We all know the basic plot of scary stories, right? Someone is killed, haunts the people responsible, and then eventually crosses the afterlife into a beautiful place called heaven. I may basing these predictions off the movie Charlie St. Cloud, but I’m sure it’s all true. Ghosts don’t actually exist, right? Right?!
Answer: maybe, probably, most likely wrong. While there’s not a lot of proof except from eye witnesses and that old YTV show Ghost Trackers, multiple spirits are believed to roam our lands, and one of the most haunted lands in Canada is at the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse.
Built in 1808 in the Toronto Islands, this historic building is the second-oldest lighthouse in Canada. While a title like that could be interesting, unfortunately it’s overshadowed by the legend of its first lighthouse keeper, a German-born man called *gulps* John Paul Radelmüller.
Radelmüller was supposedly a normal guy, which makes the reasoning behind his murder so much more terrifying. While there are various reports questioning the exact day he died, legend has it that he was killed in January of 1815. He was serving a couple of local soldiers some drinks when he decided to cut off their alcohol supply, and that’s when the soldiers got pissed - and then they got violent.
Some say Radelmüller was beaten with a rock and fled to the top of the stairs, bleeding and afraid, where the soldiers then pushed him off, while others say he was mutilated. However it went down that night, it’s certain that Radelmüller was killed in the lighthouse - and that’s why it’s believed he still haunts it to this day.
You know the thing with scary stories where you listen to them full-well knowing you won’t be able to sleep for the next day? Yeah, so do I, but this part of the story will probably turn that one day into one week.
In recent years, there's been various reports by people who have visited the lighthouse, but most of them all come down to the same conclusion: that place is haunted AF. People are said to have heard low moaning noises through the corridors, and the sound of banging at the top of the stairs.
One witness even accounts hearing whispers of “help” echo throughout the lighthouse, while another said they saw an apparition of *gulps again* John Paul Radelmüller in a closet doorway. That's alright - because I'm sure J.P. is a friendly ghost. Right? Right?!
I don’t want to question the realness of an old, murdered German spirit or anything, but if you really want to witness this legend for yourself, then you can find more information on the lighthouse's unofficial page. You know, for science or something.
Now where’s that old night-light I used to have . . .