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Indian King Raja Raja Chola's Mysterious Grave - Was He Murdered?

In Indian history, King Raja Raja Chola occupies a special place. A fierce warrior, a brilliant architect, a great philanthropist, but most of all, a man whose death is shrouded in mystery. He is known as the first Dravidian king who documented almost his entire life on stone inscriptions and copper plates, but no information is available about his death. It almost feels like a great king simply vanished into thin air, after a certain point in time. 

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Well, I am gonna show you my search for the grave & nature of death of Raja Raja. I was told that his tombstone lies in the small village of Udayalur, in Tamil Nadu. This is where he is rumored to have been buried or cremated. When I visited this place, I was surprised to see a rather small, but beautiful lingam. This could be of priceless historic value, so I took careful measurements. It is exactly 2 feet 3 inches tall and has a diameter of 18 inches.
The purported grave of King Raja Raja Chola in the village of Udayalur near Kumbakonam, India
There is an elderly gentleman who looks after this lingam and he told me that the rest of the structure is buried underneath about 14 feet deep. He said this Lingam is the tombstone of Raja Raja Chola, and the place had been visited by numerous people, including local politicians and movie stars. I asked him if he knew how Raja Raja died, and he told me he died naturally of old age and was cremated right here.
A closeup of the back of lingam shows no carvings and chipping at the top. Did Raja Raja die here?
Why would a great king have such a small, almost anonymous grave? You can see there are no inscriptions, no other carvings on this lingam or anywhere in this site. Remember, Raja Raja built the greatest temple in India (Brihadeeswarar temple) which is now declared a world heritage site and his accomplishments and other information are inscribed all over the walls in many temples. So, I asked this gentleman, if there is any evidence to prove that this is in fact Raja Raja's grave. He told me there used to be a pillar here and it was donated to a temple called Paalkulathu amman temple, a few miles away. He said that this pillar has inscriptions which proves that Raja Raja died here.
The inscription on the pillar at Paalkulathu Amman temple shows the word "Raja Raja" in Tamil
So, I decided to travel to this temple and take a look at this pillar myself. As soon as I reached the temple, I immediately spotted the pillar. The pillar does contain the word "Raja Raja" so it is obviously related to the King, but I was not able to completely understand what the inscription said. Luckily, the words carved are still clearly visible, even after many centuries. So, I took a lot of pictures and copied the entire writings on a scratchpad. I contacted an epigraphist, who was able to tell me exactly what was written in this pillar. I double checked this information with another expert as well, to make sure this transcription is error free.
Above: The entire inscription in Tamil, found at the pillar of Paalkulathu Amman temple 

Above: English translation of the Tamil inscription, which shows it has nothing to do with Raja Raja Chola's death
So, looking at the above transcriptions, the gist is simply this:The Royal Palace of Raja Raja Chola was renovated by 4 people. The inscription includes those 4 names and that is all the information we see on this pillar. The inscription has no reference to the death or grave of the King at all. This shows that the site of this lingam is probably not Raja Raja's grave and there is no actual evidence to claim so.
Above: The first part of line by line translation of the pillar inscription, from Tamil to English. Click picture to enlarge 

Above: The second part of line by line translation of the pillar inscription, from Tamil to English. Click picture to enlarge 
This also answered a question that has troubled me ever since I heard about this "grave". Why hasn't the Government turned this into a big monument to commemorate this great King? The reason for this is simple: the Government relies on archaeological evidence, not hearsay. I imagine that this pillar's inscription had already been studied by experts, which is why they have left it as it is. 

This raises the question of what happened to Raja Raja, how did he die? Where did his funeral take place? Think a moment, there are hundreds, if not thousands of stone inscriptions and copper plates about Raja Raja's accomplishments, how he conquered various territories, how he built the great temple and even when he was born. But there is no information whatsoever about when or how he died and where he was cremated. Or he could still lay buried in a large earthen pot called Mudhumakkal Thazhi, which is the ancient funeral custom of Tamils. So I decided to go back to Thanjavur to find out more about his death, which was the capital of Chola empire until he died.
Brihadeeswarar temple in Thanjavur, declared a world heritage site - built by the great king Raja Raja Chola 
 I contacted several archeologists and they told me that the primary reason why a King's death would not recorded is if the King died an unnatural death. For example, if a King committed suicide or was murdered, then the ancient Tamils would not record that. I spoke to a lot of locals in Thanjavur to see if anyone knew how he died. After all, this city still has a considerable population whose ancestors were a part of the Chola kingdom. It is astonishing to see how many people still do the same line of work like their forefathers, like dancing or priesthood, even after 1000 years.

