According to The Nuttall Encyclopedia , these spirits were regarded as the ghosts of deceased ancestresses. Also known as the Lady in the Lake, the 19th-century White Lady wanders the park area, obsessively looking for the body of her daughter, who was slain by a boyfriend or group of hoodlums, depending on the story you hear. Legend has it that the human White Lady either killed herself in grief, or died alone and heartbroken. Augustine, Florida, has been home to stories of a haunting by a "lady in white" since the 19th century.
Legend states that the ghost is the spirit of a young woman who died suddenly on her way to be married, and who was buried in her wedding dress. Her ghost is said to haunt Palmetto Flats by Highway The story goes that back in the mids there was a woman who was riding back from town after seeing her lover off.
She was riding down an old logging trail when a snake spooked her horse. She fell, hit her head, and died as a result of the injury. Several people have reported her as a woman dressed in a whispy, silky dress and that her feet don't touch the ground. When she sees someone she is said to cackle like a banshee.
Her ghost is said to haunt Wopsononock Mountain and Buckhorn Mountain in the western part of Altoona. It's said that she and her husband had an ill-fated crash over what's known as Devil's Elbow as you head into the city itself where both of them tumbled over the side of the mountain.
According to legend, she is seen looking for her husband on foggy nights, has been picked up as a hitch hiker, and her reflection is not seen in the mirror but she always disappears around Devil's Elbow.
A woman named Lowerey was one of the first people in the area killed in an automobile accident. People claim to have seen her in a cemetery in the area with strange lights and local legend says you can see her walking the ridge between the Niles Hollywood-style sign and the canyon. In the s a woman was killed in a car accident while crossing a wooden bridge over a small gully. The resulting fire destroyed the bridge, which was later rebuilt in concrete, and gave the road its new name.
The charred and decaying remains of the original bridge can still be seen near the new bridge. Witnesses claim the phantom asks to be taken to her home on Gaston Avenue in Dallas before disappearing in the car during the ride leaving behind a waterlogged car seat.
Legend claims the woman to be a drowning victim from a boating accident in the s. Reports of the ghostly encounters were published in Dallas-area newspapers in the s. Around , the castle of Blenkinsopp in Northumberland was occupied by a family. One night the parents woke to their boy screaming "The White Lady! She could not rest while it was there. The same events took place the following three nights. When the child began sleeping with his parents, the White Lady no longer disturbed him, but he never again traveled through the castle alone for fear of her.
A second instance of treasure being involved exists in Welsh tradition. When a man had the courage to approach her, she rewarded him with half the treasure. In his greed, he took it all, but the White Lady retaliated, her fingers turning into claws.
The man later wasted away and died. Motorists have reported her apparition running across the Beeford Straight toward the junction of North Frodingham. Anecdotal tales also report a motorcyclist picking up a female hitchhiker on the same stretch of road. A few miles later the motorcyclist, upon turning around, noticed the passenger had vanished. In one instance, a car crashed into a tree killing 6 people.
It is rumored to be the white lady's curse. Her spirit is said to haunt the castle to this day. The prince was away, fighting in the Thirty Years' War , and his wife took a wandering minstrel as a lover. The prince returned unexpectedly, caught the two lovers, and drowned the minstrel in the moat. He then took his wife and encased her behind a wall in his manor with some food and water, so that she wouldn't cheat on him again as he returned to the fighting. The prince died in battle, the food and water ran out, and his wife died.
Her spirit now haunts the manor. When the manor was renovated, the new owner had his builders tear down the wall behind which she was immured. The next day, the worker who tore down the wall was working on the roof of the manor when he fell, broke his back, and died.
The manor is called Haus Aussel. Netherlands[ edit ] Vrouwen in wit plural of vrouw in wit , or "witte wieven" as these women are called in local dialects, are mythical creatures of Lower Saxon origin and so most known in the eastern and northern parts of the Netherlands. Sometimes referred to as witte joffers 'white maidens' , they can have both a benevolent as well as a malevolent nature. Understood as malevolent beings, they abduct or switch newborns , abduct women, and punish people who have treated them badly.
As benevolent beings, they may aid in childbirth or offer good advice. They are believed to dwell in tumuli , the Hunebedden and on the moors.
