Updated: Apr 19
Back in 1995, accomplished musician Patrick Cross purchased a white electric guitar in the shape of a "V". However he would get more than he bargained for with his new musical instrument that turned out to be one of the most haunted items ever reported.
The year was 1995 when well-known musician Patrick Cross went out and bought a white electric guitar, the instrument was made into the shape of a "V," a copy of the more famous guitar made by Gibson, called a Gibson "Flying V." The guitar that Cross had bought was made from heavy maple wood and was heavily used, giving the impression it had been passed down by various musicians before him.
He said that the guitar was made in 1989, and it was in good condition considering it was used, apart from a small crack on the top of the neck, as if it had been dropped, it played brilliantly. The strange thing about it was that the guitar survived a fire in a Michigan bar, where a band was playing and out of nowhere a sudden fire broke out.
Everything that was in the bar was completely destroyed by the fire, everything except the guitar, which survived without any burn marks and was left fully intact. It is said that someone from the band actually died in the fire and that the guitar was then sold and ended up in Oakville, Ontario.
Patrick Cross recalled how he was strangely drawn to the guitar, he described it by saying it was as if it was calling him, saying "play me".
He described how as soon as he picked it up, he got a tingling sensation, almost like it knew that he wanted it and it was right for him. He never even looked at the other guitars for sale, he explained that as soon as he held it, he knew it was the one for him, a feeling that most musicians will understand he said.
Cross remembered how the guitar played well in the shop but when he got it home everything about it seemed to change, it would appear to go out of tune when he got it ready to play, he instantly found this strange as it would play fine before and then started to de-tune itself.
When he started playing something like ‘Smoke On the Water,’ by Deep Purple, and ‘Purple Haze,’ by Jimi Hendrix, the guitar played back in tune. It felt like it really liked a dark, heavy sound, and it played better than ever.
Two days after bringing the guitar home, Cross started to hear strange sounds within his apartment. The noises seemed like they were coming from the closet in the spare bedroom in which the guitar was kept. Cross opened the closet door, looked at the guitar, didn't hear anything or see anything, but then started to hear what he described as the sound of men's voices arguing with each other.
Cross described the sound of the argument, he could hear it that clearly, that he explained how one voice sounded Spanish and the other Mexican, and that they were arguing about money.
He was in his front room when he heard this, he went back into the bedroom and looked in the closet again, as soon as he did everything stopped.
As the days passed, more strange things started to happen in Cross's apartment, he would see shadows moving across the walls, the sound of footsteps, knocks, and bangs would frequently be heard and his car keys would disappear, only to re-appear some while later.
He recalled how after turning the lights off they would suddenly flick back on, the TV would be on when he got home, even though he vividly remembered turning it off before he left, and his cat would frequently stare into the corners of rooms as if it could see something that Cross couldn't.
He also reported that when the guitar was left out, he would often feel a chill around it and the temperature of the room would drop.
The strange activity didn't just happen at home, as Cross started to play the guitar in his rock band, "SCI-FI Prodigy," strange things would also happen at performances and rehearsals, the band would experience unexpected power failures and reported hearing strange voices coming through their amplifiers.
The band would experience lights blowing out and on a few occasions, actual fires started from the floodlights in the room with absolutely no apparent reason. The drummer complained that his cymbals would fall off and his drums would go out of tune as soon as he started to play. The band members also heard other people talking in the room that the guitar was in when no one was ever in there.
The guitar could not be played and would de-tune itself when anyone would try to play it, except for songs of bad or loud negative music such as “heavy metal” or aggressive rock songs with death and destruction meanings.
The guitar particularly liked one song he wrote and played, entitled “Something Is Out There,” which is about ghosts and evil entities and fear of the unknown with a heavy ‘X-Files’ type edge. This was one of the very few songs the guitar would stay in tune with.
“The guitar had a presence of evil—a bad aura around it. It seemed to be three feet of cold presence. Other people, including Rob McConnell from the X-Zone Radio Show and Janet Russell from Beyond the Unexplained, also felt this,” said Cross.
The frequent paranormal occurrences continued with Cross as time went on, he said that he had a string of bad luck which he believes was because of the guitar being in his apartment. His health started to decline, he lost his job and he started getting sores and rashes appearing on his legs for no apparent reason and with no medical explanation.
Cross told how he would get in his car and as soon as he started it flames would shoot from the top of his engine, yet the vehicle had no mechanical issues that would account for this.
One day, he said that he could smell a horrible odor coming from the guitar, he described it as a "burnt dead smell," then after a few moments, the smell would just disappear.
Cross started taking pictures of the guitar and decided to attempt to investigate why all these strange things were actually happening, he captured some "ghost orbs" surrounding the guitar many times, and sometimes even claimed he could see a misty presence around it.
He would get small electrical shocks whilst handling the guitar even when it was unplugged, and he noted that it was always cold when he picked it up.
