Our Local Axe-Murdering Ghost

Axe murderer Kanaka Pete haunts Newcastle Island, a short ten minute boat ride from where I live. They say he likes to scare young people and some blame him for the severed feet that keep washing up on our shores.

Newcastle Island is a Provincial Park in the harbor of Nanaimo. It is 2 kilometers long and 1.5 kilometers wide. Only accessible by boat, and once you get there, there are no cars. It looks like a piece of paradise. But is it?

Newer stories of Kanaka Pete

I have camped in the building that was once a dance hall on Newcastle Island and heard nothing but birds chirping and mischievous raccoons scurrying around trying to steel food. But other campers have tales of their own.

One – Screams in the Night

from The Haunting of Kanaka Pete Axe Murder by LM

“During the night, we started to hear some of the scariest noises. Shortly after we went into our tent for the night, we thought we heard a scream coming from the far side of the Island. This really spooked us. Not too long after that, we heard more terrifying screaming followed by the sound of chopping. This happened many times throughout the night.

It was the most terrifying thing we had ever heard. We wanted to leave the Island, but the little ferry would not be back until morning. We were chilled to the bone with fright. Shortly after midnight, we heard what sounded like a fierce, demonic roar, and more screaming followed by violent chopping, then the most eerie laughter.

Needless to say, we spent the entire night huddled together, scared to death. We tried calling on our cell phones, but we had no reception all through the night. We had reception earlier in the day and the next morning.

Before that night, I did not believe in ghosts and thought ghost stories were fun and amusing, but after my experience that has now changed. That was the most frightening and horrific night of my life. I believe there is something very evil on the far side of that Island. We could feel it and we did hear it!

I will never forget that cold October night on Newcastle Island, and I believe to this day the ghost of the evil axe murder Kanaka Pete was nearby.”

They Saw His Eyes

from Kanaka Pete and the Severed Feet, by Ghostghoul

“When we left on the hike, it was a nice warm evening, but as soon as we went past the sign that said ‘No Camping Beyond this Point’ a very cold chill hit us that we could feel right down the back of our necks. Now all us brave souls became quiet and a little concerned.”

As we followed the path towards Kanaka Bay, a wind came up and was making the most eerie noise through the trees. Then, all of a sudden, about 100 meters ahead, appeared two glowing eyes staring right at us. We thought it was the eyes of a raccoon or deer reflecting from our flashlights. We turned off the flashlights, and the eyes were still there …

Some suggested we turn back, but others trying to act brave wanted to continue because the ghost meter had not gone off. As we got closer, the eyes disappeared. When we got to the place where we thought we had seen the eyes, it was the place of the large tree with the supposed symbol of Kanaka Pete on it as seen in the video we had just watched. We were about half way to Kanaka Bay.
As we were looking at the carved symbol on the tree, the EMF ghost meter one of the boys was holding started to beep and flash, slowly at first. We all gathered around it, watching in amazement. Then it started beeping faster and faster until it hit max reading. I do not know who screamed first, but there was a ton off screaming as everyone ran back the way we came. After about 100 meters, the ghost meter stopped and so did we.

The wind was still quite strong, the air was icy cold, and 10 boys and a few adults just had the (blank) scared out of them. Someone suggested that we try passing that point again real fast so we could get to Kanaka Bay. He was voted down by everyone so we headed back to camp. As soon as we passed the ‘No Camping,’ sign the wind stopped and the air was warm again. We all thought we could hear a low but audible eerie sound coming from where we had just been.

We all sat around the campfire talking about what we had just experienced. No one wanted to go to bed, or maybe we were too scared to go to bed, so we sat around the campfire till daylight. Some said it was the most thrilling experience they had ever had, while some said it was the most frightening. It is definitely one we will never forget. Camping ghost stories are supposed to be scary and fun…we never dreamed we would become part of one.”

Do you have local ghosts?

Feature Photo Credit: Pixabay

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About Jo-Ann Carson Where magic happens … Reports of Jo-Ann Carson’s death on a Gulf Island are greatly exaggerated or, at the very least, premature. The eclectic crew of ghosts that haunt her head spill onto the page in two series: The Gambling Ghosts and The Ghost & Abby Mysteries. A Viking with existential issues, a broken hearted Highlander, a Casanova man-witch and a Pirate with a secret are just a few of the males her strong heroines encounter in tales of fantasy, adventure and romance. A firm believer in the magic of our everyday lives, Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, walking beaches near her home in the Pacific Northwest and reading by the fire. You can visit her on social media: Website * Blog * Twitter * Facebook

2 thoughts on “Our Local Axe-Murdering Ghost”

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