The real-life ghost stories from these supposedly haunted towns are likely to creep us out forever.
Everyone loves a good ghost story. The problem with real-life ghost stories, though, is that they’re likely to haunt us forever. Just like these towns, whether it be a dark history or a suspected spook, we’re constantly checking over our shoulders. It’s not just the atmosphere that accompanies the story, though… It’s the feeling one gets when walking through a place that’s likely far more sinister than its perceived reputation.
For some towns, this atmosphere was completely accidental. For others, human error likely led to the downfall of the community, leaving nothing but the ghost of society in its wake. These towns live on forever with their unsettled spirits, sharing a warning with future generations.
Visitors will even find that Alton has a spot reserved on their website for their famous hauntings. McPike Mansion is one of those locations mentioned, and this mansion also happens to sit atop the highest point in the town, overlooking everyone and everything, its history dating back to 1869 with many a paranormal phenomenon.
While the town has remained empty and desolate since 1930, it was once a booming mining town, as many abandoned towns once were. The problem is that now the spirits of those departed are now said to continue to haunt the town, making visitors feel a strange sense of unease.
Humans can be cruel to each other given the chance, and these towns have lived a long history of robberies and bandits. With enough bloodshed for one small town, the once-booming gold-rush town now stands empty and alone, left in all its former western glory.
Bodie has quite a reputation and anyone who has stepped foot into this mining town knows it. Whereas many towns breakdown over time, Bodie has somehow remained preserved in time, looking exactly as it did the day the last townsperson left (albeit with a bit more dust on the shelves).
Cahawba has its roots deep in the history of the south, as it was once a town for freed slaves. It was also along the cotton transport route and was subject to many floods as well as a yellow fever epidemic. While the grounds and buildings themselves managed to survive, eventually all the residents were driven away, leaving nothing but an eerie memory behind.
Not only is Kennecott abandoned, but it’s also built into a mountain in such a way that resembles the beginning of a Stephen King plot. While it’s not the most practical town to live in, it was once filled with residents until its eventual economic demise, leaving many no choice but to flee, leaving their personal belongings behind.
Supposedly, the leader of the biggest gang in these parts was the sheriff of Bannack. The route to and from this town saw more bloodshed than nearly any other bandit route in the west, only serving to reinforce the town’s wicked history. A true Western crime scene, what’s left behind is a reminder of what once was.
Route 66 has its ghost stories, to begin with, but Glenrio is an entire ghost story in itself. It was once either the first or last stop in Texas depending on the traveler’s direction, says Country Living, but it now sits empty; a small-town reminder of the ’70s, and all the weary travelers who stopped off on their way to something.
To this day, it’s still unclear what caused the coal mines under the small town of Centralia to go up in flames. All we know is that the coal fires still burn to this day, making the ground unstable and the town itself unbelievable. This inspired the game series Silent Hill, which took place in an ash-covered town that burned forever, similar to Centralia.
The Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail in Mariana, Florida, is said to have given many a hiker quite the spook. Built in 1914, it’s said to be haunted by Elizabeth Jane Croom Bellamy, who died tragically on her wedding day when her extravagant dress caught on fire. Supposedly, her family buried her not far from this bridge.
For starters, Burke is a town that’s situated in such a strange geographical location that many people notice right off the bat. In between a narrow mountainous pass, this town was left abandoned after being plagued by heavy crime, dynamite explosions, and avalanches which took many lives.
If anyone knows about haunted towns, it’s likely to be Stephen King, himself. He lives in Bangor, but that’s. not all the allure of this haunted town. Mount Hope Cemetary is one of the oldest garden cemeteries in the country, explains Fodors, and one of the first to open to the public. Pet Sematary was also filmed here, adding to the overall eerie feel of this town and its massive grave grounds.
Paranormal 911 shows shocking spine-chilling stories in which an emergency call led to a horrific paranormal meeting. The first-man, thrilling drama-document series takes audiences to both the victims’ and 911 responders who have taken the call-every episode is an unsettling blend of emergency and hair-relieving paranormal experience-from the 911 call to the first responders on stage who have discovered something is not as it seems.
The series was crafted by award-winning writer and director, Michael Allcock, as a mix of Live PD and A Haunting. He is most notable for the Haunted Hospitals and Paranormal Emergency. While the critics did not receive him as well in the first season, he managed to build a respectable following, which awaited an update on ‘Paranormal 911’ Season 2 with great anticipation.
When And Where To Watch?
The paranormal 911 season 2 is expected to be released on the Travel Channel on April 18, 2020, at 9 pm ET.
