A fascination with the unknown drives many travelers to places which are considered the bone-chilling corners of our world. Sometimes it’s a lonely place with a violent or ghoulish past, said to be haunted by the beleaguered souls of those who already left the Earthly planet. At others, a quiet crypt or a reverent patch of ground calls to attention the impermanence of life and the ever-turning hands of time.
Regardless of their origin, each of these destinations has gathered a reputation for the supernatural or uncanny—and in turn, attracted a devoted following of curious adventure-seekers. If people love to dare, they could try visiting some of these places.
Rumored to be built on the site of an ancient Indian burial ground, the Myrtles Plantation has been stated ‘one of America’s most haunted homes’. Till date 10 murders have occurred in the house. The ghost of a former slave in a green turban has been sighted by many people, as well as a haunted mirror which allegedly holds the ghosts of Sara Woodruff and her children who previously lived in the house. Equally as spooky is the ghost of William Winter, who was reportedly shot on the front porch. His ghost, moving in agony from the gunshot wound, has been sighted crawling up the stairs and disappearing into thin air at the 17th step by many watchers nearby. This is very spooky for the people out there.
This village in Kent was once crowned the most haunted village in England by the Guinness Book of World Records, with an estimation of 12-16 ghosts. There is a highwayman who was stabbed with a sword and pinned to a tree and is said to haunt an area with the fitting name of ‘Fright Corner’. There are also words spreading about a spirit named The Red Lady who haunts the churchyard after it gets dark. The paranormal portfolio of this village also includes a screaming man who might have worked at the village brickworks and fallen to his death.
The villainous home to some equally infamous prisoners, including mobster Al Capone, Alcatraz has had reports of paranormal activity from visitors, former prisoners and guards. Leon ‘Whitey’ Thompson, a former inmate who later conducted tours of the prison, was waiting for a tour group in the 1980s when he claimed that he saw a large, looming figure at the end of “Michigan Avenue”, and swore it was the ghost of an inmate he had been friendly with called Johnny Haus. Other visitors have heard crying and screaming, and recently the figure of a woman was captured through a cell window by holidaymakers in San Francisco.
Located about 205 kilometers away from Melbourne, once upon a time Ararat was used to mitigate the prison system of those thought to be the most criminally insane and irreparably evil, however, it also became a place for individuals suffering from mental illness, post-natal depression and conditions such as epilepsy, autism or Down Syndrome later.
The Aradale Asylum is a huge complex that opened in 1867. Over 13,000 people were estimated to have died there in the past 132 years, and not always due to natural causes. Tours of the site mentions the ghost of Nurse Kerry who is supposed to haunt the women’s wing. The visitors have shared tales of unexpected sensations, being touched, feeling cold, drafts running through the building for no apparent reasons and loud bangs from parts of the building that are unoccupied.
Located at the border of the Sariska Tiger Reserve in the Alwar district of Rajasthan, Bhangarh Fort is a 17th-century fort, recognized all over India for being the 'Most haunted place in India'. Because of the numerous ghostly experiences and happenings in the fort premises, villages have sprung up far away from the fort, due to the fear of what lies within the local villagers. Even the Archaeological Survey of India or the ASI has forbidden the locals and tourists from entering the fort at night. This completely ruined, haunted fort of Bhangarh does have a very eerie, negative aura to it. Several legends have attested to the paranormal happenings inside the fort.
There are two stories that explain the fate of Bhangarh: a curse from a holy man who forbade the height of the buildings to be taller than his own. When one building cast a shadow over his own house, he is said to have cursed the entire town. Another story is of a wizard who was in love with the Princess of Bhangarh. When the princess foiled his spell to make her fall in love with him, the bitter wizard put a curse on the city. Today, it is said that anyone who enters the city at night would never come out again.
Salem is of course the site of the infamous Witch Trials where 20 people, mostly women, were hanged for marrying with the Devil and casting spells upon the towns children. Bridget Bishop, the first woman to be hanged, is thought to haunt the Lyceum Bar and Grill, which is built on the site of an apple orchard that she had owned. Another notorious figure in the trials was Giles Corey, a wealthy farmer. As the property of the guilty would be divided up amongst the rest of the townspeople, it is now believed that Corey was a target because of his wealth. Witnesses have reported seeing his angry ghost around the city’s oldest graveyard, the Howard Street Cemetery. The House of Seven Gables has also been the site of paranormal activity, with a general oppressive atmosphere, as well as a rocking chair that has appeared to move by itself.
During the 1800s and early 1900s, America was devastated by a terrifying and very contagious plague known by many as the “white death” -tuberculosis. In 1900, Louisville, Kentucky had one of the highest tuberculosis death rates in America.
To try to contain the disease, in 1910 a two-story wooden sanatorium was opened which consisted of an administrative/main building and two open-air pavilions, each housing 20 patients, for the treatment of “early cases”. Bodies left the hospital through a chute to the bottom of the hill and there are reports of a mysterious figure seen roaming the halls, an elderly woman bleeding from her hands and feet, and a little child peeking round the corners.