25 Paranormal Pitstops On America’s Roads (That We Wouldn’t Set Foot In)

BY NICCI MARTEL

25.  THE RESTING PLACE OF NEW ENGLAND’S LAST VAMPIRE: MERCY BROWN’S HEADSTONE, RHODE ISLAND

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On the morning of March 17, 1892, a group of Exeter’s townsfolk dug up the graves of three local women. They were looking for what they believed to be a vampire responsible for dealing with the townsfolk. Unknown to them, tuberculosis was the real culprit in this tragedy but in the end, they placed the blame on a young woman named Mercy Brown.

Mercy’s grave exists to this day in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, a small graveyard behind a tiny, white Baptist church off of Ten Rod Road, just a couple of miles from I-95. Today, hundreds of vampire lovers visit her grave each year.

24.  ONE OF THE MOST SPOOKY ROADS IN THE WORLD: “ZOMBIE ROAD” IN WILDWOOD, MISSOURI

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Zombie Road, formally known as Lawler Ford Road, is just a two-mile stretch of highway with a big reputation. This area was a hangout spot for teenagers in the 1950s, and over the decades there have been so many paranormal sightings, it was nicknamed Zombie Road.

Now largely impassable by automobile, it’s on the site of one of the largest Native burial mounds in the country, and legends that have been passed around for years tell of packs of child ghosts, and the souls of working men.

But catching a glimpse of the infamous ghost lights or the spirits that roam the area at night will be difficult – the local police force issues tickets to anyone caught wandering the area after dark.

23.  BIGFOOT, UFOS AND SATANIC RITUALS: IT’S ALL GOING DOWN IN THE BRIDGEWATER TRIANGLE, MASSACHUSETTS

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The Bridgewater Triangle refers to an area of about 200 square miles within southeastern Massachusetts and it is claimed to be a site of paranormal phenomena.

The area is full of unusual tales, from several reported sightings of Bigfoot-like creatures, Native curses, UFO sightings, and even giant snakes.

If you want paranormal activity, this place has it all, which is why you won’t find us anywhere near it.

22.  CATCH UP WITH NEW ORLEANS’ VOODOO QUEEN IN ST. LOUIS CEMETERY, LOUISIANA

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New Orleans is a town steeped in mythical and spiritual traditions like witchcraft, voodoo and vampires. Established in 1789, St. Louis Cemetery is the oldest in the city and considered one of the most spooked in all of the United States.

For over 200 years, there have been reports of people having run-ins with the ghosts that reside at the site, and none are more famous than Marie Laveau, commonly known as the Voodoo Queen.

Visitors have reported all sorts of paranormal happenings while trying to interact with Marie. Feelings of being touched, becoming unexplainably ill, and hearing voices emanating from inside her tomb have all been said to happen on occasion.

21.  GHOSTS NOW SHOWING AT THE COLEMAN THEATER IN MIAMI, OKLAHOMA

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This historic theatre’s main area is said to have been built on top of an old crematorium and mortuary, according to Richard Southall, author of Haunted Route 66: Ghosts of America’s Legendary Highway. Loud footsteps, creaky noises, and strange sounds have left employees wondering if there is another presence lurking within.

Legend says three different ghosts roam the premises, among them being Mr. Roberts, the former projectionist. Some claim they can smell his bay rum cologne. Others report a ghost who whistles in the basement, a room that gets really hot for no reason. The most commonly told stories, however, involve the dressing rooms to the side of the stage, where many reports of ghosts have been made.

20.  DOWNRIGHT UNSETTLING: WAVERLY HILLS SANATORIUM, LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY

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Few paranormal hotspots have a history as disturbing as Waverly Hills. Once considered as having the finest, most advanced tuberculosis ward in the United States, the sanatorium was established in 1910 to help fight the “white plague” using cutting-edge medicine.

But between 8,000 and 63,000 people perished, often not before enduring questionable (to put it nicely) treatments, as there would be no real cure for tuberculosis until streptomycin was discovered in 1943.

The building is now primarily a tourist attraction for those with paranormal predilectionsand there are rumours of weird doppelgängers, ghostly children, otherworldly forces, and more.

Sanatoriums are scary, but the spooky stories from this place are on another level.

19.  A HOUSE FOR LOST SOULS: THE WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSE, SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA

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With mile-long hallways, staircases to nowhere and doors that open into walls, this mysterious maze-like Victorian mansion was built by Sarah Winchester, the wealthy widow of William Wirt Winchester (son of the manufacturer of the Winchester rifle).

After losing both her daughter and husband to illness, Sarah sought help from a spiritual advisor, who warned Sarah that the Winchester family had been struck by a curse, and would be spooked by the ghosts of the people who were harmed by the Winchester rifle.

The only way to appease the ghosts, according to the medium, was to build a house for the lost souls. Hence this 160-room sprawling house renowned for its architectural curiosities.

Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is privately owned and serves as a tourist attraction.

18.  SPECTRAL VISIONS AT ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE, FLORIDA

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Located at the north end of Anastasia Island and built between 1871 and 1874, this haunted Florida lighthouse has been the subject of numerous ghost stories and supernatural tales.

Legend has it that the daughters of its construction superintendent continue to rest in the building ever since their untimely passings. Three other people have perished in the lighthouse from illnesses, while a keeper named Joseph fell to his demise.

Visitors have claimed to see shadows high up in the tower, while others hear the daughters laughing and giggling at night. The eldest girl is also fond of appearing before guests donned in the clothing she wore on her last day.

The St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum offer tickets for a number of ghost tours and ghost-themed events.

17.  DISCOVER WHAT’S LURKING IN THE HALLS OF MOUNDSVILLE PENITENTIARY, WEST VIRGINIA

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It is estimated that one thousand inmates became statistics while at this fearsome, Gothic-style prison, which opened in 1866. Some of natural causes, but dozens endured a much less humane fate, and many more were victims of own their fellow prisoners.

It seems this carnage may have left a mark that will never wash away because, by many accounts, some of the souls who served time under this roof are still lurking in the shadows of the prison walls. Would we set foot inside? No way.

16.  DARE YOU GO INSIDE? THE BELL WITCH CAVE, ADAMS, TENNESSEE

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The Bell Witch served as inspiration for the movies The Blair Witch Project her tale has been a part of Southern folklore for almost two centuries.

The story behind the Bell property varies, but most accounts claim that Kate Batts, a neighbour of the Bell family, believed she was cheated out of property in a land purchase, so took revenge on the entire Bell family.

The cave on the property is said to be especially spooked and visitors claim that any object taken from the site is cursed, while many have reported encountering a force while on the property.

Technology doesn’t work there either, with reports of cameras mysteriously malfunctioning. Caves are one thing- add to that the ghost of a vengeful witch, and we’re out.

15.  GOLDEN AGE GHOULS AT THE ROOSEVELT HOTEL, LOS ANGELES

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If you’re passing through LA and get a supernatural itch you have to scratch, look no further than the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, a historic hotspot which opened its doors in 1927 and has hosted countless rich, famous and paranormal patrons ever since.

Among their ghostly guests are rumoured to be Marilyn Monroe, who has been spotted in the mirror of room 229, and Montgomery Clift, who has been heard playing his trumpet in room 928. Carole Lombard has made a few appearances on the 12th floor, where she and her husband Clark Gable used to stay.

Other sightings involve a little girl in a blue dress named Caroline. There have also been reports of cold spots, photographic “orbs”, and mysterious phone calls to the hotel operator.

