Strange happenings in Gettysburg building spark haunting fears

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (WPMT) — "It almost sounds like somebody's walking upstairs, and I'm not the only one whose experienced that," said Gettysburg Police Chief Joe Doughtery.

The Gettysburg Municipal Building was initially constructed in the 1800’s as the Adam’s County Prison. Criminals died within its walls and Civil War soldiers just outside.

Inside the Gettysburg Municipal Building, curious happenings late at night.

Phantom footsteps, doors mysteriously closing, and an aroma without a source.

"It smells like just a faint whiff, as if someone had been cooking chili, and I’m usually one of the first ones in in the morning like 530,6 o’clock, and I know that there was nobody there doing it," explained Chief Doughtery.

Those strange experiences have been shared by a number of Gettysburg police officers over the years.

“It happens so often I don’t even think about it anymore. We don’t even think about it anymore," said Doughtery.

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Tower of London, England

The Tower of London was constructed in 1078, and its lengthy history makes it a prime target for ghostly activity. King Henry VI is said to rise every year on the anniversary of his murder on May 21st and pace fitfully near where he was stabbed in back while kneeling in prayer in 1471.

Richard III seized the crown and imprisoned his two nephews in 1483. They disappeared and nearly 200 years later the skeletons of the two boys were found buried under the tower steps. Two little boys dressed in white shirts have been spotted in the halls, playing or crying before fading away.

Anne Boleyn and Lady Jane Grey have reportedly been spotted wandering near the places where they were beheaded. Lady Arabella has also been spotted near the Queen’s House as recently as 2013 when a teen claims to have caught her spirit on camera.

There have even been reports of spirits including a ghostly polar bear, Henry VIII’s possessed armor, a weeping man, an elderly countess in the process of being hacked up, and more.

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Castle of Good Hope, South Africa

South Africa’s oldest colonial building, the Castle of Good Hope, was built near the sea so water would flood through the dungeon, drowning convicts chained to the walls. Workers have reported hearing voices and footsteps in the windowless halls.

The castle bell rings on its own from time to time, despite being walled up centuries ago after a solider hung himself with the bell rope. A large black hound stalks the castle grounds, leaping at guests then vanishing.

Lady Anne Barnard’s drawing room has a cursed painting of peacocks that is said to kill anyone who moves it. Her spirit appears at the Dolphin Pool where she used to bathe naked.

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Tat Tak School, Hong Kong

The Tat Tak School in Hong Kong was featured in episode one of National Geographic's 2013 Asia TV series, "I Wouldn't Go In There," and it sounds like it is for good reason.

According to HK Magazine, the troubles started in 1898 when nearby villages rose against the British because they didn’t want to give up their land rights. They were defeated and those who died were buried at the school’s future site. Years later, a teacher who was raped hung herself in a bathroom. The land was abandoned and her longhaired ghost is said to haunt the land.

Some cabbies refuse to take the road that leads to the school.

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Pelabuhan Ratu, Indonesia

The legendary Nyai Loro Kidul flung herself into the waves from the the Karang Hawu cliff in an effort to restore her beauty, which had been ruined by black magic. Instead of dying, she turned into a sea goddess who haunts the bay, preying on swimmers who wear green – her favorite color. Room 308 at the Samudra Beach Hotel is always left vacant for the queen.

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Palace of Linares, Spain

The Neo-Baroque palace in Madrid was built by José de Murga for himself and his wife. He found out years later that his wife was actually his half-sister. The pope at the time issued a bill that allowed them to live together but in chastity. Before knowing they were related, the family had a baby girl, but she was given to an orphanage to safe guard the family’s reputation. The daughter’s ghost is said to haunt the palace from time to time, crying for her lost mommy.

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Old Changi Hospital, Singapore

The Old Changi Hospital was first used as a military base by British forces, then as prisoner of war camp by the Japanese during WWII. Eventually, it was converted back to a hospital, but was abandoned in 1997 when local hospitals merged. Stories about ghosts spread like wildfire thanks to rumors that some rooms of the hospital were used a torture chambers, but sources were never confirmed.

