We all love searching for the things that go bump in the night. The ghosts the ghoulies and the reading about their haunted existences. Many believe that certian locations seem to be more haunted then others. Be it the worlds most Haunted Cemtery, Haunted House or Haunted Country. Ghost seem to be everywhere living people haunt.
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By now we all have heard or read about the many real ghost and their real hauntings that defy explaination. You can probally name every haunted hotspot in the world worth investigating. With the advent of the Ghost Hunters craze started in America by Jason Hawes and Grant Wilsons. This super highly rated show and that of the UK's Most Haunted, from these the 21st century's ghost hunting phenomena was born.
Ghost Hunters is an American paranormal reality television series that premiered on October 6, 2004 on Syfy. The program features Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, who work a day job as Roto-Rooter plumbers and by night investigate places that are reported to be haunted.
The show should not be confused with the original 1996 Inca Productions show Ghosthunters produced for the Discovery Channel. The format was sold to the U.S. to become Ghost Hunters. The only remaining link between the two shows is presenter Ian Cashmore who anchored the UK/Europe show. Cashmore piloted the U.S. show, but chose not to remain part of the U.S. venture after he filmed the promos.
The program has been criticised by skeptical groups. Some of their specific criticisms include the use unscientific methodology and accusations of faking evidence.
Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, along with other team members who belong to the group they founded, The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS), investigate locations of interest by using various electronic equipment which they believe is capable of detecting paranormal activity.
When investigating a location, TAPS team members first survey the property with its owners, who describe their experiences at the site. Next, the team sets up electronic equipment in the apparent paranormal "hot spots." The TAPS team then spends several hours taking electromagnetic field and temperature readings, recording audio for EVPs, and filming with digital video cameras. Many times, they will even try to verbally coax the "ghosts" into responding, while recording. Afterwards, the team spends several hours analyzing all of the data for signs of possible paranormal activity.
A few days after reviewing the information, Hawes and Wilson discuss their findings with the location site owners, offer suggestions for dealing with any apparent activity, and answer any questions the owners may have.
TAPS does not believe every piece of evidence gathered is proof of the paranormal. To lend credibility to their investigations, the team tries to debunk what they find and look for reasonable explanations for things such as "cold spots" (that may be drafty windows), "moving objects" (that may have been accidentally bumped or tugged), "phantom lights" (that may be reflections of light from a passing vehicle), and "strange noises" (that may be a thumping branch or vermin in the walls).
Since the show began airing, TAPS has recorded thousands of hours of audio and video data. Most investigations, according to TAPS, turn up cold with very little, if any, paranormal activity occurring. The ghost hunters claim to have several good recordings of strange mists, odd lights, moving objects, and shadowy figures that manifest before the camera which are highlighted at the end of the show.
Syfy categorizes the show as a docu-soap. In addition to the investigative aspect, the show highlights personal conflicts and relationships among members of the TAPS team. Portions of some episodes portray Jason and Grant involved with their plumbing job or personal lives, but this varies by episode and is not always included.
The Most Haunted team travels around not only the UK, but also Ireland, the Netherlands, Romania, and the United States, investigating paranormal activity for 24 hours at a time.
Most Haunted Live! (sometimes written as Most Haunted Live) is a spin-off of the paranormal reality television series Most Haunted and is also produced by Antix Productions. The show consists of paranormal investigations broadcast live over a period of one or more nights, usually with interactive sections that involve the viewer.
Most Haunted is a British paranormal documentary reality television series that premiered on May 25, 2002 on Living. The programme is based on investigating purported paranormal activity. It is shown on the satellite and cable channels Living, Living2 and Virgin 1 (Formerly Ftn), primarily for the UK market. It is also shown in the United States on the Travel Channel, on the W Channel in Australia and Canada, TV4 Plus in Sweden, FEM in Norway, TV ONE in New Zealand, Sub in Finland and Stöð 2 in Iceland. It is produced by Antix Productions, led by Yvette Fielding and her husband, Karl Beattie.
Originally intended to be Most Haunted Series 10, Most Haunted: Midsummer Murders was an eight part series where Most Haunted investigators attempted to solve murder mysteries in normal English villages. It was hosted by Most Haunted Live! historian Lesley Smith. The series commenced on a weekly broadcast from 19 June 2007 to 31 July 2007 and the team visited (in order of broadcast) Stoney Middleton, Nantwich, Castleton, Pluckley, Ruthin, Tutbury, Tarvin, and Bakewell. An episode, shot in Lymm Village, saw the team investigate a suspect of Jack the Ripper. This episode was not aired on television but will be released in 2009 on the Midsummer Murders Complete Series DVD.
Most Haunted: Recurring Nightmares
In Most Haunted: Recurring Nightmares, the presenters recall their most frightening visits.
Most Haunted USA
Most Haunted USA was an eight-part mini-series that aired on the American Travel Channel from 12 December 2008 to 30 January 2009. The series has also aired in the UK and includes the team's investigation at the infamous Waverly Hills Sanitorium in Kentucky. In the UK, it will air as part of Series 11.
Former shows include Most Haunted: Extra which ran directly after premiere episodes of Series 2 to 9, documenting behind-the-scenes antics of the cast and crew on that night's location and Most Haunted Live: Access All Areas a phone in show to discuss the preceding or following live event.
The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado has included many prestigious guests, including Titanic survivor Margaret Brown, John Philip Sousa, Theodore Roosevelt, the Emperor and Empress of Japan and novelist Stephen King.
