(CROSSROAD GHOST) Crossroads - The meeting and parting of ways - has long been regarded as likely places for ghosts or other spirit activity to take place. In some parts of the world murderers, sorcerers, and suicides were buried at crossroads with a stake or nail driven through the corpse, an act known as "nailing down the ghost" to prevent the ghost's return. Crossroads were places where territories, routes or villages collided, and they therefore became regarded as meeting places between the spirit realm and earth. Crossroads are believed to be haunted by spirits who take delight in leading travelers astray. The cross shape of crossroads is in some traditions protection against the spirits that are said to haunt it. One German superstition holds that if you are chased by a ghost or demon, you should head to a crossroads for protection. On reaching the crossroads the spirits will vanish with an unearthly shriek.