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Lawang Sewu, Indonesia

In another episode of National Geographic’s ‘I Wouldn't Go In There,’ the show visits one of Indonesia’s most notorious buildings, Lawang Sewu. The grand building, built by the Dutch in the mid 19th century, is abandoned and dilapidated. There are tales of headless ghosts and a young Dutch woman who killed herself wandering the halls. It it rumored that the Japanese using the building at the end of WWII to torture Indonesian troops.

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Castle Moosham, Austria

Witch hysteria spread beyond Salem. From 1675 to 1690, The Moosham Castle served as the torture site for the Salzburg Witch Trials. Thousands were accused of witchcraft and the accusers would force confessions by cutting off victims' hands or branding them. Ultimately, over 100 people were killed, mostly people under the age of 21.

There were also allegedly werewolves stalking the castle and killing cattle in the 1800s.

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Fairmonth Banff Springs hotel, Canada

The stunning Alberta hotel is rich in spooky stories. According to Canadian Living, there are two famous permanent residents. Sam the bellman was a longtime employee who died in 1975. Guests have reported a Scottish man in outdated clothing helping them out despite no one on staff matching that description.  

Guests have also reported seeing the ‘doomed bride’ dancing in her gown in the ballroom. The hotel’s former historian said the woman fell down a stone staircase to her death at the beginning of her wedding banquet.

Aokigahara, Japan

The Aokigahara at the base of Mount Fuji is well known throughout the world for being the second most popular place to commit suicide (the Golden Gate Bridge being number one). At least 105 bodies were found in the woods in 2003, but there are thought to be many more since Japanese authorities discontinued publishing exact suicide numbers in order to avoid making the place even more popular.

There are stories that the forest was originally where individuals left their elderly or sick relatives to die and their spirits haunt the area.

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Bhangarh Fort of Rajasthan, India

This fort is considered India’s most haunted place. According to folklore, the fort is home to ghosts and that is why tourists cannot visit after the sun goes down. People report hearing women crying and the sound of bangles.

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Monte Cristo Homestead, Australia 

The home dubbed ‘Australia’s Most Haunted House’ has had one sinister event take place on its grounds after another. The Victorian house’s original owners, Christopher and Elizabeth Crawley, are believed to have haunted the home for over 80 years. There are tales of a pregnant maid jumping to her death from second story and a young girl being ‘pushed’ out of a nanny’s arms and down the stairs. A boy was burned alive in the stables and a youth obsessed with ‘Psycho’ fatally shot the gardener.

Shadowy figures have been caught in pictures taken by visitors and some insist they were touched by unseen people.

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Rose Hall, Jamaica

Locals believe that the colonial mansion has been haunted for decades by Annie Palmer, or the White Witch. The 18-year-old English woman was supposed to be an expert at voodoo and used it to murder three husbands and countless slave lovers during the time years she lived at the estate. Some say she was driven insane by the lead dishes she ate off of everyday. Annie allegedly died at the hands of a lover who tried to bury her in a grave protected with spells, but they were not performed correctly so countless people have claimed to have seen her soul wandering about.

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The White House, Washington, D.C.

The most well-known address in America is also home to some of the most famous ghosts. First lady Abigail Adams’ spirit can be spotted in a cap and shawl walking to the East Room where she used to do her laundry.

Mary Todd Lincoln told friends she heard President Andrew Jackson’s ghost stomping and swearing through the halls.

The most frequently seen ghost in the White House is Abraham Lincoln. Grace Coolidge, President Coolidge’s wife, swears she saw Lincoln staring out of window in the Oval Office. Lady Bird Johnson felt Lincoln’s presence, as did Eleanor Roosevelt. 

Queen Wilhemina of the Netherlands reportedly was staying in the White House in 1942 when she heard a knock at the door, and upon answering it, she screamed and fainted after seeing Lincoln in a coat and top hat.

Winston Churchill emerged from a bath in the White House and walked into the adjoining room naked with a cigar when he saw Lincoln at the fireplace. He and Lincoln reportedly locked eyes and said ‘Good evening, Mr. President. You seem to have me at a disadvantage." Lincoln’s ghost supposedly smiled and faded away. Churchill refused to stay in Lincoln Bedroom after that.

President Reagan said that his daughter Maureen and her husband were staying in the Lincoln Bedroom, and on two separate occasions saw a transparent figure standing at the bedroom window looking out. 

