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Belle Plains Cemetery

Belle Plains, Texas

This cemetery seems to be shrouded in mystery. One legend says that young man and woman were madly in love. The girl’s father, however, did not wish for the two to be together and swore that he would kill the boy if he ever saw the couple together again. Needless to say, the boy was killed. So bereaved was the girl that she went to her lover’s grave and hanged herself. It is said that if one happens to go to the cemetery during the late night, a young boy who vanishes within himself may be seen. The loud shrill cry of a girl is also allegedly heard. There have also been reports of creatures comparable to Bigfoot in this cemetery. It is said that in the rear portion of the cemetery is an Indian burial ground and these beasts are its guardians. They are reported to be around eight feet tall, and the size of two athletically built men. It is also rumored that they are white with green glowing eyes. Like coyotes, but many octaves deeper, the beasts are said to be heard howling at the moon during the hours of the early morning.

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Keisha Ringland says:

October 21, 2005, 8:31 am

does anyone have a personal incounter about this????

Forrest says:

October 31, 2005, 12:42 pm

I live near this place, about 20 minutes away. I’ve never heard of the beast legend, but the shrill screams and weird lights I have seen on some occasions.

Friendly Passer says:

November 16, 2005, 12:01 pm

3 of my friends and have had a personal encounter of the graveyard. The strange lights and the creatures and everything. Plus ontop of that, sometimes when your walking around the road you can hear the footsteps of something walking beside you int he leaves even though you cannot visually see it.

Keisha Ringland says:

December 6, 2005, 6:12 pm

thanks for that story friendly passer!!! that sounds really creepy!!!

lindsey says:

February 7, 2006, 5:40 pm

A couple of friends and myself were out there one night. We got out of the truck to walk around and had left a door open we gat about 2 feet from the truck when we heard something sliding across the leather seats. Another night I had my eyes closed and when i opened them a bright light was flying towards my head, then there was a horrible scream from behind me.

sandy davis says:

April 6, 2006, 9:37 pm

i live in clyde an some people had told me about the cemetary so being the curious george i am we went! and it was the most amazing thing i had ever been through hearing noises and i mean as if there was another whole group there or something but no one else was there. screaming like somone was getting hurt really badly!!! and then the animals sound i heard i got scared because i thought there was a dog loose in the place but we were on foot an the sounds of hearing somone walking right beside you well its true also if you ever get brave enough check it out it is real.
a police officer saw us pulled us over and we even told him what we were doing an he said thats fine just be careful there has been alot of activity out there tonight!!! ok how freaky is that huh

Jeanie says:

April 10, 2006, 5:54 pm

Sounds similar to the story of Romeo and Juliet.

John says:

April 30, 2006, 7:30 pm

I went to the cemetery when I was 16. Me and my girlfriend enjoy getting spooked, so I drove to the cemetery. I knew the location, because my parents ued to go to the cemetery as kids. They took pictures of, “The Creatures”, and every headstone in the cemetery. So we are at the cemetery, and like Sandy Davis, an officer pulled us over and said, “Look, if you’re gonna go to the cemetery, be careful, we just had an ambulance out here.”, so he drove away. Being the smart person that I am, I brought my Dad’s handgun just in case of any contact with, “The Creatures”. We got into the cemetery, walked around for about an hour, and then we saw three things: 1.) A girl hanging from a rope. 2.) A boy staring at us and vanishing into thin air. 3.) The most scariest thing, two green eyes were staring at us in the dark. We heard a growl, and some earth shaking footsteps coming towards us. I fired two shots in the direction of the eyes, and they stopped glowing. We ran to our car and drove as fast as we could. As we got to a safe distance, we noticed it was a full moon. The last thing: there was a bloody rope on my muffler.

marissa says:

May 2, 2006, 1:37 pm

i have a story related to this i was driveing through this town going home one night and there was this girl on the side of the road she couldnt speak and she just pointed were she wanted to go and we was driveing along and when we reached the cemtary she had disppered

John says:

May 22, 2006, 4:23 pm

What the heck is bellowing sagely? Honestly, this forum is getting littered.

sandy davis says:

July 25, 2006, 8:51 pm

hey thisis sandy davis again we are heading out to the cemetery tonight to see if we can capture anything on camera or voice record! i will report tomorrow an let yall know what happened ok

John Baidas says:

