Oklahoma's Deer Woman

Oklahoma’s Deer Woman
One of my favorite pastimes is to attend local powwows here in Oklahoma. Instead of celebrating the Fourth of July the “American Way” I take my family to a local powwow to celebrate independence on a more cultural level. The stories and legends attached to Native America are an amazing piece of history that is overlooked in the paranormal investigative field. If you were to think about it, the majority of Native American events in history have some kind of supernatural link to them. These types of stories intrigue me and I will share one of my favorite ones told to me by some of the elders of the Cheyenne Arapaho tribe of Oklahoma. 
The legend…
The story of the deer woman is a universal message that is taught by many tribes. With all Native American folklore there is a message behind them all. The term “scared straight” comes to mind when I hear these kinds of stories. This is what makes them the unique and traditional legends that have stood the test of time.
        While the locals enjoy the powwow at the local stomp grounds the stars are out, drums are pounding away into the distance. A 20-year-old  dancer is taking a break from the fast and furious footwork. He takes off his head covering as the sweat flows from his pours. He looks into the field as the ladies jingle dress dance is taking place he notices a flutter in the field. Wiping the sweat from his eyes he takes another look and sees that it is a person dancing around in the field. He gets up from the bleachers and starts to walk in the direction of the person, paying no attention to anyone else. He gets closer to the barbed wire fence and focuses into the night sky as he watches this person dance around in the brush. The person seems to be getting closer. He starts to notice a beautiful shawl, crimson and turquoise with yellow spots. It is a woman dancing in the field, he finds a post within the fence and continues to watch her in the distance. Every minute that passes she seems to mysteriously get closer to him. He starts to notice that the woman has beautiful braids and a headband made of gold, she is a beautiful dancer. He continues to watch attentively as she dances in the field, she floats like cotton and never a stumble. Her beauty and her grace intrigue the man, deciding the climb through the barbwire fence. He is compelled to meet this woman and to find out why she is alone in the field dancing.He slides through the fence and notices that she motions her arms as if she is pulling him closer with an invisible rope. She wants him to meet her; he starts to run out into the field, all he can hear is the belled anklets adorned to his fathers’ moccasins. He continues to run into the field and he realizes that she is out further than he thought. The woman continues to pull him closer and he finally catches up with her. Her beauty strikes him, eyes of a mature fawn. Her eyes so dark they are almost black. Her skin is the color of cool caramel and her hair is braided and thick as horsehair. She smiles at him, he is in wonderment of this beauty, of who she is and where she is from. For a moment he recognizes the drums in the background and thinks to himself that the shawl dancers are still in motion.He turns and notices that he is very far away from the stomp grounds, the lights are in the distance, small as the midnight stars. He turns to the woman and sees that she is not there, he notices her as she is briskly running away from him, turning back at him smiling a tempting invitation for him to follow her. As he starts to dash after her in the long brush, in amazement at her grace as she runs through the obstacles, he watches in amazement.
The man is growing tired and notices that he is not catching up to her, they are just going farther out away from the stomp grounds. He gradually stops to take a breath. As he bends over to rest, he looks to the ground. The man sees what appear to be the hooves of a deer. He looks up and the woman stands, looking down on him, she offers her hand to help him up. Tempted yet puzzled, the man takes her hand and smiles. He stands then pulls her closer to kiss her.The woman looks at him and a tear runs down her cheek as her eyes change and her face starts to become distorted as if something was within her, she looks helpless. The man starts to grab her and scream out to her, who are you! The woman starts to fight him, clawing his face and thrashing his body. The man is frightened and confused. The woman starts to push him; he lands on his back while fighting her off. The woman is too strong; he cannot hold her back from him. He blacks out for a moment only to see a large doe standing upon his chest it is a deer! The man is in shock. The mighty doe looks down upon him and shakes her head and starts to pounce on him violently. The man screams but he can only hear the distant sounds of the drums rolling in the stomp grounds. He hears a vague announcement over the loud speaker that he was to get ready for the next dance. The powerful doe continues to ambush him for what seems to be eternity.
  The man looks up, in great pain as he takes his last breaths before he meets mother earth. He sees the woman standing before him, half beauty half deer.  She smiles then descends into the trees, leaving him to die alone...   