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Chateau de Brissac, France

The tallest castle in France is home to a grisly double murder that resulted in a famous ghost, the ‘Green Lady.’ Sometime in the 15th century, Jacques de Brézé saw his wife with her lover, and, in a fit of rage, he murdered both of them. The castle’s current residents are apparently used to seeing the Green Lady roaming the castle and moaning wearing a green gown, but guests get spooked. The ghost is supposed to have holes in place of her nose and eyes.

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Island of the Dolls, Xochimilco, Mexico

Legend has it that years ago, a man found a dead girl and her toy near the island's waters. He spent his life decorating the piece of land with dolls and believed they were possessed by the little girl’s spirit. Locals claim to hear whispers from the dolls and myths say they come alive at night.

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Poveglia, Italy

The twisted history of the little island half a mile away from Venice makes it a no-go zone. The fortification was built by the Venetian government and used for bubonic plague quarantine in 1340 and again when the Black Death arrived in 1630. It hosted over 160,000 infected people. There are rumors that the soil is made up of human remains. Napoleon used the island’s terrifying past to hide stores of weapons.

 In the late 1800s, a mental hospital opened on the island. One doctor allegedly tortured and killed patients before falling to his death from a bell tower.  The facility was converted into a geriatric center in the mid-20th century before falling out of use.

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The Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Kentucky

The Waverly Hills Sanatorium was the last stop for many suffering from tuberculosis. Dying slowly without help made many people go crazy. Echoes can be heard in “the death tunnel,” a discrete body chute to dispose of the dead. A thing called “The Creeper” moves quickly through corridors and climbs walls like a spider. It is thought to be the very essence of evil. 

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Moundsville Penitentiary, West Virginia

In its 100 years of operating, the Moundsville Penitentiary in West Virginia killed over 1,000 criminals. The cramped spaces led to deadly riots, and even though the prison closed down in 1995, there are still reports of tourists hearing tortured spirits. 

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Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania

Gettysburg College students frequently report seeing men dressed in Civil War uniforms standing in their dorm rooms, then suddenly vanishing.

It isn’t just students though. In his book Haunted Pennsylvania, author Mark Nesbitt wrote that in the 1980s, two staff members rode the library elevator into the basement by accident where they saw a silent bloody civil war operating room. They quickly closed the elevator door when the ghostly surgeons beckoned them to help. When they went to get help from a security guard, the scene had disappeared. 

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Chief Dougherty’s been with the force for more than a decade.

One night sits clear as day in his mind.

“We have an elevator that goes from the first floor to the second floor in the borough building. Was the only one on duty, I heard a ding, and the elevator came down from the second floor, and the door opened up. There was nobody in the elevator, and I know I was the only one on duty at the time," said Doughtery.

Chief Dougherty reacted like any officer would...

“I wasn’t scared. I guess what I thought was, 'how did somebody come through the main door without me seeing them,'" he said. "I checked upstairs to see if there might have been somebody who came in who I didn’t know about, but I was the only one here.”

Was it just an elevator malfunction? Or something of the supernatural nature? Gettysburg Mayor Ted Streeter is unconvinced of the latter.

"Oh, I’m a skeptic when it comes to ghosts, a true skeptic. When it comes to ET's and UFO's and yetis and Sasquatch and ghosts, I haven’t seen any events to convince me one way or the other," said Streeter.

The building’s history, though? Undeniable, dating back to the early 1800’s.

“It was the originally built as the Adams County Jail," explained Streeter.

FOX43 went to the Adams County Historical Society to find out more on the building's grave past.

“When the town of Gettysburg became the seat of Adams County in 1800, part of the agreement was for James Gettys to give a lot of ground at the edge of town for the site of a jail, and in 1804, the original jail was built," said Historian Timothy Smith with the Adams County Historical Society.

Smith says the county jail housed criminals for nearly 50 years before tragedy struck.

“Now, the original jail was wood, and on January 7th, 1850, there was a horrible fire at the jail," he said.

Records show two people died that day - one man from breathing in too much smoke and the other, burning in the fire.

Then, the Civil War and the famous Battle of Gettysburg in 1863 where the Union defeated the Confederate Army led by General Robert E. Lee.

That was the bloodiest battle in American history, part of the three day blood shed happening at the steps of the Adams County Prison.