The locals tell a very different, but consistent story. I have given an example of this account in my video, around the 4:24 mark. It turns out that Raja Raja was actually murdered by a woman from Sri Lanka. In 993 A.D, Raja Raja conquered half of Sri Lanka and the defeated King Mahinda V fled to the south, to avoid being captured. Unable to defeat Raja Raja in the battlefield, King Mahinda sent a Buddhist woman from Sri Lanka who slowly got into the inner circle of Raja Raja. When Raja Raja was standing on the 8th floor inspecting the progress of the Big Temple, she simply pushed him down. This fall killed him instantly. People claim this is why the temple was not properly finished, a fact confirmed by archeologists. Some of the unfinished paintings in the upper levels show Raja Raja's international connections, like the mysterious French King sculpture on the outside. We might have also gotten more information about the Chola drilling technology, had the temple been finished.
Experts say this sculpture shows Rajendra Chola being crowned by Lord Shiva, instead of his father Raja Raja
This is why his son, Rajendra Chola created a whole new capital in a different city because he thought that Thanjavur was a cursed place. This story also explains why Rajendra Chola went after Sri Lanka with a vengeance, conquering the entire island. He then found King Mahinda who was hiding, brought him back and kept him as a lifelong prisoner. King Mahinda V died in this prison around 1029 A.D. This prison is rumored to be somewhere near the Royal Palace of Rajendra Chola, which is in ruins near the village of Gangaikonda Cholapuram.
Maaligai Medu, the royal palace of Rajendra Chola, now in ruins near Gangaikonda Cholapuram 
Although this story explains why there is no record of Raja Raja's death or his tomb, again, I have to point out that I don't have any actual evidence to prove this story. So, my quest for Raja Raja's grave and the nature of his death remains incomplete, but I'm going to keep searching. I am also searching for his belongings like the heavyweight sword and his body armor. His monolithic bathtub is still displayed at Brihadeeswarar temple. If you have any information that may lead to the discovery of his grave or his belongings, please leave a comment below.

1000 Year Old Ancient Drilling Technology - Brihadeeswarar Temple, India

Is it possible to drill a 3 millimeter wide hole today? Sure, all we need is a very small drill bit made of steel. Is it possible to drill such a tiny hole on hard granite rock? Not very easy, but if we have a diamond tipped drill bit such a hole can be drilled. How about making such minuscule holes on Granite, 1000 years ago? According to Historians, that would be impossible to do with primitive tools used by ancient people! Yet, such small holes were drilled in the Temple of Thanjavur, which still exist today as a testimony of advanced ancient technology.
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The Brihadeeswarar temple in India was built between 1004 and 1009 A.D, so it was built over a 1000 years ago. On the walls of this temple, you can find precision holes less than 3 millimeters wide. These holes are so small that nobody has noticed them and has virtually remained a secret for 1000 years. 
What looks like a mere ornamental carving has minute holes that nobody has noticed
These rock carvings look like mere decoration, but if you look closely, there are very small holes cut into them. These holes are drilled vertically, probably to hold something very slender. Primitive tools like iron or copper chisels can not accomplish this, even today. 
A series of tiny holes carved in the temple - what is their purpose?
 I put a small twig to show you how small the hole is. I tried to put my pen through the hole and it would not go through. Another fascinating thing about these holes is that it is not even straight drilling, but is done at an angle. I put the twig on top and it comes out almost at a right angle. The temple walls are completely made of granite, one of the hardest materials on earth. In modern days, we use diamond tipped tools to make these kind of holes. The architect of this temple was the great Tamil king, Raja Raja Chola. Today's archaeologists and historians are baffled at how he could construct such a gigantic temple in a very short time. King Raja Raja had international connections as far as the French Kingdom, and the only remaining artifact is his bathtub, which is still in the temple today.
A small twig placed into the hole at Brihadeeswarar Temple, Thanjavur
How did the people carve such minute holes on these granite rocks a thousand years ago? This technology is older than other ancient cultures like Mayas and Incas. The hole is also much smaller than any other ancient drills I have seen. It is also interesting to think about What were these holes used for? Whatever went inside must have been very thin and flexible because of the size and angle. Why would they need such minute holes anyway? Did the royal family use these holes for scientific purposes? The death of King Raja Raja is also shrouded in mystery.
Compare the size of the thumb above and you can understand how small the drilling is.
His Son, Rajendra Chola is considered one of the greatest kings in Indian history. He conquered a vast territory which now spans to more than 10 different countries! Rajendra Chola's Royal Palace was similar to a multistory apartment complex with at least 8 floors. How could the Chola dynasty accomplish these astonishing feats, a 1000 years ago? The ancient Tamils also employed secret signs in temples, which I recently revealed. 

