The Catacombs of Rome are ancient Jewish and Christian
underground burial places near Rome, Italy. There are forty
known subterranean burial chambers in Rome. They were built
along Roman roads, like the Via Appia, the Via Ostiense,
the Via Labicana, the Via Tiburtina, and the Via Nomentana.
Names of the catacombs – like St Calixtus and St Sebastian
alongside Via Appia – refer to martyrs that might
be buried there.
Christian excavators built vast systems of galleries and
passages on top of each other. They lie 7-19 meters (22-65
ft) below the surface in area of more than 2.4 km²
(600 acres). Narrow steps that descend as many as four stories
join the levels. Passages are about 2.5x1 meters (8x3 feet).
Burial niches were carved into walls. They are 40-60 cm
(16-24 in) high and 120-150 cm (47-59 in) long. Bodies were
placed in chambers in stone sarcophagi in their clothes
and bound in linen. Then the chamber was sealed with a slab
bearing the name, age and the day of death. Fresco decorations
were typically Roman. The catacomb of Saint Agnes is a small
In 380, Christianity became a state religion. At first
many still desired to be buried in chambers alongside martyrs.
However, the practice of catacomb burial declined slowly,
and the dead were increasingly buried in church cemeteries.
In the 6th century catacombs were used only for martyrs’
memorial services. Apparently Ostrogoths, Vandals and Lombards
that sacked Rome also violated the catacombs, possibly looking
for valuables. By the 10th century catacombs were practically
abandoned, and holy relics were transferred to above-ground
basilicas. In the intervening centuries they remained forgotten
until they were accidentally rediscovered in 1578, after
which Antonio Bosio spent decades exploring and researching
them for his volume, Roma Sotterranea (1632).
Archeologist Giovanni Battista de Rossi (1822-1894) published
the first extensive professional studies about catacombs.
In 1956 and 1959 Italian authorities found more catacombs
near Rome. The catacombs have become an important monument
of the early Christian church.
Currently maintenance of the catacombs is in the hands
of the Papacy which has invested the Salesians of Don Bosco
the supervision of the Catacombs of St. Callixtus on the
outskirts of Rome.
They have frequently been a topic in classical music, featuring
in one of Respighi's Pini di Roma and in Mussorgsky's Pictures
from an Exhibition.
27.Marie Laveau's Tomb
In a sense, it does not really matter if Marie Laveau was
buried here, because the tomb has been accepted as her final
resting place and for generations the devoted and the curious
have been visiting this site, conducting all kinds of rituals,
leaving all kinds of gris-gris. You never quite know what
you will find upon visiting this gravesite, anything from
a statue of a monkey and a cock to a wedding cake couple circled
in coconut, cayenne, and honey, to a freshly dead rat wearing
Mardi Gras beads. Located in St. Louis Cemetery Number 1.
The true Statue of Marie Laveau
But you will always find the innumerable “X’s”
blanketing this tomb and several others. The origins of this
proverbial New Orleans Voodoo practice are unclear, but contrary
to popular belief, it is not rooted in age-old local ritual.
Judging from the sheer amount of X’s scrawled throughout
the cemetery, it would appear the legions of Voodoo practitioners
make their way through the City of the Dead on a regular basis.
Although more Voodoo is practiced at this one tomb than any
single tomb in the United States, many people who worship
through Voodoo and genuinely live it as a lifestyle have never
left a mark on the structures of the City of the Dead.
New Orleans Voodoo, like New Orleans culture,
is a mixture. Marie Laveau herself was a mixture: She was
a free person of color, born to Charles Laveau, a wealthy
French planter, and a mother who sources indicate could have
been a mulatto slave, a Caribbean Voodoo practitioner, or
a quadroon mistress. Marie may also have been part Choctaw.
The objects and actions employed in the practice of New Orleans
Voodoo are called “gris-gris.” “Gris”
is the French word for grey, signifying a mixture of black
and white magic, magic which can be used for different purposes.
Gris-gris, the basis of New Orleans Voodoo practice, is a
concept which is based upon mixture.
Marie Laveau’s gender is indicative of New Orleans
Voodoo. Hers was a matriarchal sect, like the African religion
upon which it is based. Marie Laveau also embodies New Orleans
Voodoo as an impresario. Voodoo ceremonies in Marie Laveau’s
day were looked upon by some people as entertainment; she
was the one who introduced this show-biz element. She understood
theatrical staging, possessing a good sense of what people
would line up and pay to see. These performances, and her
general voodoo practice, were highly lucrative. Aspects of
nineteenth-century New Orleans Voodoo were also business-oriented,
and she was a consummate businesswoman.
Many say her tomb is haunted and report feeling her presence.
Real host photos happen here all rhe time, so do EVP"s
and the appearence of her apprition and her great snake Zombi.
The oldest public library in the state of Indiana, established
in 1885 in Evansville Indiana. Listed in the National Register
of Historic Places.The library opened in 1885 and apparently
the ghost, whoever she is, dates from that time period because
her clothing matches costume of that era. Despite visits
from psychics and ghost researchers, no one has been able
to learn the identity of the spirit who haunts the building.