“There were Confederate sharp shooters in the edge of the town at the time of the battle all around this building, firing up at Cemetery Hill, and there were northern soldiers firing back," explained Smith.

Smith says soldiers died right outside of the prison and within the prison? More death.

“Notably, there were two executions at the jail," said Smith. "It doesn’t surprise me that people would be freaked out or spooked by some of the things that happened in the town and see ghosts."

During the mid 1800's, one man was executed inside the jail. Another? Sent to the gallows on prison property. A third man, Frederick Smith cheated the hangmen, committing suicide in his jail cell.

However, Smith remains a nonbeliever.

“Historians would always find a reason to not believe in ghosts, I’m sure," he said.

In 1889, a third story was built, and that’s the present day structure of the building. From 1949 to 1992, the building served as the Adams County Library. Since then, it's been the municipal building.

Although historians study the history of the building, Smith says it's impossible to know the cause of the noises.

He offers this explanation: "It’s an old building, and it’s drafty, and it has lots of noises created in the building because of the method of construction.”

Could it be more?

”If you hear something, you can’t refute the fact you hear it! If other people have heard it, it gives more credence to what you thought you heard," said Chief Dougherty.

Although not everyone in the building is a believer, they can all agree on one thing: if there was a spirit roaming these halls, his name would be 'Gus'.

Borough officials say there are over a dozen ghost tours in Gettysburg, and the municipal building is a stop on many of them.

As for the spirit known as 'Gus' inside the building, Smith says he has no records of an inmate named 'Gus' who would've done time at the prison.

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Alabama’s Face in the Window is one of the state's most treasured sites. Explore Southern History writes that freed Southern slave Henry Wells was accused of burning the Pickens County Courthouse to the ground. He fled to the attic of another courthouse to avoid a lynch mob. Lightning struck and left an impression of Wells’ face in the window that you can see today. Look closely and you might see it now.

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The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs has been called the most haunted hotel in America. According to their website, several guests who checked in never checked out, including Michael, a stonemason who fell to his death during the building of the hotel in 1885; Theodora, a cancer patient who asks guests for help finding her hotel key; a man named Norman in a white suit; a woman in a white dressing gown; and a cat named Norris.

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Rhode Island

The horror film “The Conjuring” was inspired by events taking place in Rhode Island. The Providence Journal has old records of terrifying activity coming from Roger and Carolyn Perron's 18th century farmhouse. They claim to have observed an orange oozing blood, a young voice crying “Mama. Maaama” and the head of an old woman hanging off to one side over an old gray dress while a voice cried “Get out. Get out. I'll drive you out with death and gloom.” 

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The Villisca Axe Murder House became infamous on June 10, 1912, when eight people were brutally killed. The murderer was never found. To this day, residents report visions of a man with an axe and sounds of children crying. 

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St. Augustine, Florida, is the oldest city in the continental United States. The St. Augustine Lighthouse on Anastasia Island is so eerie that it drew the attention of SyFy Channel’s "Ghost Hunters." One of the most famous stories surrounding the structure was in 1873. Three children were thrown from a cable car running from the beach to the lighthouse. They were tossed into the ocean and drowned. Rumors say that you can hear their ghosts in the tower.

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The oldest continuously running hotel in California is home to some freaky ghosts. The Jackson once played host to gold miners and was at the center of the gambling and brothel culture. It got a major renovation in 2012, but construction didn’t scare away the unearthly guests. According to The Examiner, there is a naked lady spirit floating through the halls and staff members have heard bodiless children giggling.

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Gettysburg College students frequently report seeing men dressed in Civil War uniforms standing in their dorm rooms, then suddenly vanishing.

It isn’t just students though. In his book Haunted Pennsylvania, author Mark Nesbit wrote that in the 1980s two staff members rode the library elevator into the basement by accident where they saw a silent bloody civil war operating room. They quickly closed the elevator door when the ghostly surgeons beckoned them to help. When they went to get help from a security guard, the scene had disappeared. 

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The Ghost of Altoona Pass used to haunt steam engines in the 19th century. A mysterious figure would appear on top of the freight cars, take a seat and ride for miles before vanishing. The trains no longer run on the Altoona pass, and records of the frequent traveler have stopped ... for now. ​

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One of America’s best-known ghost stories comes out of Tennessee. In 1807, John Bell said an animal that looked like a dog with a rabbit’s head appeared to him. He tried to kill it, but failed. 