He said, everywhere he went with the guitar, it seemed to cause things to happen. On one occasion in Ontario, where his band was performing, a fire broke out in the bar area. Glasses filled with water would shatter as they passed near the table where the guitar lay.
On May 16, 1999, Cross attended a UFO / Ghost conference, the X Zone Symposium, in St Catharines, Ontario as a guest speaker. He brought his "devil guitar" with him to see if anyone there would be capable of psychically channeling anything that might explain the paranormal activity surrounding it.
“Psychics said that they felt weird around the guitar and expressed their opinion that it contained an evil presence,” Cross recalled. “Two people who said they could help were psychic-sensitives Janet Russell and Eugenia Macer-Story.
Eugenia went on to channel the guitar and found out that it had a living entity attached to it, she said that the entity was inside the wood of the guitar, she found that it had a controlling effect on Cross and anyone who touched or felt it.
It seemed to have intelligence and was clearly talking to Eugenia, saying it did not wish to be put on display but wanted to cause evil and destruction. It wanted to fly like a condor with large wings, and it called itself, ‘Eye of the Condor.’ They later found out this was a popular song in Mexico and South America, where condors do live. The guitar wanted to start fires. It wanted Cross to kill with it. Actually use it to kill, swinging it like an axe.
Cross felt sickened when he heard these words being channeled by Eugenia, for many times, he had had frightening images enter his mind of wanting to kill when he was around the guitar. He had also experienced very vivid dreams of going out to commit murder, using the instrument as if it were an axe.
The entity that possessed the guitar went on, saying that it had started many fires and survived while all else burned. It said it had been spawned by the Devil, and it was here to rise up to do its father’s bidding in the world. It wanted to fly free, like a condor, spreading evil throughout the world.
Eugenia found the guitar had the most powerful of Voodoo hexes, EXU (pronounced ‘Echu’), placed on it by previous musicians who had owned it. The hex was supposed to bring wealth to anyone who owned it and did its bidding. The EXU hex backfired on the owners who were involved with drug money and they were killed.
The spirit inside the guitar wanted to be released into human form in order to kill and destroy. It liked Cross to play only dark, evil music and said it de-tuned itself if the music was good, happy, or up-tempo. The entity said that it never wished to become good. It only wanted to commit evil acts.
“It used profanity, swearing, and vulgar language as it spoke to Eugenia, trying to latch onto her,” Cross said. “The spirit said that it wanted to come into her body and kick out her soul. Eugenia felt the presence coming into her, and she let go and moved away from the guitar as it tried to possess her.”
After a long 2-hour psychic talk with the apparent spirit, Eugenia said that the guitar should be destroyed or re-blessed to change the evil inside it, when she asked the guitar if it wanted to be blessed, the entity responded saying no, and then speaking in Spanish started blaspheming God and Christ.
Cross acted on the advice of Eugenia and took the guitar to a park, put it in a steel bin, covered it in petrol and set it on fire, he put a circle of salt around the container as Eugenia had told him, to stop the evil entity from escaping or attaching itself to something else, he recited the Lord's Prayer three times and told the spirit to go back to where it came from.
He then reported seeing a misty cloud that rose up inside the steel bin, there was a strong wind that surrounded him, even though just moments earlier it was calm. Cross attempted to light the guitar, but the fire kept going out, he poured more petrol all over and found some wood to put around it, it took him a considerable time to get the guitar to catch fire, whatever was in this guitar clearly didn't want to be destroyed.
As the flames engulfed the guitar and the fire roared, Cross heard a high-pitched shriek coming from the instrument, he described it as sounding like a sick, wounded animal.
Cross was standing there watching it burn, throwing more petrol onto the fire, when some of the flames caught onto his arm, causing him to set on fire, as he frantically tried to put it out he dropped the petrol can, he was now terrified that the whole can would explode and engulf him in flames.
He recalled how at the time he was in a state of panic, but managed to put out the fire that had begun to burn onto his clothes, breathing a sigh of relief he stood back and watched the guitar turn into a chunk of smoldering embers, after an hour or so he made sure that all the flames had burned out.
Standing there, still shaking with shock and fear he poured some more salt over the remnants of the guitar in the hope that if any spirit energy remained it would be contained. He left the park at approximately 10:30 pm, feeling positive that he had destroyed whatever evil entity had been haunting his guitar.
As soon as he got back home, Cross felt a huge sense of relief, the voices had stopped and there was no more paranormal activity surrounding him.
The next day, his life improved dramatically, he had a phone call for a new job, his rashes had all disappeared, his plants started showing life in them again and he even won $150 on a scratch card, his car started fine and his TV stopped turning on and off. Miraculously it appeared that everything that had gone wrong for Patrick Cross changed overnight after burning the haunted guitar.
Ever since this event, Patrick Cross has become heavily involved in investigating the paranormal, and he has always claimed that he has never come across anything quite like the "devil guitar".
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