Most Haunted Controversy
On several occasions the former "Spiritualist medium" Derek Acorah was supposedly possessed by an entity, sometimes evil or sometimes "lost and confused". Two such cases exposed Acorah. Before the filming, Acorah had been fed disinformation twice about the non-existent ghosts of Kreed Kafer and Rik Eedles by the show parapsychologist Dr. Ciaran O' Keeffe. During the investigations, later broadcast, he presented the information as fact and even behaved as though being possessed by the fictional ghosts. O'Keeffe later revealed in the Daily Mirror that Kreed Kafer and Rik Eedles were anagrams of 'Derek Faker' and 'Derek Lies'. Even though O' Keeffe exposed Acorah, the paper also claimed that O' Keeffe had exposed the rest of the Most Haunted team. O'Keeffe later reported that he had been grossly misquoted and misrepresented in the article, and produced a response outlining his version of the show based on his observations and findings, saying he had exposed Derek Acorah and not the entirety of Most Haunted. The show's presenter and executive producer, Yvette Fielding said in an interview that she believes it was a fake possession.
Although not mentioned by O'Keeffe, the Mirror article also brought into question unedited footage which appeared to show Fielding and Karl Beattie faking 'paranormal' occurrences such as ghostly bumps and knocks. Fielding denied the claims. To follow this up Living asked the Mirror to see the footage that they had claimed they had, Living are still waiting to get the footage.
Further controversy centred on Derek Acorah again in the West Country, this time in Devon. On the first night filming "Terror in Torbay", Acorah mentioned a woman incarcerated by her jealous sister in the cellar of Lupton House, even coming up with the names Margaret and Eleanor. In this case, the facts were right, but the location was wrong. This is the well-known legend of Berry Pomeroy Castle which was to be the last night's location. On the final night, at Berry Pomeroy, Fielding reminded Acorah that he had mentioned the incarcerated sister two nights prior. Acorah glossed over his mistake and changed the subject.
After many viewer complaints, the Television Regulator in the UK, Ofcom, cleared Most Haunted of any deception of its viewers, and ruled that Most Haunted is an entertainment show, not a legitimate investigation into the paranormal, and should not be taken seriously.
Ghost Hunters International, (aka GHI), is a spin-off series of Ghost Hunters that airs on Syfy. The series debuted on January 9, 2008 and follows a team of paranormal investigators as they travel around the world, applying their principles of scientific analysis, documentation and debunking to some of the world's most legendary haunted spots.
Beginning in January 2009, GHI began broadcasting in HDTV.
Most likely the hands on approach that many wittnessed in the exploration of haunted houses business and communication tortured souls plauging the living on these shows made you say to yourself I can do that too.
Over the years many books have turned up filled with the most intense tales of where ghost hide, haunt and live a real paranomal existence. From haunted ships like The Queen Mary: Long Beach, California, USA, an ocean liner that sailed the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967. It was then retired and permanently docked in Long Beach, California where it’s now a museum ship. For decades, the ship is reported to be haunted. There have been many reports of ghost babies crying in the nursery room along with other sounds and sightings. The ship has been explored by many paranormal investigators over the years and still remains a public attraction due to its reputation.
The strange ghost filled photos taken on many vacation or holiday by the unsuspecting haunted traveler. We know of the The many haunted hotels B&B's and the real Ghost Tours that point out the best hotspots to see and encounter real appritions and polterghiest. But as I wonder and so probally do many you. Is there really a super most haunted location yet to be discovered? Or perhaps the most haunted location you could ever investigate might be right here on the internet.
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This is a list of locations reportedly haunted by ghosts or other supernatural beings. Reports of haunted locations are part of ghostlore, which is a form of folklore. So please remeber this is not always the truth about an actual ghost on how they act or what they can or cannot do. These are often considered just instances of ghostly manifestiations.
Many believe that ghost can and do act and perfom differently to different individuals that witness their hauntings'. Others believe it to be Faklore.
Fakelore means inauthentic, manufactured folklore presented as if it were genuinely traditional. The term can refer to new stories or songs made up, or to folklore that is reworked and modified for modern tastes. The element of misrepresentation is central; artists who draw on traditional stories in their work are not producing fakelore unless they claim that their creations are real folklore.
The term fakelore was coined in 1950 by American folklorist Richard M. Dorson. Dorson's examples included the fictional cowboy Pecos Bill, who was presented as a folk hero of the American West but was actually invented by the writer Edward J. O'Reilly in 1923. Dorson also regarded Paul Bunyan as fakelore. Although Bunyan originated as a character in traditional tales told by loggers in the Great Lakes region of North America, James Stevens, an ad writer working for the Red River Lumber Company, invented many of the stories about him that are known today. According to Dorson, advertisers and popularizers turned Bunyan into a "pseudo folk hero of twentieth-century mass culture" who bore little resemblance to the original.
Folklorismus, often Anglicized to folklorism, also refers to the invention or adaptation of folklore. Unlike fakelore, however, folklorism is not necessarily misleading; it includes any use of a tradition outside the cultural context in which it was created. The term was first used in the early 1960s by German scholars, who were primarily interested in the use of folklore by the tourism industry. However, professional art based on folklore, TV commercials with fairy tale characters, and even academic studies of folklore are all forms of folklorism
The Alkimos is a shipwreck of a former U.S. Navy ship from World War II that occurred off the coast of Western Australia in 1964.
Beechworth Lunatic Asylum in Beechworth, Victoria is reportedly haunted by several ghosts of departed inmates. Ghost tours are run nightly.
Monte Cristo Homestead in Junee, New South Wales. Various ghost groups have reported sightings due to the death of seven people in the 1800s.
Port Arthur, Tasmania Tasmania. A large number of visitors to the site report seeing spectres of past convicts and others wandering through the grounds. Stories of ghostly interactions are recorded from the 1870s to the present day with many of these modern sighting recorded on the nightly ghost tours held at the site.
The Old Ballarat Gaol in Ballarat. Thirteen people were executed here. The remains of 7 criminals are still in the grounds. Features in Ballarat Ghost Tours, operating nightly.
Princess Theatre, Melbourne Melbourne, Australia, has reported several ghosts since the building opened in 1886. The theatre's best known 'inhabitant' is Frederick Baker, stage name 'Federici', a talented bass-baritone singer who died in March 1888 whilst singing Mephistopheles in Faust - and who was seen by the rest of the cast taking his bows with them shortly thereafter. For years the theatre kept a seat vacant in the dress circle for Federici (only ceasing the practice on economic grounds), and his appearance in the dress circle during rehearsals for a new show is considered a good omen.