August 13, 2006, 4:53 am

This is a very accurate statement on this cemetery. I’m a lead researcher for PAR TX (Paranormal Activity Researchers of Texas). There are several of us that have been to the cemetery and vouch for the existance of the activity, we are actually hoping to make a full blown research trip out to the cemetery and beyond to pull documentation of the activities which take place at this cemetery.

laminators says:

October 15, 2006, 6:57 am


Navy Girl says:

March 20, 2007, 8:51 am

to Sandy Davis: its been just about 8 months since u posted was wondering what came of your trip to the graveyard. I’d be interested to know what you experiences

randy says:

March 20, 2007, 10:20 pm

I lived in the Belle Plain area for several years. Your story may be true. I heard a similar story that a rancher built a mansion that had a secret bedroom with a hidden staircase to keep cowboys from his daughter. You may not believe the rest of this story but its true. I found the town, not the old college, but the town itself which is north of the old college and the mansion which was all boarded up. My brother and I took the sheet metal off of one of the windows and went inside the houseto have a look. Sure enough, after several hours of seaching, we found a hidden staircase in the back of a closet, and a hidden bedroom upstairs. This I know to be true.

katlin says:

June 19, 2007, 12:37 pm

John you are so lieing about every thing. Gosh this stuff is nothing but effing LIES, EFFING LiES!!!!!!!

Melissa says:

July 11, 2007, 9:05 pm

Hey where was that room at Randy? I’m going to try to go out there sometime soon and I totally want to check that out! does anyone know what time Romeo and Juliet are suposed to apear?

Melissa says:

July 11, 2007, 11:16 pm

Is it actually legal to go inside abandoned buildings like old houses and schools at places like Belle Plain?

John says:

September 8, 2007, 11:06 pm

Go f*ck yourself then, katlin.

James says:

September 29, 2007, 1:44 am

Where is Belle Plains, Texas?

Keith says:

October 11, 2007, 3:33 am

Now thats ounds like a fun night to be planned but the hole big foot thing i dont belive…and the indian stuff scrue that lol…im sry but messing with indians thats just insane…i have heard way to many staries of that not being as fun as expected

James says:

November 16, 2007, 1:51 pm

I think me and a couple buddies are planning a trip out to Belle Plains this weekend sometime. Hopefully if we don’t wimp out I’ll share my experience, good or bad. If you don’t hear from me I either didn’t go, or didn’t come back! Haha.

James says:

November 26, 2007, 5:54 am

Well, we went to Belle Plains two weekends ago. It was a thrill, and we didnt think to take flashlights which definitely added to the suspense. We didn’t really have any encounters with anything. Saw a pair of eyes off in the graveyard. Probably a cat. The only really noticeable thing is that it definitely got a lot colder the farther towards the back of the cemetery you go. Pretty creepy though. Oh and there was a story not too long ago about an “unidentified white creature” that was found out near that area. But it was no bigfoot, more like a chupacabra. Neat huh?

Brooke says:

May 1, 2008, 10:09 pm

I live in cottonwood about 25 minutes away from there. And i agree. The place is very creepy. But i have never seen the old mansion and was wondering where it was if you could teel me. But i have been to the old college. And that place is definitely worth checking out.

Jacob says:

August 9, 2008, 11:49 pm

Me and geordie are going there tomorrow night come with us anybody ………

Geordie says:

August 9, 2008, 11:55 pm

we heard story’s of the big foot and we are got to see it no matter what. and the cemetary is really a devil worship place

Kylie says:

September 4, 2008, 1:31 am

Randy, i dont know if you look here anymore but i am intrigued as to the mansion you mentioned, and i would love to go see it myself, where is it exactly?? Or if anyone else knows of this mansion let me know. As for the cemetary, whats the directions to that….i dont live far from belle plain

katie says:

September 7, 2008, 2:43 pm

Hi, I live near the Belle Plains area..if you are interested in going out its a pretty long ways and a little hard to find the school. I haven’t found the Mansion but the school and mansion are all on private property so be careful when trespassing. I personally haven’t had any encounters but some of my friends say that they have? Mostly Belle plains is just a place to go take freshamn for freshman orientation, or for when you get drunk? Oh well, have fun!

