Dating back about 4,600 years, the Great Death Pit at the ancient city of Ur, in modern-day Iraq, contains the remains of 68 women and six men, many of which appear to have been sacrificed.
In northwest China in tombs near Mogou village, archaeologists have found hundreds of graves that contain the remains of victims of human sacrifice. This cemetery dates back more than 4,000 years.
The fear that a person can be taken over and possessed by a demon is a widely held religious belief around the world. These religions also offer different forms of exorcisms.
Off the coast of Belgium a WWI German submarine was found basically intact and with the bodies of 23 sailors inside.
In 1676, a Sicilian nun claimed she was battling Satan, and in the process produced letters that were not deciphered until 300 years later.
Already in the early middle ages, there were narratives about fierce female Vikings fighting alongside men. Although, continuously reoccurring in art as well as in poetry, the women warriors have generally been dismissed as mythological phenomena.
During a time when secular texts were frowned upon by the Church, the mysterious Book of Soyga produced during the Middle Ages has yet to be fully understood. It contains passages on magic and the paranormal that scholars until this day have been unable to translate.
On a chilly, winter day in December of 1933 a young girl arrived in a small Pennsylvania town. Within only a few hours she was found dead next to the railroad tracks, and no one knew who she was and without any identification the townspeople donated money and buried the girl in the local cemetery, naming her the "Girl in Blue" as this was the color she was wearing when she was found.
Everyone is familiar with hitchhiking ghosts at Disney's Haunted Mansion. There are many urban myths about horrible deaths at this theme park, and in truth there have been employees and visitors who really have at died at the park. It's these events that have caused stories of "real ghosts" at Disney to circulate over the years. Some of them have little or no truth to them, but there is a handful which most definitely will have you watching over your shoulder the next time you visit Mickey.
In 2011 a handsome, aristocratic Frenchman may have shot and killed his wife, their four children, and two dogs, burying them all in the garden of their home in Nantes, France. His terrified former mistress went into hiding, fearing for her life.
What would be the odds that could lose not one, but two of your children to murder? For a family in Kansas the odds were not high enough as two sisters both died at the hands of merciless killers almost twenty years apart.
What would you do, if after moving into a house you discover that it's haunted by children who sing, throw books and want to make you their mom?
The identity of Jack The Ripper may have finally been confirmed, new evidence suggests.
Researchers now say that they have proven the authenticity of a much-disputed Victorian diary supposedly written by the notorious murderer.
Over fifty years ago three Missouri boys stepped from their homes and into oblivion. The mystery of their disappearance has never been solved, and many wonder if some nearby caves they were exploring turned out to be their tomb.
These are all places that have terrifying histories, and visitors sometimes hear high-pitched screams from those that are no longer alive, and have not found peace in the afterlife.
Would you be one of those that would visit these dense, dark forests and confront the feelings of dread? You could chalk it up to your imagination or admit that there is someone, or something looking at you intently from the shadows.
Marlene at Miami Ghost Chronicles is a freelance paranormal investigator and writer.
Over the years I have had several ghost stories sent anonymously to me, and it's these quaint and subtle stories of hauntings that I find so fascinating, because you realize that ghosts make their prescence known in the most mundane of settings, and sometimes it's only in hindsight that we realize exactly what we were experiencing. I have excluded surnames and exact addresses in order to protect the privacy of families.