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 Posted: Sat Oct 30th, 2010 02:42 am
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How about a little bit of murder and house haunting. This next one comes from John Alexander's Ghosts: Washington's Most Famous Ghost Stories.

During the fighting outside of the nation's capitol three soldiers became seperated from their unit during a skirmish across the District line in Maryland. Mr. Alexander doesn't say whether they were federal or Confederate, only that they decided to wait until morning to try and find their unit and were welcomed into a local house. But the welcome was far from the warm hospitality the men believed they were recieving for their host merely used it as a trap to lure the men to their death. You see, the man held different political views than those the soldiers were fighting for and saw this as a chance to act on those views. As they slept, he bludgeoned the soldiers to death. Once the deed was done, the man was able to dispose of the bodies and the three soldiers were merely written off as casualties of the fighting going on. Naturally the man wasn't brought to trial for murder.

But though he disposed on their bodies, he wasn't able to dispose of the bloodstains on the floor of the room where he murdered the men. Hard scrubbing was useless, the stains remained. Tell-tale spots of his crime. He kept a rug over the spots so anyone visiting didn't see them and ask too many questions. Eventually  his time in the home came to an end, whether through his own death or through his moving away. The house was owned there after by several different owners over the next few decades, none of whom knew what the stains were or how they came to be.

But many, if not all, agreed that strange things happened in that room, things that brought into question what could have happened to cause such stains. According to a reporter, at least one of the owners tried getting rid of the stains by simply painting over them. But as with all stories of ghostly blood stains, there was no simple way to permanently get rid of them. The stains bled through the paint. Just as with other tales of ghostly blood stains that always return to mark the spot of a murder, even if washed away, the stains remained a tell-tale sign that returned no matter what.

Others told of being unable to close the oak door into the room and keep it closed. They'd close and bolt the door. But as soon as they turned away from it the sound of it unbolting, followed by the door creaking open, could be heard. WAs it the three soldiers returning to keep watch on the room where they had died?

And were these soldiers the only one's to die because of their host. According to Alexander, some folks believed that one of the owners of the house died because of it and the ghosts within. He reveals that in the '20s there was a newspaper report that one of the owners was sitting in the room where the murders occured when the French doors out to the balcony were suddenly ripped from their hinges only to land on the ground without breaking. Neghibors said the owner was found in a state of shock from which he never recovered. He died a few days later. And according to one version of this story, the neighbors discovered he had the same last name as the owner who had lived in the house during the war. The owner who had murdered the soldiers. Were they trying to extract revenge frombeyond the grave on their murder only to get the wrong man?

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