This is one of my favorite translations of this story. This version is the one I like to share with my friends and family. There are many sides of this story. In fact, each tribe holds a different report with how the men meet the Deer Woman.But, each story has the same meaning and message.It has been reported that the message originated when a group of men many years ago took the purity of an innocent woman from a nearby tribe. They left her in a field to die after their grisly attack. Rumor is that a sympathetic female deer lay beside her as the girl took her last breaths, just so she wouldn’t be alone on her journey back to mother earth.
The tribes’ men were never punished for the gruesome rape and murder of this woman. The woman was blessed with the strength of a deer in her next path of life, the Gods, obviously a female. Allowing her to make peace, gather justice and provide security for her and the future of other women across the land. 
Message to men from this story is to never allow ones self to be tempted by the flesh. To treat women with respect and dignity or you perhaps the Deer Woman will visit you one day.Like I mentioned above, there are many versions of this story, this just happens to be my favorite. The messages behind Native American stories are just amazing. This is a great way to teach about the wrongs and rights of life.
Just goes to show you that legends are timeless and lessons can be temporary. Perhaps we should all make our life’s lessons into legends?

By- Tonya Hacker © 2013

Ghostlahoma offers up more than just paranormal talk!




Enid, OK – GHOSTLAHOMA, Oklahoma’s 7th annual paranormal conference will be held in Enid for the first time on August 18, 2012 at the Cherokee Strip Conference Center from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
            Troy Taylor, a researcher, crime buff, supernatural historian and the author of almost 90 books on ghosts, hauntings, history, crime and the unexplained in America, will be one of the keynote speakers at this year’s conference.  Taylor presents a dark look at the world of missing, murdered and murderous women from the supernatural history of America, from mysterious serial killers, treacherous poisoners and spirits seeking revenge, to the tragic victims of crime and violence and the hauntings that followed their deaths.  True accounts include the spirit whose testimony was entered at her own murder trial, the real story of New Orleans' most hated woman, the spirit medium with a penchant for bloody murder and more! 
No matter who you are or what you believe, you will enjoy this presentation by our headlining speaker.

Ken Gerhard is a widely recognized cryptozoologist and field researcher for The Centre for Fortean Zoology and Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization.  He has investigated reports of monsters and mysterious animals around the world including Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, the Chupacabras, winged creatures and even werewolves.  In addition to appearing in three episodes of the television series Monster Quest (History Channel), Ken is featured in the History Channel special The Real Wolfman, as well as Legend Hunters (Travel Channel/A&E), Paranatural (National Geographic), Ultimate Encounters (truTV) and William Shatner’s Weird or What? (History Television).  Ken is author of the book Big Bird: Modern Sightings of Flying Monsters as well as the co-author of Monsters of Texas (with Nick Redfern) and has contributed to trade publications including Fate Magazine, Animals and Men, The Journal of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club and Bigfoot Times.

        Other speakers include Oklahoma paranormal authors and investigators from across the state.

            Tonya Hacker will take a look at the evidence standards of the paranormal field and share with you an interactive presentation of photos, EVP, video and other evidence of paranormal activity from across the globe.  Hacker is the founder of GHOULI.org(Ghost Haunts of Oklahoma and Urban Legend Investigations) as well as the co-author of the book, Ghostlahoma – Over 100 Years of Haunted History.  She has been featured on TLC’s America’s Ghost Hunters and has spoken at conferences all over the country as well as being featured on numerous news shows.  She was and continues to be the spokeswoman for the infamous “Salvage Yard Ghost” video that swept the nation in 2006 and still gets attention today.  She is currently a blogger for News OK and is working on other writing projects as well.  She has conducted several educational seminars at various colleges, schools, and libraries and was highlighted as one of the five “Essential People” in Oklahoma Today Magazine (July 2011)  

            Tammy Wilson will share with you the local legends and folklore of this year’s host city, Enid, Oklahoma.  From haunted bars to the widely disputed legend of the death of John Wilkes Booth, Enid has a very colorful haunted history.  Wilson is the co-author of the book, Ghostlahoma – Over 100 Years of Haunted History, as well as the founder of Eerie Oklahoma.  Her stories have appeared in several places and have been seen locally in E-Town Magazine.  She also conducts an Oklahoma ghost town tour by appointment as well as Eerie Enid tours.
 Hacker and Wilson have spoken at various conferences around the country as well as to the Oklahoma Main Street directors about haunted history and tourism.