Lalor House in Richmond, Victoria is reportedly haunted by the ghosts of the family of Peter Lalor. Many report being touched and even pucnched by a ghost .
The Mill Hill Hotel in Bondi Junction, New South Wales is allegedly haunted by former workers, including the former hotel-keeper William Phillips.
Kapunda. approximately 90 minutes north of Adelaide in the Light district. Reported to be the most haunted town in Australia, and featuring the remains of the reformatory at the centre of reports, but also the Kidman Pub and local high school.
The Ceperley House, Burnaby, British Columbia - Near Deer Lake and the Burnaby Heritage Village, this house, now an art gallery, is said to be haunted by its former mistress Mrs. Ceperley. Who's apparition is often seen nude.
Forbidden Plateau, near Courtenay-Comox-Cumberland in Strathcona Provincial Park. A Comox legend says this plateau swallowed all the women, children and elders of the Comox people without a trace, and it has been taboo forever after.
Gibraltar Lighthouse - The ghost of a murdered lighthouse keeper is reported to haunt this abandoned building.
Government House in Regina, Saskatchewan is rumoured to be inhabited by the spirits of children, servants, and even a former cook. Laughing children and footsteps have been heard, furniture has been moved, and eerie faces have been seen in mirrors. Some have reported actual EVP's of the ghost saying "Please come back I'm lonely!"
The Hycroft Mansion, Vancouver, British Columbia. The ghosts of General A.D. McRae, his daughter Lucille, and murdered nursemaid Janet Smith are said to haunt the mansion.
Nicholas Street Gaol, in Ottawa, Ontario, is said to be haunted by the ghost of a man wrongly accused of murder and executed. The building is now a youth hostel, but the top floor is as it was one hundred years ago.
Quesnel and District Museum and Archives, Quesnel, British Columbia - This museum is home to a doll named Mandy who is reported to be or have been possessed. It is unknown who or what possesses Mandy; or if it still possesses her. The doll however, remains a huge tourist attraction for the museum. Strange photos often happen and she is concidered one of the most haunted dolls in the world. Read more here now HAUNTED DOLLS: "How To Tell If A Doll Is Really Haunted"
The Screaming Tunnel, Niagara Falls - It is said that if one stands in a tunnel in one of the woods and lights a wooden match in the middle of the tunnel (at midnight), they will hear a scream when it blows out. The scream is said to be of a little girl who was burned alive by her deranged father, who lost a legal battle over the girl. Also, some have reported seeing the ghost of the father, sometimes carrying a lantern. There is a rumor stating that the ghost will stalk people, and that whoever gets caught by it will die suddenly.
The Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia has reported sightings of ghosts. he theatre is using this proposed myth as a publicity stunt and is one of Cape Breton's most popular places.
Old Hsin Kuang Restaurant in Toronto's downtown Chinatown, the Old Hsin Kuang restaurant was originally a morgue before being shut down and converted to a restaurant in the 1970s. After numerous reports of paranormal activity - particularly in the second floor women's washroom - the restaurant owners attempted to correct the environment by hiring a Feng Shui expert. The restaurant remained closed for many years but in 2008, was renovated and relaunched under new management.
The Academy Theatre in Lindsay, Ontario, is one of the areas most haunted buildings. Built in 1892 on the site of Lindsay's first tavern the Academy Theatre is praised for it's design, and display of local talent. But it is the theatre's secret life that makes it such a special place.
Dragsholm Castle is said to be haunted by the ghost of Earl of Bothwell, James Hepburn, who was imprisoned there for about five years until his death in 1578.
Pelabuhan Ratu - Legend says that Nyai Roro Kidul (Nyi is a Javanese old pronunciation of Madame), daughter of King Prabu Siliwangi, is the Queen of the South Sea. She is supposed to have committed suicide by jumping off the cliff and into the sea. Rumors say that if someone wears green when swimming (the Queen's favorite color), he or she will be pulled by her ghost into the sea. Room 308 at the Samudra Beach Hotel is set aside for the Queen.
Amiidaji (Temple of Amida) in Dan-no-ura, in the Shimonoseki Strait, is the location of a legendary haunting. It is said that the blind Biwa hōshi Hoichi, a resident of the temple, was visited every night by the ghost of a dead samurai and made to play the biwa in the cemetery, but the priest of the temple soon found out and had the heart sutra painted on every part of Hoichi's body apart from the ears. When the samurai returned one night to take Hoichi to the cemetery, he could only see Hoichi's ears, so he took them instead and Hoichi was left earless. Hoichi is commonly known as "Mimi-Nashi Hoichi", "Hōichi the Earless", due to this event. This legend was famously retold by Lafcadio Hearn in his Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things which was later adapted as part of Masaki Kobayashi's film Kwaidan.
Aokigahara, the forest at the bottom of Mt. Fuji, is a popular location for suicide. This gives rise to a widespread belief that it is haunted.
Okiku's Well at Himeji Castle is often said to be haunted by the ghost of Okiku. She is supposed to rise from the well at night and count to nine before shrieking and returning to the well.
Genting Highlands, Pahang. City well known for its amusement park and casino. Several people have committed suicide here. A man has been seen jumping off the hotel rooftop, only to disappear just before he hits the ground. Several rooms in the hotel are never rented, no matter how high the demand for accommodation is. Those who did see the inside of these rooms reported that they were filled with "old Chinese ghost wards", and they would then fall inexplicably ill for days afterwards. Several people staying in the hotel there have had experiences of supernatural phenomena, such as knocking coming from inside a wardrobe that was proven to be empty.