Live, 24-hour a day camera inside a haunted library in Evansville,
Indiana. See if you can catch the 'Grey Lady Ghost' in Willard
The Willard Library Ghost Cams were inspired by the question
"Is Willard Library Haunted?" It has become a
fascinating, and somewhat credible, legend that drives thousands
of people to search the library for remnants of lost spirits.
The site is a virtual ghost hunting mecca. Take a virtual
tour of the library with Greg Hager, Willard Library Director,
and see if you can locate the cams hidden in the building.
Libraryghost.com offers three cams for your ghost hunting
pleasure. The Children's Room cam and the Research Room
cam are both refreshed every thirty seconds. The newest
cam, which is located in the basement, is virtually live
- it refreshes every second!
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29. FENG-DU: The Realm of the Dead
The town of Fengdu, said to be the abode of devils, is
one of the first stops on your Yangtze River cruise. The
famous 'Ghost City' Situated on the northern bank of the
river between Zhongxian and Fuling, the city was depicted
as the 'City of Ghosts' in two ancient, classic Chinese
works - "Monkey King" and "Strange Stories
from a Chinese Studio". The origin of the town's extraordinary
reputation can be traced back to the Han Dynasty (206 B.C.
- 220 A.D.) when two officials, Yin and Wang, became Taoist
recluses here and eventually Immortals. Later in the Tang
Dynasty, their names were combined to mean "King of
Thereafter, Mt. Mingshan gained its reputation as the 'City
of Ghosts' where the king lived.There is a necropolis called
Fengdu modelled after the Chinese Hell in Taoist mythology,
built over 1800 years ago. The famous ghost town will become
an island after Three Gorges Dam project. Specifically,
part of the ghost town of Fengdu will be submerged, but
scenery above the "Door of Hell" will remain.
Today, the town throngs with many tourists who come to
visit temples and shrines dedicated to the gods of the underworld.
Landmarks here bear horrific names - Last Glance at Home
Tower, Nothing-to-be-done Bridge, and Ghost Torturing Pass
- the three trials for ghosts who wanted to enter the nether
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The Shanghai Tunnels that run under Portland. If you haven’t
heard of this place before don’t worry it’s
not that well known. There are many mysterious archways
and tunnels leading all throughout old-town Portland. You
can see a variety of architectural periods represented in
the structure of the tunnels and walls. A segment of the
once-hidden world of shanghaiing. You will venture into
the "Portland Underground" to see remnants of
this shocking maritime history --- unique architecture,
underground holding cells, a "dead fall" trapdoor,
unearthed artifacts of this terrible, misguided labor practice,
and more. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the
secret haunted history of shanghaiing.
People who want to find Portlands ghosts usually seek out
this reported real "Haunted Hot Spot" this is
the great noths "Paranormal Zone" like cemeteries
or vacated houses and buildings with histories of disasters
or multiple deaths these tunnels are very haunted.
31. Crescent Hotel
75 Prospect Ave., Eureka Springs AR 72632
A number of rooms are haunted in this historic hotel. Room
218 is the spot where Michael, an Irish stonemason, landed
when he fell from the hotel's roof during construction.
His ghost is said to bang on the walls and turn the lights
and television on and off. Rooms 202 and 424 are also said
to be haunted. Outside of the Recreation Room, the ghost
of Dr. Norman Baker often appears, looking a bit confused.
He ran a controversial hospital and health resort in the
building during the 1930s. A nurse, dressed in a white uniform,
has been seen on the third floor. A woman in Room 419 introduces
herself as a cancer patient to guests and housekeepers,
then vanishes. Also roaming the grounds is a gentleman in
Victorian clothing who haunts the lobby, the confused ghost
of Doctor Baker (who ran the facility in the 1930s when
it was a hospital/health spa), and the ghost of a nurse
dressed in white who wanders the entire hotel.
Guests have reported sightings and other odd
happenings in a number of guest rooms, the lobby, dining
room and the grounds of this great historic hotel in Haunted
You don't need to stay in a haunted room to see a real
ghost at the Crescent Hotel. Outside of the Recreation Room,
the ghost of Dr. Norman Baker often appears, looking a bit
confused. He ran a controversial hospital and health resort
in the building during the 1930s. Many people believe honestly
that the spring water that flows underneath the hotel is
high in energy and it attracts ghostly apparitions. Is this
just a publicity gimmick to help a failing hotel? It could
be, but actually the hotel was starting to do well before
the ghosts were sighted.
The Crystal Dining Room of the Crescent Hotel is particularly
active, and many spirits in Victorian garb hve been spotted
there at the tables or in the mirrors. Once, at Christmastime,
the staff reported leaving a Christmas tree and presents
at one end of the locked and empty Crystal Dining Room.
Upon their return, the staff found the tree and presents
moved to the other end of the room, and chairs facing the
tree in a semi-circle.
