Help Me My
Shoes Are Haunted!
I get many emails about ghosts who like to
steal peoples worn smelly shoes. To stories
of a dead dominatrix that ties up and bastinados
this guy each night. Foot whipping, variously
known as bastinado, falanga (phalanga), and
falaka (falaqa), is a form of torture wherein
the human feet are beaten with an object such
as a cane or rod, a club, a piece of wood,
or a whip. It is a form of punishment often
favored because, although extremely painful,
it leaves few physical marks, though evidence
can be detected via ultrasound technology.
Just because someone is beyond the grave
does not mean their desires and sexual fetishes
have gone by the way side. Sexual fetishism,
or erotic fetishism, is the sexual attraction
to materials and objects not conventionally
viewed as being sexual in nature.
The term was first introduced by Alfred Binet
the psychologist better known for inventing
IQ testing. Fetishism is diagnosable as a
paraphilia in the DSM and the ICD, but only
if the fetish causes significant distress
for the person or has detrimental effects
on important areas of their life. Many people
embrace their fetishes rather than seek treatment
to attempt to be rid of them. Body parts may
also be the subject of sexual fetishes (also
known as partialism) in which the body part
preferred by the fetishist takes a sexual
precedence over the owner. Sexual fetishism
may be regarded as a disorder of sexual preference
or as an enhancing element to a relationship.
is one of the most common fetishes. Just because
someone liked to lick or suck dirty feet when
alive does not mean they stop because they
have passed over.
Shoe fetishism, also known as retifism (after
Nicolas-Edme Rétif), is the attribution
of attractive sexual qualities to shoes or
other footwear as a matter of sexual preference,
psychosexual disorder, and an alternative
or complement to a relationship with a partner.
Homosexual men with shoe fetishism are erotically
interested in men's shoes. Although shoes
carry sexual connotations in mainstream culture
](for example, women's shoes are commonly
sold as being "sexy") this opinion
refers to an ethnographic or cultural context.
Famous foot fetishists ghosts exist around
the world. In Massachusetts Their is a ghost
that haunts a famous hotel that many say likes
to perform shrimping on it's male and female
guests alike. Shrimping or to shrimp is the
term for toe sucking. This particular ghosts
has just started this activity in the past
two years and many private investigations
have been done on the issue at hand.
In Boston a foot fetish ghost in the old
Granary Burying Ground on Tremont Street has
been said to lick the ankles and steal the
shoes right off ghost hunters feet.
Many female ghost hunters often talk of feeling
their toes being sucked when they stand near
a certain grave. In Gettysburg a ghost known
a Toe Jam Jim , He is said to bite the toes
of women while still wearing their shoes tight
on their feet. Many women who visit the Gettysburg
Railroad Station have stated. Several people
on tours have just started reporting the creepy
goings on to locals and Ghost Hunters across
America. A full investigation has not taken
place as of yet to date.
In various x-rated shoe fetish based movies,
a guy as he is approaching orgasm will ask
the female actress to remove one of her shoes,
with which the guy holds his erect penis above
it and at the point of orgasm, ejaculates
into or onto her shoe, where she will put
it on again. This is described as extreme
fetishism. A haunted woman in Tampa, Florida
relates that a ghost has had sexual intercourse
with her several times with her high heeled
shoe. And he is known to suck her toes continuously.
The victim also relates that a pair of new
shoes often appear on her bed or in her room
days before the ghosts attacks her each month.
I have gotten contacts from people and ghosts
hunters alike telling me of their favorite
pair of shoes socks or even inner soles disappearing
after ghost hunts and ghost tours of very
haunted locations nation wide.
Some people haunted by Bastinado ghosts have
reported waking up finding the sheets tied
around their ankles. The haunted individuals
may be immobilized before application of the
beating by tying, securing the feet to bed
posts, or other heavy objects in the room.
Improvised in stocks, locking the legs into
an elevated position, or as one haunted person
in a New Orleans Hotel discovered hanging
The Persian term falaka referred to a wooden
plank which was used to secure the feet prior
to beating. A man in Louisville, Kentucky
tells of how a ghosts tied his feet while
he slept to a large plank that he had never
seen before in his locked apartment.
Bastinado And The Ghost Who
In New Orleans many talk in hushed tones
about a ghost in a local gay bar that has
been known to practice Bastinado on unsuspecting
persons who frequent the location.
Foot whipping is effective due to the clustering
of nerve endings in the feet and the structure
of the foot, with its numerous small bones
and tendons. The wounds inflicted are particularly
painful and take a long time to heal, rendering
it a redoubtable deterrent but impractical
as punishment for subordinates. Some point
out that the prominent display of the offender's
bare feet contains an element of punitive
humiliation as well. This is especially true
in Arabic cultures, where it is considered
humiliating to bare the soles of one's feet.
