When honeymoon turns into a nightmare


The recent crime story left me speechless, how can someone do this, how can? The news story goes as follows:

“Britain-based Shrien Dewani, has been accused of hiring a hit man to kill his wife on their honeymoon in South Africa and now he will be extradited there to face trial. Dewani, a British businessman, is alleged to have paid others to arrange and carry out the murder of his 28-year-old wife, Anni, who was found shot dead in an abandoned taxi in Cape Town’s deprived Gugulethu Township in November. The couple, both of Indian descent, had married in India two weeks before arriving in South Africa”  .

The incident is bizarre and one of its own kind. But I am not here to discuss of what transpired between the husband and wife but my dilemma is with regard to the institution of marriage which is regarded as one of the most sacred and is revered so much especially in our country India. Continue reading

Haunted Places on Earth: Tower of London


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The Tower of London, one of the most famous and well-preserved historical buildings in the world, may also be one of the most haunted. This is due, no doubt, to the scores of executions, murders and tortures that have taken place within its walls over the last 1,000 years. 
Dozens upon dozens of ghost sightings have been reported in and around the Tower. On one winter day in 1957 at 3 a.m., a guard was disturbed by something striking the top of his guardhouse. When he stepped outside to investigate, he saw a shapeless white figure on top of the tower. It was then realized that on that very same date, February 12, Lady Jane Grey was beheaded in 1554.
Perhaps the most well-known ghostly resident of the Tower is the spirit of Ann Boleyn, one of the wives of Henry VIII, who was also beheaded in the Tower in 1536. Her ghost has been spotted on many occasions, sometimes carrying her head, on Tower Green and in the Tower Chapel Royal.
 
Other ghosts of the Tower include those of Henry VI, Thomas a Becket and Sir Walter Raleigh. One of the most gruesome ghost stories connected with the Tower of London describes death of the Countess of Salisbury. 
According to one account, “the Countess was sentenced to death in 1541 following her alleged involvement in criminal activities (although it is now widely believed that she was probably innocent). After being sent struggling to the scaffold, she ran from the block and was pursued until she was hacked

Haunted Places in World: The Myrtles Plantation is a Haunted House


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So you say ghosts don’t exist, but this place has a different story to tell.
Built in 1796 by General David Bradford, this stately old home on Myrtles Plantation is said to be haunted by several restless ghosts. 
Some researchers say as many as ten murders have been committed there, but others, such as Troy Taylor and David Wisehart, have only been able to confirm one murder at Myrtles. (Those two authors provide a very good history of the house in their article, The Legends, Lore & Lies of The Myrtles Plantation).
Even they agree, however, that the place is seriously haunted and easily qualifies as one of the “most haunted.” These are some of the ghosts that allegedly haunt the house:
•    Cleo – a former slave who was allegedly hung on the premises for killing two little girls. (Those murders and even the existence of Cleo are in question.)
•    The ghosts of the two murdered children have been seen playing on the veranda.
•    William Drew Winter – an attorney who lived at Myrtles from 1860 to 1871. He was shot on the side porch of the house by a stranger. With his life’s blood pouring from his body, Winter staggered into the house and began to climb the stairs to the second floor… but didn’t make it. He collapsed and died on the 17th step. It is his last dying footsteps that can still be heard on the staircase to this day. (Winter’s murder is the only one that has been verified.)
•    The ghosts of other slaves allegedly occasionally show up to ask if they can do any chores.
•    The grand piano has often been heard to play by itself, repeating one haunting chord.
Now a bed and breakfast, The Myrtles Plantation has opened its doors to guests who often report disturbances in the night.
Of course something might be there..something terrible….the story is for you either to explore or to believe.