Years later, his family kept hearing noises in their house like animals fighting and chairs dragging. It got so bad that supposedly future President Andrew Jackson went to the small town to investigate the poltergeist.



The Manresa Castle is a popular honeymoon destination, but tourists also arrive in droves to check out the resident spirits. Haunted Honeymoon says that three rooms are haunted (302, 304 and 306) and there are two commonly-seen ghosts. One is a monk who hung himself in the attic, and the other is a young woman who threw herself out of the window when her love didn’t return from war.

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The Athens Lunatic Asylum may beat out other creepy asylums because of something called the “corpse stain.” A woman named Margaret Schilling disappeared for 42 days in the building. When they finally found her, her body had decayed into the ground, making a human-shaped stain on the concrete floor. Records say she died of a heart attack, but she was naked with her clothes folded neatly beside her.

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A popular hotel for Dartmouth College visitors is said to be haunted. Just across the border from New Hampshire, the Norwich Inn has been serving guests since 1920. Original owner Mary "Ma" Walker died in the inn, and her ghost reportedly still wanders around and is often seen in the dining room wearing a black formal gown. 

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Annabelle, the spooky doll from the films 'The Conjuring' and 'Annabelle,' 'lives' in Monroe, Conn. at the Occult Museum. A Catholic priest lives on the grounds and blesses the doll daily to counteract its purported evil forces. The doll moves on its own and is said to be an embodiment of the devil

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North Carolina

The gateway to hell is apparently located in North Carolina. A mysterious circle called “The Devil’s Tramping Ground” has stumped researchers. It is unexplained why nothing has grown in that spot for 40 years, and some say it is how the Devil comes to Earth.

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North Dakota

Students at The University of North Dakota in Grand Forks report seeing the apparition of a young girl’s torso. She is believed to be the ghost of a girl who froze to death outside of the dorm. She tinkers with the TVs and electricity. 

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A room in the Old Washoe Club in Virginia City, Nevada, used to hold dead bodies until the ground had thawed enough to bury them. Travel Channel says the club is haunted by a trio of spirits. A pretty blonde named "Lady in Blue,” a scared little girl and a sneaky old-time prospector who steals drinks from patrons all appear here. 

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The Haught Mansion was once an upscale brothel in 1941, but, as the Huffington Post reports, several dead bodies were found in the basement. Each body had a perfect circle on the chest.

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The Palmer House Hotel is one of the most haunted sites in America. Room 17 has the most ghostly activity. The Minnesota Monthly writes “Guests can sit in one of the two high-backed chairs facing the bed, but not both, not at the same time. Why? It forces Lucy to the mattress.” Lucy was a prostitute and doesn’t want to go back to where she was killed. She has a vendetta against men and will slams doors and lower temperatures around them.

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New Mexico

According to KOAT, a few ghosts reside at the St. James Hotel. A short, pockmarked apparition called “The Imp” and a female ghost that smells of perfume haunt the hotel. Perhaps the scariest is another male ghost who lives in room 18. It is padlocked and no one is allowed in.

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South Carolina

A ghost that haunts pregnant women lives in the St. Phillips Graveyard in Charleston. Sue Howard died after giving birth to a stillborn child and now targets other women. According to the Travel Channel, an amateur photograph from 1987 captured the ghost mourning over a grave.

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Legend says that a beautiful woman named Alice Marble Gray lived with a drifter, Paul Wilson, until he was accused of murder in 1920. The drama of the trial and his physical abuse made her spirit remain on Earth. Over the years, many claim to have seen the ghostly figure of a woman skinny dipping and running naked along the dunes.
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Hawaii has unique spirits living inside banyan trees. Honolulu Magazine wrote that one of the trees near the head of Manoa Falls is in the path of ghosts of ancient Hawaiian warriors. Faint sounds of drums beating can be heard at night. 

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There is an alleged presence in the solitary confinement unit of The Old Montana Territorial Prison in Deer Lodge, Montana, who tortures guests. Guests have reported being both scratched and pushed, and say other spirits peek out of windows and try to touch them.

