Whitman Van Ness was a man who died alone and became a ghost in his home. There, he trapped other ghosts for his own amusement.
While he was alive, Whitman Van Hess lost his fortune and let the house become a bordello. He later killed his fiancée on the eve of her wedding and framed his groundskeeper Dexter for the crime. After Whitman died, he became a ghost that haunted his old house and kept the ghosts of his victims around for amusement. He is vanquished when Sam and Dean burn his bones. (Of Grave Importance)
Powers and Abilities
As a ghost, he naturally possess all of the innate ghost powers, however he, as a higher-level ghost, was much more powerful.
- Invisibility - He can only be seen when he so chooses, otherwise he can't be seen by humans, but can be detected by an EMF meter.
- Super-strength - He proved to be able to physically deal with humans easily, he tossed and punched Sam and Dean around.
- Intangibility - Like all ghosts, he's not physical and can walk through walls. As he is so powerful, he can stick his arm inside humans or even other ghost's bodies, initially causing them great discomfort, but eventually they will fall dead.
- Incineration - As his strength is greatly increased by the presences of other ghosts in the mansion, he can vanquish ghosts via touch, apparently sending them to nothingness. This ability has also been speculated to be Whitman actually absorbing the souls of other ghosts, as opposed to destroying them.