Thursday, September 9, 2010

Maine Minutiae : Ghost Hunting at Wood Island

Haunted? Wood Island Lighthouse c.1858*
With Halloween only weeks away, I thought I'd get a jump on posting some spooky stuff. Like they say, the early bat gets the blood. Or something like that. A ghostly story that has been around for more than a century continues to haunt the residents of Wood Island , Maine. This tale begins in 1896 with a murder-suicide near the lighthouse at Wood Island where a drunk lobster fisherman (imagine that! a drunk fisherman!) , Howard Hobbs, and a buddy (also a drunk) were renting a chicken coop from one Frederick Milliken, who just happened to be a part-time Sheriff at Wood Island. After a night on the mainland getting FUBAR'ed Milliken invited the two drunks to his home to discuss some overdue rent on the chicken coop. Hobbs took a rifle to the meeting and you can guess, nothing good was gonna come from that. Hobbs shot and killed Milliken and then ran to the nearby lighthouse where he proceeded to blow his own brians out. But! The story does not end there. It is said that ghosts, presumably Milliken and Hobbs, haunt the lighthouse to this very day. As a matter of fact, one lighthouse keeper was so distraught by the hauntings, that he, too, commited hari kari. has the story in great detail. It's pretty spooky. It may appear that I am running this story a bit early, but I am doing so for a reason, pumpkin breath. This weekend, Saturday and Sunday, the 11th and 12th, there is going to be a ghost hunt at the lighthouse! At night! With a professional paranormal -ghost hunter guy! You can get the scary scoop at Strange Maine. Now that would be a riot to attend. I'll keep my eyes open for any subsequent news about the big ghost hunting extravaganza and will pass it on as I get it. Happy hunting, y'all.

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