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Haunted Places

Haunted Places

You?ve heard of haunted houses, haunted cemeteries, haunted islands...but do you know how a normal place can become a paranormal minefield? Every haunted place on earth has a frightening, real backstory. Every Thursday, we take you on an audio tour of a new haunted place, and its haunted history! Subscribe for free on Spotify to listen our Urban Legends bonus series every Tuesday.


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Old City Jail

Built in 1802 and operational for nearly 140 years, the Old City Jail in Charleston, South Carolina saw the deaths of over fourteen thousand people ? and some of them, like ten-year-old Alonzo Small, are thought to still inhabit the imposing stone fortress.
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Donner Memorial State Park

In the winter of 1846, a group of pioneers became trapped in a prison of ice, forced to perform unspeakable acts to survive. Now, the Donner Party is memorialized in Truckee, California. But the park?s pristine trails hold much more than nature?s abundance? 
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The Smithsonian Institution Building

Since its establishment in 1855, the Smithsonian Institution Building in Washington, D.C. has been a place of science and wonder. Its hallowed halls have seen generations of brilliant minds dedicated to their work ? and it seems some of them carried their commitments beyond the grave. 
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Superstitions Special: New Year?s Eve Festivities

The clock?s winding down on the final moments of the year and people around the world are putting their charms and traditions to work, shoring up good fortune for the future. But it?s not always our own personal luck that?s on the line? In this story, a night of superstitions weaves together the fates of merrymakers eager for fresh starts.  This episode is presented by Superstitions, a Spotify Original from Parcast. Follow Superstitions free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.
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The Iditarod Trail

Deep in the Alaskan wilderness is a harrowing dog-sled course. But it's not just the snow or terrain that makes this race dangerous ? it?s the ghosts.
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Hotel Monteleone

Nicknamed the Grande Dame of New Orleans, this opulent hotel is known for its Carousel Bar and its location one block away from Bourbon Street. But it's also known for its spirits, and this doesn't just mean beverages. Here, ?favorite haunt" takes on a different meaning.
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The Hell-Fire Caves

This cave system in England was once the site of a secret club for London's elite. But if you visit today, you'll find more than just stories of old rituals and debaucherous evenings. You might catch a glimpse of a woman in a wedding dress, telling you to leave.
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Mythology Crossover: La Llorona

Today we?re bringing you a special episode from another Spotify Original from Parcast. If you enjoy it, check out Mythology on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!  She?s the spirit of a woman, crying unceasingly for her lost children? whom she herself killed. But La Llorona isn?t simply a tragic figure who lost her mind with jealousy. She?s the ghost of Mexico?s bloody past.
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The Joshua Ward House

A historic residence in Salem, Massachusetts has a particularly witchy history: it sits atop the foundation of the home of George Corwin ? the sheriff responsible for arrests and executions during the Salem Witch Trials.
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Riverdale Road

An 11-mile stretch of highway between two suburbs in Denver, Colorado is desolate and lonely during the day. But at night, it comes alive with ghosts and demons. 
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Mikhailovsky Castle

Afraid his mother, Catherine the Great, would have him assassinated, Russian Emperor Paul I built a fortress to protect himself. But after a shocking betrayal, death entered the castle? and with it, spectral soldiers, swirling fog, and a blue-eyed man with a grimace.
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Hex Hollow Murder House

The 1928 murder of a Dutch faith healer led to not only one of Pennsylvania?s last witch trials, but one of the state?s most haunted homes. 
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Urban Legends: College Halloween Scare

A psychic appears on a local talk show and predicts a serial killer's Halloween massacre on a college campus. That campus is your campus ? and as the Halloween ?fun? begins, you can only hope you're strong enough to change the grisly fate the psychic foretold.
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Okiku?s Well, Himeji Castle

The place that inspired Japanese horror film, "The Ring," and its American remake, the Himeji Castle is Japan's largest surviving castle. It's home to not just six hundred years of history, but the ghost of a serving girl still seeking revenge on her master.
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Urban Legends: White Hair Overnight

Trauma takes many forms, like tears, nightmares, and PTSD. But sometimes, you encounter something so terrible that the trauma manifests physically. You may develop a case of white hair overnight? and who knows what you?ll do to feel like yourself again?
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El Campo Santo Cemetery

Established in 1849, San Diego?s El Campo Santo Cemetery is home to city notables, devious criminals, and unjustly killed Native freedom fighters alike. The spiritual unrest only increased when San Diego paved a streetcar line through El Campo Santo, disturbing its residents? graves.
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Urban Legends: Cropsey

In the 1970s and ?80s, teens in Staten Island were terrified by the legend of Cropsey: an escaped mental patient who roamed the woods and had a penchant for kidnapping and murdering innocent children. Some say Cropsey was merely a campfire tale? but he may actually be based on a terrifyingly real criminal.
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St. Mary?s Church

High on a hill in Clophill, England lies Old St. Mary?s, a 14th century church now in ruins. Though it was once the center of Clophill?s religious activity, it?s now a place of ghostly apparitions and mysterious occult rituals? lending it the nickname, ?Black Magic Church.?
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Urban Legends: Sesame Seed Beauty Regimen

You pour the vial of sesame seeds into the running water, ready to relax as you try a new skincare remedy. But as you soak in the hot bath, is it possible that the combination of open pores and tiny seeds adds up to your demise? 
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Maple Hill Park

Alabama?s Maple Hill Cemetery was established in the 1800s and is the burial ground for many controversial figures in the state?s history. But right next door is a small playground, said to be haunted by ghosts of slain children who can?t wait to play with you.
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Woodchester Mansion

This Gloucester manor house was abandoned midway through construction. The workers left without even bothering to pick up their tools?so it has a strange, unfinished air about it. And that?s before you begin wondering why everyone left in such a hurry. 
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La Casa Matusita

This haunting began with the story of an immigrant arriving in Peru. According to the legend, he caught his wife in bed with another man and murdered them both. This act of violence was only the first in a long line of dramatic?and horrifying?events that changed the house forever.
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Ocean Born Mary House

The story of Mary's birth is legendary, and that legend has come to rest in the house that bears her name. It's a tale of the high seas, with pirates, buried treasure... and a woman who lingers in her home long after her own demise.
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Shaniwar Wada

Built in the 18th century, this Indian fortress has borne witness to family conflict, death, and betrayal. A structure built for war always shows echoes of its tortured past? Even if the current building is only a hollowed-out husk of its former glory.
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Bobby Mackey's Music World

This Kentucky Honky Tonk has had a long and storied history. Rumors say that it was a speakeasy during prohibition, and a slaughterhouse after that. But none of the murders and tragedy surrounding the building explain the horrors that reside in the venue's basement?
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Letchworth Village

Built in the early 20th century, this mental institution for children was founded on the flawed principles of eugenics. The poor hygiene, abuse, and suffering that children endured there left a permanent scar on what remains of this New York facility.
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Toyama Park

It offers beautiful views of cherry blossoms and the surrounding cityscape? So why is this park in Tokyo?s Shinjuku district known for phantom sightings and eerie voices carried by the wind? Perhaps being the resting place for the anonymous victims of Japan's greatest atrocities has something to do with it...
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Mary King?s Close

Once a bustling neighborhood in Edinburgh, Mary King's Close is now a subterranean museum. When your neighborhood is so closed in that you can't even see the sun, it's no wonder that stories of murder and hauntings abound.
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Stow Lake

If you take a walk through Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, you'll see the stunning Stow Lake. But this picturesque pool holds many dark secrets of its own, from drowned children to a statue that seems to move all on its own. Watch your step? and never go there at night.
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100 Steps Cemetery

The signature steps in Carpenter's Cemetery, Indiana carry a unique curse: Count the steps on the way up, and count them on the way down. If the numbers don't match? you're doomed to die.
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Luana?s Canyon

This canyon in Arizona was once desolate and eerie. Now, it's full of slum housing and refuse, a refuge for transients with nowhere else to stay. To make matters worse, the ghosts of frontier tragedy linger in these walls. No wonder it's also called Slaughterhouse Canyon.
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Dow Hill Forest

The walking corpse of a student. A widow dressed in white. A red-eyed monster lurking in the darkness. Dow Hill Forest in West Bengal, India is the scenic home of one of the country?s oldest boarding schools?and its eeriest entities.
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Hawaii?s Plantation Village

A monument to the early colonial lifestyle in the Hawaiian islands, Hawaii's plantation village is a beautiful living museum? with ties to the islands' troubled past. Museum employees have reported some unusual goings-on between the lovingly crafted houses. When you build a monument to colonial rule, you should always expect ghosts.
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Summerwind Mansion

This Wisconsin mansion began its life as the vacation home of Herbert Hoover's Secretary of Commerce. Since Robert Lamont and his wife saw a ghost in the kitchen, Summerwind descended even further into darkness until neighbors realized something would have to be done.
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The Hollywood Sign

