One of the most interesting and compelling arguments for hauntings being real is the idea that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. What makes us undeniably human is that we are energy. When we leave this earth, no one knows where that energy goes; for some, it means our energy is returned to the universe and we are repurposed while for others the logical explanation is that our souls stay on this earthly plane and are able to make contact with the living.
Since October is undeniably the best month of the year, owing to Halloween, I always end up spending hours huddled in my sheets researching the most intense cases of paranormal activity ever recorded. If you don’t believe in ghosts, these 5 notorious hauntings just might make a believer out of you. If you’re already a believer, might I suggest sleeping with the light on tonight.
The Amityville Horror
Whether or not the paranormal account given by the Lutz family was fact of fiction, what happened at 112 Ocean Avenue makes this one of the most gruesome houses on our list. On November 13, 1974, police received a report of a homicide at the DeFeo house by Ronald DeFeo Jr. himself. When the police arrived, what they discovered would go on to live in infamy.
The entire DeFeo family, minus Robert who called them, were found slaughtered in their beds. What mystified investigators is that all of the victims appeared to be asleep when they were shot, giving investigators the notion that none of the victims heard numerous shotgun shots, leading the police to believe there were two people involved in the murders.
Ronald DeFeo would eventually admit to killing his entire family, claiming that the house was evil and that voices had convinced him to do it.
Villisca Axe Murder House
On June 10, 1912 in Villisca, Iowa, a murder most foul took place: one which would leave its imprint on this house and land for over a century. The six members of the Moore family and two house guests were found slaughtered with an axe after the two house guests did not return home from their slumber party at the Moore residence.
The murder investigation was botched, but one thing remained clear: the victims, ages ranged from 5 years to 43, remained trapped within the walls of this house.
People who visit the house now report hearing little children’s voices, whispering in the halls, and an overwhelming sense of dread. Psychics have been drawn to the location due to the grisly nature of the murders and have confirmed that there are spirits that dwell within the walls. Skeptics leave believers.
Waverly Hills Sanitorium
If you’re a skeptic, Waverly Hills Sanatorium may just have been the place to make a believer out of you. Opened in 1910 in Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky, the sanatorium was kept away from town as a tuberculosis ward during a time where tuberculosis was the leading cause of death in the United States.
Historians claim that over 160 people died each year at the hospital, with the high volume of deaths forcing hospital staff to use a “death shoot” or body hallway to wheel patients bodies out of the hospital without other patients seeing them. What started as a hospital for those seeking to become better quickly turned into a death machine, with the total number of deaths at Waverly reaching over 8,000.
Ghost hunters report shadow figures running along the walls, strange noises, and objects moving throughout the sanatorium. Activity seems to be focused around room 502, where legends report a pregnant nurse hung herself. If you’re looking for a good scare, you better visit soon since plans have been drawn up to convert the old hospital into a hotel/conference center.
The Bell Witch
They say ghosts can’t hurt you, but what do you do when for the first time in history a murder is blamed on a ghost? Well, you’d be looking at the case of The Bell Witch, which continues to mystify and confuse even over 100 years later.
The Bell family was living on the edge of the woods in the early 1800s in Adams, Tennessee, when their troubles began. According to legend, after encountering a witch in a cave near their house, the family began experiencing terrible poltergeist activity. According to the family, the witch went by the name Kate, and particularly targeted the Bells’ youngest daughter Betsy. Eyewitnesses reported that Betsy would levitate while screaming, and would be thrown around, slapped, and scratched by the entity of the witch.
After a particularly brutal encounter, Kate claimed she would come back for the head of the family, John Bell, and did a mere week later when he became violently ill and passed away. To this day the mystery around the Bell Witch haunting remains a source of fascination in the paranormal community since it is the first time in history a ghost has been allegedly responsible for a human death.
The Haunting in Conneticut
Although I personally like to pretend the 2009 movie of the same name was never made, the haunting it was based off of is a little too real for comfort. In 1986, the Snedeker family of Southington, Connecticut, moved into a new home in order to be closer to a hospital that specialized in the type of cancer their son was going to chemotherapy for. Although they were expecting a reprieve from their stressful lives, their home became their worst nightmare shortly after moving in.
Unbeknownst to the Snedeker family when they purchased the house, the spirits that inhabited the building while it was operating as a funeral home never left. According to noted ghost investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, the house was being occupied by the funeral director who had dabbled in necromancy over the years.
The Snedeker family experienced objects movie, strange disembodied voices calling out to them in the middle of the night, and apparitions of spirits appearing throughout their hallways. Some skeptics claim that a lot of the story was fabricated by the Warrens, but the historical truth of the residence previously being a funeral home gives credence to the claims.