On the outskirts of Chicago, this abandoned cemetery boasts hauntings such as vanishing cars and houses, spooky lights, shaking trees and a two-headed man seen swimming in the pond. There are also rumors that it's home to satanic cult meetings, paranormal sightings and photographs, as well as urban legends that the cemetery pond was once used by Al Capone and other gangsters to dump bodies.
While Alcatraz Island off the coast of San Francisco has been the home to both military barracks and a military fort, it's most famous for being the home of one of the most intense federal penitentiaries in America. Stories of strange feelings, sounds and apparitions have have been told by past visitors of what is now a U.S. National Park. Someone even reported hearing banjo music, an instrument played by notorious inmate Al Capone during his final years in the prison.
One of America's most notable stories of paranormal activity recounts the tale of the Bell Witch, who was said to have famously tormented Betsy Bell for several years during her childhood. Some stories claim the witch was a deceased neighbor of Betsy's father, John Bell, who believed she had been cheated out of her land. The Bell Witch Cave still offers tours, as legend purports the Bell Witch haunted the caves and the surrounding area for hundreds of years. Visitors still claim to hear voices and see apparitions.
4. Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This former prison has a pretty grisly past. Operated from 1829 to 1971, the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was the first to use separate confinement, a method so strict they often locked prisoners in a cell for 23 hours of the day. Punishment was severe; methods ranged from ice water baths to tightly strapping an inmate in a chair for days, to clamping an iron collar around an inmate's tongue and connecting the chain to his or her wrist. Willie Sutton and Al Capone were both held here. Open today for tours, staff report strange sounds and sights, including whispering, crying and seeing agonized faces in the cells.
Now a bed and breakfast, the Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri has been wrapped up in tragedy and mystery for more than 100 years. Today, guests report apparitions and ghostly guests, phantom smells of cigar smoke, strange phone calls and physical stroking, as well as items moving or going missing.
The Winchester Mansion in San Jose, California was the personal residence and 38-year construction project of Sarah Winchester, the widow of rifle magnate William Wirt Winchester. After her husband died of tuberculosis at age 43, Mrs. Winchester requested the house be in a constant state of construction, building at all hours to construct a bewildering and beautiful Victorian mansion with 160 rooms and bizarre staircases to nowhere. There are even secret passageways and twisting hallways, apparently fashioned by Winchester to confuse any spirits chasing her. Hauntings have been reported over the past 100 years at the Winchester house, now open for tours, including voices, cold spots, banging doors and even sightings of Sarah Winchester herself.
One of America's bloodiest battles, the Battle of Gettysburg claimed roughly 50,000 men and 5,000 horses over the course of three days. With claims of whispers and cries from soldiers to full on apparitions and ghosts of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, Gettysburg is home to some unsettled spirits.
The site of a grisly murder committed by an unknown assailant in 1912, the Moore Home-Ax Murder House is open for tours today where visitors learn the horrific details of the crime committed more than 100 years ago. Eight people were murdered with an axe while sleeping, an event that sent the small, peaceful town into a panic and would end up never being solved. Today, visitors report hearing children's voices and banging sounds, seeing objects moving, as well as capturing paranormal audio and photographic evidence.
Built in 1916 in Decatur, Illinois, the Lincoln Theater sits on the site where the old Priest Hotel was burned down in 1904 and is apparently haunted by many ghosts, particularly one named Red who may have been an employee who died falling from the catwalk. Reports also include footsteps, cold spots, a young woman and man standing on the stairs and ghost apparitions sitting in the empty seats. The theater is still open for live entertainment.
This tuberculosis sanatorium opened in 1910 in an attempt to treat and isolate patients with the contagious and often fatal disease. Closed in 1962 after a cure for tuberculosis made its facilities no longer necessary, the Waverly Hills Sanatorium now offers tours during which visitors claim to feel cold spots, hear voices and even see a child ghost playing hide and seek. They've also reported slamming doors, apparitions of a hearse, phantom lights and an old woman screaming and bleeding.
11. Myrtles Plantation, St. Francisville, Louisiana
Currently the site of a bed and breakfast as well as historical tours, Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana was built in 1796 and is said to be one of the most haunted homes in America. Visitors report handprints on mirrors, footsteps, phantom smells and voices, a musician apparition who plays the piano and even a French woman who makes her way from room to room. Most famously, the Myrtles Plantation claims that a slave woman named Chloe appears, as well as members of a family who lived there after their mysterious and tragic deaths more than 100 years ago.