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#1    karisma_29

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 05:30 AM

My husband told me when he was stationed many years ago in Tennessee that he and his fellow soldiers heard strange tales of a piece of land that affects your mind. They were told it was the Bermuda Triangle on land!He decided to check this out with 2 other soldiers because they thought it was a joke? They thought some guys were going to try and scare them. They went deep into the forest or woods and found the piece of land as they were told that there was a very large dead tree there. It was in the middle of no where.The tree was described as very tall and black. There was no leaves or anything. It looked like it should have fell down years ago. It looked very old? They noticed a big difference when they got to this part of the woods as it was very quiet? They said there were no birds chirping? No sounds of any insects or animals. But on the way there they heard and saw many? Also the land around the tree looked dead? They brought some folding chairs as they were told to watch and they would see strange amazing things? They sat about 200 feet from the tree about an hour went by when they saw a bird flying. The bird landed on the tree and immediately dropped dead on the ground? They were still not convinced that anything supernatural had happened. They dared it other to sit by the tree! One took the dare and placed a chair under the tree and sat down. After less than 15 minutes went by when the soldier in the chair started to look strange. His eyes looked pale his skin color went very pale? Then he gripped the chair sides with both hands and his face was all contorted or unnatural looking. The other two soldiers were scared. They decided to put him from the chair, when they grabbed his arms they said that they felt a cold strange feeling a kind of evil? Remember they didn't believe in these things! They said they started to feel their energy draining? It was not easy to pull their buddy from the chair, but why? They finally got him and put him on the ground a few hundred feel from the tree. He was in a daze like he was unconscious? After some water and about 10 minutes he came around. He asked why they did not stop the chair from spinning? They said what are you talking about? The chair never moved? He insisted that the chair was spinning like a hundred miles per hours? They said it never happened. They went back to the tree and were the chair sat was a fresh circle in the dirt under the chair legs about 2 or 2 1/2" deep like the chair had been spinning! Also the dead bird was gone? They were really shocked and decided to get out of there fast.
They had to carry their buddy and they left the chairs ect... when they got about 3 miles away their friend was now able to walk but scared to death!  They kept quiet about this for some time and a few months later after being questioned about what happened finally told a few soldiers. They also did not believe and wanted to see this tree. My husband and his friends took them there but something changed? There was a new fence put up that surrounded the tree in a square? There were signs on the fence that said NO TRESPASSING U.S. PROPERTY? Has anybody ever heard of this piece of land or of any strange tales that have a large dead tree in them??? This is no joke please let me know! I told this story exactly the way I heard it and no one was laughing. They were very scared. I have tried to find out about this but I have found nothing.


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Posted 04 September 2009 - 10:16 AM

Karisma, welcome to UM.  I've never heard this story before, but there are a number of natural explanations for a place making somebody feel weird or even hallucinate.  There might have been excessive gases seeping up from the ground, such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, methane, or radon.  Toxic chemicals might have been spilled in the area, accounting for the dead tree.  I wouldn't jump to any supernatural explanations until you've exhausted all natural ones.


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Posted 04 September 2009 - 03:11 PM

That's a lot of freaking question marks.

Somebody in Tennessee go take a picture of this place.

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 03:58 PM

Those details are little vague. Tennessee has 42,169 square miles and probably even a few trees so you may have to help narrow it down bit. Do you know the general location or does the base where he was stationed have a name?  Failing that, can you tell us in which branch of the service was he enlisted?


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Posted 05 September 2009 - 04:53 AM

View PostSweetpumper, on 04 September 2009 - 03:11 PM, said:

That's a lot of freaking question marks.

Somebody in Tennessee go take a picture of this place.



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Posted 05 September 2009 - 05:35 AM

Sorry for the excessive question marks. I am not much of a writer. My husband was stationed at NAS Memphis(Naval Air Station) located in Millington,Tennessee,it is in Shelby County. He rented a home by a large Drive In Theater said it was Tipton County. So maybe Shelby & Tipton boarder each other. He was in the U.S.M.C and stationed there in the early to mid-seventies. The base have been re-named since then to Naval Support Activity Mid-South (NAVSUPPACT) naval base.Millington is approximately 10 miles south of Memphis,Tennessee. It was over 30 years ago when this happened. They did have photos but they were lost many years ago during a home burglary. The tree was suppose to be approximately 60 to 80 inches thick and approximately 5 stories tall. They heard about the tree from a many different people in town. But the one that peaked their interest was a Native American in town. He was described as about 80 years old and he said he was a medicine man. The native medicine man said he remembered the tree when he was a youth and it had not changed in many decades. He said it was an dark place.


