Reporter's Notes: There is a ghost on Capitol Hill in the United States | Fox News

2021-11-24 04:44:34 By : Ms. Donna Xu

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Congressional correspondent Chad Pergram heard ghost stories from members of the Capitol Historical Society.

It's almost Halloween. If you report on Congress, that means you still have a lot of material for Halloween.

You have heard of "Stories from the Crypt". But what about the story in the basement of Congress?

Some politicians naturally have skeletons in their closets. But some real skeletons haunt Capitol Hill.

The Capitol Cemetery is just a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol, and it's a creepy place. At this time of the year, visitors can stroll around the cemetery and take part in the "soul walk"-a nightly guided tour between the tombstones.

Many legislators, politicians and famous Americans are buried there. Legislators, of course, after they "retired."

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American band leader and composer John Phillip Sousa (John Phillip Sousa). The legendary FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. You will find the resting place of Congressman and Vice President Elbridge Gerry (pronounced hard G). In fact, we got the term "Congressional gerrymandering" (soft G) from Gerry. This is the practice of manipulating the boundaries of the House of Representatives district to favor one side or the other. "Gerrymandering" is a fictitious word formed by combining "Gerry" and "salaander". In political cartoons in the early 19th century, a Boston newspaper portrayed the congressional district as a mythical, menacing salamander.

When you visit the Congress Cemetery, you should pay attention to the political constituency phenomenon and look at the location of Gerry's grave. It was kind of caught in a shoehorn among other tombstones.

But some things in Congress Cemetery are a bit scary. The Arctic explorer William Cross is buried in the Congress Cemetery. He died during the Arctic expedition in 1881. Cross froze to death. When the funeral home finally got Cross's body, they found that it had been slaughtered. It is thought that Cross's colleagues swallowed him in the cold in order to survive.

Therefore, for the sake of accuracy, we should say that some of William Cross’s people are buried in the Congress Cemetery.

Memorial Day, silent and solemn, is held at Arlington National Cemetery. Virginia has been studying suicide among veterans. (iStock)

Walk around the Congress Cemetery and you will find the tomb of Robert Slight. Slater is a carpenter who fell from the rotunda of the Capitol while working one night. Minor may be buried in the Congress Cemetery. But it is said that to this day, his ghost is still lurking around the rotunda.

You will also find the tomb of Tobias Lear. Washington, DC is a small town about transportation. In fact, Lear may be the first person in Washington to brag about his "access". Lear is George Washington's personal secretary. If you want to meet big people, Lear is the gatekeeper.

In any case, Lear's impressive work may have put pressure on him. Lear shot himself and was buried in the Congress Cemetery near the fence.

But despite these terrible stories, the U.S. Capitol itself is the true home of congressional horror.

"Any building with a history of more than 200 years, especially a building full of history like the one seen in the U.S. Capitol, must have some conspiracy, and perhaps some unexplainable history," said Sam of the Congressional Historical Society Holliday.

For example, late at night, in the Capitol, you might hear the ghost of the late Senator Boies Penrose (R-Penn.), wavering as he read the legislation from beginning to end. Penrose likes to sit in a rocking chair in the Capitol office and read bills late at night. It is said that sometimes you can still hear the sound of Penrose rocking chair after get off work.

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During the Civil War, the military converted the rotunda of the Capitol into a field hospital for federal soldiers. Veterans on Capitol Hill reported that even today, these soldiers are hovering in buildings.

"Some of them continue to stay here. Many soldiers died here," said Steve Livinggood of the Congressional Historical Society. "They were very idealistic at the time, and their spirit will be here to ensure that we continue to implement the ideas they fought for. Moreover, they died for it."

It is said that the voice of the President and later member of Congress John Quincy Adams haunted the statue hall of the Capitol. When Adams died, the speaker's office was near the statue hall, which was the House of Representatives at the time.

"People say they can hear him," Levengood said. "I actually heard the voice there. I don't know if it was John Quincy Adams. But I assume it is."

It is also said that on New Year's Eve, the statues in the statue hall will climb down from the pedestal and begin to dance and play. This should happen on New Year's Eve, because there were very few people in the Capitol at that time. Having said that, Congress has held meetings on New Year's Eve many times in recent years. So maybe this phantom phenomenon has stopped.