Indian King Raja Raja Chola's European Connections 1000 Years Ago

There is a strange sculpture carved in Brihadeeswarar Temple in India, which proves that ancient Indians were well connected to the rest of the world. This temple was built in 1010 A.D, so it's just over a thousand years old. You can see plenty of Gods and saints carved on the temple tower, but here you can see a European carved on the temple.
A mysterious 'White Man' carved in Brihadeeswarar temple, 1000 year ago
This is really surprising because Historians will tell us the first European to reach South India was Vasco Da Gama in 1498, but this temple was built 500 years before his arrival. Does this carving really show a European? Take a good look at the closeup below.
A better look at the sculpture proves that he is in fact, European
To analyze if this is in fact a European, we have to compare it with a carving that depicts someone local. Luckily, we have no shortage of ancient Indians carved in temples. So let's take a look at the carving below in the same temple which shows how ancient Indians looked and dressed.
Carvings depicting ancient Indians look entirely different from the European sculpture
You can see how they wore a lot of jewelry, but usually did not wear shirts because South India is a very hot place. Notice the hairdo where they pulled up the hair to the side. This is confirmed by hundreds of carvings in the temple that all show a similar hairdo, and broad noses.
Who is this man? A King? A Hero? Why is he carved here?
Now let's look at this figure above, you'll see the exact opposite. He wears a top hat, but no jewelry. His shirt is shown with long sleeves and a collar. His nose is carved sharp, and he even has a beard, as opposed to Indians who were clean shaven. His hair is let loose to the sides, and if you look at his hands and his face, it is almost looking like he is posing for the sculptor who made it.
King Robert II, who ruled France
If you compare this carving with Robert II, the King of France during the same period, it is almost an accurate match. Notice that the beard and the hair of the King matches with the carving. Even the long sleeves and collar are consistent. The only difference is that the King is shown with a crown in Europe, and here he is shown with a hat. It is very likely that this carving shows King Robert II of France because only Gods, Kings and Saints are usually carved on Hindu temple towers. The ancient Tamils also idolized extraordinary human beings and worshiped them as Gods, like Periyachi Amman. How is such an accurate carving possible? Were the world leaders connected 1000 years ago, just like they are connected today? Are there any other carvings in this temple that show people from other countries as well?
A carving in Brihadeeswarar Temple shows a Chinese man
Here is another carving in the same temple that is also quite incredible. This clearly shows a Chinese man with a long beard and a long mustache. Even though some scholars claim Tamil Kings have had thousands of years of Chinese connection, this theory is categorically rejected by mainstream experts.
Chinese porcelain potsherds have also been found in the Royal Palace of Rajendra Chola. Let's compare the Chinese sculpture with the painting below which shows an ancient King who ruled China. 
Chinese emperor sports a similar mustache and hair-dress
Look how, he too has a long beard and a long mustache. Remarkably, he wears a similar headdress in the painting, just like the carving shows. History tells us that the world was not connected before 1500s, but these carvings clearly show that the Indian King Raja Raja had international connections on both sides of the world. He is a very enigmatic king indeed. His tremendous success, his ability to build a great temple in a short time and even the grave of Raja Raja is very mysterious. 

