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Top 10: America's Most Haunted Locations

Posted on 17-Oct-2018

With Halloween on the horizon, we're delving into the realms of the supernatural. So turn the lights down low, check your doors and windows are locked, and delight in the ghoulish stories from the USA's most haunted locations...

 

1) The Amityville Horror House, Amityville, NY

 

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On November 13, 1974, in the early hours of the morning, Ronald DeFeo killed his parents and four siblings as they slept. Around a year later, the Lutz family moved into the house and reported paranormal incidents that caused them to move out less than a month later. 

Seventeen films have been made based on the Amityville legend, making it one of the most famous haunted houses in America. 

 

2) Moon River Brewing Company, Savannah, Georgia

 

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Originally a hotel, the building that now houses this Savannah brewing company served as a hospital for yellow fever victims during the Civil War.

Some visitors and staff have reported sightings of ghostly figures upstairs and in the basement - but the beer here is definitely worth braving some spirits for...

 

3) The Winchester Mystery House, San Jose

 

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Another haunted house to add to the list: the Winchester Mystery House was the home of Sarah Winchester, a rich widow.

Built on Winchester's direction, with no architect, the mansion has plenty of oddities including doors and stairs leading to nowhere and windows looking into other rooms. Some believe the mansion is still haunted by the ghosts of Sarah Winchester and her family to this day...

 

4) Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia

 

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This prison was known for its brutal treatment of inmates, including extreme solitary confinement, the Iron Gag (chaining a prisoner's tongue to his arms) and ice cold water baths.

Al Capone was a famous inhabitant, and although his ghost isn't a reported sighting, visitors often speak of disembodied voices, footsteps and laughter.

 

5) LaLaurie Mansion, New Orleans, Louisiana

 

LaLaurie Mansion, New Orleans

Image: Michael McCarthy

 

In the early 1830s, this mansion saw the torture and murder of many slaves at the hands of Marie LaLaurie herself, until her actions were discovered in 1834.

Extreme paranormal activity has been reported at the mansion ever since, including screams, moans and apparitions of chained and mutilated slaves.

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6) Cahawba, Alabama

 

Cahawba, Alabama

 

Alabama's former state capital is now a ghost town, complete with abandoned antebellum buildings, graveyards and slave burial grounds.

Paranormal tours are popular here, and the most famous story is that of a floating, ghostly orb seen in Colonel C. C. Pegues' garden, shortly after his death.

 

7) Pittock Mansion, Portland

 

Pittock Mansion, Portland

 

Original owners Henry and Georgiana Pittock built their home to celebrate their retirement in 1909, but died less than ten years later.

Strange goings-on have since been reported in the house, now a public landmark, including the scent of roses (Georgiana's favourite) and a childhood portrait of Henry moving around the house.

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8) King's Tavern, Natchez, Mississippi

 

King's Tavern, Natchez, Mississippi

 

One of the state's oldest buildings, it's said that the King's Tavern in Natchez is haunted by the ghost of a former waitress called Madeliene, allegedly killed by the owner's wife after an affair with the owner.

Three mummified bodies were also found in the tavern's chimney in the 1930s, possibly victims of the Harpe brothers, thought of as 'America's first serial killers'.

 

9) Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Louisville, Kentucky

 

Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Louisville, Kentucky

Image: Aaron Vowels

A quarantine hospital for patients suffering from tuberculosis, many deaths from the disease occurred at the Waverly Hills Sanatorum in its 51 years of operation.

The centre was its own community, and everyone inside completely cut off from the outside world.

 

10) 'Iolani Palace, Honolulu 

 

'Iolani Palace

 

Sure, Hawaii may seem too much like a paradise for the supernatural to rear their head. But the 'Iolani palace might just be an exception - particularly in the room where Queen Lili'uokalani, the last of the Hawaiian monarchy, was imprisoned.

If you listen very closely, you might just hear the reported music and chanthing...did the royals ever really leave?

 

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Topics: USA