14.  THE MOST SPOOKY CLUB IN AMERICA: BOBBY MACKEY’S MUSIC WORLD, WILDER, KENTUCKY

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This nightclub and honky tonk, owned by country singer Bobby Mackey, has given rise to various urban legends, including a modern folklore claim that the site features a “gateway to hell” and is guarded by the spirit of a woman, Pearl Bryan, who was found in a field 2.5 miles from the site.

Bobby Mackey’s was also built on top of a slaughterhouse. Some places just seem to be vortexes of evil, we guess.

Bar-goers report to see shadow people out of the corners of their eyes. Some get pushed and scratched by unseen forces, and of course, no hotspot would be complete without phantom footsteps. Why not pop in for a drink?

13.  TRIP THE LIGHT FANTASTIC: THE HORNET SPOOKLIGHT, OKLAHOMA

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The Hornet Spotlight is a light that appears in a small area known locally as the “Devil’s Promenade” on the border between southwestern Missouri and northeastern Oklahoma, west of the small town of Hornet, Missouri.

As you drive through the Ozark Mountains on East 50 Road, you may be lucky to spot this phenomenon, which was first seen more than 100 years ago, according to the Travel Channel.

Since it first appeared, experts including the Army Corps of Engineers, have tried to debunk it, but locals have their own explanation. They believe it’s a spirit – perhaps an old miner – trying to communicate. If we saw this spooklight, we’d keep driving.

12.  A HOTBED OF PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: TRANS-ALLEGHENY LUNATIC ASYLUM, WEST VIRGINIA

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This former state hospital is reported to be a hotbed of paranormal activity. The largest hand-cut stone building in North America, this mammoth granite structure was constructed in 1858 and though it originally housed only 250 residents, at its peak in the 1950s, more than 2,000 patients called this place home.

Trans-Alleghany stopped treating patients in 1994, but while mortal souls no longer wander its halls, it remains home to ghosts of soldiers and former patients, who are said to walk its two-and-a-half miles of corridors. 

Brave thrill seekers can join these phantom residents on any number of special guided tours.

11.  NESSIE’S US COUSIN: THE LAKE MONSTER OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN, NEW YORK AND VERMONT

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There are many lakes around the world reputed to hold monsters, the most famous of which is Nessie, who lives in the cold, deep waters of Loch Ness in Scotland. But the US has its own counterpart, the legend of Champ, who is said to lurk in Lake Champlain, on the border between Vermont and New York.

Hundreds of witnesses claim to have seen Champ over the year and, unsurprisingly, descriptions vary. Most, however, suggest a creature between 20 and 80 feet long, with a series of distinct humps and a serpentine body.

Some say the head looks like a snake or a dog. Some say it has the body of a turtle. One thing’s for sure, we’re not getting close enough to find out.

10.  SPECTRES AT SEA: RMS QUEEN MARY, LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA

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Sea, you say? Aren’t these supposed to be spooky pitstops for a road trip? Well, this historic cruise ship is now permanently docked in Long Beach, California, and operates as a hotel.

The retired British ocean liner sailed the North Atlantic from 1936 to 1967, but is now better known for its mysterious happenings. A shadowy woman white has allegedly been seen in the Queen’s Salon and a well-dressed gentleman in old-fashioned duds has made more than one appearance in the first class suites.

Giggling children have been heard near a storage room, and if that’s not enough for you, Cabin B340 is no longer open to guests because of a plethora of paranormal sightings in and around there.

9.  A DOORWAY TO DARKNESS: STULL CEMETERY, KANSAS

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Stull Cemetery has a reputation so big that even a Pope tried to avoid going near it. As the story goes, Pope John Paul II was flying to Colorado for a public appearance in 1993, when he declared that the ground in Stull Cemetery was so unholy that he forced his private plane to re-route around it because even the air above was tainted.

With legends that involve sacrifice, rituals, and even a gateway to hell frequently used by Lucifer himself, we’re not surprised he gave it a miss. We would too.

8.  BOTH EARTHLINGS AND ALIENS ARE WELCOME IN ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO

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For an otherworldly addition to your US road trip, why not pop by the famous town of Roswell, the small town that shot to fame in the 1940s as the supposed crash site of a UFO.

For those not in know, the Roswell Incident happened in the summer of 1947. It is claimed by many theorists, even eye-witnesses at the time, that a UFO crash-landed outside the town, with its extraterrestrial occupants still on board.

Some say the event has been covered up. Many say it never happened in the first place. Either way, the town has attracted a stream of tourists, UFO researchers and dedicated believers in search of the truth… and souvenirs.

It’s a legacy the town wholeheartedly celebrates and has fun with, from the alien-themed souvenir shops to the International U.F.O. Museum and Research Center. It’s definitely one for Mulder and Scully.

7.  HOW DOES IT DO THAT? THE ETERNAL FLAME FALLS, NEW YORK

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The Eternal Flame Falls needs to be seen to be believed. It’s a fire that burns eternally behind a small waterfall, located in the Shale Creek Preserve in Western New York. The grotto emits natural gas, which can be lit to produce a small flame, which is visible nearly year round.

For years, scientists thought that the eternal flame was kept alight by gas produced by ancient, extremely hot rocks. However, researchers from Indiana University have discovered that the rocks underneath the area aren’t hot enough to produce this gas, which means another process must be producing it. As to what exactly that process is, no one yet knows. Could the explanation be supernatural?

6.  THE SEVEN GATES OF HELL, HELLAM TOWNSHIP, PENNSYLVANIA

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Hellam Township is reputed to feature seven remote gates, which when passed through in the right order, open an entrance to hell, naturally.

One particular telling of this urban folklore alleges that the gateways were formed after a fire broke out at a mental hospital in the 1800s, as actual gates were put up afterwards to trap the remaining patients who survived the blaze.

It is said that only the first gate is visible by daylight, and this lies on private land just off the town’s Trout Run Road – and we do not condone trespassing, so don’t try it. However, by night, other gates become visible in this quiet, wooded corner of the township, and it’s reported that nobody has yet passed five and returned to talk about the experience. Would we go in search of these gates? Hell, no.

5.  SAY HI TO THE GHOST OF AL CAPONE ON ALCATRAZ ISLAND, SAN FRANCISCO

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If you’re driving through San Francisco and have a few hours to spare, why not take a tour of one of the city’s most famous landmarks. Alcatraz Island has been home to a Civil War fortress, a bird sanctuary, the Indian Red Power movement, and – most famously – a prison.

It’s now a draw for tourists who are fascinated by the former facility’s reputation for spooky goings-on. Some say a ghostly Al Capone, a former inmate, can be heard practicing the banjo he played in the prison’s old band. Others say that mobster Alvin Karpis guards the bakery and kitchen. But the consensus is that the most paranormal spot is in cell block D, where the notorious escape attempt took place.

4.  GET SOME POSITIVE VIBES FROM THE BELL ROCK VORTEX, SEDONA, ARIZONA

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Many supernatural sites have a negative connotation related to ghosts, demons, or other spirits. Sedona, Arizona, on the other hand, is said to give off positive, healing energy.

Many people believe that Sedona is a vortex, although certain areas throughout the town have particularly strong vortex energy and the area has long been discussed in Native folklore for being spiritually charged.

According to people who go near the Red Rocks and Bell Rock, you’ll begin to feel a strange vibration inside you, described as “refreshing.” Some also claim to have seen strange lights at the top of the rocks — possibly visitors from another world?

3.  VENGEFUL GHOSTS AT THE SORREL-WEED HOUSE, SAVANNAH, GEORGIA

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Savannah has more than its fair share of spooky sites and legends, but its most famous haunted house may be the Sorrel-Weed House, which appeared in the opening shots of the 1994 film Forrest Gump.