Kellie's Castle, Perak. An unfinished mansion/castle built by a Scottish planter. Doors are reported to open by themselves, and screaming voices have been heard. During construction, the Indian workers demanded that a temple be built on the site to appease the Gods.
Poliklinik Cheras. Formerly the Lady Templer Hospital, the foundation stone was laid by Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent in October 1952. Much of the hospital closed down in 1985, except for a few minor buildings which housed the Poliklinik Cheras. The empty, dilapidated structures were situated on a fairly secluded, leafy hillock, which added to their sinister appearance. One visitor reported that it felt "haunted and bizarre", and it is rumoured that it is haunted by the ghost of a patient who died on the premises. The buildings are currently being torn down to make way for a new rehabilitation hospital.
Pudu Prison,Kuala Lumpur. Old prison that is now mainly used as a police station. People have reported seeing a thin Indian man who walks the hallways but disappears around a corner. Screams have been heard from the areas where hangings and canings have taken place. Certain areas seem much colder than others. Russell Lee, author of True Singapore Ghost Stories included a story of a former Pudu inmate, who attests to hearing the screams from the caning area and also tells of a ghost who stops the last stroke of the cane being given to a prisoner. Apparently this ghost is the ghost of a prisoner who committed suicide in order to escape the caning punishment, as Malaysian canes cause terrible pain and can leave scars for years afterward.
Baguio City - Philippine Military Academy Several ghosts haunt this place, and it considered as the most haunted place in the country. Sometimes late at night a platoon can be heard marching in the parade grounds. A ghost of a cadet dressed in parade uniform and left in one of the lockers still appears. A ghost of a priest who was beheaded during the Japanese occupation period appears here as well as the ghost of a white lady. Aside in the PMA, different haunted places scattered in the city, such as in the cemeteries, old hotels and the areas where the building collapse in the 1990 earthquake.
Balete Drive - Balete Drive is a residential area in Cubao, Quezon City famous for the apparition of a white lady. It is told that there was a teenage girl who was raped by a cab driver in the 50s in that area. It is possible that the lady of Balete is seeking revenge.
Manila Film Center - When the construction of Film Center at the Cultural Center of the Philippines complex was rushed in the early 1980s for a film festival, the ceiling scaffolding collapsed killing several workmen who fell to the orchestra below. Rather than halt construction to rescue survivors and retrieve the bodies of dead workmen, Imelda Marcos, the First Lady and the main financier of the project, ordered cement poured into the orchestra, entombing the fallen workmen. Some of them were buried alive in the orchestra. Various ghostly activities were reported on the site including mysterious sounds, voices and poltergeist activity. In the late 1990s a group called the Spirit Questors began to make visits to the film center in an attempt to contact and appease the souls of the workmen who were killed in the building. Some of these spirits claimed to have moved on but a few allegedly remain.Previously abandoned for its haunted reputation, the building is now currently in use.
Ozone Disco - Once there was a disco in Quezon City and it caught on fire.People tried to get out, but due to panicking, no one got out. Some people near the location hear ghostly disco music in their houses at night and see faint people dancing.
This is a list of the most famous haunted locations in England, there are likely to be hundreds of thousands more that are only locally known.
Airfields around the country are said to have paranormal activity arising from the spirits of airmen who died in World War II.Airfields include:
o the former RAF Bircham Newton in Norfolk.
o the former RAF East Kirkby in east Lincolnshire. The control tower is haunted by a 'malign' presence
o the former RAF Elsham Wolds, near the A15 just north of Barnetby in North Lincolnshire.The control tower was reportedly haunted by a friendly ghost of an airman, reported in the 1950s. Phantom Lancasters have reportedly been seen taking off at night over the A15.
Arundel Castle in Sussex is often said to be home to just four ghosts but there are more ghostly goings on between its ancient walls than first meets the visitor. The spirit of the first Earl of Arundel, who originally built the castle, is said to still haunt the Castle’s Keep. Another spirit is said to be of a young woman who, stricken with grief from a tragic love affair, took her own life by jumping to her death from one of the towers. Seen by some, she is said to still haunt the castle on moonlit nights dressed in white. Another spirit is that of a ‘Blue Man’ who has been seen within the library since the 1630s and it is thought that he could be a Cavalier due to his time period seeming to be from King Charles II’s reign. Another notable ‘spirit’ is that strangely of a white owl like bird. Legend tells that if the white bird is seen fluttering in one of the windows, it is an imminent warning of a death of a Castle resident or someone closely associated. It’s interesting to note here that Dukes used to keep a colony of white American Owls here at the castle before its restoration. There is also mention of a servant lad who once lived at the castle who was treated very badly until beaten to his death. He is said to now haunt the kitchen area and has been seen scrubbing pots and pans. Another strange sighting was more recent in 1958 by a footman. Working late one night on the ground floor the footman was walking near the servant’s quarters and saw what he thought to be a man walking in front of him when he thought he had been alone. As he got closer to the apparition the man faded and then was gone.
Bochym Manor is residence to two ghosts, the short pink lady, and an unnamed ghost who stands at one of the bedroom windows.
Belgrave Hall in Leicester, attracted attention in 1999 when a white figure was captured on CCTV. One theory is it is the daughter of a former owner.
50 Berkeley Square is reputed to be the most haunted house in London.
Blue Bell Hill in Kent, specifically the A229. This has been the site of a female phantom hitchhiker. Cars have stopped to pick up a female hitchhiker, only for her to vanish to the drivers' disbelief.
Borley Rectory in 1892.
Borley Rectory in the village of Borley, Essex, England. Many sightings have been reported since 1885. The house burned down in 1939, and remains a huge source of controversy.
Brislington, once an attractive Somerset village but now a neighbourhood in Bristol, has many ghosts in pubs and hotels, houses old and new, and public spaces.
Bruce Castle in Tottenham, North London is haunted by the ghost of a woman who allegedly appears every 3 November. The ghost is thought to be Lady Coleraine, who was kept locked in a chamber within the castle by her husband.
