Since we are still a long way away from the debut of Macabre at Midnight podcast, I’ll be sharing some posts about some other weird stories. Today, we are going to look at the 8 most haunted cities in the United States.
What you will learn about these cities won’t make you scream right away. Instead, when you least expect, these creepy stories will pop back up in your mind long after you have finished reading about them. Let’s take a walk on the wild side and see what America has to offer.
This area of the US has not always been know for microbreweries and mountain bikes. Between the years of 1850 and 1941, there was an entire subterranean underworld that lived just under Portland, where people once lived and died within a complex series of catacombs, which was named the Shanghai Tunnels. The tunnels gave a way for cargo to be moved without getting wet during the day. But once the sun went down, it was the route for human trafficking. Laborers and vagabonds were drugged, and then pushed through a trap door and locked away in a cage, only to wake up packed away on a ship and forced to become sailors until the end of voyage, which was often many years later. Women were also tricked and forced into prostitution. During the 1920s, the tunnels became the home of bootlegged booze, and made kidnappings a lot easier. All of this eventually stopped, but there are some who say those who died while in captivity have a hard time letting go.
Today, Boston Common is a beautiful area where couples and families will picnic, watch outdoor concerts, and ride a Swan Boat. As you probably have already figured out, things haven’t always been to nice. During Colonial times, the Common was where outcasts and criminals were hanged. Women who had been accused of witchcraft were sent there, as well as innocent people who defied or offended the Puritan’s. The Common is also where the Central Burying Ground is located. It was established in the mid-18th century and is the home of British common soldiers. People have reported seeing the ghosts of Confederate soldiers.
Several locals and tourists have accepted the fact that the island is a mystical place. Until around the 1700s, Waikiki was simply a boggy area of land, where people lived their lives and buried their kin. When hotels and condos started to be built during the last century, the long-buried remains were built over, ignored, or shifted. These also included remains from temples where human sacrifices took place. This disrespect really upset the spirits, which is why it is a very active hot spot for paranormal activity.
Under all of that polite southern hospitality, the mansions, and beautiful parks is a very unsettling past. During the Siege of Savannah in 1779, dead soldiers were hastily buried in Madison Square. A few blocks away is Wright Square. Here, a revered Native American chief, who helped create peace in this terriotry, was honored and buried in what used to be a cemetery. 100 years later, he was unburied, and the sacred ground on which he had been buried was re-designated to a railroad magnate who helped make the city rich. Then, in Forsyth Park, there is an unground morgue where autopsies were performed, and is connected to the former Candler Hospital by way of an underground tunnel.
Chicago is known for its mafia past. It is filled with stories of murder, grand scale fatal disasters, and chilling cold cases. All of this makes for restless spirits. But the main thing that makes these spirits upset is the fact that the city has done such a great job at trying to cover up all of these tragedies. Oriental Theater, formerly the Iroquois Theater, in the Loop was the site of a horrible fire in 1903 where 600 people lost their lives.
The combination of spectacular mansions and a storied past is the perfect recipe for real haunted houses. Visitors have stated that they have heard loud footsteps at the Whaley House, which was once the home of a prominent 19th-century family. Reportedly, public hangings and hearings took place on the grounds before the home was built. Yankee Jim, is a ghost that stomps around upstairs, and it is believed that he was hanged on the property. It is also believed that original family of the home never left either. Violet Whaley killed herself in 1885, but visitors have spotted her, as well as her parents, who don’t want to rest in peace while their daughter is still wandering around the home.
This city was built on a story of haunts. Its tragic and violent past, which included a slave market larger than any other, massive fires of 1788 and 1794, and the horrible yellow fever epidemic, adds fuel to these stories. There are unexplainable orbs that people see and screams in the middle of the night heard throughout Jackson Square. The French Quarter is a complex area of high-end apartments, shops, and galleries, but during the 18th century and part of the 19th, it was a public square. Atrocious executions of slaves and criminals took place here. There are moans of anguish that can be heard hear, but if they come from the hanged or the guilt-torn clergy, no one knows for sure.
During the day, visitors visit the San Fernando Cathedral to view the oldest church in the state. Walking through the Gothic Revival cathedral at night is a little more of a dare. In 1936, there were construction being done on the church, which ended up unearthing some bones, tattered military uniforms, and nails near the altar. There are some who believe that these belonged to three fallen soldiers of the Alamo. Others have dismissed this belief, given the dead had been extinguished by fire. This doesn’t deter ghosts from appearing. Visitors have noticed orbs and shadow figures in their photos and caught fleeting glimpses of ghosts at the back of the church, including one man dress in black and figures wearing hooded, monk-like garb.