No matter if your vehicle is fast and furious, or slow and steady, transportation remains at the top of the list of needs and wants. Some people even go as far as to name their vehicles, and then there are some people who believe that cars have a personality all of their own. From muscle cars, junkers, antiques, classics, or the latest model, consumers never seem to tire of purchasing mechanical contraptions. Unfortunately, many of these modes of transportation come with a long history that doesn’t always present itself to the buyer until after the pink slip has been signed over, and sometimes it can be the worst mistake of a person’s life.
Hidden mechanical issues, revamped junkyard cars, crashes involving fatalities, death by vehicle, and other mishaps can all lead to a jinxed or haunted vehicle that has a life of its own; possibly injuring or even killing the death machines new owner. Today buyer’s can usually find a vehicles history through sources like CARFAX or they can get a Vehicle History Report from the Department of Motor Vehicles or from the National Motor Vehicle Title Information system through the government web site at http://www.vehiclehistory.gov/
Unfortunately not all forms of transportation have a reliable line of history that informs buyers important facts about the vehicle, so they are often sold from one buyer to the next under the honor system. This is where the problems can begin to grow if the contraption has a mind of its own or it tends to behave in erratic ways that are simply unexplainable. Haunted forms of transportation tend to eventually rear their ugly heads with one sign or another. Deciding whether you have a haunted car can be sketchy, but in most situations a haunted vehicle typically involves unexplainable damages to people or objects.
Other circumstances may invole mechanical issues that come and go at free will, strange odors that refuse to depart no matter how much air freshener you use, shadowy figures peering back at you from the backseat into the rear view mirror, strange comments from people claiming that they seen you drive by even though you never left your driveway, a particular song belting out from the radio that plays more often than it should, failure to start the vehicle until the impending danger has passed, loss of control of the vehicle due to unseen forces, cold chills, the feeling that someone is with you in the car despite your being alone, and the biggest hint of all is actually seeing the spirit of the person that died in the contraption.
Bonnie & Clyde: Displayed behind panels of glass at Whiskey Pete’s Hotel & Casino in Primm, Nevada sits the haunted car of the lawbreaking duo along with the evidence of the horrifying murders of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. The gruesome scene is apparent throughout the stolen car that possesses so many bullet holes that it is a shock that their “death car” is till in one piece. Bonnie & Clyde stole the “hot rod” V-8 Ford in 1934 for the purpose of robbing and joyriding across the midwest while living a life that only the wealthy could afford. Clyde’s blood stained shirt is also on exhibit, and according to eyewitness reports, his ghost is hanging around as well, along with the spirit of his pretty sidekick Bonnie. Visitors claim that you cannot deny a presence in the air or the eerie feeling that overcomes you when looking at Clyde’s shirt that he was murdered in or their creepy death car. Location: 100 W. Primm Boulevard, Primm, Nevada.
James Dean: One of the most famous haunted cars to date has to be the James Dean customized 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder. One, because James Dean was a Hollywood star who died before his time, and two, because of the unusual circumstances at the crash site, and later after the car mysteriously disappeared. The number 130 was painted on the side, front and rear of the car, and stunt driver Bill Hickman dubbed the car “the little bastard”. Actor Alec Guinness told Dean that the car looked sinister and then warned him to get rid of the death machine or he would be dead within a week. One week later the prophetic words were set in stone.
Dean was killed in his Spyder in a head on collision on route 41 & 466. Other celebrities had strange feelings from the car before that fatal day, specifically, James Dean’s girlfriend, actress Ursula Andress, but the young actor ignored all of the warnings. The car was later sold for parts to various buyers with disastrous results. Each purchaser of James Dean’s death car have met with near death experiences. In fact Doctor Troy McHenry bought the Spyders engine to replace the blown one in his own Porsche. After the engine was given the green light, the doctor was killed during the trial run. The shell of James Dean’s Porsche was stolen from a crash scene and has never been recovered.
Ghost Car: During a police chase in Garden City, Georgia, video footage showed a white car leading police on a wild goose chase while exhibiting death defying speeds and stunts that ended when the driver ran through a solid chain-link fence without it opening or causing any damages. The car simply vanished into thin air. The incident was aired on an episode of Syfy: Fact or Faked, Paranormal Files.
Vanishing Aircraft: Members of the Coast Guard came up scratching their heads in 1997 after eyewitnesses reported watching a single-engine plane crash into the brisk Connecticut waters. After investigating, no evidence of a plane flying in the area could be found from the nearby control towers, nor were there any outward signs of crash victims. No reports of missing persons or a crash were ever recorded from this isolated incident.
Flight 401: In December of 1972, the Eastern Airlines Flight 401 crashed in the Florida Everglades, resulting in one-hundred deaths. Parts from the wreckage were reused in other planes to save the airlines money. The ghosts of Captain Robert Loft and Dan Repo have since been seen on other Eastern Airlines planes that used the salvaged parts. Passengers have witnessed the apparition of Dan working on wiring and the ghost of the Captain visits the first class section of the plane to chat with passengers. The reports of the ghosts from flight 401 became so overpowering that the airlines was forced to remove all of the salvaged parts from their planes.
Lincoln’s Ghost Train: When only a phantom train can be seen roaring down the tracks, ghostly train whistles and white smoke are an eery enough sight and sound by itself, but when it is a burial train it becomes downright frightening. In the month of April if you just happen to be near train tracks along the haunted trail, chances are you will see the phantom train that is destined for Lincoln’s home state. The Lincoln Ghost Train has been freaking people out since 1865 when it carried the beloved president’s body to its final resting place. The train allowed for onlookers in several cities to pay their last respects as it chugged its way down the tracks from Washington D.C. To Illinois, but somewhere along the way something goes very wrong. A flag draped coffin carrying Abraham Lincoln’s body is noticed by eyewitnesses as is a ghostly train conductor and the ghosts of several uniformed soldiers surrounding the body.