The Houska Castle is a 762-year-old Gothic building that was constructed by locals to seal shut an apparent gateway to the underworld.
Built between 1253 and 1278, in the lush countryside of the Czech Republic, this impressive mansion was put in place in order to seal up a mysterious “bottomless pit”.
Locals were convinced that this mysterious entrance allowed terrifying creatures into the area after sunset and were desperate to put a stop to it.
In this article we will be taking a closer look at the Houska Castle bottomless pit…
Local reports indicated that entities would claw their way out of the pit every night. Black winged creatures that were half human and half animal roamed across the countryside.
Villagers were absolutely terrified and refused to leave their homes after sunset, let alone go anywhere near the location of the hole.
Years before the Houska castle was built the hole was actually being used as a form of punishment for local prisoners who had been sentenced to death.
They would be marched to the edge of the pit and thrown into it’s depths. If they survived, and manged to crawl their way back out of the hell hole, their crimes would be forgiven by the locals.
Legend has it that the first criminal to face the hole was actually slowly lowered into it’s dark depths. As soon as he disappeared from sight he was heard screaming in pain.
The villagers quickly pulled the young man back up and were horrified to see that he had aged at least 40 years.
His face bore deep, deep wrinkles and his once blonde hair was now completely white.
When the building was finally completed it looked much like any other castle in the Czech Republic. But before long, locals brave enough to venture near the structure realized it was far from normal.
The visage of the building appears to have many windows, but upon further inspection, most of them are actually fake.
Strong brick walls have been built behind each of the glass panes that make up the castle’s windows.
There are no trading routes near the castle and it was built without fortifications and has no water source.
It’s sole purpose is to cover the pit locals believe is the gateway to hell…
Even after the mysterious pit had been sealed by the castle the paranormal reports continued. Workers inside the building would frequently claim they could hear scratching noises through the lower floors of the building.
There were also numerous reports of phantom entities spotted walking the dark and shadowy corridors.
During the war the Nazis opted to use the fortress as a secret headquarters. To this day locals believe they picked this location in an attempt to harness the dark powers contained within the building.
Today, mysterious phenomena can still be witnessed inside Houska Castle’s walls. The location’s chapel was built directly on top of the bottomless pit and tourists frequently report hearing a chorus of screams blasting through the floor.
There have also been numerous reports from inside the chapel regarding a creature that resembles a hybrid of a human, frog, and a bulldog.
The castle caretakers often report a headless spirit that stumbles through the courtyard. This ghostly image staggers about with crimson blood gushing from the hole where it’s head should be!
Jaromir Simonek now owns the cursed location and he claims that he has personally witnessed paranormal activity within the building.
Apparently Simonek was holding a small party for his friends within the castle walls when his glass of wine began to levitate above the dinner table.
The terrified party members were glued to the spot as they watched the glass rise and then gently lower itself back down to the middle of the table.
If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Houska Castle bottomless pit, please leave them in the comment section below.
Throughout the construction of this site I have come across thousands of images of real ghosts caught on camera (as you can imagine!).
Now, in this day and age of Photoshop we all know that a large majority of these more modern examples are complete sh#t (sorry about the profanity but ‘it is what it is’ at the end of the day!).
Anyway, I’ve tried to showcase as many of the more famous or ‘mainstream’ examples – not all of you will agree with me but you’re free to express your opinions in the comment section below.
Don’t forget to bookmark this page as we will constantly be updating it with new examples we stumble across. We are looking to hit a 10,000 word count eventually…which will make it the largest page on this subject on the internet!
Real Ghost Images Caught on Camera
1) Praying Alone
I decided to include this photograph first as it was taken in the same year I was born – I also find it incredibly peaceful and moving for some reason…
Unfortunately I can only find a small amount of information on the picture itself, so if you have anything to add to it please contact us so we can include it in the article…
The picture was taken by a couple who visited the Worstead Church in Norfolk in 1975. The husband took a photograph of his wife praying silently in one of the old pews.
When they developed the photograph they realized that she was never really praying alone…
2) The Wedding Photographer
This picture was apparently taken by a wedding photographer who was testing out his equipment on farmland where an upcoming wedding event was taking place…
When he developed the shot he discovered the image of a young child staring right at him. He returned to the farm a few days later to carry out his job and asked the owner of the farm about what he had snapped in the photograph.
