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Haunted houses do you believe Top Five
Ooooooo......I love a good ghost story, and the more based on truth the better. Over the last half century many horror film depicting ghosts have been made and some have even been based on true events. I myself as most of you know like a good controversial topic and what is more controversial then ghosts, do they really exist? I think is the right question. Well I myself believe 100% in ghosts I have even been in a real haunted house. The story goes like this....
It was about fifteen years ago now that my friends and I were looking to party and all the hot spots had been compromised. So a group of us headed downtown where I grew up. Standing in a busy street we all became entranced as we approached a run down, boarded up red brick house. The place had been empty for years and we all knew the story. The story of the girl who was tortured for years and later killed by her father in that house: The one my friends and I were about to enter.
With our six packs of beer and two tiny flashlights we managed to loosen a basement window to get in. Okay let me just tell you the basement is not my recommended spot to enter in a haunted house, just in case you were wondering. So anyway in we go one after another I think there were eight of us, anyway as soon as we all got in through the window we each were confronted by some truth of the story we all knew.
Right there in the far corner of the basement right under the staircase, was a bench. A bench with dark brown stains and four rusted chackles attached with chains. Creepy, or what? So we all took a deep breath and questioned each other sanity, then proceeded up the stairs. The house could have said to have been tasteful at one time or another but now, well 15 years ago it was ready to have been doused in gasoline at set a flame. So here we are hanging in the living room, we found some old candles apparently left by would be séancers. We unloaded our crap, you know beer, smokes, some music stuff like that everything seemed cool until I shit you not we heard someone walking around up on the top floor. No one had left the room, no one had even left the spot they sat in. Someone was up stairs....
Okay so at this point you'd think we would have left right, yeah right! So we all get up and huddle together practically peeing our pants in fact it was me who almost peed her self...shh don't tell....so any-hoo the house had a tiny winding staircase that wound up a corridor it was steep and narrow. Huddled together gripping each other like idiots, up the stairs we went, reaching the top I my self barley could open my eyes we came to a small landing with four doors, two on each side. Three bedrooms, one bathroom and three small drawers hidden with in the back wall and a few shelves above them. Everything was dark and our candles and flashlights didn't help much. So we proceeded in examining each room until we get to the last room, the dark dusty shadow around the small bed frame indicated this was a childs room, and if you looked real close you could see the faded paper was pink with flowers or butterflies, I can't remember, but further indicated this room was a little girls room. So we are all standing in this room each thinking something different I'm sure, me I felt eerie, scared and I remember feeling cold.
So after a minute still we find nothing and no one, and then a curtain in one of the othe rooms begins to move, catching the corner of my eye as well as some of my friends. We all turn around to se in another room the curtain began to blow up as if a tornado were outside trying to rip it from the wall, yet the window was completely boarded up. As we ran down the stairs almost tripping on one another, suddenly every door upstairs slams shut, at this point even the guys were screaming and well we left our beer and got the heck out of there.
So I guess you could say after that experience I was and still am a believer, of course that doesn't mean I want you to believe I just wanted to share my story because well it's creepy and true....
So Here are my top five Haunted house picks across America...
5. The White House
The home of America's presidents has surely seen some untold tragedies and is said to be haunted by them. The house was burned down in 1814 by British troops along with several attempts and some accomplished] assassinations. Some have said That Abraham Lincoln himself has been seen wandering the halls, as well as Lincoln's widow Mary Todd who dabbled in the occult and held séances there. Other ghost have been seen as well, the ghosts of Andrew Jackson, Abigail Adams and Dolley Madison of course it is rarely heard of these days that they are seen.
4. The Fox Sisters cabin
This isn't as well know as other places such as the White House but never the less it is a very important haunted house. Since the phenomenon there it has in many ways set a standard for later haunting and even launched a religion. It was 1848 in Hydesville, in western New York two young sisters were having a séance supposedly communicating with the ghost of a murdered peddler. It was said the sisters would ask questions to the ghost, who would answer back with strange knocks or raps. Many people including there mother believed what was happening and were amazed. Ahhh...but it was later admitted as being a hoax and that they had faked the knocking sounds, they even showed how it was done. But still it inspired a religion called Spiritualism, which is still practised today.
Better known as the Rock, the San Francisco Bay resident is perhaps the most famous prison in the world, it has inspired many books and movies. This damp and cold old prison has seen many murders, Suicides, and riots over it's 29 years of service. It is said to house many inexplicable echoes and strange noises, cell doors shut on their own, screams echo and scary ghost apparitions appear every now and then.
2. The Amityville Horror
Many of us have seen the movie and the remake, some have read the book and some have actually witness the occurrences in the would be haunted house. As most ghost stories this one has been controversialized for years. The story is said to be a hoax and a lie to cover up multiple murders and others say it is true horror beyond our understanding. On Nov 13 1974, six members of Amityville, New York family were murdered by one of the families sons. Ronald Jr ("Butch") Defeo claimed in his legal defence that evil demonic forces drove him to kill. The supernatural events have never actually been proven but many accounts of strange occurrences have happened over the many years since the murders.
1. The Winchester Mystery House
It was 1881 and Sarah Winchester widow of famous gun maker Oliver Winchester became convince she need protection from evil spirit of all people killed by Winchester riffles. A psychic advised her to continually add rooms to her San Jose, California, mansion to confuse any ghosts that may try to find her. (It's not clear why ghosts, which can supposedly move through walls, would be confused by the rooms, but it apparently made sense to Winchester.) She did so for nearly forty years, adding more than 100 rooms and staircases, until her death in 1922. After Sarah's death, her own ghost was said to haunt the halls of her mazelike mansion. Today the building remains a popular tourist attraction, a bizarre monument to superstition and paranoia.