    Book Depository    Target    Goodreads




ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Roxanne Rhoads is an author, book publicist, mixed media crafter, and lover of all things spooky.
                     
Roxanne is the owner of Bewitching Book Tours, a virtual book tour and social media marketing company, and she runs the blog, A Bewitching Guide to All Things Halloween, which is dedicated to everything Halloween related. Roxanne’s sells handcrafted jewelry, art, and home decor through The Bewitching Cauldron.

When not reading or writing, Roxanne loves to craft, plan Halloween adventures, and search for unique vintage finds.

Joe Schipani is an integral part of Flint’s Art Community with ties to local artists, galleries, book stores, and the Flint Cultural Center. He is the Executive Director of the Flint Public Art Project and the FFAR Project Assistant at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

He has a weekly column on A Bewitching Guide to All Things Halloween titled Freaky Flint History which showcases true crime and weird but true tales of Flint deaths.

Visit them online at:









Freaky Flint History with Joe Schipani - The Gas Station Body November 12th, 1931 #freakyflinthistory


Flint is well known for its modern violent crimes but Flint's history is filled with little known stories that read stranger than fiction. Gruesome murders, weird accidents, and violent deaths. Join us every Thursday as Joe Schipani details some of the odd but true deaths he found in Flint's archives.

The Gas Station Body November 12th, 1931

Shortly after one in the morning on November 12, 1931, patrolman Fred Maschino drove by a gas station on DuPont Street and noticed something lying on the ground in front of the side door between the buildings.

Frank Miller’s gas station consisted of two building, the first was the gas station itself and the other was for storage.

Patrolman Maschino pulled into the gas station and discovered the object on the ground was the dead body of Frank Miller. Just a couple feet away from him, pointing in the opposite direction, was the revolver that shot him.

The patrolman called into the station and requested that the coroner retrieve the body.

Detectives Bloomfield and Martin quickly arrived on the scene. The two men searched the body and found the day’s receipts and cash in his pocket. They noted that none of the money was missing. They investigated the area further and found the register and everything else seemed to be in place. They ruled out a robbery.

It had been raining that evening so one of the theories was that Frank Miller tripped in the rain, dropped the gun, and it fired when it hit the ground. The other theory was that someone approached him to rob him. He put up a fight, they shot him, got scared and ran off before taking the money. Due to the rain, the police could not find any evidence to support either claim. The coroner’s report offered no help. It showed that either situation could have happened. Frank’s death was ruled accidental due to lack of evidence to support a crime. 

~ Joe Schipani is the Executive Director of the Flint Public Art Project and the FFAR Project Assistant at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.  Find him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HauntedFlint/ 

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