Boston Ghost Tour-Boston’s original “frightseeing” tour

Boston Ghost Tour

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States of America. The first white man to settle in the area was a reverend named William Blackstone (also spelled Blaxton) in 1623. When the Puritans arrived in the area in 1630 Reverend Blackstone invited them to settle where he had in the area now known as Beacon Hill. The Puritans named the settlement Boston after their hometown in England and it is said that Boston was founded on September 7, 1630. Not only does the area have a Puritan history but Boston was also the birthplace of the American Revolution (1763-1783) which included the Revolutionary War that took place between 1775 and 1783. (historyofmassachusetts.org)

With such a long history of European settlement, it is not surprising to learn that there are many ghost stories and urban legends regarding Boston.

Boston Ghost Tour
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The Tour

When you want to learn more about the history and storied past of Boston, taking a Boston Ghost Tour is an educational and entertaining thing to do. You will get to visit and learn about:

-the history of notorious Bostonians including Albert DeSalvo (a mass murderer) and Jane Toppan (a serial killer)

-Cemeteries

-Copp’s Hill Burying Ground where Cotton Mather, a man who is famous for his involvement with the Salem Witch Trials, is buried.

-The Old Granary where American patriots Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Paul Revere, and the five victims of the Boston Massacre that occurred on March 5, 1770, are buried.

Your tour guide may be dressed as a 17th-century gravedigger that may just let you in on the “tricks of the trade.” You will learn the stories that go with the notorious ghosts that still wander their favourite spots in Boston. We believe that the Boston Ghosts and Gravestones Tour is well worth your time and your money.

Cheers,

The Other Half

 

 

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The Dead Body Under The Bed

The definition of an urban legend is a modern story of obscure origin (a friend of a friend) and with little or no supporting evidence that spreads spontaneously in varying forms and often has elements of humour, moralising, or horror. Also known as an urban myth.

Although many urban legends are just stories these ones are said to be true. Let’s carry on and see if we find them creepy

The Dead Body Under the Bed

The legend goes like this: A couple checks into a hotel and even though there is a strangely disturbing odour in the room they still manage to sleep in there for the night. The next morning they mention the odour to the hotel staff who then seeks out the smell and, you guessed it, discover the dead body under the bed.

This scenario has actually happened in the past and according to Snopes.com, it occurred in July 2003 at the Capri Motel in Kansas City. After one guest stayed and complained of the hideous odour over three days the cleaning staff finally moved the mattress and found a man’s body in the advanced stages of decomposition.

Another occurrence was discovered in June 1999 when the decomposing body of 64-year-old, Saul Hernandez was found under the mattress in Room 112 of the Burgundy Motor Inn in Atlantic City, NJ. The unlucky guests in that situation were a German couple who reported the foul smell after unknowingly spending a night above Saul’s body.

In 1994 there were two separate incidents where German tourists travelling to different areas of Florida spent a night sleeping above decomposing bodies. The first was discovered in March 1994 when the complained about foul odour turned out to be 24-year-old Josefina Martinez who was stuck under a bed in the Traveler’s Hotel near Miami International Airport. While the second incident took place in August 1994 when 47-year-old Bryan Gregory was found under a platform bed in a Fort Lauderdale Hotel. I wonder if this made the news in Germany?

There are other cases that are written about on Snopes.com but I think we get the idea.

We stay in Hotels regularly and this urban legend makes me feel ill. There is no way we would stay in a room with a foul odour. My husband has “super powers of the sniffing kind.” He can smell rotting garbage at 500 feet so there is no way his nose would be able to ignore human decomposition. Can you imagine how freaked out you would feel to learn that you had slept in a room where not only murder took place but where the victim was stashed as well? Nope, not me, thank you very much, I may have to go back to camping in an RV.

Cheers,

The Other Half

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