5 Most Haunted Places In US


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Christine Ding, Photojournalist

Some people believe that the spiritual world exists; however, other people may have different opinions. Have you ever explored the spiritual world? Or have you met any spirits and perhaps became friends with them? If you have not yet experienced world of mysterious ghosts, are you curious about the other side? If you are, then you should definitely check out the list of places below and visit the most haunted places. Many people claim that they enjoy going to creepy places. Ashley Bui Tran (10) stated “I like the feeling of being scared. Haunted places excite me for some weird reason. The stories behind haunted places are interesting enough but I like experiencing the odd feelings that it evokes.” After visiting these places, you may want to change your mind about the reality of the spiritual world. Maybe you will meet something unexpecting?

5. Moundsville Penitentiary

The Moundsville Penitentiary in West Virginia was one of America’s most violent correctional facilities and the final stop for almost 1,000 criminals. During its more than 100 years in operation, the prisoners lived in cramped quarters. Many men were hanged or killed in the electric chair, while others were murdered by other prisoners. At the end, the prison closed in 1995. Some visitors claim that the tortured spirits are still behind bars and in the bowels of the prison.


4. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum was once known as the Weston State Hospital. Starting in 1864, this asylum was home to thousands of people with intense mental illnesses. Hundreds of people died in the hospital before the facility closed in 1994. The spirits that are said to haunt the site today date back to the Civil War era, when the hospital served as a military post. Paranormal tours of the facility feature 2-hour visits to the asylum’s 4 main hot spots. The more intense Ghost Hunt is an 8-hour, overnight paranormal adventure with experienced ghost-hunting guides all night. Visitors claim to see things move and feel the presence of spirit.


3. Saint Louis Cemetery

Saint Louis Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in the city, most of the graves are above-ground vaults constructed in the 18th and 19th centuries. Because of its closeness to the public housing, there is a high wall surrounding the cemetery. The cemetery closes at 3:00 am sharp. It is strongly recommended that tourists visit via a tour group. When the gates are locked, the cemetery is left to the restless spirits who walk its paths.


2. Winchester Mystery House

The Winchester Mystery House was build by Mrs. Winchester, the widow of gun magnate William Wirt Winchester. Tabloids from the time claimed that at some point after her infant daughter and husband’s death a Boston medium told her, that she should leave her home in New Haven and travel West. Winchester left New Haven and headed for California. At her new house, she continuously build rooms for herself and the spirits of people who had fallen victim to Winchester rifle until her death. Though it is possible she was simply seeking a change of location and a hobby during her lengthy depression; other sources claim that Winchester came to believe her family and fortune were haunted by ghosts. Only by moving West and continuously building them a house could she appease these spirits

1. Stepp Cemetery

The history of this cemetery is very mysterious. No one really seems to know when the burial ground was started, or by who. Forest rangers will tell visitors that some area families founded it, but local rumors state that a now defunct religious cult called the “Crabbites” may have had some connection to it. There are many stories about the cemetery. One story is that a mother’s infant had died long ago. She was so distraught that she went to the cemetery and dug out the child’s body after she was buried. Grieving, she took her own life. Visitors claim, to have seen the mother’s ghost, dressed in black, weeping over her daughter’s grave near the side of a old stump that had rotted away years ago.