It is difficult to define a haunted place as each place is unique in its paranormal activity and researchers study and put in a lot of work to find instances of such activity before assigning the sobriquet of a haunted place to a particular location.
Paranormal activity examples include
- Sighting of apparitions,
- Some voices that are captured on electromagnetic voice phenomena apparatus,
- Sighting of moving objects etc.
There are many locations that lure tourists by virtue of them having been declared as haunted places in United states. Some of the more common ones are as under:
1. The Haunting of the West Virginia State Penitentiary
West Virginia State Penitentiary is considered by many to be the scariest haunted prison in America.
Given the ghost stories and history of the prison inmates obvious why. West Virginia State Penitentiary was opened in 1876 with 250 inmates going straight into the cells.
If you look at any picture of the prison you will see a Gothic and very spooky building. Even if the prison wasn’t haunted it would still spook most people.
It was decided that the prison would be extended in 1929; however, the construction was not completed until 1959. In these 20 years the prison was grossly overcrowded with some cells having three inmates each.
West Virginia State Penitentiary has been the scene of many executions over the years it was operated as prison, either by hanging or electric chair.
Yet, executions were not the only deaths in the prison: illness, overcrowding and riots killed many inmates.
Over the years visitors and paranormal investigators have reported being touched or feeling ‘something’ close to them, many have also felt that someone is watching them.
Not only does this prison give most people the spooks because of the Gothic construction, but also sightings of three different ghosts are frequently reported.
The Story of Hanting | History
This is the most popular of other haunting places to come up. The time West Virginia State Penitentiary was a jail a prisoner working as maintenance man used to spy on the inmates and reported the other inmates bad behavior to the guards.
One day when he was in the bathroom the maintenance manager was attacked by several inmates and killed. He is said to be lurking in the bathroom where he was savagely murdered, but he makes no contact with the living.
Robert the Inmate
Robert was an inmate who was violently murdered by the prison guards who were known to be physically abusive towards the worse inmates.
They would beat them to ‘near’ death, but this time ‘near’ was too far and they killed Robert. His remains are said to be buried behind one of the walls in the prison. Robert’s spirit walks the prison to this day terrifying anyone he comes into contact.
Last, but certainly not least, is the story behind Avril Adkins. He was sentenced to hang by the neck until death.
He was taken to the gallows for hanging but something went wrong during the execution process and Avril fell through trap door and landed on his head having serious head injuries.
The guards picked him up, took him back up the stairs and hung him again. This time he died. Many visitors to the prison say they have seen him walking around the gallows where he died.
West Virginia State Penitentiary is now closed as prison, but operated as tourist attraction.
2. Waverly Hills Sanatorium
Waverly Hills Sanatorium is one of those stories you think just can not be true, it feels like it has been dreamt up by some big shot horror movie director or its a new haunted house attraction at a theme park…
But Waverly Hills is a real place, the real haunted stories are real and this is certainly not a place you want to take the kids.
Waverly Hills Sanatorium like any other haunted hospital has a gruesome past and lots of horrifying stories.
Waverly Hills is situated in south western Louisville-Jefferson County, Kentucky, it opened in 1910. The hospital was opened due to the outbreak of Tuberculosis in Jefferson County the hospital was just a small two story wooden building just enough to treat 50 patients.
With increasing repairs needing to be done to the wooden buildings its was decided that a more durable and permanent building should be built. The new building was opened in March 1924.
The haunting of Waverly Hills Sanatorium are well known to the locals and the paranormal investigators that have visited the hospital but will share some of the most horrific and haunting stories to come out of the wards of Waverly Hills.
Room 502 Haunted Story of Waverly Hills Hospital
The most known story about Waverly Hills is that of Room 502. A nurse, Mary Hillenburg, was found hanged in the door way of Room 502 in the year 1928, it is thought it was suicide as she had recently discovered she was pregnant out with wedlock.
There is a story that Mary Hillenburg was impregnated by a doctor of Waverly Hills who was actually married. He tried an abortion which killed Mary Hillenburg in the process and to cover his back he made it look like a suicide.
Another nurse later took her own life in 1932 by throwing her self out of the window of the room that she worked in, Room 502.
There are no reports of why she would have committed suicide but there was a rumour that someone did in fact push her.
