Halloween Hauntings, Part 6: The Happy Hollow Horror

#Thirteen Days of Halloween #Kentucky Ghost #Strange Tales of the Dark and Bloody Ground

For the lucky thirteenth blog of Halloween, neighboring Kentucky gets the nod with an incident that happened some years back, yet which remains a bizarre and unsolved mystery to this day.  It happened in the Happy Hollow community, just outside of Greensburg, in the Pennyrile district of Kentucky, where many strange things have been known to happen.

To this day the Ragland house is believed to be haunted.

To this day the Ragland house is believed to be haunted.

One day, the Raglands were sitting down to breakfast in their farmhouse, ready for their morning repast.  They had just said the blessing over the food and were about to dig in, when they heard a commotion at the front of the house.  Suddenly the front door flew open, startling the family.  Before the father could rise to go see who it was and ghastly and uncanny procession came through the door and down the long hallway to the rear of the house.

As it came close, the Raglands could see the apparition of what looked like a group of pallbearers all dressed in black and upon their shoulders they bore a small coffin.  No one had died in the family, nor knew they of any neighbor’s death; yet that was not the oddest thing about this weird invasion of their home.

Atop the coffin lay a lamb, the symbol of a slaughtered innocent.

Atop the coffin lay a lamb, the symbol of a slaughtered innocent.

Atop the coffin lay a lamb.  The lamb was white as snow, but smeared with blood, for it was headless and blood streamed from the ghastly wound.  All the time as they marched toward the family the apparitions in black said nary a word.  Finally, they marched past the family and out the back door.

Like dreamers suddenly awakened, the Raglands at last jumped up from the kitchen table to see where the pallbearers had gone.  Nothing was visible in the back yard; nor did the sheriff find even a trace of footprints front or back when he came out to investigate.

Apparitions or ghosts don’t always take human form.  There are accounts of black dogs—hounds from hell they call them—that appear out of nothing to bedevil folks.  The raven, a carrion beast, is universally a harbinger of death; for not only does it feast on the flesh of the dead, it has even been known to appear before they die—as if it had foreknowledge of their death.

There are also rare accounts of apparitions appearing as a lamb, generally white.  It is thought the white lamb symbolizes the soul of an innocent—a young child—who died prematurely.  That this lamb’s head was missing was most curious—and most sinister.  Was this apparition trying to send a message from the grave?

In Happy Hollow and surrounding communities they talk of that day long ago still.  Moreover, the house where it happened has not been occupied for many years and in the area it has a reputation for being haunted.  It is a reputation not totally unjustified.

If you like getting creeped out by such strangeness, then I recommend the fuller account in Strange Tales of the Dark and Bloody Ground.

Strange Tales of the Dark and Bloody Ground: True Tales from the Haunted Hills of the Mid South

Strange Tales of the Dark and Bloody Ground: True Tales from the Haunted Hills of the Mid South

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