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Most Haunted Houses
Documented Evidence of Hauntings
One can't imagine the horror of living in a haunted house. Things going bump in the night, lights suddenly going on and off, glass breaking, music playing, ghostly apparitions and so on are just too much to contemplate. So how do people live in haunted houses and remain in them?
There are several houses of reasonable fame that will appear below. One is the Borley House in Essex England and the other is Amytiville Horror house which became a best selling novel and then movie. Hold onto your hats because this is a ghost ride.
The photo shows a" tunnel' under the road at Borley Rectory in 1957, with Len Sewell showing graphically how it could never have been designed for human use. Actually, it is a storm-water culvert draining the cellars of Borley Place". From the Museum and open source
Its history is longer than you think
Apparently the rectory was built on a site previously owned by the Catholic Church to house monks. The story goes that one of these priests fell in love with a nun and arrangements were made to elope together. For this they needed another conspirator to drive them away, Of course they were caught. The coachman was beheaded, the priest was hung and the nun was bricked up within the abbey.
Over the years a nun was seen walking through the gardens of this male domain and other apparitions led to it being finally abandoned.
In 1863 the rectory was built on the site and its history is somewhat horrifying. Wikipedia notes: "The house gained a reputation for being haunted after a series of residents reported unsettling phenomena. In 1929, the story of Borley was heavily covered by the Daily Mirror. Notably, it was investigated by paranormal investigator Harry Price in 1937, who described it as 'The Most Haunted House in England', a phrase which caught the imagination of the press. Price wrote two books on the subject, both of which sold well."
Of course there is nothing like a good ghost story and the media hype that follows to build and excite the imagination. But was it just that or did these things really happen.
Wikipedia notes that: " . . . at around 1863 . . . a few locals later remembered hearing unexplained footsteps within the house at about this date. On 28 July 1900, four of the daughters of the rector reported seeing what they thought was the ghost of a nun from 40 yards' distance near the house in twilight: they tried to talk to it, but it disappeared as they got closer. The local organist recalled that, at about that date, the family at the rectory were '... very convinced that they had seen an apparition on several occasions'. Various people would claim to witness a variety of puzzling incidents, such as a phantom coach driven by two headless horsemen, through the next four decades. Henry Dawson Ellis Bull died in 1892 and his son, the Reverend Harry Bull, took over the living. In 1911, he married a younger divorce, Ivy, and the couple moved with her daughter to nearby Borley Place until 1920 (when he took over the rectory), while his unmarried sisters moved to Chilton Lodge a few miles away."
"on 2 October, the Reverend Guy Eric Smith and his wife moved into the home. One day, soon after moving in, Mrs Smith was cleaning out a cupboard when she came across a brown paper package, inside which was the skull of a young woman. Shortly after, the family would report a variety of incidents including the sounds of servant bells ringing (on which the strings had been cut), lights appearing in windows and unexplained footsteps. In addition, Mrs Smith believed she saw a horse-drawn carriage at night. The Smiths contacted The Daily Mirror to ask them to put them in touch with the Society for Psychical Research. On 10 June 1929, . . . a reporter . . . wrote the first of a series of articles detailing the mysteries of Borley.
Would You Live Here? - Or escape as soon as possible?
Would you send time alone in this house
Many people have tales to tell of the paranormal - What is your take on this?
Do you believe in life after death
The most famous United States haunted house is probably Amityville where six members of the same family were murdered, It is such a compelling tale that it featured in a best selling novel and finally a movie was made based on the book.
"The story behind the story began on 13th November 1974, when six members of the DeFeo family were killed. The parents, Ronald and Louise DeFeo, were shot in bed while they slept, along with their two sons and two daughters. The sole remaining family member, Ronald Jr. ("Butch"), was arrested for the crime, convicted, and sentenced to prison." (cited Ghost Stories UK )
Wikipedia notes that: "In December 1975 George and Kathy Lutz and their three children moved into the house, but left after twenty-eight days, claiming to have been terrorized by paranormal phenomena produced by the house.
Amityville House Horror
How Much Do You Believe? - Do you think this place is haunted?
Is this tale the result of someone's wild hyped up imagination to sell a book
The Most Haunted House in Australia
This residence is in Junee in the state of New South Wales. It was built by Christopher William Crawley who, in 1876 acquired 520 acres of land on which he farmed unsuccessfully until the NSW government put a railway line through the property which brought tourists and settlers. He built a hotel near the station and became quite wealthy with the influx.
The homestead was built through that wealth and quickly became a hub for balls, dances, parties and social gatherings. He died in 1910 and she in 1933. The remaining family left in 1948. It was purchased a decade later and now houses a museum and tourist attraction.
"Claimed to be one of Australia's most haunted homes, there have been reports of ghostly figures, strange lights, invisible forcefields and phantom sounds. There have been several tragic accidents in the properties past including murder of a caretaker, the imprisonment of a mentally impaired man, the accidental death of a young child who was dropped down the stairs, a maid having fallen from the balcony, and a stable boy burnt to death." (cited
Would you Live in This House?
If you could would you spend a night alone in this house?
Do You Think Ghosts Show Themselves? - Or are they too shy?
What would you do if you saw a ghost?
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