The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa has a rich and fascinating
history. Read about some of the earliest accounts from these
stories taken from the Eureka Springs Times Echo, one of
Eureka Springs' early newspapers which is still in existence
today and some fascinating information on Dr. Norman Baker,
one time owner of the Crescent Hotel who ran a "Cancer
Hospital" in his "Castle in the Air".
The hotel was designed by the architect Isaac L. Taylor
in 1886.It was used as a hotel for several years before
it could no longer sustain itself financially.
In 1908, the hotel was opened as the Crescent College and
Conservatory for Young Women. Soon it couldn't afford to
stay open as a school either.The school closed in 1924 and
then reopened from 1930 to 1934 as a junior college.
The Crescent was leased as a summer hotel after the school
closed. In 1937, it got a new owner.Norman Baker turned
the place into a hospital and health resort. Baker was an
inventor and had made millions of dollars by 1934. Baker
wasn't happy just inventing things because he thought of
himself as a doctor (even though he had no medical training).
He claimed to have discovered a number of "cures"
for various ailments, including cancer.He was sure that
organized medicine was conspiring against him. He had recently
been ran out of Iowa for practicing medicine without a license.
Baker moved his cancer patients to Arkansas and he advertised
the health resort.The "cure" was basically drinking
the natural spring water. No one was really harmed by this,
but it wasn't really the advertised "miracle cure".
Federal charges were filed against him for mail fraud and
he spent four years in prison. The Crescent Hotel was left
The hotel stayed closed until 1946 when new investors took
it over and began trying to restore this odd and historical
piece of Ozark history.
Established in May 1864 as a final
resting place for Union soldiers who died in Louisiana during
the Civil War, the cemetery also contains the remains of
veterans of the Spanish- American War, World Wars I and
II, and Vietnam. Four Americans who fought in the War of
1812 are buried here, but only one of them took part in
the Battle of New Orleans.
Six miles southeast of New Orleans
is the Chalmette Battlefield, which preserves the site of
the January 8, 1815, Battle of New Orleans, a decisive American
victory over the British at the end of the War of 1812.
Facilities include a tour road, visitor center, and the
Malus-Beauregard House (c.1833). Adjacent is the Chalmette
National Cemetery. Located on St. Bernard Highway in Chalmette.
The Battlefield is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Adjacent to the battlefield, is
the United States Civil War Chalmette National Cemetery,
honoring Civil War soldiers who died on both sides. Those
buried there include members of the famous Buffalo Soldiers.
The cemetery sits on a tract of land which is approximately
where the British artillery was located during the Battle
of New Orleans. Both of these sites are maintained by the
National Park Service, and are open to the public.
Also located on the Chalmette Battlefield
grounds, and serving as a museum and visitor center, is
the Beauregard House. Beauregard House was never used as
a plantation, and was built in 1830. It is named for René
Beauregard, its last owner, the son of the Civil War Confederate
General, P. G. T. Beauregard (whose monument is at the entrance
to City Park, at the north end of Esplanade Avenue). While
many visitors arrive by automobile, many also arrive by
riverboat, the Chalmette Battlefield being part of the tour.
Additional artifacts of the Civil
War can be seen at the Confederate Civil War Museum, located
in downtown New Orleans, 929 Camp Street, just one block
from Lee Circle
33. Voodoo Cemetery Gates Of Guinee
One old tradition still observed in New Orleans today was
to search for Secret Voodoo Cemetery Gates Of Guinee, The
Mysterious Portal To The Afterworld. Bringing something
as an offering, (a piece of King Cake, Mardi Gras Beads
etc.). The dead love sweets and gifts, and even more so
they love King Cake in New Orleans.
In Voodoo, the soul continues to live on earth and may
be used in magic or it may be incarnated in a member of
the dead person's family. This belief is similar to Catholicism
in that the soul is believed to be immortal. Elaborate burial
customs have been established to keep the dead buried in
the ground. It is believed that corpses, or a persons spirit
bottle* that have been removed from their tombs may be turned
into zombies, who then serve the will of their masters.
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34. Haunted San Francisco, California
Haunted San Francisco has many a said haunted location
from buildings to cemeteries and the most famous hot spot
of mystery Alcatraz Prison. The now closed prison ghost
are not so quiet, sounds of ghostly footsteps and the real
sounds of cell doors opening and closing also echo throughout
the empty haunted corridors. Visitors, Tour guides, and
paranormal investigators and workers have all reported feeling
many localized "cold haunted ghost spots" in certain
common areas, and the feeling that they are not alone. EVP"S,
ghost photos and ghostly encounters abound.
The prison on Alcatraz Island, a lonely outcropping in the
middle of San Francisco Bay, was opened in 1933 as a maximum-security
facility for America's most dangerous criminals. Among its
most celebrated internees were Chicago crime boss Al Capone
and Robert "Birdman" Stroud. Life on Alcatraz
was hard: Inmates were lucky to spend one hour a day outside
their cells, and those so favored usually spent the time
breaking rocks. Violating prison rules could mean months
of solitary confinement, sometimes in the Hole, a tiny cell
with no light. The prison was shut down in 1963, and Alcatraz
Island became a national park site. But the building still
stands, and some of the poor souls that served time and
died there seem to be locked forever behind its dank walls.
