My oldest child reached out to me and suggested I watch this movie. He had just watched it and found it very interesting. He also mentioned how so much of what is talked about are things I encounter or work with daily. So obviously, I watched it last night.
All I want to say is, watch it if you’re open to such things. If not, you’d probably be bored. I was transfixed, especially as it advanced.
Yes, my son was right, so much of what they speak of I work with or have encountered… still encounter. Am I a believer? YEP. In truth, it doesn’t even seem that weird to me. It seems like the only sensible possibility.
Anyway, watch it if you have any interest whatsoever in some pretty explosive facts about those things not often mentioned in public.
The twenty-one-year-old Canadian college student disappeared while staying at the hotel in 2013. Her body was later found at the bottom of a water tank on the roof. The circumstances surrounding her death mystified law enforcement and online sleuths, who studied the evidence, including a bizarre bit of security footage of Lam stepping in and out of a hotel elevator that marked the last time she was seen alive. Her death was later ruled an accidental drowning, but that has done little to quell the endless speculation about foul play or even paranormal activity.
According to one of the experts featured in a clip from the show (below), “Throughout the years the Cecil has become this exalted space of crime, of violence, of spookiness.”
Serial Killers in Residence
Two serial killers famously lived at the Cecil, a 700-room hotel that opened in the 1920s and is located in Downtown L.A.’s Skid Row. For much of its history, it functioned as single-room rentals with shared bathrooms, rather than a typical hotel.
Richard Ramirez, known as the “Nightstalker,” resided in a $14-per-night room in 1985, according to CNN. In the early 1980s, he killed 13 women and, the outlet notes, was able to remain under the radar thanks to the building’s seedy reputation and largely transient occupants. A second expert who appears in the episode notes Ramirez would “come back covered in blood” without raising eyebrows.
Another serial killer, Jack Unterweger, was reportedly a resident at the Cecil in 1991 and killed three Los Angeles sex workers during his time there. The Austrian journalist had previously been convicted of murder but was released early in 1990 after he was thought to have been rehabilitated. He went on to be convicted of nine more murders.
A Link to Black Dahlia
The Cecil Hotel also has ties to one of the most famous unsolved crimes in history: the Black Dahlia murder. While actress Elizabeth Short, who became known as the Black Dahlia after her death, was last seen at the nearby Biltmore Hotel before her gruesome death, Crime Scene indicates she allegedly visited the bar at the Cecil Hotel shortly before she was killed.
One online theory about Lam’s 2013 death also involved a suspect who had previously visited the Cecil and posted a video of himself with an image of Short in the background.
Numerous Guest Deaths
At least four tenants of the hotel have also died by suicide at the site since 1927. In 1962, a woman jumped from a ninth-floor window and landed on a pedestrian below killing them both. Several others died after ingesting poison. In the show, the hotel’s former manager, Amy Price, claimed she had seen 80 deaths in the 10 years she worked there, from 2007 to 2017.
Turns on TV
The Cecil served as inspiration for American Horror Story: Hotel, the fifth season of the Ryan Murphy-created show, which aired in 2015 and 2016. The show was not filmed on-site, but there were many parallels to Murphy’s fictional Hotel Cortez. He even revealed on a panel that he decided on the theme of the season after seeing a real bit of surveillance video. “A girl got in an elevator in a downtown hotel. She was never seen again,” he said seemingly referring to the footage of Elisa Lam.
It also received a visit from Travel Channel’s Zak Bagans and his team of paranormal investigators, who created the two-hour special Ghost Adventures: Cecil Hotel, which debuted on January 4 and is available to stream on Discovery+.
New Tenants Wanted
The Cecil Hotel is not currently welcoming guests, but there are plans for it to reopen. The property was purchased by hotelier Richard Born for $30 million in 2014, according to Curbed. The plan was to turn it into “reasonably priced residences catering to young professionals,” according to the outlet. But it soon changed hands again. It was purchased by a development group in 2016 with hopes to turn it into the Historic Core hotel, a mix of hotel rooms and rental units.
In 2017, it closed for renovations, with plans to add a gym and rooftop pool among other luxury amenities. It has yet to reopen.
Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel is streaming now on Netflix.
Our favorite musicians are just like us. They love to seek out creepy paranormal experiences.
There are few things we love more than musicians and ghost stories, so when they come together, we can’t get enough.
Luckily, many musicians in the scene are self-proclaimed horror buffs, sometimes incorporating the aesthetic into music videos, album art and more.
And some even take their curiosity to another level, actively seeking out paranormal events for themselves.
We decided to look at 10 musicians who have been ghost hunting or claim to have encountered spirits from another dimension. Because these stars just love scaring the shit out of themselves, just like us.
Vince Neil of Mötley Crüealso appeared on the Travel Channel show, investigating the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas. The experience definitely freaked him out and made him believe in ghosts after feeling the presence of a cold energy in the room.
Awsten Knight of Waterparks has shared several paranormal experiences with his Twitter followers, including burning sage, sleeping at haunted hotels and playing with possessed dolls. However, he seems to always be pretty freaked out by anything remotely spooky. Who could blame him?
It’s unsurprising that America’s favorite spooky family has had a ghost encounter. Last year, the family appeared on the Travel Channel show Night Of Terror, where they investigated L.A.’s haunted hotspot Heritage Square and learned about its sinister history.
Alice Coopermight bask in all things creepy and scary, but he hasn’t been spared from a few frights of his own. He’s previously shared a story about a time when he was staying at a house that seemed to be haunted. The faucet would turn on by itself, and there were loud sounds coming from the basement. The entire experience made him and his company flee, only to later find out that The Amityville Horror was written in the home, which definitely explains a few things.
