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Nursing Ghost Stories as told through Natural Language…

Nursing Ghost Stories as told through Natural Language Processing

Language comes natural and easy to humans but is difficult for machines because of its structure and ambiguity.  Ghost stories perhaps showcase that ambiguity as paranormal experiences are difficult to reconcile or explain within known scientific principles or inferences

Natural Language Processing (NLP) is a field of computing that enables computers to analyze, understand and communicate human language.  Today natural language processing powers several technologies such as: speech recognition assistants; language translation; sentiment analysis; entity and relationship recognition; as well as text summation, parsing and analysis

The Natural Language Toolkit (NLTK) is a platform of libraries and programs for natural language processing written in the Python programming language. NLTK was developed at the University of Pennsylvania and first released in 2001  

Word clouds are visual representations of a text, where the sizing of words displayed reflects their prominence or emphasis within the text.  The word cloud application used here was developed with NLTK and other Python modules

Word clouds provide high-level analysis of themes associated with a corpora (body) of text. In business, they can be used to highlight pain points from customer feedback.  For this effort, word clouds were applied to a collection of ghost experiences as told by nurses hosts a long-running discussion thread called “Nursing Ghost Stories” (NGS).  The NGS collection spans over a decade (2005-2017) amounting to 199 pages as of the time of this writing.  The NGS archive contains a mixture of first and second hand accounts along with commentary

Two corpora were developed from the NGS collection.  One corpus contained plain text and another corpus was tokenized (tagged) by sentences, words and parts of speech.  A word cloud was subsequently generated from the plain text corpus that is displayed above.  Common stop words, for example prepositions were  filtered out prior to the generation of the display

The word cloud is interesting for what it does and does not emphasize.  For example, the words ghosts and hauntings along with their roots or extensions are not prominent in the display.  Hauntings involve recurrent paranormal experiences commonly experienced in the form of ‘imitative noises” and in more elevated forms through apparitions. Many NGS discussions appear to involve sensed presence experiences

There also appears to be substantive emphasis on nearing death awareness (NDA) type experiences as said or told by patients, many of whom were in long-term care or hospice settings, to nurses under their supervision.  In their final phases, terminally-ill patients often perceive welcoming apparitions or visitations from deceased relatives or loved ones.  In NDA experiences, patients often appear to hold conversations with persons who are not physically present

As would be expected, terms of reference associated with medical profession are most prominent in the word cloud, however these terms could be filtered from future word clouds to potentially obtain deeper insights on the experiences

In the near-term, NGS corpora can be used to develop sentiment analysis. Also worth exploring are word pairings and conditional frequencies connected with them. A longer term effort would mix natural language processing with machine learning to characterize types of encounters within the NGS collection


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Kircher, P. and Callanan, M. (2017, Dec 14).  NDEs and Nearing Death Awareness in the Terminally Ill. International Studies for Near Death Studies (IANDS).

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Pearson, P. (2014). Opening Heaven’s Door: What the Dying May be Trying to Tell Us about where They’re Going. Random House Canada. Sponsored

What’s Your Best Nursing Ghost Story? (2017, Oct 30).


Wordcloud from NGS Corpus. (2018, Feb 19). © Maryland Paranormal Research ®.  All rights reserved.

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Bobby Mackeys Music World: AKA The Most Haunt…

Bobby Mackeys Music World:
AKA The Most Haunted Nightclub in America

Located in Kentucky is a greasy gritty dive bar known as
Bobby Mackeys Music World. While guests can come and enjoy riding a mechanical
bull or busting a move on the line dancing floor, they may also experience
something paranormal.

The building was originally used as a slaughterhouse in the
1850s. During this time the owners would take any leftover body parts and
simply dump them into the well in the basement, resulting in a grisly and
reeking pile of remains. Eventually the slaughterhouse closed in the 1890s and
a local Satanic cult moved in. The Satanic cult was thought to have used the
well as a site for rituals. As a result the well has become what many believe
to be a portal to Hell. It is still thought to be a portal to Hell today.

