Monday, July 20, 2015

Murder Most Foul

Murder Most Foul

(I hit the wrong button last week and posted this one before it's time, so here it is again in the proper order. I think the ghosts are at work in my computer. Sorry!)
Leap Castle Gate

Remember my little encounter in the Bloody Chapel of Leap Castle? Well, it looks like I got off easy. I keep finding more stories that make Edgar Allen's stories seem rather fluffy. 

While this McKenzie escaped with only a missing tab from her backpack, the clan McMahon didn't fare quite as well. 
A McKenzie Inside the Bloody Chapel

Those O'Carrolls were downright nasty devils and not above hiring, then firing their employees--permanently. After the McMahon's (about 40 of them, the story goes) provided their services, the O'Carrolls invited them to celebrate with a nice little arsenic (guessing here) laced feast. And poof. . . 40 more ghosts. That place is over-crowded with spirits not ready to forgive and forget.

The interesting thing is that whenever I asked the present-day owner what he could tell me about the castle that would be of interest, the word ghost never passed his lips. 

Next week: The Treasure of Leap Castle


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Who is this actor? I can't remember his name.





Hats Off Corner will return next week with Desiree Holt. I still want to feature authors here, so if you're interested in a bit of promo for your next or last book, let me know.


Quote of the Week: "The end is simply the beginning of an even longer story." Zadie Smith, Novelist



Any particularly horrible Leap Castle stories you know about? Interested in being featured in my Hats Off Corner? The quote was all about this series I'm doing on the haunted castle. There are more tales than I'll ever be able to tell. 




75 comments:

  1. I'm getting Deja vu...
    Wouldn't want to work for that family.

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    1. This week I got it right. Very clever of me to post the same thing two weeks in a row, don't you think?

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  2. The O'Carrolls would make you rethink accepting dinner invitations.

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    1. Yes. And get a taster, for heaven sakes!

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  3. I'll remember to never apply for a job there. Sounds like such an interesting trip.

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    1. Beautiful place and deadly in it's early days.

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  4. Good grief! They sound like dicey people, for sure. You say you are doing a series on the castle, but you must be getting great story ideas as well.

    On another note, I'd love a bit of promo for my book that was released last month, Imogene and the Case of the Missing Pearls.

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    1. I'm tucking a lot of castle description and evil deeds away for future reference.

      Send me an email, Elizabeth and we can discuss the details about my hosting you and your book.

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  5. Ooh I love this story. Next time I feel compelled to whine at work I'll remind myself that at least I don't work for the O'Carrolls.
    Great pic of you at the chapel!

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    1. Yes, that's one good thing about knowing the evils of the boss in this story.

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  6. Wow...what horrible people. It's very disturbing, some of the stories you hear! I was long haunted by the story of that house in New Orleans where the woman tortured all those people. I never forgot the story...and then they featured it on American Horror Story. It's called the LaLaurie Mansion and apparently Nicolas Cage bought it at one time. Just horrible stories about what the woman did to her slaves in the basement of the place.

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    1. What do you suppose creates these kinds of monsters?

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  7. That makes a pink slip look good. That castle has to be crawling with ghosts.

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  8. Talk about overload on the inspiration. Amazing! Your stories are going to be spellbinding. Congrats on such a successful tiip. He never mentioned ghosts, must be immune or thinking of making a few of his own. RUN! :)

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    1. Now there's something I hadn't considered. I can see the headlines now, Author Murdered in Haunted Castle.

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  9. Wow, poisoning the people who did you a favor is pretty evil. Sounds ike Game of Thrones.
    Susan Says

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    1. It really does, which leads me to believe that this sort of thing was more common than just among the O'Carrolls.

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  10. Twice the enjoyment Lee. Both times a great read.
    Yvonne.

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    1. You're very kind. I couldn't believe I posted this AND another post on the same day. Vacations take their toll!

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  11. Wow--what an interesting (and terrible) story! I agree with Susan--sounds like something that would happen in GoT.

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    1. Maybe the writers were inspired by the O'Carrolls. You never know.

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  12. Scariest Leap Castle story is the Elemental.

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    1. I've seen artists' idea of the Elemental, and I don't want to run into it.

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  13. That's a lot of ghosts. o.o Not sure I'd want to visit, but I am a wuss.

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    1. Meet wuss#2. I'm not fond of ghosts at all.