Several visitors have reported hearing moans, agonized
cries and chains rattling in cell blocks A, B, and particularly
C. A psychic who visited the site claimed to identify the
unruly spirit of a man named Butcher inhabiting the place.
Prison records confirm that Abie Maldowitz, a mob hit man
nicknamed Butcher, was killed by a fellow inmate in the
laundry area of cell block C. The D cell block is supposedly
haunted as well, with visitors reporting cold spots and
the sound of phantom banjo music coming from rooms that
once housed Al Capone.
Many a haunted building and locations you to visit. From
San Francisco Arts Institute often said to be built on a
cemetery in the early 1900's after The great earthquake,
it is haunted by more then a few hundred said restless spirits.
San Francisco Art Institute.
to Our Most Haunted Top Ten Ghost
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Neztbands' Haunted Haight Walking
Touris an evening journey through the local "haunts"
of San Francisco's famous Haight-Ashbury district. Your
host, a long time resident, ghost historian, active member
of The American Ghost Society & founder of The San Francisco
Ghost Society leads this two hour walking tour and lets
you discover the many ghosts, witches and macabre history
of Haight-Ashbury. You also learn what ghost hunters do
and all about parapsychology! Price includes a detailed
guidebook with map, flashlight and "spooky" goodie-bag
filled with tricks and treats! Come join this unique tour
and learn all about The Haight-Ashbury like never before!
Salem, Massachusetts is home to a world of haunting's!
Walk the narrow streets What it has been branded “
The Haunted Witch City” with haunted shops, strange
haunted museums,and very many haunted house and building.
In a Salem haunted cemetery read the epitaphs of history
on one their many colonial haunted graves. Meet real Salem
Witches who are waiting to guide you through our city’s
mysteries haunted streets on a Haunted Witch or Haunted
ghost tours.. Shop mystical emporiums that will entice you
with treasures found nowhere else.
Whether you earnestly try to unravel Salem's haunting's
or Witch trial ghost filled present or past, or just to
experience Salem's bewitching haunted charm and beauty ,
a journey to Haunted Salem, Massachusetts is a journey into
a truly haunted city.
The infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692 gave birth to a
deeply haunted heritage that haunted Salem citizens cannot
ever try to openly deny.
Today, Haunted Salem embrace's the dark haunted past that
so many would try to dismiss. Listen closely to the haunted
ghost whispers on the winds and you will hear the cry of
the ghost of innocent victims who were tortured and killed
because of the ghastly gruesome Witchcraft hysteria of 1692.
You can also experience the Witch Trials first hand by visiting
one of our many said haunted museums that are dedication
Haunted buildings, haunted houses, even the Town Center
is said to be more then just haunted by a few, but by a
multitude of ghost.
Victorian Rookwood necropolis in Sydney, but it is the
grave of the notorious Davenport Brothers, famous spiritualists.
Rookwood Cemetery (officially named The Necropolis and named
when it opened as The Necropolis, Haslams Creek.) is the
largest multicultural necropolis in the Southern Hemisphere,
close to Lidcombe Station in Sydney, Australia.
The name Rookwood came some 20 years after the establishment
of the necropolis, it was a means to differentiate the local
village of Haslams Creek from the association of the burial
ground, the village changed its name to Rookwood, and naturally
the cemetery was soon known as Rookwood, the village changed
its name again in the early 20th Century to "Lidcombe"
(a combination of two Mayors names, Lidbury and Larcombe
- Larcombe was also a Monumental Stone Mason). The cemetery
retained the name Rookwood.
Approximately one million people have their final resting
place within the boundaries of its almost 3 km². The
"Friends of Rookwood Inc" raise public awareness
of the cultural and historical value of the cemetery and
also the need to ensure its preservation.
Some older sections of Rookwood are overgrown with a riot
of plants, early horticultural plants, some now large trees
or groves, as well as an interesting array of remnant indigenous
flora. This results in quite an eclectic mix of flora to
be found within the necropolis. Many say that since so many
are interred here it can't just help being one of the most
haunted places where the dead are buried.
1700's, probably a few years before the 1718 founding of
New Orleans as the colonial seat of government, a settler
claimed land from an original royal grant for his dwelling
and defined its entrance with an alley of live oaks in two
rows leading to the river. Although we do not know how successful
he was in his efforts to adapt in the New World, it is clear
that his live oaks had no problem. Native to the area, they
thrived and by 1722, when the early Capuchin Fathers arrived
at St. Jacques de Cabahanoce to establish the settlement
of St. James Parish, the young trees had already attained
a stature which hinted at the magnificence that was to be
Old buildings appear to be particularly attractive to ghosts.
