On the morning of Thursday, August 4, 1892 Abby and Andrew Borden, parents of Lizzie, were slaughtered in their own home with an axe. According to legend, Abby was struck once in the face, then 19 times in the back with a hatchet while Andrew was struck 10 or 11 times directly in the face as he slept on a downstairs couch.
The murders gripped the public, with many people believing Lizzie Borden herself had committed them after giving various confusing and different testimonies to police. Lizzie was tried and acquitted for the murders of her father and stepmother, but the bloody events that unfolded that August morning have left people wondering if Borden was, indeed, the murderer.
The Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast claims to have more than just comfortable beds and delicious breakfast foods. According to owners and guests, the murderous Lizzie has made appearances as well as her two victims. The creepiest part of this B&B has nothing to do with the paranormal but rather with the fact that the owners use crime scene photos as decorations.
This New Orleans hotel is now haunted by the spirits of Confederate soldiers who passed away here when the hotel was operating as a military hospital. Guests have reported seeing soldiers shuffle by with bandages around them and pained moaning coming from disembodied voices throughout the rooms.
According to paranormal investigators, there is one soldier who haunts Building 500's room A by appearing to guests and randomly changing the radio to oldies stations. He was recorded during a séance as saying "I need to leave. She doesn't love me, she loves you."
If love sick and jealous ghosts don't make you want to check into the Hotel Provincial, then we don't know what will.
This castle is haunted by none other than Isobella Shaw, lady of the castle in 1625. According to legend, Shaw was locked away in one of the rooms and starved to death by her husband after she birthed a daughter instead of a male heir to the castle.
While in captivity, Shaw attempted to escape and died. Her spirit still haunts the halls of the hotel, seeking vengeance for her torture and death. People who have encountered her claim that she appears mostly to children, hoping to meet the child she was never able to have in life.
400 years after her death, her room was turned into the "Ghost Room" and is open to visitors if they're in the mood to see where poor Isobella met her end.
Nestled in Hollywood is the beautiful Hotel Roosevelt which is said to house the spirits of some of the biggest stars of yesteryear. Marilyn Monroe is said to walk the halls of the hotel (Monroe spent two years of her life living in the hotel) and is known to frequent her favorite room: 229. Carole Lombard and Errol Flynn are also wandering about if you walk the halls alone at night.
Blossom Ballroom at the same Roosevelt Hotel (the room where the very first Academy Awards ceremony was held) is rumored to have a "cold spot" or a part of the room that is 10 degrees colder than the rest of it. For years paranormal investigators have researched such "cold spots" and it is believed to be a place of intense paranormal activity.
As if the originally builders have never seen a single horror film, Myrtle Plantation is supposedly build on a Native American burial ground. Native American burial grounds are believed by paranormal experts to be breeding grounds for sinister happenings, since the ground is sacred.
Since being built in the 1700s, Myrtle Plantation has stacked up quite the body count: 10 murders have occurred here since the home was first inhabited. Most notably, William Drew Winter was shot in the chest on the front steps and climbed 17 stairs to the top level before collapsing dead.
Now it's a full house over at Myrtle with 12 ghosts reportedly stalking the halls. Visitors report spotting a myriad of ghosts from children to older women. Cold spots, blood stains that won't come out, and other sinister noises haunt this B&B.
Basically, if you check in you're asking to experience the paranormal...but for some that is a selling point.
6. The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs, AR
Built in 1886 and part of the Historic Hotels of America Association, this gorgeous building is often referred to as the most haunted hotel in the world.
What started out as a luxury spa and hotel quickly shut down before it was reopened as a medical hospital where things got down right sinister.Dr. Norman Baker was a wealthy man who bought the property and despite having no formal medical training, began experimenting on humans. His subjects were both alive and dead, but one thing is for certain, his torture and unethical practices have left a horrific imprint on this land.
Baker is known to haunt the grounds now, as do the souls of those he lobotomized in order to collect money from patients parents without treating them.
Located in downtown Los Angeles, this is the granddaddy of creepy hotels, one which inspired Ryan Murphy's current season of American Horror Story. Although stepping into the Cecil Hotel you'll probably be met with nostalgic, old-Hollywood vibes, the truth about this building is sinister and shrouded in mystery.
In February 2013, the nude body of Elisa Lam, a 21-year-old Canadian student was found floating in one of the water towers that sits on top of the hotel. She had been missing for days, and no one seemed to understand how she could have possibly gotten into the water tower since it was locked from the inside. Later, footage began to surface of Lam acting strangely in the hotel, almost as if she were playing hide-n-seek with someone we weren't able to see.
The spookiest part of her death? The only reason her body was found is because hotel guests began to complain that their water smelled and tasted "funny." Basically, the decomposing body of Lam was seeping into the water supply of the hotel.
Her death has spawned numerous theories, each creepier than the last.
This haunted hotel is the one that started it all. If you have ever seen The Shining and couldn't sleep because of it, well, the Stanley Hotel is the hotel that Stephen King based his best-selling book off of.
The 140-room hotel sits on a hill with a beautiful panoramic view of the Rocky Mountains, something which inspired Stephen King to stay one night.
One night is all it took to inspire the horror writer to craft his masterpiece noting:
I dreamed of my three-year-old son running through the corridors, looking back over his shoulder, eyes wide, screaming. He was being chased by a fire-hose. I woke up with a tremendous jerk, sweating all over, within an inch of falling out of bed. I got up, lit a cigarette, sat in a chair looking out the window at the Rockies, and by the time the cigarette was done, I had the bones of the book firmly set in my mind.
Although it is difficult to know which ghost stories told by the guests of The Stanley Hotel are fact or which are fiction, one thing is certain: the layout and decor of this historic hotel are enough to give anyone the chills.