Spooky sightings in Cassiobury Park, Watford

Watford Observer: Jamie Burnell, right, with an "unexplainable mist" in Cassiobury Park. Jamie Burnell, right, with an "unexplainable mist" in Cassiobury Park.

Spiritualist Jamie Burnell claims to have found "compelling evidence" of paranormal activity in Cassiobury Park and is now looking to investigate more locations in the Watford area.

Jamie was encouraged to investigate the popular Watford park after viewing a photograph in the Watford Observer earlier this year.

Since then, the 29-year-old has taken similar photographs and is adamant it is not just a coincidence.

The Watford resident said: "I'm 95 per cent certain that Cassiobury Park is very, very haunted. From a rating of one to ten, I would say it is a good eight.

"Paranormal is the only word to describe the photographs. I feel excited if not a bit apprehensive when dealing with this kind of thing but you can't be scared when dealing with the paranormal."

The spiritualist has created a Facebook page called the "Watford Paranormal Group" where those interested can see the pictures taken in Cassiobury Park.

Many of these photographs include orbs, which are balls of light that are caught on camera and which some believe are spirits and paranormal energies.

Jamie said one of the photographs has an unexplainable mist surrounding him just as he was speaking about the old English urban legend of 'Spring-Heeled Jack'. He believes this mist is Jack's spirit and also claims the ghost of Lord Capel can be found in Cassiobury Park.

Following the success of the last investigation, Jamie is now looking to research other Watford areas such as the All Saints Church in Leavesden and the Leavesden Hospital cemetery, where Jamie said he has heard a voice asking "who are you?" through an Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP) recorder.

If you are interested in joining the next investigation or are interested to find out more then email Jamie on jg9668@googlemail.com or by joining the "Watford Paranormal Group" on Facebook.

Lord Capel

The ghost of Lord Capel is said to be a regular visitor of Cassiobury Park. It is told that Capel was a Royalist fighting for Charles I during the Civil War, and eventually surrendered to General Fairfax. According to legend, Capel was beheaded in 1649 and his heart was buried in Cassiobury Park, although the location was lost over time. Many have claimed to have seen his headless spirit at night in the park, especially about March 9, though some have seen him with a head of long hair and a large moustache.

Spring Heeled Jack

Spring-Heeled Jack is a character from old-English folklore with the ability to jump abnormally high. It is said that he had a terrifying appearance - claw like hands, distorted facial features with eyes “as red as fire”. One report claimed he was tall, thin and wore clothing of a gentleman. The alleged sightings of the “devil-like figure” were promenent during the Victorian era, especially in the suburbs of London where his capability to make great leaps came in useful to make a quick getaway.

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2:21pm Tue 16 Nov 10

anon34 says...

Watford was once on a ghost / haunting programme . . some years ago now but I think it was to do with ghostly sightings in an old boys school I think near the church opposite BHS . . maybe Jamie and his crew could check this out too. Interesting stuff regarding Spring heeled Jack though and has led me on a little google search regarding watford cassiobury park and the destruction / dismantling of the old park gates. Fair play to Jamie he's ignited an interest in watford history again for me.
Watford was once on a ghost / haunting programme . . some years ago now but I think it was to do with ghostly sightings in an old boys school I think near the church opposite BHS . . maybe Jamie and his crew could check this out too. Interesting stuff regarding Spring heeled Jack though and has led me on a little google search regarding watford cassiobury park and the destruction / dismantling of the old park gates. Fair play to Jamie he's ignited an interest in watford history again for me. anon34

8:53pm Tue 16 Nov 10

ghosthorn says...

what a load of ****
what a load of **** ghosthorn

9:20am Wed 17 Nov 10

imuz says...

'unexplainable mist'?!?!? Oh please, do me a favour..Did everyone see the 'unexplainable mist' all over the country yesterday?!?
'unexplainable mist'?!?!? Oh please, do me a favour..Did everyone see the 'unexplainable mist' all over the country yesterday?!? imuz

9:26am Wed 17 Nov 10

Garston Tony says...

People will read into things what they want. Surely an 'unexplainable' mist couldnt just be plain old mist could it? I made myself sit through one of those ghost hunting programs a while back, what a load of rubbish. Just a bunch of nobodies making themselves jump at the slightest thing, getting themselves into a frenzy due to the 'suggestions' of the person leading them around and with absolutely no evidence of any paranormal activity yet the presenter claiming great success. Nonsense every bit of it
People will read into things what they want. Surely an 'unexplainable' mist couldnt just be plain old mist could it? I made myself sit through one of those ghost hunting programs a while back, what a load of rubbish. Just a bunch of nobodies making themselves jump at the slightest thing, getting themselves into a frenzy due to the 'suggestions' of the person leading them around and with absolutely no evidence of any paranormal activity yet the presenter claiming great success. Nonsense every bit of it Garston Tony

10:58am Wed 17 Nov 10

Roy Stockdill says...