The house is said to be home to at least two ghosts: the wife and the rival lover of shipping merchant Francis Sorrel, who built the house in the 1840s. Spooks became so frequent and severe that the Sorrel family moved out to another property next door.

Today, it’s open for ghost tours, so why not check out this ghostly gaff for yourself? We’ll pass.

2.  PHANTOM FORMS AT GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA

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For over 100 years, Gettysburg has been a hotbed of paranormal activity, according to reports. From phantom cries of wounded soldiers to life-like apparitions, many visitors to Gettysburg have been touched by its haunting past.

Gettysburg was the site where Confederate and Union armies clashed on July 1, 1863. The battle was a three-day onslaught that would change history forever. Soldiers never received a proper burial, now, all these years later, these unsettled spirits may still linger on.

From the Daniel Lady Farm, which was used as a field hospital, to the Gettysburg Hotel, there are lots of places in Gettysburg to get your fill of something strange.

1.  THE HOTEL THAT INSPIRED STEPHEN KING – THE STANLEY HOTEL, COLORADO

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If you’ve ever seen or read The Shining, this Colorado hotel was author Stephen King’s inspiration behind it. Built in 1907 by the founder of Stanley Steamer automobiles, today the hotel celebrates its spooky reputation by hosting ghost tours for visitors.

But even if you’re in the neighborhood, it’s worth popping by. Who knows, maybe you’ll see apparitions of Mr. Stanley and his wife, who are frequently spotted passing through the lobby and billiard room, and can even be heard tinkling the ivories on occasion.

Sounds of giggling children, whispering voices and phantom footsteps have also been reported, as have lights switching on and off.

References: www.livescience.com; www.nationalgeographic.com

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These vets hunt down paranormal forces on Army posts

By Eric Milzarski

Vets Hunt Ghosts

Logically speaking, there’s almost always a valid explanation for those bumps in the night — but there’s a sense of adventure that comes along with investigating the unexplained. The thrill of finding an explanation for the unexplainable (even if that explanation is otherworldly) is what brings together paranormal enthusiasts in the hunt for answers.

Veterans tend to be strong-willed people who have long immersed themselves in a culture in which death is never far from the mind. From battlefields to bases, many locales in the military world are home to the world’s most ghostly tales — and if you’ve ever been on an installation at night, you know there’s something undeniably eerie at work.

These veterans banded together over their love of the paranormal and have decided to look into the many oft-ignored (and never explained) supernatural military mysteries.

The Military Veterans Paranormal (or MVP) are based out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The group came together over a shared love for all things spooky and, today, have a legitimate operation going on. They catch word of possible paranormal activity, plan an investigation as if it were a conventional military operation, and then head out to find answers.

But to them, it’s far more than just the pursuit of ghosts — it’s also about the camaraderie that comes with operating as a unit. Founding member of the Military Veterans Paranormal, Mellanie Ramsey, told We Are The Mighty,

“We hope to show other veterans that there are other ways we can deal with PTSD and that just because you’re no longer in the military, it doesn’t mean you’re alone. Find a hobby, the more unique the better. We found a hobby that enables us to use the tools and skills we learned in the military and apply it to paranormal investigation. You can still have a mission, though it may no longer be combat related. We still matter and as long as we stick together to support one another, we can work to reduce the number of veteran suicides while still helping others and having fun. We’re proof the mission doesn’t have to be over just because you get out of service. It just changed.”

Yep. Still looks exactly like pretty much every S-6 shop in the Army.
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One of their recent investigations brought them to “The Birdcage” at Fort Campbell. It’s a part of the base that’s been abandoned since the Cold War — and if you believe the rumors, it’s the Army’s equivalent to Area 51. Of course, they don’t do anything without getting proper permission from the authorities and they do plenty of historical research ahead of time.

On record, The Birdcage was where the Army stored nuclear warheads — but countless paranormal sightings have been reported in the area. Everything from ghosts to aliens to magical forces have been attributed to this site. Naturally, the paranormal investigators had to check it out.

While there, they spotted a something in OD Green running. The description of their sighting exactly matches reports from a member of 5th Special Forces Group, who saw that very same something while running through the area. After a little more digging, MVP learned that a convicted soldier had died there while trying to escape the brig. During his escape, he accidentally crossed into The Birdcage, where a highly-electrified barricade ended his attempt — and his life.

Could the spirit of this convict still be roaming the area, long after his death? It’s hard to say for sure.

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The group is very serious about their hobby, but they don’t pocket any of the money they raise through the investigations. To date, they’ve raised over $4,000 for the Wounded Warrior Foundation.

If you’re interested in joining a paranormal investigation group — or if there’s something you think warrants checking out, visit Military Veterans Paranormal’s website.

(Article Source – Wearethemighty.com)

Secret CIA files from Stargate Project reveal humans are descendants of alien race from Mars

The CIA files reveal that alien humanoids from Mars might have disappeared following an environmental disaster

Alien Ancestors

Stargate Project was a secret operation carried out by the CIA and the US Department of Defense to investigate the potential for psychic phenomena in military and domestic intelligence applications. The project which was conducted from 1978 to 1995 involved people who have psychic abilities including remote viewing and telekinesis.

Recently 12 million previously classified pages of the Stargate Project were leaked on the internet, and it suggests that the first humans on earth might be the descendants of an advanced alien civilization that lived on Mars millions of years ago.

As per a report published in the Express.co.uk, people who possess the capability to remote viewing could view other parts of the world and even the minute nooks of the Universe using their inner eye. During the Stargate Project, one of the participants revealed that an advanced alien civilization had lived on the red planet during the ancient times.

The participant also talked about tall pyramids on the Martian surface and a group of humanoid aliens fighting hard to combat the environmental collapse of the planet. The man who had psychic abilities also pointed out the coordinates where Martian cities were located. However, the timeframe revealed by the participant was millions of years before homo sapiens started ruling the earth.

This is not the first time speculations over ancient life forms on Mars are surfacing online. In 1978, the Viking lander took a picture of the Martian surface and soon conspiracy theorists spotted a structure similar to a man’s face on the image.

After analyzing the picture, many alien buffs argued that the structure spotted could be actually an extraterrestrial monument. However, experts dismissed the alien angle, and they made it clear that these structures are actually weird rock formations.

As per experts, it is pareidolia, the ability of the human brain to form a recognizable image or patterns on unknown objects which is resulting in these visual hallucinations.

A few years ago, a Russian boy named Boriska Kipriyanovich had claimed that he had his previous birth on Mars. Boriska who is 21 years now also argued that a nuclear disaster had devastated the planet during the ancient times.

(Article Source – ibtimes.co.in)

Real-Life ‘Haunting of Hill House’ Mansion Is Actually Haunted, Owners Say

By ALLISON SCHONTER

Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House may be based on Shirley Jackson’s novel of the same name, but the paranormal activity within Hill House isn’t all that fictional.

According to Neil and Trish Liechty, the former owners of the mansion subbed in for Hill House in the Netflix series, the bone chilling scares that viewers have become familiar with actually hold some real-life basis with the couple claiming the home is actually haunted.

Speaking to The Blast, the Liechtys, who bought Bisham Manor in 2013 before it was used for filming in The Haunting of Hill House, said that the home is haunted by “four or five ghosts” that caused “strange things” to happen once they moved into the 11,000 sq-ft home located in LaGrange, Georgia.