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Posted 05 September 2009 - 08:06 PM

View Postkarisma_29, on 05 September 2009 - 05:35 AM, said:

Sorry for the excessive question marks. I am not much of a writer. My husband was stationed at NAS Memphis(Naval Air Station) located in Millington,Tennessee,it is in Shelby County. He rented a home by a large Drive In Theater said it was Tipton County. So maybe Shelby & Tipton boarder each other. He was in the U.S.M.C and stationed there in the early to mid-seventies. The base have been re-named since then to Naval Support Activity Mid-South (NAVSUPPACT) naval base.Millington is approximately 10 miles south of Memphis,Tennessee. It was over 30 years ago when this happened. They did have photos but they were lost many years ago during a home burglary. The tree was suppose to be approximately 60 to 80 inches thick and approximately 5 stories tall. They heard about the tree from a many different people in town. But the one that peaked their interest was a Native American in town. He was described as about 80 years old and he said he was a medicine man. The native medicine man said he remembered the tree when he was a youth and it had not changed in many decades. He said it was an dark place.


OK, I found the base.  If anyone else is interested, it actually about 20 miles northeast of downtown Memphis.  Is anybody here in the area?

Edited by sinewave, 05 September 2009 - 08:11 PM.


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Posted 06 September 2009 - 03:59 AM

Correction I meant to say approximately 10 miles North of Memphis. Below is the technical information.

Geography

Millington is at 35°20′12″N 89°54′8″W / 35.33667°N 89.90222°W / 35.33667; -89.90222 (35.336566, -89.902132)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.6 square miles (40.4 kmē), of which, 15.6 square miles (40.3 kmē) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 kmē) of it (0.13%) is water.

The city is located in the Memphis Metropolitan Area, about 9 miles north of Memphis, Tennessee.

Millington is situated on the southeastern edge of the New Madrid Seismic Zone, an area with a high earthquake risk.

The city is close to Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, Fort Pillow State Park and the Mississippi River


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Posted 06 September 2009 - 08:55 AM

As soon as I started reading your post, I knew it had to be Millington you were talking about.  Was the place in Shelby county?  Or was it near Ripley TN?  There are still a lot of Choctaws in that area.  I've never heard that story before and I lived in Memphis while attending college in the early 90's.


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Posted 06 September 2009 - 01:33 PM

It was definitely in Shelby or Tipton county as both were close to the NAS base in the 1970'S.The house he rented was close to HWY 51. They never mentioned Ripley.


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Posted 06 September 2009 - 04:20 PM

I am absolutely tongue tied...If it is a US property then there definetly must be a reason behind why the government took up the land
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Posted 06 September 2009 - 10:28 PM

I would absolutely have to see this and sit in the chair myself to begin to take this as legitimate. It honestly sounds like some "goodies" and group suggestion was going on. It makes no sense for the guys to be watching their friend and finally get him out of the chair, but then later there is evidence of it spinning - one or the either happened, not both, and for what possible reason could the bird be gone? That's like people on acid reporting this - maybe there was no bird to begin with, nor circular pattern, but heightened anxiety and expectation got the better of everyone. Too bad they fenced off the area.

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 10:53 PM

No one was drinking anything other than water. There was no drug use of any kind. They were never told any specific story other than that strange things happened in this area.There was no group suggestion, how could there be as know one knew what would happen or if anything would happen at all! Honestly they said that they expected nothing to happen as they believed it was just local stories to keep children out of the woods. At the time they thought if they told anyone that they would be locked up. Also during that time the military took constant surprise drug tests. Their tests were always negative. If they had been taking anything they would have been caught and brought up on charges for violation of the U.C.M.J. My husband has been praised many times through the years for his honesty. So I have no reason to doubt him.


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Posted 07 September 2009 - 01:13 AM

Could be gases coming up from the ground causing hallucinations, or the government might have been conducting some kind of chemical testing there, hence the fence. I'm not sure what to make of it, but I'd lean towards testing all possible causes not of a supernatural nature first before thinking there was a haunted spot in the woods.


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Posted 07 September 2009 - 05:04 AM

First assuming the Native American being in his 80's in the early 1970'S was telling the truth then the Government would of had to do chemical testing in the 1880's to 1890's. Did the U.S. Government perform these type of tests then? Second if were a gas that causes hallucinations would it not have been discovered many years earlier than the 1970'S? Third the photos taken would show nothing if just hallucinations but even though these photos are now gone they clearly showed a deep circle in the dirt under the chair legs. They also clearly showed a dead bird on the ground. Then they showed the bird was gone and a indentation in the dirt. The spot was indented.In other words when the bird hit the ground it left a mark. The camera used was a inexpensive 35mm camera. No one ever referred to this place as haunted. No one ever mentioned seeing ghosts.It was simply said that strange things happened there and it was a dark place by the Native American gentlemen.





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