There have always been gullible folks who will fall for this sort of mumbo jumbo and I guess there always will be.
Probably it brings a little excitement and mystery into their otherwise dreary and empty lives - a phenomonen equally applicable to those obsessed with football!
So-called hauntings and alleged paranormal activity are a very productive and fruitful area for those skilled in manipulating the gullible, just like those TV illusionists. They are very skilled magicians, that's all, very clever at making you think you're seeing things that aren't there!
There is NO such thing as the paranormal - and that goes for all gods, prophets and religions, too. All such fanciful beliefs are simply a product of the human mind and a desire to believe in "something" purely for the sake of it.
There have always been gullible folks who will fall for this sort of mumbo jumbo and I guess there always will be. Probably it brings a little excitement and mystery into their otherwise dreary and empty lives - a phenomonen equally applicable to those obsessed with football! So-called hauntings and alleged paranormal activity are a very productive and fruitful area for those skilled in manipulating the gullible, just like those TV illusionists. They are very skilled magicians, that's all, very clever at making you think you're seeing things that aren't there! There is NO such thing as the paranormal - and that goes for all gods, prophets and religions, too. All such fanciful beliefs are simply a product of the human mind and a desire to believe in "something" purely for the sake of it. Roy Stockdill

9:07pm Wed 17 Nov 10

Watford Paranormal Group says...

With respect to the posters above....we are not out to con anyone. We were inspired by the Original story run by the Watford Observer and it was because of that piece I started this group. We got some shots that, in our opinion, are very interesting. Many people have these beliefs or are curious. Many people dont but live and let live. Anyone interested is welcome to join our group and come along and see for themselves.
With respect to the posters above....we are not out to con anyone. We were inspired by the Original story run by the Watford Observer and it was because of that piece I started this group. We got some shots that, in our opinion, are very interesting. Many people have these beliefs or are curious. Many people dont but live and let live. Anyone interested is welcome to join our group and come along and see for themselves. Watford Paranormal Group

11:03pm Wed 17 Nov 10

drunkenduck says...

It was me, using a fog/mist machine in the park.... hahaha. It also, that the mind plans tricks on the brain, so what you think you sure was nothing.
It was me, using a fog/mist machine in the park.... hahaha. It also, that the mind plans tricks on the brain, so what you think you sure was nothing. drunkenduck

8:42am Thu 18 Nov 10

ghosthorn says...

drunkenduck wrote:
It was me, using a fog/mist machine in the park.... hahaha. It also, that the mind plans tricks on the brain, so what you think you sure was nothing.
DrunkenDuck ....is that you.....I thought you drowned 3 years ago....ooo spooky lol
[quote][p][bold]drunkenduck[/bold] wrote: It was me, using a fog/mist machine in the park.... hahaha. It also, that the mind plans tricks on the brain, so what you think you sure was nothing.[/p][/quote]DrunkenDuck ....is that you.....I thought you drowned 3 years ago....ooo spooky lol ghosthorn

4:53pm Thu 18 Nov 10

LooneyTunes says...

I've walked through the park late on a Saturday night and seen many strange things......mind you it depends of the amount of Stella that I've drunk
I've walked through the park late on a Saturday night and seen many strange things......mind you it depends of the amount of Stella that I've drunk LooneyTunes

11:20pm Wed 24 Nov 10

chris6955 says...

I took a photo a while back that was paranormal while out walking in Cassiobury Park and got treated as a nutter on a day out. If you know me you would know I am not the gullible sort but I took a picture that made me jump.Don't dismiss it until you have seen it first hand then try to understand it. If you want to see my picture see
http://www.watfordob
server.co.uk/news/42
20415._Ghosts__photo
graphed_in_Cassiobur
y_Park/

or email chrisg0wtz@gmail.com


Regards

Chris
I took a photo a while back that was paranormal while out walking in Cassiobury Park and got treated as a nutter on a day out. If you know me you would know I am not the gullible sort but I took a picture that made me jump.Don't dismiss it until you have seen it first hand then try to understand it. If you want to see my picture see http://www.watfordob server.co.uk/news/42 20415._Ghosts__photo graphed_in_Cassiobur y_Park/ or email chrisg0wtz@gmail.com Regards Chris chris6955

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