Buckingham has claimed to be the most haunted town in England as ghosts have been sited in 14 different locations in the town.
Chingle Hall in the village of Goosnargh, near Preston, England. Chingle Hall, previously known as Singleton Hall, was built in 1260 by Sir Adam de Singleton. It is reputably haunted by more than one spirit.
Crowley Hall in the north of England, is supposedly haunted by the spirit of Dr. Bernard Leys. Leys ran the hall for a number of years before dying under mysterious circumstances in 1952. Sightings of ghosts have been reported since the 1970s.
Dartmouth, Devon, ancient maritime town has many modern and traditional ghost stories including (in its hinterland) some recently discovered spirits from the Bronze Age.
In Dorset an axe wielding ghost riding a horse, bareback is described by witnesses as looking like a stone age warrior.
Hampton Court Palace, home of King Henry VIII of England, whose fifth wife, Catherine Howard, is supposed to be heard screaming in the "Haunted Gallery". On December 21, 2003, CCTV footage allegedly showed someone in 16th century clothes and no face closing a fire door that, though locked, was constantly being opened without anyone near it.
Minsden Chapel in Hertfordshire is reported to be haunted by a monk climbing stairs which no longer exist.
The Old Bailey, London's main criminal court. A figure (of unclear sex) supposedly appears in the building during important trials. These appearances have been allegedly witnessed by judges, barristers and policemen.
Pluckley in Kent is listed in the 1998 edition of the Guinness Book of Records as the most haunted village in England. Ghosts include a phantom coach and horses, a colonel and a highwayman.
The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall has been sighted quite a few times over the years. She is so called because of the brown brocade dress she is supposedly seen wearing while wandering the halls and staircase. In 1849 a Major Loftus and a friend named Hawkins claimed to see the ghost one night after retiring to bed, saying they were amazed by the old-fashioned clothing she wore. The next night Loftus claimed to see the figure once again, saying he took note of her empty eye-sockets. The incident resulted in several members of staff resigning and a full investigation of Raynham Hall involving local detectives.
Samlesbury Hall in Preston, Lancashire, is supposedly haunted by Lady Dorothy Southworth, known as the "White Lady". Weeping is often heard, and her ghost has been seen wandering near where her lover was buried.
Stanbridge Earls in Hampshire is allegedly haunted by several ghosts. King Æthelwulf who was buried in the chapel has been sighted by many pupils. Before Stanbridge was built there was a monastery. The ghost of a monk has been seen in various places.
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane has been reported with apparitions of several actors including Irish Actor Charles Macklin and British Clown Joe Grimaldi
Temple Newsam is reported to be the most haunted house in Yorkshire, with the most famous ghost being Mary Ingram, commonly known as "the Blue lady", who in her life became deranged after an attack by highwaymen. Ghosts linked with the more famous residents of Temple Newsam include "the White lady": this is said to be the ghost of the "nine days queen", the unfortunate Lady Jane Grey. She was executed by Mary I.
Windsor Castle — home of English and British royalty for 1,000 years. Numerous ghosts are supposed to have been seen, including Queen Elizabeth I. Her mother, Anne Boleyn, is also said to haunt Windsor castle and supposedly runs down a corridor screaming. Among those who claimed to have seen the ghost, who sometimes is said to be carrying her head, are King George VI, William Ewart Gladstone and Andrew, Duke of York.
Muncaster Castle in the Lake District National Park, Ravenglass.
Maes Artro Heritage Museum in Llanbedr was formally a RAF base and fighter training base in World War II and is now a heritage museum with re-creations of life from the 1900’s. The owner of the musem has reported sightings of two RAF men that haunt the site. Manifestations and unexplained shadows have also been seen on many investigations by paranormal experts. The ghost of a dog is also said to haunt the area as well as unexplained voices. Poltergeist activity has been recorded here as well, ranging from moving chairs to items going missing. It is believed many of the spirits that haunt the museum are those of men who died in crashes at the base or in training accidents.
Ballygally Castle Hotel is reputed to be haunted by the ghost of a Madame Nixon who lived there in the 18th century. After she died it was said that she haunted the castle, wandering the passages at night dressed in a silk dress and amusing herself by knocking on the doors of different rooms. Her fleeting appearances have recently been confined to a room in a corner turret.
Dryburgh Abbey Hotel is haunted by the Grey Lady, who drowned herself in the nearby River Tweed after the murder of her lover, a monk at the (now ruined) neighbouring Abbey.
Edinburgh Castle is perhaps one of the most haunted places in Scotland as it is connected to the Royal Mile by a network of underground tunnels. Many years ago a piper was sent to explore the tunnels and was told to keep playing so his progress could be tracked. However halfway down the Royal Mile the music suddenly stopped and the piper was never found. It is said the piper still walks the Royal Mile and sometimes the faint sound of music can often be heard from within the castle. It is believed the castle is also haunted by a drummer who only appears when the castle is about to be attacked.
Edinburgh's extensive catacombs and vaults below the city are renowned for their ghosts and ghost tours. Common ghosts include a little girl who has been reported to hold the hand of tour guests and is searching for her lost doll. Mediums reported her as having been murdered by another ghost who resides in the area, Mr. Boots who has been described as a violent and callous man, who shoves and abuses tour guests from behind. He is noted also for the heavy clumping of his boots.
Local legend talks of a ghost ship that haunts the coast near Abergele, North Wales, allegedly Prince Madoc's Gwennan Gorn. Sightings have been reported by present day locals and tourists.
Beaumaris Castle in Anglesey, North Wales is said to be home to strange echoes of chanting which have been caught on audio recording equipment by visitors to the small chapel area. The feeling of being watched has also been felt in the long dark corridors and an over-all sense of loneliness can be felt.
Caerphilly Castle in South Wales is said to be haunted by a ghost known as the Green Lady.
