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Ghost Hauntings at Old Town Pizza

Oldtownpizza2I’ve always been interested in Ghosts. I personally have encountered a couple of situations I couldn’t rationally explain.

I went with my daughter to a ghost walk in Portland and visited Old Town Pizza. The restaurant is above the notorious Shanghai Tunnels, where men were kidnapped and forced into sailing aboard ships to Shanghai.

Going there for pizza alone I would recommend even if you don’t see any ghostly sightings. I thought the pizza was delicious with a cold glass of beer. I loved the atmosphere too. Dark and intimate with wood furnishings and antique lamps. It had a 19th century feel to it. Knowing there were sightings of a ghost added a spookiness to the place.

The ghost is believed to be a prostitute named Nina, who worked at the Merchant Hotel. There have been numerous sightings of Nina from diners and employees. She’s been seen in a black dress  wandering the basement and watching diners. Others have reported smelling a woman’s perfume on occasion. It is believed she’s been haunting the area for 100 years.Old Town Pizza

She was found dead at the bottom of the elevator shaft (strange how their was a death at the bottom of an elevator shaft at Jerome’s Grande Hotel, but that’s another story!) Rumors are that she was murdered, by being pushed down the elevator shaft because she turned in some of Portland’s more notorious underworld types, but no one was ever charged or convicted of her murder.

Actor Willem Dafoe was reported to be a regular in the 1970s at the restaurant.

I didn’t see Nina or any of my family. Not sure what I would have done if I had!

If you’re ever in Portland, drop by and try their pizza. Again it’s Old Town Pizza.

By |September 18th, 2015|Phenomena Friday|4 Comments

Phenomena Friday – Crop Circles

A crop circle or formation is a large pattern created by the flattening of a crop such as wheat, barley, rye, maize, or rapeseed. Documented cases of them have skyrocketed over the last several decades. 90 percent of them seem to ‘crop’ up (LOL) in England. Why, the jury is still out on that one.  One reason may very well be they’ve become just a great tourist attraction, actually to the point that hundreds of Americans flock to the UK every year on “crop circle tours”.

I don’t know about you, but when I think of crop circles I immediate think of UFO’s and aliens.  AND also Signs with Mel Gibson (I just love that movie).

There has been much debate over whether or not they are created by another life form or they’re just a hoax, costing thousands of dollars in damage every year. Many who believe that alien life forms are the cause, quickly point out the lack of tracks and footprints at such sites.

Interesting enough, crop circles have changed over time. In the beginning, many looked very primitive with simple circles and little else while now the designs have grown to become complicated designs.

Either an aliens’s technology to create such intrinsic designs has grown substantially or humans with a little help from computers have managed to create some beautiful aerial  patterns.

Interesting, if nothing else…


By |October 18th, 2012|Phenomena Friday, UFOs|0 Comments

Phenomena Friday – The Brown Lady

This photo is probably the most famous ghost photos taken over the years. The apperition is believed to be the ghost of  Lady Dorothy Townshend. She was the wife of Charles Townshend, the 2nd Viscount of Raynham. They were residents of Raynham Hall in Norfolk, England in the early 1700s. There were rumors of infidelity on her side. There were even more rumors about her death in 1726. Supposedly she was buried in 1726 but many suspected that her husband  locked away Lady Dorothy in a far section of the house until she later died.

According to records, King George IV, early in 1800 saw an image of a woman in a brown dress beside his bed.  A Captain Frederick Marryat and his friends also saw the brown lady gliding along an upstairs hallway. She was carrying a lantern.

The photo above was taken in September, 1936 by Captain Provand and Indre Shira, two photographers who were assigned to photograph Raynham Hall for Country Life magazine.

The Brown Lady ghost was published in an issue of Country Life on the December 16, 1936. The ghost has been seen by others since.


By |September 22nd, 2012|Ghosts, Phenomena Friday|0 Comments