Haunted by History: True Crime Stories with a Paranormal Twist

Intuitive Amanda
4 min readMay 15, 2024


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Hey there, true crime fans! Are you ready to dive into some seriously spooky stories?

I’m talking about the kind of tales that blend the world of true crime with the paranormal. It’s a wild combination, but trust me, it’s a thrilling ride!

The Greenbrier Ghost: A Spirit Speaks Out

Picture this: a woman named Elva Zona Heaster is found dead in her home in West Virginia.

Everyone thinks it’s just a natural death, but her mom, Mary Jane, has a different idea. She says Elva’s ghost came to her in a dream and revealed that her husband, Edward Shue, had actually murdered her!

Thanks to Mary Jane’s determination:

  • An autopsy proved Elva’s neck had been broken
  • Edward Shue was put on trial and found guilty of murder
  • This became the first known case in U.S. history where a ghost’s testimony was used in court

How wild is that? The Greenbrier Ghost story has become a local legend, inspiring all sorts of books, documentaries, and even a historical marker.

Teresita Basa: A Ghost Detective

But the Greenbrier Ghost isn’t the only spirit who’s helped solve a crime. In 1977, a respiratory therapist named Teresita Basa was tragically stabbed to death in her apartment.

Months went by with no leads, until her coworker, Remy Chua, came forward with a mind-blowing claim: Teresita’s spirit had possessed her and named the killer!

Remy knew details about the crime that hadn’t been made public, which led the police to question the suspect, Allan Showery.

Under interrogation, Showery confessed to the murder, admitting he’d stolen jewelry from Teresita’s apartment to pay off gambling debts. Talk about a ghost detective!

The Crying Boy Paintings: Cursed Art?

But it’s not just the victim’s spirit that can haunt a crime scene. Sometimes, it’s the objects involved that are said to be cursed or possessed.

Take the Crying Boy paintings, for example. These portraits by Bruno Amadio gained a creepy reputation in the 1980s.

Word on the street was that these paintings were cursed, causing fires in the homes they were hung in. The legend got so out of hand that a British tabloid even held a mass bonfire where people could burn their copies of the paintings.

While the curse has been debunked, it’s still a freaky example of how objects tied to tragedy can take on a paranormal vibe.

The “Devil Made Me Do It” Defense

Now, what happens when the paranormal meets the criminal mind? That’s where the story of Arne Cheyenne Johnson comes in. In 1981, Johnson claimed that demonic possession made him murder his landlord.

His defense team said he’d been possessed by a demon that was cast out during an exorcism by the famous demonologists, Ed and Lorraine Warren.

The “Devil Made Me Do It” trial was a media circus, raising all sorts of questions about the legal and moral aspects of blaming demonic possession for a crime.

In the end, Johnson was found guilty of manslaughter, but the case remains a fascinating look at the crossroads of true crime, the paranormal, and the human mind.

Coincidence or Something More?

So, what do we make of all these stories? Are they just coincidences, the products of overactive imaginations, or could there be something more going on?

Skeptics say the paranormal bits in these stories can be chalked up to psychological stuff like:

  • Confirmation bias (seeing what we want to see)
  • Pareidolia (finding patterns where there are none)
  • The power of suggestion (believing something because it’s been hinted)

I mean, our brains are wired to look for patterns and meaning, even when things are totally random or chaotic.

But paranormal believers argue that these cases are solid proof of supernatural forces at work in the world of crime.

They point to:

  • The eerie accuracy of details provided by spirits
  • The unexplainable events surrounding cursed objects
  • The massive impact of demonic possession on human behavior

For them, these stories show that there are powers beyond our understanding at play in the universe.

The Thrill of the Paranormal

No matter what you believe, there’s no denying that true crime stories with a paranormal twist are absolutely captivating.

They make us question what we think we know about reality, human experience, and the mysteries that lie beyond what we can see.

They remind us that even in the darkest of times, there might be glimmers of hope, justice, and redemption. So, the next time you find yourself wrapped up in a true crime story, keep your mind open and eyes peeled.

You never know when the paranormal might pop up, turning a chilling tale into a haunting legend. As Shakespeare once said, “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

And when it comes to true crime and the paranormal, those words couldn’t be more spot-on!



Intuitive Amanda

Love & Relationships Psychic 💖 Evidential Psychic Medium 👻 Pro Psychic Mentor 🔮 intuitiveamanda.com