These last are often alleged to be souls of former residents
whose earthly mission was tragically cut short, leaving
a frustrated spirit grasping at bizarre means to capture
the attention and support of the living in order to resolve
personal unfinished business. Of course, the older the building
the longer the list of resident souls and the greater the
possibility of drama. No antebellum plantation home is without
at least one ghost, running the gamut from wispy shadows
to an assortment of aggressive, howling poltergeists. Oak
Alley is no exception.
Generally speaking, Oak Alley is recognized more for the
beauty of her setting than for mysterious disturbances,
but tour guides, visitors and staff members alike have shared
interesting experiences over the years. The following include
some of the more obvious:
Upon closing the house one evening following a private
function, Denise Becnel, assistant house manger, her daughter,
Kaysha and tour guides Connie Donadieu and Billie Jo Bourgeois,
were surprised to notice that the lamp in what is referred
to as the lavender room was still on. The four ladies each
remembered clearly that all but security system illumination
had been turned off prior to their leaving the house and
heading toward the parking lot. As they stood looking up
in bewilderment at the light shining from the lavender room
windows, they saw the shadowy figure of a lady closely resembling
photos they had often seen of Mrs. Stewart, last resident
owner of Oak Alley, gazing down at them from her pleasant
bedroom lookout. Denise had no more asked, "What's
that?", when the upstairs gallery lamps blinked once.
That was enough! All four took off toward their cars and
lost no time in exiting the plantation grounds. No until
they were passing by the alley on River Road did they look
at the house and saw to their amazement that all windows
were dark and everything was as it should be.
38. Eastern State
Known as being the most expensive building built in the
U.S. at the time, the Eastern State Penitentiary became
a prototype in design to 300 prisons. The inmates who broke
the rules risked being dunked in a bath of ice-cold water
then hung from a wall for the night. During the winter months,
when this punishment was most popular, the water on the
inmates's skin would form into a layer of ice before morning.
Since its closure visitors, employees and those researching
paranormal activity have reportedly heard unexplained eerie
sounds throughout the prison. Eastern State Penitentiary,is
a a grim 172-year-old former state prison, was once home
to famous inmates Al Capone and Willie Sutton. Pained former
prisoners are said to haunt Eastern State's dark Gothic
halls. Halloween staff regularly reports seeing the "Soap
Lady" dressed in white in the last cell on the second
floor. "Terror Behind the Walls," a Halloween
tour of the 12-acre site, is offered by candlelight, with
visits to The Asylum, Cellblock of Lost Souls and a Tunnel
Escape included in the "fun." Not for the faint
of heart. 20th Street & Fairmount Avenue, (215) 236-5111
39.Tuen Mun Road, Hong Kong
Over the years, hundreds of people have claimed that this
highway is haunted. Since 1978, many lives have been lost
due to car accidents on that expressway. The high death
toll is blamed on ghosts because they supposedly pop up
in the middle of the road when people are driving, thus
causing them to make really sharp turns to avoid them and
then end up crashing. The ghosts of past victims are said
to be seen there at night and some drivers have even claimed
that they lost complete control of their vehicle several
40. Bannerman's -
The Haunted Isle
This island on the Hudson River in New York has been the
subject of legend and wild rumors since earliest times.
Some Indian tribes believed it haunted and refused to set
foot on it. Pollepel Island is sometimes referred to as
The principal feature on the island is Bannerman's Castle,
an abandoned military surplus warehouse. It was built
in the style of a castle by businessman Francis Bannerman
VI. It remains one of a very small number of structures
in the United States which can properly be called a castle.
Bannerman's Castle is located on Bannerman's Island in
the Hudson River, a few miles south of the Beacon-Newburgh
Bridge. The castle was built as a weapons arsenal by Francis
Bannerman VI, a businessman who dealt in military surplus
from the Spanish-American war. Today, the island is owned
by Hudson Highlands State Park.
One of the largest ghost hunts ever conducted results in
dozens of strange experiences, unexplained photos... and
perhaps more questions than answers. The most haunted abode
in Scotland is the Close of Mary King in Edinburgh. It was
built in the 1600s, and it contained hundreds of people
during the plague of 1645 when they were quarantined. Voices,
dogs, and a lady clad in black have all been recorded.
Edinburgh Castle, suspected to be one the most haunted
spots in Scotland, is appropriately judged considering Edinburgh
has been said to be the most haunted city in all of Europe,
and possibly the world. The castle is a historical fortress
and parts of it have withstood its 900 year history. A battleground
of countless deaths, Edinburgh Castle can easily be thought
of as an eternal spot of unrest for fallen soldiers. Other
ghosts said to haunt the castle are a phantom piper, a headless
drummer, the spirits of French prisoners from the Seven
Years War and colonial prisoners from the American Revolutionary
War and even a dog that wanders the castle's cemetery. Other
areas of Edinburgh also have ghostly reputations: the subterranean
vaults of South Bridge and a disused street called Mary
Kings Close where victims of the Black Death plague were
sealed up to die. What also makes Edinburgh Castle so noteworthy
among the paranormal community is that in 2001, Dr. Richard
Weisman took a group of 240 volunteers, ignorant of the
castle's past, on a walk-through of the castle and its surroundings
in order to gather paranormal data. Armed with every ghost
busting tool imaginable, almost all the volunteers reported
experiences such as drops in temperature, shadowy figures,
burning sensations in the limbs, physical touching, and
tugging at clothes. One woman was even brave enough to stay
the night alone in a South Bridge vault. She reported hearing
heaving breathing from the corner of the cell that got louder
throughout the night and she saw strange flashes of light.
