Some Of The World’s Most Haunted Places And Their Dark Past
It’s time to expand (and strengthen) your paranormal bucket list if you like visiting haunted locations. Even if you are more interested in learning about them from afar, you are still in the right place… Ghostly hotspots exist across the globe, but the United States includes only a fraction of them. Sightings of spooky things are abundant on this planet and in space, from Japan’s Suicide Forest to Mexico’s Island of Dolls. Explore some of the most haunted, where you can even see them in person if you dare! In case you enjoy looking at the most beautiful abandoned places in the world, even if they are not haunted by ghosts, you may also enjoy reading about these mysterious and pretty places.
Alcatraz Island; California, United States
In addition to being haunted, Alcatraz Island is also one of the most haunted places in America. Originally built in 1859, Alcatraz was declared a federal penitentiary in 1934. For years, Alcatraz held some of the world’s most notorious criminals, as well as crime scenes including prison escapes, suicides, and murders of prison staff, which might explain why so many people get frightened when inside. There are all the usual signs of paranormal activity in the former prison. There is also a history of traditional ghosts in chains making raucous noises at night, alongside their usual wailing and moaning. A report from a D-block inmate describing seeing red eyes in his cell is one of the most chilling. It was all night long of screaming – but in the morning, he was dead and completely alone, strangled to death.
Aokigahara Forest, Japan
This Japanese forest, also called Suicide Forest, is situated at the foot of Mount Fuji. In the forest, more than 500 suicides have been reported since the 1950s, according to the BBC. Others say it is because of underground iron deposits that interfere with compasses, causing people to become lost. Similarly, Japanese mythology links the forest with demons. It is unknown what evil spirits lurk within.
The Forbidden City; Beijing, China
You might not have known that this imperial palace is also known as a paranormal hotspot despite its popularity as a tourist attraction. There have been plenty of poisonings and executions at this location when it was being used as a palace. There have been numerous reports of ghost sightings in the palace since it opened to the public in the 1940s – among them was a sobbing woman dressed in white who wandered around the structure.
Mexico’s Island of Dolls, the Isla de las Munecas
This haunted location is not for those who are easily scared. The Mexican island of Las Munecas, also known as the Island of the Dolls, was never meant for tourists. Don Julian Santana Barrera, the caretaker of the island, found a girl mysteriously drowned there. The man found a doll near the river and assumed it belonged to her, so he hung it on the tree as a tribute. It is evident that the girl’s spirit haunted him after that, and he hung more dolls in an effort to please her. According to people, the dolls now possess their own spirits. A website on the island claims that some people have heard the dolls whispering to one another.
Poveglia Island; Venice, Italy
Venice’s Poveglia Island has seen some dark days after once being a plague quarantine station and a mental hospital. The site has attracted ghost hunters and paranormal investigators from across the country due to the number of deaths and evil activities that have occurred on the island. In the present day, the mental hospital ruins remain, and visitors are strictly forbidden to enter the island.
Forsyth Park; Savannah, GA
Savannah, Georgia is a city known for its endless haunted sites, including Forsyth Park and its underground tunnels. A report in Savannah Magazine reports that experts at Candler Hospital did autopsies in the passages. Several explain that ghostly figures can be seen wandering the tunnels today. Watch episode 4 of Dark House on October 20 for a look inside one of San Francisco’s most notorious haunted houses.
La Recoleta Cemetery,;Buenos Aires, Argentina
There is no surprise in hearing that a cemetery is haunted. There are many notable people buried in the Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires, including Eva Perón, Argentina’s presidents, Nobel Prize winners, and even Napoleon’s granddaughter. Some of its most important ghost stories concern David Alleno, an old grave-digger who worked at the cemetery for decades before he killed himself. The jingling of his keys has been reported.
Château de Brissac; Brissac-Quincé, France
A seven-story château in France, Château de Brissac is believed to belong to the woman known as the “Green Lady.” She is an illegitimate child of King Charles VII. When she’s discovered having an affair, her husband murders her. In a green dress, she was said to have been wearing when she died, and now she walks around the castle wailing in the early morning hours.