The Phantom Black Cat of Washington

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This week seemed an apt time to ponder our nation’s political ghosts. We all know Abraham Lincoln haunts the White House along with Andrew Jackson and a host of first ladies, Woodrow Wilson is seen in a rocking chair at Blair House, and a great many ghosts are associated with the other federal government buildings in Washington. But one ghost is known to be seen in at least two places always heralding disaster for the nation.

It is the Phantom black cat. Seen in the basements of the White House, the mall and the Capitol, DC as it is called (short for Demon Cat) is reported to appear just before national disasters. When seen, it is sometimes reported to appear as a kitten, but as you get closer it grows into a menacing and angry tiger-like animal with red glowing eyes. It is only seen at night, and normally only by people that are alone. It made an appearance before the stock market crash of 1929, and again before the assassination of John F. Kennedy. At the White House, it is usually seen during times – such as now – when the presidency is moving to a new person.

The origin of the story may lie with the fact that the capitol was once infested with rats. The problem became so severe, that caretakers released a large number of cats in the building to control the rat population. Ever since, the black cat has made his appearance. Guards fear even talking about seeing the animal, mainly as it might cause them to lose their security clearance, but stories abound from retired federal employees.

Personally I wish they’d tell us whenever it is seen. Whether a concocted urban legend or a legitimate paranormal phenomena, DC remains a fascinating and little-known phantom that remains unique in its ability to appear in multiple different places, always before a disaster. If it really does exist, more information would be quite welcome.

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  • Sora

    i dont think that the cat is anything bad. this cat, if it truly shows up before desaster, is trying to WARN US. when ever it apears, its wanting us to keep our eyes open and to know that something is about to go wrong and have hope that we could change it before it does go wrong

  • priscilla

    sora is right the the black cat is calles the demon cat i do not know why they name him thet he just appears when a big didaster going to happen he just warning us so we can try to make ua plan to solve it i wonder when is it going to appear again

  • Rookie Ghost Hunter

    Whoa, and i thought black cats are bad luck enough. LOL, good thing that kinda stuff don’t happened here, ‘m always interested with something that has paranormal stuff, wish i could see something thats creepy, with compaany of course, not brave enough to experience it alone but brave enough to want to experience it, LOL XD.

  • Meagan J

    I have recently been seeing ghosts in my house. It is a very old house. And in the last month I have seen a black cat 3 times, today I one walked by me and my kids in the park my daughter was playing in. She was frightened by it and It looked at us and walked away. I followed it and it turned around rolled on its back and just layed there. When I went back to where it was a few minutes later it was gone, never saw which way it went. and didnt think much of it untill a half hour later when we were driving home about 8 miles away from the park there was a black cat in the ditch. I am so freaked out. I am not sure why but this ghost appeared again last night too. We have only saw her twice( this the second time) she appeared in my bedroom and both my children woke up crying and terrified, they both slept with me and my husband last night. I am so afraid of what might happen. I am scared to leave my house now. But scared to be in my house. I am not normally a superstitious person, anything that I cannot touch or explain scares the hell out of me! Does any one have a similar experience or knowledge about ghost sightings and black cats. I would love to hear feedback.
    Meagan J Alberta

  • ghost hunter jr

    no joke i`ve been haunted by dc before remember the writer said dc could kinda teleport or whatever.

  • The Cat queen

    It not a ghost it’s a werecat taking on a spiritual shift . Werecats like myths come to protect humans. These beings among us are no diffrent. They come to protect. That’s what we do.

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  • Adam Carl

    I was taking a bath the other day…. after getting out of the bathroom I saw a man dressed in all white carrying a black cat

  • Nyxfaery

    I saw this frequently as a child growing up in Wash DC. I took a liking to the cat but never understood it.