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Searcy Hospital

This old insane asylum located in Mount Vernon, Alabama has a past of housing the extremely insane. Read More >>

Featured Image for September 2012

What's scarier than the world's most haunted location, Waverly Hills Sanatorium, on a dark, stormy night? Nothing comes to mind? Me neither...that's why this is the featured image!

Boyington Oak

A mysterious tree grows under the command of a dead man who was lynched in the cemetery. Read More >>

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Jane Chin Hospital

 
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Location: Webb City, Missouri, USA
Built: Early 1900s
Operating Time: Early 1900s - 1960s
Status: Abandoned
 

History

The Jane Chin Hospital was built in Webb City, Missouri during the early 1900s. During the 1960s, it was abandoned, and it has remained that way ever since. Those who visit the place have reported seeing strange lights, the sounds of gurneys being pushed through the halls, disembodied footsteps, and the voices of patients and doctors.
 
One year, the Jane Chin Hospital was used as a haunted house attraction for Halloween. After the event was over for the night, the owner walked through with his dog to make sure that everyone had left. The two made their way to the top floor; there, the dog panicked and wouldn't go any further.

Paranormal Activity

  • Strange lights
  • Sound of gurneys being pushed through halls
  • Disembodied footsteps
  • Voices of patients
  • Voices of doctors

Key Points

Key Plot

  • Jane Chin Hospital is built in the early 1900s
  • Abandoned during the 1960s
  • Used as haunted house

Key People

  • Unknown patients
  • Unknown doctors

Key Places

  • Jane Chin Hospital
  • Webb City, Missouri

External Links/Sources

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Bethlehem Methodist Church

 
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Location: Munford, Alabama, USA
Built: Unknown
Operation Time: ? - ?
Type: Methodist
Status: Open
 

History

The Bethlehem Methodist Church is most likely haunted by the spirits of the cemetery near the church. Rumor has it that if you drive around the church three times and turn off your lights, the church's blinds will suddenly rise up on their own. The adjacent cemetery is known to have a floating yellow orb glide across the nearby McElderry Road.
 

Paranormal Activity

  • Yellow orb floats over McElderry Road

Key Points

Key Plot

  • Bethlehem Methodist Church is haunted by unknown spirits.

Key People

  • Unknown spirits

Key Places

  • Bethlehem Methodist Church
  • McElderry Road
  • Adjacent Cemetery
  • Munford, Alabama

External Links/Sources

Bon View Park

 
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Location: Ontario, California, USA
Found: Unknown
Type: Park
Status: Open
 

History

Bon View Park was a relatively peaceful place up until a little girl of about seven or eight years old was raped and murdered on its grounds. Now, those who visit the park after 10:00 PM have reported seeing her spirit here. She playfully hides behind the trees, wanting to play hide and seek with whoever visits.

Paranormal Activity

  • Apparition of little girl appears after 10:00 PM

Key Points

Key Plot

  • Little girl is raped and murdered

Key People

  • Unknown little girl - Victim of rape/murder

Key Places

  • Bon View Park
  • Ontario, California

External Links/Sources

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Haunted Alabama - Sketoe Hanging Hole


Location: Newton, Alabama, USA

The town of Newton, Alabama was founded in 1843. A small town, it became a site for Confederate recruiting during the Civil War. In March, 1865, a small battle took place there. A few months before the battle, on December 3rd, 1864, local Methodist minister Bill Sketoe was hung just north of Newton.

A whole had been dug beneath where he was hung to compensate for his tall body. The locals claim to this day that the hole can never stay filled with soil. The Sketoe Hanging Hole, it's called, is sometimes nicknamed "the hole that won't stay filled", because no matter how many attempts to fill it there are, the hole always managed to return.

In 1979, the hole became parially covered by a bridge and some rocks, but it still remains a local attraction. The Sketoe Hanging Hole became semi-iconic after it was featured in 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey by Kathryn Tucker Windham.

In 2006, a monument to Sketoe was dedicated near the spot where he was lynched. A local museum displays items that regard Sketoe and the hanging. While it is uncertain if the hole's refilling has to do with Bill Sketoe's unrested spirit, it is surely a mystery waiting to be solved...paranormal or not.

Key Points
  • The town of Newton is founded in 1843.
  • Becomes a site for Confederate recruiting.
  • Has a battle from the Civil War there in March, 1865.
  • Methodist minister Bill Sketoe is hung on December 3rd, 1864.
  • Hole refuses to stay filled.
  • Becomes covered by bridge and some rocks in 1979.
  • Monument to Sketoe is built in 2006.

Key People
  • Bill Sketoe - the Methodist Minister who got hanged.
 