But how were these international communications possible 1000 years ago without advanced technology? Did they have communication devices, just like us? In one of the walls of this temple, a secret drilling technology has also been discovered, which may give us further clues to this mystery. 

Creepiest Mausoleum In The World? Calvin C Phillips Tomb - Tallahassee, Florida

The Mausoleum of Calvin C. Phillips in Oakland Cemetery, in Tallahassee, Florida is undoubtedly one of the spookiest mausoleums in the world. Why? Because a man walked into this mausoleum, lied down inside the casket and then died.  This is not just a rumor, it is recorded clearly that on 19th of November, 1919, Calvin C. Phillips told a man who was passing by to call his undertaker and then went into the mausoleum. The undertaker, Mr. Culley, came within an hour, and found Phillips dead inside the casket. He was alarmed, so he called the authorities and it was determined beyond any doubt that this was a natural death.
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No funeral services were held, nobody came to see his body. All the undertaker had to do was lock the door and his job was done. Till date, it has remained a mystery that a human being could calculate the time of his death so accurately. But what did Calvin Phillips do? He was a fanatic clock maker and was obsessed with the concept of time, so obsessed that he built his house in Tallahassee with a huge clock tower. But what else is known about this man? Pretty much nothing. All we can gather is that his name is Calvin C. Phillips and he died on November 19, 1919.
The back of Calvin C. Phillips Mausoleum in Tallahassee, Florida
This man’s life is a real puzzle because people have searched through census records and birth certificates from all the 50 states and have found no record of him. Because of this, there are even rumors that he is a Vampire who lived for centuries, got tired of living and locked himself in the mausoleum.
World's Scariest Mausoleum - Calvin C. Phillips' in Tallahassee, FL
But we are just scratching the surface of this mystery. On 26th of April 2000, a visitor noticed that the original marble door had been cracked open. The cops were called and they were shocked to find out that the casket was open and the skull had been stolen. On one of the walls, a hexagram was drawn with blood, possibly human blood along with the number 322 and on the floor there was a burnt book.  Obviously these are signs of occult rituals which took place the night before, but the most intriguing detail is the missing skull. I mean, they could have taken the entire skeleton, but why did they take the skull and leave the rest? Obviously we can’t help but think of folklore that says one of the few ways to kill a vampire is to tear its head off. Why did they let the body rest there for 81 years and then decide to take the skull? The skull has not been found even as of 2015.
On top of the dome, something weird happens at night
Ghost stories are so many that the Police have to guard the mausoleum on Halloween nights. There is the story of a man with a cane who keeps asking visitors “What time is it”? One person saw an old man with a long beard perched up on top of the dome. As he was looking, the old man flew from there to a gigantic oak tree nearby. A week later, a 15 year old girl was found unconscious not on the ground, but on one of the branches. This oak tree has its own ghost stories, but that's another post. You can check out the Devil's Tree in Florida and the Devil's Tree in New Jersey which are both, pure evil.
The red metal door was put in place after the marble door was broken, and the skull was swiped
This metallic door was put up by authorities who sealed the entrance after the missing skull incident, but before that it had a beautiful marble door. Above the door, you can see his last name Phillips but no first name, no date of birth or death, no other information. This is so weird because this man built his own fabulous mausoleum, possibly the very first mausoleum in Florida, but gives no other information. Most people would die to have their information etched all over the walls. For example, Tallahassee's famous Witch Grave has a ton of information carved on it.
This haunted mausoleum is still shrouded in mystery
And think about it, this mausoleum is just too big for one casket. A person can live inside it. So, what else was in it? Some people believe that Phillips himself came out of the casket at night and walked around and they say they often hear footsteps inside the mausoleum. Some people claim they have seen an apparition sitting on a mourning chair, at nights. I have searched all over this cemetery for this Devil's Chair, but couldn't find it. It was past dusk and I didn't want to hangout there anymore. I am afraid of ghosts, but more afraid of cops, who could arrest me for trespassing. After all, this Cemetery is considered the second most haunted graveyard in Florida, next only to the St. Paul's graveyard in Key West. This means that cops would have enough trouble dealing with thrill seekers and vandals after dark.
The clock tower home of Calvin Phillips which vanished
Remember I said he had a house with a giant clock tower. It was there until 1980s and we even have some pictures of it. But one morning, people of Tallahassee realized that it was just gone, as if the entire tower and the house had evaporated. Till today, nobody has been able to locate it. Now, whether you believe in ghosts or not, you’ve got to admit that this is a pretty strange story. So, is this the most bizarre mausoleum in the world? What do you think? 