When anyone speaks of paranormal encounters, our mind automatically thinks of a haunted house on the edge of a town, an abandoned building, or even a cemetery. Season 1 provides some real-life spinning paranormal meetings between police officers, firefighters, paramedics, etc.
The tales tell the plot of a first respondent who hears screams from the other end of a call; the suicide victim follows home from the official; a calling officer responds and gets the shock of his life when he discovers a strange set of mannequins.
Season 2 may include cases such as a mistaken home invasion call and an incident that threatens to spill the secrets from a government site. This can also add a situation where a healthcare agency is threatening paramedics, along with an example of an officer accompanied by a thick fog and unusual shadow while investigating a stretched vehicle.
Season 2 may also display a case where a cop is watching sinister satanic rites in the bedroom; an accident victim’s spirit follows a shooter into his house; a paramedic hears children giggle from the empty barn, and a safety officer is attacked in a nursing home. This may also feature one of Ballinger’s Olde Park hotel’s most haunted destinations.
The USA is packed with many spooky locations that feature some impressive and immersive haunted tours. Here are 10 of the best around the states.
There’s no better way to celebrate spooky season than to head out and look for some ghosts! Actually, haunted tours are fun to go on year-round! Whether you’re a skeptic or a full-on believer, ghost tours always manage to be entertaining and even teach you something.
After all, most of these ghosts are said to be lurking at historical landmarks. History lesson aside, some of the ghost tours out there are just plain creepy. In fact, many tour-goers actually claim to have had a paranormal encounter while exploring. Here are ten of the scariest haunted tours in the United States that are said to be the real deal!
On this tour, you will, of course, visit some of the creepiest locations involved with the infamous Salem Witch Trials. But you’ll also learn that there are more than just witches who were said to once lurk the streets of Salem — vampires were supposedly roaming around too! Your tour guide is not just a historian, but also an actual paranormal investigator. They will show you how you can potentially capture photos of ghosts on your own camera, and even analyze your photos after the tour ends to point out if there is something hiding in your pictures!
Seeing as so many people tragically lost their lives during the battle here, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that there are some angry spirits still appearing in Gettysburg! In fact, there are so many haunted locations that the company offers multiple types of tours, seeing as they can’t cover all the places in just one! Gettysburg Ghost Tours also offer various ghost hunts, from “family-friendly” to “extreme.” The ghost hunts are different from the ghost tours, as you’ll be provided with actual equipment to help you detect ghosts around you!
The Whaley House was first reported as haunted by the Whaley Family themselves in the 1800s, as supposedly many public hangings had taken place in that location. Nowadays, the Whaley House has been converted to the Whaley House Museum, and is said to be haunted by the Whaley family themselves!
While the “regular” tours there can’t help but be spooky by themselves, there’s a lot of focus on the historical information. Take the Ghost Hunting Tour specifically, however, and you’ll learn a lot more than just life in the 19th century! In fact, you might even see life from the 19th century…
While a normal, daytime tour of the lovely plantation is just fine, it’s the “Mystery Tour” at night that you’ll want to stick around for. It’s there you’ll learn about – and maybe even encounter – a slave girl who has since been named “Chloe” by investigators. Chloe has been known to pop up in multiple pictures, and researchers have been unable to come up with an alternative explanation for the ghost girl appearing in photos. Many tour-goers also claim to have their own photo evidence of the apparition. Maybe you should go and try and get a picture for yourself?
With the Colonial Ghosts company, you can take multiple haunted tours such as a Cemetary Tour or a Ghost Tour. Particularly a stand-out, however, is the Ghost Hunt, where you’ll be given ghost-hunting equipment like EMF Detectors, Ambient Thermoetors, and more. And hey, if you’re not in Williamsburg, the company has an app for $7.99 that takes you through 25 locations in Williamsburg, accompanied by 55 minutes of audio. So that’s a pretty cool alternative if you’re stuck at home on Halloween night! Using the app will result in you missing out on an actual encounter, however — which many people who have taken the tour in-person have claimed to experience.
Board the “Trolley of the Doomed” and ride past some of the most haunted areas in the Key West — such as an African slave cemetery, St. Paul’s Church, and Captain Tony’s Saloon. You’ll be given background and context about the locations from your spooky tour guide, whose storytelling will keep you enthralled. The highlight of the tour is the stop at East Martello Fort, where the legendary Robert the Doll is kept. Robert was created by a woman skilled in black magic, and now, it’s rumored that Robert has the ability to put a curse on you!
