The Five Scariest Places in America

Posted: 12th June 2010 by Sus Scrofa in Oddly Enough

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America has several haunted locations, here the  list the most terrifying. All of these locations are public accessible and tours can be arranged via the websites

The Myrtles Plantation: This antebellum mansion is located St. Francisville Louisiana. It was built in 1794 and is thought to be home to at least twelve ghosts. It is said that ten murders took place on the grounds; however records only indicate that the only killing was William Winter. He was the plantations manager and lawyer in 1865. He was shot and killed by an unknown assailant on the porch in 1871. His ghost is seen staggering up the front stairs. He stops at the seventeenth and disappears. The most famous ghost of The Myrtles is Chloe; she was a slave owned by Clark and Sara Woodruff, the plantation’s first owners. Chloe was caught eavesdropping on business deal and Mr. Woodruff cut off one her ears. She attempted to redeem herself by cooking a poisonous oleander cake. Her plan was to feed it to the children, then cure them of the poison. Her plans did not go as she had hoped; Sara and her two daughters died from the cake. Chloe was hung by the other slaves as punishment. Her spirit is seen wandering the grounds wearing a green turban as she did in life to hide her missing ear. Sara and her children also haunt the plantation. Their ghosts are seen in a mirror and children’s laughter is heard echoing through the halls.

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Villisca Axe Murder House: This unassuming house is located on a quiet residential street in Villisca Iowa. From the outside one would just assume it was ordinary vacant dwelling but look into Villisca’s history and you will see that it was the site of an unsolved and grisly multiple murder in the summer of 1912. Josiah Moore, his entire family and two overnight guests were hacked to death with an axe in their sleep. It comes as no surprise that a place like this would be haunted. Children’s voices are heard, lamps fall of tables, ladders move and objects fly through the air. There is also a closet door that opens and shuts on it’s own and lights appear in the windows when the house is vacant.

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Bobby Mackey’s Music World: This famous night club is located in Wilder Kentucky. It has been featured on the Travel Channel show “Ghost Adventures”. It was formerly a slaughter house, satanic rituals supposedly took place in the basement . A woman named Pearl Byrne haunts this place; she was murdered and beheaded by two medical students. Her body was dumped close to the night club and her headless ghost is now seen roaming the halls. Another ghost named Johanna walks the club, she committed suicide over the death of her lover. She is known to touch people and her rose scented perfume is smelled in her dressing room. The club’s juke box has a habit of coming on by itself and playing music from the 1930s and 40s. There have been cases of possession from the club’s spirits, one of which resulted in an exorcism of an upstairs tenant.

Waverly Hills Sanatorium: This old Tuberculosis hospital is located in Louisville Kentucky. It was built in 1908 to house the hundreds of people afflicted by Tuberculosis. It closed in 1980 and remained abandoned until 2001 when owners purchased it. The most popular feature of the sanatorium is the “Body Chute”. It is a tunnel in the basement where the staff used to wheel the bodies of the deceased out. Eight thousand two hundred and twelve people died in the time Waverly was open. The hospital is now a hot bed for paranormal activity. The ghost of a little girl is known to play hide and seek with visitors and there is also a little boy’s spirit who plays with a leather ball. Rooms with no power light up and there is said to be a phantom hearse that drives up to the front of the building carrying coffins. The apparition of a woman with cut wrists has been seen in the main door screaming “help me!”. Doors slam on their own, disembodied voices and screams echo through the halls. Many of the ghosts are seen so often the owners have named them!

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Gettysburg National Military Park: This battlefield was the sight of the bloodiest battle fought on American Soil. 51,000 men died in the three day battle and now Gettysburg is thought be the most haunted location in the United States. People have witnessed the apparitions of soldiers in full uniform marching through the fields. Phantom yells are heard and footstep impressions can be seen in the grass even though the area is devoid of people. The sounds of encampments and horses can be heard in the Wheat Field. Tourist’s cameras have captured many strange things on film and I have even had a couple strange experiences there myself. I went in the summer of 2006 and we arrived at the battlefield at 8 PM. We pulled over and I stepped out the car by myself to look at the Wheat Field. There was a haze rolling over the battle field and I suddenly heard what seemed to be drums. I couldn’t pin point the source and was about to dismiss it to be someone playing loud music. I was about to turn around to get into the car when I saw what appeared to be a man in a gray uniform duck down in the grass. I looked again and there was no one there. I left Gettysburg with a deep and profound respect for the souls of the who died in those horrific three days. If you visit Gettysburg not only is the battlefield haunted but many of the historic inns, restaurants and even Gettysburg College has a few sprits wandering around campus.

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