09/18/16

8 Haunted Places in Iowa

A historic asylum, an airplane crash site, a home with a horrifying past. Iowa is full of chillingly haunted places. Here are eight of them.

Villisca Ax Murder House – Villisca

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On June 10, 1912, someone took an ax to six members of the Moore family and their two overnight guests. Six of the victims were children and each had been viciously struck in the head. Though authorities investigated many suspects, including one man who stood trial twice, none were found guilty, and the murder remains unsolved. Today, the home is reportedly haunted by the slaughtered victims. Strange activity includes vanishing bloodstains, disembodied voices, and shoves from unseen hands.

Oakland Cemetery – Iowa City

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Many creepy tales surround the “black angel” of Oakland Cemetery. Some say those who kiss or touch the angel will suffer an agonizing death. Others believe a curse causes the angel to darken each year. Many paranormal investigators are drawn to the statue and have recorded strange audio and shadows in the night. One cold night, a televised team pointed a thermal camera at the statue only to discover it was red hot.

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09/13/16

Reader Submission: One Last Goodbye

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“My husband passed away in June 2013. We had separated six months previously. On the day I was informed of his death, I was in my garden with a workman. I was shocked and extremely upset and was concerned about my children receiving the news.

The workman was asked to stay with me whilst someone went to collect my daughter from work. As I was crying, my phone started to ring. It was in my back pocket, and I was too upset to answer, but it would not stop ringing. I then thought it might be the police as they had found my husband’s body. However, my phone showed my husband as the caller, which upset me even more.

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09/12/16

Reader Submission: The Haunted Doll

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“I bought a haunted doll from eBay not too long ago. I got the idea after researching haunted items on the Internet and coming across the topic of haunted dolls.

I have always loved dolls, porcelain dolls in particular. I looked on eBay and found one I liked that was in my price range. The ad said she was a schoolteacher that was murdered, but that she still had a very sweet disposition . I felt relatively sorry for her, so I emailed the seller asking if this doll was a positive energy. The seller assured me that she was.

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09/5/16

7 September Events That Caused Hauntings

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It’s September, a time for cooler weather, vibrant leaves, and pumpkin spice everything. But things aren’t always so pleasant this time of year. From catastrophic hurricanes to blood-soaked battles, here are seven September events that led to famous (and not-so-famous) hauntings.

Golden Dragon Massacre – San Francisco, CA

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On September 4, 1977, a gang-related shooting killed five people and injured 11 others at Chinatown’s Golden Dragon restaurant. No gang members were struck, and the five shooters were later convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Now the victims’ ghosts allegedly haunt the site of their slaying, known today as the Imperial Palace. Some visitors sense a dark energy within the building while others are nearly bowled over by the restaurant’s oppressive atmosphere. At times, old blood stains from the shooting seemingly emerge from the floor only to quickly disappear.

Lady Elgin Sinking – Lake Michigan

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In the early hours of September 8, 1860, a schooner rammed into the side of the PS Lady Elgin during a violent storm. The schooner was fine, but the Lady Elgin sustained catastrophic damage and sank soon after the collision. More than 300 people died in the sinking that came to be known as “the Titanic of the Great Lakes,” and legend has it some of them are still around. The rumors claim that people dressed in period clothing occasionally stumble ashore, looking dazed and calling out for lost loved ones. The ghost of a victim is also said to haunt her burial site, pleading and crying out for help.

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