Elizabeth says:

September 8, 2008, 12:11 am

Hi, my name is Elizabeth and i’m really interested in hearing more about this cemetary in Belle Plain, i have heard the name of the place before but i cant remember where i heard it but im trying to become a paranormal investigator and i would love to hear more about it if you would like to contact me you are more than welcome to my e-mail address is please share your experiences with me so i can further my career thank you. while reading all your comments it kinda scared me but also intriged me as well.

cindy says:

September 15, 2008, 8:59 am

I live in Sweetwater and my husband and I went out there a couple of times along with my cousin and her husband. Not too many experiences, but did have a couple. Both of which took place just outside the cemetary gate. We heard footsteps beside us and could actually feel the ground move..I know sounds ridiculous but it happened. We also took ALOT of pictures during the day and at night. One of the pictures that was taken during the day revealed 5 or 6 men (in different colored robes) standing outside the gate looking in on us and there was absolutely nobody there when the picture was taken but us! We’ll go back again..soon..before the weather turns cold.

One-eye says:

September 15, 2008, 11:22 pm

well me and my buds have been going out there for the last 4 saturday nights and every timt we go we will se something running in the distance. not shure what it is but its freaky you should check it out!!!!!

ole blue says:

October 1, 2008, 12:56 pm

Took pictures of the place and put them on my blog along with the cemetery in Desdemona and the Belle Plains College building. Stayed late but since I am a skeptic I did not see anything weird but it was quite and peaceful.

skeptic says:

October 19, 2008, 9:42 pm

i was in my 20’s during the times my twin brother and our friends would go out to the cemetary(iam 36 now), and i just want to say i have to actually see something to believe in it, except god, but if you ever want a good scare go out in the cemetary at night-maybe around 3 a.m. this place puts chills all over me and as i am telling this to you i am shaky! a couple of friends and i, arm & arm, did hear leaves crackling like something walking to the side of us on the south side of the cemetary by the fence but we could not see anything and we did hear something growling, like a deep growling. i thought it might be a bull, but i REALLY do not think so!i did see a strong light along w/ the crowd i was out there with, on the north side of the cemetary. it looked like a huge lantern in a distance. the guys went out a ways to see if they could walk up on this light but they never saw it again! nor did i. belle plain has old history and alot of very old graves that are even creepy to stand over them even in daylight. i get a really uneasy feeling. i recommend if you are able to stop in check it out it would be worth it if you get in to this stuff! just hope no one will ever vandalize the sacred cemetary-and remember there are souls out there sleeping…or at least we THINK they are!!(by the way, iv’e been with people and john baidas was there,too)…

adriana says:

October 23, 2008, 11:08 pm

ive been there 3 times and swore after the last time i would never go back the first time i went nothing really happend, the 2nt time omg it was the weirdest thing everyone wanted to walk around so we walked all the way around and on our way back to the front we all started running because we saw something really big walking in the trees leaves crunching and everything it was really scary, when we got to the gate we all jumped in the car some of us didnt even use the doors and jumped in the windowns one of the guys didnt want to leave so we stayed everyone was sitting in a circle around the plack on the ground when all of a sudden i didnt feel to great and stood up and said yall i think we should leave right at that time i just started crying i got really cold and everyone took off running i didnt know why but i ran too, turns out right as i started crying something white came from behind me..through me and into the cemetery…ive never felt anything like it in my life i couldnt stop crying i was so scared…well the last time i went i didnt want to go, i actually cried and beged my friends not to go…but i went anyway thats when i heard the scream/crying…well we heard like a lady/girl screaming to one side of us so all the guys took off running to it and came back a a min or 2 later they said it stoped when they got to the gate, then we heard it in a different direction so again they chased it came back and samething well it happend 2 more times in the other directions the last time when they came back we could hear it all around us like in a circle i was crying by this time and kept asking to leave…eventually when everyone had enough we decided to leave right as we all got in the car another car drove was the cops…he asked us what we were all doing out there and when we told him he told us the story about the girl screaming and i stared crying more cause we had never heard that story b4 then and i was just really freaked out that we heard the girl….ive never been back and i never want to go back…but my boyfriend loves doing that kind of stuff so he went back not to long ago he took my cam and my video cam…and on it hes walking around and you can see something siting on a bench and he gets scared and you can hear him taking a few deep breaths and when he gets over it he puts the cam back on the bench and its gone…really freaky….and in the pix you can see lights that arnt out there…i mean its a ghost town …i hate that place :(

skeptic says:

December 5, 2008, 1:45 am

I just read some of the previous stories and noticed the PASSER BY story was like what I stated.
So, John, have you guys been out to investigate lately or what? You should definatley get some footage since you’ve observed some scary stuff.

kaylesha meeks says:

January 25, 2009, 1:33 pm

this sounds really scary and like a scary cat i am, i will never ever go to no place like this

Geordie says:

February 18, 2009, 11:18 pm

I went to belle plains to find something scary just last weekend i went at 1am and there were guys huddled around one tomb stone and it seemed like a dead animal was off to the side like they were satiny people

Brooke says:

March 17, 2009, 6:38 pm

Hey, I live in cottonwood, about twenty five minutes away. When are paranormal investigators going to check it out?

