It was not until July 1895, that the atrocities committed by H. H. Holmes under the roof of the ramshackle building at the corner of Wallace and 63rd Streets came to light. By then Holmes had been gone from the building for a year and a half.
Paintsville, KY, 1929
Carl Newton Mahan, 6, quarreled with his friend Cecil Van Hoose, 7, over a piece of scrap metal they planned to sell for a little money. Cecil took it and hit the younger boy in the face. Carl went to his home, took his father's 12-gauge shotgun and returned to where the other boy was. He then aimed it at Cecil's chest and pulled the trigger.
Known as El Silbón, or the Whistler, this urban myth originated during the 1850s in Venezuela's Los Llanos region. Hearing his whistle from far away is a sign of impending doom and death.
Captain Meriwether Lewis was born into fortunate circumstances in 1774. He is best known for his expedition to the Pacific along with his friend William Clark. He was a diplomat, explorer, friend of the President and the governor of the Upper Louisiana Territory. A man who only three years before had survived a dangerous trek over the wilds of the Rocky Mountains died of gunshot wounds at the age of 35. Many thought it was suicide but from the beginning there have been whispers of murder.
Reports are received worldwide that in the aftermath of disasters those that perished appear to be ignorant that they are no longer among the living. Calls are received at emergency centers, taxis are hailed, and these lost souls try to reach homes that are demolished or connect with loved ones who are dead as well.
In 1906, spiritualism's popularity gathered strangers to hold hands and call spirits to attend their summons, however the suspicion of a haunting at your home, unbidden drove many from their properties. Too scared, they never bothered to investigate what truly bumped in the night and terrorized them.
Vast and barren, deserts with their apparent lack of life are one of the spookiest places on the planet and the source of many supernatural tales. The stark landscape lends itself to see the unimaginable, perhaps a mirage, or perhaps something more insidious. In actuality deserts can be deadly for both humans and animals, and only the hardiest plants can survive there. Are the tales of strange beasts, mysterious sightings and ghostly visitors only the product of fevered, overheated brains? Perhaps what slithers, walks or glides along the unforgiving, hot sands is appears only a moment in this dimension before they take what they want.
In urban myths she is known as the Poinciana Woman originating in Darwin (Australia) in the first half of the 20th century. In one version she is a spirit who meets the ghosts of mothers and their newborn who died in childbirth under the branches of a frangipani tree. In another, she is a vampiric entity that seeks revenge.
The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse sits on a piece of land replete with history and colorful legends. It was completed in 1860. Thousands of visitors have crossed its threshold through the years, and many of them have reported hearing "strange noises" and feeling "cold spots" while climbing the 100-foot spiral staircase. Others felt hands touching their shoulders when there is no one behind them.
Lone Pine, California has only one road with a traffic light. Whitney Portal Road heads westward across Highway 395, traversing the Alabama Hills and onto Mount Whitney which is nine miles away. It is the tallest mountain in mainland United States. Like many routes that started out as trails they are witness to human traffic and tragedy, and inevitably tales of hauntings.
In 1897, on the corner of a building at the southeast corner of Geary Street and Grant Avenue, San Francisco the ghost of a missing man stalked the halls.
Many times the reason for a haunting remains unknown, and even the identity of the ghost is a mystery. Such is the ghost story reported in 1890 by an unwilling witness.
There was a boarding house on Commercial Street in San Francisco kept by 'Red Pat' Riley. It was here that a hardened detective told the story of seeing a ghost.
Mines, both mysterious and treacherous are believed by the men that work there to be haunted. Sometimes these apparitions try to give a warning of pending disaster, other times they lure the living to their doom. In Grant Town, West Virginia the Federal No. 1 mine operated from 1901 until 1985 and was said to be haunted by a Russian miner.
The no-man's land of the underground has always fascinated and terrified mankind. Most of the time when people are consumed by their daily errands they do not give it much thought. Some places are created by the earth itself such as caves and sinkholes, but others were purposely made by people to enhance their daily existence. Tunnels, subways and sewer systems are some of these. However in these places where sunlight seldomly invades it, many of the sightings of things that exist here inspire the utmost terror.
In March 2011, over 18,000 Japanese people were swept to their deaths by a devastating tsunami. The initial assessment of those who died, the financial fallout and other collateral effects of this event were tallied, and Japan turned to rebuilding. However their was something that was not measured which were how many of those killed still lingered behind, hungry to reclaim their lives.
In 1890, a long time employee of the Louisville, St. Louis and Texas Railroad Company in Henderson, Kentucky, resigned from his position which he held for many years because of fear of encountering the ghosts haunting the yards at night.
Over 30 years ago on November 17, 1988, a heavily pregnant woman named Jackie Hernandez moved with her 2-year-old son to an old bungalow in San Pedro, California. The reason for the move was a troubled marriage, but soon enough this was the least of her worries, when she realized the house was badly haunted.
In North Carolina, on UNC campus east of Chapel Hill there is a monument to a mysterious student love triangle where a blood-stained rock is the only clue to the unknown fate of Peter Dromgoole.
On September 28, 1889, Sarah Ann Adams, 25, died at her father's home situated on the outskirts of Savannah, Georgia. The cause of death was consumption. It wasn't long before an apparition was seen at the house, but it wasn't Sarah haunting it.
In the Trás-os-Montes region of northern Portugal, there is a place called Torre de Dona Chama. It is an ancient place established in the 8th century, and named after a noblewoman who owned a castle there. There was once a story of an enchanted well haunted by a Moorish maiden cursed to be a snake.
Portluck is a ghost town located on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. Established as a salmon cannery early in the 20th century. It sits on Port Chatham bay, and a once thriving community fled the area in the 1950s after reports of Bigfoot attacks and unexplained disappearances.
There can be no doubt that terrifying things can happen in a hospital, as this is the place were human beings sometimes breath their last. What happens when supernatural forces creep into a place meant to give succor?
If there was ever a place where a soul could find no escape even after death it would be a prison. Here are some of those places.
Almost a year to the date before the infamous Villisca Axe murders in Iowa, a family of four were killed in Ardenwald, Oregon in a similar manner, and like that crime this one remains unsolved until this day.
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