New Years Day
In 2014, New Years Day got together with us to go ghost hunting in Cleveland, and it was a sight to behold. It was pretty harmless, but you definitely get some paranormal vibes from the whole thing.
In an episode of The Haunting Of, Meat Loaf confronted the spirit of a man who attempted to sabotage his music career many years ago. The scene will definitely have the hair on the back of your neck sticking up.
Kesha hasn’t been shy about her paranormal experiences. Aside from a claim she made in 2012 that she slept with a ghost, she also appeared on The Haunting Ofto revisit a haunted hotel she once stayed at. In her original encounter, she says she felt a weird energy and saw the figure of a girl who “stared into [her] soul,” which sounds like it came straight out of a horror movie.
While Oliver Treedidn’t seek out a ghost, one was definitely looking for him. He told a story of seeing a ghost when he was 8 years old at his grandma’s house and later seeing the same ghost several years later. He had been told his grandpa was haunting the house but wasn’t sure whether or not the spirit was related to him.
Slipknot’s Corey Taylor went ghost hunting at acclaimed former comedian Redd Foxx’s house, and he proved that he’s lowkey a professional ghost hunter. He took the whole thing seriously, and while he tried to keep a brave face, he was definitely a little shook.
I know there are a lot of skeptics out there who will try to tell me what I experienced was unusual but nothing paranormal. Trust me, my boyfriend still doesn’t believe me. However, I feel like there is no other explanation for what happened to me over the weekend.
It all started when I went to go to my boyfriend’s aunt’s house in rural Michigan to feed her cats while she was out of town. It was dark out but nothing too eerie in the air. I was blaring my music, just vibing and getting ready to play with some cats, life was good.
Once the cats were fed, I hopped back in my car and continued to play my music (this detail is important later) and head home.
As I turn onto our road, there is a heavily wooded nature preserve so you usually have to keep your eyes peeled for deer. Well, what I saw zoom across the road was NO deer. No, no, it was the size of a deer but was up in the air about halfway up the tree line.
I can hear you now “Geez, it was probably just a bird” and to that I say, nay! It did not move like a bird.
My first thought was it was a ghost, a demon, a spirit of some sort…Jordan’s first thought was that it was an owl when I got home, took my coat and shoes off and ran inside to tell him what I had seen.
As I’m freaking out, telling him my story, trying to convince him that it’s not just because I’ve been watching too much “Ghost Adventures” I go to reach for my phone…and it’s not in my pocket.
I check my coat, purse, car, bed, everywhere…it’s not there.
I get mad because how do I lose my phone two seconds after walking in the door?
Jordan suggested I maybe left it at his aunt’s house but I couldn’t have as my music would not have played in my car without it.
After a lot of searching, swearing and thinking a ghost must have moved it, I check my car for the fifth time and find my phone in the side panel door pocket on my passenger side!
I immediately get the chills because I knew it was in my coat pocket the whole time I was driving. Also had my phone fell in there when I braked or turned or what-have-you, I would have heard it smack into the door.
All in all, yes, what I saw could have been something living but with the whole phone situation right after, I have to think it was paranormal.
I told the story on my Instagram story later that night and a shaman reached out and said he believed me and that he thinks I saw some sort of “animal/spirit guide” and it was trying to give me a message.
What that message would be, I’m not sure but man, something spiritual or ghostly happened and there is really no convincing me otherwise but you sure can try!
Filled with prized paintings, storied treasures, and, yes, sometimes even mummies, museums are a natural haunt for otherworldly spirits.
Legends abound in the museum world of artistic spirits like Frida Kahlo roaming Casa Azul and a spectral lady in white spooking MoMA employees. Many museums have even publicly acknowledged the visitations.
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo played into ghostly rumors when it opened a “Haunted House” gallery for kids filled with eerie paintings. (The eyes move in one picture; in another, a pair of hands emerge from the face of Mona Lisa).
But we’re not talking about kids’ stuff. This Halloween, we’ve compiled seven of the most notorious museum hauntings, ranked from those that give slight goosebumps to ones that are totally hair-raising.
Read on—if you dare…
The Met’s Creepy Crypt
Does the ghost of a girl haunt the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art? Image by Mark B. Schlemmer.
Doctor, Doctor, Give Me the Boos: The Upper East Side of Manhattan has every kind of doctor imaginable, including (and why not?) a duo of self-proclaimed ghost doctors. Over the years, the paranormal experts Dr. Pete and Dr. Stew have made numerous visits to the Met equipped with essential ghost-hunting gear, including EVP monitors and dowsing rods (never mind how those got through security). Over the years, the doctors have captured some spine-tingling sounds emanating from the galleries, and, on a 2013 ghost-hunting expedition with the Observer, the doctors seemed to have channeled a spirit in the European sculpture and decorative arts wing.
A Ghostly Girl: Elsewhere in the museum, at the Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art, the phantom of a young girl has been seen running down the halls, her giggling and chatter giving unexpected frights to studious art historians and curators. According to museum lore, she’s believed to be the daughter of a long-ago employee.
Monet Manifests in the Midwest
This honest-to-god photo of Monet was snapped by museum staff at the Cleveland Art Museum. Courtesy of the Cleveland Art Museum.
Guest Appearance: While curators were busy finalizing the installation of the Cleveland Art Museum’s 2015 exhibition “Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse,” the famed Impressionist painter of waterlilies himself appears to have paid an unexpected visit.
On the balcony overlooking the galleries stood a man with Monet’s characteristic salt-and-pepper beard and bowler hat. A photo of the figure was snapped by the museum’s director of design and architecture, Jeffrey Strean, showing the illusory artist just above a strikingly similar vintage photo of Monet.