What is most intriguing about the whole experiment is that
even though none of the volunteers had any previous knowledge
of what rooms had haunted reputations and which ones didn't,
they reported the most amount of activity from the reputed
locations and saw many of the same things as other tourists.
Click here to read more about Edinburgh's grisly past, and
here for more about Dr. Weisman's investigation.
Greyfriar’s Cemetery has been
considered haunted for generations. Its history is filled
with the horrific, from deliberate headstone removal and
desecration, bodysnatching and live burial, to witch burnings
and use as a mass prison. Around 1998, however, a new and
inexplicable phenomenon began occurring in the graveyard
where visitors claimed to have encountered cold spots, nauseating
smells, loud noises coming from empty tombs, and even physical
injury. Many visitors and tour guides have been the victim
of attack by unseen entities who leave bruises, cuts, and
scratches on the unwary. People were routinely knocked unconscious
and overcome by debilitating nausea and vomiting. Homes
near the graveyard became plagues by poltergeist activities
such as smashed china and glassware, moving objects, shadowy
figures, and menacing, guttural laughter.
There are two areas of the cemetery where activity is extremely
dense, one being the area around the MacKenzie Mausoleum
(also called the Black Tomb) and the other in the gated
area known as the Covenanter’s Prison.
It is said that George MacKenzie is the shadowy entity
haunting the area near his family tomb. In the 17th century,
MacKenzie, a loyal subject to Charles II of England, is
said to have ruthlessly persecuted and imprisoned “unrepentant”
Scottish Presbyterians who formally entered into what they
called a “Covenant Between God and Country.”
This act of Scottish loyalty excluded the authority of Charles
II and it is said that MacKenzie soundly punished all those
Covenanters he could round up. Many were imprisoned in harsh
and unforgiving conditions in a small area inside Greyfriar’s
and most of the Covenanters died there rather than revoke
their oath. Since that horrible event, the Covenanter’s
Prison as well as the MacKenzie Mausoleum have both been
fearsomely active, although it was not until recently that
the spirits said to inhabit the area have begun to strike
out against visitors and nearby residents.
Currently, the Covenanter’s Prison area is only accessible
to visitors accompanied by a tour guide; the MacKenzie Mausoleum
is nearby and can be visited and photographed – at
one’s own peril, evidently.
43. Whitechapel/Spittalfields, London East
End, London, England
The Whitechapel / Spittalfields area of East London has
been actively settled since Roman times. Many of the historic
buildings are built on the remains of old Roman settlements.
Throughout the Dark and Middle Ages, the East End was a
burgeoning commerce area, mostly inhabited by Anglos and
Jewish moneylenders. In Elizabethan times the East End looked
and smelled like something right out of one of Shakespeare’s
history plays, and, in fact, the character of Falstaff (Henry
V) is said to have been based on an innkeeper from the notorious
East End. It was a place of soldiers and prostitutes, brawls
and bawdy houses.
The coming of high Victorian morals did nothing to dull
this seedy reputation and the Whitechapel / Spittalfields
area, while known to humanitarians for its extreme poverty,
was also known to all as the home of thieves, prostitutes,
and the most derelict of English society.
In 1888 the Whitechapel area of London was the scene of
some of the most brutal murders ever recorded: the famous
Jack the Ripper crimes. Yet the murders – and the
identity of Jack – remain unsolved, even today. Many
assert that the killer was a doctor or was somehow connected
to the medical profession; others believe the killer to
have been Queen Victoria’s grandson, Prince Albert
Victor, though nothing substantial has ever arisen to support
Five women, all of them poor prostitutes, were slaughtered
by the mysterious Jack in the span of just four months,
known collectively as “The Autumn of Terror.”
Four of the women – Mary Nicholls, Annie Chapman,
Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes – were found in
various streets and alleys throughout Whitechapel horribly
disfigured and mutilated. The fifth – Mary Kelly –
was the only victim murdered in an interior location; as
such she was the most horribly mutilated, the death scene
like something from a slaughterhouse.