This tour gives you transport from Las Vegas to the abandoned mining town of Goodsprings, where the oldest saloon in Nevada still stands – and is free to explore! You’ll enjoy a bar and pizza party before breaking out the lanterns and beginning your hunt. While hearing stories about the lives of the alleged thirty ghostly presences haunting the town, you’ll use equipment to try to contact them. Once you’re done exploring the town, you’ll return to the saloon where you’ll participate in an official ceremony attempting to summon a spirit.
Part history lecture and part paranormal investigation, this walking tour will teach you all about the often looked-over dark past of St. Augustine. You’ll stop by various cemeteries, Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, Saint Augustine beach, and more. At the end of the tour, your guide will finally break out the ghost hunting equipment to see if your group can spot something. Oh, and you know that theory that animals can sense things humans can’t? Well, this tour is pet-friendly, so you can bring your dog along to help you detect nearby spirits!
Chatanooga Ghost Tours gives you plenty of options. You can go on a UTC Cermetary ghost hunt (with all the fun ghost-hunting equipment,) or the Murder and Mayhem Haunted History Tour, which the company claims is the most popular of their offerings. The Murder and Mayhem tour begins in a haunted, steam-punk themed shop before leading you all around the city to the eeriest and dreariest locations. You are particularly encouraged to take pictures on this tour, and ghosts are known to pop up in the background of your photos!
You may know ahead of time that New Orleans has a dark and frightening history, but there’s nothing to prepare you for actually being at the scene of murders, suicides, voodoo communities, and haunted alleyways. Most shockingly is the stop at the infamous LaLaurie Mansion, where many slaves were brutally tortured and murdered. Needless to say, this isn’t a boring history lesson! Be advised though, the details are grim and gruesome, so make sure you have a strong stomach!
In “Mummy Mysteries,” an international team of experts reveal the shocking true stories behind Ancient Egypt’s most infamous mummies. Using modern forensic science, they uncover horrific tales of life and death in one of history’s most vicious and turbulent empires. [Hour-long episodes]
SERIES PREMIERE: “Killing a King” – Premieres Monday, April 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
The pockmarked mummy of Ramesses V reveals a shocking tale of bitter family infighting, civil insurrection and a cause of death that ultimately pushed ancient Egypt to the edge of collapse.
“Who Killed the Warrior King?” – Premieres Monday, May 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
The mangled mummy of Pharaoh Seqenenre Taa is a murder mystery that endures to this day. A team of the world’s leading Egyptologists and crime experts embark on a spectacular journey to discover the truth behind his brutal and humiliating death.
Buckle up for another fright-fueled season of “Destination Fear” – a haunted road trip turned terrifying sleepover. Brother and sister duo, Dakota Laden and Chelsea Laden, and best friend Tanner Wiseman, along with camera operator Alex Schroeder, confront their fears once again, as they pile into their RV and hit the road on a nail-biting cross-country journey to pursue paranormal evidence, spending the night inside America’s most haunted abandoned buildings. Lured by the unknown and with a greater understanding of fear, the crew explores a whole new set of abandoned locations with grim histories – only this time the destinations remain a surprise, not just to Chelsea and Tanner, but to Dakota as well, as they each take turns picking a haunted hot spot, challenging each other in unique ways. [Hour-long episodes]
SEASON PREMIERE: “Nopeming Sanatorium” – Premieres Wednesday, April 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Dakota Laden surprises Chelsea Laden and Tanner Wiseman by taking them back to where it all began: Nopeming Sanatorium in Duluth, Minnesota, a frightening location that loomed menacingly near their childhood homes. Dakota has been itching to investigate this 118-year-old building for years, but never had the courage to set foot inside. The site of 1,500 deaths, Nopeming’s history runs rampant with murder, suicide and sinister spirits. Now, the team will finally confront their childhood fears as they explore and spend the night inside one of Minnesota’s most paranormally active locations. What happens to the group during their overnight is an experience they will never forget, replete with poltergeist activity and a chilling encounter with the disturbed spirit of a former maintenance man.
“Yorktown Memorial Hospital” – Premieres Wednesday, May 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
The team investigates a Texas hospital with a gruesome history, including a brutal double homicide. Once under the direction of Catholic nuns, the abandoned building’s chapel may house a demonic entity with its sights set on Dakota.
Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango are back for more adventures to the other side in a new season of “Ghost Nation.” This season’s locations have bigger mysteries, are more chilling and have never been investigated on television. And this time, they are calling in an old friend for some help – paranormal investigator Shari DeBenedetti. On all investigations, collecting evidence is just the beginning. With the help of their local contacts, they’re going to embed themselves in the community, conducting multi-day investigations in an effort to track down the true source of these hauntings and restore peace to the living. Under the United Paranormal Research Organization (UPRO) banner, local paranormal groups will join the team as they employ new devices and techniques for confronting and questioning spirits. They’ll do whatever it takes to entice the ghost into telling its story and stop at nothing to get to the bottom of the paranormal phenomena. [Hour-long episodes]
“An Unholy Haunting” – Premieres Wednesday, April 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango and Shari DeBenedetti head to Waynesville, Ohio, to investigate claims of paranormal activity at a former Catholic church. The team suspects a disgraced priest may be behind the scratches, bizarre apparitions and chilling EVPs.