Machelle says:

March 31, 2009, 9:43 pm

My husband and I drove around looking for the cemetery for about four hours last weekend and couldn’t find it.I would like to get directions,. We would like to do a paranormal investigation there. April 9t is a full moon, which would make it a very good weekend to do such investigation.. If you can give me a location please e-mail me, Thank you

john willis says:

April 21, 2009, 12:13 am

My brother ARTIE was stillborn in the Jan 17 1930 blizzard

if you look in The Stinnett Texas bookyou will find a line drawn thru his name.

If you look in the Dumas, Moore Co. you willfind an entry saying he Was born in Stinnett , County of Hutchinson, maybe its his footsteps you hear? John Willis

Mikayla says:

May 4, 2009, 5:23 pm

kaitlin and john stop fighting like seriosly kiss my a

Jeremy says:

July 9, 2009, 2:26 pm

I’ve been to Belle Plains many times. I am from a town only about 15 miles away from it. Although I’ve been there many times, there has only been one thing even fairly creepy happen out there. Me and my friends were walking back to our car on the south side of the cemetery when we heard something fall from the trees. Also there is a tombstone out there with some weird markings on it. I have also heard that there is supposed to be a witch that is buried in the cemetery. Can anyone verify this statement? There is an old college out there that is nothing but rubble now, but you have to walk through a field to get there. I have seen the Indian burial spot and it is merely nothing but another section of tombstones and there is no beast located out there.

Matthew Stephenson says:

December 23, 2009, 3:44 am

I have enjoyed reading the numerous and untrue comments that most of you are posting about Belle Plain, TX. My family has owned and leased the property on which the old mansion, the college, and the townsite are located. In other words, it is all PRIVATE PROPERTY and anyone caught (and you will be caught because there are hidden cameras everywhere now) will be PROSECUTED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW. I believe criminal trespass carries a 2 year sentence in a state jail as a Class B Misdemeanor. So please stay off the property. The road is public, so take all the pictures you want FROM THE ROAD, but KEEP OUT!!! We do not like uninvited guests. B the way there are no ghosts, I grew up on the property and have never seen or heard anything there or at the cemetary. The lanterns, noises, lights, etc., that most people claimed to have encountered were actually pranks set-up by my friends and I to fool stupid people. If you are actually interested in looking at the property during the daytime, please contact the Flower Shop in Baird,TX; because that is my family’s place of business.

Cindy says:

December 23, 2009, 10:51 am

Matthew… I didn’t find anything interesting about the college, mansion, etc…what’s so interesting when it’s fenced off and you can’t actually walk up to it?? So, we went to the cemetary.. which I have definate proof of what I captured on film in broad daylight. Most of these blogs are on the cemetary, so don’t call us stupid, or say we didn’t experience anything. Now granted, some of the stories are just bizarre, but mine is God’s honest truth! I know there was nothing at all standing outside the fence that I could see with the naked eye, however, my pics show something completely different. Let people have their fun, experience whatever they want… stop being so damn uptight! If there wasn’t something going on, why would soooo many people be interested in the place?

Matthew Stephenson says:

December 24, 2009, 6:30 am

Cindy….. I’m not trying to rain on anyone’s parade or ruin their fun, I just don’t appreciate them having their fun on MY PROPERTY. If you believe in spirits that’s fine, I just simply don’t agree with you because I have seen nothing to convince me that they do in fact exist. My sister believes in spirits and I don’t harass her about it. However these outrageous stories are what leads to vandalism of my personal property, and of the cemetary. I actually have relatives buried in that cemetary, and take it quite personally when people vandalize property and concoct stories to encourage more people to do the same. I’ve had to reset my family stone because some a-hole knocked it over, and I was quite irritated. I’ve also had to clean it off after people smeared blood or paint on it for some reason. You or anyone else would not appreciate it if I were to do the same to yours or their family cemetary plot. It would probably not be appreciated if I were to walk onto the front or backyard uninvited (while tearing down the fence that you or they worked hard to build and repair, of course) and proceed to walk up to your house and proceed to kick-in the door, tear down the mail box, pee on the front porch, and steal things for souveniers just because I thought the house looked cool. I’m not uptight, I’m just tired of cleaning up damaged property left by vandals; as anyone would be. People are going to believe what they believe, but I wish it would be done with a certain amount of respect. I am currently working to obtain a Masters degree and historic preservation, and work as a historic preservationist for the state in my spare time, so I know the proper ethics, procedures, and legal guidlines to follow when viewing a historic site; and no-one who trespasses on my property follows them. I just simply wish the overwhelming majority of people who visit Belle Plain and the cemetary would be more considerate.

