Nearly all cultures in the world believe in the possibility of a spiritual afterlife, but why might a human become a ghost rather then moving on to Heaven or Hell. Different religious upbringings, create a variety of answers to this question. However, there are a few basic concepts which seem to appear repeatedly throughout the world.
Those who don’t chose a strong religious path in life, may remain on Earth after death. This is why most cultures have strong religious traditions which are passed down from generation to generation. Could it be that not upholding a strong belief in Heaven will close the doors to your admittance?
A recently deceased human many not realize they are dead. They may try to go on about their daily routines. They often need guidance and instruction to move on to another place. They may even be waiting permission to pass on.
Attachments can bind a soul to an object such as money, personal items, or material objects. This is the reason many religions ask participants to stay clear of lust and greed. There is no material object that should enough value hold a human to Earth.
Some believe that elders in the family stay in the form of a ghost to protect their family and friends from all that might oppose them. They act as spiritual guides to keep their loved one going in the right direction.
Almost all cultures in the world believe if a person dies with unfulfilled desires or unfinished business, they will remain on Earth until they have satisfied those need. This can relate to victims of sudden death due to suicide, murder, disease, or accidents. An untimely death often leaves unfinished business.
Murder victims have many reasons to stick around. These restless spirits will seek out those who will help them pass messages on to family members or lead law enforcement to their killers. How does this impact the paranormal of Seattle? The Pacific Northwest is said to breed serial killers, or those killers who have killed three or more people. In fact, Oregon and Washington have the dubious title of being home to many of the most prolific serial killers in the world.
One theory for the preponderance of monsters is the depressing rain which is fairly consistent from November to April. However, there is also a large homeless population and problems with drugs and alcohol. People come to the area for the mountains, beaches, and beautiful forests. With something for everyone, the area brings in a precarious crowd.
Ted Bundy serial killer, kidnapper, rapist, and necrophile assaulted and murdered numerous young women and girls. He was known for his charisma and handsome appearance. He used these traits to lure his victims to their untimely deaths. He is believed to have killed between thirty to fifty woman in several states, including his home state of Washington. He was sentenced to death and executed in Florida.
Jake Bird was a Tacoma man convicted of killing two local woman. However, he also placed a curse on all those associated with his conviction. This curse is believed to have taken another six victims within the two years after his death. At one point during his incarceration, he confessed to killing over forty people. He was executed in Washington state.
Robert Lee Yates of Spokane, Washington murdered at least sixteen people and is held at the state penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington facing the death penalty.
Gary Ridgeway, also known as the Green River Killer, originally confessed to almost fifty murders in Washington state. He would later confess to nearly double this original number. While settling on a final estimated number of forty-nine, this makes him the most prolific serial killer in America. He was spared the death penalty and given a life sentence instead.
Kenneth Bianchi, one of the two Hillside Stranglers, left the majority of his victims on the hillside of Los Angeles. However, he was caught and is still held in prison in Washington state. His last victim, believed to be a woman from Washington.
Westley Allen Dodd was executed in Washington for his crime of rape, torturing, and killing three young boys. He confessed to the rape of over thirty other boys.
Kwan Fai “Willie” Mak, Wai-Chiu “Tony” Ng, and Benjamin Ng gunned down fourteen people in the Wah Mee underground gambling club in Seattle in 1983. Thirteen of their victims lost their lives, but one survived to testify against the three in the high-profile trial for what remains the deadliest mass murder in Washington state history.
Robert Pickton was a multimillionaire pig farmer from Canada. This neighbor to the north admitted at one time to killing over forty-nine people and joked with officials that he was most upset with his capture as it prevented him from ending his spree with an even number of fifty victims. He is currently serving life in prison in Canada.
These are just a few of the known serial killers in and around Seattle. There are many more unaccounted for and unsolved cases. Seattle has averaged around twenty-five murders per year between 2001 and 2010. This rate was down in 2014, but murders and their victims will never disappear.
To put a final tally for each of the serial killer victims, the total is nearly three hundred ghosts who may be lingering around Seattle searching and waiting for the right person to come along and put their spirit to rest.