Teri White is the author of Tulsa’s Haunted Memories and is also an adjunct instructor at Tulsa University where she teaches various classes on the paranormal. She has appeared on both local and national television on the Travel Channel, Discover Oklahoma, Womens Entertainment and several others. With a background in management, she is the founder and director of P.I.T.T., The Paranormal Investigative Team of Tulsa and founder of Tulsa Spirit Tours, Oklahoma’s longest running ghost tour. 

            Chris Harrington of the Denton Area Paranormal Society, now relocated to Enid, will share with you his experiences as a paranormal investigator: the ins, the outs, the what to dos, and the what not to dos.

Josh Stebbins- Featured Artist for Ghostlahoma 2012 will have his work available and on display at the conference along side with other Oklahoma artist with “ominous elements.” Some of the most unique art, photography and even crafts will be displayed and for sale at the first ever Ghostlahoma Gallery.

Downtown Enid will have parts of the Main Street closed off due to the first annual "Haunt Rod" car show. The streets will be lined with hearses and spooky cars, trucks and anything with wheels for patrons and curious minds. This is the very first "Haunt Rod" show in association with a conference and many cars from across the state are coming together to show off their spooky spokes!
 Don't forget your cameras!

After the Conference when the night starts to move in there will be several ghostly tours and hands on weirdness for your entertainment!

            Tickets for the event are $25.00 and may be purchased online at www.iloveenid.com & GHOULI.ORG or by calling (580) 402-6732.  Vendor tables &  Sponsorships Available. Group Rates are available. Please call for details.

This event is sponsored by:
Mystical Illusions Tattoo & Body Piercing
Black Cat T-shirts
Artist Josh Stebbins
Revenant Limousines 
& the City of Enid, Oklahoma

Haunted Skirvin Hotel fails to scare Miami Heat?

Well that’s a headline I thought I would never write!
First of all I want to let everyone know that I am not a big sports fan.  I never have been one either.  I’m not one to jump on the bandwagon because a team is doing very well in a season. But I do have respect for the Thunder. I did come across a headline on my phone where I get “paranormal news” and a very small blurb was posted in a Miami based newspaper. The Sun Sentential decided to take a poke that kind of got me a bit riled up. No, I am not running out to purchase an official Thunder-Up t-shirt but the short article did make me raise an eyebrow and be on the defensive.
Here is the original article
I’m not normally concerned with sports rivalry but I am getting rather annoyed with the national media making statements as to which they are so surprised that Oklahoma City is actually a real city! Why on earth would anyone in this day and age really assume we are sporting around covered wagons and living by lakes and rivers in tee-pee’s?  Oklahoma City may not be the most progressive city around but really we are not waking up each day to hunt for our food!

Miami Heat player Udonis Haslem told media “I’m a pretty good guy, man. I respect everybody’s space,”  “If that’s the ghost’s room and they come pop up on me like that and he says it’s his spot, he can have it. There’s plenty other rooms.”

Folks who have stayed at the Skirvin Hilton — you can check in any time you like but you can never leave — report all sorts of supernatural incidents. Boston Celtics forward Brandon Bass insists on a nightlight when he stays there and Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson said his bathroom door slammed in the middle of the night.Source Washington Post
It’s nice to see the competition not be intimidated by a series of ghostly tales attached to the hotel like many others in the past.

Click to continue reading on GHOULI's NEWS OK BLOG 

Celebrities Haunted by Ghosts

We all love to follow celebrities. We also love to hear about them being haunted. 
We need to ask ourselves...Why is that? 

