Haunting Screams From A Graveyard
By James Donahue
A recent story in the Philadelphia Inquirer about Gloucester County residents hearing shrill
screams from a haunted Civil War cemetery caught my eye.
Stories like that are hard for anybody to pass up because they suggest supernatural goings on. And
no matter what folks say or believe . . . the subject of ghosts and the possibility that there is a hereafter is of interest
to everybody. We all want to know.
What we find chilling is the thought that ghostly screams can be heard in a graveyard . . . or that
buildings are haunted by the shadowy remains of some long departed soul. That this might someday be our personal fate is not
a pleasant thought.
Back in the days when this writer used to go to church and listen to the promise that we all will
go to Heaven if we believe in Jesus, the stories about ghosts and spiritual matters were troublesome. If the fate of all humans
is sealed, with an appointment at a great judgment seat, and we either go up to the Pearly Gates or fall into fire and brimstone
. . . then how could such a thing as a haunted spirit left wandering the Earth exist?
Since deciding that the Jesus story is a fairy tale, like so many others dumped into our culture,
the probability of ghosts became much more real to me. Also my wife and I have lived in several haunted houses and even a
haunted apartment so we are quite aware that some kind of entity exists with us, but on a spiritual plane.
Strangely, ghosts don’t frighten us. They interest us. When we discover the presence of a spirit
we have gone to great lengths to try to communicate, be aware of its activities, and even photograph it. The best we have
captured on film is a bright light that doesn’t belong in the picture.
Spirits are able, at times, to move objects, flash lights, manifest as shadow figures, and even make
sounds. We have heard footsteps on floors over our heads, when we know that no one is there. One evening, in the house we
now occupy, we heard the sound of an eerie ringing, as if someone struck the edge of an expensive piece of crystal. It reverberated
through the house for a moment and then faded away to be heard no more.
My wife, a natural psychic who can communicate, or channel with unseen forces, also communicates with
information left by the dead. She has talked to her relatives, my departed mother, and on occasion, has made contact with
dead relatives for close friends. She doesn’t make a profession out of it, although I think she is as good at what she
does as Sylvia Browne and a few of the other well-known mediums.
Our son, Aaron C. Donahue, a prophet and talented psychic, shares our interest in the spirit world.
Like us, he seems to enjoy living in haunted buildings. It is his theory that ghosts are only recordings of human activity
from the past that play over and over again in the collective unconscious. He believes this is what the channelers tune in
on when they "talk to the dead." Thus ghosts have no new information to send, and we cannot really communicate with them.
Donahue has even shown that ghosts can be created by the human mind. He has projected his own image
and photographed it to prove his point.
So what does all of this have to do with a haunted cemetery in Pennsylvania where people hear eerie
screams in the night?
All that I can say is that ghostly sounds do occur, although we have never picked up on anything quite
like that. Also, we notice, that when the spirits do make sounds, or move objects, it is not an event that reoccurs over and
That the people in Gloucester County are hearing the shrill screams regularly suggest that it is something
more Earthly that makes the noise.
I recall hearing a similar sound at one rural (and very haunted) house we lived in. The thing frightened
us at first. One night we were awakened by the sound coming from something right outside our bedroom window.
I jumped up, clicked on a yard light, and there for a brief moment, was the image of a fleeing animal.
It looked like a dog. Later I realized it was a coyote.