Staff Support: The Cleveland Museum claims the sighting is the real deal. Soon after the story emerged, Caroline Guscott, communications director for the museum, asked the Cleveland Plain Dealer: “What are the chances someone looks like that and happens to be at the museum the day we are finishing installation?”
A statue of the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet is one of many objects in the collection of the British Museum believed to have other-worldly powers. Courtesy of the British Museum.
Ghost Gossip?: With millions of artworks and artifacts spanning millennia, it seems like merely a game of odds that there would be at least one spook wafting around the British Museum—at least that’s what Noah Angell, an American-born artist, supposed when he started researching hauntings at the museum back in 2016.
Years later, his list of stories, told to him mostly by museum guards, keeps growing.
“Most of the people that I’ve gathered these stories from… don’t self-identify as believing in ghosts,” he told the Economist. “For the most part, these visitor-services and security people are working-class blokes and they don’t make a fuss unless something really serious is going on… But what they all seem to agree on, as the sort of folk belief of the museum worker, is that objects hold energy.”
A Ghoulish Guard Dog: In one story, a security guard found himself inexplicably captivated by a 19th-century wooden Congolese sculpture of a dog. Sensing that the sculpture had inanimate powers, he pointed his finger towards it—and fire alarms in the gallery allegedly went off on cue. Other tales include ones of haunted stairwells, a crying caryatid from the Elgin Marbles, and secret powers from statues of the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet.
Unhappy Objects: Angell offered an alternative perspective on the repatriation of objects from Western museums, alluding to the possibility that the objects themselves may be uneasy in their current settings, particularly when ritual and ceremonial purposes are neglected.
“In the conventional discourse around repatriation… contested objects are like pawns. They may be fantastic and big and old, but essentially they are being employed as a symbolic wedge, which two countries with grievances against each other can use to get what they want,” Angell said. “These stories seem to suggest that the objects themselves are restless.”
Aaron Burr’s Widow Wanders a Manhattan Mansion
Yinka Shonibare, The Ghost of Eliza Jumel (2015) at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, New York. Photo: Trish Mayo, courtesy Morris-Jumel Mansion.
The Mysterious Mansion: In the northern stretches of Manhattan lies the Morris Jumel Mansion, a mid-18th-century Federal-style home that sometimes hosts art exhibitions. Along with the home’s era-specific furnishings comes one apparent epoch-appropriate apparition: Eliza Jumel, Aaron Burr’s widow, who lived in the home when she died in 1865, then one of the richest women in New York City.
A Wretched Wraith: In her day, Jumel was known as a preternaturally shrewd businessperson. Born in a brothel as the daughter of a prostitute, she ascended to the height of American society. Gossip was always at her heels as she garnered power and wealth, through marriages, lies, and her own acumen. She was also a keen collector of art.
Jumel was rumored to have murdered Burr (no lamb himself) for his money—their divorce was meant to be finalized the day of his death. Her first husband, too, died under suspicious circumstances, falling on a pitchfork in their basement. Following her own passing, Jumel’s ghost stubbornly wouldn’t leave the house.
Artist’s Conjuring: Several years ago, the museum hosted a Yinka Shonibare exhibition that included a headless figure meant to evoke Eliza Jumel’s ghost. The museum seems to agree something uncanny is afoot, and often hosts paranormal investigations that are open to the public.
Lore at the Louvre
Girolamo della Robbia, Catherine de Medici funerary statue (1567). Collection of the Louvre.
Bloody Beginnings: Long before the Louvre was a museum, it was a fortress with beginnings dating back to the 12th century. With such august origins, no doubt the building itself has been home to more than a few unfortunate endings—and a running list of its own startling tales.
The Queen’s Butcher: The Louvre’s most infamous apparition is that of Jean l’Ecorcheur— Jack the Skinner.
A butcher by trade, he became a favorite henchman of Queen Catherine de Medici in the 16th century. Suspecting he knew just one too many secrets about the royal family, the cunning queen had him murdered.
It is said that, from beyond the grave, Jean l’Ecorcheur returned to haunt the royal family, living in the palaces of Louvre. Nicknamed the Red Man of the Tuileries, he can still be spotted dressed in red, moving about the museum and the nearby gardens. Napoleon claimed to have seen his likeness in 1815.
A Bogeyman Bell Tower at the San Francisco Art Institute
The San Francisco Art Institute. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Tower of Terror: Even Quasimodo would be hightailing out of this bell tower. The San Francisco Art Institute’s bell tower is a hotbed of paranormal comings and goings—so much so that they’ve cordoned the tower off from the public.
Decades of Disturbance: The first significant occurrence came in the 1940s. A student needing to pay for this schooling took a job as a night watchman, and, pinching pennies, worked out an arrangement to live in the tower as well. One night, the student reported hearing what he believed was an intruder running up the stairs. Alarmed, he prepared to bludgeon the invader, but when the door swung open, no one was there (!). Nevertheless, the footsteps continued out to the observation deck. Following this incident, the institute received intermittent reports of unusual activity, but the ghost settled down… at least for a while.
Damning Decision: Don’t disturb the dead is horror-movie 101. Nevertheless, in the 1960s, the school went ahead and began renovations on the bell tower. Supernatural reprisal is said to have commenced in the form of disembodied screams, destroyed equipment, and falling objects. Construction workers complained of many unsettling events, with the company ultimately quitting the job.
Artistic Inspiration: While the bell tower has been largely off-limits, the school has allowed psychics to perform occasional seances on site. One psychic claimed to have had a vision of a graveyard at the base of the bell tower—which might just be true. According to research, the graveyard was built over following the 1906 earthquake. In 2017, SFAI leaned into the creepy factor by hosting an exhibition inspired by the hauntings titled “Ghost Of The Tower.”