On multiple occasions, the Liechtys reported hearing loud music playing from the basement despite no equipment to play music having been installed. Strange smells would also permeate throughout the house, such as a strong scent of tobacco smoke even though nobody in the home smoked. The spirits eventually upped the ante when they began taking things from the Liechtys, with Neil reporting one occasion when his cellphone suddenly went missing only to reappear weeks later in the very spot he had last seen it.

The couple sold the house last year, but the spirits weren’t keen on leaving them be. Once settled into their new home, a winery called Nutwood Plantation, the Liechtys began experiencing similar paranormal events including battery operated candles with no batteries in them turning on when the clock struck midnight every night and one event in which two of the spirits made themselves seen in a photograph during a couple’s wedding on the property.

The alleged hauntings may be due to the way in which Bisham Manor, where the hauntings began, was built.

Newly constructed between 1997-2002, the owner at the time chose to leave a single room intact from the original building. The Liechtys claim that much of the paranormal activity they experienced centered around the room, claiming that it seemed to be the “epicenter” of the paranormal events. Although they aren’t sure who the ghosts are, they said they believe they may have died in another a home that used to sit on the property in the 1920s.

(article source – popculture.com)

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Law Enforcement’s Tales of the Paranormal

Stories told and submitted by law enforcement officers willing to share their paranormal experiences from a UFO sighting, cryptid, ghosts, to haunting sounds from a basement.

Officers Encountering the Paranormal

One of the more “odd” holidays throughout the year brings children house-to-house in the quest for treats. Cable television channels hold their paranormal marathons, zombie shows crawl across our screens, and horror movie fans anxiously await the next jump scare.

To celebrate Halloween this year, Officer.com called out for law enforcement to share their paranormal experiences. These tales are collected below in five parts. Some have requested to be kept anonymous.

Enjoy! Stay safe and have a Happy Halloween.

Walk the Line, Please

After a stormy night, a dispatch operator receives a call from a utility driver. The strange thing: they’re already aware of what will be reported.

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Change the Channel

Something seems to be following this officer throughout the years. Each moment is short, but every bit is as chilling as the next. Grab a cup of coffee – if you can.

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On the Beat

An officer is dispatched to a woman’s house one night with claims there are sounds coming from her basement – with no earthly source. Sometimes you just want to make sure you’re not hearing things.

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Reporting a Sighting

While listing to the radio one night, an officer from South Carolina sees a strange object in the sky, just over the border. Being familiar with the local airport, it’s likely not an airplane or UAV of any sort.

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Remember to Make a Wish

Maine has a reputation for the paranormal. This former officer learns that the hard way early in his career.

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The Virginia Supreme Court Building

Sometimes you’ll find something you weren’t looking for. Especially if you’re doing security – alone – on the graveyard shift – in a haunted government building.

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A Missing Lady: Found

After missing without a trace for three days, one missing person appears suddenly, on a bridge, curled up … and angry.

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Bumps in the Night

Answering a call that report of a prowler for several weeks in Georgia, one officer is dispatched to the scene and finds the claims are not going away but just getting worse.

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Atchison, Kansas: A town built on the paranormal

by Nicole Asbury

Atchison Kansas

Tucked away in the northeastern corner of Kansas, Atchison remains a fairly small town of an estimated 11,000 residents. But recent local lore has given the town an even bigger presence on the map.

Atchison has accumulated national attention for its alleged paranormal activity and haunted locations — so much so that it has its own tourism initiative specifically for the paranormal. From visits by Zak Bagans from “Ghost Adventures” and the “Buzzfeed Unsolved” crew, tourists have flocked in from across the nation for a night at one of Atchison’s haunted spots.

Residents have been well-aware of the town’s myths since their own childhoods.

Kendra Rodecap, a senior studying English and Italian from Effingham — which is about 23 miles southwest of Atchison — grew up within close proximity to the town and frequently heard talk about the supernatural elements of Atchison.

“I grew up hearing ghost stories about Atchison, like the way other people would hear about fairy tales in elementary schools,” Rodecap said.

At this point, many of these stories have contributed to the town’s identity in itself, Rodecap said.

“I think if you asked anyone in Atchison if they actually believed in ghosts, they’d actually be skeptical, but a lot of people take a lot of pride in the stories about it,” Rodecap said.

Molly’s Hollow

The story of Molly’s Hollow constantly changes depending on who you talk to, but the basis of it remains the same — a young woman named Molly tragically died within Jackson Park in Atchison.

In some versions, Molly was hanging from a tree. While in others, she simply fell to her death.

Since then, visitors have reported seeing specters or hearing a young woman scream late at night in the park.

Matt Chapman, a sophomore from Leavenworth, decided he wanted to visit with a close friend of his to check it out for himself mid-July of this year. He’d spent the night thinking his visit was unsuccessful due to a lack of paranormal encounters.

But after taking a photo inside the park, Chapman noticed something odd when he was reviewing it — a line that looked almost as if it was in flames was pointing directly at him. Now, Chapman believes it was a specter, he said.

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“I remember I only noticed it after I got home and was like super freaked out the rest of the night,” Chapman said. “I was pretty sure I was going to get possessed or something.”

The McInteer Villa

Known as one of the most picturesque haunted locations according to locals, the McInteer Villa was initially built in 1889 and inhabited by the McInteers — a family of affluent business owners from the 19th century.

Since then, there’s been seven documented deaths in the villa due to natural causes and one suicide, marking eight deaths total. Locals say numerous unexplained occurrences have happened in the house, like the random slamming of doors throughout the night, and random lights turning off in the tower of the home.

Currently, the town is offering overnight stays and self-guided tours.

Sallie House

The Sallie House in particular has stayed in the public eye, after appearances on Buzzfeed and “Ghost Adventures.”

The small, white house is allegedly haunted by a demon — who takes form in the shape of a young girl referred to as Sallie, though others claim Sallie is simply a young spirit in need of help. Now, even more spirits beyond just Sallie are rumored to be dwelling in the house.

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Visitors and residents reported being attacked and having scratches on their body. Objects have gone flying through the air, or entirely missing — only to appear in another location later. Other residents have reported hearing unexplained whispering and scratches against the wall during the day and night.

While the validity of the myth is unclear, it remains a favorite amongst locals to tell, according to Rodecap.

“When I was at a friend’s house that lived in Atchison, we would go over to the Sallie House just for the scares,” Rodecap said. “We just kind of grew up with it, you know?”

(Article Source-Kansan.com)

6 horror movies plagued by IRL hauntings that you can stream right now

By Alison Foreman

Haunted Movie Sets

Working on a horror movie set can be stressful for a lot of reasons.

Intense scheduling may make the crew exhausted. Practical effects might result in actors becoming sick or getting injured. Not to mention, terrifying on-set ambiance has the capacity to leave everyone involved with nightmares.

Generally speaking, all of this will be chalked up to the expected hazards of working in horror. But, in the cases of some unluckier projects, the day-to-day risks can turn from the mundane to the otherworldly.

For decades, various scary movie staffs have alleged paranormal activity—and even a few ghost sightings—during production.

From mysterious claw markings to multiple homicides, here are the harrowing experiences of six horror film crews.

Note: Debunked claims (like those surrounding the Poltergeist trilogy) and on-set accidents (like the tragic helicopter crash of the Twilight Zone movie) have not been included.

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Two major paranormal events hit the set of Annabelle.

First, during pre-production, director John R. Leonetti reported seeing and taking a picture of “three fingers drawn through the dust along the window… backlit by the moon.” (Notably, the demon of Annabelle has three fingers/talons.) Naturally, it spooked the director.

