There are places on this Earth that feel inherently wrong. You wouldn’t think that a building or area could be evil… but these may be. Just passing by one of these buildings in a car could make your skin crawl. Each of these places have been tainted by their strange and macabre history. Even though they are just creepy remnants of their past, there is enough darkness left that they terrify passers by. If you live near any of these, check them out. However, you might want to bring a buddy, a flashlight and some holy water.
1.) Riddle House: This house in Palm Beach County, Florida, was originally a funeral parlor. In the 1920’s the house became privately owned by Karl Riddle. Joseph, oen of Karl’s former employees, committed suicide by hanging himself in the attic of the house. The man hated men, so he terrorizes any man that steps foot in the house.
2.) Helltown: The northern part of Summit County in Ohio is called “Helltown.” In the 1970s, Boston Township was the site of a government buyout. There was a mass eviction of its citizens. Now, boarded and burned houses stand alone in the woods. There is a steep drop off at Stanford Road, immediately followed by a dead end. It’s named The End of the World. In Helltown, people have been haunted by hearses, chased by phantom trains, plagued by the stench of a slaughterhouse and terrorized by moving trees.
3.) Stull Cemetery: Stull, Kansas, is a small rural town in Douglas County. In the early 20th century, the town experienced two major tragedies. First, a father was burning a farm field. Once the controlled burn died down, he found his son’s corpse in the ashes. Then, a man went missing and was later found hanged from a tree. Now, the Stull Cemetery has a reputation for being evil. Rumors exist stating that Stull Cemetery is one of the seven gateways to Hell.
4.) The Ridges: The Athens Lunatic Asylum in Athens, Ohio, eventually came to be known as The Ridges. Trans-orbital lobotomies, lost patients, a haunted tuberculosis ward and Satanic cemeteries are just a few evil parts of its history. It’s known as one of the most haunted places in the world.
5.) Humberstone and LaNoria: These are two abandoned saltpeter mines in Chile. In 1872, the town was founded as a mine and business boomed. After the Great Depression, the business declined, the workers were almost treated as slaves and then business collapsed in 1958.
The area was abandoned by 1960. Now, the two towns are so haunted, the residents of nearby Iquique refuse to enter them.
6.) Byberry Mental Asylum: Patient maltreatment was rampant at the Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry. The hospital was founded in 1907 and it exceeded its patient limit quickly, maxing out at over 7,000 in 1960. Due to the atrocious conditions and the sub-human treatment of its patients, the hospital was closed and abandoned in 1990. It was demolished in 2006, but the site is still haunted by all of the terrible things that have been done there.
7.) Leap Castle: This Irish castle had a long and gruesome history. Families have fought over control of this castle and one man was even brutally murdered in the chapel. It’s now known as the Bloody Chapel. The castle is rumored to be haunted by a vast number of spirits, including a violent, hunched beast known only as the Elemental.
8.) Shades of Death Road: This New Jersey road stretches out over seven miles of countryside. Along the road lies a body of water, which most call Ghost Lake. One day during the 1990s, some visitors found hundreds of Polaroid photographs scattered throughout the woods. Most of the disturbing images showed a television changing channels, others showed a woman or women, blurred and somewhat difficult to identify, lying on some sort of metal object, conscious but not smiling. Local authorities couldn’t identify the source of the photos.
9.) Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum: In Phnom Penh, Cambodia, there is an institution known as the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. The former high school was converted, in 1975, to Security Prison 21 by the Khmer Rouge. It was used as a base to torture and murder prisoners. Many prisoners were tortured and tricked into naming their family and associates as traitors. The ghosts of the estimated 17,000 victims of Tuol Sleng continue to roam the halls. This was a home to death and torture.
10.) The Mines of Paris: Beneath the streets of Paris, there are many empty tunnels, but they are not to be confused with the Catacombs of Paris, the famous underground ossuary. Exploring the mines is illegal, and penalties include heavy fines. The mines are now abandoned, and it is nearly impossible not to get lost. Thousands of human bones litter the tunnels, due to overcrowding in many of Paris’ cemeteries. Weird paintings adorn the walls. Venturing down into the mines isn’t recommended, because there is no guarantee you’ll return.
It’s strange that something inanimate and still could inspire so much fear in people. There shouldn’t be anything naturally terrifying about a house or hotel, but something about these structures just makes it hard to sleep at night. Share these creepy places with others by clicking on the button below.