5 Creepy Places With Horrific Back Stories
We all are aware of that one house in the neighbourhood…. The one that is usually abandoned and looks like the set of a horror movie, or the one that is occupied, but is surrounded by dark rumours… Some houses just give off that creepy, eerie vibe…
These five fit that bill like no other, and some of the backstories behind them are truly terrifying…
5Iowa Axe Murder House
If there are any sceptics out there, then apparently this is the house you need to spend the night in, because by sunrise you will become a believer in Paranormal entities…
It is the Villisca Axe Murders house in Iowa and is the scene of one of the grisliest murder cases in American History.
On June 10th 1912 Josiah Moore, his wife Sarah and their four children along with Ina and Lena Stillinger who were staying over were found bludgeoned to death by an Axe.
Supposedly, according to two cigarettes in the attic, the killer may have been waiting in the attic for the Moore family and the guests to fall asleep before attacking….
They were all slaughtered with such force that axe marks were left gouged in the ceilings… In the downstairs guest room a large slab of bacon was found, and next to it the killer had placed the bloody murder weapon and a broken keychain.
In the kitchen, there was a plate of food next to a bowl of blood filled water.
The crazed killer also draped clothes over the smashed up faces of his victims and covered every mirror and exposed window with a cloth…
Despite there being several suspects the heinous murders have never been solved, and the killer would have remained at large for the remainder of their life…
Today the house is a tourist attraction and can be rented out for around $500 a night. It is decorated as it would have been on that fateful night and has no electricity or running water.
The house has been investigated by various paranormal investigators and people who have spent the night there all report the same thing. The feeling of heaviness from the stairs up to the bedrooms, orbs and at 2 am the sound of a train’s whistle is heard… This is thought to be the time of the murders… Just after the train whistle, a light fog supposedly fills the bedrooms, and the sound of dripping can be heard.
Paranormal rumours aside, the look and feel of this house is undeniably eerie and just thinking that someone could kill people with such ferocity and never be caught is a truly terrifying thought…
4The Haunted House of St.Mark’s Road In Bangalore, India
This abandoned house in Bangalore, India had the reputation of being one of the most haunted buildings in India… And with its history, it’s easy to see why.
It was built in 1943 by E J Vas and was given to his unmarried daughters Vera and Dolce.
They lived happily there until on the morning of September 4th, 2002; Dolce was brutally murdered in front of her sister by an unknown person….
Her heartbroken sister had her body buried within the house, and from then on it’s alleged her spirit rose and began haunting the house…
Many people claimed to hear screaming and get attacked by unseen forces when they walked by the house. Paranormal investigators found inverted and broken crosses and a statue of Holy Mary with her head and hands severely damaged and people nearby reported hearing piano music coming from the abandoned house.
The house went up for sale, but due to its reputation, no one else ever lived in it.
It has since been demolished but because of its notoriety even the land it once stood on is thought to resonate negative energy, and no one is interested in purchasing it…
3Ed Gein’s House Of Horrors
The secluded farmhouse in Plainfield, Wisconsin was purchased by Gein’s mother Augusta in 1914, when Gein was about eight years old, she wanted to move to the secluded location to stop her sons from having any outside influences, and Gein and his brother only left the house to go to school.
They were not allowed, friends and his mother who was a devout Lutheran preached to Ed and his brother Henry about the evils and immorality of the world… Sitting down with them every afternoon to read passages from the Bible, usually selecting graphic verses from the Old Testament dealing with death, murder and divine retribution…
In 1940 Geins father died, and his brother Henry was starting to reject his mother’s views, much to the Horror of Ed. In 1944 Ed and Henry were caught up in brush fires and Henry lost his life, Ed was left living with his mother in the house until she died in 1945, leaving him grief-stricken and alone in the isolated creepy farmhouse… This is when it is thought Gein’s reign of terror began.
It wasn’t until 1957 that police suspected he was involved in the disappearance of local store clerk Bernice Worden, and a search of the house and surrounding property was conducted. In a shed on the property, Worden’s headless corpse was found, hung upside down, with her torso split open and emptied of its organs.
In the house, they found human skin that was used to cover chairs and make a lampshade. On Gein’s bedposts, he had mounted human skulls, and the skull caps were being used as soup bowls. One of the ceiling light pulls was human lips. The head of Mary Hogan another missing woman was found in a paper bag…
They also found clothing made with human adornments, such as a belt covered in human nipples, a mammary vest made out of a woman’s torso and socks made from human flesh.
Along with a collection of shrunken human heads that had been made into masks… After being questioned, Gein admitted that after his mother died, he would dig up the fresh graves of middle-aged women, take the bodies home, and use their body parts as macabre ornaments for his home…
While Gein was in detention for his crimes his house was scheduled to be sold off at auction, and there were rumours it was going to be turned into a macabre tourist attraction, but on March 27th, 1958 the house burned to the ground.
Today the site is a magnet to tourist, and there is even an Ed Gein road trip. In 2006 the then owner of the property Mike Fisher tried to sell it on eBay for £250,000…
The extensive land surrounding the original farmhouse has never been properly searched, and it is possible that some of Gein’s secrets are still lurking beneath the barren ground…
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2The Winchester House Mystery
The Winchester house is a huge mansion in San Jose, California and has been shrouded in mystery for many years. It was originally the personal project and residence of Sarah Winchester, the wealthy widow of gun magnate William Winchester, treasurer of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company.