Second, producer Peter Safran can attest that, while mysterious markings may be easy to dismiss, sudden, unexplainable events—that mirror the horror of the film being made—are harder to write off. He recounted the following to The Hollywood Reporter:

“We shot in this amazing, old apartment building near Koreatown and we had some funky stuff go down… In particular, the first day that the demon was shooting in full makeup, we brought the demon up in the elevator. He walks out and walks around to the green room to where we’re holding the talent, and just as he walks under—a giant glass light fixture is being followed by the actor playing the handyman of the building—and all of a sudden the entire glass light fixture falls down on his head, the janitor‘s head. And in the script the demon kills the janitor in that hallway. It was totally freaky.”

Annabelle is available to rent or purchase with Prime Video.

 

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The Exorcist was notoriously wrought with challenges before, during, and after its release. (Fainting audience members, public denouncements by clergy, serious cast member injuries and reports of stalking are just a few of the horrors that plagued the production.)

But, only one incident rises to the level of truly otherworldly. During a celebratory 45th anniversary Q&A with star Ellen Burstyn, director William Friedkin recounted a fire that burned a large portion of the set of The Exorcist to the ground.

Two sets had been created on one sound stage—the main MacNeil house and Regan’s bedroom. (If you haven’t seen it, Regan is the young girl who, when possessed by a demon, famously projectile vomited green goo into cinematic history.)

The serious fire, believed to have been caused by a pigeon flying into a light box, destroyed the MacNeil home and put the production on hiatus for six weeks. However, despite the fire’s severity, it somehow managed to leave the nearby set of Regan’s bedroom entirely unharmed.

Friedkin believes this event to be the only part of his Exorcist experience related to “some kind of bad karma.”

The Exorcist is available to rent or purchase with Prime Video.

 

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Technically speaking, this paranormal activity occurred in the editing room (not on the set) of The Omen—but its effects on production were just as massive.

After spending an entire day of shooting the infamous birthmark scene for the 2006 remake, director John Moore claims nearly all of the resulting footage was inexplicably lost. An accident in the processing lab destroyed 13,500 feet of film, an unheard of loss on most film sets that Moore says had the baffled lab technicians “in tears.”

The scene, which reveals a young boy to be the antichrist, had to be entirely reshot.

Add this bizarre erasure to the original Omen‘s reports of not one, but two freak lightning strikes, as well as a number of unusual deaths close to the production staff, and you’ve got a pretty decent case for a curse.

The Omen is available to stream on HBO Go.

 

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Seems like you can’t make a movie about Ed and Loraine Warren, IRL paranormal investigators, without getting a big serving of spooks during filming.

The Conjuring Universe is both a major asset and liability for Warner Brothers. On the one hand, the still growing franchise’s five films have already grossed over a billion and a half dollars. On the other hand, the people who make these movies seem to inevitably face terrifying stuff.

From unexplained bruising to an alleged water poltergeist, the CU has seen it all. But one story from the series’ most recent installment, The Nun, is of particular note. Director Corin Hardy claims to have seen not one, but two apparitions.

While filming a sequence in the narrow hallway of a real-life Romanian castle, Corin recounts stepping into a side room to allow a camera to pass. When he entered the dark space, he saw two men sitting at the back of the room. He assumed they were crew members.

Corin stayed in the room for one take and, upon completion, turned to speak with the men. But they were gone.

In a room with only one way in and one way out, Corin was understandably terrified.

The Conjuring is available to stream on Netflix.

 

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This Mia Farrow-starring classic undoubtedly champions the most terrifying occurrences of any film on this list—and may even take the cake for most misfortunate movie in history.

Numerous tragic deaths, including the murder of director Roman Polanski’s wife, Sharon Tate, by members of the Manson family, plagued the film’s cast and crew following its successful release.

One near death, however, may most closely tie these horrendous events to some kind of curse. Less than a year after the premiere of Rosemary’s Baby, producer William Castle was hospitalized with severe kidney stones. As a result, Castle experienced hallucinations of scenes from the film and was said to have at one point screamed, “Rosemary, for God’s sake, drop the knife!”

One could easily argue that it would make sense for a producer’s subconscious to bring up his jarring, recent work in a moment of distress. But something about this particular utterance screams paranormal possession.

Castle survived the ordeal, but, as Vanity Fair points out, he was never again part of a major hit.

Rosemary’s Baby is available to stream on STARZ.

 

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The Exorcism of Emily Rose isn’t the greatest possession story ever told—it currently holds a 44% on Rotten Tomatoes—but, it may take home the trophy for funniest IRL haunting.

Star Jennifer Carpenter didn’t report a lot of abnormal activity on set, but she did have a spooky and recurring issue at home while on the project.

Two or three times when I was going to sleep my radio came on by itself,” Carpenter told Dread Central. “The only time it scared me was once because it was really loud and it was Pearl Jam’s ‘Alive.'”

Love a ghost with taste.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose is available to rent or purchase with Prime Video.

(Article Source – Mashable.com)

These Are The Most Haunted Spots In Indiana That You Must Road Trip To This Fall

By Rachel Watkins

‘Tis the season for haunted houses, hair-raising tales, and all the things that go bump in the night. But, if you want to take your Halloween escapades to another level and have a scary good time, you may just want to hit the road in Indiana — with candy corn and car snacks in tow, naturally.

The state has a number of paranormal places where you can play Ghostbusters with a spine-tingling adventure that is not for the faint of heart.

So, check out this goosebumps-inducing list of ghoulish destinations that promise to chill and thrill, including real-deal haunted houses, sinister cemeteries, frightening spots to stay overnight if you dare, and even one place that comes with a warning label for its intense paranormal playground. Do not say we didn’t warn you.

French Lick Springs Hotel
Where: 8670 W. State Rd. 56, French Lick

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Originally established in 1845, the historic resort hotel is rumored to be haunted by its former owner Thomas Taggart who makes his presence known in the vicinity of the service elevator via mists and phantom tobacco or pipe odors. According to the popular tale, when the hotel gets too busy, Taggart’s ghost will expertly operate the lift — and he is also known to run it during the middle of the night while guests are sleeping.

Employees claim that the entire sixth floor is rife with shadowy apparitions, cold breezes, footsteps, ghostly laughter, and phantom calls to the front desk. So, obviously, the hotel is a prime place to spend the night if you want to get a bit spooked — and it’s also quite the magnificently elegant destination, as well, with two spas, three golf courses, fine dining, and a casino, in case you were wondering. So, in other words, it’s a win-win, no matter what.

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Washington Hall
Where: University of Notre Dame, 101 Washington Hall, Notre Dame

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This architecturally magnificent structure on the campus of Notre Dame was built in 1881 and named in honor of George Washington. Formerly student housing, it now features modern auditorium-style seating for a wide variety of student events and performances — including, possibly, the ghost of Notre Dame football great George Gipp who met an untimely demise by pneumonia in 1920. Not long after his death, students began reporting strange music, footsteps, and doors opening and closing on their own — and the legend stands to this day.

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Highland Lawn Cemetery
Where: 4420 Wabash Ave., Terre Haute

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A ghost dog? Yes! This circa 1884 city cemetery is not only significant for its late 19th century Victorian landscape design made picturesque with Romanesque architecture, graceful, meandering paths, and a selective placement of lakes, vistas, and open spaces. But, with that beauty, comes a phantom bulldog — and more than a little bit of mystery between the tombstones, the towering mausoleums, and the monuments. The most popular legend is the haunting of said bulldog, Stiffy Green, named for his stiff gait and bright-green eyes. When its owner Heinl passed away in 1920, Stiffy Green refused to leave the mausoleum and was eventually found there dead. But, even after the dog was buried, the cemetery caretaker would still hear barks from inside the mausoleum. What’s more, both Heinl and his dog’s apparition have apparently been spotted, too.

