Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Time A Ghost Touched Me

It did NOT go down like this*.
*If you came to this post for laughs, you just got the only one.  You've been warned.

One of my favorite bloggers, the Tsaritsa, recently wrote about ghosts.

I figured what better time to write about the time that I got touched by a ghost at Pennhurst State Hospital than when The Tsarista asked for guest bloggers.  I've been wanting to write about it for a long time, but it was actually a pretty crazy event that definitely affected the way I look at the world.

So definitely don't expect a normal Youngman Brown post.  I'm all serious and stuff.


But definitely read it anyway:

Touched by a ghost at the Infamous Pennhurst State School & Hospital-- guest post by Youngman Brown



After you are done reading the post and exploring The Tsaritsa Sez to the max, you can come back here and learn more about Pennhurst, the setting of my encounter.  It has been featured in Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures*, and some other shows.  If you feel the urge, you can watch those episodes by clicking the links.

*As I've written about before, the Ghost Adventures guys are pretty big tools and also tend to blow things out of proportion.  But it is entertaining, nonetheless.

Note: Pennhurst has since been turned into an actual haunted attraction in the Fall.  Like, the kind with people dressed up as zombies that jump out at you.  I guess they figured that people were intruding anyway, so they might as well make money from it.  So if you are going to look for ghosts, you will have to go elsewhere.

Although, I wouldn't recommend it.

A special thank you to the Tsaritsa for both inspiring me to write this, as well as allowing me the honor to tell my story on her blog!

-Youngman Brown
 

52 comments:

  1. I already commented over there, but that was a great story. I've only had a positive experience with the paranormal, and this is not coming from a guy who believed in ghosts prior to the experience. It was, however, strong enough to turn me into some kind of believer.

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  2. I had a somewhat almost-sexual experience with a ghost once... it felt like one was wanking me off.

    I'm not sure if it was just me and my arm was numb, or what... but I still can't explain it...

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  3. Well written and entirely creepy!! I too have many a ghost stories... maybe I'll blog about them one day!

    Ghosts stories: an inspiration to all.

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    1. Thanks. Fortunately, I only have the one story.

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  4. Just left a length comment over at Tsaritas place. Great guest post. You certainly have a way with words, I felt like I was there with you...and I really didn't want to be!

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  5. Very interesting experience. I have yet to go through something like that.

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    1. Hopefully you don't have to. Or if you do, hopefully it is a more Casper-like ghost.

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  6. My grandfather was full blooded Chocktaw and I heard stories about things such as this happening even from my aunts and cousins. I one weird experience after seeing the first "Nightmare on Elmstreet" when I went to bed. I NEVER watched another one after that. I believe there are things out there we don't normally experience and frankly, I don't want to. Real life is scary enough sometimes, I don't need the spirits to make it worse. Once you expiernece something like this you never forget it. Well written and I you did manage to input some humorous statements in it so all was not lost on the laughter front. Even when you'e not funny, you're funny.

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    1. Haha I don't know if it is a good thing to be funny when I am intentionally trying not to be... but thank you!

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  7. Good thing I'm reading this in the morning with the lights on..

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  8. Oh and if Patrick Swayze had asked me to go on a ghost adventure with him, I would have followed him to the moon and back. lol

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  9. I feel like I'm on a scavenger hunt. I went from twitter, to your blog, and now to another blog. Will it be there, or will you give me another clue to find the story?? LOL How exciting!! hahaha Heading over there now :)

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    1. Haha no. When I send you on a scavenger hunt, you will KNOW it.

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  10. I still love the GAC, or the Douche Crew as my boyfriend and I like to refer to them. While Ghost Hunters seem more serious, I like GAC because they filming it all themselves, they don't have a sound guy following them around.

    Thanks again for the awesome guest post!!!

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    1. If I had more time or cared enough, I would make a compilation video of Zac's biggest douche moments. There are so many really good ones and I haven't found a good tribute on Youtube yet.

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  11. That was a great post and a seriously creepy experience.

    I've had many similar experiences but THAT would have haunted me forever.

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  12. Ooo, as a fan of the supernatural, I'll be clicking over there asap.

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  13. Well - I'm glad it's not night time. CREEPY, great writing!

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  14. This was a well-written post and I think you should give up professional ghost hunting and professional gambling and be a professional writer. Seriously, this post rocked.