It?s a symbol of the glamor of show business and the allure of being a movie star. But just like the city that it overlooks, this sign has been the site of tragic loss. A young starlet jumped to her death from the "H,? and rumor has it she's still there...repeating her heartbroken final moments forever.
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Heceta Head Lighthouse

Halfway up the Oregon coast is a quaint old lighthouse, now converted into a bed and breakfast. Its cozy exterior and interior lead all visitors to a sense of comfort...unless they stay up too late. Then they'll meet the ghost of a lighthouse keeper's wife, who met her untimely end on the rocks below.
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Villa de Vecchi

This crumbling Italian villa has seen its share of strange occupants. From the original owners, whose tragic demise has become a legend of its own, to one of the most famous occultists in history, everyone loves staying at the Villa de Vecchi. Until the sun falls, that is. 
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Karlova Street

This busy street in Prague is always bustling?flooded with locals and tourists from all over the world. When you're among the crowds, it's easy to miss an unsettling figure watching you from a doorway. He'll look like a barber in period clothing. One who's desperate to give you one more fatal shave.
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Emily?s Bridge

There's something off about this covered bridge near Stowe, Vermont? Although it is quite short, every foot of the bridge is steeped in history. A legend persists that after a woman died there, her spirit remained?destined to torment anyone who dares cross the river at night.
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The Empire State Building

It?s the most iconic landmark in New York City, and once the tallest building in the whole world. From a thousand feet up in the air, everything seems so peaceful on the Empire State Building?until you think about how many people lost their lives falling from the towering structure. 
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The Crescent Hotel

The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa is a campus marked by tragedy. Its history as both a school for young girls and a fraudulent hospital left scars that are still evident to this day. A long dead nurse and a schoolgirl who took her own life have been seen wandering this building in the Ozark Mountains. 
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The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Since its founding in 1963, the Chinese University of Hong Kong is one of the most celebrated universities in the country. But if you listen to the students, the campus also has a resident not there to teach or study. A woman abandoned by her beloved decades ago, left to die.
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NEW: Changi Beach

We are thrilled to bring you a brand new episode of Haunted Places today and for the foreseeable future. We thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time. With white sand and turquoise waters, Changi Beach is a slice of paradise harboring a dark secret. During Japan's occupation of Singapore in World War II, the beach was the execution site of thousands of suspected Allied sympathizers. Their spirits are said to be trapped on its shores?damned to suffer from their horrific fate for eternity.
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Crossover Week: Mythical Monsters (The Grim Reaper)

If you enjoy the stories told in Haunted Places, check out this episode from our series Mythical Monsters: Hooded and scythe-wielding, he walks the living world collecting the souls of the recently departed. Signifying death, the Grim Reaper is one of the most recognizable mythical figures in the western world.
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The Tomb of Julia Legare

On Edisto Island, just off the coast of South Carolina, there sits an imposing mausoleum with the words "J.B. Legare" over the entrance. The doorway stands open, almost inviting. Welcoming you in to meet the woman who was buried alive inside her own grave.
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Fairmont Empress Hotel

A glamorous hotel in Victoria, British Columbia, the Fairmont Empress Hotel features a number of ghostly residents. Most famously, the man who designed the building himself?Francis Rattenbury. A man whose tragic story had a permanent impact on his masterpiece.
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Parcast Classic: Devil?s Kitchen

Due to the unfortunate spread of COVID-19, Parcast has decided to halt recording for the time-being. This is a precautionary measure taken to ensure the safety of our hosts and staff. In the meantime, we're excited to share one of our classic episodes that we know you'll enjoy! About one mile off of Highway 78 near Tallapoosa, Georgia is a mysterious winding creek that follows a forest of oak trees. After many twists and turns, the endless creek dives deep into a canyon. But if you visit, be on the lookout for those lost souls left behind. Because not everybody who visits gets to leave the Devil?s Kitchen...
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Jane Addams Hull House

Most well known as the headquarters of social reformer Jane Addams, Hull House was a place of hope for many impoverished individuals living in Chicago after the fire of 1871. Even so, it is also known for a menagerie of ghostly residents, as well as a persistent rumor that a woman gave birth to a cursed child in its attic.
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Suvarnabhumi Airport

Built atop an ancient Thai cemetery, the Suvarnabhumi Airport is a working transportation hub located in an area commonly known as the ?Cobra Swamp.? Strange events have occured at the airport since the beginning of its construction.
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The Pine Barrens

Bat-like wings, a horse's head, claws, horns, and hooves. The Pine Barrens are said to be home to one of America's most notorious monsters?the Jersey Devil. But, the Devil isn't the only creature haunting the woods...
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