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Tippencanoe Place
Where: 620 W. Washington St., South Bend

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This stately mansion, built by Clem Studebaker from 1886 to 1889, is now an elegant restaurant and venue. But, you may get more than just filet mignon and Dauphinoise potatoes with your order. Apparently, a number of playful spirits haunt the place, including Clem himself. But, the most frequent sightings are of a mysterious woman in white and a maid named Beatrice. Other weird happenings involve flickering lights, the ghostly voices of singing children, mysterious orbs, and apparitions that have been caught on camera.

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The Story Inn
Where: 6404 South State Rd. 135, Nashville

Haunted Indiana

With countless reports of “Blue Lady” sightings, The Story Inn definitely has some ghost stories to its name. As for that Blue Lady, she is said to be Dr. George Story’s wife; he founded the town of Story in 1851. Reports claim that she has blue eyes and leaves behind blue objects along with the smell of cherry tobacco (her favorite) in her wake. Regardless of the lady in blue, the 18 unique, original rooms and cottages of this Victorian-style inn are a step back in time; they once served as homes and workspaces of the town’s early 19th century residents. So, the place is pretty darn charming during the day — and a bit more dodgy during the pitch-black night.

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Historic Hannah House
Where: 3801 Madison Ave., Indianapolis

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The spooky screams and wails that have reportedly been heard at this circa-1858 house are attributed to a rumored cellar fire that caused the death of slaves, as the place was allegedly once utilized as a passage for the Underground Railroad. Other people have claimed to have smelled horrible odors — another paranormal sign of the tragedy that occurred at the house. If you want to see (or hear) for yourself, there are periodic open house tours.

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Indiana Repertory Theatre
Where: 140 W. Washington St., Indianapolis

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Haunted or not, you should definitely visit this place for no other reason than its glorious Spanish Baroque style and intricately extravagant design. As for the spookier side, some say a former director of the theater was killed in a hit-and-run accident while jogging nearby. And, on some days, his ghost still haunts the building when the floorboards creak; apparently, it’s his ghost running laps inside.

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Willard Library
Where: 21 First Ave., Evansville

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The Grey Lady Ghost may seem like something out of a fiction book, especially at this striking Gothic Revival-style library. But, the apparition (and the world’s most famous library ghost!) was first seen at this historic book emporium in the late 1930s. And, ever since then, there have been unexplained events and sightings by patrons, employees, and even police! The library hosts periodic Grey Lady Ghost Tours at night, too, where story time takes on all new spooky meaning.

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Avon Haunted Bridge
Where: Half-mile south of U.S. 36 off County Road 625 East, Avon

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Several spooky legends explain the apparent haunting sounds of this bridge. One of the most well-known accounts is about Henry Johnson, a construction worker, who was drunk and fell into a vat of wet cement. Another story says that a mother was walking with her baby on the tracks when they both fell to their deaths below — and you can still hear her ghostly screams.

 

Roads Hotel
Where: 150 E. Main St., Atlanta

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Full ghost investigations happen on the reg at this historic hotel that’s believed to have been built in 1893 — and to be haunted by not one, but many spirits. Sightings have included apparitions of men, women, and children as well as disembodied voices, footsteps, lights turning on and off, and doors opening and closing. Get in on one of the public investigations, or ride the Ghost Express, a 1956 diesel locomotive that travels from Atlanta to Noblesville and back and also features a tour of the hotel as well as tales of local lore.

 

Bristol Opera House
Where: 210 E. Vistula St., Bristol

Haunted Indiana

Home to the Elkhart Civic Theatre, the building was originally constructed in 1897. So, it’s really no surprise that it’s said to share the space with some, ahem, theatrical guests in the form of ghosts who send books and papers flying from the shelves. Other spooky occurrences include the rumored levitation of small objects as well as moving shafts of light that could be the ghost of Percy, a handyman who used to live in the basement. Both staff members and theater guests alike have also reported seeing the shadows and apparition of a floating woman, and some have even said they’ve been grabbed by a ghost when no one else is around. So, if you are going to a performance here, you may get a bit more drama than you bargained for.

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Slippery Noodle Inn
Where: 372 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis

Haunted Indiana

Silly name. Seriously haunted? That’s for you to decide after a visit to the oldest bar in Indiana that was founded in 1850. The spirited reports of paranormal activity include doors opening and closing by themselves along with multiple sightings of slaves, a cowboy, caretaker, and prostitutes; the inn was used for all sorts of activities over its history including a tavern, an Underground Railroad station, and a bordello. Now, it stays open scary-late — until 3 a.m. — and features live music every night. So, even if you don’t see a ghost, you can sing the blues and still scare up a good time.

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Whispers Estate
Where: 714 W. Warren St., Mitchell

Haunted Indiana

You could say the walls really do talk at this striking 3,700-square-foot Victorian home that’s really the model haunted house that every ghost hunter wishes they had in their neighborhood. The estate was built in 1894 and purchased several years later by Dr. John and Jessie Gibbons who reportedly adopted several orphaned children. One of them — a 10-year-old girl named Rachael — apparently started a fire in the front parlor, suffered bad burns, and passed away two days later. Her ghost is said to still run around, pitter-pattering through the halls of the house today. But, she’s not the only one.

An infant, Elizabeth, also died in the house, and there have been reports of baby powder scents and baby cries. And, mom Jessie also died in the master bedroom of the house after suffering from double pneumonia — and guests who have previously stayed in that room have reportedly awoken to labored breathing and coughing while also feeling as if someone was sitting on their chest. According to the estate, the most common paranormal activity is the closet doorknob that will frequently jiggle for a few moments, then stop suddenly, and the closet door will pop open — even doing this for up to five times within a few minutes.

The famously paranormal place comes with a warning label and has been on too many TV shows to count. It was even ranked by the Travel Channel as one of the most terrifying places in America and by HGTV as one of America’s spookiest homes. It’s really a mandatory place to get freaked out, and if you dare, you can reserve a range of different experiences — from flashlight tours to mini-investigations and all-night-long public and private investigations.

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Ivy House
Where: 304 N. Merrill St., Fortville

Haunted Indiana

Dating back to 1921, the former home is now a bed-and-breakfast. But, it’s rumored to also house a spirit that came with the purchase of an antique piano — and who makes non-musical banging noises to boot. You’d never know it, though, by the looks of this charming spot. What’s just as interesting is that the current innkeepers found all sorts of gambling paraphernalia in the attic and basement with gambling games even hidden in the insulation behind the walls — enough to get the Ivy House a feature on HGTV’s “If Walls Could Talk” show. So, this place has secrets no matter how you slice it.

 

Stepp Cemetery
Where: Near Forest Road and North Bean Blossom Road, Martinsville

Haunted Indiana

The tiny cemetery only has a handful of graves. But this burial ground, which was apparently founded by cult members, more than makes up for its petite size in the tales of its spooky sightings. One of the most talked-about local legends is the apparition of a grieving mother who committed suicide at her child’s grave.

 

Rivoli Theatre
Where: 3155 E. 10th St., Indianapolis

Haunted Indiana

Women in fancy dresses and men in tuxedos are the literal ghosts (well, reported ghosts) of this place that Universal Studios built in 1927. It’s a bit rough around the edges now, but it was a sight to behold at the time with its Spanish Mission Revival architecture and calligraphic “R” motif. It was also the first place in Indiana to show movies with sound. Now, it’s in the process of being restored as a community arts center. But, whether those ghosts will remain is still to be determined. Witnesses have also claimed to have seen objects moving on their own, toilets flushing, and sinks turning on and off with no explanation. Some say that the paranormal activity is because the place was originally constructed on Indian burial grounds.