“Prison Poltergeist – Premieres Wednesday, May 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango and Shari DiBenedetti investigate reports of electrical anomalies, shadow figures and disembodied voices at the Mid-Orange Correctional Facility in Warwick, New York. The team calls for backup when blueprints reveal just how vast the property is.
A shocking number of 911 emergencies end in paranormal encounters. “Paranormal 911” explores these events through eyewitness accounts of the first responders who lived through them – real-life stories of police, firefighters and paramedics who arrive on scene, only to find themselves in the middle of a paranormal event. As first responders, it’s their job to put themselves in the line of danger – sometimes with terrifying and unexplainable results. [Hour-long episodes]
Paranormal witnesses recount terrifying true tales of violent hauntings that have plagued their nightmares since childhood. Now adults, they go back in time to the horrific encounters with compelling first-person testimonies. [Hour-long episodes]
“Haunted Calling” – Premieres Saturday, May 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Ghost hunters share the stories that led them to a career in the paranormal. A child’s game opens a portal to hell, a budding psychic medium stands up to the spirit of an angry man and a young girl is terrified by nightly visits from a horned demon.
“Lost Souls” – Premieres Saturday, May 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Lost souls terrify the living as they look for a way to cross over into the afterlife. A father and son come face-to-face with the ghost of a screaming girl, a shadowy entity torments a young boy and a teen hears the whispers of sinister spirits.
Magicians across the United States and around the world take to the streets to perform mind-blowing illusions. From city to city, they amaze and bewilder passersby with never-before-seen card tricks, hypnosis, sleight of hand, levitation, vanishing acts and more. [Half-hour episodes]
“Mental Magic” – Premieres Sunday, May 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Phil the Magic Man creates mayhem with his mind reading, Justin Flom surprises his biggest fan at her graduation party, dogs are dumbfounded as Simon Pierro causes bones to appear out of an iPad and more.
“Total Trickery” – Premieres Sunday, May 3 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT
Celebrity magician Justin Willman gets bewitched by his bride on his wedding day, Magic Singh performs time-twisting tricks in the United Kingdom, the Magic Crasher engages in some skate park sorcery for rapper Lil Xan and much more.
New Episode – Premieres Sunday, May 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
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New Episode – Premieres Sunday, May 10 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT
Some of the most amazing, eye-opening and downright scary paranormal videos from around the world are featured as a panel of experts breaks down the footage and analyzes what exactly the eyewitnesses captured. Insights from some of the most knowledgeable specialists in the field and firsthand accounts from the people lucky enough – or perhaps unlucky enough – to witness these strange phenomena for themselves just might make a believer of even the biggest skeptics out there. [Hour-long episodes]
A man explores a haunted prison with terrifying results, a jellyfish-like object levitates in the bright daylight of a Las Vegas summer day and a biker’s backwoods jaunt is interrupted by a mysterious creature.
In each episode of “Ghost Adventures,” Zak Bagans and Aaron Goodwin, along with A/V techs Billy Tolley and Jay Wasley, travel to a different haunted destination where they meet with locals, eyewitnesses and experts in an attempt to piece together the haunted history of each site. They then begin their “lockdown” investigation, using the latest scientific gadgets and technology in an effort to obtain physical evidence of the paranormal and uncover the truth behind each haunted mystery. [Hour-long episodes]
“London Bridge” – Premieres Thursday, April 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Zak Bagans and the crew head to Lake Havasu, Arizona, to investigate one of the most famous bridges in the world. A dark paranormal energy engulfs the massive structure, attracting death, despair and even the ghost of Jack the Ripper.
“The Graber Family Entity” – Premieres Thursday, May 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Zak Bagans and the crew head to Ontario, California, to investigate a century-old farm ripe with paranormal activity, particularly by a vicious entity known as The Creeper.