This punishment has, at various times, been
used in China, as well as the Middle East.
It was used throughout the Ottoman Empire
(including the Balkans). Foot whipping had
been, until recently, utilized as a form of
corporal punishment in schools in the Middle
East. It was convenient in that it could be
employed on both male and female students
in lieu of other forms of punishment considered
inappropriate for female students (such as
caning of the buttocks). Foot whipping employed
on students was not as harsh as the kind employed
on adults, in that only a long ruler was used
to firmly slap the soles of the feet, delivering
a less agonizing blow but sufficient to cause
Bastinado Ghost are very well known world
wide. From Shanghai to New York these foot
publishers have been known to leave individuals
crippled or maimed for life. A famous Chattanooga,
TN Bastinado ghosts is said to have crippled
several woman in the late 1960's. Folks in
the area often tell of how they witnessed
woman falling in the street as if pushed then
seeing their shoes flung off their feet as
they fell. The ghost is then said to have
beaten their bare feet until bloodied.
In Mobile, Alabama a Mardi Gras ghost is
said to perform severe beatings on the soles
of those that lay drunk on the street during
carnival season. In New Orleans Mardi Gras
Bastinado ghost are said to stomp on the feet
of those they do not like. It so seems that
some Bastinado's from beyond the grave still
like to punish those they believe deserve
it for doing something wrong in public.
Their also have been many reports of Bastinado
ghosts at many New Years celebrations stomping
persons feet and ankles and even biting off
living persons toes. If this is true or not
it still has been reported to many paranormal
investigators as such.
Sacramento: The Haunted Foot
Fetish Capital Of The World.
In Sacramento, CA a" Bastinado Foot
Fetish Ghost"has been recently known
to attack unsuspecting persons and beat their
feet so brutally and blister them that they
can not stand for days. The ghost with the
big stick as they call him is said to haunt
the area near The Tower Bridge, built in 1935,
a popular haunted landmark.
In 1850 and again in 1861, Sacramentans were
faced with a completely flooded town. After
the devastating 1850 flood, Sacramento experienced
a cholera epidemic and a flu epidemic, which
crippled the town for several years. At the
time many reported ghost that would steal
peoples shoes off their feet as they slept
In 1862 Sacramento raised the level of the
city by landfill. Thus the previous first
floors of buildings became the basements,
which were later connected by tunnels under
the streets of Old Sacramento. The tunnels
became a network of opium dens, which were
also mostly filled in. However, it is still
possible to view portions of the "Sacramento
Underground." Which many say are haunted
by ghosts who like to steal men's shoes. Or
beat the feet of those that trespass in the
area. Some have reported immediate pain in
the center of their feet or strong aching
of their toes in the area while walking.
One well known Sacramento Florist shop owner
says never slip off your shoe in his establishment,
a ghost will surely steal it. If you wear
open toed shoes in his establishment the ghost
has been known to lick the toes of the persons
while standing at the counter. The owner says
he often see's people looking down at their
feet strangely but few will really tell him
what they are experiencing at the moment
The several ladies that have worked in his
shop over the past 10 years all seem to have
strange shoe fetishes themselves he relates.
They often come to work in the beginning where
sensible shoes but in time I see them wearing
everything from stilettos to open toed tortuous
looking creations. I ask them why those shoes
and they will tell me it keeps the ghosts
away. Or it attracts them. Though he never
openly tells them about the strange toe suckers
ghosts openly until they tell him.
North Highlands is a community of 44,000
residents that is located approximately 10
miles (16 km) northeast of downtown Sacramento
community was formally established with the
opening of the North Highlands post office
in July 1952 and this unincorporated area
grew with the development of the McClellan
Air Force Base. North Highlands is mostly
a middle-class residential housing area with
some commercial and industrial regions around
the McClellan Air Force Base, now a civilian
airport, called McClellan Business Park. A
Toe sucking ghosts is said to haunt the area
and is frequently encountered by someone daily
or so the many reports go.
La Riviera is a suburban community, 10 miles
(16 km) east of downtown Sacramento. The population
was 10,273 at the 2000 census. La Riviera
is a primarily residential neighborhood located
between the American River and Highway 50.
It's popular place to live for college students
attending California State University Sacramento,
or Sacramento State. The community is sub-divided
by La Riviera Drive into the areas of College
Greens and Glenbrook. This area is said to
have several ghosts with more then one type
of foot fetish involved.
From toe sucking, sole licking, tickling,
foot torture and sock and shoe stealing ghosts
the area is a real hotbed for ghosts that
like to haunt a persons feet.
