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
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
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.