Descend into all-new eerie encounters when Travel Channel’s hit series, “Portals to Hell,” returns with a brand-new season. Avid paranormal investigators Jack Osbourne and Katrina Weidman resume their chilling journey to historically haunted locations in the United States, confronting sinister stories of the supernatural as they seek concrete evidence that a spirit world exists. In each episode, Osbourne and Weidman dive headfirst into a site, examining unusual incidents while utilizing specialized technology and a network of experts to help document and uncover the truth. [Hour-long episodes]
“Iron Island” – Premieres Thursday, April 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Jack Osbourne and Katrina Weidman head to snowy Buffalo, New York, to investigate a former church and funeral home rumored to house two portals. The owners believe evil spirits are terrorizing the good spirits residing within the century-old building.
“Thomas House Hotel” – Premieres Thursday, May 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Katrina Weidman and Jack Osbourne travel to Tennessee to investigate a once thriving natural springs resort where guests fell victim to the deadly waters. A recent flare-up of paranormal activity has them asking if a dark force has checked into the century-old hotel.
The following hotels from around the world are believed to be home to spirits that emerged from tragic events that took place there. By Vanessa Elle
By staying at hotels plagued by legends of hauntings and possessions, some guests get more than they bargained for. The following hotels from around the world are believed to be home to spirits that emerged from tragic events that took place there. Read on to find out about the ghosts that guests claimed to have seen in these famous hotels.
The Ghosts At The Savoy Hotel In India Inspired An Agatha Christie Novel
India is home to some prestigious and world-renowned hotel, but the Savoy in Uttarakhand is famous for another reason. The dark history of the hotel has led to a possible haunting, with several guests claiming to have seen and heard supernatural phenomena within the hotel’s walls.
The creepy occurrences date back to a British clairvoyant who was poisoned with cyanide while staying at the hotel. The murderer was never discovered, but the clairvoyant’s doctor also died of poisoning not long after. The unsolved murder inspired the 1920 novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles, written by Agatha Christie.
Since the poisoning, guests have reported hearing and seeing ghosts. The most common claim is strange noises coming from rooms in which nobody is staying. A prominent Indian author even recounted the ghosts that he came face to face with in his room.
Male Guests Are Most At-Risk At Hotel Monte Vista, Arizona
Thanks to the haunted sightings at Hotel Monte Vista, the Arizona hotel now has a reputation of being one of the most haunted in the state. Guests who stay at the hotel often claim that they’ve spotted the ghost of a man who used to board in Room 210. He can still be seen hanging raw meat from the chandelier (because ghosts aren’t scary enough, even without hanging raw meat from the light fittings!).
In particular, male guests at the Hotel Monte Vista, which has been standing since 1927, are thought to be targeted by the spirits that possess the hotel. There have been a few claims of male guests who have been nearly suffocated in their sleep by two female ghosts. Even the actor John Wayne visited the hotel and left with the unshakeable belief that it was haunted.
The Lady In Red Haunts Vancouver’s Fairmont Hotel
As far as creepy hotels go, the Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver doesn’t seem especially spooky. Just from looking at it, you wouldn’t think that this regal building was home to ghosts and ghouls. But local legends speak of a spirit that has settled right into this stunning hotel: The Lady in Red.
In 1944, Jennie Pearl Cox was killed in a car accident. Before she lost her life, she was a frequent visitor to the Fairmont Hotel, so it makes sense that she’d want to stick around the grounds for eternity. Guests have claimed that they’ve seen here between the first and fourteenth floors of the hotel. It is said that those staying on the fourteenth floor have the best chance of spotting her.
Unlike other spirits, the Lady in Red is said to be a friendly ghost that doesn’t cause any harm to the guests. She doesn’t even want to frighten them. She’s just content to roam around the corridors of the hotel, enjoying the building that she loved so much.
The Ghosts Of Children Can Be Seen At The Q Station Hotel In Sydney
Any hotel that is built on the site of such sadness and misery is bound to attract a few unhappy spirits. Where Sydney’s Q Station Hotel now stands on the shore of the world-famous harbor was once a quarantine station. The station confined people who had diseases such as Spanish influenza, the bubonic plague, scarlet fever, yellow fever, typhus, and smallpox between 1833 and 1984.
In total, more than 500 people died on the grounds, often in pain and surrounded by sickness. The spirits of some of the people who lost their lives at the quarantine station are thought to live on in the hotel today.
Guests report seeing the ghosts of children, in particular, not realizing that they’re ghosts until after they’ve interacted with them. One of the most common reports is of a little girl with blonde hair who holds hands with the guests and shows them around the premises.
Spirits Walk The Corridors At The Swisshotel The Stamford, Singapore
The Swisshotel in Singapore is another hotel that is harboring a dark past. During World War Two, the hotel land was actually used as an execution ground. Japanese soldiers executed their prisoners of war here, which has led to the legend that the hotel is now haunted by the spirits of prisoners of war, still in despair after all these years.