Cindy says:

December 27, 2009, 11:14 am

Matthew… I agree that people should have more respect, however, the times I’ve been at the cemetary, I did not see any damage to anything.. not to say that it didn’t happen. My husband was a skeptic until there were things he just couldn’t ignore.. some of which were at the Belle Plain Cemetary. I will say this… as for some big *** monster being there, I think that’s a bunch of ****… don’t know about any indian burial grounds in the back and that is something I would NOT mess with for anything… but I do believe that there is SOMETHING there.. I believe because I caught it on camera. Of course, we could go back and forth on this all day, but I don’t have that much spare time, lol. You have a good day and good luck with your historical preservation… If you ever decide to let anyone visit the town, please let me know!

Matthew Stephenson says:

December 27, 2009, 7:46 pm

Thanks Cindy, you have a wonderful day as well. I just carried away sometimes.

Brady Martin says:

August 3, 2010, 8:12 pm

Mr. Mathew Stephenson, I am wondering the name of the flower shop. Mainly I am looking for more history on Belle Plain itself. For the record I am very intrested and respectful of history and of historical sites.

Shari Seals says:

March 10, 2011, 6:37 pm

It makes me sad to see all these untrue stories, just getting others curiosity up and going. I lived in the house just south of the cemetery for many years- I would call the police or stop in any time I saw headlights at night- or maybe shoot off the shot gun from the house. My son is buried there, as well as my father in law and many beloved church members- There are no ghosts, I spent many nights out there with my sons grave. If you heard someone crying at night it was probably me. I love the BellePlaines cemetery and hope everyone respects the people whom are buried there- as well as the college and other parts that are left

The truth says:

July 10, 2011, 6:19 pm

“What does the Bible say about ghosts and hauntings?”Luke 16:19-31

19 “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. 20But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, 21desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich manâ??s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abrahamâ??s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. 23And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24Then he cried and said, â??Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.â?? 25But Abraham said, â??Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. 26And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.â?? 27Then he said, â??I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my fatherâ??s house, 28for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.â?? 29Abraham said to him, â??They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.â?? 30And he said, â??No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.â?? 31But he said to him, â??If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.â?? ”


One dark night two guys were walking home after a party and decided to take a shortcut through the cemetery. When they got to about the middle of the graveyard they were startled and stopped moving. There was this terrifying noise, “TAP-TAP-TAP” coming from the shadows. Trembling with fear, they spotted an old man with a hammer and chisel, chipping away at one of the headstones. “Holy cow Mister,” one of them said after catching his breath. “You SCARED us half to death. We thought you were a GHOST! What are you doing working here so late at night?” “Those fools!” the old man grumbled. “They misspelled my name!!”Do you believe in ghosts?Many people will visit Haunted Houses.

Some will dress up like ghosts.

Is it really possible for dead people to appear as ghosts?

Is it possible for a place to be haunted by ghosts?

And what are “ghosts”?

The dictionary definition of the word ghost says that it is “the spirit of a dead person, especially one believed to haunt living persons.” Seances used to be very popular.

Arthur Conan Doyle who wrote the Sherlock Holmes mysteries

believed you could contact the dead.

So did the great magician Houdini.

Mary Todd Lincoln conducted séances in the White House.

Nancy Reagan never held a séance at the White House,

though she was reported to have consulted with an astrologer

when planning her husbandâ??s schedules.

When she was first lady,

Hillary Clinton worked with spiritual adviser Jean Houston

to access an “Eleanor Roosevelt-like consciousness”.

Mrs. Clinton wrote in a column that Mrs. Roosevelt “usually responds by telling me to buck …
up, or at least to grow skin as thick as a rhinoceros.”