 The majority of people are curious as to what the uber famous are up to these days and when you throw in a ghost story or two it makes the celeb-stalking much more interesting. Perhaps we love to hear celebrity ghost stories because it makes them appear to be more "human" to us. Showing signs of weakness and vulnerability is appealing to us as regular folk. Do people believe celebrities more when they speak about ghosts or are we just expecting to be entertained by their story? There are many reports of celebrities coming out of the ghostly closet per-say, but are they too falling for the haunting hype that's now associated within the paranormal community? 

The popular TV show "Celebrity Ghost Stories on the Biography Channel is still going strong. The show has highlighted stars from Marylin Manson to Corey Feldman. We all tune in to see these celebs talk about their fears but would we give the same attention to a random person on the street? Probably not. No matter what, it is still fun to watch celebrities show signs of being "real" compared to the glamorized individuals we are accustomed too. 

Just for fun here is a short list of Celebrities and links to their personal ghost stories. 

  • TMZ recently showcased singer Avril Lavigne's ex-boyfriend spilling the beans about her haunted house just a couple months ago. Click to watch video.
  • Six time Grammy Award winner, Singer Adele believes her new mansion to be haunted by ghosts. After living in the home, Adele is convinced the property is haunted and refuses to sleep alone in the home.Click to get a peek at Adele's haunted mansion perhaps she's Rollin in the "Creep"
  • Actress Halle Barry has reported to be haunted by Hollywood Historical Icon, Dorothy Dandridge click to read more.
  • Nicholas Cage's New Orleans home rumored to be haunted. Cage is also pretty vocal about his supernatural beliefs.
  • Famous Author Anne Rice has shared many times that her New Orleans home is inhabited by a man that committed suicide over 150 years ago.
  • The ever so lovely Loretta Lynn has shared her ghost stories on many TV shows. Her plantation is open to the public and was even showcased on TV Ghost Adventures.
  • The late Anna Nicole Smith was a big fan of ghosts and spirits. In fact, she was so open to them, she did claim at one point to actually "have sex" with a ghost. She did report it to be amazing.
  • Kate Hudson, during the filming of the movie Skeleton Key reported several accounts of paranormal activity.
  • Hottie Matthew McConaughey reported to live in a haunted house. He heard noises one night and jumped out of bed, probably with his shirt off and tried to pulverize the unseen force. Matthew did comment that the activity was probably to do with him being naked. Anyone else want to bet the ghost was a woman? 
  • Keanu Reaves has reported that he grew up in a haunted house. The ghost had no legs but sported a double vested suit. Party On ghost!
  • Ace Frehely of the popular band KISS reported he was punched in the face by a ghost while on tour. Perhaps the ghost didn't like his make up?
  • Lady Gaga is convinced she is haunted by a ghost named Ryan. Click to learn more about GaGa's Ghost

Have a link to a Celebrity Ghost Story? Feel free to share! Also... what do  you think about celebrities that share their stories? Marketing, fame or are they legitimate claims?

