This Halloween, we all look forward to dressing up in costume, getting candy and occasionally telling scary stories. In rock and roll, scary stories are aplenty and below, just in time for spooky season are rock n roll’s own tales from the crypt.
Johnny Cash’s’ Woman in White
Having taken a recent dive into Johnny Cash’s autobiography, Cash, one ghostly encounter stood out to me. The story recounts how the Man in Black, had a ghostly encounter with the Woman in White. The story begins at a time when Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter were living outside of the United States, specifically, Cinnamon Hill, Jamaica. It was an old plantation property built in the 1700’s. Cash bought the house from a friend; the home had originally survived the 1831 slave revolt.
The spirits of those slaves were thought to be still lingering in the house in the present day. Cash would even write about a few encounters with those spirits in the night. During a family dinner, a woman, in her thirties, wearing a full white dress moved from the dining room to the kitchen. Without opening any doors.
Cash would reveal that they never had any problems with those spirits. They would occasionally be heard rattling doorknobs at night, otherwise leaving the Cash family at peace.
For Sid Vicious: A Holiday Is Another Person’s Misery
The Chelsea Hotel in New York City, one of the most infamous hotels in the United States. Notable for being the most haunted, it also is the most tragic. On October 12, 1978, a hotel clerk received a call, claiming that there is trouble in room 100. When the clerk arrived at room 100, he found the body of a blonde woman, Nancy Spungen, manager of The Sex Pistol’s Sid Vicious found dead.
Nancy had been Sid Vicious’ manager and prior to that she followed bands including Aerosmith, New York Dolls, and The Ramones.
Sid Vicious was charged with murder of his girlfriend. Prior to her being found, the couple had spent their last several days abusing both drugs and each other. Prior to his court date, Vicious died of an overdose.
Despite the relatively short life of the couple, their legacy continues to haunt The Chelsea. Guests have reported paranormal activity such as orbs (signs of a spirit), temperature changes near room 100. Others have even reported a full apparition of Vicious around the first-floor elevator. Others have reported hearing the blasting of rock music, and even the sounds of a couple arguing coming from the infamous hotel room.
Enjoy these terrifying tales from the rock and roll crypt! Happy Halloween. Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha!