Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever seen any? Come on, be honest. It’s perfectly all right if you don’t! The thing is, enough people in the world are sensitive to the spine-shivery feel of certain haunted places. The way this works is not through your disbelieving intellect – but through sensitive nerve endings that jump deliciously in the presence of ghosts! But, how about a journey through the 10 most haunted places in the world? Put away your disbelief for a few minutes and take in the possibility that ghosts exist.
1. Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan, India
The 17th century Bhangarh Fort, located near the Sariska Tiger Reserve border is cursed with hauntings. You won’t find a single village near the fort. The fort was first cursed by a powerful ascetic. The second is more colorful; Princess Ratnavati fell afoul of a black magician who cursed the entire region. People have sighted ghosts within the fort and there are many reports of eerie whisperings and strangely heavy presence all over the fort.
2. Highgate Cemetery, North London, England
Highgate Cemetery is the final resting place of more than 170,000 people. Many ghoulish satanic cults and blood rituals took place there. A man once saw a red-eyed apparition glaring at him through the gates, while another was knocked down by something that seemed to glide from the walls. This scary creature turned into wispy mist when a car’s headlights turned on it! No one goes near it after dark.
3. Changi Beach, Singapore
The sorry story of Changi Beach dates back to WWII, when Japanese forces beheaded hundreds of allied soldiers during the Sook Ching Massacre. The heads were then arranged artistically and proudly photographed. Those that tried to escape were cruelly machine-gunned. Several local workers were suspected of sabotaging Japanese aircraft and were tortured for weeks before they were killed. Visitors to Changi Beach report hearing screams and haunting cries, and seeing decapitated heads in the water and flying through the air.
4. Eastern State Penitentiary, Pennsylvania, United States
The Eastern State Penitentiary has witnessed many executions, suicides, madness, disease, torture and murder. Prisoners were doused with water and hung up till they froze to death. They were bound to a chair till all circulation was cut off, making amputations necessary. Iron collars were fixed to their mouths so any movement would cut off their tongues. The penitentiary has been featured on many TV shows for its true hauntings.
5. Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Kentucky, United States
The Waverly Hills Sanatorium was built to combat deadly tuberculosis in the early 1900s. There was no cure for TB, so the doctors invented their own. Patients were exposed to the sun’s UV light for days, even in cold winters. Many froze and died. Balloons were implanted into lungs and expanded with air, killing patients. People report seeing a man in a white coat with a scalpel held in front of him. There are unexplained footsteps, noises, screams, groans of pain, and smells of decayed food.
6. The Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, Australia
The Beechworth Lunatic Asylum was built in 1867 and managed to kill 9,000 patients owing to barbaric cures for insanity. Patients would suffer shattered bones, torn ligaments and broken teeth during electro-shock treatments. Various sightings have been reported – a girl called Rosie who loved to sing and the ghost of kitchen help Tommy Kennedy who pokes visitors with something sharp. Workers have heard kids laughing and playing but found no kids there.
7. Monte Cristo Homestead, New South Wales, Australia
The Monte Cristo home was originally owned by Christopher and Elizabeth Crawley in the early 1900s. The Ryans who own it now report that the house was fully lit when they moved in, with no electric connection! Strange deaths have occurred here – a maid pregnant by Mr. Crawley was pushed off the balcony; a stable boy burned to death, and a baby girl was thrown down the stairs. People report seeing apparitions, feeling cold hands and experiencing cold fear in some rooms.
8. The Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire, England
Britain’s most haunted B&B, the Ancient Ram Inn, is reputed to house not one, but 20 specters. The house was built on an ancient burial ground and there are stories of satanic worship and child sacrifices. The ghosts that haunt this place include a high priestess, a young girl called Rosie, and even a male sex demon! While renovating the house, a child’s bones and a dagger were found. People report hearing a child’s scream, invisible touches and electrified wooden beams. Ghost or no ghost, they still shell out #30 for a night here!
9. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland
The Royal Edinburgh Castle witnessed a massive witch hunt during King James’s rule in the 17th century. The king wanted to take revenge on Janet Douglas, Lady Glamis. So he forced her servants to name her a witch and burnt her at the stake. Her servants, already tortured, were also put to death. Later, a bagpiper was sent to investigate the castle’s underground tunnels, playing his pipes so he could be tracked. He was never found. His pipes still play under the Royal Mile. Many prisoners of war were tortured and killed here, and their screams can still be heard.
10. Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town, South Africa
The Castle of Good Hope is surrounded by a wicked dark moat, and contains an infamous dungeon known as the dark hole. Prisoners were chained to the walls during winter floods, till their rotting bodies were carried off by the water. The castle has, since then, seen many apparitions jumping into the moat. Screams begging mercy can still be heard from the dungeon.
So are you sufficiently thrilled now? Scared at all? Right. So how about booking a ticket to one of these fantastic ghostly destinations and check it out for yourself? We dare you not to. After all, what could a few ghosts do, when you’re armed with sold disbelief and a sense of humor?