As a child, I would often go with my brother or friends to old abandoned homes that were supposedly haunted. Then a game of who’s the bravest would ensue. It all came down to who could make it to the door, who could open the door, and who could stay in the house the longest. None of us were ever brave enough.
I’m a person who’s always up for a good ghost story. I can often recall going to old abandoned homes with my brother or some friends of mine that were supposedly haunted. Then a game of who’s the bravest would ensue. It all came down to who could make it to the door, who could open the door, and who could stay in the house the longest. None of us were ever brave enough. I don’t think it had so much to do with the places ever being really “haunted.’ I think it had more to do with the idea, and all the built up angst of what if. Stories of such occurrences have become so common place, that you can never go without ever meeting at least one person who has said they’ve seen a ghost. Because of these stories, hearing about them have now become a part of our culture. Here are five stories that I’ve grown up with since I can remember.
Mina dos Estrellas, Mexico (Mine of Two Stars)
Mina dos Estrellas is now an abandoned gold mine in the mountains of Michoacan, Mexico. During its peak, it had employed 5,000 workers. In 1903 when European settlers heard of gold being in the surrounding mountains of Tlalpujahhua, they began excavation plans. Villagers believed that the settlers had disturbed the Nagual, an ancient animal controlled by the devil. The Nagual was a sorcerer who was believed to be part wolf. The villagers warned against mining, but 10 miles of tunnel were dug into the mountain. Strange accidents, deaths, and suicides began to occur. In 1937, torrential floods washed through the mines killing 400 miners. The mine was shut down permanently. Sometime after the flood, gruesome deaths began to occur, children began to disappear, and livestock were found mutilated. The Nagual was once again blamed. Desperate, the local villagers turned to a folk magic practioner who instructed them to seal off the tunnel with large boulders and never open the mine again. Recently villagers have begun to hear strange cries, and animal mutilations have resumed.
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Supposedly this was an ancient Druid site. Between the 15th-17th centuries, many people disappeared. People have reported hearing voices and seeing shadowy figures wave between the trees. The forest was open as a public park, but few people rarely venture here, especially off the paths. People feel as if they’re being watched, and some have reported feeling a heavy sensation upon their body. Two men in 1997 reported that while in the forest they could hear the cries of a woman. They went to search for her, but only found blood smeared on the trees. They fled in terror, and one man looked back to see 4 robed individuals where none had previously been.
Wilson Hall, Ohio
Athens, Ohio is one of the most haunted places in the United States. Ohio University purportedly has the most hauntings of any university. Wilson Hall is one of the oldest campuses on Athens, and rumors speculate that it was built on an ancient burial ground. Adding to the stories of ghost hauntings is the belief that a girl committed suicide on the fourth floor. Although, no records have indicated that any student committed suicide at Wilson Hall. The girl supposedly practiced the black arts, and before dying, she had written symbols on the walls in her own blood. Despite the walls having been painted numerous times, blood still seeps through the walls. The room was finally sealed and shut. According to stories that have recently circulated, the face of a demon can now be seen on the door.
Changi Beach, Singapore
Singapore is thought to be Asia’s most haunted city. Changi Beach is a beautiful coast, with pristine white beaches. While the destination is lovely, it was once the sight of many unfortunate and brutal executions during World War II. Thousands of Chinese civilians were mercilessly tortured and murdered. After the war, 135 war criminals were executed on the same beaches. People often report hearing screams and cries. Some have seen mysterious bloodstains appear and disappear. Headless bodies are seen walking the beaches in search of their heads. Families that have rented huts along the shoreline leave because of sleepless nights and because of being slapped by unseen hands.
Carlton House, Arizona
Okay, this one I threw in because I’ve actually been here. Plus I used to live off Fort Huachuca, and this house was just one of those places us kids used to go to on Halloween. Carlton House is one of the oldest structures on Fort Huachuca. It was originally a morgue in the 1880’s. In the 1900’s it became the residence for officers. Supposedly a woman by the name of Charlotte died in the house after having given birth to a stillborn boy. She haunts the house, angry that her child did not receive a proper burial. Officers and their families who have lived in the house have reported strange sightings of a blond woman, objects moving about, doors slamming, lights turning on and off, and weird electrical disturbances.