Friday, June 9, 2017

Quebec Trip #7: Ghost Walk Pt4: The Famous Screaming Ghost

 The "cage" of Corriveau
In today's blog about our trip to old Quebec, Canada, we're still walking around with the Ghost Tours of Quebec and this is the second to last story we'll share. This one is called "The Screaming Ghost" and involves a witch. 

THE FAMOUS SCREAMING GHOST! - We don't remember where we were in the city when our guide told us the story of the screaming ghost, other than it was in the Upper Town. It was about a woman named Marie who had married twice and killed both husbands. She was convicted of the murders and she was also branded a witch. In fact, we think she admitted to being a witch. 

WHO WAS MARIE?
According to Wikipedia: Marie-Josephte Corriveau (1733 at Saint-Vallier, Quebec – April 18, 1763 at Quebec City), better known as "la Corriveau", is one of the most popular figures in Québécois folklore. She lived in New France, and was sentenced to death by a British court martial for the murder of her second husband, was hanged for it and her body hanged in chains called a "gibbet." Corriveau was exhibited after her execution, the "cage."  

THE SCREAMING STARTS - 
That's when it got creepy. Residents of old Quebec at the time (1730s) heard screaming coming from her corpse! 
  Later, the iron cage was rediscovered in 1849 buried in the cemetery of St-Joseph parish (now the Lauzon district). The finding served to reawaken the legends and the fantastic stories, which were amplified and used by 19th-century writers.   

Her story has acutally become legendary in Quebec, and she is the subject of numerous books and plays!  For more info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie-Josephte_Corriveau 

(Photo: La Corriveau's skeleton terrorising a traveller one stormy night. Illustration by Charles Walter Simpson for the Légendes du Saint-Laurent, 1926.) 


For more ghost stories about Quebec, we found this website: 
https://coldspot.org/category/true-quebec-ghost-stories/

NEXT: A SHADOW GHOST SEEN BY ENGLAND'S QUEEN IN CHURCH

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next