The farm owner was not at all surprised with the image and told the photographer that he often encountered the spirit of a young boy in a nightgown walking around his property!
3) The Shining
Those of you that are Stephen King fans will already be VERY familiar with the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. It’s the hotel that inspired the writer to pen The Shining.
This photo was actually snapped in April of 2016 by a guest at the hotel – it’s taken inside the hotel’s grand lobby and stairwell.
Henry Yau took the photo and he claimed that nobody was around the stairwell at the time, he just wanted a picture of this famous lobby.
Paranormal researchers have been all over this picture and a larger majority of them think that there are two ghosts in the frame – a woman dressed in period black clothing and a small child to her left…
4) The Hanging Man
In the mid 1950’s the Cooper family were excited to move into their new property in Texas – they decided to preserve this monumental family moment with a photograph…
The joyous family portrait seemed to show up a lot more than one would expect…
5) Freddy Jackson
The image below was taken of Sir Victor Goddard’s squadron in the second World War. The photograph was snapped on the same day as the funeral of an air mechanic named Freddy Jackson.
The zoomed-in section of the photograph shows Freddy peering over his good friend’s shoulder as his own funeral was taking place.
Maybe he just needed to let his squadron know that he was okay and he would always be with them in spirit?
6) The Amityville Boy
These days, the Amityville haunting tends to divide opinion due to all the hoax claims that have surfaced over the years…
After Ronald DeFeo Jr. murdered his family in the house on Ocean Ave. in 1974, Kathy and George Lutz snapped it up at a bargain basement price.
It wasn’t long before they reported green slime oozing from key holes and supernatural entities openly gazing at them from the house windows.
The paranormal activity became too much for the family who eventually fled the property…but they decided to let a handful of investigators into the abandoned house to see what they could find.
This photo of a ghostly image of a little boy was apparently taken by one of these investigators.
The St. Pierre Golf club in Chepstow, Monmouthshire, is yet another Welsh property that houses a lady ghost.
St. Pierre used to belong to Sir David ap Philips – a very strong supporting character of Henry IV and Henry V. Henry V actually paid a visit to Sir David and used the opportunity to stash some of his more valuable jewels in the tower of the actual building.
The jewels remained hidden at the location for many years until eventually they were handed over to Henry IV.
For some unknown reason, the son of Sir David ap Philips decided to change the family name to Lewis. The Lewis family then went on to own St. Pierre for several generations.
The Lady in Grey
A Lady in Grey haunts St. Pierre with her occasional presence. The apparition is described as a strange grey-colored shape that appears only for a few moments.
Her favorite place seems to be the doorway to a room known as ‘The Sturges’.
The female ghost is thought to be a former member of the Lewis family – legend has it that she still haunts the building due to a pair of suitors who once fought a duel over her hand.
This duel actually took place inside a room known as ‘Maes Fawr’ which now suffers from extreme poltergeist activity.
The lady ghost is known to be of a benevolent disposition – her first recorded sighting was from a female guest who stayed in the building near the end of the nineteenth century.
It was early in the morning when this female guest spotted the Grey Lady in a corridor and immediately thought she was a housekeeper for the location.
Later in the day she approached a member of staff to ask about the strange housekeeper she had met with. She was told that no housekeepers were designated to that part of the house on this particular day.
A local Gwent house researcher named Fred Hando once stayed at St. Pierre and had an encounter with what he claimed was the Grey Lady.
He spent several nights in a small room in the top part of the building and it was here that he experienced the paranormal activity.
When the room temperature dropped suddenly in the night Hando awoke to find a strange presence within the room.
He has been interviewed on the subject many times since and he believes the paranormal presence was somehow trying to leave the room in which he was staying in.
The Laughing Gardner
The Grey Lady seems to have a partner in crime in St. Pierre – although this character seems to have a much jollier personality.
He is thought to be the ghost of a former gardener who appears from time to time in the gateway to the main garden.
Nobody knows why, but this happy entity always seems to be laughing uncontrollably…giving him the name of ‘The Laughing Gardner’.
If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Lady in Grey of the St. Pierre Golf Club, please leave them in the comment section below.