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Johnstown Inclined Plane, Pennsylvania - Awesome Historic Landmark

Pennsylvania currently has 4 inclines in working condition, but the Johnstown Inclined Plane  is unique for a lot of different reasons. First, it is listed in the Guinness book of World records as the “The steepest vehicular inclined plane in the world”. What this means is that out of all the inclines that can carry vehicles, this is the steepest in the world. It has a slope of 35 degrees with a grade of 70.9 percent.
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The fascinating part about the Johnstown incline is you that you can take your vehicle on it. The video above includes my dash cam video and you can see how the operator is directing me to drive into the incline. Now after I stop my engine, I can sit in the car or come out and you can see how my car is now chocked with these concrete blocks. This is absolutely necessary. Why? Because we are on the steepest vehicular incline and my car will start rolling downhill without these blocks.
Johnstown incline is also the largest incline in the world. The cars are currently about 34 feet long, 15 feet wide and 15 feet tall but the cars were originally double-deckers. So before they changed the design into a single-decker in 1921, the incline was much bigger and was two storied.  The upper deck was reserved for horses and wagons and the lower deck was used by passengers. They removed the upper deck because a few horses got spooked and jumped from the car onto the tracks below. So, even after removing the upper deck, the Johnstown incline is still the world’s largest funicular. 
Johnstown Incline holds a Guinness record for being the The steepest vehicular inclined plane in the world

There is a fascinating story behind its construction. Unlike other funiculars like the Duquesne Incline, the Johnstown incline was not created for transporting people up and down for everyday purposes. What happened was, in 1889 a huge flood nearly destroyed the entire town and killed over 2200 people. The residents realized that if they could build an incline that leads up to the hill, they could escape to higher ground in case of a flood. So this is the primary reason why this incline was built in 1891.
Inside the control room of Johnstown Inclined Plane
We have to give a lot of credit to the people who came up with this idea, because the incline saved more than 4,000 lives when another flood hit Johnstown in 1936. This incline operated continuously day and night during that time carrying a lot people to the mountain.Today it is recommended that only 60 people can ride this incline at one time, but during the flood, more than 150 people would ride it.  Johnstown incline even saved horses and other animals. There was also another flood in 1977 and the incline was instrumental in transporting people and equipment up the hill.
Johnstown funicular saved more than 4000 lives during 1936 floods
So you can see that this incline is not just a historic landmark, but also served the valuable purpose of saving lives. At one point, Pennsylvania had 18 working inclines or funiculars. But now, there are just 4 inclines that are still working, so they are all historic landmarks. But none of the others are large enough to carry vehicles and this one can carry 6 motorcycles, a dump truck, a snowplow and even a bus.
If you are a nerd, you might like this :)

Once upon a time, they even had a bus service that covered both the town below and the town on the hill. For example, the bus would basically carry passengers and then drive into this incline. The incline would take the bus above and the bus would drive through the streets on the hill.   At its prime time, Johnston incline had more than a million passengers every year. Nowadays, about 100,000 people use it, and they are all mostly tourists.
A pretty view of the entire city of Johnstown from the top
This is what you see from the observation deck on the hill, a beautiful view of the city of Johnstown. The view of Pittsburgh from Duquesne Incline is much better though.  The Forbes Magazine actually described Johnstown as the most affordable city in the United States.You can also see the incline cars going up and down from here. One weird thing about Johnstown Incline is that it is closed through the entire month of January.
There were steps between the tracks, and poor people used them instead of taking the incline
There used to be a stairway between these two tracks with about 1000 steps, but these were removed in 1963. They were constructed primarily for maintenance but people who didn’t have the money to pay the fare simply walked up and down using the stairway.  Can you guess the price of a one way ticket when it was first built? It was just 5 cents and now it costs 4 dollars. If you think that is depressing, read the story of Charlie NO FACE!