(Article Source – Narcity.com)

HAUNTINGS OF PINELLAS

By TIFFANY RAZZANO, Tampa Bay Newspapers

Paranormal experts share their favorite Pinellas haunts, ghost stories

Ghost StoriesTampa Bay Newspapers recently spoke with several local historians, authors and paranormal experts about the most haunted spots in Pinellas County.

Storyteller Deborah Frethem is the author of “Ghost Stories of St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Pinellas County,” “Haunted Tampa,” and “Haunted Ybor City.”

Mark Muncy is the author of “Eerie Florida” and “Freaky Florida.”

Dr. Brandy Stark is a paranormal investigator who founded Spirits of St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg Paranormal Investigation. She’s also a professor at St. Petersburg College, an artist, and author of “Supernatural St. Petersburg and Paranormal Pinellas” and “Shadows in the Sunshine.”

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“My favorite Pinellas County ghost story, the one that made me a believer, is the Belleview-Biltmore hotel,” Muncy said.

In the early 1990s, years before it was torn down, he joined the Pinellas Ghost Squad for a visit to the hotel during an event celebrating the venue’s history.

“They were doing classics all day, wearing costumes from the old hotel, old bellhop costumes,” he said. “We went for the fun of it.”Ghost Stories

Then, Muncy decided to check out the third floor.

“It’s supposed to be super haunted by a former bellhop who died,” he said. “He either killed himself or was murdered there. The story’s vague.”

As he and friends walked down the hallway, he saw a bellhop, dressed in a vintage costume, much like the ones being worn for the special event at the hotel that day, exit a room.

Muncy said to him, “Hi. How’s it going?”

The girl he was walking with asked him, “Who are you talking to?”

She had never seen the bellhop.

“We had cameras, equipment, all this stuff, and a ghost walked right past me,” he said.

Clearwater

The Capitol Theatre, built in 1921, allegedly has several ghosts, Stark said.

One of these ghosts is that of a manager who was killed years ago “by a homophobic person,” she said. “The manager is supposed to haunt the balcony.”

There have been numerous reports of this ghostly manager. The one that stands out most for Stark is the story of a maintenance worker standing on a ladder in the theater.

“He started to fall,” she said, “and felt someone grab him and pull him back up. When he looked around, he was alone.”

There’s also a ghostly figure that is seen dancing across the stage during performances, she said.

Once, while she led a tour group through the theater, as the group passed rows of theater seats, several who were with her felt “a hovering ball of warm air” in a seat on the left side of the first floor, she said.

“It was the level of a head as if someone were sitting in the chair,” she said. “And there was no AC or heat on.”

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Gulfport

The city of Gulfport is known for its iconic Gulfport Casino. The original dance hall and event venue was destroyed in a 1921 hurricane, Muncy said. Where the first Gulfport Casino structure stood is open water today, he added. When rebuilt, it was constructed on the shore.

“But there’s a dancing ghost where the old Casino was out on the water,” he said. “People see him in the morning when they’re looking out towards the Don CeSar (hotel). That one I’ve never seen. But the person who was with me saw him. All I saw was movement on the water.”

The Historic Peninsula Inn is another haunted spot in Gulfport, Frethem said.

It was originally built as a small hotel with a dozen rooms in 1905.

“But it fell on hard times, of course, like a lot of all these grand old places did,” she said.

For years, it was used as a restorium, basically a nursing home, Frethem said.

Today, the Peninsula operates as a hotel with a restaurant – Isabelle’s.

Isabelle also happens to be the resident ghost, Frethem said.

“Among other things, she runs up and down the third floor between 4 and 5 in the morning,” she said. “You can hear the sound of her footsteps above you if you’re on the second floor. If you’re on the third floor, you don’t hear a thing. I’ve experienced it myself.”

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Safety Harbor

The Safety Harbor Resort and Spa is allegedly haunted, Stark said. Though she hasn’t had a chance to investigate the resort, yet, there have been numerous reports of potentially paranormal happenings.

One of the alleged ghosts is Dr. Salem H. Baranoff, who founded the resort, she said.

“He didn’t like salt,” she said. “So, he’s said to hide salt shakers or loosen salt shakers.”

St. Pete Beach

“Everybody knows about” the Don CeSar hotel, Frethem said. Still, it’s one of her favorite Pinellas County ghost stories.

“In particular, I like the Don CeSar because it’s so romantic,” she said.

Developer and architect Thomas Rowe built the famed pink hotel in the 1920s. Previously, he had lived in London, where he fell in love with a beautiful young opera singer, Lucinda, who starred in one of his favorite operas, “Maritana.”

Her parents didn’t approve of the relationship, though. They separated the young couple, and Lucinda later died of consumption.

Rowe moved to Florida, where he became a successful land developer, Frethem said. He built the Don CeSar “to honor” Lucinda, she added.

“Maritana” is about a Spanish dancer who falls in love with a Spanish knight named Don CeSar. In addition to naming the hotel after the knight, the restaurant was named Maritana Grille. All of the streets surrounding the hotel were also named after characters from the opera, Frethem said.

“After he passed, he really began to haunt the place a lot, often seen with a beautiful woman with long flowing dark hair in the costume of a Spanish dancer,” she said. “They were reunited at the Don CeSar.”

Decades after his passing, when the hotel was being restored, significant work needed to be done at the property.

“It was in ruin for years,” Frethem said. “They had to clean out debris of bat guano and pigeon poop that had accumulated.”

The new owner decided to introduce himself to the workers who were cleaning up the property. They were surprised to meet him, she said, and told them they had already met the owner.

“In fact, he’d been there every day. The guy in the white suit with the Panama hat,” she said.

This was Rowe’s signature look, she added.

It’s also rumored that the hotel is haunted by F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Frethem said.

“It’s believed the Fitzgeralds haunt the ballroom on the first floor,” she said. “It was the last place they were together and happy.”

The iconic literary couple arrived at the Don CeSar in January 1932 and intended to stay there through March, she said. But Zelda broke out in a rash by the end of the first month.

“By then, they learned that this was the precursor to her psychotic breakdowns,” Frethem said.

The couple headed to Montgomery, Alabama, where Zelda was from.

“She was never whole again,” Frethem said, spending the rest of her life in and out of psychiatric hospitals.

Frethem added, “the reason I like the ghost at the Don CeSar is because they’re not unhappy ghosts, they’re happy ghosts.”

The nearby Don Vista building, which currently houses the Suntan Art Center, is often overlooked when it comes to Pinellas County ghost stories, Stark said.

It’s older than the Don CeSar and is where Rowe lived while the hotel was built, she said. One of the alleged ghosts is likely Rowe himself, she added.

“There’s a gentleman on the first floor who is very hurried and very frantic. He needs to get something done and is constantly seen running through the area,” Stark said.

In multiple accounts, he’s wearing a white outfit. He was also stressed and frantic during the construction of the hotel as debt loomed over his head, she said.

As the story goes, Stark said, at the time Rowe passed away of a heart attack, in his final moments, he unsuccessfully tried to will the hotel to his staff before he died.

There’s also a female presence on the building’s second floor, Stark said. “I don’t know who she is, but she is very friendly.”

St. Petersburg

The third floor of the Vinoy Renaissance Resort is famously haunted, Muncy said.

Visiting baseball teams in town to play the Tampa Bay Rays are often spooked by the hotel, refusing to stay there. Many players have reportedly heard noises in the middle of the night before games.