Todayâ??s story is about two short, fat old men named Bennie and Charlie. Every Saturday night they met at the local tavern. They would spend the whole evening drinking, talking, and watching ballgames on the tavern TV set. On particular Saturday, it was Halloween night and the subject of ghosts came up. Charlie asked Bennie, “Do you believe in ghosts? “Heck no!” Bennie replied. “I donâ??t know! Some awful weird stuff goes on in this world, said Charlie. “Iâ??m convinced my dead wife comes back to haunt me every now and then for all the drinking I did during those years we were married.” “Nonsense” slurred Bennie.More of that story a little later!

The Bible gives us some very clear warnings

about consulting with the supposed dead

or having anything to do with those who do.

Astrology is also condemned by the Bible.Isaiah 8:19 says:And when they say to you, “Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,” should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living?

Deut. 18:10-12 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD, and because of these abominations the LORD your God drives them out from before you.

Leviticus 20:6 â??And the person who turns to mediums and familiar spirits, to prostitute himself with them, I will set My face against that person and cut him off from his people.

Leviticus 20:27 â??A man or a woman who is a medium, or who has familiar spirits, shall surely be put to death; they shall stone them with stones. Their blood shall be upon them.â?? ”

Itâ??s pretty clearly what Godâ??s feelings are

about anyone who tries to contact the dead.

Years ago, the Ghostbuster movies were popular.

In those movies, these men captured ghosts from haunted places.

Those movies were not very believable.

Many people claim they have seen ghosts.

Others claim they know that certain places are haunted.

Scientists have set up special equipment to detect ghosts.

Theyâ??ve tried to capture them on video.

Theyâ??ve failed to come up with anything believable.

We believe that the Bible tells the truth! Amen?

So what does the Bible say about hauntings?

Are there any ghost stories in the Bible?

Point #1. God has allowed a few dead people to return.

There are only a few incidents

that deal with living people

having contact with a “dead” person.

Turn with me to 1 Samuel 28:7-19,

7 Then Saul said to his servants, “Find me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.” And his servants said to him, “In fact, there is a woman who is a medium at En Dor.” 8 So Saul disguised himself and put on other clothes, and he went, and two men with him; and they came to the woman by night. And he said, “Please conduct a seance for me, and bring up for me the one I shall name to you.” 9 Then the woman said to him, “Look, you know what Saul has done, how he has cut off the mediums and the spiritists from the land. Why then do you lay a snare for my …
life, to cause me to die?” 10 And Saul swore to her by the LORD, saying, “As the LORD lives, no punishment shall come upon you for this thing.” 11 Then the woman said, “Whom shall I bring up for you?” And he said, “Bring up Samuel for me.” 12 When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out with a loud voice. And the woman spoke to Saul, saying, “Why have you deceived me? For you are Saul!” 13 And the king said to her, “Do not be afraid. What did you see?” And the woman said to Saul, “I saw a spirit ascending out of the earth.” 14 So he said to her, “What is his form?” And she said, “An old man is coming up, and he is covered with a mantle.” And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground and bowed down. 15 Now Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?” And Saul answered, “I am deeply distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God has departed from me and does not answer me anymore, neither by prophets nor by dreams. Therefore I have called you, that you may reveal to me what I should do.” 16 Then Samuel said: “Why then do you ask me, seeing the LORD has departed from you and has become your enemy? 17And the LORD has done for Himself as He spoke by me. For the LORD has torn the kingdom out of your hand and given it to your neighbor, David. 18 Because you did not obey the voice of the LORD nor execute His fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore the LORD has done this thing to you this day. 19 Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with you into the hand of the Philistines. And tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. The LORD will also deliver the army of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.”

King Saul seeks a woman who supposedly was a “medium”…

to ask Samuel who had died about what to do.

But look again at Verse 12!

She is shocked that she actually manages…

to communicate with the dead.

That shows that it did not previously happen!

The ghost of Samuel did indeed rise from the dead

and speak to the living.

Does this prove that the ghosts of the dead

can and do interact with the living?

Well– Yes and No.

Notice that it is the ghost of Samuel, a righteous prophet of God,

who makes an appearance here.

However, this does NOT mean that the spirits of the righteous dead

can return and interact with the living at any time

and for any reason.

It simply gives one instance in which it was allowed.

Turn now to Matthew 17:1-8.1 Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; 2 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. 4 Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 5 While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” 6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. 7 But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” 8 When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but …
Jesus only.

Peter, James and John see Moses and Elijah with Jesus.

Moses and Elijah had been dead for hundreds of years!

