Photographer “Bobenis Rodriguez” of http://www.trekearth.com/members/Bobenis/ writes:
This is a well known and documented haunted alley known as Helmken Alley in Bastion Square. Many locals as well as tourists have been followed by a man in old prison attire and chains shackled to his wrists and ankles. Story has it that this man was being transported down the alley in the mid 1800’s and the guard decided to beat him and he died from this beating in this alley. The building to the right of the alley was, at the time, a jail and people were hung regularly in the courtyard where the alley leads out into. I have gone many evenings to take IR photo as well as opened shuttered time elapsed photos. With IR, I did capture a series (7 or so) of an orb which moved around and down the alley. I find this stuff fascinating and have experienced so many ghostly occurrences throughout my life that I suppose it further bolsters my interest. Anyway, the photo was taken at night and I thought it came out erie but cool. Comments and critiques are most welcomed!
TV Series “Creepy Canada” Synopsis:
The streets surrounding a former jail are haunted by the ghost of its one time prisoner.
Bastion Square in Victoria, British Columbia is a very old and very haunted place. Generations ago there was a jailhouse located in one of its alleys. The building is gone, but the indelible memory of its numerous executions still lives on. Many visitors to this historic location have experienced, first hand, the terrifying sound of rattling chains, followed by the apparition of a man dressed in an old prison uniform. It is believed that this man was killed by an impatient guard, who was walking with the man, on his way to his execution. The jail had also acted as a graveyard for the unclaimed bodies of the prisoners who died within the walls. When the prison was demolished in 1885, the dead were ignored, as if they were never buried there. Today, these dead live on in Bastion Square.
Bastion Square in the heart of Victoria’s Old Town is the most haunted part of town. Almost every building around the historic square has a ghost or two.
The Maritime Museum of British Columbia is located in the old Supreme Court building is said to be the most haunted of them all due to the fact is was built on the site of the city’s first gallows and many of the men who were hanged still lie buried beneath its foundations.
Visit the Maritime Museum daily throughout the year. Helmcken Alley leads away from Bastion Square and has the reputation for being just as haunted. The sounds of muffled footsteps with dragging chains is one of the stories from Helmcken Alley that is featured in the Creepy Canada TV series.