In 2015, two people committed suicide at the hotel, further fueling the rumors that there’s dark energy on the grounds. Guests have reported seeing ghosts walking through the corridors. The spirits are most often in distress and pleading for mercy, just as the prisoners of war would have eighty years ago.
The ‘Law & Order: SVU’ star and his wife test their patience in the premiere, airing Wednesday, April 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on A&E. ‘Celebrity Ghost Stories’ follows psychic-medium Kim Russo as she brings some of the biggest names in entertainment back to the sites of their previous paranormal experiences for an unfiltered, emotional, and sometimes terrifying reunion with the ghosts of their past. In the premiere, Kim meets with rapper-actor Ice-T and his wife Coco as they explore a New Jersey factory and experience unexplainable events linked to the factory’s deadly past. While Ice-T considers himself a skeptic, the spirits they encounter might make him a believer.
Brother and sister duo, Dakota Laden and Chelsea Laden, and best friend Tanner Wiseman, along with camera operator Alex Schroeder, confront their fears once again.
[via press release from Travel Channel]
THERE’S NO TURNING BACK ON THIS HAUNTED ROAD TRIP – “DESTINATION FEAR” REVS UP FOR A CHILLING NEW SEASON BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29 AT 10 P.M. ET/PT
Season Premiere Tests the Endurance of Paranormal Explorers Dakota Laden, Chelsea Laden and Tanner Wiseman as They Spend the Night Inside Minnesota’s Infamous Nopeming Sanatorium
Buckle up for another fright-fueled season of Travel Channel’s “Destination Fear” – a haunted road trip turned terrifying sleepover – premiering Wednesday, April 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Brother and sister duo, Dakota Laden and Chelsea Laden, and best friend Tanner Wiseman, along with camera operator Alex Schroeder, confront their fears once again, as they pile into their RV and hit the road on a nail-biting cross-country journey to pursue paranormal evidence, spending the night inside America’s most haunted abandoned buildings over six hour-long episodes.”
Our last road trip was extremely intense, and it took a major toll on us – mentally and physically,” said Dakota Laden. “We had to really think about how much more we could handle – even Alex, who has been critical in capturing all of the action as our cameraman. But curiosity got the best of us. Our ability to withstand fear will be tested like never before.”
Lured by the unknown and with a greater understanding of fear, the crew explores a whole new set of abandoned locations with grim haunted histories and restless spirits lurking within. Only this time the destinations remain a surprise, not just to Chelsea and Tanner, but to Dakota as well, as they each take turns picking a haunted hot spot, challenging each other in unique ways. After exploring reports of paranormal activity, they separate to sleep alone in the dark … and that’s the moment when fear really takes over.”
This experience brings a whole new meaning to the idea of ‘getting ghosted,'” said Chelsea Laden. “No matter how frightening these places are, or how terrifying the paranormal activity we encounter, we can’t turn away. We’re infatuated with the unknown.””
We are taking things even further this time,” said Tanner Wiseman. “Better equipped by what we learned from the first trip, we’re exploring even scarier places that we didn’t dare visit before. We’re chasing the fear now, not letting it chase us.”
In the season premiere, Dakota surprises Chelsea and Tanner by taking them back to where it all began: Nopeming Sanatorium in Duluth, Minnesota, a frightening location that loomed menacingly near their childhood homes. Dakota has been itching to investigate this 118-year-old building for years, but never had the courage to set foot inside. The site of 1,500 deaths, Nopeming’s history runs rampant with murder, suicide and sinister spirits. Now, the team will finally confront their childhood fears as they explore and spend the night inside one of Minnesota’s most paranormally active locations. What happens to the group during their overnight is an experience they will never forget, replete with poltergeist activity and a chilling encounter with the disturbed spirit of a former maintenance man.
Along their journey the team will make stops at the Yorktown Memorial Hospital in Yorktown, Texas; Old Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge, Montana; Hill View Manor in New Castle, Pennsylvania; Cambria County Jail in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania; and the Sheboygan County Insane Asylum in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, where they will be the first paranormal team to spend the night inside a building that has never before been investigated on television.
Go to TravelChannel.com/DestinationFear for exclusive behind-the-scenes videos and photos. Plus, check out the brand-new digital series “Up Close & Paranormal” where, in an intimate discussion, the “Destination Fear” cast will share insight into their investigative tactics, advice for up-and-coming investigators and more.