God allowed their spirits to return for this special event.

So this story of the Transfiguration…

and the story of Samuel returning to condemn Saul…

are the only stories in Scripture…

where the spirits of dead people return to earth.It was extremely rare for that to happen!

They happened for a very special purpose of God.

They are not “hauntings”.

Around 11:30 Bennie decided heâ??d had enough to drink and heâ??d better get home before his wife came after him. He slid off the bar stool and stumbled out of the tavern. Charlie motioned for the bartender to come over and asked him, “Do you believe in ghosts?” The bartender laughed and said, “Iâ??ve never seen one and I think youâ??ve had too much to drink. You better go home!” Charlie agreed so he, too, stumbled out of the tavern. It was a dark, windy night. Somehow in his intoxicated condition Charlie got turned around and ended up walking into the town graveyard instead of taking the road home. More of that story a little later!

Point #2. The Unsaved dead cannot return unless God allows it.22So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abrahamâ??s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. 23And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24Then he cried and said, â??Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.â?? 25But Abraham said, â??Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. 26And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.â?? 27Then he said, â??I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my fatherâ??s house, 28for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.â??

In this story we learn of there being 2 compartments for the dead.

The Rich man wants Lazarus to be sent back to warn the living.

Abraham says it would do not good…

because if they will not believe Godâ??s written word,

they will not believe words from the dead.

This story of the rich man and Lazarus indicates

that no human spirits are allowed to return to visit the living

without permission from God.

If permission is not granted

for the purpose of warning people to flee from the wrath to come,

it would not be given just to have them haunt or scare you.

The wind howled louder and suddenly Charlie heard a voice. “Oooohhhh! Oooohhh!”. Charlie was sure that it was a ghost. Terror gripped him. Finally he mustered up enough courage to run. He ran as fast as his wobbly legs would carry him. Suddenly the ground opened up in front of him, and he fell down into an open grave. He could still hear the voice clearer and louder now. “Oooohhh! Oooohhh!” The hole was very deep and inside it was pitch black. After a few moments, Charlieâ??s eyes adjusted to the darkness and he made out a form sitting in the darkness with him. It called out his name, “Charlie!…
” “Charlie!” He scrambled in fear, trying to climb out of that terrible grave. Then the figure spoke to him, â??You canâ??t get out,â?? it moaned. But he did! Charlie gave a shout of pure terror and leaped straight up in the air, caught the edge of the hole in his hands, and scrambling out for his very life. He ran for home as fast as he could go. The conclusion of that story in a moment!

Point #3 People can be haunted by demons.Ephesians 6:10-12 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. [11] Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. [12] For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Who are these “spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places”?

There are numerous instances in which evil angels (demons)

are recorded as interacting with people.

They are able to manipulate physical things as well.

In the gospels a number of instances are recorded

of demons possessing people

Matthew 8:16,28; 9:32-33; 12:24; and 15:22 are a few exaples.

Matthew 17:18 “And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured at once.”

In these incidents, and several others,

the demon possession involved some physical ailment

Muteness, blindness, sometimes supernatural strength.

The places that are most likely haunted

usually have some sort of violence or death associated with them.

This is clear evidence of the presence of Satan and/or his demons.

I believe itâ??s possible for a place to be haunted!

This is my explanation for haunted sites.

The people who are being portrayed are ghosts

while they were alive

were in the presence of evil spirits.

Through the way they lived their lives

they invited the evil spirits there.

An example would be a murder.

Then after the death of the human,

when their spirit or ghost was ushered either to heaven or hell,

those evil spirits remained.

The King James Bible has a specific name for those evil spirits.

They are called “familiar spirits”.

They are “familiar” with the lives and habits

of the person who died in their presence

and thus they can impersonate them to the living.

When people say they see or can talk to people who have died,

they are not talking to or seeing the actual ghost of that person.

They are talking to an evil spirit

that was familiar enough with that person when they were alive

and they pretend to be them.

The next time you see a program about ghosts or haunted places,

know that those are evil spirits impersonating the dead.

Why Do Spirits Haunt The Living?

Why do these evil spirits haunt and frighten people?

Why do they impersonate the dead?

Why do they help psychics solve crimes…

or fortune-tellers and mediums foretell the future?

Remember the enemy is out to keep people

from choosing salvation and forgiveness.

Satan will use any weapon he can

to mask the truth and keep people from heaven and eternal life.

And if that means scaring people, confusing people,

misdirecting them, deceiving them, then …
heâ??ll do it.