The Llindir Inn in Henllan, Denbighshire is said to be haunted by a ghost in a long blue gown named Sylvia, who dates back to the 18th Century. Local legend has it that Sylvia and her lover were murdered by her husband, a sea captain, who caught them in bed together.
Llandegla's Bodidris Hall is alleged to be haunted by a monk, a soldier, a boy, a well-dressed woman and a dog.
It's claimed that Newton House in Dinefwr Park, near Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire is haunted.
In Llanfihangel Crucorney, The Skirrid Mountain Inn, one of the oldest public houses in Wales, is reputed to be home to several ghosts. These include the spirit of a 32 year old woman who died of consumption, and the shade of a man climbing a staircase. The hauntings have been linked to mass executions carried out at the Inn during the 17th Century, following the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685.
Guests at the Hand Hotel in Llangollen have reported the sensation of being followed during their stay, only to turn around to find no-one there. One room is said to contain the spirit of a lady who died in childbirth, while in another a figure has been seen sitting at an organ. Guests at another hotel in the town, the Britannia Inn (allegedly built in the 13th Century), have also reported paranormal activity. In the latter case, the spirits of monks from the nearby Valle Crucis Abbey have been seen walking through the car park, the bar area, and appearing in the bedrooms in the middle of the night.[
The ruins of Valle Crucis Abbey itself are said to be haunted. Set in the countryside near the River Dee, a number of events are said to have occurred at the Abbey; the manifestation of mysterious floating lights, supernatural voices, and apparitions including Welsh prince Owain Glyndwr. One report from the 1930s describes the appearance of golden figures bathed in bright light.
Llancaiach Fawr, a Tudor manor house near Nelson in the Caerphilly County Borough is allegedly haunted by a number of ghosts. These includes a spectre who appears to be a 19th Century housekeeper known as "Mattie", a young boy who fell to his death from one of the upper rooms, a man usually seen in deep contemplation, and a figure who walks the grounds, but not within the Manor. In 2007, the Guardian listed Llancaiach as one of the top ten haunted places in the United Kingdom.
Port Talbot's Margam Castle is a Victorian mansion house said to be haunted by many spirits including Lord Talbot and his daughter Emily Charlotte.
The Alamo is a former Spanish mission used to convert local Native Americans to Catholicism. It was decommissioned in 1719, but was used as the unofficial quarters of the of the cavalrymen a few months after. From February 23 to March 6 the Battle of the Alamo occurred which caused the death of at least 187 Texan soldiers. Legends says that as the Mexican army was tearing down The Alamo, ghostly hand threw their tools from their hands and they fled in terror. Ghosts may be responsible for The Alamo still standing. Today, people report hearing the screams of the Texans as well as hearing the discussions of the cavalrymen. The disfigured forms of soldiers are seen outside, while the cavalrymen are seen inside.
Alcatraz is a former maximum security prison on an island in San Francisco Bay in the United States. It is no longer used as a prison. Visitors and tour guides have made claims of hearing screams, slamming cell doors, and footsteps.
Andleberry Estate in Clovis, California, is a mansion that used to be part of a sanitarium. The mansion, which is allegedly haunted by ex-residents of the sanitarium, will soon be transformed into a haunted hotel called The Wolfe Manor Hotel. The owner, Todd Wolfe, has reported hearing ghosts walking and talking and even breathing on him. LiveSciFi.TV sent a group to spend the night inside the mansion, during which some unexplained phenomenon reportedly happened, including a door that slammed shut by itself. A local news station did an over-night investigation for Halloween of 2007 and recorded an EVP. Several other EVP's and orbs have been caught on audio and video by investigators.
Aquia Church in Stafford, Virginia, is said to be one of the most haunted churches in Virginia. Legend says that the church and the church graveyard which has graves dating back to 1738 are both home to paranormal activity that has taken place for over 200 years.
Athens, Ohio is said to be one of the most haunted places in the United States, and is reputed to contain many ghosts. When drawing a line from each of the five cemeteries around Athens, it forms a pentagram with the center being Ohio University. Ohio University is also considered by some to be the most haunted campus in the United States, as is the former state hospital, Athens Lunatic Asylum, located right near campus.
Ball's Bluff Battlefield and National Cemetery in Leesburg, Virginia, The battlefield was the site of a Civil War battle in October of 1861 and is said to be haunted by those who died during the fighting. here.
Belcourt Castle, a French Renaissance-style château in Newport, Rhode Island, is alleged to be the location of numerous paranormal phenomena and events, including moving chairs, moving armor, ghostly apparitions, a possessed statue and various other sightings.
Big Bay Point Light, in Big Bay, Michigan, is reputedly haunted by the red-haired ghost of its first keeper, Will Prior.
The Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg, West Virginia Is a grand hotel that was built in the late 1800's and is reported to be haunted by several ghosts.
Bobby Mackey's Music World, a country-western nightclub in Wilder, Kentucky (in the Cincinnati, Ohio metro area) is reputed to be "a gateway to Hell."
The Boston Athenæum is said to be haunted by the scholarly Rev. Harris, who was seen there by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
The Brinton Lodge in Douglassville, Pennsylvania is a reputedly haunted house. The original structure, built in the early 1700s, was a one-room building which was operated as a tavern/roadhouse stop along the Schuylkill River Canal System. It was later expanded into a summer home, then remodeled into a gentlemen's club, and today is operated as a bar and restaurant. Legend has it that at least five spirits inhabit this property, including Caleb Brinton, "Dapper Dan," an older woman, and a "lady in white."
The Brown Grand Theatre in Concordia, Kansas has stories of a ghost that haunts the theatre, especially during the opening season.
Chestnut Lodge in Rockville, Maryland, was a private facility treating mental patients for over one-hundred years. Closed in 2001 and now under renovation for resale as upscale condominiums, separate recent investigations claim paranormal activity.as of june 2009 the building has burned down there has been speculation that arson is involved.
