Friday, October 06, 2017

Scary October: The Gray Man

Welcome to October!!!

This is my favorite month. If you've been a reader of mine for more than a year, you know what every Friday in October is on my blog...

Scary October means every Friday, I'll bring you a new spooky story. And today's story is about a ghost who haunts this beautiful place:

Like many coastal locations, Pawley's Island, South Carolina has had its fair share of storms. Yet some say they have a warning when a storm is coming that has nothing to do with the Weather Channel. Locals call him "The Gray Man."

According to legend, the story of the Gray Man began in the 1800s. An unidentified young man was on his way to Charleston to see his fiancee when he and his horse became stuck in the marsh and gradually sunk. His fiancee, devastated, wandered the beach for years, pining for her lost love.

One day, while walking the beach, she saw a man dressed in gray. He was staring out at the ocean. As she drew closer to him, she realized he was her lost love.

Instead of greeting her excitedly, though, he issued a warning. He told her the island wasn't safe and she should leave. Before she could respond, he disappeared. The next day, she and her parents left for the mainland and when they returned, a hurricane had destroyed much of the island. (Possibly the 1822 hurricane mentioned on the sign below?)

In the years that have followed, the Gray Man has reportedly made several repeat appearances. He always appears prior to a catastrophic storm and is always seen dressed in gray. One of these appearances was in 1893, when a family saw the Gray Man and understood it was a warning, even though he didn't speak. They evacuated and survived the Sea Islands Hurricane, which killed more than 2,000 people.

The last known sighting of The Gray Man was 1989, when Hurricane Hugo caused mass destruction in the area.

The couple shared their story with Unsolved Mysteries:

“We were talking a walk late in the afternoon which we usually do,” Jim Moore said. “You see so many people walking on the beach at this time of the day. That particular afternoon we only saw the one, and he was coming directly toward us. When I got within speaking distance, I raised my hand to say ‘hi’ or ‘beautiful evening’ or whatever, and he disappeared.” 

Hurricane Hugo decimated Jim and Clara’s neighborhood, but the couple’s home suffered little damage. Clara attributes their good fortune to the Gray Man, and the Lord.

Be sure to come back next week for the next stop on my ghost tour:

Monday, October 02, 2017

Mystery Monday: Hyun Jong ‘Cindy’ Song

It's Monday, which means it's time for another...

In celebration of October, my favorite month, I'm tackling a Halloween-themed mystery today. This mystery involves a beautiful young woman who disappeared after a Halloween party at this nightclub in 2001, which was called Players Night Club at that time.

Hyun Jong Song, who went by the name "Cindy," moved to America in 1995, after being raised in Seoul, South Korea. At the time of her disappearance, she was studying integrative arts at Pennsylvania State University.

Cindy left the party around 2 a.m., at which time she was heavily intoxicated. After spending two hours at a friend's apartment, another friend dropped her off at her apartment around 4 a.m. It was the last time she was ever seen. This photo was taken of her the evening she disappeared:

On November 4th, Cindy's friends contacted the police, saying they hadn't heard from her. Inside her apartment were her cell phone and the false eyelashes she'd worn with her costume.

There have been no credible leads in the case, although some believe Cindy may have fallen victim to Hugo Selenski, a convicted murderer in northeastern Pennsylvania. Twelve bodies were found on Selenski's property. Selenski admitted to killing Cindy, but some of the bodies couldn't be identified because they'd been burned.

Another mystery possibly solved, although we may never know for certain...