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    1. Tracie, you're the sweetest.

      But one doesn't make money being a professional writer unless one has experience with vampires, wizards, werewolves, or death matches.

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  15. I loved this post. One of your best.

    I tagged you in my blog. If you want to play, the questions are on my latest post.

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    1. Thanks, dude!

      And I assume there are no re-tags?

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  16. When I attend college in Seattle, I was assigned the only all girl dorm on campus. The building was like, 110 year old. And there was some creepy stuff in that building. You did NOT go to the bathroom alone at night, no matter how bad you had to pee. Nothing I ever experienced there was that creepy though. I think that would stop me from ever going into a building that was more than 20 year old for sure.

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    1. Yea I think a lot of the time it is the hype that surrounds a place. At least for me, it is what made the experience pretty scary to begin with, before anything actually happened. Just going into an old, dark place that has a spooky history is definitely not for everyone.

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  17. Ugh, that was one hell of a creepy tale. My first apartment in Philly was haunted. My roommates and I were constantly aware of different presences in the place...things would go missing and then reappear mysteriously, cabinets would open and shut on their own...oddly, it was never a malevolent feeling, more like kids playing pranks. I always wondered about the history of the building, but never did bother to find out. We just told them as long as they didn't hide our weed they could hang out.
    Later in my twenties, when I stopped smoking pot, I sometimes wondered if we were just all too stoned to notice we were losing things all the time. Then I remembered the time my keys went missing for several days. One day, I stood up, heard a *slap* on the living room floor, and there were my keys, out of nowhere. So yeah, I believe that there are presences living among us that we're not yet able to explain. Some people might brush your story off as group hysteria incited by people, places, and things, but I figure something crazy wanted you to leave its room alone!
    <3 Tae

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    1. Yea and I am fine with not being believed. Although I kinda wish it was a less evil feeling like your scenario.

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    2. Now I have the creeps. I found that place creepy (on TV at least) even without the ghosts. I'll have to pass on the visit.

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  18. The Ghost Adventures guys are tool bags...including the blow outs...but you got to admit. The guy has guns as arms.

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    1. He really does. And he likes to press them against his body so as to make them appear larger.

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  19. Zak Baggins is a tool. Did a blog post about that once. You, Youngman, are very brave. Still can't believe they turned that place into an attraction. No way in hell I'd ever go in there. My friends tease the crap out of me (b/c I'm a paranormal writer, but I won't even touch a Ouija Board, because I'm so afraid.) Kinda ironic, I guess. But those kind of experiences don't leave you. That's why I avoid them at all costs.

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    1. Wow, that is pretty ironic actually. What got you into writing about the paranormal?

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  20. Wow! Your guest post was a good one. Very spine-tingling. I'm a big believer in ghosts (the most significant encounter I had was with what I believe was my dad's spirit looking over me).

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    1. That's an awesome experience, though. Certainly better than mine!

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  21. That guest post was amazing. I've never seen a ghost, but I think I believe. I do smell the cigarettes my grandmother used to smoke sometimes (and we're a non-smoking house), I take comfort that she's still looking in on me from time to time.

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    1. I've heard of this same kind of thing before, with the cigarette smoke. Very interesting.

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  22. Love the post.
    Very scary. What amazes me is when someone writes a post on this kind of topic how many people will respond and say they have had an experience too.
    As I commented over there, I think most people have, they just aren't in tune with it enough to notice.

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    1. Very true. Many people have had some kind of experience that they can't explain. Really makes you wonder...

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  23. great post...I've had a few experiences but I'm never quite convinced that it wasn't my mind playing tricks

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  24. Left a comment there, but in brief, it was fucking awesome, Young MB.

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  25. Sorry I've been AWOL and a total loser on the comment front.

    I read this post with a full bladder and almost wet my seat! Total fucking freak out! Being an empath is a hairy business. I live with 2 empaths and from what they tell me, it's a rollercoaster! You have my deepest sympathies. Great post, dude. :)

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  26. wow- thank you for that fabulous read. your writing is STELLAR and I definitely can see how it affected your psyche.

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  27. That post gave me chills. I lived in a haunted house for a while, never been so happy to move the hell out of there so I'm a total believer. That girl must have been super hot - I would never be brave enough to go in to one of those old, abandoned hospitals - haha! Very well written as well. That feeling of overwhelming dread...chills.

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