Check out the stories behind these real-life haunted houses!
Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (Weston State Hospital) - Weston, West Virginia
This abandoned facility has been featured on a few ghost hunting TV shows. Mentally-ill patients here thought they were cursed by witches or possessed by the devil. With much medical neglect and poor living conditions, many suffered and died here.
This house is the site of a horrible crime on August 4, 1892. A wealthy couple, Mr. and Mrs. Borden, were brutally murdered with a hatchet here. Mr. Borden's daughter Lizzie was accused of the the crime put on trial. She was eventually acquitted, despite certain testimonies.
The mansion was built on what used to be a cemetary, leading many to believe that is the cause for dozens of ghost sightings and other paranormal activity. Also, the Whaley's red-headed daughter is said to sometimes appear so realistically, that she has been mistaken for a real child!
This (now abandoned) mental hospital specialized in criminally insane patients, from 1874 onward. The facility became overcrowded and the patients were treated poorly. One patient, Margaret Schilling, had mysteriously disappeared while playing hide and seek with the nurses. Her body was found over a month later, and marks her body made on the floor are still visible to this day. She is said to still be haunting The Ridges!
The cemetery at The Ridges is also said to be haunted. Patients who had no remaining family to pay funeral expenses were simply buried under a gravestone with a number on it. There is also an area where the graves form a circle that is believed to be a witches meeting point!
These tunnels are located beneath the city of Portland, and where many secret and illegal practices took place - including shanghaiing. Shanghaiing is the practice of kidnapping men to sell as crew on boats. The tunnels are said to be haunted by the restless spirits of these captives who died underground!
Eastern State Penitentiary - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This famous prison was the first to institute solitary confinement, and is believed to be the cause of mental illness among prisoners. Al Capone and bank robber Willie Sutton were famous prisoners here. Since the prison is believed to be very haunted, today it is open to the public as a museum and Halloween haunted house.
This creepy cave is said to be home to The Bell Witch. The land owned by a man named John Bell, includes this cave. The Bell Witch is said to be the spirit of John's neighbor Katy Batts, who believed John cheated her out of a land purchase, and on her death bed swore she would haunt John and his family .. and she did!
Said to be one of the scariest places on earth, this hospital originally housed many tuberculosis patients. With an extremely high death rate, and mistreatment of patients, along with questionable experimental procedures, there are many reports of paranormal activities, including piercing screams echoing in its abandoned hallways.
Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark - Birmingham, Alabama
This site was once famous for producing high-quality steel and iron. The place is said to be haunted by a slave-driving boss James Robert Wormwood, known as "Slag." He abusively worked his men to the bone, and there were many accidents and fatalities under him. Slag died after he fell into a vat of boiling ore.
This abandoned cemetery is said to be haunted by numerous ghosts, and the last known burial here was in 1989. The more prominent haunting connected to the site revolves around the Fulton family plot, and a baby's grave. The ghost of the mother has been spotted walking throughout the cemetery.
Moundsville Penitentiary - Moundsville, West Virginia
This old prison became very overcrowded. Prisoners died from illness, riots, and many executions were held here. The ghost of a maintenance man who was stabbed to death by prisoners for telling the guards on them is said to haunt this prison, namely the bathroom where he was murdered.
This house was once occupied by the Lemp family, who made their money in beer, in the early 1900s. William Lemp Jr. had fooled around while married, and ended up divorcing his wife Lillian. Rumor has it he locked his son, who was born with Downs Syndrome, in the attic. William killed himself in the same building where his father died, 18 years prior.
One of the most famous prisons, the isolated facility was home to the most dangerous criminals. Many escapes were attempted but were never successful. The most haunted part of Alcatraz is D-block, cell 14D specifically. Those who have been in the cell have felt an evil spirit with ice cold fingers.
The hotel is inspiration for Stephen King's novel "The Shining," and was built by Freelan Oscar Stanley (inventor of the Stanley Steamer automobile). The ghost of Stanley is said to haunt the hotel, along with his wife Flora. Stephen King stayed in room 217, where a brutal accident occurred in 1911 - a house keeper was nearly killed by a gas leak explosion, and a lot of paranormal activity is said to happen in the same room today.
The site has claimed the title of "Most Haunted Nightclub in the USA." The bar was built on the site of numerous murders and horrible events. Employees and patrons have seen ghosts of the murder victims and their murderers. In addition, sometimes the jukebox plays old '30s songs that haven't even loaded! Spiritual possession has also said to have taken place here
The hospital is said to be home to the world's criminally insane patients. Some patients housed here committed suicide, while others chose to murder. Even some of the hospital staff were unfortunate victims of the patients. One patient murdered his own wife while trying to escape!
Besides being a famous historical site, this is where thousands of soldiers lost their lives violently during the famous battle of the Civil War. Many places in town have had multiple ghost sightings by numerous people over the years since the battle.
This hospital (built in 1904) was originally the Santa Fe Railroad Hospital and Santa Fe Coast Lines Hospital, home to railroad employees. The facility closed down in 1991 after reports of malpractice surfaced. The hospital is primarily now a filming location and has been in movies, TV shows, including The Travel Channel's "Ghost Adventures."
Known as the most haunted road in America, the site was a dumping ground for a mob hit man known as the Iceman. The ghost of a little boy haunts a small bridge there, where he fell and died. Rumor has it, if you throw a coin over the bridge ... he'll throw it back!
This cemetery has been featured in the movies Easy Rider and Interview With A Vampire. There is one very famous ghost at this location, who is said to haunt the scary site, or anyone who tries to disturb her eternal rest - the voodoo queen, Marie Laveau.
This tattoo parlor, was once Chicago's first established funeral parlor. Founder Rich "Tapeworm" Hererra saw potential in this former mortuary and converted the rented building into a tattoo shop in 2003. But the artists and visitors were spooked by all kinds of unnatural activity!