Jack the Ripper enjoyed a brief career as London’s
most infamous serial murder and the fact that he was never
caught still adds to the mystery surrounding him. Nevertheless,
it is thought that his horrible mutilation of Mary Kelly
was his last act of violence and there is no evidence that
Jack, whoever he may have been, killed again after November
Today visitors to London’s East End can walk the
streets that Jack prowled and visit pubs and other locations
he may have haunted in life – and death. Walking tours
of the area are very popular and although Jack’s legacy
is certainly the most enduring. Other ghosts that haunt
the East End are those of Jack’s victims, in various
stages of mutilation; a ghostly band of Roman soldiers;
a murderous sea captain’s ghost that haunts a local
pub; and a mysterious black carriage drawn by ghastly white
horses that approaches without a sound and disappears right
before your eyes. These and other haunts, combined with
the long haunted history of the East End make it one of
the must visit ghostly locations in the world.
Auschwitz death camp was in operation from May 1940 until
its liberation by Soviet forces in January 1945. It is estimated
that 2.1 to 2.5 million people were killed in the gas chambers
during that time, of whom 2 million were Jews and the remainder
were Poles, Gypsies and Soviet POWs. But this estimate is
considered by historians to be strictly a minimum, because
the total number of deaths at Auschwitz and its sister camp
Birkenau can never really be known.
It is clear that Auschwitz-Birkenau was considered by the
Germans to be one of their most efficient extermination
centers as early as 1941 when the mortuary crematorium at
the Auschwitz main camp was adapted as a gas chamber. Additional
huts, called “bunkers,” were added around January
1942 and were especially active in the autumn of 1944 when
extra capacity was needed for the systematic murder of Hungarian
Jews and the liquidation of the ghettos. Between January
1942 and March 1943 over 175,000 Jews were gassed to death
here, their bodies burned in open pits nearby.
By early 1943 it was clear that Hitler’s SS were
using Auschwitz as a mass-murder factory. Twin pairs or
state of the art gas chambers using Zyklon-B gas were opened
in March and April 1943. The capacity of these crematoria
was 4,420 persons. Once inside the chambers it took about
20 minutes for the gas to kill this number of people. The
killings took place in the underground chambers and the
bodies were carried to five crematoria ovens on an electrically
operated lift. Before cremation, gold teeth, jewelry, and
other valuables were removed from the corpses. Captured
Jews, known as “sonderkommandos” were forced
to work the crematoria under SS supervision.
Anyone who has visited Auschwitz-Birkenau is struck by
the overwhelming sense of melancholy and foreboding; visitors
have been known to break down in tears for no apparent reason
and many have to abandon their tour groups without ever
completing the tour. Visitors are struck not only by the
horrific memory of the place, but also by the effect it
has on the present day: birds still refuse to sing in the
trees surrounding the death camps and there is little evidence
of a thriving natural environment anywhere nearby. The silence,
as they saw, is deafening, even after all these years.
People have reported cold spots and areas of intense emotional
concentration. Photographs over the years have revealed
the presence of spirit manifestations in the form of misty
apparitions, shadows, light anomalies and orbs. Given its
history and the imprint of horror it leaves on the modern
mind, Auschwitz-Birkenau is the most haunted place on earth.
45. Fremantle Prison
Fremantle Prison in Western Australia -The Fremantle Prison
has a rich and varied past. As a place of incarceration
for almost 150 years its inmates included British convicts,
local prisoners, military prisoners, enemy aliens and prisoners
of war. Fremantle Prison was constructed soon after the
arrival of the convict ship Scindian in 1850. The Swan River
Colony was settled by free settlers in 1829. In 1849, the
farmers petitioned the colonial authority to request skilled
convicts be sent from the British government. The first
ship with 75 prisoners aboard arrived even before confirmation
of the request was received. Edmund Henderson found on arrival
that the town was unprepared and arranged temporary accommodation
for the convicts at the harbour master's warehouse (now
the Esplanade Hotel). Under direction from Henderson, James
Manning and Henry Wray supervised the construction of the
prison using convict labour from limestone quarried on-site.
Construction began in 1851 and was completed in 1859. The
first prisoners were moved there in 1855.
The face of Martha Rendell, the only woman to be hanged
at Fremantle, appears in the window of the church regularly.
The face seems to be caused by ripples in the glass that
reflect light in an unusual way, but the resemblance is
46. VOODOO VILLAGE
MYSTERIOUS LITTLE CORNER OF HAUNTED MEMPHIS You know you're
from Memphis when you know all about Voodoo Village. The
hoodoo empire of Walsh Harris' Voodoo Village, (a fenced
compound of brightly colored houses and signs in deep South
Memphis) Home to a variety of artistic and intellectual
Rumors of Animal Sacrifices and Strange Masonic Rituals
Make Voodoo Village One of the Most Enduring Legends of
Haunted Memphis >
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47. Haunted Savannah, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia is considered by many the most haunted
city in America. It was named so by Fox Television's Scariest
Places on Earth television series and there is enough history
and legend permeating the old town to fill hundreds of books.
Its colorful and legend-filled past enthralls visitors to
this day; its streets are filled with the shadows and ghosts
of bygone days, perhaps still waiting to greet the inquisitive
traveler. "Savannah was built on its dead," pays
homage to its grave beginnings.
