Pub spirit is a western film star


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THE ghostly figure of a COWBOY walks in front of a roaring fire in a haunted pub and is caught on video.

Locals are convinced paranormal forces are at play and that the spooky sighting is definitely a GHOST.

Just visible is a Stetson style hat and a waistcoat.

Caught as pals tested out the video mode on a new mobile phone, the strange presence was NOT seen until the recording was played back.

And landlords have told of similar spooky goings-on in the same pub in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs.

Filmed by local Andy Willett and pals Macca and Vince Bundy, the bizarre footage spooked all three.

“It has to be a ghost,” Mr Bundy, 43, said. “There is no other explanation.”

“We didn’t see it while we were sitting there, only when we played the video.

“I couldn’t believe it.

“You can make out a hat and a waistcoat. I’ve never seen a video as clear as this before. It’s not a fake, it actually happened.”

The Tunstall pub called the Ancient Briton, now a derelict site after it was targeted by arsonists, was thought to be HAUNTED.

Mr Bundy, who has hung on to the footage for three years, said: “One previous landlord told a local his young son used to talk to ‘another little boy’.

“And one tenant’s child spoke of a COWBOY who used to pick-up his socks.”

Singer and UFO fan Robbie Williams used to live near the pub.

Toughening up to rude ghosts

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Jennifer Love Hewitt

The question is, would you go to her if you were a recently deceased person with an unresolved issue? And if so, would you be so rude as to interrupt her at all hours of the day and night, whatever she is doing, as the ghosts do on this show?

One thing this programme teaches us is that the undead have no manners.

Melinda is toughening up, thank goodness, starting to boss those pestilential ghosts around.

She actually stuck her hands on her hips and told a whole bunch of them to scram this week, which, given her Pollyanna-ish manners, was nearly as shocking as if she had told them to eff off.

But what she really needs is a seriously tough sidekick, someone like Endora from Bewitched. “Oh, reeally! Make an appointment, Derwood, or whatever your name is.”

Still, as silly as this show is, Hewitt is ridiculously fetching as the sweet-as-pie newlywed, and after a break of a few months, it is quite fun to see the tricksy stories about ghosts and their complicated past lives again.

Melinda appears to use a similar technique to that used by Cesar on Dog Whisperer, to impose “calm, submissive energy” on her ghosts, before indulging them. They always start by behaving badly, then end up trotting like happy little pitbulls towards the Light.

It still rankles that Melinda never tells them what the Light is, and whether you can get a decent latte there, and does it have broadband?

And that, even more amazingly, the ghosts never bother to ask. But, as you have to keep reminding yourself, it’s only television.

Later on TV3 on Sunday came another of those unsung late-night treasures which, had the channel’s programmers had their wits about them, would have been trailered as “The Original, Real-Life Jaws”.

Twelve Days of Terror sounded like another of those shlocky horror B-movies, but was in fact a Discovery Channel docu-drama on the 1916 New Jersey shark attacks.

It was this celebrated phenomenon, in which two people died – that we know of – and a child was horribly maimed, that inspired Peter Benchley to write Jaws.

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Ghost of Hotel San Carlos

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San Carlos Hotel

The ghost of Leone Jensen is said to roam the hallways of the San Carlos Hotel in downtown Phoenix, AZ. Witnesses claim to see her as a floating white, cloudy figure of mist. Unexplainable breezes accompany her presence.

In almost every ghost book or story written about dear Leone tells of a scorned woman devastated by the rejection of a love interest. The stories say she was dressed in an elegant white evening gown ready for a night of dancing with her bellboy boyfriend from a nearby hotel. After her dreams for a romantic evening folded around her, she decided she could no longer live with a broken heart. She left her room on the seventh floor, climbed to the roof, and leaped off the seven story San Carlos Hotel.

Ah, yes, that version of the story is filled with a bit of Hollywood flavor and makes the incident far more sensational than what really happened. I am going to share the real story of the Leone Jensen’s suicide with you. Through research I was able to find the true—and just as dramatic account of the tragedy.

Leone Jensen, aged about 25, was a resident of California and a visitor in Phoenix for about two or three weeks. On May 8, 1928, Leone committed suicide by jumping from the roof of the San Carlos Hotel—her body was badly crushed and shattered.

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