It all started after the death of Sarah and William’s only child when they were convinced by a medium that their child’s death was a result of a curse. A curse put on the family as a result of the many deaths caused by the guns the Winchester family had created.
After this and then William’s death in 1881, Sarah moved from the family home to start a new life… and in 1884 she chose to settle into a half-built farmhouse in San Jose, California and used her mass wealth to create an obscure and unusual home.
Over the years she kept adding more to the building in an attempt to outwit the spirits and ghosts she believed had followed her. She had maze-like hallways, stairs leading to nowhere, and secret rooms all created to trick and confuse the spirits of those killed by Winchester rifles.
After passing away in 1922 construction on the humongous spirit deterring house completely stopped, and it was open to the public, giving people an insight into the paranoid mind of Sarah Winchester.
So is it really one of the most haunted places in the US? And even the world? Well, there’s certainly is no shortage of reports and paranormal sightings, and over the years the thought that Sarah & the thousands killed by Winchester rifles still wander the maze of corridors has caused many paranormal groups to investigate the property, even the popular group Ghost Adventures experienced some activities during their lockdown. They felt a strong energy in the house and caught an interesting piece of footage of what they believe was a hand manifesting itself near a staircase.
However, some of the most interesting stories come from the caretakers of the house. One of which was working late and heard footsteps and breathing long after the house was empty. He also heard the sound of a screw turning and dropping to the floor but could not figure out where it came from.
On another day, a different caretaker was walking through the property turning the lights off for the night…….but all of the lights on the third floor kept turning back on as he walked away.
But the creepiest story of all comes from the Office Manager, who saw a woman sitting in the dining room. He acknowledged her and later asked his colleague what she was doing dressed in old clothes in the building, however when they went back to the living room to see her, she had disappeared.
But it’s not just workers and paranormal groups who witness things, visitors to the property who have no interest in the hauntings also regularly report banging doors, strange voices and moans, windows shattering, cold spots and doorknobs turning by themselves, and are convinced the place is haunted. Today, the Winchester house and all its unusual features is still open to public, and the paranormal activity continues to be reported year after year.
In 1955 Jim Jones founded and headed “The Peoples Temple” a new religious movement that combined elements of Christianity, with socialist politics and racial equality.
Over the years Jones became a controversial figure but had built up a substantial following. In 1974 he negotiated a lease on 3,800 acres of jungle in Northwestern Guyana, close to the Venezuelan border.
Construction began on what would later be known as Jonestown, and followers were encouraged to relocate from their homes in the US to the new settlement, a place he described as a socialist paradise and sanctuary away from media scrutiny.
However, once they arrived, they discovered that living conditions were basic, the heat was unbearable, and the bugs and lack of privacy were far from the utopia they had been promised. But despite this by 1978 nearly 1,000 followers had relocated there.
The residents worked long hours in the snake-infested fields, and the food was scarce, but Jones seemed to have brainwashed his followers into staying, although a growing number were becoming disillusioned with their new life, and became concerned about Jones increasingly erratic and ominous behaviour…
Then in November 1978 US Rep Leo Ryan, flew to Guyana to investigate claims that the Peoples Temple Members were being held at Jonestown against their will. He was joined by worried relatives, journalists and delegation staff. During his visit, Ryan met several members who sought help to return to the US; he also managed to rescue a group of followers who wanted to escape the Jonestown regime immediately…
This move angered Jones so much that he sent a group of gunmen to the airstrip where Ryan was waiting to board his plane, and they ambushed and killed him along with four others.
Back at Jonestown, Jim rallied his followers and was heard on audio as saying “We’ve had as much of this world as you’re going to get. Let’s just be done with it. Let’s be done with the agony of it.”
He then ordered his followers to drink Kool-Aid that was full of cyanide.
More than 900 people died, about 300 of them children, some who refused to drink the poison were forcibly injected instead… Jones died of a single gunshot wound, thought to be self-inflicted.
It was the largest single loss of American civilian life in a deliberate act until the terrible events of September 11, 2001. Today, a memorial in Oakland, California, serves as a tribute for those who died.
But there is no memorial on the site where so many lost their lives; the compound was left eerily deserted before the Guyanese government allowed its re-occupation by Hmong refugees from Laos for a few years in the early 1980’s. The buildings and grounds were looted by local Guyanese people but were never taken over because of their association with the mass killing.
In the mid 80’s the buildings were destroyed by fire, after which the ruins were left to rot and be reclaimed by the jungle.
Few people have visited the site since, although in 1998 Jim Jones, Jr. went back to his former home and chillingly recognised a drum that was used during meal times, and which he believed was used to hold the poisoned grape punch…
In 2003 on the 25th anniversary of the tragedy a TV crew filmed at the overgrown site and uncovered a standing cassava mill, the only significant structure still standing, other miscellaneous items were also discovered, a reminder of the families that once lived there.
Today little remains of the rows of shared dorms, or the radio room from which Jones delivered his propaganda broadcasts. It is rumoured that beneath the compound Jones built a labyrinth of tunnels in preparation for the nuclear attack he prophesied where he allegedly stashed gold nuggets.
For the people who died there, the sad reality is that in life they were isolated and in death no one remembered them, of the 900 people who died on that terrible day, over 400 of them were never claimed, and their bodies were buried in a mass grave in Oakland, California.
In 2014 remains of five victims of the massacre were found in an abandoned Delaware Mortuary, where they had lain forgotten for 36 years…..
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