ABOUT THE TEAM
Dakota Laden was born in Burnsville, Minnesota, and started making amateur movies at the age of 7, with a home video camera his older sister Chelsea sold him! At age 12, he began sharing his videos on YouTube – which was primarily made up of comedy shorts and a few music, prank and experimental videos sprinkled in. It wasn’t until high school that Dakota realized that exploring scary and haunted locations was his true passion, and he began looking for exciting and scary new places to explore and film. In 2011, he made five YouTube videos to copy the style of his favorite TV show at the time, “Ghost Adventures,” which earned him an actual guest appearance on the show after he caught the eye of star Zak Bagans. In 2015, he made his paranormal documentary, “Trail to Terror,” with his sister Chelsea and best friend Tanner. Because of his interest in the paranormal and exceptional camera work, Dakota was invited by Bagans to become a part of the “Ghost Adventures” crew, which honed his paranormal investigating skills. Dakota’s YouTube channel currently contains 250 videos, with a combined 8 million views and 65,000 subscribers.
Chelsea Laden is currently an optometry student at Illinois College of Optometry. She was a Division I NCAA ice hockey starting goaltender for a top five nationally ranked team (Quinnipiac University ’15). Upon graduating, she was the first goalie to sign in the inaugural season of the National Women’s Hockey League. In addition to playing in the NWHL, Chelsea also was part of the USA Women’s National Hockey Program. Chelsea has always been intrigued by, and excited to explore, abandoned and haunted locations. She loves the rush of being scared but also likes learning the history of the places she visits. Chelsea will always push herself to her limits but signing up for this experiment is one of the greatest challenges she has faced, both emotionally and physically.
Tanner Wiseman grew up with a passion for filming, comedy and Minnesota football. As a teenager, he created videos on YouTube with Dakota, and it was during this time he realized that his lifelong dream was to become a filmmaker and storyteller. Tanner attended Augsburg University in Minneapolis where he earned a degree in marketing and management while playing college football. Growing up, Tanner was intrigued by scary stories and abandoned locations, and would plan weekend trips with his friends to visit and explore haunted locations. Never one to turn away from danger, he jumped on the opportunity to once again join his childhood friends, Dakota and Chelsea, on this latest haunted trail, eager to face scarier stories and more terrifying haunts.
Frontman Dave Grohl has revealed the spooky goings on which took place during their recording sessions in a 1940s Encino property.
Foo Fighters believe the recording of their new album was disrupted by ghosts.
The band set up camp at a 1940s house in Encino, California, to record their upcoming 10th record, but instantly knew the “vibe was off”, and soon found their instruments inexplicably becoming detuned and tracks they had been working with mysteriously deleted.
As reported by NME, frontman Dave Grohl told Mojo magazine: “When we walked into the house in Encino, I knew the vibes were definitely off but the sound was f***ing on.
“We started working there and it wasn’t long before things started happening. We would come back to the studio the next day and all of the guitars would be detuned.
“Or the setting we’d put on the board, all of them had gone back to zero.
“We would open up a Pro Tools session and tracks would be missing. There were some tracks that were put on there that we didn’t put on there. But just like weird open mic noises. Nobody playing an instrument or anything like that, just an open mic recording a room. “And we’d f***ing zero in on sounds within that. And we didn’t hear any voices or anything really decipherable. But something was happening.”
According to Grohl, the Learn To Fly rockers eventually installed a baby monitor to capture any activity when they weren’t there – and though they were stunned by what they saw, they weren’t allowed to speak about any of it.
“It got to the point where I brought one of those nest cams that I still have at home, for when my kids would sleep in their cribs,” explained Grohl.
“I set it up overnight so we could see if there was anyone there or anyone was coming to f**k with us.
“At first, nothing. And right around the time we thought we were ridiculous and we were out of our minds, we started to see things on the nest cam that we couldn’t explain.
“Then when we found out about the history of the house, I had to sign a f***ing non-disclosure agreement with the landlord because he’s trying to sell the place.
“So, I can’t give away what happened there in the past but these multiple occurrences over a short period of time made us finish the album as quickly as we could.”
Son of Ozzy and Sharon co-hosts Travel Channel’s ‘Portals to Hell’
They say you shouldn’t bring your work home with you, but for Jack Osbourne, it seems like he has little choice in the matter.
“In the last six months, I’ve been having a lot of scary, strange things happening in my house,” he tells Rolling Stone of his Los Angeles residence. “My girlfriend keeps seeing a figure at night. I woke up and a woman was standing over me. My house is brand-new. I don’t know if things follow me home; I just think whatever’s out there knows that I’m looking for it.”
Osbourne is the co-host of Portals to Hell, the second season of which premiered March 13th on the Travel Channel. He’s the executive producer of the reality show, for which he teamed up with paranormal researcher and investigator Katrina Weidman to explore some of the most-haunted places in the world.
