The North Dakota State University has had many paranormal occurences on the third floor of Ceres Hall. These are believed to be caused by a man who committed suicide via hanging himself from a heating vent sometime during World War II.
The Wal-Mart located in Muskegon, Michigan has seen two deaths in its time. One involved a man committing suicide via hanging, and the other was a man who accidentally drove into the shipping docks since the thick fog blocked all traffic signals. Now, items are thrown off shelves too far to have simply fallen. Play balls have been bounced up and down as if they were being dribbled by some unseen entity. Odd bells have been reported to ring within the store.
Late at night, the ghost of a man can be seen leaving his cell in the middle of the jail. The toilet there has been known to flush voluntarily. Legend has it that the cell used to serve as what police had nicknamed “the drunk tank” where they held criminals with DUIs or illegal drinking. In the 1980s, they hung a man in the cell even though they were not supposed to.
The town of Newton, Alabama was founded in 1843. During the Civil War, it became a site for Confederate recruiting. A small-scale battle took place in the town in March, 1865. On December 3rd, 1864, local Methodist minister Bill Sketoe was hung in the northern part of town.
A hole had to be dug beneath where he was to be hung due to his great height. The locals say that the hole can never be filled, as it will empty itself of its soil. No matter how many times the hole is filled up, it somehow manages to return. In 1979, the hole became partially covered by a bride and some rocks, but it remains a local attraction.
The Sketoe Hanging Hole became semi-iconic after it was featured in Kathryn Tucker Windham’s 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey. In 2006, a monument dedicated to Sketoe was added near the site of his hanging, and a local museum displays items that have to do with the minister and his execution. While it is uncertain if Sketoe is the one filling in the hole, it is a mystery in itself, whether it is paranormal or not.
Sometime during the early 1800s, a man named Charles Boyington and his best friend, Nathaniel Frost, spent many of their afternoons together in the Church Street Graveyard located on Bayou Street. It is unknown why the chose this location in particular to spend their time, but the two were always remembered by the place.
Nathaniel Frost was found stabbed to death in the cemetery. Being that the authorities had no other evidence, they assumed that Boyington killed Frost merely based on the location. Boyington pleaded his innocence. However, the police were not convinced and Boyington was sentenced to death.
In February 1835, on the day that Boyington was to be executed, the accused man proclaimed that a mighty oak would rise from his grave as proof that he was innocent. Charles Boyington was then hanged and buried in a portion of the Church Street Graveyard.
As he proclaimed, an oak tree sprouted from his grave, and it still stands to this day. It is known as the Boyington Oak, named after the man. Many claim that when the wind blows through the branches, you can hear the voice of Charles Boyington crying his innocence.