Description : Alcatraz is one of the most infamous prisons in the world. Evil spirits, unknown beasts, vicious murderers and an untold number of ghosts all are said to reside on this tiny island in San Francisco Bay. Rufus McCain, who died a brutal death at the hands of a fellow inmate, is said to roam the grounds, and the basement cells used for solitary confinement were rumored to be so frightening that inmates who endured one stint never wanted to go back. Multiple escape attempts were thwarted, including two attempts by Sam Shockley, who was later executed with fellow inmate Miran Thomson. Join Bob Davis and Brian Clune as they explore chilling tales of death, murder and savagery from America's Devil's Island.
Description : In 1950s New York City, Jake Strummer lives an average life until one day a twist of faith changes everything and sends Jake on a downward spiral. He finds himself in the middle of one of the most gruesome crime scenes ever recorded. He gets arrested, charged with the crime, trialed, and convicted of twenty-two murders, murders he has no recollection of ever having committed. He is sentenced to life in solitary isolation to be carried out at a maximum-security prison in the middle of the San Francisco Bay, on the island of Alcatraz. There he plunges into oblivion, where he suffers a gruesome transformation fueled by loneliness, depression, darkness, and despair into this atrocity other inmates call the ghost of Alcatraz. From the gates of hell, Jake Strummer ascends to redemption aided by an unlikely friend. He finds love, happiness, and peace, and after a race against time, he commits the ultimate sacrifice. The Ghost of Alcatraz is a tale of deliverance. The penance of the soul to define what's human is proof that happiness is within all of us even in the worst of circumstances.
Description : From North Beach to South of Market to Golden Gate Park and points in between, ghosts have made their spectral presences known.
Description : People of North America are no stranger to ghost stories, but some terrifying tales have stood the test of time. Encounter the spirits said to roam Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Kentucky. Go to Mexico's Island of the Dolls to witness countless toy dolls plus perhaps the ghost of a young girl. Travel northward to Canada to see ghostly train lights at the site of a deadly train accident.Young readers will be fascinated by each story that comes with its own set of eerie events.
Description : Collects stories of American haunting, from the soldiers of Gettysburg to the crawling statue of a young girl in a Chicago cemetery.
Description : California's rich and colorful history has produced a wealth of tales about the supernatural. These unique tales of scary folklore come from all over the state and include such legends as the ghostly sailors that roam the decks of the Queen Mary at Long Beach to the malevolent phantoms that still haunt Alcatraz.
Description : Adam Fortunate Eagle has been called many things: social activist, serious joke medicine, contrary warrior, national treasure, enemy of the state, living history. Characterizing his style as “Fortunate Eagle meets Mark Twain, Indian style,” the author relates the traditions, joys, and frustrations of his own Native American experience in tones ranging from “gut-busting laughter to pissed-off anger.” Leading the reader through time and space, Fortunate Eagle uses his own history—as a child in an Ojibwe community and later as a civil rights leader who, among other achievements, helped organize the takeovers of Alcatraz in 1964 and 1969—to recount the experience of modern Native peoples. The tradition of oral storytelling shines through his language and in his thoughtful and humorous juxtapositions. In the story for which the book is named, Fortunate Eagle journeys to Italy to “discover” the land and claim it in protest of Columbus Day. Wearing a traditional beaded buckskin outfit, complete with scalps hanging from his belt, he meets with the pope. Afterward, suffering from what he calls “the Pope’s Revenge,” he is forced to spend two days in or near a bathroom. Beginning with a foreword “written” by Sitting Bull, and traveling from moose encounters in Minnesota to the Spanish Steps in Rome, this book reminds readers of the wisdom of elders, the cross-cultural confusion of Native-white encounters, and some of the most difficult issues faced by contemporary Native peoples. Falling somewhere between fact and fiction, the tales in Scalping Columbus and Other Stories combine outrageous comedy with clever social commentary, managing both to entertain and to enlighten.