Justified & Ancient
- Jan 9, 2012
Great post.Driving back towards home today, I started pondering on they whys and wherefores of road ghosts.
About three miles from my house is the site of an horrific road accident, nearly twenty years ago now, when a young girl was run over and killed whilst crossing a main road doing her paper round. It was late November, very dark and she was hit in the middle of the road. Now, as far as I know, there have been no sightings originating from that awful accident, maybe it's still too recent? Is it too memorable for those of us who still live around here? Or would there be something about the accident that would preclude the origins of ghosts?
I suppose my question is something along the lines of - why are some houses haunted, while those with equally tragic histories aren't? Why are there no 'spooky tales' about this stretch of road? Not even, as far as I am aware, tales of creepy feelings.
I do sometimes wonder if it is us humans who decide a ghost is a certain dead person based on our own knowledge of previous happenings. How often has the ghost ever identified themselves? What I am getting at here is can we be certain the 'ghost' is the manifestation of so-and-so killed in the accident and isn't a time-slip or yet another 'Cosmic Trickster' variation on UFOs, Black Shuck etc at that location...? In this scenario battlefield and Roman soldier ghosts et al. are time-slips from the past experienced by present-day witnesses.