Mysteries and the Belief in Ghosts

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Some people believe in ghosts and some people think that they are strictly made up for entertainment. There are many ghost stories roaming around in books and other places. Some have stories to back them, some don’t, and some have been misconstrued by going from person to person. Each city and state has their own legends that have been told and have grown year after year.

One story took place near Woodson, Arkansas. One rainy night a man picked up a hitchhiking woman Angela who needed a ride home. When they arrived at her home in Redfield he got out of his vehicle and went to Angela’s side of the vehicle to open the door for her. When he opened the car door, Angela had disappeared but her drenched coat was lying in his seat. He went to the door and the Angela’s dad, Bill, answered. The man explained that he saw Angela hitchhiking down the highway and decided to help her.

Angela told him that she needed a ride home but when he went to open the door for her, the only thing remaining was her drenched coat. Angela’s father was astonished and told the man that his daughter had been killed on that same night one year ago in a car accident near the place where the man picked her up. The coat that Angela left in the man’s truck was the coat she was wearing the night of her accident.

        A story very similar to that happened near Batesville, Arkansas. In 1973, a driver picked up a girl in a white dress named Tracy. She was bruised and battered, with a cut above her eye. She told the driver that she had been in an accident, couldn’t reach her parents, and needed a ride home. When he was going down the driveway, he turned around to talk to Tracy but she had vanished. In complete disbelief, the driver went to the door of the house which Tracy told him that she lived. Tracy’s father explained to the man that his daughter had died one month before in an accident on her way to prom. The accident had happened on the bridge that he was crossing when he picked up Tracy. It has been reported that drivers still bring the bruised and battered girl home every prom night but she will always disappear right before they arrive at her house.

        Another story takes place in Little Rock, Arkansas on Woodson Laurel Road. It has been reported by many different drivers that when driving down Woodson Laurel Road at night, you will see a motorcycle headed your way. As it approaches rapidly, the headlight will get brighter and the sound of the motor will get louder. As it is about to hit you head on, it will quickly disappear. Previously a driver of a motorcycle was hit on this road. The driver is believed to be a young man that was hit by a car of teenage drunk drivers and left to die. When the next person found him, he was pronounced dead and it is said that he is seeking revenge on the teenagers that left him to die.

        The scariest story takes place in Gurdon. It is said that a railroad worker was working on the track when he accidentally tripped and was decapitated by an oncoming train. Now at night, you can see a light swaying left to right along the railroad track. It is said that it is the man looking for his head. If you stand in the lights path, it will move toward you then disappear right before it hits you. If you turn around, it will reappear behind you and keep going. The light cannot be explained. There is no highway near or any other light source. This story has also been featured on Unsolved Mysteries because a real life murder took place here and the light has been seen ever since.

        In between DeQueen and Horatio Arkansas, there is a there is a rest stop. To exit the rest stop, there is a hill you must go up. If you stop at the stop sign at the bottom of the hill and put your car in neutral, you will mysteriously be pulled up the hill. There is no way to explain the phenomenon but a ghost. Many different people have experienced this.

North of Cedarville on Highway 220 off of Dry Hill Road is part of the old Butterfield Stage Coach Road. Hunters have reported they hear a strange whistling tune. As they search around the area to see if someone is there, they find that the whistling will stop as soon as they steps on the stage coach road. Then they say that they hear a team of horses running as the stage coach supposedly makes another run. This is really where the old stage coach road was that carried all the mail.

        Have all of these stories come to be strictly from people’s imaginations or is there really such a thing as ghosts? There are many different legends. Some have a story behind them but then some have no base story. They are interesting and entertaining but are they real? That is for you to decide.