This plagued fortress in Cape Town, South Africa was built in the late 1600s by the Dutch East India Company. The five massive walls were the site of boundless bloody killings. Cursed to never leave the compound, tormented souls are still locked in the torture chamber. For many, the windowless basement is the closest thing to hell on Earth.
With Greg Polcyn
About Haunted Places
You’ve heard of haunted houses, haunted cemeteries, haunted islands...but do you know how a normal place can become paranormal minefield? Every haunted place on earth has a frightening, real backstory. Greg (Co-Host of Serial Killers and Cults) takes you on an audio tour of a new haunted place, and it’s haunted history, every episode. Spooky legends, weird histories, and tales of the supernatural... Listen at your own risk. Haunted Places is a production of Cutler Media and part of the Parcast Network. New episodes are released every Thursday. Ad-free archives of episodes six months or older are now available through Stitcher Premium.
A shiver goes down the back of your neck. Is it just because of the long drafty hallways? Or were the prisoners of the Ohio State Reformatory trying to whisper a warning to escape before you're unable to leave? Prisoners aren't the only ones still locked in their cells. Guards monitor your every move. Even if you can't see them, you can feel their undying vigilance.
Off the coast of Vancouver, British Columbia sits a small, foggy island with iconic, pointed treetops. Those trees once carried the coffins of the dead. Though the coffins are now gone, the bones of the fallen remain. Their dust is mixed on the sands of the shore. Their spirits are the whispering wind, warning all curious wanderers to keep away.
Many years ago a tragedy occured at the Château de Brissac. This tragedy plagued the house for many years. Now, the one time countess of the beautiful castle lurks in the halls. She haunts the men that visit, hoping to deny them the love that she never received.
The colonizers who came to Nevis Island to build this estate sought wealth and adventure. What they did not know was that the spirits of the island had lived there for a long, long time. Those spirits would do anything to protect the Eden Brown Estate from intrusion.
Smack dab in the center of Tinseltown, The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel was first opened in 1927. It is known for celebrity sightings… but not the lively kind. Montgomery Clift and Marilyn Monroe are just a few of the ghosts you might encounter during your stay. Avoid room 213, unless you don’t want to sleep at night.
Guided by the spirit of his dearly departed daughter, Petriceicu Bogdan Hasdeu builds an ornate castle in Romania for Iulia. She instructed her father to pay special attention to magic numbers, three and seven, while building the structure in 1894. A young child prodigy, you can still hear Iulia playing the piano throughout the folly house.
If you visit the Whaley House, you might think there was a squatter hiding in the residence. If you’re smart, you’ll be on the lookout for Yankee Jim, whose gruesome execution dropped the property value low enough for the parcel of land to be bought.
A young German girl falls to her death when the British army invaded Pulau Ubin in 1914. Plantation workers found her dead body covered in ants at the bottom of the hill. Her ghost still walks to halls of this mysterious mountain temple.
Terrorized by the Bell Witch and a creature with the head of a rabbit and body of a dog, the Bell family’s life in Tennessee was far from peaceful.
Earl Beardie loved playing cards, he would play until doomsday, with the devil himself. Legend says that a bet with a mysterious stranger cost him his soul. Will you sit down and play a hand?
Some say it is just a tall tale, the story of a father who knew that apple of his son's eye was actually his daughter from an affair, and then locked up the product of their union away in his palace. If it isn't true, what unsettled history is causing the discarnate movements that plague the grounds?
After an evening of drinking, Lord Byron was visited by the ghost of a monk who demanded he return the skulls he had unearthed to their resting place. When Byron resisted, the ghost curled his hand into a fist and Byron’s throat closed up. Was this all a dream or was it real?
Sophie Everlein-Bentz was bludgeoned to death by her husband Jacob in 1931 on the grounds of the library. Now it is haunted. Be quiet when you visit, because the woman “shushing” you may not be the librarian, but the ghost of Sophie.
Initially a luxury transport across the Atlantic, The Queen Mary is now a floating hotel and museum. As many as 150 spirits have been seen lurking on her decks or wandering her elegant hallway. And if you’re lucky, you’ll see the ghost of a sailor who had tried to pass through an iron water door before it closed, but didn’t make it. He is known as Half Hatch Harry.
Now a tourist location in New South Wales, Australia, this two-story mansion is said to be haunted by the original owners as well as others who died on the property. When you visit, keep an eye out for the pregnant maid who jumped from the balcony, or the stable boy who was burned alive.
Built on the edge of a cliff in 1923 opposite the Tequendama Falls in Colombia, this mansion stares across from where the indigenous Muisca jumped off the cliff in droves to escape the Spanish conquistadores. Now, if you’re alone on the balcony, you can hear the whispers from far below those who died centuries ago. They want blood. Your blood.
As a major center for illegal booze during Prohibition, the Moss Beach Distillery was said to be haunted by the Lady in Blue who tragically died in an automobile accident nearby. Since then, strange happenings have occurred at the venue. Many have experienced objects moving on their own, lights turning off, or unexpected taps on the shoulders when in unoccupied rooms.
Over 100 years ago during construction of Finca Sanatorio Duran, a worker and a nun had an argument over his immoral behavior. Neither was seen alive again. Months later, the nun’s body was unearthed, her ears stuffed in her mouth. Patients said her ghost would appear over their beds and whisper encouragement before vanishing into the mist.
Located in Salzburg, Austria, Moosham Castle is haunted. Countless women were executed for witchcraft through the Middle Ages and today people report hearing voices, screams and even witnessing attacks...