Buried at the Museum, the Smithsonian’s Founder Wanders the Halls
James Smithson was buried in Italy before his body was moved to the United States.
Ghost in Residence: James Smithson, the founding donor of the Smithsonian Institute, has been spotted wandering the organization’s “Castle,” home to its administrative and information headquarters, on numerous occasions. This starts to make a lot of sense when you learn that Smithson’s remains have been interred at the museum since 1904.
Afterlife Investigation: Smithson’s frequent appearances were supposedly causing such a ruckus that, in 1973, his remains were briefly disinterred for investigation. His skeleton was, in fact, still safely in its coffin—though that’s to say nothing of his spirit. (Other motives for the disinterment might have been to search for documents rumored to have been buried with him… but we choose to believe otherwise.)
No Rest for the Weary: The English Smithson died without ever visiting the United States, despite his eagerness to help fund the new institution. He was buried for the first time in Genoa after he passed away in 1829. But attempting to right that perceived injustice, Alexander Graham Bell arranged to have his body exhumed and brought to the US in 1903—meaning that Smithson has been exhumed not once, but twice. It’s no wonder his spirit can’t settle down.
Working the Graveyard Shift: Smithsonian enthusiasts never seem to want to leave. As early as 1900, the Washington Post mentioned sightings of Spencer Fullerton Baird, the museum’s first curator, seen wandering the museum’s hall. Another regular: the famed paleontologist Fielding B. Meek, who lived in one of the museum’s castle towers with his cat and died there in 1876. Other sightings include the explorer Emil Bessels and secretary Joseph Henry, both lifelong devotees of the institution.
Do you love a haunted house or a good ghost story? Just in time for spooky season, the website SlotSource.com has issued a spine-tingling report on the most haunted states in America. Compiled using findings from Ghosts of America, the list ranks the states that are home to the scariest hauntings and most phantasmagoric happenings in the country.
Coming in at the top of the list is Texas. Everything is bigger in Texas—even the ghost sightings—which is probably why the Lone Star State was named the most haunted state in America. In fact, its residents have witnessed a whopping 6,845 paranormal activitiessince 2005. California is second on the list, with 6,444 reports since 2005. Ohio comes in third with 2,555 sightings.
So what makes a place haunted? “You’ll see unexplained shadows or movements in the side-vision of your eyes, or soft whispers of a conversation near you and no one is there,” the Psychic Medium Sisters tell SlotSource. Other telltale signs: cold spots, creepy sensations or the feeling that you’re being watched.
Ghosts don’t float your boat? Then the place for you is Delaware, which came in last on the list, thanks to the fewest apparitions in the United states.Recommended For You
Here, we take a look at the top 10 scariest states and some of the spookiest highlights. Spoiler alert: If you want to sleep easy tonight, stop reading now.
1. Texas: Texas tops the list of the most haunted state in America. After all, this is the home of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and spooky spots like Marfa. Way out west in the middle of nowhere, this tumbleweed town has a reputation for its cool art scene and the mysterious Marfa Lights. People started spotting these unexplained colorful glowing orbs back in the 19th century.
Spooky Spot: Remember the Alamo? Seems that ghosts do, too. Many people say San Antonio is the most haunted city in Texas—and with good reason, since it was the setting for one of the deadliest battles in America. Explore the city on foot with Ghost City Tours or stay at the Emily Morgan Hotel, where you’ll find spirits roaming the halls. The property once housed a morgue and a psychiatric ward and is now known for its paranormal activity.
Most Haunted Hotel: The man who built Austin’s Driskill hotel loved the place so much he never wanted to leave: He still haunts the grounds, along with the ghost of a Texas senator’s 4-year-old daughter who fell to her untimely death on the hotel’s grand staircase.
2. California: Second on the list of most haunted places, California is known for its superstars and supernatural side—especially at places like Eureka’s Fort Humboldt State Historic Park. Here, hikers report seeing the ghost of a dead commander staring at them through the hospital windows.
Spooky Spot: You could say that the city of angels is also the city of ghosts. Los Angeles is a hotbed of spookiness, the most star-studded being Hollywood’s Hotel Roosevelt, where former guests Marilyn Monroe and actor Montgomery Cliff still hang around the property.
Most Haunted Hotel: Known as the “haunted ship,” the Queen Mary is a cruise liner from the 1930’s that’s now docked in Long Beach, operating as a hotel. The property embraces its spooky side with ghost-hunting tours. One of the most haunted rooms is Stateroom B340, which has had so many scary episodes that it was closed off for many years.
3. Ohio: Third on the list, Ohio is rife with paranormal stories, from the Twin City Opera House in the tiny town of McConnelsville—where something hides behind the curtains—to Mansfield’s Ohio State Reformatory, which hosts regular ghost hunts and was the setting for the Shawshank Redemption.
Spooky Spot: Flickering candles, flying objects, scary screams—Waynesville has been called the most haunted town in Ohio. Check it out via The Museum at the Friends Home, which runs Ghostly History Walking Tours.
Most Haunted Hotel: Newbury’s Punderson Manor used to be an estate in the 19th century and later became a girls camp. These days, the hotel looks welcoming enough with its Tudor mansion and hillside cabins. But it’s so haunted that psychic mediums and paranormal investigators often visit to check out the otherworldly happenings.
4. Michigan: From Detroit’s Michigan Central Station (a truly haunted building that hosts an annual spooktacular event) to a number of haunted lighthouses, Michigan has its share of creepy tales, earning it a high spot on the list.