The Worst ghost in the area is a toe stomper.
Many have had this ghost attack them as the
walk the crowded downtown area. Men woman
children even dogs have been known to be stepped
on by this malicious ghost.
Marshall, Texas Foot Ghost.
Marshall, Texas has many ghosts who love
to haunt the locals feet. At Wiley college
often you can here of a ghosts that likes
to tickle students feet as they try to sleep
or or study for an exam. Stage Coach road
is said to be haunted by a toe sucking ghost
for over 100 years. Also the The Old Harrison
County Courthouse is said to be haunted by
a ghosts that loves to slap people very hard
on the instep of the foot when sitting down.
Another Marshall, Texas Ghosts that haunts
the city's main drag is aid to perform reflexology
or foot massage on those( Men and Women alike)
that sit and wait for the yearly FireAnt Festival
parade StageCoach Days parade along the city
Streets. Many locals will tell you, to just
"BRING YOUR LAWN CHAIR"!! And "PROP
UP YOUR FEET ON ICE CHEST!"! Then the
Grand Ave. Massaging ghost will do the rest.
Many people in the city often tell of how
a pair of shoes disappeared in the course
of a night or how one shoe always turns up
missing from their home. This happens also
at the haunted hotels and motels in the area.
One notable ghost to be aware of in the Motel
section of town is a ghost that likes to play
footsie with you under the covers. Many have
reported feeling scratchy rough feet moving
up their legs and inner thighs. Cold and always
seeming very much alive.
Another well noted Jefferson, Texas ghost
is said to haunt a motel in the area. And
if your feet or out from under the cover many
report a cold hand grabbing them by the ankle
as another cracks their toes one by one in
the middle of the night. The City also has
a toe biting ghost that often haunts the old
cemetery area, or so it has been reported
Shoe, Shoe Who's got my Damned
Many ghost with a strange foot fetish often
steal the shoe or shoes of the victim. Only
to have it or them turn up much later or in
a strange location. Shoes of hotel guest in
many major cities often reported to desk clerks
that their favorite shoes have just disappeared
from their locked rooms during the night.
Whether a particular ghosts thinks you have
sexy feet, smelly feet, ugly toes or dirty
feet. Who Know the reason why they really
do it. Maybe they just want a new pair of
shoes. Well I have to tell you this particular
phenomena is spread around the world. There
are some ghosts that have a sexual shoe addiction
The Top Ten Cities For Toes
Sucker Ghosts And Foot Fetish Hauntings In
1. Sacramento, CA
2. New York, NY
4. Gettysburg, Pa
5. New Orleans, La
6. Miami, Florida
7. Tampa, Florida
8. Wilmington, NC
9. Anchorage, Alaska
10. Portland, Oregon
if you’ve ever wondered about Andy
Roddick’s feet… and if a real
ghost ever stole his shoes just ask him?
Andy Roddick puts up his feet
after a job well done (contributing one point
in USA’s 4-1 win over Russia in the
Davis Cup finals). Here he is watching Sunday’s
Tied To The Whipping Post
Foot whipping was used at the S-21 prison
in Phnom Penh during the rule of the Khmer
Rouge and is mentioned in the ten regulations
to prisoners now on display in the Tuol Sleng
Bahá'u'lláh (founder of the
Bahá'í Faith) underwent foot
whipping in August 1852 as a follower of the
Babi religion. (Esslemont, 1937)
Foot whipping was used by Fascist Blackshirts
against Freemasons critical of Mussolini as
early as 1923. (Dalzell, 1961)
It was used as a method of torture during
the Regime of the Colonels in Greece, from
1967-1974 (source: "The Method"
by Pericles Korovessis).
The same practice had also been used in prisons
in the United States until the early 20th
century The late Uday Hussein, a leader of
Iraq's Ba'ath Party regime and son of Saddam
Hussein, is alleged to have used this method
of torture on Iraq Olympic athletes who did
not perform according to standards.
Foot whipping was a commonly reported torture
method used by the security officers of Bahrain
on its citizens between 1974 and 2001. See:
Torture in Bahrain.
Foot whipping is known to be used in Saudi
Arabia as a method of punishment and of torture.
See William Sampson
Falanga is allegedly used by the Zimbabwe
Republic Police (ZRP) against persons suspected
of involvement with the opposition Movement
for Democratic Change (MDC). See "An
Analysis of the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO
Forum Legal Cases, 1998-2006,".
