Haunted places are nothing new, and there is not always concrete proof that such places are the hunting grounds of ghouls and poltergeists. However, the aura such environments possess is one that you can be only too familiar with from horror movies. Welcome to the most haunted places on Earth with histories of violent deaths and stories of souls who roam the realm of the living in search of revenge.
1. Mary King’s Close, Edinburgh, Scotland
Once a warren of streets and narrow dwellings, this was a thriving trading area before the plague broke out in 1645. Today, it is part of the city’s popular haunted places walking tour where tour guides and visitors have reported ghosts of an elderly lady, a woman in black and a little girl named Annie. Annie has been known to interact with people who leave behind gifts for her.
Paranormal activities reported are flicking stones, following footsteps and sounds of toasting in a tavern.
2. The White House, Washington D.C.
It seems unthinkable that the residence of the American President and the symbol of American politics is a haunted house. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why Barrack Obama seems to be aging rapidly after almost 2 terms of presidency.
World leaders like the late Winston Churchill, former president Theodore Roosevelt, and Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands had reportedly seen apparitions of Abraham Lincoln standing by the fireplace in various rooms and in the hallway.
3. Bhangarh Fort, Alwar District, Rajasthan
This fort is said to be haunted by a tantrik who tried to use black magic to make a princess fall in love with him. Unfortunately, it backfired and he cursed the fort and all its residents. Stories of people going mad with fear and abductions of intruders have been reported over the past.
Today, the fort is closed after sunset and locals warn visitors of not going anywhere near it after dark.
4. Old Changi Hospital, Singapore
The hospital was built in 1935 as part of a military base which was soon taken over by the Japanese occupation. The Kempeitai (Japanese Imperial Secret Police) used it as a torture camp and prison for Allied hostages.
After Word War II, the building remained a hospital till 1997 until the construction of the new Changi General hospital. The abandoned hospital is said to be haunted by Japanese soldiers and victims of wars crimes and executions. Loud bangs and screams have been said to be heard.
5. Island of Dolls, Xochimilco, Mexico
Legend has it that a girl died on this artificial island after drowning in one of the canals that crisscross it. Julian Barrerra, a man who moved there in the 1950s, was haunted by the spirit of the girl and in order to appease her, he bought several old dolls and hung them around the island. Julian had told his nephew that the ghost wanted him to join her as a playmate in the afterlife after which his body was found in the canal in 2001 at the same spot where the girl had drowned.
Visitors to the island have reported the dolls eyes following them as well as sounds of whispers and giggling.
6. St. Augustine Lighthouse, Florida, USA
Built in the 1820s, this lighthouse has had a remarkable history. Today, it has ghost tours and many visitors have noticed the scent of a burning cigar believed to belong to one of the men who was a caretaker and died on the job. Other ghosts who haunt the tower are two girls who were believed to have died from an accident during the construction of the building. Visitors have reported being pulled downstairs by the spirit of a girl dressed in blue velvet, perhaps one of the girls who had died.