Haunted Witch Grave - Tallahassee, Florida

The Old City Cemetery in Tallahassee, Florida is a very historic place and it features something very unique:  A mysterious witch grave. Here is a 12 feet tall obelisk of Bessie, a witch who died when she was just 23 years old. This happened more than a century ago in 1889, and her full name was Elizabeth Budd Graham.
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So what is so strange about this monument? To begin with, this grave and the inscription face west, and if you look around all the other graves face east because that is the accepted Christian custom. And this tombstone is the tallest and most ornate and made of 15 tons of French granite. And legend has it that anyone who tries to have a taller structure in this cemetery cannot succeed. A few families have tried to build more elaborate monuments and they were desecrated a few days later.

Before getting to the ghost stories, people have seen actual witches performing ceremonies at night, this is not a rumor but it really happens. On full moon and new moon nights, people who drive by still see a group of witches standing around this obelisk with candles.
The Witch Grave at Tallahassee has the tallest obelisk and has a mysterious energy
Ghost stories include seeing a young woman weeping and sobbing right here. And if you visit this grave, Bessie will show up in your dreams that very night. Another story says that a new offering is made to her every day for all these years. This may be true, because you can see 2 quarters and 2 dimes neatly placed here.
Coins set as offerings on the witch grave  
And you’ll see a lot of shells put in to a granite vase as offerings. Legend also has it that if you look into this vase, you will see the reflection of a dark soul looking straight into your eyes. It turns out there have been many people have also tried to do black magic and other dark forms of witchcraft on her grave. Numerous weird incidents have been reported which has prompted the sign below. It simply says Anyone found on this property will be arrested and jailed!
Weird sign at the Old City Cemetery says anyone will be arrested. Really, anyone? 
Almost every cemetery in the state of Florida has a weird energy attached to it, like the Calvin Phillips Mausoleum, Devil's Chair and even Church Graveyards. One strange thing that I found while taking still pictures - my flash was always reflected on this side of the tombstone. I tried several times but just couldn’t get rid of it. Is it because of some strange energy or do I just suck at taking pictures?
The Grave of Bessie the Witch in Tallahassee, Florida
So why did she die at such a young age? Heart disease? She’s too young for that, but locals think that she was slow poisoned by a close relative and she had a long, painful death which is why her soul has not rested in peace all these years.Most people believe that she was loved by everyone before she died and the rumors started after her death. But if you look at this epitaph, we can understand that she was hated by many and she could have even been poisoned by a relative.Why do I say this? This epitaph engraved by her husband is originally from a poem called Lenore written by Edgar Allen Poe when his wife passed away at the age of 24.
Elizabeth Budd Graham, Born - 1866; Married - 1887; Died 1889
It reads:
“Ah! Broken is the golden bowl. The spirit flown forever! Let the bell toll! A saintly soul
Floats on the Stygian River; Come let the burial rite be read, The funeral song be sung;
An anthem for the queenliest dead That died so young, A dirge for her the doubly dead
In that she died so young.”
The epitaph on the witch grave is taken directly from Poe's poem 'Lenore'
And this has inspired people to give a lot of evil meanings – for example, some argue that the queenliest dead means that Bessie was the queen of the dead. But you can toss them out unless you want to believe that Poe’s wife herself was a witch. The real meaning is hidden in the immediately following lines of the Poem, which the husband has cleverly left out:
"Wretches! ye loved her for her wealth and hated her for her pride
"And when she fell in feeble health, ye blessed her--that she died!
R.I.P Bessie
You can see how, the people around her probably pretended to love her for her wealth and secretly hated her for her pride. And when she fell ill, they wanted her to die.What’s more interesting, Poe’s wife Virginia also claimed in her deathbed, that a woman named Ellet poisoned her.The real meaning of the inscription is clear: People hated Bessie and spread rumors about her even when she was alive. And sadly, these rumors are still alive after 129 years, and even modern day witches believe them. So, whether you believe in ghosts or not, there is something more evil around us –hateful and wicked people. At least this is what she told me in my dreams last night :)

Ironically, there are many urban legends where the victims are portrayed as evil. Charlie No Face in Pennsylvania is another fabulous example of this phenomenon. But Florida tops all other states with its spooky urban legends. It is a gold mine for ghost hunters - Robert the Doll, Devil's Tree and even romance can get creepy in this state! 