Spooky Spot: Part of an island chain in Lake Michigan, South Manitou Island has beautiful dunes and legends of dead sailors who were buried alive and still haunt the place.
Most Haunted Hotel: Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel is known for its front porch—the world’s longest—and its ghostly guests. Keep an eye out for a man in a top hat who likes to play the piano in the bar or a woman in Victorian clothing who sometimes climbs into people’s beds.
5. Illinois: There’s been plenty of strange and unexplained phenomena in the Prairie State, which is why Illinois ranked fifth on the list.
Spooky Spot: Do you love a road trip? How about a haunted road trip? This route is only for the most daring, going from Bloods Point Cemetery near Rockford to the haunted Cahokia Mounds way south of Springfield.
Most Haunted Hotel: It is said that the gangster Al Capone haunts Chicago’s Congress Plaza Hotel, but he’s not the scariest permanent resident. Staffers often report sightings of a 6-year-old boy whose mother threw him out of a 12th story window. And in Room 441, a female ghost kicks guests while they’re sleeping.
6. Indiana: The Hoosier state is known for corn, basketball—and hauntings.
Spooky Spot: Don’t like ghosts? You might want to avoid Indiana University in Bloomington. The campus is crawling with paranormal activity, from the Career Center, where babies are sometimes heard crying, to the Indiana Memorial Union, which is haunted by a ghostly dog.
Most Haunted Hotel: Spas, golf courses…and ghosts? French Lick Springs Hotel is a resort getaway that is haunted by its founder, Thomas Taggart, who still enjoys soaking in the property’s onsite mineral springs and likes to hold parties in an empty ballroom. Housekeepers also find blood in a bathtub where a jilted bride took her life.
Spooky Spot: During a deadly Civil War battle, more than 50,000 men perished at Gettysburg—so it’s no wonder this is one of the most haunted spots in the state, if not America. Hear stories about the spirits who still lurk here on one of the Ghostly Images of Gettysburg Ghost Tours. Or stay at the Gettysburg Hotel, where a Confederate nurse walks the hallways.
Most Haunted Hotel: In the charming town of New Hope, the Logan Inn has been creeping out its guests since 1722. The spookiest room is Number 6, where you can often smell the lavender perfume worn by the mother of a former owner and hear crying at night.
8. Oklahoma: This state’s spooky side includes haunted military forts, Big Foot sightings and a demon calledZozo.
Spooky Spot: It has been said that Guthrie—one of the oldest towns in the state—is the spookiest place in Oklahoma. There are at least eight haunted locations, from the Stone Lion Inn, inhabited by the spirit of an 8-year-old girl, to the Blue Bell, a onetime bordello where the former madame and some of her clients still make their presence known.
Most Haunted Hotel: The Skirvin Hilton Hotel is not only the oldest hotel in Oklahoma City, it’s also a place where its ghosts are said to have caused basketball teams, including the New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls, to lose games.
9. New York: When you think “spooky,” the Headless Horseman—who roamed the Hudson Valley searching for his head—immediately springs to mind. But that was just a made-up character. The Empire State has plenty of real ghosts to discover.
Spooky Spot: You can’t get away from ghosts in New York—especially in Manhattan. Many visitors to the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Washington Heights claim that they see strange things and hear voices. And then there’s the House of Death at 14 West 10th Street, where Mark Twain once lived and documented many supernatural experiences. Twain still haunts the place, along with 21 other ghosts.
Most Haunted Hotel: Lake George’s Sagamore hotel has been a favorite vacation spot since it was built in 1883; so it’s no wonder so many spirits continue to lurk here, including a silver-haired woman wearing a polka-dot dress and ghostly children who are sometimes spotted on the golf course.
10. Virginia: Given Virginia’s rich past, it’s no surprise that the state has such a ghostly present.
Spooky Spot: Colonial Williamsburg is a great place to soak in American history and meet some captivating ghosts. One of the most notorious is Lady Ann Skipwith, who broke a heel right before she took her own life. Now, people touring the George Wythe House sometimes hear the sound of a heel banging on a staircase.
Most Haunted Hotel: One of the most elegant hotels in Hunt Country, the Black Horse Inn used to be a Civil War hospital. Today’s guests report visions of wounded soldiers and even a laughing nurse wandering through the hotel.
Ozzy, Sharon, Kelly, and Jack will go in search of haunts at a Los Angeles museum in an upcoming two-hour special
Ozzy, Sharon, Kelly, and Jack Osbourne navigate darkened hallways in search of haunts in the trailer for the upcoming two-hour TV special, The Osbournes: Night of Terror.
The family, of course, add their own spin on things. Channeling Poltergeist, Ozzy and Sharon exclaim, “Weee’re baaack,” at the start of the clip, and Jack, who hosts his own ghost-hunting show Portals to Hell, explains that he wanted to show the family what interests him about encountering the paranormal. In many of the scenes, Kelly runs around in terror, and when Jack asks the family if they’re ready for the experience, Ozzy says, “Fuck no.” The two-hour special will air on the Travel Channel at 9 p.m. ET on October 30th.
The family filmed the special at the supposedly haunted Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles. Jack and Kelly do most of the exploration while their parents monitor their actions from a basecamp.
“Most families go pumpkin picking around Halloween; the Osbournes — we go ghost hunting,” Jack said in a statement. “My family has always been intrigued by my work in the paranormal, so I decided it was time for them to experience it themselves. Heritage Square is a very haunted location that not many people outside of Los Angeles know about — everyone is in for a real treat. Expect crazy paranormal activity, creepy encounters — especially with Kelly — classic Osbourne humor, and naturally, a few guest appearances from the dogs.”How To Host a Safe and Spooky Halloween Movie Night During the 2020 QuarantineTips to throw the ultimate themed movie night.Ad By SPY See More
Earlier this year, the family premiered a new TV series, The Osbournes Want to Believe, on which Jack shows his parents found footage of supposed ghosts, possessions, UFOs, and other unexplained phenomena. “Jack came up with the idea, and I said to him, ‘I don’t believe in this shit,’” Ozzy told Rolling Stone. “So he said, ‘Trust me. I’ll have you believing.’ And it’s true. Some of it is very compelling.”
