Six children and two adults were murdered in what is now called the Villisca Axe Murder House. The killer hid in the family’s barn, waited for them to fall asleep, and then used the family’s own axe to kill them. Over a hundred years later, the house has been restored to its 1912 condition. And paranormal investigators who have visited the house say they found the presence of spirits, demons and even a portal to a dark dimension.
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.
On a quiet corner of New Orleans Bourbon Street you'll find Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop bar. At almost 300 years old, the bar is a hotbed of supernatural phenomena - from cold, invisible hands grabbing patrons, to a pair of bright red eyes visible in a dark corner. Is all this the result of one too many Voodoo Daiquiris? Or are the spirits gathering for a social drink?
Nearly 100 years ago, the life of a young girl came to came to a tragic end in this tunnel. Since then, those who enter are met with the furious cries of her ghost. There are three terrifyingly, gruesome versions of her death. Which one do you believe?
A 16th Century castle was thought to be haunted for centuries by two feuding brothers. But when the castle was restored, a morbid discovery was made...
Among the serene, rolling hills of West Virginia, there is an eerie building with a horrific past. The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum was once home to people receiving rehabilitation for everything from being jealous to reading novels. The mistreatment and abuse left many restless souls, who are still trying to escape the endless torture… or make visitors feel their pain.
The souls of tortured prisoners roam the halls of the Old Changi Hospital in Singapore, built in 1935 as part of the British Royal Air Force base. Although meant to heal and comfort, the hospital provided only violence and pain. Now, it stands as eternal resting grounds, where restless souls lurk, ready to make others suffer as they have.
Hundreds of rooms. Thousands of doors. Ten thousand windows. An intricate Victorian maze, built by Sarah Winchester, the Winchester Mystery House was constructed to keep bad spirits at bay. But instead, it has attracted the paranormal and earned a spot as one of the most haunted homes in America.
Before it was an important national archive building in Mexico, the Palacio de Lecumberri served as a prison. But behind the bars that now house records and files is a history filled with the abuse, torture, and murder of former prisoners. Those incarcerated in the Palacio de Lecumberri haunt the halls, serving eternal life sentences.
At the end of most ghost tours in New Orleans, you’ll be led to 716 Dauphine Street. The building has seen better days, and you sense something is wrong as you watch locals avoid this spot at all costs. Rumor has it, a bloody massacre occurred here, turning the Sultan’s Palace into a tomb for those dismembered in the slaughter.
The Bhangarh Fort sits abandoned in Rajasthan, India, a long journey away from major cities like Delhi. But this area is not only haunted… it’s cursed. While the local residents have their personal protections from the trapped spirits and the dark magic, visitors continue to arrive, drawn to the region by curiosity… or perhaps by something darker.
Surrounding the Gettysburg Battlefield is a National Park, park ranger headquarters, and B&Bs for those who come to visit. But after a whiff of rot, visitors will soon find that they aren’t alone. The battlefield became a deathbed for more than 8,000 soldiers, and to this day, you can feel the bloody history surrounding you.
As a deadly plague spread through Venice, those showing even the slightest sign of illness were sent to Poveglia Island… a fate worse than death. Before the sickness killed them, doctors poked and prodded patients, providing inhumane services that did little to heal the infected. Now, the undead haunt the island, torturing those who dare visit.
Isaac and Hulda lived a happy life in Manchester, Vermont… until something began sucking the life out of Hulda. To break this curse, the townspeople gathered at the town’s graveyard and disturbed the dead. 225 years later, the Bennington County Courthouse stands on this forgotten graveyard. One woman viciously haunts the building to this day, her soul robbed of eternal peace.
The stunning Nidaros Cathedral is one of the oldest buildings in Trondheim, Norway — a city that has built itself around the church for centuries. From a violent Viking king, to a haunting headless monk, the church has a bloody history that lives on today. If you come across the undead during a visit, beware: the monk is known to wring necks.
The London Tower holds a rich history of England and its rulers...but it also holds many devious acts of imprisonment, torture and murder. This history has led the tower to become one of England’s most haunted places...where tourists just might see the pale faces or bloody, headless bodies of the undead.
At the elegant Driskill Hotel, every room tells a story. Located in Austin, Texas, the hotel was built in the late 1800s, and since then, has collected many restless spirits of former employees, abandoned brides, and even a child. For years, guests have shared their accounts of paranormal activity. Book a room … if you dare.
The Princess Theater in Melbourne, Australia is a late 19th century wonder and an iconic destination for entertainment. But behind all of the grandeur, the ghost of Federici—an actor who died on stage in 1888—lurks, searching for the eternal fame that was denied to him years ago.
Quiet whispers, distant singing, and hundreds of mutilated dolls staring at those who pass...this is the eery Island of the Dolls. Along the canals of Xochimilco, legends tell of a drowned girl searching for her doll in the afterlife, a woman who haunts the canals hoping to kidnap children, and Don Julian, a man rumored to have built the shrine of dolls... and who died canalside with them. Join us as we explore the mysterious Xochimilco canals and their secrets.
Tombstone, Arizona, where ghosts perform on the Birdcage Theatre’s empty stage and gamble in the basement. During the Birdcage’s eight years of operation in the 1880’s, twenty-six people were killed inside the theatre’s walls. All of them are still there. Greg tells the stories of a sex worker who snapped, a performer’s theatrical death, and a cowboy who haunted management until he was properly respected.
Many people don’t know that Paris sits directly on top of a mass grave. Thousands lie interred in the Catacombs, but they do not rest in peace. The maze-like tunnels attract explorers, but not all explorers come home alive. And those who do have seen something terrifying.