Devil's Tree, New Jersey - Why So Evil?

Ever visited the infamous Devil's tree in Bernards Township, New Jersey? This oak tree is said to be more than 250 years old and is considered pure evil. A closer look shows that many people have tried to cut it down and it is now protected with a chain link fence. How does a tree get so much attention? Locals tell you that anyone who disrespects this tree by spitting, peeing on it or simply taunting it will have serious consequences. 

You spit on this tree, you will get a severe case of strep throat. One guy peed on it and hit a deer while driving back. Another guy mocked the tree and had a nose bleed right away. Anyone who touches the tree and tries to eat at a restaurant on the same day will find that his hands have turned black. What makes this tree so evil? Because it has 2 very real stories behind it.

Devil's Tree is located at the intersection of Mountain Road and Emerald Valley Lane

The first story is that this township was the headquarters of Ku Klux Klan in New Jersey. After the defeat in the Civil War, many southern war veterans moved to this part of the state. In fact there were so many of them in this area that there is a place nearby called Rebel Hill. But the most active period of the KKK began right after the movie "The Birth of a nation" in 1915. It is a fact that they lynched numerous black people on this tree. Ironically, these lynchings were led by a Reverend called Carl Mellberg of the Basking Ridge Methodist Church. 
Numerous black people were lynched on the Devil's Tree 
This tree must have been a very convenient place because it is far away from any police station or big cities back then. The KKK often lynched just any black person they could find on this tree simply to show their power. This was not limited to just black men but they also hung black women and children. This is one big reason why locals believe that there are so many trapped souls in this tree and people who put up their ears on the trunk claim that you can hear screaming and begging from inside the tree. Guys who drive by during midnight have also reported seeing hanging bodies swaying from the branches.
People have seen apparitions of hanging bodies, swaying from the branches of the Devil's Tree 
 The second story which is also true is that a farmer who owned a large piece of land in this area, went bankrupt during the great depression. This was a time when farmers began burning corn rather than coal in their stoves because corn was cheaper. Unable to feed his wife and kids,  this farmer brought them here on a nice day for a picnic, killed them all and then hung himself on the tree. Now, with so many homicides and suicide, this tree has a lot of negative energy. Devil worshipers use this energy till date to jinx their enemies. They come here after midnight and place weird objects like the one below in the tree. 
A weird wooden object inserted into the Devil's Tree - used for jinxing enemies
They believe that the trapped souls will transfer their energy on the object if it is placed here for a full lunar cycle. This strange wooden thing was most probably placed by a devil worshiper. He or she would later take this and bury it under the enemy's yard which will bring misfortune to him.
Teens like to hangout at the Devil's Tree, New Jersey
If you visit the tree after dark, you will be followed by a big black truck while driving back. This story seems to have many eyewitness accounts. The truck will follow you up until a certain point and after the road bends, you won't see it. Some say this makes sense because there is a sign that says "park closed 1/2 hours after sunset, violators will be prosecuted" and the park ranger could be driving the black truck. Others say that the sign was only put up recently but this has been happening for many years. Is it possible that there is a sentinel guarding the devil's tree?
Rumor has it that no other tree will grow near the Devil's Tree
Also, right below the devil's tree is a boulder called the heat rock or the devil's rock. It is true that it is unusually warmer than the rest of the area, even during winter. Is it because there is some hidden natural phenomena like hot springs underneath or because of paranormal activity? A while ago, I posted a video about the Devil's Tree in Florida which has an even better story attached to it, but this tree has become so notorious that they are making a movie about it now. True stories like Robert The Haunted Doll have recently been made into movies and Charlie NO FACE is also rumored become a movie project soon. 


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