Hello best reader(s) and welcome to my very first publication.
Today we will be talking about the scariest locations WORLDWIDE that can be found on the internet. Let's start off with our first one!
1. The Riddle House
The Riddle House was built in 1905 by the constructors of Henry Flagler's hotels, using leftover wood. Originally located at 327 Acacia Street in West Palm Beach, the house was nicknamed "the painted lady", because of its bright colors. The Riddle House was originally a funeral parlor, known as "Gatekeeper's Cottage", at Woodlawn Cemetery, which was the first cemetery in the city of West Palm Beach. The building also served as a house to the cemetery overseer, whose job was to deter grave robbery.
The Riddle House was first haunted by the ghost of Buck, a cemetery employee who was killed in the city during an intense argument, according to local legend. Buck reportedly walked on the porch of the Riddle House and acted as if he were conducting his work just as he would in the physical life. Today, the house is purported to be haunted by the spirit of Joseph, one of Riddle's employees, who committed suicide by hanging in the attic to escape his financial troubles. As the house was being transported to Yesteryear Village in 1995, the carpenters and other workers reconstructing the building claimed to have experienced paranormal events, including tools being moved and broken windows; one of them was even struck in the head by a piece of wood in the staircase, which appeared from nowhere.
The Northern part of Summit County in Ohio is known by the eerily blunt moniker, Helltown. In the 70’s, Boston Township was the site of a government buyout, and subsequent mass eviction of citizens. The houses were intended to be torn down and the land used for a national park, but the plans never quite manifested. Legends spawned wildly, and who can blame the legend mongers? Driving through the dark, wooded landscape was enough to give you chills even when it was populated, let alone when you have to drive by boarded up houses standing next to the burnt out hulks of others (the local fire department used some buildings for practice).
Whether based on a kernel of truth or cooked up in the heads of creative visitors, the persistent legends of Helltown add to the creep factor. The steep Stanford Road drop off, immediately followed by a dead end, is aptly named The End of the World. If you get stuck at this dead end for too long, according to ghost story enthusiasts, you may meet your end at the hands of many members of the endless parade of freaks patrolling the woods. Satanists, Ku Klux Klan members, an escaped mental patient, an abnormally large snake, and mutants caused by an alleged chemical spill proudly march in this parade. And if you stray from the roads, you may find Boston Cemetery, home to a ghostly man, grave robbers and, the quirkiest of all, a moving tree.
3. The Catacombs
The seemingly infinite tunnels that run below the streets of Paris should not be confused with the Catacombs of Paris, the famous underground ossuary, although the mines are also mistakenly referred to as the catacombs. Exploring the mines is illegal, and penalties include heavy fines. The mines were used to dig out minerals from Paris’ varied sediment (the location where Paris is was submerged for millions of years), and the tunnels are what got left behind.
The mines are now unkempt, unpatrolled and unsafe. As far as legends go, ancient cults and creatures patrol the depths. Spirits dwell in the infinite shadows, and if one wanders deep enough, and survives, they may even enter Hades itself. As far as reality goes, those legends can take a back seat. The tunnels stretch for close to 600 kilometers throughout the Parisian underground, and most of them are unmapped. Saying it is easy to get lost is an understatement. It is nearly impossible not to get lost. Many parts of the catacombs are hundreds of feet below street level. Some hallways are flooded, or are so narrow you have to crawl through them. There are holes that drop hundreds of feet, and manholes that are unreachable, luring unwary urban explorers in with false promises of freedom. The infinite underground maze absorbs sound, mutes it, making it unlikely you will hear somebody yelling for help, even if they are not far away. Or, worse yet, making it unlikely somebody will hear you. Thousands of human bones litter the tunnels, due to overcrowding in many of Paris’ cemeteries. Weird paintings adorn the walls. Are they ancient? Are they new? Are they warnings? Or pleas for help? If you have claustrophobia, you will want to avoid the mines at all costs. If you don’t have claustrophobia, you probably will after a trip through the mines. Bring plenty of batteries, backup flashlights, clean water, a friend, and say a prayer before entering the mines of Paris. You will need them all.
Access to Pripyat, unlike cities of military importance, was not restricted before the disaster as nuclear power stations were seen by the Soviet Union as safer than other types of power plants. Nuclear power stations were presented as being an achievement of Soviet engineering, where nuclear power was harnessed for peaceful projects. The slogan "peaceful atom" (Russian: мирный атом, mirnıy atom) was popular during those times. The original plan had been to build the plant only 25 km (16 mi) from Kiev, but the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, among other bodies, expressed concern about it being too close to the city. As a result, the power station and Pripyat were built at their current locations, about 100 km (62 mi) from Kiev. After the disaster the city of Pripyat was evacuated in two days.
For nearly 30 years, the Pripyat Amusement Park has stood empty and alone. The rides were hardly enjoyed. The giant Ferris wheel was never loaded. The park was only opened for one day, and almost immediately abandoned. It’s been this way ever since, and it’s still very much haunted by the ghosts of its past. Many ghost and scary sightnings have been reported since then..
5. Waverly Hills Sanitarium
The land that is today known as Waverly Hill was purchased by Major Thomas H. Hays in 1883 as the Hays' family home. Since the new home was far away from any existing schools, Mr. Hays decided to open a local school for his daughters to attend. He started a one-room schoolhouse on Pages Lane and hired Lizzie Lee Harris as the teacher. Due to Miss Harris' fondness for Walter Scott's Waverley novels, she named the schoolhouse Waverley School. Major Hays liked the peaceful-sounding name, so he named his property Waverley Hill. The Board of Tuberculosis Hospital kept the name when they bought the land and opened the sanatorium. It is not known exactly when the spelling changed to exclude the second "e" and became Waverly Hills. However the spelling fluctuated between both spellings many times over the years.
Waverly Hills stories involve ghosts of nurses who were working at the hospital. And one of the most famous of these concerns room 502. People claim to have seen the ghost of a nurse in uniform in the room, some saying that the ghost tells them to get out of room 502. It is said that the body of a nurse who had hung herself was discovered in the room. Many of the tales surrounding room 502 say that the nurse killed herself because she was pregnant and was not married, and that the body had been in the room for quite a while before it was discovered. There is also the story of another nurse who committed suicide by jumping from the top of the building after working in room 502. No one knows why she did this.
Many stories about Waverly Hill have to do with shadows, doors closing on their own and ghostly spirits that roam the fourth floor of the hospital. This area is considered as one of the most haunted places in the hospital. There are also stories about the third floor of the building involving a little girl with a face that has no eyes. Besides this, there are many stories about a young boy who is said to be playing with a bouncing ball.
There are many other Waverly Hill stories about ghosts and other unexplainable events and experiences of many people who have been to the place. And this is why it is one of the most famous haunted locations in the United Sates and why many other people want to visit the area to see if these stories are indeed true.
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