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Lake Sambell Haunts

September 2003

This just happened only on Wednesday - September 10th - so it's pretty recent. A bit of background info - I'm a hospitality student studying for (hopefully) an advanced diploma. Now, my experience.

I was in Beechworth for a wine and cheese tour and it was our (1st and 2nd Semester) free day. I chose to go "Ghost hunting"...alone, of course. Half the day was walking around Beechworth - which is an old gold mining town near the NSW/Victoria border. I saw Ned Kelly's cell but none of the ghosts were there. I think I should also state that the accommodation was in an old Mental Asylum, but that's another story.

Anyway, about lunchtime, I stumbled on the entranceway to Lake Sambell which, if you've been there, isn't really that obvious (a small road). I trekked down it, reading the history plaque there (Gold miners drowning, Chinese being killed), but thought nothing of it. Nothing much happened until after dinner (6:30pm), when I returned to the Lake in near-darkness.

Now, I was alone, which probably wasn't a good thing, but I think that there would have been some...thing there even if I was with someone. First, all of the lights switched off - which was freaky because the lights in the surrounding houses went off as well. There was no light, except from the moon. Here's where it get's a bit hairy.

Just near the picnic tables, there were two figures. I walked closer, thinking that they were maybe locals out fishing. As I drew closer, I noticed that i could see the moon on the water - THROUGH THEM! One of them turned around and I was face to face with a Chinese man in gold rush era clothing. There were no eyes on his face...just gaping black pits. His friend turned around and I saw that his throat area was ripped apart. He also had no eyes. I did the one thing I thought I would never do.

I fainted.

When I woke up, it was close to 10pm, so I got out of there as soon as I could. When I finally reached the road, I looked back to see them, looking at me with smiles on their faces. I was so creeped out, I ran back to my room and stayed there until morning.

Now, I wonder who they were, and if I was just dreaming - But I saw them with my own eyes, and I will NEVER forget it.

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