In my work — well, my volunteer work for the paranormal research society I am a part of — we go on active investigations. I thought in this column, it might be fun to go over what I did on Sept. 18.
Close to Williamston, out in Martin Country, there isn’t a lot. There is, however, “The Screaming Bridge.” If you make a habit of driving through Martin County, you probably have driven over this bridge several times and had no idea.
Much like we all do at some point, driving through a more rural area, we cross a bridge to a creek or part of a small body of water. This one, however, come with a legend. The legend is one of loss, of betrayal and of a ghost.
It is said that the screams of the ghost can still be heard if you stay out on this bridge at midnight. It isn’t a normal ghost, though. Not a Scooby Doo-type ghost with a sheet over its head. This is the ghost of a woman who was murdered by her husband.
The legend does not say exactly why the man killed his fairer half. It simply states that she was led out there with a millstone he had tied around her neck. If you know what a millstone is, then you also know how heavy one is, which is what makes this legend somewhat implausible to me.
Moving on, millstone necklace attached, he pushed her over the bridge and down she fell, drowning in the brackish, brown water that runs below the Screaming Bridge.
During this fatal argument, she undoubtably screamed, and that is the scream you can hear if you stay around that area during midnight. The wife’s ghost is screaming because her husband is either just about to throw her over the bridge or has just done so.
I went out to the Screaming Bridge to do a little poking around with some paranormal volunteers I work with sometimes, the North Carolina Investigators of the Paranormal. After tiring somewhat, I made my way back to the car to let others finish their work.
I was watching from the shoulder of the road right before the bridge starts — and their light went out. Within five seconds, every light in the car in which I was sitting went out as well. That was enough to terrify me into leaving before midnight.
So, I left the Screaming Bridge around 11:45 p.m., happy not to have to sit in the darkness listening for a woman being murdered any longer.
After the paranormal investigators got back to me, they had some interesting things to share. While using their spirit box, they picked up the words “car crash” and “knee-high.” Which may or may not relate to the bridge.
The group employs a medium, and she was positive that there were three human spirits and one entity there.
The entity, she claimed, had never been a human, but claimed the bridge for its own purposes and was not a positive force, but a nasty, quite negative one. She did advise that if we ever came back, we do so with at least one other person.
So, the next time or perhaps even for the first time you find yourself driving through the country in Martin County close to Williamsburg, remember that every bridge you cross may not be so innocent. This one certainly does not seem to be so.
Niki Layne is a graduate student, owns a nonprofit and is a volunteer paranormal researcher.
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