In the 1896 a young
woman named Pearl Bryan met a grisly fate on the property. Pearl Bryan was the
daughter of a wealthy local farmer who fell in love with a man named Scott
Jackson. Jackson was a dental student who was alleged to be a member of the
Satanic cult that resided in the closed down slaughterhouse. After Pearl became
pregnant, Jackson and his friend, fellow dental student Alonzo Walling, decided
to perform their own abortion. Pearl was heavily sedated on cocaine, and the procedure
went on for hours before the two students realized that they had completely messed
up the job. Upon realizing their mistake, they murdered Pearl and chopped off
her head so that police could not recognize her. Her body was dumped in a field
on the property, and her head was supposedly used in a Satanic ritual. Now
visitors to the premises can sometimes spot the headless figure of Pearl roaming

Eventually the building was restored in the 1920s and became
a popular speakeasy for mobsters. In the 1950’s the building became another popular
nightclub named the Latin Quarter. During this time there was a dancer known as
Johanna. Johanna was one of the most popular dancers until she became pregnant with
local singer, Robert Randall’s, child. When Johanna’s father found out about
the baby, he had some of his shadier connections kill Randall. Johanna was
distraught and hung herself in a dressing room. Johanna is now one of the most
active ghosts on site. Visitors can spot her apparition hanging around her
dressing room area. Others have felt her touching them or have heard a
disembodied voice in the area.

Other incidents that happen on at the bar include furniture
moving on its own, banging, screaming, and Jukeboxes turning on and off by itself.


our-spooky-world: Football Phantoms In hono…


Football Phantoms

In honor of the Super Bowl, here are several stadiums which are home to more than just their respective living football teams.

In the Detroit Lions stadium it is believed that the ghost of Jimmy Hoffa can still be heard cheering on his favorite team. Jimmy Hoffa, the leader of the International Brotherhood of the Teamsters Union, was a major Detroit Lions fan up until his disappearance from a restaurant parking lot. Although no one can say what happened to him for sure, many believe that he was murdered. The former Giants stadium was also believed to be linked to the mysterious Hoffa disappearance. It was speculated that Hoffa’s body was buried underneath concrete under one of the end zones. However, there has never been any evidence to support this claim, and the stadium has since been demolished.

Memorial Stadium at Indiana University is haunted by a spirit known as “Mr. Plume.” “Mr Plume”, who’s real name was Michael Plume, was a student at the university in the 1960s. During this time, the Memorial Stadium was just being built. Only a few months away from its completion, the body of the 19 year old student was found hanging from the rafters of an incomplete section. Although he was in a construction site filled with dirt and dust, his shoes remained completely clean. Despite this odd detail, Plumes death was ruled a suicide. Now people who visit the stadium can sometimes still see the ghostly apparition of his body swinging from a rope in the spot that he died.

The Wisconsin Badger’s stadium is home to several ghostly specters. Long before it was turned into a sports field, it was the site of a training site for Union Soldiers during the Civil War. Nearby was also a prison camp for Confederate soldiers. Visitors to the area can sometimes still catch a glimpse of long gone soldiers wandering around.


9 Haunted Florida Oceanfront Restaurants that …

9 Haunted Florida Oceanfront Restaurants that are Guaranteed to Spook You:

9) Oceans 234, Deerfield Beach
8) McCoy’s Oceanfront, Pompano Beach
7) Sea Watch on the Ocean, Fort Lauderdale
6) Aruba Beach Café, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea
5) Spazio, Fort Lauderdale
4) Alonzo’s Oyster Bar, Key West
3) Latitudes, Key West
2) Pietro’s on the Ocean, Jensen Beach
1) Ocean 60, Atlantic Beach

Haunting Ghost Stories from U.S. Prisons

Many prisons built in the 1800s and early 1900s were
massive foreboding structures which offered only the most basic needs to the
inmates they housed. The antiquated concept of reform was designed to break the
spirits and force conformity. The methods used were viewed even then as being
cruel and barbaric.

Many who study paranormal activity believe these prisons,
each with its own history of immense pain and suffering, attract spirits who
are caught between worlds.

They believe some of these spirits were too evil to move
on, others have old scores to settle and some wander the prison’s cell blocks
looking for the way out.


Years after “The Rock” was closed as a prison,
stories persist that Alcatraz is haunted. Ghost hunters have said they feel
parts of the island and areas of the prison evoke a certain
“strangeness,” but it was mostly employees, working in areas of the
prison alone, who have reported most of the unexplained events that haunt the
dark corridors of Alcatraz. Reports of areas that are suddenly cold,
unexplained clanging sounds, sobbing coming from empty corridors and reports
of Al Capone playing his banjo in the shower room.


Charles Dickens visited the prison in the 1840s and found
the conditions appalling. He described the inmates at Eastern Penn as being
“buried alive…” and wrote about the psychological torture the
inmates suffered at the hands of their captors.

Today, many claim to have met some of those tortured
souls, while walking through the deserted halls of Eastern State Penitentiary.
From weeping, giggling, whispering and paralyzing forces, this penitentiary
keeps paranormal investigators busy.


Also known as the Ohio State Reformatory, Mansfield
Reformatory is believed to hold the spirits of many of its worst criminals,
some of them being the prison employees, locked away forever.

Since its closure, rumors of the spirits of tortured
inmates who died in the prison fill the halls with restless energy, unable to
escape the prison’s bars. Guilty guards and tales or brutal prison officials
also contribute to the stories of the haunted facility, as they remained
trapped in the gruesome nightmare they created for the prisoners locked inside.
The ghosts are Mansfield do not seem shy however, since many a visitor
photographing the old prison has manage to capture images of orbs in their photographs.


In the late 1800s, Moundsville took over all executions
for the state. But the executions were only a small part of the violent past at
Moundsville. Suicide, murder and torturous and violent punishments
contributed to the death of hundreds of inmates. Today, some visitors and
employees claim to see evidence that many spirits still inhabit the old
penitentiary. Paranormal experts say the prison experiences residual haunting,
which they describe as tragic events from the past that are repetitively
replayed forever. The penitentiary also seems unable to keep prisoners
from coming in, although they are only heard and never seen, as they push the
circular entrance gate that guides them inside the prison walls.

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Robert – Haunted Evil Doll – Unexplained Mysteries

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Top 5 Creepy Eerie Haunted Dolls – Unexplained Mysteries

Top 5 Creepy Eerie Haunted Dolls – Unexplained Mysteries:



Blindfolded Doll

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The best spot to go ghost hunting in Maryland

The best spot to go ghost hunting in Maryland:

Maryland Paranormal Research ® Ghost Expedition at Brunswick Heritage Museum filmed by WUSA9 (Andi Hauser and Dave Scarnato) on Oct 13 2017

Most Spooky Hotel 2017: Stanley Hotel, United StatesStanley…

Most Spooky Hotel 2017: Stanley Hotel, United States

Stanley Hotel is one of the most reportedly haunted hotels
in the entire world. It has been featured on several ghost related shows such
as Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures. The hotel was so haunted that it even
inspired famous author Stephen King to write his novel The Shining.

There are several “more haunted” spots throughout the hotel.
The first is room 217. This room is the most famous spot in the hotel as it was
where Stephen King got his inspiration for the Shining. It is believed that
this room is haunted by Elizabeth Wilson, or Mrs. Wilson. Mrs. Wilson was the
hotels head housekeeper. One night, during a storm in 1911, she was injured
during an explosion while lighting up the lights in room 217. Although she
survived, the traumatic experience has caused her to remain within the room
after her death. Guests within the room have reported items being moved and
their luggage being unpacked. Lights are often turned on and off. Mrs. Wilson
is also old fashioned in that she will haunt any unmarried guests who decide to
stay the night. These visitors have reported feeling a cold force come between
them while they are trying to sleep.

Two other rooms known for their hauntings are room 401 and
room 428. When the hotel first opened the entire fourth floor was where female
employees, children and nannies lived. Now visitors to the fourth floor, and
more notably room 401 have reported hearing children running around and
laughing. Room 401 also has a closet which is notorious for opening and
shutting by itself. Room 428 has its own set of ghosts. Visitors to this room
have heard furniture moving and footsteps moving above them, even though it is
physically impossible for anyone to go onto the sloped roof. There is also a
cowboy who will appear to visitors at the corner of the bed.

Another spot that is haunted in the hotel is the Concert
Hall. It is believed that one of the ghosts in the concert hall is Paul. Paul
was known to do a little bit of everything around the hotel. One of his jobs
was to enforce the 11pm curfew in the hotel. Now guests who stay out late at
night will sometimes hear a voice tell them to “get out.” Paul is also known to
occasionally nudge guests and workers. Another spirit to haunt this location is
the hotel founder’s wife, Flora Stanley. Flora can be heard playing the piano.
A third spirit named Lucy is also known to act up. She will often communicate
with ghost hunters by flickering flashlights on and off. No one knows who Lucy
was in life, although it is speculated that she was either a runaway or a
homeless woman.

Other haunted locations at the Stanley hotel include the
Grand Staircase, the Vortex and the Underground Caves. The Grand Staircase is
believed to be a spot where many of the ghosts pass through. The apparition of
a woman has also been seen by multiple guests descending the staircase. The
Vortex is where it is believed many of the ghosts travel through as it is a
natural spiral of energy. The Underground Caves is another spot thought to
attract ghosts due to its high volume of limestone and quartz (two materials
believed to trap spiritual energy). Visitors to this area have reported shadow
figures, voices, and cold breezes brushing past them.