An Irish ghost returning from the dead in warning makes this super creepy tale one of Ireland’s greatest ghost stories for Halloween.
The creepy Irish ghost tale of Lord Tyrone and Lady Beresford. ISTOCK
This is probably the most well-known ghost story in Ireland – from a childhood pact becomes a ghostly presence. This one will haunt you…
A manuscript of this story was found in Curraghmore, Co Waterford. The story was recorded by Lady Betty Cobbe, the granddaughter of Lady Beresford, sometime in the 1700s.
Lord Tyrone and Lady Beresford were born with the names John Le Poer (sometimes spelled ‘Power’) and Nichola Sophia Hamilton. As children, they were orphans and raised by an atheist guardian who was determined to convert the children to his atheist views.
The children continued to believe in heaven and a never-ending life so they made a pact with each other. They decided that the first of the siblings to die would reappear to the other, thus proving that there was life after death.
Nichola eventually married Sir Tristam Beresford, the oldest son of Richard, Earl of Tyrone, and Lady Dorothy Annesley, daughter of Arthur, Earl of Anglesey.
One night she woke up to find her foster-brother standing beside her bed. He told her that he had just died, reminding her of their childhood pact.
The spirit of her foster-brother then told her of future events. He told her that her husband would die and she would re-marry, that she would have four children, and that she would die on the day she turned 47.
Terrified and doubting that her vision was real, she asked her foster-brother if this was real. He grabbed her wrist causing it to shrink and wither. From that day forth, she wore a black silk ribbon to hide the deformity.
Everything that her foster-brother had predicted came true except for her death. She did not die on her 47th birthday.
On her 48th birthday, Lady Beresford decided to celebrate the occasion with some friends. They included a clergyman who was an old family friend.
At the party, she exclaimed, “I am 48 today.”
The clergyman replied, “No, my dear, you are 47.”
When she questioned how he knew this he said that he had looked at the registry of her birth only days before. She cried, “You have signed my death warrant!”
She went to her chamber, made out her will, and died that night.
*Originally published in 2016, updated in October 2020.
If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, we’ve got you covered with everything you’ll need to go ghost hunting and some of the best places to find ghosts.
In October 2019, the website YouGov published the results of their survey which showed that 45% of Americans believe in ghosts. The survey also determined that Republicans are more likely than Democrats to believe in ghosts.
Are ghosts real?
One of the foundations of physics is the First Law of Thermodynamics, which states that, “energy can be transformed from one form to another, but can be neither created nor destroyed.” And thanks to Albert Einstein, we also know that matter and energy are related.
We know that when we die, some of our “energy” is released into the environment in the form of heat. If we are buried, some of our energy is transferred to worms and bacteria, however, is it possible that some portion of our energy continues on in some as yet unknown form?
In 2014, Christopher French, a professor of psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London described in The Atlantic how there is an “emotional motivation” for people to want to believe in ghosts. French told the publication, “The vast majority of us don’t like the idea of our own mortality. Even though we find the idea of ghosts and spirits scary, in a wider context, they provide evidence for the survival of the soul.”
Real ghost stories
Stories of ghostly encounters abound. In a story reported in The New York Times, one afternoon in 1953, on Long Island, three children were watching Ding Dong School on TV when the ghostly face of a woman appeared on the screen. The face remained even after the TV was turned off. In desperation, the children’s father turned the television to face the wall.
Spirit photography was all the rage in late 19th-century Britain, with proponents including none other than the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In fact, Doyle published a book in 1922 supporting spirit photography entitled, The Case for Spirit Photography.
In a group photograph taken in 1919 of Sir Victor Goddard’s Royal Air Force squadron, a ghostly face appears next to the airman in the top row, fourth from the left. The face is that of Freddy Jackson, a mechanic who had been killed two days prior to the photo being taken.
In 1936 in Norfolk, England, the photo below was taken of “The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall.” The Brown Lady is thought to be Lady Dorothy Walpole, sister of Britain’s first Prime Minister Robert Walpole. Supposedly, after she had an affair with another man, her husband Charles Townshend locked her up in Raynham Hall, where she remained until her death.
Ghostly voices, or electronic voice phenomenon (EVP), were first recorded in the late 1950s when the painter Friedrich Jürgenson discovered ghostly voices on tape recordings he had made of birds singing in his garden. In the late 1960s, a professor of psychology at Sweden’s Uppsala University, Konstantin Raudive, recorded over 100,000 EVPs, some in a laboratory that was impervious to radio frequency signals.
The peculiar messages Raudive captured from the hereafter included, “Here is night brothers, here the birds burn” and “Secret reports … it is bad here.” In 1971, an English translation of Raudive’s findings were published in the book, Breakthrough: An Amazing Experiment in Electronic Communication with the Dead.
The stated purpose of the SPR was “to approach these varied problems without prejudice or prepossession of any kind, and in the same spirit of exact and unimpassioned inquiry which has enabled science to solve so many problems, once not less obscure nor less hotly debated.”
Today, there are ghost hunting groups located all around the world. In the U.S. they include “A Midwest Haunting,” based in Macomb, Illinois, “Ghosts of Ohio”, and “Idaho Spirit Seekers”. You can even take tours of haunted places, and we’ve included some of the most famous below.