Ghost Sighting- Your Ghost Stories

Submitted Story from Oklahoma

When I was 14, (I am now 37), I was riding home from church with a friend (who was 16) in his dad's small 1987 Ford Ranger truck.  The church that we attended is known as the Country Tabernacle PCG, located on Cheek Road in Lone Grove, OK.  This road runs South, perpendicular to Highway 70 just a couple of miles west of town.  The night was slightly foggy and misty, but visibility wasn't compromised.  We left the church as soon as it was over that Sunday night around 8:00pm.  The church is 7 miles South of Highway 70.  We were traveling north towards my home across town.  
We were both chatting and listening to the radio, but my friend was a very responsible driver and wasn't that distracted.  As we came to the intersection with the highway, there were no other cars or pedestrians around.  I made a mental note of how little traffic there was on the highway and dismissed it as due to the fact that it was a rainy Sunday night.  We made a rolling stop at the stop sign and was in mid-right turn when for some unknown reason, I was compelled to look out the back window over my left shoulder.  What I saw when I looked out the window was a human figure walking northbound across the highway.  I only saw the profile and back of the figure for the few seconds that I viewed it.  It was tall and skinny, wearing a khaki trench coat, cinched tight around the waist.  The hands were shoved into the coat pockets, shoulders hunched.  The head was looking at the ground and had a gray fedora (gangster/Indiana Jones style hat) pulled down over the eyes.  I saw no recognizable features of the face.  Gray slacks were noticeable at the bottom of the calf-length coat.  I did not notice any feet.  The figure's legs were moving but its motion was more of a smooth glide.  It covered the ground very quickly.  I thought it strange and asked my friend if he saw it, for I thought at first that he had almost run over a pedestrian.  He looked in his mirrors and said no.  It was then that I realized that it wasn't humanly possible for a physical being to be there.  For it to have been where I saw it when I did, the figure would have had to be walking right behind the truck at the same speed as the truck and then continue moving northbound as we turned eastbound.  We were probably going over 5 mph at the time and the figure looked as if it was just traveling at a leisurely pace.  A normal person would have had to be jogging at least to make that time and then they would have had to run right through the bed of the truck to be where they were when I saw them.  I have gone over the physics of this many times in my head and I still come up with the same conclusion.  It could not have been a physical person.  Even if it was, why did I not see any feet when I saw enough to get such an accurate description of everything else?  About 9 years ago I was telling this story to the girlfriend of another friend of mine and she freaked out.  This is what she said.  When she was in high school, a story circulated that if you went to that intersection and waited in your car, the figure (dressed exactly as I saw) would come and knock on your window.  If you rolled your window down, it would ask you a question, (I can't for the life of me remember the question).  If you answered it the apparition would disappear.  Supposedly the police got wind of this and went to check out who was pranking people.  A couple of officers waited in their patrol car at the intersection.  Right on cue the figure appeared, knocked, the officers rolled the window down and answered the question.  
The figure disappeared and the officers sped back to town with lights and sirens blaring.  Whether or not this happened, or it is a legend, I don't know.  But I know what I saw that night when I was 14.  And I will never forget it. - By : Kelly McDaniels

Legend of Elmer McCurdy

The man’s name may not be familiar, but his visage left an impression on countless youth throughout his five-decade-long career as an urban legend incarnate.
Elmer McCurdy was shot dead by a sheriff’s posse on the Oklahoma-Kansas border in 1911 for his involvement in a train robbery in which the total take was $46 and two jugs of whiskey. Generally regarded as a drunken failure of a man, it’s no small wonder that his body went unclaimed.
During this interval, the local coroner charged local gawkers five cents to view the preserved corpse. Visitors were required to slip the nickel through the dead man’s parted lips, though it’s best left to the imagination how these coins were retrieved.
For the first few years, McCurdy spent his afterlife on his feet, propped in the corner, until one day he was claimed by two carnies posing as his brothers. Fast forward to 1976: A crew for the television show The Six Million Dollar Man was setting up shop in a Long Beach, California funhouse when a crew member accidentally detached the arm of a hanging man prop, revealing mummified human bone.

McCurdy’s history was unraveled piece-by-piece, slowly revealing how he was passed among freak shows, carnivals, and haunted houses for over five decades until his true origin was forgotten. His owners at the Nu-Pike Amusement Park genuinely believed him to be a dummy.
Rumor has it that when “The Funhouse Mummy” was finally laid to rest in Guthrie, Oklahoma, concrete was poured on top of his casket, preventing further profit being made from dear old Elmer McCurdy.  -


Would you buy a Ouija Board Coffee table?

So it seems that even today people are superstitious when it comes to Ouija boards. They sell them at Toys-r-Us for God's sake...just feet away from the infant car seats! Ouija boards have been a controversial subject for many years now. Most people fear them. A lot of people have their own personal story as to why they "would never touch one again!" No matter what, the Ouija board is still taboo this day and age. Is it the board itself? Is it about the intentions of the operators? Are they just linked to pure hellish evil? No matter what you think or how you feel about Ouija boards, we would like to know about it!

Recently I posted comment on our facebook page asking, "Would you have a Ouija Board coffee table in your home?" the feedback was intense. Most people had no problem with it, stating "It's just a table." While other people decided to share their personal stories of horror. A few people have never touched a Ouija board and never plan too do so. So, what are your thoughts?

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