Fascinating Mysteries: Things that Go Bump!

Fan's car haunted by Sir Matt Busby

Football fan Ken Jones thinks his car is being haunted by Sir Matt Busby - because it moans every time he takes it to Leeds United matches. Mr Jones, 63, a season ticket holder at Elland Road, couldn't understand what was wrong with his L-reg Mondeo. Whenever he drove the 3,900 car to watch the football it would make a sinister crunch - or just break down completely. Mr Jones took it back to the garage four times but mechanics were baffled. It was only after sending away to the DVLC for the log book, to see if any previous owners had any trouble, did he find out the motor was haunted. The car was registered to "Sir Matt Busby, Manchester United FC" in 1993 - the year before the United legend died, reports the Daily Star, "When I saw who was its first owner I was tempted to set it on fire," said Mr Jones, from Selby, North Yorkshire. "I hate Manchester United. All Leeds fans do. So I get a lot of stick from other supporters." Last updated: 08:55 Friday 15th September 2000.


Real Life Poltergeist?: Couple Claims to Be Haunted by Their TV Set

Friday, September 22, 2000 By Don Kaplan The FBI is investigating a suburban Detroit couple who claims to be receiving death threats and racially charged hate messages through their television. The threats, directed at retired autoworkers Charlotte and Judge Smith, have also included their 13-year-old grandson, their neighbors across the street and the couple's' German shepherd, Pepper, according to the Detroit Free Press. The TVs have even begun answering back. When Charlotte Smith yelled "Shut up" at the television, an immediate reply on its screen read "Shut up Charlotte." In the last month, the Smiths say that someone has typed more than 10 threatening messages and racial slurs since late August on the 36-inch televisions in their den and bedroom. The messages appeared to be typed on a keyboard used to select movies from the couple's TV satellite system, which has more than 200 channels. "We thought there was a ghost in the house," Charlotte Smith told a reporter, explaining how the two televisions would spring to life in the middle of the night at high-volume and that the TVs would suddenly change stations on their own. The trouble started late last month when the couple returned home after a month-long vacation to find their alarm system dismantled. After police investigated and left the house, the screen message read "Police was here." Local police have turned the case over to the FBI. The FBI is investigating the case as a civil rights violation. The Smiths are black and one of the neighbors threatened is a Mexican-American. Officials from California-based DirecTV, the Smith's satellite service, have told the FBI that they suspect someone is using a radio-frequency remote control to type the messages.

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Oooh, Spooky!

Judge takes ribbing over ghostly apparition Wednesday, September 27, 2000 BECKLEY, W.V. Is it a ghost? A trick of light and shadow? Or is it, as one judge suggests, a long-forgotten lawyer still waiting for a ruling. That's the kind of ribbing Circuit Court Judge John Hutchison is taking over a strange apparition in his West Virginia courtroom. The ghostly figure in a back-row seat can only be seen on a closed-circuit television monitor that is part of the courthouse security system. And, the figure only appears when the courtroom is dark. Sheriff's Lieutenant Bill Garaffa first noticed the apparition. He says he doesn't know what to make of it. Hutchison says if it's a ghost, it's probably someone who had a bad experience in his courtroom. But fellow Circuit Court Judge H.L. Kirkpatrick says he likes the waiting lawyer theory.