White Rock Lake is a large reservoir in Texas. It’s a fairly normal lake other than the bizarre legend surrounding it. Legend tells that the area surrounding the lake is haunted by ‘the lady of White Rock lake’. She died during the 1930s at the young age of 20. To suit this, she can be seen wearing an old-fashioned dress soaked through with water. Like every other “Vanishing hitchhiker” on this list, she hitches a ride with kind strangers. A few minutes into the journey she tells the driver that she was just involved in an boating accident. Seconds after telling this, she completely disappears. Apparently she left behind a soaking wet book. The book contained no words – just blank pages.
There are certain places where dark, tragic history still hangs in the air, even generations after anything violent has taken place. Or maybe nothing gruesome took place in that particular room (that we know of), but something about the place still just seems spooky and strange. Los Angeles, with its seedy and scandalous underbelly, has many such spots–including quite a few that, some people say, are still haunted by unsettled spirits.
Here’s a guide to eight places in L.A. that you can explore and find out for yourself, from the old stone mansion where a still-unexplained double-murder took place in 1928, to the building that housed one of the city’s most infamous speakeasies–and where gangsters were said to carry out hits and stash the evidence.
Goldfield has its share of supernatural stories, and the formerly lavish hotel is the obvious hot-spot for tales of woe and wandering spirits.
Visited by several ghost hunting shows and countless independent seekers, the hotel has many stories of suicide and murder, the kind that let the imagination shift into overdrive when it comes to ghosts. Some of the more theatrical visitors claim that it’s a vortex, one of the seven gates to Hell itself. Perhaps the most classic story to come out of the abandoned lodgings is based on actual mining mogul George Wingfield.
Haunted places in Alabama open a doorway to a harrowing unknown — unexplained mysteries, terrifying ghostly encounters and paranormal entities clinging to their former lives. These apparitions lurk unseen, laying a dark, perturbing blanket over the atmosphere, heavy enough to keep you up all night. Some of us spend the month of October searching for this bone-chilling thrill, while others of us play it safe and just trick-or-treat. But, for those brave souls who celebrate Halloween seeking terror-filled, hair-raising scares, we bring you a few of the most haunted spots in Alabama. These are not for the faint of heart. Read on, if you dare …
Ghosts can be so, well, ghostly. But several Knoxville buildings are known as the homes of spirits.
Here are the stories of some of Knoxville’s most haunted spots, plus two scary East Tennessee spots:
If any downtown Knoxville building should be haunted, it’s the Bijou Theatre, formerly called the Lamar House. Completed around 1817, the 803 S. Gay St. building’s been a tavern, hotel, storefront, Civil War hospital, brothel, restaurant and theater.
Civil War Union Gen. William P. Saunders died in the Lamar Hotel bridal suite. He’d been brought to the hotel turned Civil War hospital after he was shot during fighting Nov. 18, 1863.
But it’s the spirits of others who’ve been heard or seen through the years. Footsteps, early morning flashes of light and a ghostly man walking up stairs have been reported. Items fall from or get moved around shelves. The spirit of a vaudeville-era technician has been heard.
The spirits that haunted the Rowe household in the summer of 1889 were no ordinary ghosts: “They cannot be seen. They do not softly and silently glide all in white. On the contrary, they yell, and fight, and fire pistols, and fall down stairs, and do all sorts of mysterious, not to say diabolical, things.” So reported the Chicago Tribune on July 18, 1889, announcing that an other-worldly presence—indeed, a whole gang of them—had taken up residence on the city’s North Side. Over the course of just a few days, the tale would spawn thousands of local rubberneckers, a lawsuit, and a reproach from a paper four states away.
Former First-Daughter Shares Scary Story about the White House being ‘Haunted’
Jenna Bush Hager, former first daughter and current Today show host, believes the White House is haunted. She opened up about feeling a ghostly presence at the former residence of her parents, President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush.
Here’s how Jenna told the story:
“My phone rang, it woke us up in the middle of the night. We had a fireplace in our room, and all of a sudden we started hearing, like, 1920s piano music, as clear as day, coming out of the fireplace. I jumped in Barbara’s bed, we were both awake.
The next week, we heard the same thing but opera. And we talked ourselves out of it, but then I said to a guy, Buddy, one of my favorite men in the world, who still works at the White House. I said, ‘Buddy, you wouldn’t believe what we heard last night.’ And he goes, ‘Oh, Jenna, you wouldn’t believe what I’ve heard.’ It’s haunted! It’s scary, but they came with all good intentions. They were friendly ghosts.“