It exists, alongside other BDSM whipping practices,
as a rare fetish/paraphilia
In order to estimate the relative frequency
of fetishes, researchers at the University
of Bologna examined 381 Internet discussion
groups, in which at least 5,000 people had
been participating. Researchers estimated
the prevalence's of different fetishes based
on (a) the number of discussion groups devoted
to a particular fetish, (b) the number of
individuals participating in the groups and
(c) the number of messages exchanged. It was
concluded that the most common fetishes were
for body parts or for objects usually associated
with body parts (33% and 30% respectively).
Among those people preferring body parts,
feet and toes were preferred by the greatest
number, with 47% of those sampled preferring
them. Among those people preferring objects
related to body parts, footwear (shoes, boots,
etc.) was most preferred (64%).
In August 2006, AOL released a database of
the search terms submitted by their subscribers.
In ranking only those phrases that included
the word "fetish", it was found
that the most common search was for feet.
Researchers have hypothesized that foot fetishism
increases as a response to epidemics of sexually
transmitted diseases. In one study, conducted
by Dr. A James Giannini at Ohio State University
an increased interest in feet as sexual objects
was observed during the great gonorrhea epidemic
of twelfth century Europe and the syphilis
epidemics of the 16th and 19th centuries in
Europe. (The first surviving reference of
foot fetish is by Bertold of Regensburg in
1220.) In the same study, the frequency of
foot-fetish depictions in pornographic literature
was measured over a 30 year interval. An exponential
increase was noted during the period of the
current AIDS epidemic. The researchers noted
that these epidemics overlapped periods of
relative female emancipation. Sexual focus
on female feet was hypothesized to be a reflection
of a more dominant posture of the woman in
sexual-social relations. Sexual foot play
was viewed, also, as a safe-sex alternative.
In a review of the files of all cases over
a 20 year period who met criteria for an non-transvestic
fetishes in a teaching hospital, 48 cases
were identified, and the objects of their
fetishes included clothing (58.3%), rubber
and rubber items (22.9%), footwear (14.6%),
body parts (14.6%), leather and leather items
(10.4%), and soft materials and fabrics (6.3%).
According to the ICD-10-GM, version 2005,
fetishism is the use of inanimate objects
as a stimulus to achieve sexual arousal and
satisfaction. The corresponding ICD code for
fetishism is F65.0. The diagnostic criteria
for fetishism are as follows:
Unusual sexual fantasies, drives or behavior
occur over a time span of at least six months.
Sometimes unusual sexual fantasies occur and
vanish by themselves; in this case any medical
treatment is not necessary.
The affected person, her object or another
person experience impairment or distress in
multiple functional areas. Functional area
refers to different aspects of life such as
private social contacts, job, etc. It is sufficient
for the diagnosis if one of the participants
is being hurt or mistreated in any other way.
It must be noted that a correct diagnosis
in terms of the ICD manual stipulates hierarchical
proceeding. That is, first the criteria for
F65 must be fulfilled, then those for F65.0.
As criteria are not repeated in sub stages
this can be mistakable to laymen or medics
that have not been educated in the use of
this manual. Furthermore, it must be noted
that according to the ICD, an addiction to
specific parts or features of the human body
and even "inanimate" parts of corpses,
under no circumstances are fetishism, even
though some of them may be forms of paraphilia.
According to the DSM-IV-TR, fetishism is
the use of nonliving objects as a stimulus
to achieve sexual arousal or satisfaction.
(This only applies if the objects are not
specifically designed for sexual stimulation
(e.g., a vibrator).) The corresponding DSM-code
for fetishism is 302.81; the diagnostic criteria
are basically the same as those of the ICD.
In the DSM manual, all diagnostic criteria
are given in the corresponding section of
the text book, i. e. here no hierarchical
processing is needed.
Both definitions are the result of lengthy
discussions and multiple revisions. Still
today, arguments go on whether a specific
diagnosis fetishism is needed at all or if
paraphilia as such is sufficient. Some demand
that the diagnosis be abolished completely
to no longer stigmatize fetishists, e. g.
project ReviseF65. Others demand that it be
specified even more to prevent scientists
from confusing it with the popular use of
the term fetishism. And then again, ever and
anon researchers argue that it should be expanded
to cover other sexual orientations, such as
an addiction to words or fire. Most physicians
would not say that a man who finds women attractive
because she is dressed in high heels, lacy
stockings or a corset has an abnormal fetish.
Many of the people who suffer from haunted
feet often tell of ghost tickling them in
the night. Rubbing sore toes and bunions and
corns. Ghost with real "Foot Fetishes"
come in all shapes sizes and sexes. Just because
your toes are being so lovingly licked each
night between the sheets does not demote a
particular ghosts sexual persuasion. Most
ghost that like to eat shrimp or often male
for when alive more people with the fetish
happen to be such.
Lisa Lee Harp
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