“So, they can’t get any sleep,” he said. “I’ve been there a few times.”

He added, “Just down the street, right next to the (St. Petersburg Museum of History) and the Museum of Fine Arts, is one of the most haunted places in Florida.”

It’s an old public restroom. If you walk by late at night, you’ll hear screams coming from it, Muncy said.

“The homeless avoid it … It’s a well-documented haunt, but nobody talks about it because nobody knows exactly what happened,” he said.

The Sunshine Skyway Bridge, which connects St. Petersburg with Manatee County, has several ghosts, Muncy said.

One of the most well-known is the vision of a woman standing on the bridge alone asking for help. Some drivers have even stopped to pick her up.

“They turn around, and she’s disappeared,” he said.

The bridge is also the site of a tragic accident that killed 35 people. In 1980, a freighter struck the bridge, causing several cars and a bus to plunge into the water below. Some visiting the fishing pier, which was part of the old bridge, have seen a ghostly bus with a few people even smelling the gasoline from the bus and feeling a breeze as it “drove” by.

The Palladium Theatre is infamously haunted by “the lady in red,” Stark said. “She’s this mysterious figure.”

She’s been reported by several people. A plumber saw her in a stairwell and then she vanished. Staff often feel her presence, Stark said, and an instructor once saw a woman in “a beautiful mermaid-style dress” walk back to the green room, but once she went through the door, nobody saw her on the other side.

“She’s supposed to haunt the building but we don’t know who it is or why,” Stark said. “We can’t find any history.”

There’s a secondary male presence at the Palladium, she added. “He hangs out in one of the men’s bathrooms.”

Though she is uncertain of who the ghost might be, she has heard stories that “somebody’s grandfather committed suicide in front of the building.”

Once, while she was leading a student tour, two young men were goofing off. “Like, ‘Oh, we’re gonna go get the ghost,’” she said.

They went to the bathroom and heard a foot tapping. Each thought the other was making the noise, Stark said.

One of them joked, “Maybe it’s the ghost.”

Immediately following the statement, there was “a huge thunk, like somebody hit the wall next to them,” she said. “So, when you’re on a ghost tour, number one, don’t upset the ghost, and two, stop fooling around.”

She added, “Multiple people complain about a presence in the men’s room.”

Haslam’s Book Store is also supposedly haunted – by iconic Beat generation writer Jack Kerouac, who spent his final years in St. Petersburg. He died in 1969 at St. Anthony’s Hospital.

While alive, he frequented Haslam’s, where he would look for his books. “He’d move them around and make sure they were eye level,” Stark said. “Haslam’s would always file them by last names, so he would move his books up.”

Since his death, staff sometimes finds his books on the floor or moved up on the shelves, she said.

Once, during an investigation, she even caught a misty image in the arts section.

Ghost Stories

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The historic Rose Cemetery is a known haunted spot. “There’s no question on that one,” Stark said.

During a 2007 investigation of the cemetery, she and two friends visited the cemetery an hour-and-a-half before sunset. She decided to bring an older, film camera, one she hadn’t used in a while, with her. As they left, she took one last photograph of a tombstone from the wall surrounding the cemetery.

When she developed the film, she could clearly see a silhouette of a person, she said.

During a more recent investigation within the past year, she brought recording devices with her. Listening to them later, she could hear somebody talking while she and her friends silently walked through the cemetery.

“There were the three of us walking together, but none of us were talking,” she said. “There was nobody in that area. We were alone in the cemetery.”

Typically, voices picked up on recorders “are subtle and soft,” she added. “You have to really listen for them. This voice was really strong.”

4 haunting local ghost stories

Via Columbia Daily Tribune

Haunted Stories

With Halloween approaching, October is the season of ghostly tales and horror stories. Every community has its share of urban legends and supposedly haunted places, and Kirksville is no exception. Whether you’re a believer or a supernatural skeptic, these local legends will make those October evenings a little bit creepier.

1) Dibbuk box

Maybe the most famous ghost story to feature Kirksville is the story of the original dibbuk box. The legend was first popularized by Kevin Mannis, who reported a series of supernatural occurrences surrounding a wine cabinet he bought on eBay. After experiencing nightmares, odd smells and health problems, Mannis traced the box back to a family who claimed it was inhabited by a “dibbuk” — an evil spirit from Jewish folklore, said to be a dead spirit able to possess the living.

The dibbuk box came to Kirksville when Mannis resold it on eBay to a Truman State University student. The student quickly grew tired of being haunted and sold it again to Jason Haxton, the director of the local Museum of Osteopathic Medicine. Haxton was a strong believer in the box’s supernatural powers — he claimed to have developed strange health problems, including “head-to-toe welts,” consulted Rabbis about how to get rid of the dibbuk and even wrote a book about the box. Haxton eventually claimed to have sealed away the dibbik and hidden the box in a secret location in Kirksville.

Sadly, he put an end to dybbuk box scavenger hunting in 2017 when he donated the box to Zak Bagans, host of the TV show “Ghost Adventures.” The box and whatever may or may not possess it now reside in Bagans’ Las Vegas Haunted Museum.

2) The Devil’s Chair

This haunted item is still within the Kirksville city limits. It’s located at Highland Park Cemetery and was commissioned by William Baird, a prominent banker — he’s not buried in the cemetery, so he was apparently just trying to creep people out, and he succeeded.

Urban legend says you will be either cursed or rewarded if you sit in the chair at midnight, but that it’s particularly unwise to do so on Halloween. If you make that mistake, the story goes, hands will appear from the ground and drag you down into hell. The stone chair is said to have been aged very little by time, which is either evidence of its supernatural nature or, as the Haunted Tour of Kirksville website notes, “the result of good masonry.”

As a side note, Highland Park Cemetery is also the final resting place of Harry Laughlin, the father of American eugenics. No one has claimed to have seen his ghost, but visiting his unmarked grave is a creepy activity on an even deeper level.

3) Truman State ghosts

If you believe the stories, Truman State University is home to a whole host of ghosts. You can supposedly find three ghosts in Baldwin Hall, encounter a deceased university employee in Centennial Hall and contact a student who died in 1958 via ouija board in Ryle Hall. The Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority house is also said to be haunted by two ghostly children.

The award for the spookiest spot on campus has to go to the appropriately named Grim Hall. Grim Hall’s use as a residence for students was discontinued in 2016, but before that many reported hauntings by the ghost of a nursing student named Charlotte Burkhalter who died there in the 1930s. Her cause of death was never clear and rumors ranged from suicide to freezing to death in the unheated building.

Charlotte’s ghost was known for turning lights on and off, rattling doors and moving furniture. The residence hall was closed due to structural issues, not supernatural ones, but if Charlotte’s ghost did haunt the hall, she now has a much lonelier afterlife.

4) Rainbow Basin Ski Resort

For local places that look like a great setting for a horror movie, you can’t beat the abandoned Rainbow Basin Ski Resort. The destination was open for just five years in the 1980s and has been empty ever since. Now, a few miles’ hike into the woods on the eastern side of Kirksville is required to reach it.

The ski resort has the vibe of something right out of a Stephen King novel, complete with rusted ski lifts and isolated, decaying buildings. Urban legends say you can hear voices calling out from the surrounding woods and see apparitions wandering the ski slopes at night, supposedly the ghosts of people who died in ski accidents.

There’s no record of anyone actually having died there, though, so Rainbow Basin’s ghostly reputation is probably based more on aesthetics than history.

At least, that’s what we’ll have to believe until Zak Bagans comes back to Kirksville to check it out.

(Article Source – ColumbiaDailyTribune.com)