In any case, Liwengood has reason to doubt this annual event.

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That's because one of the statues in the statue hall belonged to Francis Willard of Illinois. She led the Women's Christian Prohibition Coalition, which fought for the ban.

"Francis Willard will never allow anyone to dance. That's because dancing leads to drinking," Levengood said.

The "Demon Cat" legend is one of the most shocking stories in the ghost stories of Capitol Hill.

"When everything is quiet, empty and dark, the Demon Cat will wander in the lobby of the Capitol," Holliday said.

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Holliday said the demon cat was famous for its appearance before the national emergency. Before the Civil War, Pearl Harbor, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and other terrible incidents, the cat was spotted by the watchmen and assistants in the Capitol.

If you look closely, you will find tiny paw prints embedded in the floor near the old Supreme Court room in the Senate of the Capitol. Moreover, it is said that this terrible cat signed his initials in an unremarkable stairwell of the Senate. Two initials are printed on the top of the steps: "DC".

Skeptics might say that "DC" stands for something else: District of Columbia? Direct current? Detective comics?

"Yes, it could be any of these things," Levengood said. "But none of these things appear regularly in the Capitol like the Devil Cat. So there are good reasons to believe that it is the initials of the Devil Cat."

Do you think Congress has now got hostile media? Think back to 1890. The actual drop of blood from the late Rep. William Tolby (D-Ky.) was pressed into the marble of the Capitol staircase near the House of Representatives. Tolby did not like a Louisville reporter named Charles Kinkade who published reports about his alleged affair with a government employee. Tolby often harassed Kinkade. Kinkade finally had enough. He shot and killed Talby.

On August 28, 2012, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, a statue of George Washington stands in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol ((Alex Wong/Getty Images)

"Marble is a porous stone material. When it hits and solidifies, it can absorb different liquids," Holliday explained, and blood can be seen even today.

As you might imagine, Taulby hates reporters. Legend has it that the ghost of Taulbee sometimes trips members of the press team in retaliation.

"I have been going up and down the stairs since 1965," Levengood said. "I've never tripped. Only reporters."

Perhaps this can explain how your person was really in front of the camera, flying in the air with his feet in the air, and was really tripped on the nearby stairs when trying to interview Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a few years ago. fall down. Trudeau met with Speaker of the California House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi at the Capitol. Trudeau did not answer my question. But he did help me stand up again.

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Could this be the ghost of Tolby, lurking elsewhere in the Capitol?

"Yes, Taulby's ghost is around the building. He doesn't like reporters," Levengood said.

"It sounds like you are lucky to escape as unscathed as before," Holliday added.

For full disclosure, I am a person who believes in ghosts. I saw something here and there. Especially at night. But despite spending many years in every corner of the U.S. Capitol, no matter day or night, I have never seen any ghostly hallucinations.

Livinggood said he often spied on ghosts after evening receptions at the Capitol.

Maybe I don’t drink enough?

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"When you are at the reception, you are still working," Levengood said. "I am a historian. Wine facilitates what I do, which is a reflection and exchange of the spirit that established this country and embodied in this building."

But you don't have to find some ghosts of the Capitol in the sauce.

Joe Nowotny has just retired after working in the Capitol for three years. In fact, if you have seen the House proceedings on C-SPAN, you may have seen Novotony. For the past 11 years, Novotony has served as a reading clerk in the House of Representatives. Novotoni said that a few years ago, late at night, after everyone else had left, he saw something strange in the House of Representatives room.

"Suddenly, in the conference hall directly in front of me, I saw a person walking in front of me. I immediately looked up to see who it was. There was no one there," Novotny said. "This is also one of the things you tell yourself,'Is this true?' It's vivid. It's vivid enough to make me notice. It makes me feel that I'm not alone."

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Another haunted story is to be added to the list of the Capitol.

"Ghost story is another name for history," Holliday said. "This is popular history. This is a way people can remember."

It is impossible to prove whether the U.S. Capitol is really haunted. But it's a bit like Stephen King once said: "Sometimes we make up horror to help us deal with real fear."

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