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Monday, October 15, 2012

Haunted Alabama - Kenworthy Hall (aka Carlisle Hall)

 
Location: Marion, Alabama, USA

History:
Edward Kenworthy Carlisle (born 1810 near Augusta, Georgia) was an established cotton planter, and, in 1858, decided to build a large country estate. On May 4th, 1858, Carlisle wrote a letter that requested for help designing a large house, as he was "at a loss for a plan". Over the corse of several months, plans for what would be entitled "Kenworthy Hall" began to evolve. After a hard time finding skilled enough workers, Carlisle eventually found master mason Phillip Bond in November of the same year. Building began; Bond had estimated that the brickwork would be finished by June, 1859. The Carlisle family moved into the house by 1860, two years after the original plan. Even though the Civil War began in 1861, Carlisle continued to have a lot of success in his businesses. Amazingly, one of his cotton trading firms, Carlisle and Humphries, had an increased profit during the Union's blockade. After the war, though, his fortune took a turn for the worse, as his property was valued less than $20,000, and lowered to $9,000 in 1867. Carlisle entered into a business with his son, Edward Carlisle Jr., and his son-in-law, Alexander Jones, in Selma, a nearby town; they founded the City National Bank in 1871. However, Carlisle died in 1873, which left his property to his wife Lucinda. Also having a home in Selma, Lucinda lived in both homes back and forth, but decided to use Kenworthy Hall as a summer getaway home. In 1899, she gave the home to her single surviving child, Augusta Carlisle Jones. Thirteen years later, in 1912, Lucinda passed away, and in 1914, Augusta sold the property. Kenworthy Hall changed hands a large number of times, and went downhill; it lost the original porches, and went totally vacant for much of the 1950s. The house suffered from severe vandalism; the plasterwork was deformed, marble mantles were destroyed, and the stained glass was ruined beyond repair. During the various times of being totally empty, the locals began to say that the house was haunted. One of these stories was rewritten by Kathryn Tucker Windham in the short story called "The Faithful Vigil at Carlisle Hall" in 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey. The ghost story states that a ghost of a young woman (possibly Lucinda) in the fourth floor tower room awaits her lover (Mr. Carlisle). It was later bought by various people who intended on restoring it. A family that moved in in 1967 died shortly afterwards, but their heirs inherited it. They sold it in 2001 to a new family. Now, Kenworthy Hall is part of the National Historic Landmark list, inducted on August 18th, 2004.
 
Key Points
  • Edward Kenworthy Carlisle decides to build a large country estate in 1858.
  • Hires Phillip Bond to build it in November, 1858.
  • Carlisle moves into house by 1860.
  • Cotton biz remained successful throughout Civil War despite the Union's blockade.
  • After the war, success goes down and his property is worth only $9,000 by 1867.
  • Carlisle dies in 1873, leaving property to wife, Lucinda.
  • Lucinda dies in 1912.
  • House is vacant through the 1950s.
  • Now historic landmark.

Key People
  • Edward Kenworthy Carlisle - Owner of Kenworthy Hall
  • Lucinda Carlisle - Edward's wife
  • Phillip Bond - Builder/designer of the hall
  • Augusta Carlisle Jones - Edward's daughter
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Friday, October 12, 2012

Haunted Alabama - Harrison Cemetery

 
Location: Kinston, Alabama, USA

History:
The ghost of William "Grancer" Harrison (1789-1860) has been the subject of many ghost stories about his spirit seen dancing by his grave-site in Harrison Cemetery, Kinston, Alabama. Grancer was a successful cotton planter, and is rumored to have the largest number of slaves in the county. His slaves called him "Grand-sir", which was changed to Grancer over time. After years of being successful, Grancer was faced with the fact that he'd die one day, and decided to begin preparing for his funeral and any final arrangements that needed to be done. Slaves began work on a large ground tomb that he wanted to be buried in. He had requested that he be buried with his dancing clothes and clogs on while lying on his feather bed. His tomb was within earshot of the dance hall that he loved so much; he wanted to be part of it even after death. Harrison died in 1860, and his burial orders were carried out exactly to his specification. The Saturday night dances continued for a while, but without Harrison, the dance hall fell into ruin. People began to hear eerie sounds of fiddling and dancing coming from the cemetery on a Saturday night. Stories about hearing the voice of a man calling out square dances with a fiddle began to be shared. It is believed that they heard Grancer's ghost.
 
Key Points
  • Had Grancer Harrision burried there in 1860.
  • Haunted ever since.

Key People
  • William "Grancer" Harrison - ghost
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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Haunted Alabama - Cahaba, Alabama



Location: Cahaba, Alabama, USA

History:
Cahaba was chosen to be the Alabama state capitol on November 21st of 1818. The town was thriving by 1820, with large buildings inside of it. However, five years later in 1825, the town was struck by a major flood that destroyed part of the state house. The flood occurred due to the low elevation and two large rivers with a nasty reputation of flooding. In January, 1826, the capital was changed to Tuscaloosa. After years of semi-success, the town began to fall apart. By 1930, only a few handful of the original buildings were left. The town, no longer inhabited, is now an important archaeological site. Visitors can still see the abandoned town today. The town and its abandoned site have been the setting of several ghost stories during the 19th and 20th centuries. Among the true stories is one about a ghostly orb in a now-demolished garden maze at the former home of C. C. Pegues. The house was located in an open lot that occupied a block between Pine and Chestnut streets. The haunting was part of 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey under "Specter in the Maze of Cahaba".

Key Points
  • Chosen to be Alabama state capitol on November 21st, 1818.
  • Was thriving by 1820.
  • Major flood destroyed part of the state house in 1825.
  • Tuscaloosa became state capitol in January, 1826.
  • Town begins to fall apart.
  • Is uninhabited by 1930.
  • Haunted by C. C. Pegues.
Key People
  • C. C. Pegues - ghost
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