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  14. Hi Lee - must have read and thought I'll come back to comment - and you'd whipped it away .. or one of your ghostly minions had. What very unpleasant neighbours ... perhaps the present laird/owner doesn't want to be associated with psychopathic murderers ... gosh who got rid of the bodies??!!

    Wonderful story though and am glad you're safely back home - cheers Hilary

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    1. When the ghosts want to make a mess of things for me, they do. Glad to have visited. Glad to be home. Guess you're still taking a break, so hope you're enjoying the time off.

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  15. Gotta keep control of those ghosts, never know what they'll get up to, lol. I've lived a few places with ghosts, mostly they just leave an eerie feeling. Don't think I've ever encountered one that was murdered though.

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    1. Well then, that must be on your bucket list. I've checked it off mine. :-)

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  16. Fascinating stories. Ghosts intrigue me, that's why I like to write about them. And what better place for ghosts than castles. Spooky happenings give me the shivers. I hope they're all friendly ghosts.

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    1. I know you like to write ghost stories! They're great.

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  17. So many fascinating histories in those castles! They've lived through so many generations of people - and their ghosts :)

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    1. Makes it very interesting and a bit creepy, although I didn't feel too spooked.

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  18. What a way to get "fired" from your job! It sounds like they would have a big ghost problem. They better call the Ghostbusters. :)

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  19. The actor is Andrew Scott - I don't know if anyone else has said it yet!

    Interesting story though. I think ghost tours and stories are fascinating.

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    1. Thank you for the name! You're the first to know.

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  20. I don't think I would have wanted to work for that family if offered. The place looks great to visit. I love ghost stories. I don't know the actor but I read above me that you got your answer:)

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  21. Really wonderful stories indeed. Greetings!

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    1. I'm not sure about wonderful, but they were intimidating.:-)

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  22. Oh my! It's like that GOT series where everyone's killing everyone off. :O

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    1. Bet they copied the story from this castle.

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  23. Hi, Lee,

    Gotta love GHOSTLY castes.... such a great subject. Anything is possible and probable. LOL.

    Glad you enjoyed or are enjoying your Castle visits!

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    1. I'm always a sucker for a good ghost story!

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  24. And people still went there? They must have been so sneaky.

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    1. No internet! That's my guess. If the word had gotten out, there might have been fewer ghosts.

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  25. Whoa. That's a terrible way to thank people.
    It sounds like you had a great castle visit, though.
    And I love that quote!
    Plus, I would love to be featured, but since I'm blogging spotty for the next couple of months, I would love to be featured in the fall . . .

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    1. Hi Kelly. The story is grim, grimmer, grimmest!

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  27. Ghostly tales abound at Leap Castle by the sounds of it.

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    1. I could do a collection of these! There are lots.

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  28. Wow, that places really has a knack for churning out ghosts.

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  29. Wow, that's a fascinating (and kind of terrible) story. Also, I love your quote! :D I'll have to add that to my list of favorites.


    Alexa
    thessalexa.blogspot.com
    verbositybookreviews.wordpress.com

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    1. Glad the quote was interesting enough to collect! Thanks for your visit.

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  30. If the feast tastes like almonds, skip it! Or am I misremembering what arsenic tastes like?

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    1. Is that right?I don't remember either. Have to do some research.

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  31. That gave me the chills. How horrible.

    Thank you for the Hats Off offer. I wrote down a note to take you up on that. :)

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  32. I bet most castles have lots of bloody tales like that. Lots of ghosts around.

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  33. You look pretty happy in that bloody, ghostly place.
    Zadie Smith's quote is great.

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    1. The sun was out. If it had been dusk or night, I may not have been quite as cheerful.

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  34. Leap Castle? wow what a legend! i'd be jumpy in that place! love a good ghost story, esp the real haunted places! cool!

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  35. Yeah, I noticed. LOL Posts live forever in Feedly. :P

    If you need guests, I'll visit. We can trade if you have some promo of your own or just want to guest post.

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    1. Love your plan. Looking forward to exchanging time on our blogs.

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  36. The Scots should have stayed out of Ireland! And if not, it sounds like they should have avoided dinner parties!

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    1. Those Scots were always in trouble when they left home. And they kept leaving home.

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  37. If you can make Edgar Allen Poe's works look fuzzy, then I bow to you. I'm not worthy (bad Wayne's World Imitation).

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    1. Maybe Edgar used some of these tales to jump start his tales!

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  38. I guess this puts things into perspective- most bad bosses don't come close to being that bad! Wow! :)
    ~Jess

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