There are also reports that people have seen shadows move across the floor and walls in Room 502, so was this nurse pushed to her death by a ghostly spirit?…
Body Chute Fact of Waverly Hills Hospital
The Body Chute was a tunnel which lead from the back of Waverly Hills to the train tracks at the bottom of the hill.
This tunnel was built for supplies and deliveries and ease of access, but when the outbreak of Tuberculosis hit the tunnel was used to transport the dead bodies out of the hospital by a motorised trolley.
This was used as the patients that were being treated would originally see all the bodies of the dead patients leave the hospital by the front, which depressed the patients and in turn would kill them.
The Tunnel now is said to be haunted by the spirits which travelled the length of that tunnel. Voices and unidentified noises have been heard in the tunnel, while cold shivers have been felt by paranormal investigators.
So as you can see Waverly Hills is not for the light hearted of us, but this is surely one of the most haunted places in America, especially when you take in to account the rumored number of deaths, 63,000.
The Waverly Hills Sanatorium is the base for the movie Death Tunnel. There is an Amazon image link below for your convince, along with Spooked The Ghosts Of Waverly Hills Sanatorium, based on the same place.
3. The Queen Mary Haunting
The Queen Mary was in service for decades and served both as a ship to transport sailors during the war and as a luxury liner for the big spenders.
When the Queen Mary was decommissioned Long Beach, California bought the liner and made a very luxurious hotel in 1967.
Arguably the most haunted part of the ship is the engine room where tapping on pipes can be heard and lights can be seen.
This is thought to be the apparitions of a young 17 year old, John Henry, who deceived the management of the ship in order to get a job on board, he was crushed to death while a fire broke out in the engine room which is now the main reception of the hotel.
There was a very mysterious death that occurred on the liner, a man asked a steward to help him get a female to keep him company through the night, in exchange of some cash.
The steward took the gentleman’s luggage and stowed it away and shortly after a female was found, they then left together. The next morning the gentleman was missing from the dinning room so the steward went to his room looking for him and instead he found the corpse of the female and a lot of blood.
After looking for the gentleman it was soon discovered that there was no trace of him on any of the logs and his luggage was gone which more than just one person dealt with.
The Queen Mary swimming pool is not innocent either, a little girl tried to slide down a banister into the pool, but a large wave hit the ship and she fell before getting to the pool and broke her neck.
There have been and still are sightings of a little girl around the pool looking for her mother. Also, there were two women that have died within the pool area and are said to be roaming the pool side.
The Queen Mary also caused the deaths of around 300 sailors. While the ship was being used during the war, it zig-zagged trying to avoid enemy contact and inadvertently collided with the ship it was sailing with.
The Queen Mary was then forced to leave around 300 survivors, who can still be heard from time to time banging on the side of the ship.
So as you can see The Queen Mary has been surrounded by deaths for decades and has become the most haunted ship of America, so are you sure you want to stay at the hotel?..
4. The Ghosts of Bowling Green State University
The grounds and precincts of the Bowling Green State University has the distinction of playing host to a number of haunted events making it one of the most affected places in terms of haunting in America.
The theatre within the University has a ghost visitor named Alice and many have sighted a woman with flowing hair repeatedly making a visit since the 1920s.
Though nobody is aware of the exact reason behind the name of Alice, there is a belief that before the screening or holding of any major film or drama, the manage must formally extend an invitation to grace the event, the absence of which will render the event a failure.
This might be superstition but going by what transpired when a Henry IV production was supposed to take place, this superstition seems to be well placed.
Apparently there was some loose talk about Alice during the rehearsals and very surprisingly on the opening day of the show, the University computers just went offline without any reason and certain props that were part of the show also suddenly gave way injuring some actors severely.
People then believed that this happened due to the loose talk and Alice was the person who caused this to happen.
The Sorority House within the campus also has had a ghost in the form of Amanda visiting it quite frequently. She is reported to have been killed in a train accident and this happened the same night she was supposed to have been inducted into the Sorority.
A particular room in the Sorority constantly witnesses strange poltergeist similar happenings with picture frames falling off suddenly and even lights getting turned on and off on their own, besides noises coming out of nowhere and without any warning.
The girls at the Sorority still leave a vacant seat for Amanda respecting her wish to become part of the Sorority when they take out group photographs.