Confusion and deception are the main reasons

why familiar spirits interact with humans.

I believe it is biblical to believe in demons.

Hauntings are usually the illusions of tricksters

or perhaps do involve actual demonic activity.

I also believe that seeking the guide of “spirit guides”

or to play with Ouija boards, tarot cards, séances,

or to practice Satanic worship, etc.

is to actually invite the involvement of demons in oneâ??s life.

Letâ??s see how our story about Charlie ends.

Early the next morning, the men with the burial vault arrived. Inside the open grave, they found Charlieâ??s drinking buddy Bennie sleeping it off. He, too, had fallen into the hole. The men helped Bennie out of the grave and he sauntered home. Though his wife insisted he tell her where he had spent the night, Bennie never told a soul about his experience. And as for Charlie, well he insists that ghosts really do exist.Closing:

In summary, ghosts or spirits are kept in heaven or hell.

They cannot leave!

They cannot communicate with the living.

However, Satan and his demonic evil angels

Will attempt to deceive and distract the Living.

They can cause some very strange things to happen in this world.

However, Christians need not be afraid!

2 Timothy 1:7 says:For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Jesus says in John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

1 John 4:18 says:There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

Lisa says:

August 23, 2011, 7:32 pm

It is my understanding that kids have been going to Belle Plains for decades. I do know for a fact that students were going out there back in 1959. I have gone out to the cemetery and college once with my grandmother and mother on a Saturday afternoon. We did not see anything, but I have heard some stories. My brother would come home telling the wildest stories. Now the glowing eyes….. he said that it was a bull that was there at the graveyard, but it did scare him. I believe no harm or disrespect was ever meant for the youth of many decades entering the private property (for the most part) but it does give something for them to do in a small town area. However, I was always curious about the upside down “Star of David” on several of the graves.

Daniel Bruton says:

June 20, 2013, 3:42 am

I am from Clyde which is near Belle Plains. My family was one of the first pioneer families in that area. All my family are buried at the cemetery. I have been out there many times in all weather and times of year in the middle of the night. I have never seen anything or know anybody that has actually seen anything. There are no ghost, white big foot creatures, no devil worshipers. There is nothing out there but some old head stones. The place is infested with armadillos and jack rabbits. There is a hunters RV parked right outside the fence of the cemetery. Some one used bailing wire to attach red reflectors to trees probably to fool people. It is a nice little piece of property and has a little history and that is about it.

Channing Siewert says:

March 9, 2014, 3:30 pm

Wow! All of your comments are making me want to go out there more and more every time I read them. Ive always enjoyed scary things and getting my addrenline pumping fast. I have been wanting to go to Belle Plains a lot and now I am Dying to go! After hearing all of your stories is starting to intrege me so much and I hope I can go as soon as possible……so keep going and keep writing, because some people really enjoying your spooky hauntings!

leslie says:

October 29, 2014, 5:38 pm

well channing you got ur wish!!! crazy stuff

Joe says:

October 10, 2015, 8:10 am

So I went to the graveyard no beast and such buttttt
I did capture a picture of a lady dressed on old time clothes I was the only one there.
Hit me up if you want to view the pic

Tracey says:

January 24, 2016, 7:11 pm

I’ve been on several investigations at this cemetery. We have encountered phantom screams, late night chanting, strange people that seemed not to see us, whispers and voices. I would have to say this cemetery is definitely active.

johnny garza says:

June 23, 2017, 6:02 am

Wow,i just happen to type in bell plains cause ive been tgere back when i was 12..i had been sent to live with my father for shooting a man in california..
my father lived in clyde texas..i started hanging out with the cool crowd,like poppy,sam,nora,ashley,.
well one night like 5 car loads of us teens went out to visit bell plains..when we drove up we had do get over a fence and right away i noticed an old building look like an old school or colledge.we began to walk more into woods and began to see stones with circle and star symbols..and out of no where a boy was walking amomg us but seem to be slowly fadeing away .first his head dissapeared then we all began to approach this boy .out of no where an old army like man dressed in ww1 outfit or civil war outfit pop out of nowhere walking among us.i remember everyone stopped ,noticed all at once this man,the boy.And right then we all began to scatter running back towards our trucks..but strangely we ended up behind our trucks as if we came from oppisite side of road..strange scary..its haunted me till thus day i cannot be in the dark…im 34 now live in santa maria ca..but ill never forget clyde..tx..

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