In the shadow of Mt. Fuji, the Sea of Trees marked the end for many struggling souls. But even before it gained its grisly modern reputation, the forest was said to be haunted. Restless spirits and demons wait in the trees; some ghosts save visitors from a dark end--others are said to eat them. No matter what you believe, the "suicide forest" grows pure horror.
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 young girl named Sallie was brought here one night in the early 1900s by her mother. The doctor said young Sallie’s appendix was about to burst and he needed to operate on her immediately. But, he didn’t give her enough anesthetic and she woke up during the procedure. Believing she was being tortured, Sallie died on the operating table. Now she haunts the halls of this home, often reenacting the fear she felt that night.
The Hotel Monte Vista in Flagstaff, Arizona opened on New Year’s Day in 1927. A bellboy in a red coat tells you about the hotel’s haunted history. The bar is haunted by the ghost of the bank robber who died there. In room 305, the ghost of an old woman rocks in a rocking chair. In room 220, strips of human flesh hangs occasionally hang from the chandelier. In fact, the bellboy you’re talking to has been dead for 70 years.
The mansion and plantation homes at Rose Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica are haunted. Visitors report seeing the ghost of plantation owner Annie Palmer who rode her horse in the middle of the night, whipping any slaves she passed by. Others have seen The Whooping Boy, who hunted down any slaves who tried to escape. But all of the restless spirits who lurk in the shadows waiting, are ready to lure you into the darkness.
Bodie, California is an abandoned gold rush town that was founded in 1859 by W.S. Bodey. When Bodey and his gold-mining partner walked to the next town, they got caught in a blizzard. Bodey collapsed and his partner left him to die. Bodey’s body wasn’t found until the spring thaw, but his partner said that every night that winter, Bodey’s frozen corpse returned, tapping against the window asking to be let inside.
In the mid 13th century, Sibylle de La Guerche had spent numerous nights wandering the halls of Château de Châteaubriant, hoping her husband Geoffroy IV would return from war. Upon the shock of seeing him return, she died on the spot. Many say Sibylle still wanders the Château’s halls searching for the spirit of her husband.
About one mile off of Highway 78 near Tallapoosa, Georgia is a mysterious winding creek that follows a forest of oak trees. After many twists and turns, the endless creek dives deep into a canyon. But if you visit, be on the lookout for those lost souls left behind. Because not everybody who visits gets to leave the Devil’s Kitchen. ...
The Myrtles Plantation located in St. Francisville, Louisiana has seen its fair share of death. Visitors claim to have seen figures in old-fashioned clothing in the hallway mirror. Others have heard phantom footsteps going up the stairs. But if you’re really lucky, you may get a photo of “The Ghost Girl” who runs around the plantation.
Atop a dormant volcano and overlooking the storied capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle has been home to Scottish royalty since the twelfth century. But it’s also been the scene of many gruesome deaths. And sometimes, if the air is still, you can hear the cries of victims from centuries past.
About 20 miles from the Irish sea in Wales lies Ruthin Castle. For centuries, people have reported seeing spirits of those who have perished there. Lady Grey looking for her axe. A soldier wandering the halls. A young girl with golden ringlets walking and giggling on Upper Clwyd Street. Who were these ghosts in life, how did they die, and why are they haunting Ruthin Castle?
The Unterzell Monastery in Bavaria, Germany was built on the ruins of a convent where numerous mysterious incidents occurred. In the mid 1700s, Sister Cecilia Pistorini of Kloster Unterzell suffered from visions and had hysteric attacks. She was convinced she was possessed by Satan. But after the nuns gathered for an exorcism, it only got worse...
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.
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.