Cincinnati Music Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio is a theater that was built over a potter's field. Reports of spirits on the property date back to 1876 and continue through modern times. In 1988, during the installation of an elevator shaft, bones of adults and children were exhumed from under the hall.
Civil War battlefields in various states -- including the Gettysburg Battlefield, the Battle of Fredericksburg, the Battle of Antietam and many others -- presumably owing to the magnitude of emotion, intensity of effort, and abruptness of the many, often gruesome and painful deaths, offer numerous anecdotes --with a growing number dating to the present day-- including reported recordings, pictures and sightings of "ghostly apparitions," audible sensations (battle cries, cavalry, cannon fire) and other paranormal effects of every manner.
The Conference House in Staten Island, New York Site of a failed peace conference between Admiral Richard Howe and Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Edward Rutledge. The Home was owned by the Billop Family (who were Tories) and the grounds were used as encampment for various British and Hessian troops during the Revolution. The home and grounds are haunted by British soldiers, Native Americans (the home was built on land once used by the Lenapi Indians as a burying ground) and by the spirit of a servant girl killed by Christopher Billop when he found out she was assisting the American troops station across the bay in New Jersey. The home has been featured on various shows in in print, as well, including the History Channel's "Haunted New York" and the book "Haunted Staten Island".
Engineered Piping Products: a Baltimore, Maryland based reseller of Industrial Pipe, valves and fittings. The building is built upon the site of an old residential neighborhood. All of the activity tends to happen at the site of the Old Deboser home. A local paranormal group, Pasadena Paranormal, has cumulatively logged over 100 EVPs from this location. They have experienced buzzing sounds that fly by their heads and recently one employee had his coat tugged from behind when he was in the building alone. This site has been submitted to the SciFi channel Ghost Hunters Great American Ghost Hunt for their consideration.
The The Devil's Tree in Bernards Township, New Jersey is said to be one of the old headquarters of the Ku Klux Klan in New Jersey. An area surrounding the tree is said to give off unnatural warmth where snow doesn’t seem to stick in the dead of winter.
In Exeter, Rhode Island, there are a few buildings formerly known as the Ladd School, a school for the mentally disabled that was founded by Dr. Joseph H. Ladd in 1907 and officially closed in 1994. The school reportedly mistreated students and there are stories today of ghost sightings of the children who suffered, noises, and electronic malfunctions. The Exeter Job Corps Academy was built over the Ladd School's ground, with many of the older buildings still intact and reportedly "haunted."
Fayetteville, North Carolina hosts ghosts such as "The Lady in Black" who haunts the Sandford House (formerly called the Slocumb House). Her apparition first appeared in the late 1800s and has been sighted recently by members of The Woman's Club of Fayetteville.
Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia
Hollywood, California, has numerous sites that are believed to be inhabited by the spirits of deceased celebrities. For example, the ghost of actress Peg Entwistle, who committed suicide by jumping off the Hollywood Sign, has reportedly been seen near the sign. Some apparitions have been reported as being sighted at more than one location in Hollywood.
Hot Lake is a supposedly haunted hotel in eastern Oregon. The hotel is known for a fire, suicides, and hauntings from ghosts during its days as a sanatorium.
Hotel Chelsea in Manhattan, New York City is said to be haunted by multiple ghosts; Dylan Thomas, Eugene O'Neill, Thomas Wolfe, and former Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious supposedly haunts the elevator.
Huntress Hall of Keene State College located in Keene, New Hampshire is supposedly haunted by its namesake, Harriet Huntress. One of the schools residence halls, students often report strange noises coming from the building's attic, where Huntress' wheelchair remains to this day.
Old Jefferson Davis Hospital in Houston, Texas, has long been a popular spot for local ghosthunters. The existing building was completed in 1925, allegedly on the site of a mid-19th century cemetery, and has recently been remodeled into apartments.
Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri - There are said to be sightings, sounds, and lights flickering on and off in the arena late at night from a former WWF wrestler named Owen Hart who died in 1999 by falling 78 feet (24 m) to his death from the ceiling of the arena. There are also said to be sightings of him still in his Blue Blazer suit at the top of the arena looking down with the cable hooked up to him.
The Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri is said to be one of the most haunted buildings in the United States. Four members of the Lemp family killed themselves, three in the mansion. There are said to be apparition sightings, glasses flying off of the bar, pianos playing by themselves, etc. The mansion is now open as a restaurant and bed and breakfast
The Lizzie Borden House in Fall River, Massachusetts, which is now a bed and breakfast, is claimed to be the most haunted house in the USA. It is the site of a double murder, one of the most famous in US history, claimed ghost sightings and noises.
The Tangletown area near Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has had several dozen reports of hauntings existing in the older homes which originally occupied the area.
Manassas National Battlefield Park in Manassas, Virginia – There have been many reports of paranormal activity around the battlefield. An unfinished railroad located within the battlefield which was ordered by Robert E Lee to be constructed during the Civil War is said to be a hotspot for paranormal activity.
Moundsville State Penitentiary in Moundsville, West Virginia – The Penitentiary was built in 1867 during the Civil War era, and has been called both one of the Most Haunted Places in America.
The Myrtles Plantation in Saint Francisville, Louisiana is said to be America's most haunted bed and breakfast.
New Orleans, Louisiana is arguably America's most haunted city. The ghost of Jean Lafitte is said to reside in Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop in the French Quarter. The voodoo Hoodoo ghost of Marie Laveau, And Onieda The Witch queen of New Orleans. And the location of what is considered one of the most haunted houses in the world, The Lalaurie Mansion.
Ohioville, Pennsylvania - A mile long stretch of Kelly Road, nick-named Mystery Mile by former residents, is reported to be the site of supernatural activity. Animals along this road turn from docile to violent without explanation, often chasing after people and each other. The thick forest that the road cuts through is known for unexplained noises and white apparitions. The origin of these events is unknown, and speculation ranges from some kind of curse on the land to cult activity once tied to this region.
