When the topic of ghosts arises, it typically involves poltergeists behaving creepily or maliciously toward the people and locations they happen to haunt. Yet these preconceptions about ghosts overlook the notable times spirits have reportedly helped people in dire situations. Though deadly ghost encounters may sometimes occur, there are plenty of stories that involve supernatural entities saving the day. People who claim that ghosts saved them have relayed encounters with friendly specters that managed to rescue them or a loved one.
There are historical and modern accounts of times when spirits were saviors, meaning that those from beyond might have influenced human history more than anyone ever considered. Maybe Casper is only one of the many friendly ghosts in the world.
Rescuers Claim A Ghostly Voice Led Them To A Trapped Baby
In March 2015, Utah police officers investigated a damaged, partially submerged car in the Spanish Fork River. As they got closer, they clearly heard a young, female voice cry out from the car, “Help me, we’re in here.” Police immediately went to work; they pulled the wreck out of the river and tipped it right-side up.
Inside, they found Jennifer Groesbeck and her 18-month-old daughter, Lily. Jennifer had seemingly passed hours before, so it was unlikely that she called for help. Lily was barely conscious, but alive.
The emergency personnel at the scene appreciated the disembodied assist, though they never established the source of the cry for help. As officer Tyler Beddoes put it:
For two nights I’ve laid awake trying to figure out exactly what it could be. All I know is it was there, we all heard it. It was extra motivation.
The Greenbrier Ghost Allegedly Identified Her Killer
In February 1897 in Greenbrier, WV, Mary Jane Heaster claimed she started receiving visits from her late daughter, Elva “Zona” Heaster Shue, regularly at midnight. Zona had died a month prior of “everlasting faint,” though Heaster suspected a more nefarious cause was to blame. When she took Zona’s burial sheet home and washed it, Heaster watched as the water ran red.
Because of this, Heaster took the situation seriously when her deceased daughter allegedly appeared in the middle of the night. Zona told Heaster that her husband, Erasmus “Edward” Stribbling Trout Shue, had snapped her neck. The specter reportedly rotated her head to show her mother what happened to her.
Heaster immediately went to the police and told them her story. Miraculously, they believed her and exhumed Zona’s body. They performed an autopsy since Edward had prevented the local coroner from examining Zona when she died. Doctors quickly discovered Zona’s neck was indeed broken, and they arrested Edward for killing her.
Dolly Parton Says Her Late Grandmothers Watch Over Her
Dolly Parton, the wearer of coats of many colors, apparently has guardians of many dimensions. The famous country singer and actress claims she received help from both of her grandmothers long after they died.
On one occasion, they warned her not to board a plane headed to Salt Lake City. As Parton recalls, “Suddenly, I saw my grandma’s ghost standing in the corner. She kept saying, ‘Don’t catch the plane… Don’t catch the plane.'”
Parton decided to heed the advice and switched flights. The flight crashed, leaving no survivors. Later, her guardian grannies also supposedly warned her about a potentially costly deal; Parton declined to sign a contract that would have resulted in her losing millions of dollars.
The Gray Man Supposedly Spares People From Devastating Hurricanes
Pawleys Island, SC, is known for its beautiful homes, amazing beachfront properties, and frequent hurricanes. Those who live there are aware of another island mainstay: the Gray Man, a figure dressed in old-fashioned pirate clothes. Legend states he appears before the onset of a hurricane, and those who see him will survive with their house intact.
In 1989, Jim and Clara Moore, longtime residents of Pawleys Island, say the Gray Man saved their lives. During a stroll along the beach, the Moores claim they saw no one else on the beach except for one man who was walking toward them. Jim remembers, “When I got within speaking distance, I raised my hand to say ‘hi’ or ‘beautiful evening’ or whatever, and he disappeared.”
After Hurricane Hugo hit in 1989, most homes in Moore’s neighborhood ended up destroyed, except for theirs. They believe it was because the Gray Man had come to see them on that fateful day.
Another witness to the Gray Man, a fisherman, says he saw the figure while fishing a few miles north of Pawleys. While out in the early evening, the witness alleges he saw someone waving to him on the shore. Drawing closer, the fisherman realized the man, dressed in the garb of an old pirate, held up his hand as if to say “stop.”
The figure disappeared from the shore, and the fisherman decided to take it as a sign. Later that night, a strong storm hit the area, and the fisherman credits the Gray Man for saving him from it.
A Woman Says Her Friend’s Dead Sister Saved Her
In 2007, a young woman staying with a friend experienced her first paranormal activity. The friend she stayed with had a shrine dedicated to his late sister, to whom he performed a sort of daily ritual in her honor: a shot of tequila and turning on the stereo to play a song she loved. The woman says her friend assured her that as long as she stayed under this roof, his sister would protect her.
