12/18/16

7 Haunted Places in Nebraska

A vengeful brother, a faceless adulterer, a pack of ill-tempered albinos. Nebraska is home to several terrifying spirits. Here are seven places to find them.

Seven Sisters Road (Road L) – Nebraska haunted road nebraska

The gruesome legend goes like this: a man got into a terrible argument with each of his seven sisters. In a rage, the man then led his sisters, one by one, to separate trees near their home and hanged them to death. Now, travelers on the road report all sorts strange activity, including failing headlights, stalling engines, and screams that echo in the night.

The Speakeasy – Holdrege

Legend has it a ghost named Faceless Fred haunts the Speakeasy restaurant in Holdrege. During the Gold Rush, Fred was a married man who preferred the company of other women to that of his wife, Jane. The furious Jane eventually got revenge by killing the straying Fred and slicing off his face. The murder reportedly happened where the Speakeasy now stands, and today Fred makes his presence known by hurling pots and pans to the floor and trailing after pretty young waitresses.

Robber’s Cave – Lincoln

Originally known as Pahuk Bluff, Robber’s Cave was once a sacred meeting site for the Pawnee Indians. Perhaps that’s why residents heard chants and the beating of drums, long after the Indians were gone. Reports of screams, moans, and muffled voices were also common. The cave was sealed for several years, but now Blue Blood Brewery sits over the entrance and offers tours to the curious.

Forest Lawn Cemetery Chapel – Omaha

A large black mass reportedly haunts the historic chapel at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Those who spot the shadowy being feel horribly ill and notice an odd tingling sensation, as if electricity is coursing through their bodies. One investigator recorded an EVP ordering her to “get out.”

Olde Main Street Inn – Chadron

A pair of ghostly siblings named Anna and Jack reportedly haunt Chadron’s historic Olde Main Street Inn. Odd events include slamming doors, disembodied footsteps, and water glasses that move on their own. Legend has it Anna occasionally appears in a bright red satin dress.

Hummel Park – Omaha

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A haunted park isn’t unheard of, but Hummel is in a league of its own. Depending on who you ask, Hummel is terrorized by phantom lights, Satan worshipers, or a pack of evil albinos. And that’s not counting the “Stairway to Hell,” a set of steps that changes form depending on who’s walking up or down. Visitors also hear screams and moans in the middle of the night.

Witch’s Bridge – Grand Island

The notorious “Witch’s Bridge” is reportedly haunted by a woman burned at the stake for witchcraft. Legend has it that an evil force causes cars to stall on the bridge, and that stranded motorists hear a woman sobbing. Locals have also noted the unusually high number of accidents on the old bridge.

12/4/16

7 Chillingly Haunted Places in North Dakota

An abandoned hospital, a college dorm, an isolated country road. North Dakota is full of haunted places, here are seven of the most chilling.

San Haven Sanatorium – Dunseith

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Wails from a ghostly infant, dark shadows, mysterious orbs, and apparitions are just a few of the strange things said to occur at the historic San Haven Sanatorium. The 104-year-old hospital once housed tuberculosis patients, as well as mentally impaired men and women. No one’s sure how many people have died at San Haven, though estimates range in the thousands.

Sage Hill Bed and Breakfast – Anamoose

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Sage Hill was once a quaint schoolhouse but is now a charming B&B. And like many historic inns, Sage Hill is reportedly haunted. Legend has a cigar-smoking spirit haunts the 88-year-old building. In 1996, workers tasked with renovating the old schoolhouse noticed the strong scent of a cigar, though no one on the job site was smoking. They also heard eerie moans. Today, guests have experiences of their own. Strange happenings include lights flicking on and off, moving items, and phantom scents.

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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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09/5/16

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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