Some spirits who have not passed over are notorious ghosts of the world that are nationally and internationally recognized. England is brimming with visions of the undead. The infamous Tower of London has more than one tortured soul wandering within its walls. There have been hauntings by the headless Anne Boleyn, , Lady Jane Grey, the Ghost of King Edward V of England, Sir Walter Raleigh, and an ghostly portrayal of the execution of Margaret Pole, the 8th countess of Salisbury. Closer to home Abraham Lincoln haunts the corridors of the White House. ( Enlightenment, page 2) Some say that the spirit of criminals linger on earth to avoid purgatory and the burning fires of hell. These ghost stories of the past are what some people consider to be pure hogwash. However, there is a bevy of ghost stories that people swear by; of course they cannot be proven to everyone in the scientific community. There are published ghost stories some of which are meant to be fiction; others are what the author wishes to see on the shelves of non-fiction books.
Anne Wilder is an example of an author who promises her readers that “ This is a true recollection and account of ghostly or paranormal phenomena that my family and I have experienced ” ( Wilder, p.1). Wilder grew up in an Irish family and was raised with a Catholic religion. The catholic religion is known to be in belief of spirits flying around possibly in limbo.