One day while home alone, the woman alleged that her abusive former partner broke into the house and tried to attack her. He threatened her with a knife, but the shrine suddenly came to life. It shook violently, and candles were blown out; a crucifix flung itself at her attacker. After the stereo on the memorial turned on by itself, he fled.
She purportedly never heard from him again.
A Man’s Late Wife Supposedly Helped Him Avoid A Dangerous Trap
In the early 1900s, a New Jersey farmer by the name of Charles Henry Durand barely escaped with his life, thanks to the warnings he supposedly got from his late wife. According to his story, as he rode home in a buggy, the horse pulling it suddenly stopped. Within moments, a ghostly woman in white appeared, which Durand recognized as his late wife. Both he and his horse remained frozen in fear as she whispered to him, “There is danger at home. Stay away ’til morning.”
As frightened as his horse, Durand was forced to spend hours unhitching the animal from the buggy so he could get home. By the time he arrived, it was already daylight, and Durand noticed a number of things amiss in his home: a window was open and muddy footprints covered the floor.
Durand also noticed a string stretched across his bedroom doorway; he set it off using his umbrella. It triggered a gun attached to the string, creating a booby trap to shoot anyone who entered the door. Without the warning from his wife, Durand would have been struck by the trap.
A Christmas Ghost Reportedly Helped A Mother Save Her Son
On Christmas Eve 2016, Shropshire resident Jane Reynolds sensed something strange afoot in her home, but she dismissed it before heading to bed. On Christmas Day at 4 am, she claims an unknown force ripped her duvet off her bed and began shaking her. Before she could process this wakeup call, Reynolds heard banging and screaming from somewhere in her house.
Afraid that her sons might be in danger, she ran to check on them. In their room, Reynolds saw one child, Ethan, sleeping silently, while her other child, 18-month-old George, was softly choking. She quickly turned him over and patted him on the back to clear his airway. Later, she realized that something or someone must have warned her – since Ethan was sleeping and George’s airway was blocked, whom did she hear screaming?
Her friends told her that 50 years prior, a family moved out of the home shortly after their baby perished. Reynolds believes the baby who passed had warned her about George.
Her Husband’s Ghost Allegedly Brought A Woman Back To Life
Northumberland resident Sonia Burton suffered a severe heart attack in January 2016. Arriving to work early that day, Burton began experiencing chest pains before she collapsed. Paramedics arrived on the scene quickly, but they failed to resuscitate her immediately.
They transported her to the hospital, and the trip took a grueling 56 minutes, during which Burton was technically gone.
While the paramedics scrambled to save her life, Burton says her late husband visited her. According to Burton, her husband said, “It’s not your time, Sonia, go back to the children.” Then she came back to life. The paramedics who rescued her were astounded – they said no one they ever saved remained departed for as long as Burton.
A Man Believes A Departed Mother Saved Her Child
On June 6, 1994, Christine Skubish and her 3-year-old son, Nick, set out on the road from Sacramento, CA, to restart their lives. On the way, Skubish fell asleep at the wheel and crashed 40 feet into an embankment below the road. She passed instantly, but her son Nick survived – but barely.
On June 10, Sacramento local Deborah Hoyt arose from sleep in the early morning, feeling as if she needed to leave urgently. As she and her husband traveled along Highway 50, they came across a woman lying on the side of the road. The couple immediately phoned the police who then investigated the area but found nothing initially.
After learning of the Skubishs’ disappearance, El Dorado County Deputy Rich Strasser decided to return to the site where the Hoyts claimed they saw the woman.
Examining the area, Strasser discovered a shoe belonging to a child, which led him to discover Skubish’s car in the embankment. Though exposed to the elements and on the verge of starvation when rescued, young Nick managed to live through the tragedy. Skubish’s family believe it was Christine herself who tried to look out for her son one last time before her final departure.
Spirits Supposedly Protected A Historic Building From Destruction
In 2016, three buildings in Omaha, NE, were slated for demolition, including the Christian Specht Building. Built in 1884, it was historically significant for being the only cast-iron building in all of Nebraska. In an attempt to preserve the structure, over a thousand people signed a petition and held a rally.
Even local ghost-hunting team, Rural Investigators of the Paranormal, wanted to save the building; they tried to do so in a unique way. They went to the building, investigated it, and claimed that its creator, Christian Specht, still resided there. According to the team, they communicated with Specht through yes-no questions, asking, “Do you mind if we are in the building? Do you know this building is on the verge of getting torn down?” Thanks to the efforts of the public and ghost-hunters, the building was spared from destruction.