Two guys from Roto-Rooter
Over the last 15 years, there has been a large increase in interest in ghost hunting, which can be traced to the television program Ghost Hunters. The series began airing on the Syfy Channel in October 2004, and due to its popularity, Ghost Hunters has continued to be shown in one incarnation or another to this day.
The original stars of Ghost Hunters were Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, who plied their ghost hunting trade by night, and by day were plumbers for the Roto-Rooter company. In 1990, the two men had formed The Atlantic Paranormal Society, or TAPS, which is headquartered in Warwick, Rhode Island. Besides hunting for ghosts in the U.S., TAPS members have also searched for ghosts in Canada, Ireland, and the UK.
A spin-off television series, Ghost Hunters Academy, which aired from 2009 to 2010, featured two additional TAPS members, Dave Tango and Steve Gonsalves. Both series displayed the types of equipment needed to pursue ghosts, and you might be surprised to learn that all of that equipment can be found at your local electronics store or through Amazon, we have some recommendations below you can reach through the source links.
Your ghost hunting arsenal
Before setting out to search for ghosts, you should probably pack the following:
1. A digital audio recorder – ghosts are apparently a loquacious lot, and their murmurings are known as electronic voice phenomena, or EVP.
2. Headphones – to listen to EVPs, it’s best to use a pair of headphones rather than earbuds. That’s because headphones block out any extraneous sounds.
3. Electro Magnetic Field (EMF) gauge – ghosts apparently cause fluctuations in the magnetic field, which an EMF gauge can pick up. Be aware that EMF gauges can also pick up signals from electrical outlets, wi-fi, and appliances.
4. Digital infrared camera – will allow you to see in total darkness, and it just might pick up the image of a pesky ghost or two in the process.
5. Digital thermometer – ghosts are said to be associated with sudden drops in temperature, so a digital thermometer should make sure that you don’t miss a cold spot.
6. Headlamp – if you’re going to investigate things that go bump in the night, you don’t want one of those things to be you, so be sure to wear a headlamp to light your way.
7. Ghost hunting kit – if money is no object, Amazon sells a complete ghost hunting kit.
Regardless of what equipment you bring, be sure to always bring along extra batteries.
Ghost hunting safely
To hunt ghosts safely, it’s a good idea to follow these rules:
1. Never go ghost hunting alone, always bring along a couple of friends.
2. Avoid places that might be dangerous, such as graveyards, abandoned buildings, or crumbling structures. Besides the hazards these places pose, they might also attract those among the living with less than savory intentions.
3. Never trespass on private property. If you want to investigate a site, always get the owner’s permission before you go.
4. If possible, check out a location during the day, noting any potential hazards. Draw a map showing egress, ingress, roads, and walkways.
5. Follow your instincts, if a place doesn’t feel right, leave immediately.
6. Always ask for permission before speaking to a ghost or taking photos. Politeness goes a long way, even in the spirit world.
7. Be sure to leave whatever location you have visited exactly as you found it.
Most famous haunted tours
The COVID-19 pandemic has put a stop to many tours of haunted locations, but you might want to put these on your list for when it’s safe.
1. The LaLaurie Mansion, New Orleans, Louisiana – during the early 19th century, Madame Marie Delphine LaLaurie hosted fancy dinner parties on the lower floors of her French Quarter mansion. In 1834, when authorities responded to a kitchen fire at the house, they discovered the horribly mutilated bodies of slaves in the attic.
When the public heard what had been found, they stormed LaLaurie’s house, but she had already fled to France. Soon, people began reporting hearing the screams of those who had died in the house.
2. Shanghai Tunnels, Portland, Oregon – beneath the city of Portland lie a maze of tunnels that, legend has it, were used during the early 19th-century to shanghai unsuspecting men. If you had a little too much to drink in one of the city’s saloons, you might be dropped through a trapdoor and down into one of the tunnels.
There, you would be tied up or drugged, then taken to the waterfront where you would be sold as an unpaid laborer on one of the ships docked there. The term “shanghaied” comes from the city of Shanghai, which was one of the more popular destinations for those sold into slavery. Portland’s tunnels are supposedly filled with the ghosts of those who died there while being held captive.
3. The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado – no less a personage than author Stephen King used the hotel as the inspiration for his novel The Shining. Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick then turned King’s novel into the famous 1980 horror movie of the same name.
Supposedly, the original owners of the hotel, the Stanleys, are still hanging around in spirit form. Mrs. Stanley still plays the piano, and Mr. Stanley obligingly appears in guests’ photos. It’s also said that the laughter of children can be heard in the hotel’s hallways. Redrum.
4. The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Weston, West Virginia – opening in 1864, the facility was originally intended to house 250 patients but ended up housing 2,400 in what became inhumane conditions. At the asylum, patients received electroshock therapy and lobotomies, and the ghosts of people who died there are said to roam its halls.
5. The Ben Lomond Hotel, Ogden, Utah – currently called the Bigelow Hotel, the Ben Lomond was built in 1891. During prohibition, the hotel was extremely popular because it had an underground tunnel that was used to smuggle in alcohol.
Alcohol might have been the reason that one of the guests, a lady on her honeymoon staying in Room 1102, drowned in the bathtub. Since then, guests staying in that room have reported being pushed by an invisible presence, and having water suddenly start flowing in the tub.
The lady’s grown son by a previous marriage arrived at the hotel to collect her belongings and stayed in the same room in which his mother had died. He apparently became so distraught that he took his own life, and ever since then, guests have reported hearing someone talking in room 1102.
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Halloween is fast approaching, and we’re 100% ready to binge-watch all the scary content we possibly can.