If you’re looking for a juicy and genuine ghost story, then the countryside of Sudbury, Massachusetts is where you should be headed next; 72 Wayside Inn Road to be more precise…because that is where you’ll find the legend of the Longfellow Wayside Inn ghost.
The Longfellow’s Wayside Inn which is currently owned and managed by the Ford Foundation Trust wasn’t always known by that name.
In fact, the first structure was built over three decades ago by David Howe in 1707. It was a 2 roomed house with an upstairs bedroom constructed on an ancient Indian settlement for his wife and their first of 7 children.
The Howe’s were well-known inn keepers but it wasn’t until 9 years later in 1716 that David was licensed to run an inn in the premises.
It operated under the name Howe’s Inn when it opened its doors to the public as an entertainment spot. From there the family business was handed down through 4 generations until sometime in 1830 when the last of the Howe’s by the name of Lyman inherited the inn but sadly died without an heir to take up on the business.
Although the Ford Trust has carried out a few renovations on the property, careful consideration was made to preserve much of the original style and decorum. The inn currently doubles up as a museum.
However, maybe it’s important to note here that the original Howe’s Inn had undergone at least seven additions throughout the 4 generations it was passed down to family members.
By the time Lyman was the boss, the simple house had transformed to full tavern and inn with more additional rooms and a downstairs bar plus the parlor that was formerly an added 2-story family quarters.
Short Chronological History
1707 – David Howe builds the original home for his young family
1716 – The Howe’s are allowed to run a public entertainment house under the name Howe’s Inn
Late 1740’s – David’s son, Colonel Ezekiel takes over the business and renames it to “the Red Horse”. He carries out his own renovations adding more rooms which include a ballroom that also acted as the reception. Colonel Ezekiel also used the inn as a meeting for the militia during the Civil War.
1793 – Ezekiel’s son Adam takes over control and builds more additional rooms and a kitchen.
1830 – Adam passes ownership to Lyman his son who ended the Howe’s reign by dying single without a child. However, one of the most notable events during Lyman’s tenure as the boss has to be the time when a writer by the name of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow stayed at the inn in 1862 to get over the death of his wife as well as the writer’s block he was experiencing. Henry was successful with the book titled Tales of a Wayside Innwhich he completed a year later in 1863.
1897 – A wealthy merchant named Edward Lemon buys the unused property from the Howe’s and renames it from the Red Horse to its current name, The Longfellow’s Wayside Inn. Edward also remodels the place to include an art gallery where most of his prized art collections were displayed.
1923 – Edward’s wife Cora sells the building to Henry Ford after Edward dies. It is Henry Ford who renovates the inn to what it is today.
1923 to date – the inn/museum is still under the Ford Trust.
So, where did the haunting and ghost stories begin?
The Unknown Jerusha Howe Becomes Famous in the Afterlife
Nobody knows for sure when Jerusha lived at the family property, but one thing is now very clear, she has never left!
As a matter of fact, witnesses and members of the “Secret Drawer Society” have drafted small notes recording their ordeals and encounters with Jerusha’s ghost and stuck them in drawers or other crevices all over the inn since the early 1900’s.
But why is Jerusha’s ghost still at the inn?
Well, historical accounts say that Jerusha was once in love with a Brit who promised to marry her upon his return to the US after a short trip back home in Britain.
Again, nobody knows what happened to the poor chap but he never showed up…but Jerusha was ready to wait.
And wait she did, she kept attending to her chores and playing her music from the piano for years until she also died single and miserable in her old age.
Some people speculate that the guy was a Casanova and that he had a family in Britain – that’s why he never came back.
Anyway, a few centuries later, and Jerusha still hangs on to the idea of love finding her at the inn even after death.
Visitors at the inn speak of an unseen presence that wears a citrus-scented perfume and also enjoys caressing men fondly.
Some men have claimed that she joined them in bed while some report receiving warm hugs or seeing strange lights.
All this happens in two rooms on the second floor; No. 9 and No.4, where her former living quarters are rumored to have been located.
Jerusha’s ghost can also be heard walking up and down the twisting stairway leading to the upper rooms.
More witness accounts have reported hearing music coming from the empty building after everyone has left. Apparently the Copenhagen Waltz is her favorite tune.
Is There Any Solid Proof of this Haunting?
