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The Most Haunted Places In America
1. Villisca Axe Murder House
The small town of Villisca just southwest of Des Moines, Iowa, was host to the gruesome, unsolved murders of Josiah B. Moores family of six and two other young girls almost 100 years ago. Residents have claimed to hear children crying and see a man with an axe roaming the grounds.
2. The Sultans Palace
Seen by many tourists visiting New Orleans, the Sultans Palace in the old French Quarter was home to a wealthy Turkish man, his harem of women, and a host of young men. His neighbors reviled his presence, saying he frequently indulged in opium and torture. In a still-unsolved murder mystery, the Sultans harem were hacked to death and the Turkish man was buried alive in the courtyard. Hes said to still grope some passing female visitors.
3. Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
Thousands of people with mental illnesses passed through the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, West Virginia, which is said to host the spirits of the dead (or killed) all the way back to the Civil War. If youre feeling bold, take the eight-hour, overnight paranormal investigation and try to catch a glimpse of some of the ghosts.
4. Ohio State Reformatory
Mansfield, Ohio, has what looks like a royal castle but was home to one of the roughest boys reform schools in the country: the Ohio State Reformatory, even partly filmed in The Shawshank Redemption. Many ghosts of tortured boys haunt the site; even while it was open, prisoners reported being tucked into bed by a ghostly hand.
This old copper-mining town in Arizona, Jerome is now home to less than 3% of its peak population. Dangerous mining conditions and the outlaw spirit of the Wild West are said to have left behind many ghosts including that of Sammie Dean, a prostitute strangled by a client. She now roams the area looking for her unidentified killer.
6. Cape May
The United Statess oldest seaside resort is also its most haunted one. Higbee Beach is rumoured to be haunted by a phantom dog and his owner (among other spirits).
7. Sallie House
The small Sallie House in Atchison, Kansas, may look normal from the outside, but it faces a haunting past. The Pickmans lived in the house in the early 90s and reported burnt finger marks, upturned pictures, and burn marks on Tony Pickmans wrist after he dreamt a girl pulled him forcefully out of his bed.
8. Moundsville Penitentiary
The Moundsville Penitentiary in Moundsville, West Virginia, was one of the most violent jails in American history. The electric chair was frequently used and many prisoners were hung within its walls. The spirits of the tortured and abused prisoners are said to still remain in their cells.
9. Eastern State Penitentiary
Though this jail in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was supposed to hold 250 inmates, the Eastern State Penitentiary was stuffed with up to 1,700 prisoners at some points. Nowadays open to tours, listen near cell block 12 for a vile cackling or look for the ghost who stands guard occasionally in the guard tower.
10. Gettysburg Battlefield
The site of almost 8,000 deaths and 30,000 injuries, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, is a prime spot for strange paranormal occurrences. The sounds of cannons and screaming soldiers can be heard from time to time in not just the battlefield but in surrounding areas such as Gettysburg College.
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