With that in mind, then, we’ve scoured Netflix to bring you a list of all the terrifying TV shows available to watch right now via the streaming platform.
From murderous nurses to haunted houses, paranormal researchers to covens of cackling witches, there’s a horror series here to suit everyone’s scare tastes.
So why not watch them all? If you dare, that is…
On paper, Typewriter doesn’t sound all that scary:three kids spend their time ghost-hunting and telling scary stories in their neighborhood in Goa. However, when a new family moves into a haunted house, the kids learn the hard way that their playful antics are about to have serious real-world consequences…
THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE
The Haunting of Hill House was easily one of the most talked-about TV shows of 2018… and for good reason: it was bloody terrifying. Based on the novel of the same name, it jumps between past and present as the Crain family recalls one terrible summer that they spent in (you guessed it) the virulently haunted Hill House – and it’s not the sort of show you should watch alone.
Fans of the original slasher movies will definitely want to check out Netflix’s Screamseries. Instigated by a cyberbullying incident that goes viral, a brutal murder in Lakewood stirs memories of a crime spree from the town’s past that has haunted some, intrigued others, and maybe – just maybe – spawned a new executioner.
In this chilling prequel to The Grudge, a paranormal researcher searches obsessively for a cursed home where something terrible happened to a mother and her child long ago. Gulp.
AMERICAN HORROR STORY
This award-winning anthology of chilling stories allows viewers to dip into a classic haunted house, a demented asylum, a witch coven, a freakshow, a sinister hotel, a spooky farmhouse, a cult (who doesn’t love a cult, eh?), or an apocalypse. Your choice, horror fans!
THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR
Available to stream from 9 October, The Haunting Of Bly Manor already has a 93% ‘fresh’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Based on Henry James’ terrifying The Turn of the Screw, which tells the story of an American nanny hired to look after a pair of siblings. However, several ghosts around their manor house exhibit a supernatural hold over the children – and it quickly becomes apparent that there’s far more to the crumbling Bly Manor than meets the eye.
Inspired by the cruel and manipulative nurse at the centre of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Ratchedtakes us back to 1947, as a young Mildred arrives in Northern California to seek employment. However, as she prepares for an interview at the local psychiatric hospital with near-meticulous precision – donning a costume, reciting lines, almost as an actor would rehearse a new role – it becomes all too apparent that this job means far more to Mildred than a simple salary. And that she would do anything, anything, to ensure she gets it, too.
The first season of Aresfollows Rosa Steenwijk (Jade Olieberg), a mixed-race medical student in Amsterdam. When she finds out about a secretive student society, she makes it her mission to join. Ares, though, is made up of white, legacy members, and Rosa’s inclusion… well, let’s just say it doesn’t go down well with some.
As Rosa rises through the ranks of Ares, she slowly learns that there’s more to the glossy society than first meets the eye. Something deeply, deeply dark and unnatural, in fact. But will she be able to put all the pieces together before something dreadful takes place, or is it already too late?
We aren’t fans of spoilers, so we’re going to stick to Netflix’s succinct plot description for the dread-fuelled Curon.
“After 17 years, a woman returns home with her teenage twins,” it reads. “When she mysteriously vanishes, though, her children must reckon with a shadowy family legacy.”
In the dark, early days of a zombie apocalypse, complete strangers band together to find the strength they need to survive and get back to loved ones. Which means that, yeah, this horror series may hit a little too close to the bone for some in our pandemic-addled world.
Mariannerevolves around successful horror novelist Emma, who has just turned her back on the book series that made her rich. So far, so Misery. However, it quickly becomes apparent that Emma has more than a crazed fan to deal with: the characters she writes into her horror novels also exist in the real world… and they’re not that happy about being brushed to the side, as you can no doubt imagine.
It’s not long before Emma is lured home to the broken-down coastal town she grew up in. There, she and her assistantdrop by to say hi to her parents – only things don’t go according to plan. At all.
ASH VS EVIL DEAD
This horror-comedy is just one point shy of a 100% ‘fresh’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and for good reason. Bringing back Evil Dead’s heroic, chainsaw-handed monster fighter Ash Williams, the series sees him accidentally release a Deadite plague that threatens to destroy mankind. As you do.
If you’re a fan of Stephen King’s work, then you should check out this small-screen adaptation of The Mist. Set in the small town of Bridgeville, Maine, the story centres on a family torn apart by a heinous crime. In the aftermath, they are suddenly cut off from the rest of the world when an eerie, foreboding vapor unleashes predatory creatures onto the streets.
Perhaps even more terrifying, though, is the fact that, amid the chaos, the rules of society break down. In a very big way,
FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES
When two violent bank robbers are forced to go on the run after a heist gone bad, they decided to take a family hostage and continue their journey to Mexico in their RV. It soon turns out, though, that there are worse things than being caught by the FBI. Things, say, such as accidentally stopping off at a bar filled with blood-sucking vampires.
LOCKE & KEY
Based on the best-selling comic books of the same name by Gabriel Rodriguez and Joe Hill, Locke & Key kicks off with three siblings moving back to their murdered father’s ancestral home in Massachusetts. There, they discover a series of magical, reality-bending keys hidden throughout the house, and it’s all fun and games for a bit… until they encounter an impossibly evil entity, that is.
And now for something completely different! From the twisted minds of the creators of The Purge, Haunted isn’t fictional per se: rather, it’s a reality series that offers viewers a chilling glimpse into first-person accounts of supernatural events. Think a boy who is haunted by visions of a woman hanging in his closet, two sisters who grew up in a real-life house of horrors with a sadistic father who did unspeakable things, and many more chilling “true stories” too numerous to mention.