See America's Most Haunted City
The city's founding father, Englishman James Edward Oglethorpe,
was so enthralled with the areas lush tropical shoreline
and very mild climate that when he landed on the shores
of the Savannah River in 1733 he chose to remain. Shortly
after his arrival, Oglethorpe chartered the great city of
Savannah in what was to become the final New World Crown
Colony of England's King George II.
Much of the original, dreamlike beauty that Oglethorpe
experienced over two centuries ago endures to this day.
Spanish moss still hangs low from the spreading oak trees,
the deep waters of the Savannah River still lazily pass
by, and the sea breezes still waft in from the open ocean
waters. The classic beauty of this old Southern bastion
has inspired writers and artists alike over the centuries.
Many films have used Savannah as a backdrop, most notably
the movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."
But many residents and visitors insist that Savannah really
does have a "midnight side" and that it is a city
still holding onto its past with a strong grip. In fact,
many believe that some of of its citizens still feel the
tug of this gentle city even from beyond the grave.
In Savannah you can hear chilling, ghost-filled tales on
historical walks into the city's storied past; or you can
experience first hand the "midnight side" of this
Old Southern Lady in one of her haunted cemeteries or historic
residents. There is a haunted train ride and a horse-drawn
trolley tour through the dark streets; or visit a haunted
plantation and historic locations where soldiers of the
Civil War still plan battles or stand guard despite the
long passage of time. You may even want to experience a
ghost tour from the seat of a real hearse!
Savannah's Fort Jackson is the oldest standing fort in
Georgia. The site where the fort now stands has been used
since the 1740's, and has a rich history relating to the
defense of Savannah from earliest days to the end of the
19th century. The site was fortified during the Revolutionary
War as an earthen fort. The original brick fort was begun
in 1808 and was manned during the War of 1812. During the
Civil War, Fort Jackson was held for a time by Confederate
forces until the Old Southern Lady made the acquaintance
of one W.T. Sherman. Union soldiers took the old fort and
held it until the end of the war. The fort is one of Savannah's
most popular haunted tourist attractions with unmatched
daytime educational and historical programs and "after
hours" programs for ghost hunters of all ages.
48. FRANKLIN CASTLE
Franklin Castle has the distinction of being known as Ohio's
most Haunted House. The historic Franklin Castle located
at 4308 Franklin Boulevard in Cleveland, Ohio. The majority
of the ghost stories and legends about the Castle stem from
the tenancy of its builders.
Whether it is a fair description or not, history has painted
Hannes Tiedemann as overbearing and dominating, at best.
At worst, as a cruel and temperamental monster of a man,
capable of the worst crimes of passion. A number of murders
have been attributed to him for generations, though as far
as I can tell he was never formally accused during his lifetime,
let alone tried or convicted. Nonetheless, it is considered
to be a fact that he was responsible for the deaths of at
least two women in his household: his daughter and a servant.
GHOST PHOTOS FRANKLIN CASTLE AND STORY
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49. HULL HOUSE
Many a tale of horror is associated with that of Jane Addam's
Hull House, One of America's most famous haunted houses.
Founded by Jane Addams in 1889 on Chicago's Near haunted
West side, this now world famous social settlement has become
a museum dedicated to Jane Addams and her many works. The
house is in a community where, long ago, immigrants fought
in the streets to find their place in Chicago. Hull House
is rumored to be the most haunted place in the area... Some
hear footsteps, voices are often heard, and a cold touch
or bump by an unseen specter. The stories told time and
again by both staff and visitors.
The most notorious inhabitant of Hull House might be the
Devil Baby of Hull House. That is if, in fact, one ever
existed. Even though Jane Addams did everything within her
power to persuade people, both in person and in print, that
this child was just myth, to this day some still believe
the Devil Baby remains trapped in the attic of Hull House.
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Within a five-minute walk you can find yourself at the
Louisiana Superdome for a NFL Saints home game or at the
New Orleans Arena for a world-class concert or NBA Hornet’s
game. If your travel to New Orleans is conference related,
you will be pleased to know that Le Pavillon is only eight
blocks to the Morial Convention Center, the largest convention
center in Louisiana. During Carnival season in New Orleans,
Hotel Le Pavillon is an ideal location as Mardi Gras parades
roll only two blocks away from the grand entrance of this
classic French Quarter hotel.
Built in 1907, Le Pavillon New Orleans Hotel is a member
of Historic Hotels of America and maintains membership in
the Leading Hotels of the World. Le Pavillon New Orleans
Hotel has been the proud recipient of AAA’s four-diamond
award since 1996. Out of hundreds of eligible New Orleans
Hotels, Le Pavillon Hotel was named to the "Gold List"
by Conde Nast for 2005. At one point a few years ago the
hotel management was said to have hired several local well
known paranormal investigator, who identified several ghosts
in the hotel. One group found four and recorded EVP"s
saying "Please, get out." and " Hold On I
see You Now.", another Investigative team say they
documented over 100 individual Ghost and haunted hotspots
in the hotel. And still another Ghost group said it was
actually a portal to the other side.
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