The Schinveldse Bossen  forest is also home to another White Lady story. Archival evidence suggests that the forest was once home to a castle farm that was built in In the 17th century estimated  , this site was burned down killing the daughter of Lord Lambert Reynart. The most common versions of the tale involve the woman having two fighting lovers or of the site being burned on her wedding day by a jealous nobleman. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources.
Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. January Learn how and when to remove this template message In Slavic Mythology , a white lady was the ghost of a girl or young woman that died violently, usually young women who committed suicide, were murdered or died while imprisoned. The ghost is usually bound to a specific location and is often identified as a specific person i. Philippines[ edit ] White Ladies are popular ghost story topics in the Philippines.
White Ladies are often used to convey horror and mystery to young children for storytelling. Sightings of White Ladies are common around the country.
It is said that it is the ghost of a long-haired woman in a white dress who, according to legend, died in a car accident while driving along Balete Drive. Most stories about her were told by taxi drivers doing the graveyard shift, such as the one where a taxi crosses Balete Drive, and a very beautiful woman is asking for a ride. The cabbie looks behind and sees the woman's face was full of blood and bruises, causing him to abandon his taxi in terror.
In other instances, it is said that when solitary people drive on that street in the early morning, they briefly see the face of a white-clad woman in the rear-view mirror before she quickly disappears. Some accidents on this road are blamed on apparitions of the White Lady. Many sources have said this legend was actually manufactured by a reporter in the s, and also a possible combination of multiple stories from the area. Legend has it that many years ago, a woman was to be married to a man she did not love.
On the day of her wedding, she committed suicide by jumping off a balcony. This is why she is to this day known as the White Lady, because she was wearing her wedding gown on the day of her death. It is said that she haunts the Verdala Palace and many people who attend the August moon ball confirm that she does indeed appear in the palace.
According to another Maltese legend, the White Lady of Mdina was killed by her lover after she was forced to marry another man. Many have claimed to see this spirit, always after eight o'clock in the evening. She usually appears to children under eight years old, heart-broken teenage boys, and elderly men.
While she tells the children goodnight and bids them to return home, she advises the teenagers to "find another" or to join her and become a part of her "shadow" her ghostly followers.
She also attempts to lure elderly men into her "shadow. According to legend, she appears as a pale woman in a long white dress or a sleeping gown, and although usually speechless, will occasionally recount her misfortunes. The most frequent reasons for these honor killings were adultery actual or suspected , denial of sex , or abuse.
The marriage was quite unhappy. One of the reasons might have been the fact that Perchta's father had been reluctant to pay the agreed dowry. Legend has it that as her husband was dying, he asked for her forgiveness for his treatment of her. Perchta refused, and her husband cursed her. During her married life, Perchta wrote many letters to her father and brothers with colourful descriptions of her unhappy family life.
Some 32 of these letters had been handed down. She is said to be the woman who a canon fell in love with. She hid in the castle as a choir boy, and remained a secret for a long time.
She can be seen on clear August full-moon nights. In the episode, her husband's infidelity drives Constance insane and causes her to kill their children. After realizing what she had done, Constance took her own life. In revenge against her husband, the Woman in White seeks out men who are traveling alone on a road near her old home.
As a ghost, she tries to seduce the men and if they are unfaithful, she kills them. In this episode's case, the white lady is attempting to return home but is afraid of facing the ghosts of her children whom she drowned. See La Llorona , the inspiration for this character A British children's TV series in the s, The Ghosts of Motley Hall concerning the adventures of a group of ghosts from various periods of the past, featured Sheila Steafel as a character known only as 'The White Lady'.
No one knew her past or how she died, including herself. The Grudge , a horror series by director Takashi Shimizu , is all about the hauntings of a woman in white; Kayako Saeki's ghost appears as a woman in white and her face is almost always hidden by her long dark hair.
Guild Wars 2 features a hidden quest in which the player is able to escort a Lady in White home. Upon reaching the courtyard of her home, she becomes hostile and attempts to kill the player. This version is a recolored and redesigned version of the Siren. It is among the creatures that attack Terra da Festa before the Carnaval Party.