The only evidence confirming the haunting is from the countless notes stashed all over the inn by eye witnesses.
Victoria Shearer (writer/artist) is one of the known witnesses to ever experience Jerusha’s presence. She was treated to some amazing ghost light show while staying in room 4 at the inn.
So, is the Longfellow Wayside Inn ghost story real?
Well, you can make your way to Sudbury, Massachusetts and find out…the numerous ghost notes scattered within the inn’s walls are a good way to start your investigations.
Remember, mysteries are only solved as you move from the known, to the unknown.
FYI: There are claims of two more unknown apparitions currently residing in the inn with Jerusha but that has not been conclusively ascertained.
What do you think?
Do you have any proof of the existence of the other two ghostly residents at the Longfellow’s Wayside Inn?
Bodie is situated close to the Nevada – California border and in it’s heyday it was home to over 10,000 people (around the late 1870’s mark).
The area was discovered to be of value back in 1849 when a prospector, W.S. Bodie, and his partner, Black Turner discovered large gold deposits in the hills.
By the 1870’s New York and San Francisco decided to hit the scene and pumped large amounts of money into the town improving the mines’ harvest of gold.
In this article we will be taking a look at the Bodie Ghosts that now inhabit this deserted ghost town…
The Bodie Bulge
So, in the early 1870’s the town of Bodie bloomed due to the input of money linked to the mining industry. The booming economy revolved around thirty gold mines in the hills above the town.
Bodie’s booming economy led to many ‘perks’ popping up in the area making it a more attractive proposition to miners.
A Wells Fargo Bank, various fire companies, breweries, unions, a railroad network, a Longfellow’s Lodge…the list goes on and on…
Unfortunately the majority of this thriving area was taken over by rather undesirable characters and the underbelly of the town soon become rotten to the core.
Many of the miners became rich overnight and decided to use their wealth on prostitutes, alcohol and gambling binges.
The remote location of the town also meant that it attracted seedy characters who were on the run from the law.
These desperate, violent characters brought a terrible gun fighting culture along with them causing the town’s Methodist minister, Reverend F.M. Warrington, to label Bodie as “a sea of sin, lashed by the tempests of lust and passion.”
As the mines dried out and the violence grew, the population of Bodie slowly diminished and the town became nothing more than a tourist attraction by the early 1900’s.
Unfortunately the tourist side of it’s economy took a big hit in 1932 when a devastating fire destroyed 95 percent of the buildings.
It was caused by an insolent child playing with matches after an argument with his parents.
The Bodie Ghosts
Due to the violent nature of the town, there are at least twelve spirits known to be in residence there.
The most famous of these manifestations is a character named Ed who was murdered in the nearby creek.
Now, Ed was not what you’d call a ‘nice fella’ and one night a drunken rage led him to shoot his native Indian wife. One of the gunshots actually managed to completely remove one of her breasts and she died later that night in hospital.
Three rather violent Bodie characters heard about Ed’s actions and decided to take the law into their own hands. They dragged him down to the local creek and drowned him.
After Ed’s spirit appeared months later to each of the three men; shaking his fist at them, each of the three killers died untimely and strange deaths.
The first killer met his end through a simple gash to the head, the second was taken out by a atrocious hemorrhage that caused his head to over-expand and the third disappeared into thin air down a local ravine!
Bodie is also rumored to carry a curse with it’s resident spirits who feel it is their duty to keep the ghost town in order.
Apparently you are advised against taking ANY sort of souvenir from the area as the spirits will be tempted to release the curse on you.
People who take these souvenirs are fated to experience bad luck and misfortune, until they send everything they have stolen back to the rangers at Bodie.
Even now, rangers still receive letters with local objects that have been sent back, explaining how the curse had come true and apologising for their actions.
The upscale Bed and Breakfast that seems to be a popular San Francisco spot for weddings has passed through many hands oven the years.
But did the previous occupants really leave the pink-colored crown jewel of Victorian architecture?
Is the Queen Anne Hotel haunted?
The Queen Anne Hotel History
The elegant building was constructed by Senator James G. Fair in 1889. Fair had made a lot of money through his silver mines in the Comstock Lode, located in Nevada.
He decided to put some of this money into a elegant boarding/finishing school in his hometown of San Francisco.
The school became known as the Mary Lake School For Girls and it first opened it’s doors to the public in 1890.