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Ghost hunters found what they were looking for at The Wyoming Frontier Prison. Wyoming News says that ten separate voices were picked, including an angry spirit who they suspect was Andrew Pixley. Pixley was executed in 1960s for murdering and cannibalizing two girls. Wyoming News reports that he died slowly, which could account for the violent spirit. 

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Wisconsin’s most haunted site is the Summerwind Mansion.  Wisconsin Trails says the mansion has been haunted since the early 20th century. A man shot twice at an intruder just to discover no one was there. A family living there in the 1970s heard voices, saw unattached shadows and felt cold spots until the father suffered a nervous breakdown and the mother attempted suicide. The paranormal activity continues today.

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The Stanley Hotel in Colorado is known for being Stephen King’s inspiration for the “The Shining.” There are reports of several apparitions walking through the hotel, but Room 418 is the most haunted according to staff members. Guests have heard children playing and seen impressions of bodies on the bed. 

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New Hampshire

The New Hampshire State Hospital was actually once called “"New Hampshire Asylum for the Insane.” The original 1842 building still stands, and there are the common signs of paranormal activity, like reports of things being pushed off tables, cold spots and never feeling alone. 

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West Virginia

In its 100 years of operating, the Moundsville Penitentiary in West Virginia killed over 1,000 criminals. The cramped spaces led to deadly riots, and even though the prison closed down in 1995, there are still reports of tourists hearing tortured spirits. 

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Sounds of Native American drums and howling wolves are heard in Hummel Park in Omaha. There are also stairs that have more steps going up than doing down. 

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The Waverly Hills Sanatorium was the last stop for many suffering from tuberculosis. Dying slowly without help made many people go crazy. Echoes can be heard in “the death tunnel,” a discrete body chute to dispose of the dead. A thing called “The Creeper” moves quickly through corridors and climbs walls like a spider. It is thought to be the very essence of evil. 

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The only high school on this list, Topeka High School was built on top of a cemetery and there are reports of the sounds of disembodied conversations floating through the halls. 

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Alaska's Site Summit isn't haunted by ghosts, but is still really, really creepy. The fortress of concrete buildings was made for protection in case of a nuclear war with Russia. The Site Summit was used to hold surface-to-air missiles in hopes of shooting down USSR airplanes. It is no longer used and lies desolate and cold.

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The Grove has a reputation for its heavy activity, including a ghost dog attacking a woman in the kitchen, a lady dressed in white walking down the hallway, and little girls who were playing in the flowers vanishing. There have also been reports of disembodied smells of perfume and body odor penetrating the air.

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The ghost of a prostitute named Sammie Dean haunts former copper-mining town Jerome. She was strangled by a customer, and now people see a beautiful woman searching the alleys to find her killer.  

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There are many “Gray Lady” stories, but Oregon seems to have the original. A spirit wearing a long gray skirt haunts the former innkeeper’s home of the Heceta Head Lighthouse. She walks around, knocking objects off tables and flickering lights. 

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The Sultan's Palace in the French Quarter of New Orleans was a playhouse of horrors. “The Sultan” held women and young boys against their will in 1800s. An unknown perpetrator buried him alive in the yard, and his angry spirit still tries to grope at female guests. 

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South Dakota

Several Wild West characters have been buried in the Mount Moriah Cemetery like Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Potato Creek Johnny and Seth Bullock. There is also a mass grave with 11 faceless fire victims. Visitors feel like they are being watched.

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McRaven calls itself the most haunted house in Mississippi. A field hospital was set up on the grounds during the Civil War, and it became the final resting place for many soldiers. Several owners of the house including Mary Elizabeth Howard's have died there. A shawl belonging to Mary emits heat for some and jumps out of the hands of others.

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The McPike Mansion in Illinois has sat abandoned since 1980. In the 1940s, sounds of children running up and down the halls were heard and faces would appear in the windows. A friendly ghost named Sarah would hug visitors.

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Zombie Road in Wildwood, Missouri, is a 2-3 mile stretch of old railroad tracks that is near one of the largest Native American mound cities. The road was used by the Union soldiers during the Civil War, and was last used commercially in the 1970s. Now hikers are treated to ghostly apparitions that walk along side them on the path.

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The theater at Idaho State University is haunted by ghosts who take a seat to wait for the show to start. There are also sounds of a piano playing, but no one touching they keys.  

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