Old Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, said to be "America's Most Haunted Neighborhood," is one of the largest historic preservation districts in the country - and supposedly the largest Victorian neighborhood in the nation. It is also said to be home to dozens of haunted mansions and local ghost stories.
Point Lookout Lighthouse, at the southern-most tip of Maryland's western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, has seen numerous shipwrecks, bodies washed ashore, and plenty of paranormal activity, as documented over the centuries.
The Polish Museum of America in Chicago, Illinois is believed to be haunted by ghost of famous pianist Ignace Paderewski. The staff recounts a number of incidents related by a number of people, including the cleaning crew who have claimed to experience ghostly-related phenomena late at night. The Ghost Research Society was even brought in by the museum staff to investigate these claims.
The Regent Theater in Allegan, Michigan is said to be haunted, and witnesses claim to have seen moving forms and felt physical touching.
The Rosewell (plantation) in Gloucester County, Virginia is a mansion constructed in 1725 that has been home to numerous accounts of paranormal activity.
Scranton, Pennsylvania's Psychic Theater tells of 'the legend of a long-ago murder victim that still haunts the 100-year-old building(1433 N. Main Avenue)... that have been featured on the Travel Channel." According to a Pennsylvania Department of Tourism Pursuit Magazine article of the top ten most haunted places, "one should be ready for a "true scare... and is "not for the timid or weak of heart."
The Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama is reportedly haunted by workmen who had died in the furnaces.But only two ghosts of workmen have been the only ones spotted.
Southgate Anderson High School in Southgate, Michigan, is supposedly haunted by a boy who had drowned in the pool, people have seen him there trying to keep people from drowning.
The Stickney House in Bull Valley, Illinois, has a unique design due to Stickney's belief in Spiritualism. It is thought that he and his wife wished to communicate with their dead children. Today the house is the local police department, and it is claimed that police report strange sounds, objects moving around, lights turning off, and door knobs turning and doors opening by themselves. Other homes in the area are also rumored to be haunted. The nearby Holcombville cemetery includes tombs of the Stickney children and a person killed in the crash of American Airlines Flight 191.
At the Story Inn in Story, Indiana, a guest room is supposedly haunted by a ghost known as "the Blue Lady". Little is known of who she might be, or why she might haunt that room, but her alleged presence is mentioned in many separate guestbook entries. According to some, she seems more likely to appear if a certain table-lamp is turned on.
In Sunnyvale, California many Toys "R" Us employees have reported seeing unusual rearranging of toys in the aisles, and reported sightings of a man in his thirties dressed in old clothing. His name is believed to be Johan, and is believed to be a farmer who used to live on the site of the Toys "R" Us and is just keeping "an eye on the old place". The store still remains open today; most customers are completely unaware of this legend.
Union Cemetery in Easton, Connecticut (said also to be seen in Bridgeport, Connecticut), which dates back to the 1600s, is touted as one of the most haunted cemeteries not only in Connecticut, but in the entire country. Many haunts have been said to exist on the grounds of the cemetery. Several visitors who have photographed the cemetery are later surprised to see orbs, light rods, ectoplasmic mists, and on rare occasions even full apparitions appear in their photographs that were not visible at the time the photo was taken. The most well-known haunt is a spirit known as "The White Lady". The identity of the spirit is not known, but sightings of her didn't occur until the late 1940s; meaning she must have died sometime before then. People have photographed and even videotaped her. Not only have people seen her with their own eyes, but some passers-by have even "hit" her with their cars as they drove past the cemetery.[
Vicksburg, Mississippi the location of a huge Civil War battlefield has numerous homes including the battlefield itself reputed to be haunted. Among those antebellum homes with paranormal activity include Duff Green Mansion, Cedar Grove Mansion, and the McRaven House.
Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky - A former tuberculosis hospital, Waverly Hills has been of strong interest with paranormal investigators, some calling it "the most haunted place on Earth". There are unconfirmed reports of more than 60,000 deaths at the site, and the property owners, workers, and investigators have claimed that at almost anytime you can see strange lights, phantasms and shadows moving around the corridors and rooms of the building.
The Whaley House in the "Old Town" section of San Diego, California, is reportedly a haunted house. The house was one of the region's first court houses as well the area's hanging grounds before the house was built. The earliest documented ghost at the Whaley House is "Yankee Jim." James (aka Santiago) Robinson was convicted of attempted grand larceny in San Diego in 1852, and hanged on a gallows off the back of a wagon on the site where the house now stands. Although Thomas Whaley had been a spectator at the execution, he did not let it dissuade him from buying the property a few years later and building a home for his family there. According to the San Diego Union, "soon after the couple and their children moved in, heavy footsteps were heard moving about the house. Whaley described them as sounding as though they were made by the boots of a large man. Finally he came to the conclusion that these unexplained footfalls were made by Yankee Jim Robinson." Another source states that Lillian Whaley, the Whaleys' youngest daughter who lived in the house until 1953, "had been convinced the ghost of "Yankee Jim" haunted the Old House." Yankee Jim is one of many presences that have been documented at the House, including Thomas Whaley himself and the family Fox Terrier.
The White House in Washington, D.C. is filled with stories of different hauntings, Abigail Adams's apparition has been spotted in the laundry room, Dolley Madison is found lurking around the rose garden , and Abraham Lincoln's ghost has been seen in his office.
The Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California, is supposedly haunted by the ghost of its eccentric builder, Sarah Winchester. Ironically, she is said to have built the rambling mansion to protect her from the spirits of all those killed with her late husband's famous line of rifles.
Willard Library in Evansville, Indiana is probably the most haunted library in the country.
Chi Phi house at the University of Alabama. Reported to have heard and seen a girl in her late teens wandering around upstairs and in the basement of the house.
Cape May in New Jersey has many ghost sightings and legends. In fact, every year there is a tour given to show specific sites and buildings where many hauntings have taken place. There is a Mockumentry (directed by Carl Gustafson)that is based on the legends.
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