The main reasoning behind this boarding school was not only a monetary one – he also built it so his daughters Virginia and Tessie would have a good education when they arrived at San Francisco.
Over the years Fair had managed to create a strained relationship with his daughters due to his success and the work he carried out – he wanted to change this and become much closer to them.
Senator James G. Fair was known as a bit of a ladies man, and his favorite conquest was a lady named Mary Lake.
He employed her as Head Mistress of the school and she took responsibility for the women from upper-class society that attended the school.
She absolutely loved the job and loved her close relationship with the young ladies there – she was absolutely broken when the school closed down in 1896.
Feeling she had nothing left for her in the area, Mary disappeared from the city one night and was never seen or heard of again.
Due to financial difficulties, the building was sold on a few years before the destructive earthquake of 1906. Somehow it managed to avoid any sort of damage from this tragedy.
It went through numerous owners over the next several decades before it was finally converted into The Queen Anne B & B Hotel in 1980.
But this much-needed renovation work seems to have disturbed a past occupant…
The Haunted Queen Anne Hotel
When old buildings are renovated, the spirits get upset – often the spirits who reside there make their presence known to the living.
However, the main spirit who occupies this hotel seems to be overjoyed that the building has so many occupants again.
Many psychics who have visited the hotel claim to have come face to face with Mary Lake. They reassure the owners that the spirit is not in any way hostile, but relieved to have a post there once again!
Mary Lake dedicates herself to making sure that her guests are comfortable and frequently unpacks suitcases and even hangs up the clothing contained inside.
Objects that guests drop are consistently returned to their starting place before anyone has a chance to bend down and pick them up.
Many witnesses have woken in the dead of night to feel their bed-covers tightening around their neck. They claim this is not a hostile move, it feels more like they are being gently tucked in against the cold.
Most of the visual manifestations of Mary have taken place in room 410 on the fourth floor of the building.
This room apparently used to be her Head Mistress Office but now it is converted into a very high-end suite within the hotel.
If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.
Trerice Manor was built back in 1573 by Sir John Arundell and is located in a beautifully secluded valley in Cornwall.
The Arundell family took the side of the Royalists during the Civil War but their fortunes suffered a severe bashing due to the Cromwell regime.
The lack of money hit the powerful family hard and their estates began to suffer – thankfully they were all restored when the Monarchy returned in 1660.
The time spent by the Arundells in Trerice Manor began to diminish throughout the 18th century and in the end occupancy switched to Acland family. This switch ended a 400 year occupancy by the Arundell family.
In 1915 the Acland family decided to leave the historic building after a mere 115 years of living there. Many historians believe that paranormal activity could have been the reasoning behind their sudden departure…
The Trerice Manor Hauntings
Lord Arundell was considered an incredibly ‘wicked man’ by many of the area’s locals at the time. He was thought to have secretly seduced a young mansion worker and got her pregnant by mistake.
When she confronted him about her ‘problem’ he merely laughed it off and told her he would have nothing to do with her or the child.
This cruel act resulted in her taking her own life but her sad spirit is thought to have remained within the historic building.
Her actual apparition has never been seen but witnesses claim they have felt a sudden and drastic drop in temperature along with the strong stench of lilac in the surrounding air.
She seems to have a passion for reading the ancient books in the building’s library and many paranormal investigators claim to have encountered her presence there. Over the years her spirit has become known as ‘The Grey Lady’.
The manor has also seen a great amount of paranormal activity revolving around a stable boy that was killed there many years ago.
He was apparently tragically killed when a group of horses bolted and trampled him to a gruesome death.
His ghost has been frequently reported in the courtyard and the stable areas of the Manor.
Perhaps it is the sheer terror of his final tragic moments that has left his spirit trapped within the outdoor grounds of the manor?
If you have any thoughts or opinions on the reported paranormal incidents at the Trerice Manor, please leave them in the comment section below.
Some believe that this delightful old Welsh inn dates back further than 1110 when records show that a certain John Crowther was executed inside the building.
He was (apparently) caught steeling local sheep and hung from one of the beams inside the main room of the inn.
Over the next 8 centuries a total of 182 similar criminals would meet the same fate as good old John Crowther.
