On February 1st, 1974, a 25-story building in Sao Paolo, Brazil, suddenly caught fire. The blaze quickly spread throughout the tower, leading to the gruesome deaths of 179 people. The fire was caused by a faulty air conditioner, but many believe the land was cursed long before Joelma was built.
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.
One of the most haunted places in New Orleans, The LaLaurie Mansion has seen years of torture and abuse. Slaves were found chained and tortured in the attic after a fire broke out in the house in 1834. The perpetrator was none other than Madame Delphine LaLaurie herself. This woman’s evil energy remains at the mansion in the French Quarter despite her exile from the United States.
Built in 1145, standing for almost 1,000 years, the Ancient Ram Inn in Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire, England, is a truly an old and terrifying place to spend an evening. Its solid stones walls were built on grounds used for human sacrifice. Witches have walked and stalked its halls. And one of its most recent owners was haunted by a Succubus who stole his very soul.
Each room at the Jefferson Hotel in Texas is haunted by a different ghost. Room 19, in particular, is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young bride from 1870. The groom never showed up to their wedding so she hung herself from the bed. That same bed remains in the room today, where visitors can still hear her cries.
Off the coast of Honolulu sits the resting place of 1,102 sailors and Marines killed during one of the darkest days in United States history. The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 would ignite World War II and have lasting effects on national policy. The ever-present pain of the victims continues to linger on the deck of the sunken ship.
As the fog rolls in, and the sun begins to set, the faint shadow of a man appears pacing the long corridor of Alcatraz. A prisoner at the time of his death in 1936, and a prisoner in the after life. His soul is eternally trapped on the isolated prison off the coast of San Francisco.
This tourist destination in the Czech Republic is home to nearly 700 years of ghost stories. The stone Gothic bridge not only connects Old Town to the rest of Prague, but also connects the afterlife to those living today. They say if you dare to go late at night you can see severed heads still dangling from the towers at each end.
The gold rush brought thousands of British migrants to Australia in the 1850s. Known as “The Maddest Place on Earth,” the colonial government quickly ordered the construction of several mental health facilities outside of Melbourne. The Aradale Mental Hospital housed hundreds of thousands of people deemed “insane.” Most of these people lived out the rest of their lives at the hospital…and continue to haunt the compound today.
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.
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?