“I was a big sci-fi nerd growing up,” Osbourne says of his current career choice. “I came into it through the UFO thing.” The son of Ozzy and Sharon also grew up in a haunted house in England. “All of a sudden, me and my sister Kelly heard someone walking on the landing above us,” he recalls of a particularly scary incident. “It was as clear as day and getting closer and closer. I nearly ended up jumping out the window.”
Weidman tells Rolling Stone she got a taste for the paranormal after a childhood of living in haunted homes. “It really sparked this lifelong quest of ’There’s got to be something more to it than what we think we know,’ ” she says. She went on co-host A&E’s docudrama Paranormal State from 2007 to 2011, among other programs.
When Osbourne reached out to Weidman about appearing in Portals to Hell, she jumped at the chance, having grown up watching him on MTV’s The Osbournes. “Our views of the paranormal were very much in tune with each other,” she says. “It made sense to work together.”
The Season Two premiere of Portals to Hell takes the duo to Paulding, Ohio, where they investigate a 150-year-old jail haunted by a bevy of spooks. “We have a few criteria for what sites we visit,” Osbourne says. “The first one is, ‘Has it been investigated before?’ And then, ‘What’s the activity?’ We’ll go back to places that might have been on a bunch of shows if the activity is increasing.”
Osbourne says that the most-sinister location they visited on this season was the Haunted Hill House in Mineral Wells, Texas. The structure was home to a lot of shady goings-on over the past 150 years or so, including prostitution, bootlegging, and all manner of other illegal enterprises. “The activity there was wild,” he says. “It was really dark. It felt very horrible. Sometimes we’ll ask if the spirits can let us know they’re there. [When we did], there was the sound of a baseball bat hitting the wall. It was the loudest bang ever.”
The next episode of Portals to Hell airs Friday at 10 p.m. EDT, when the pair will investigate Fort Williams Henry in Lake George, New York.
What’s more terrifying than a horror movie? A horror movie based on a true story so here’s the creepy real-life haunting that inspired 1408.
Here’s the creepy true story behind horror movie 1408. Directed by Swedish filmmaker Mikael Håfström, 1408 was released back in 2007 and hailed as one of the best horror movies of that year. It starred John Cusack as Mike Enslin, a paranormal skeptic who pens books debunking supernatural occurrences. His latest investigation takes him to a grand New York City hotel named The Dolphin that’s home to an infamously haunted room; the titular 1408. Despite warnings from hotel manager Gerald Olin (Samuel L. Jackson, Deep Blue Sea), Mike insists on staying in 1408 and soon finds his skepticism tested in terrifying ways.
1408 is based on the short story of the same name penned by master of the macabre Stephen King that first appeared in his self-narrated audiobook Blood And Smoke, and later in his short story collection Everything’s Eventual. In the movie, Mike records his thoughts on room 1408, stating “Hotel rooms are a naturally creepy place, don’t you think? I mean, how many people have slept in that bed before you? How many of them were sick? How many of them lost their minds?” That line is ripped almost verbatim from the foreword King wrote for “1408” in Everything’s Eventual, but the inherently creepy nature of hotel rooms wasn’t the only inspiration for the story.
According to an IMDb trivia tidbit, Stephen King was inspired to write “1408” after reading about an investigation conducted by parapsychologist Christopher Chacon at San Diego’s Hotel del Coronado. Built in the late 1880s, the luxurious hotel was a playground for Hollywood’s elite back in the Roaring Twenties and hosted stars including Charlie Chaplin, Mae West, and Greta Garbo but it’s most famous for a tragic incident that took place there a few years after its grand opening.
In 1892 a young woman named Kate Morgan checked into the Hotel del Coronado on Thanksgiving under a false name and informed staff she was waiting for a male companion. Five days after checking in, however, Kate’s body was found on a flight of stairs leading to the beach after she took her own life. Since then, hotel guests and employees have reported several spooky incidents mostly centered around the third-floor guestroom Morgan occupied, like objects inexplicably moving by themselves or disembodied voices and footsteps.
Funnily enough, it wasn’t Kate Morgan’s original room in which Christopher Chacon experienced paranormal goings-on but another room that was part of the maids’ quarters. After setting up infrared cameras, magnetic meters and the like, Chacon and his team detected a total of 37 abnormalities in the former maid’s room including a glass that fell to the floor by itself. Chacon’s experiences weren’t quite as terrifying as what poor Mike Enslin endures in 1408, but they’re still pretty creepy and – unlike the titular room in Stephen King’s story – guests can stay in the haunted rooms at Hotel del Coronado … if they dare.