Execution does seem a bit of a dark tactic for a local inn to employ but ‘way back when’ the building also doubled up as a local courthouse.
The executions were still taking place until half way through the 19th century when a new set of owners decided that enough was enough. It was time to concentrate on getting people pissed instead!
With so many shady characters meeting their end within the walls of this building there is bound to be a certain paranormal echo resonating throughout.
The spirits of those executed in the inn often make their presences known in a rather direct and frightening manner.
A strange and overwhelming sensation has effected many visitors to the inn in recent times.
They often report the feeling of something cold being slipped over their neck before their lungs lock up – they are unable to breathe until they manage to break free from the malign grip.
These frightened customers often display bruised rope burn marks around their necks days after the disturbing experience.
The Lady of The Inn
A unknown lady also haunts the inn but is a much less threatening entity. Although never seen, she is both felt and heard by staff and patrons as she frequently rustles past them.
Her presence always coincides with a distinct drop in temperate within the inn walls.
In the mid 90’s a live radio broadcast took place in the inn which involved a well known local medium. He claimed that he was in the presence of a young lady that actually died in the inn of consumption many years before.
The landlady at the time was not really a believer in the paranormal but she thanked the medium for his time in a polite manner – she could not prove or disprove his statements.
Several months later a couple turned up at the inn and started to ask the same landlady questions about the former owners.
They were in the process of researching their family tree and one of their bloodlines led to the inn.
The landlady discovered that one of their ancestors was named Harry Price and his wife had died whilst living in the inn of consumption. She was in her early thirties.
She then discovered that this same wife was buried in a local graveyard where she still lays to this day.
If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Skirrid Mountain Inn, please leave them in the comment section below.
The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in West Virginia is steeped in history and intrigue.
One of the largest hand-cut stone masonry buildings in the world it now stands as a crumbling monument to both the good intentions of those wishing to help the mentally ill and the inhumanity of others who treated them with boundless ignorance.
Like many other similar institutions in the USA, the hospital was closed at the end of the twentieth century when an enlightened society refused to tolerate the overcrowding and cruelty of such places anymore.
The economic effect on the nearby town was devastating as the asylum was a major employer.
Before long, though, the empty hospital began to generate an income of a different type when it began to draw those interested in the paranormal.
Like many similar buildings, the abandoned asylum had acted as a crucible to the anguish and misery endured by its inmates during its occupancy and today their suffering still binds their ghostly souls to the place where they spent their final days.
Although it no longer admits patients, the long rambling corridors of this enormous building are far from silent.
Today it is filled with ghost hunters and curious tourists, keen to explore the reason why its abandoned walls still echo with the anguished sobbing of the ghosts of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.
A Brief History of the Asylum
Work began on the building of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in 1858. Constructed along the lines of the Kirkbride Plan which advocated long, light corridors and fresh air, it was founded with the best of intentions by people who were keen to support the mentally ill in society.
Its construction was temporarily halted during the American Civil War when it was used as a base by both union and confederate soldiers at different times.
When the war ended construction resumed and by 1881 the hospital was complete and admitting some of the 240 patients it was built for.
Unfortunately, the road to hell is paved with good intentions and this certainly became the case with the Trans-Allegeheny Asylum.
Before long people were admitted for the most trivial reasons including; jealousy and religion, novel reading, desertion by husband, and women trouble.
In short the asylum, like many across the USA, became a dumping ground for the vulnerable, the disadvantaged and the powerless.
By the 1950’s the hospital was crammed with 2,500 patients, ten times its capacity.
Life for many was hellish with murders and sexual assaults going un-investigated. Ignorance about the causes of mental illness gave rise to inhumane and barbaric treatments.
Aversion therapy using poisons was used to treat homosexuality, other patients endured electro shock therapy and ice cold baths.
Perhaps the most horrifying procedure was the ice pick lobotomy performed upon thousands of patients. A sharp instrument was driven through the eye socket with a sharp blow so that it pierced the brain.
It is difficult to understand the advantages of such a procedure but it was performed on a daily basis.
One doctor at the asylum performed 228 lobotomies in one week.
By the end of the twentieth century the once firmly closed doors of America’s lunatic asylums had been thrown open and the public had no taste for what they discovered.
One by one the institutions closed down including Trans-Allegheny.
