TRAVEL & LIFESTYLE

Worlds most Haunted Places

Konark Bansal, Travel Writer, India

07 MARCH 2018

Are you adventure lover? Or want to explore some places which were never visited by a human? If yes, we have picked out some of the spookiest places on the planet that are famed as being, well, not entirely populated by the living! From old prisons to abandoned asylums to creepy old houses, read on for 10 of the most haunted places in the world…if you dare!

Myrtles Plantation

Its rumored to be built on the site of an ancient Indian burial ground, the Myrtles Plantation, USA has been dubbed ‘one of America’s most haunted homes’.

Legend has it that 10 murders have occurred in the house. The ghost of a former slave in a green turban has been sighted, as well as a haunted mirror which supposedly holds the ghosts of Sara Woodruff and her children who previously lived in the house. Equally as spooky is the apparition of William Winter, who was reportedly shot on the front porch. His ghost, writhing in agony from the gunshot wound, has been sighted crawling up the stairs and disappearing into thin air at the 17th step…spooky enough?

The Tollbooth

The Tollbooth in Aberdeen, UK has a dark past, first as a prison to house members of the Jacobite revolution in the mid-1700s, and then to hold kidnapped children who were sold into slavery in the American colonies. Among the stories of paranormal activity are the sounds of rattling chains, sightings of mysterious white mist, and a tight feeling around the necks of visitors.

Pluckley Village

This village in Kent, UK was once crowned the most haunted village in England by the Guinness Book of World Records, with an estimated 12-16 ghosts. There’s a highwayman who was stabbed with a sword and pinned to a tree and is said to haunt an area with the fitting name of ‘Fright Corner’. Look out for an apparition named The Red Lady who haunts the churchyard after dark.

Alcatraz

The infamous home to some equally infamous prisoners, including mobster Al Capone, Alcatraz has had reports of paranormal activity from visitors, former prisoners and guards.

Leon ‘Whitey’ Thompson, a former inmate who later conducted tours of the prison, was waiting for a tour group in the 1980s when he claimed he saw a large, looming figure at the end of “Michigan Avenue”, and swore it was the ghost of an inmate he had been friendly with called Johnny Haus. Other visitors have heard crying and screams, and recently the figure of a woman was snapped through a cell window by holidaymakers in San Francisco.

Aradale Asylum

A ‘village within a village’, the Aradale Asylum, Ararat, Victoria, Australia is a huge complex that opened in 1867. Over 13,000 people were estimated to have died there, and not always due to natural causes. Tours of the site mention the ghost of Nurse Kerry who is supposed to haunt the women’s wing. The visitors have shared tales of unexpected sensations, being touched, feeling cold, drafts running through the building for no apparent reason and loud bangs from parts of the building that are unoccupied.

Devils Pool

A natural pool nestled among boulders, Devil’s Pool, Babinda, Queensland, Australia is thought to have been cursed by an Aboriginal woman who tragically drowned herself after her lover was taken away from her. Since 1959, is has been estimated that 17 people have drowned there from falls or slips or getting caught in the fast-flowing currents that can trap people in ‘rock chutes’.

Bhangarh Fort

Also known as ‘Bhoot Bangla’ (the Fort of Ghosts), Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan, India was a small city made up of temples, gates and palaces at the foot of a mountain before being abandoned around 1783.

There are two stories that explain the fate of Bhangarh: a curse from a holy man who forbade the height of the buildings to be taller than his own. When one building cast a shadow over his own house, he is said to have cursed the entire town. Another story is of a wizard who was in love with the Princess of Bhangarh. When the princess foiled his spell to make her fall in love with him, the bitter wizard put a curse on the city. Today, it is said that anyone who enters the city at night will never come out again, and paranormal activity is thought to be concentrated around the Dancers’ Haveli (Dancers House) and Johari Bazar (Marketplace).

Waverly Hills Sanatorium

After America was plagued by the “white death” (tuberculosis) a hospital was built. Bodies left the hospital through a chute to the bottom of the hill and there are reports of a mysterious figure seen roaming the halls, an elderly woman bleeding from her hands and feet, and a little child peeking round corners.

Poveglia

In Poveglia, Italy in 1348 the Bubonic Plague arrived – this island became an exile for those who had the symptoms and they were more or less sent to die there. There was also an asylum on the island for the mentally ill where doctors performed strange experiments. Allegedly 50% of the soil is human ash, due to the amount of people who were burned there, and the chimes of the bell can still be heard when visiting the island according to the locals.

Lawang Sewu

The name Lawang Sewu, Indonesia is Javanese and means “thousand doors”, in reference to its architectural design.

Like the Penang War Museum, it was also taken over by the Japanese in World War II and converted the building into a prison and the basement of building B was used for executions. The ghost stories that people visit this place for include a ghost of a young Dutch woman who was said to have committed suicide in the building, headless ghouls walking about, and a kuntilanak (a vampiric ghost in Indonesian and Malay mythology).