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For those who are interested in the supernatural, history, and the causes behind hauntings, I have compiled a list of the creepiest and most bizarre sites you may really visit and experience for yourself. Since I’ve been to two of them, I felt compelled to tell you about these strange and scary places. As a few of you may know, I am fascinated by history and the stories behind things. I have done extensive study into the history of places throughout the world, and one of my goals is to visit as many of them as I can.

The Villisca Axe Murder House

On June 10, 1912, the old white frame house located at 508 E. 2nd Street was the scene of a gruesome crime. Josiah B. Moore, his wife, their four children, and two young girls were brutally murdered. Over the years, people who lived in the house saw visions of a man with an ax, crying children, and other unexplained paranormal activity. This started when people came to visit and ended with the terrifying sight of a horrible murder.

Children’s Room

Borgvattnet Vicarage (Borgvattnet spökprästgård in Swedish)

Built-in 1876, the humble house for holy men started getting its first reported hauntings in 1927 when the resident vicar reported strange happenings including his laundry being torn from the line. Tales of supernatural events continued in the ensuing decades with almost every new vicar or their family or guests claiming to experience ghostly antics.

Things have moved, screams have been heard, shadow people have been seen, and the old rocking chair keeps on rocking. The legends surrounding the origins of the haunting tale of abused maids and even of babies buried in the backyard although it is now also said that the old vicars themselves haunt the house.

(A picture taking at the old vicarage, sometime in 1990 during a visit by Härnösands Spiritual Association (notice the two figures in the window far right)

Waverly Hills Sanatorium

Located Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky, opened in 1910 as a two-story hospital to accommodate 40 to 50 tuberculosis patients. In the early 1900s, Jefferson County was ravaged by an outbreak of tuberculosis (the “White Plague”) Now open to the public for day and all night tours. It is said that 63,000 patients died here when the disese was at its worst.

Missouri State Penitentiary, US

Offically opened in 1836 and closed in 2004, has a notorious history as the holding prison for Missouri’s death row inmates. Now – once you’ve signed a waiver in case you injure yourself while in the derelict…

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

In the early days known as Weston State Hospital, this asylum was home to thousands of people with mental illness, starting in 1864. Hundreds of people died here before the facility closed in 1994.

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Hashima Island, Japan

Also known as Battleship Island (because of its shape), a haunting place once populated by more than 5,000 people. Functioned from 1887 to 1974. It remained closed for 35 years, homes with dusty televisions and telephones still in place.

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Island of the Dolls – Xochimilco, Mexico

It is said that a girl was found drowned in mysterious circumstances many years ago on this island and that the dolls are possessed by her spirit. In the 1950s Julian Santan Barrera found a little girl drowned in mysterious circumstances while he was not able to save her life. Shortly thereafter, Julian saw a floating doll near the canals.

He picked up the doll and hung it to a tree, as a way of showing respect and support for the spirit of the girl. Julian was apparently haunted by the spirit of the girl and started hanging more dolls in an attempt to please her spirit.

After 50 years of collecting dolls and hanging them on the island, Julian was found dead, drowned in the same spot where the girl did.

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Monte Cristo Homestead – New South Wales, Australia

A stem from the amount of tragic events that have occurred there since it was built in 1885. From the time of its construction up to 1948, the Crawley family owned and resided in the property. During this time, the family witnessed many deaths, including the tragic death of a young child who was dropped down the stairs. A maid to the family is believed to have fallen from the balcony, and a stable boy apparently burned to death on the property.

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Mary King’s Close – Edinburgh, Scotland (BEEN)

Once a thriving trade area where Edinburgh’s tradesmen used to live and work, however, in 1645 the close was believed to have been abandoned after an outbreak of the plague. Those that were infected stayed behind in isolation. i.e. its right down the road from me exactly 2 miles….

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Old Changi Hospital – Changi, Singapore

Built back in 1935 as part of the old Changi military base. During the occupation of the Japanese, the compound was used by the notorious Kempeitai i.e. as a prison and torture camp. After the end of World War II, the building was again a hospital and remained so until 1997.

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kolmanskop Namibia (BEEN)

Kolmanskop was established in the early 1900s after diamonds were discovered in the desert, but it was abandoned 40 years later. It was once home to hundreds of German families who flocked to the area to try and make their fortune. Having been here twice, this place still gives me chills, recalling family members and revisiting homes, pubs, and hospitals with nothing but sand swept through them and forgotten furniture. Having been there twice the feeling was strange, left over table and the way the sand has made it owe a home.

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