For the lucky, their hellish existence was over and a new life beckoned. For many though it was too late, they had already passed on and it is their troubled souls that now haunt the old wards and corridors of the place where they endured so much suffering.
Trans-Allegheny’s Favorite Ghost
The saddest and the most famous of the Trans-Allegheny ghosts is also one of the most active. Tragically it is the spirit of a little girl called Lily.
Lily is reputed to be the daughter of a previous inmate, Gladys Ravensfield. Gladys was admitted to the asylum after being attacked and raped by a group of soldiers during the American civil war.
In 1863 the young woman gave birth to a child who the staff named. Gladys was never well enough to take care of her baby and was eventually driven to madness by her brutal experience and the hardship of life in the asylum.
Possibly because she was the product of rape, Lily was not fostered or adopted out but remained an inmate of the asylum herself, until her untimely death in early childhood.
Today her ghost haunts the corridors of Trans-Allegheny looking for a playmate. Aged about three or four she has been witnessed many times by visitors and staff.
Her childish charm has made her a real favorite and today she even has her own room where people leave her toys.
The delightful little girl is known to tug on the clothes of people who she takes a liking to and sometimes slips her cold hand into the hand of female visitors.
The little girl clearly has a sweet tooth and is known to steal candy if it is left in her room.
Recorded on video rolling a ball across the floor when requested, it is clear that this little ghost is keen to please the adults around her.
Other Ghostly Residents of Trans–Allegheny
Sadly not all of the ghosts that haunt this abandoned asylum have the sweet benign nature of little Lily. A product of their brutal past or insanity they have been known to hurt and terrify visitors to Trans-Allegheny.
The ghost of Ruth is purported to hate men. One can only imagine what provoked such antipathy to the male sex during her lifetime and why she was admitted to the asylum.
Today the vengeful Ruth takes out her anger by poking and pushing male visitors to Trans-Allegheny. Clearly still very angry she has gone as far as shoving some unfortunate males up against a wall.
Ward 2 is haunted by one patient who was stabbed 17 times and left to die alone. The unidentified male patient can be heard screaming from the ward and his shadowy ghost is said to flit about, possibly trying to escape from his attacker.
The nurses’ station on the third floor is home to ex-member of staff, Elizabeth. Occasionally her ghostly apparition is seen going about her business.
More often doors open and close without any visible cause. Is Elizabeth a caring nurse who has stayed behind to care for her ghostly patients or does she linger for a more sinister reason?
The death of Dean, a former patient is truly horrific. Attacked by two patients who attempted to hang him, the unfortunate Dean refused to die.
Incensed, his attackers dragged him into a nearby bedroom. The pair lifted the bed and placed one of the legs on Dean’s head. They then jumped on the bed crushing Dean’s skull and ending his life.
Today Dean’s spirit remains in the room where he was murdered. Despite the terrible end to his life, Dean is not a malevolent spirit but a tragic young man who cannot find peace.
The second floor of the asylum is known as the Civil War Wing. The ghost of soldiers have been seen walking about this area.
It is not clear whether these are the spirits of soldiers based in the building during the civil war or whether they are one of the many shell-shocked soldiers admitted for treatment over the years.
Hundreds of paranormal episodes have been reported and recorded all over the Trans-Allegheny Asylum.
These include disembodied voices shouting at people to go away, sobbing and screaming, footsteps, doors slamming, shadow people flitting and crawling, lights and orbs, unexplained breezes, cold spots and full body apparitions of past patients.
Today, the old mental hospital in West Virginia attracts visitors from all over the world. Some are keen to learn about its role in the American Civil War but most are drawn by the ghosts of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.
Haunted by the tragic souls of people who endured unimaginable horror and barbarism in the name of medicine, these former patients lived hellish lives and now tortured deaths.
It seems incredible today that practices such as aversion therapy, electric shock treatment, and frontal lobotomies were a common practice just a few short decades ago.
Today these treatments won’t be tolerated in a civilized society.
For those lucky enough to visit the Trans-Allegheny it is well worth stopping awhile to consider before you enter, some of the trivial or sinister reasons people have been committed to this asylum, the same people who now haunt its endless corridors.
Perhaps it would be fitting then to utter a little prayer of thanks and reflect as you walk through the imposing doors that there but for the grace of god go I.