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Ghosts of New Orleans Reveal Themselves to Guardsmen

 

“Like the power of nature, there is a power at work in New Orleans that defies explanation.”

Janet Yee, CBS5, San Francisco/Oakland


A recent CBS5 report served to highlight what residents of New Orleans have known for years: this is a haunted city.

CBS5 reporter Janet Yee, embedded with a unit of California National Guard First Responders stationed in New Orleans recently revealed that there’s something more spooky than just the horrific images of disaster and death surrounding them. According to Yee, it seems that the hurricane may have displaced more than just living victims.

The Sophie B. Wright Middle School on Napoleon Avenue in New Orleans where the California Guard unit is stationed has stood empty since the evacuation of the city during Hurricane Katrina in August. The Guards have taken over the school for use as a staging area for assignments throughout the storm-battered metropolitan area. These daily assignments expose the Guardsmen to some of the most devastated areas of the city where, in the immediate aftermath of the storm, bodies floated and the dead outnumbered the living rescuers.

Sophie B. Wright Middle School, CIRCA 1930 1426 Napoleon Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115
Orleans Parish

But it’s the activities inside the school that have the California guardsmen most spooked, according to Yee’s report. Several guardsmen, many of whom are battle-hardened soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, recount chilling tales of shadowy spirits, unexplainable noises, and the ghost of a little girl who seems curious about the bustle of new activity inside the school.


“Said Sgt. Robin Hairston of the California National Guard: "I was in my sleeping bag and I opened by eyes and in the doorway was a little girl. It wasn't my imagination."


The California guards have a definite sense that they are not alone in the building. Many were so troubled that they asked the company chaplain to intervene. In an effort to dispel some of the fears, the chaplain went through the building, Bible and holy water in hand, and demanded of the spirits: “In the name of Jesus Christ, I command you Satan to leave the dark areas of this building.”


Which is all well and good, except that, as many experts contend, hauntings are not always the result of demonic infestation. This is something important to keep in mind, especially when staying in a city as haunted as New Orleans.

True to form, the Sophie B. Wright School spirits kept right on manifesting.

According to Yee’s report Spc. Rosales Leanor had her own encounter with the ghosts in one of the school’s restrooms.


"I was using the restroom and I just saw a little shadow," Leanor said. "Kind of looming in front of me."

The twelve foot high ceiling of the restroom was damaged by a water leak during the storm that caused the old plaster to give way exposing the old woodwork and a gaping, black hole into an attic crawl space. This hole, Yee suggests and many of the guards believe, is a major source of the spirit activity now taking place inside the school. Yee herself claimed to have seen a “cloudy” apparition lingering near the ceiling of the restroom before she even began her investigative report.



In a hallway adjacent to the restroom is a janitor’s closet containing cleaning supplies. Oddly, this is the location where the ghost of the little girl is most often felt and heard. Another member of the Guard unit said that she saw and heard a little girl laughing when she opened the closet to retrieve some cleaning supplies.

The California Guards are taking the ghostly visits in stride and, as one might expect, it is just another strange part of their experience in the devastated city that was once New Orleans.

Guardsmen claim to have seen the ghostly images of people sitting in makeshift living rooms such as this on the empty New Orleans streets.  The city still has a hold on many residents - those who survived, and those who did not.



In the wake of Hurricane Katrina many pundits and self-righteous individuals with axes to grind pointed to the devastation as a deliberate act of an angry God. Saying that God had finally acted on His displeasure by bringing a storm of retribution on a city they see as “the Sodom of the South.”

Before dismissing the claims as patently absurd it might be well to keep in mind the experiences of yet another National Guard unit at a Baton Rouge area marina. According to Yee, boats were tossed about like toys and there wasn’t a shred of trash or paper around except for a single Bible that was found nearby, open to the Book of Revelation.

Perhaps coincidentally, perhaps not, at a nearby church that was almost completely destroyed by the force of Hurricane Katrina another Bible was found, open to the exact same passages in Revelation.

The passages in question are Chapters 10 and 11 that make reference to the “witnesses of God” who will be destroyed:

“. . . And their dead bodies will lay in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom . . . Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves. And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another…”

Of course, the detractors and, in this case at least, even the guardsmen didn’t completely read the Bible passage they so quickly held up as an epitaph for drowned New Orleans. Had they done so they might have found a more hopeful message:

“Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them ‘Come up here.’ And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them . . . and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven.”

What Yee and the Guardsmen in her report seemed to overlook entirely is that New Orleans is a special city where for generations so many of our wise have walked hand in hand with the powers around us. Men and women of faith, representing nearly every culture and religion, have all contributed to the melting pot that is the fabulous City of New Orleans. Steeped in a predominantly Catholic culture, with a thriving community of Afro-Caribbean traditions, there is something about New Orleans that keeps everyone – living and dead – coming back and hanging around.

The guards stationed at Sophie B. Wright Middle School got only a tiny taste of the hauntings that fill this grand old town. Unfortunately, the disaster of Hurricane Katrina was so complete that in the minds of many it could only have been the act of an angry God.


Whatever forces of Nature and spirit combined to bring the horrible devastation of August on this City, the experiences recounted here just go to show that the true spirit(S) of New Orleans will never be kept down or categorized. Indeed, there are mighty protectors who have kept New Orleans alive for nearly three hundred years and perhaps it is these intelligences who left their calling cards in the aftermath of the storm?


View Janet Yee’s full report and video for CBS5 by following this link:

Click here > CBS 5: Guardsmen Sense Ghostly Presence In New Orleans

New Orleans Babylon washed clean by Hurricane Katrina?

Never a winning season for the New Orleans Saints, the great white elephant of the Superdome sits battered and beaten by the rage of Hurricane Katrina. Said to be built on razed cemeteries, is the Dome cursed, as many believe? Or is this all part of some larger plan? In her lifetime, famed psychic Jeane Dixon (1918-1997) was an astrologer and alleged psychic. Her reputation for having done so began when it was recalled after the assassination that the following had appeared in Parade magazine in 1956: made many predictions, such as the assasination of President John F. Kennedy and the 1964 Alaskan earthquake. When she visited New Orleans and toured the Superdome, Dixon made dark predictions about a future time when people would gather in the building in fear of their lives; in her vision she saw clouds around the Superdome roof and sunlight pouring in afterward as people cried in fear and pain. Can it be that Jeanne Dixon foresaw the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, the largest and most costly natural disaster in America's history ?Or is it th e real overture to a Brave New World for the children of Cain?

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Jeane Dixon Museum and Library The Jeane Dixon Museum and Library tells the story of one of the most remarkable women of the 20th century. On display you will find her personal possessions, furnishings, and personal and professional papers that chronicle her life as a psychic. Best known as the seer who correctly predicted Kennedy's assassination, Dixon also predicted the fates of several other celebrities with astonishing accuracy. These exhibits thoroughly describe Jeane's accomplishments, and also examine her skeptics' theories explaining paranormal activities. Open Friday's, Saturday's, and Sunday's, May through October, and also by appointment.

(Jeanne Dixon died in1997) She was a prolific predictor of events, she foretold the rapture of India, assassinations of Mahatma Ghandhi, Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, and his brother Robert. Mrs. Dixon predicted the launch of Sputnik and the sinking of the submarines USS Thresher and Scorpion. Her successful predictions include the political defeat of Dewey by Harry Truman, the landslide election of Dwight Eisenhower, the demise of Nikita Kruschev, and the plane crash that killed UN Secretary Dag Hammarskold.



 

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