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Ghosts, spirits, demons, poltergeists, phantoms are words that you might use for paranormal beings or happenings. But what are they really? Are they even real? Why are their occurrences or sightings always veiled with mysteries and fear and confusion? Well, unfortunately we just don't know. 

Yes science is beginning to look for answers and here and there you might find a sliver of explanation that your rational mind may or may not fathom. But that doesn't stop haunted places from being haunted. Or so the people say who have been to such places and who swear to have experienced some paranormal event. In the spirit of such reports, (see what I did there?), today I'm going to list Top 5 most haunted places on earth.

1. Highgate Cemetery, England

Highgate Cemetery is a cemetery in north London, England. It is divided into two parts, the East and West cemetery. There are around 170,000 people buried here in 53,000 graves. This cemetery is mostly notable for the well known people that are buried here including Karl Marx and the author of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", Douglas Adams.

Reports of Hauntings:
  • The most famous haunting reports in this cemetery are that of 'The Highgate Vampire', who is not really a vampire, but a phantom that is described as a 7-foot-tall, dark male figure with piercing, hypnotic eyes and wearing a long black coat and high top hat; he seems to vanish into thin air.
  • The sighting of a ghoul was reported by a man whose car had broken down near the cemetery. He described the ghoul as having red glowing eyes that peered at him through the iron gates.
  • The ghost of an insane old woman has also been seen on occasion, racing among the gravestones, her gray hair flowing behind her as she searches for her children, whom she allegedly murdered.
  • A dark shrouded figure has been seen standing stock still and staring into space. When it is approached, it vanishes then reappears a short distance away, still staring into the void. 

2. St. Augustine Lighthouse, USA

The St. Augustine Lighthouse is an active lighthouse in St. Augustine, Florida. It was built in 1874. The tower is owned by the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, Inc. (SAL&M), a not-for-profit maritime museum and private aid-to-navigation. This lighthouse has a history of paranormal activity and sightings.

Reports of Hauntings:
  • The most well-known of the St. Augustine Lighthouse ghosts would be that of the 13 and 15 year old daughters of Hezekiah Pity. Both the girls died at the construction site when the lighthouse was being built. Today, the two girls can be heard laughing in the tower late at night.
  • There have also been reports of a shadowy figure in the tower, a hand coming through the tower door and furniture moving around by itself.
  • Due to a number of reports coming from this location, the TAPS crew investigated the lighthouse and found video evidence of a shadow figure and the sound of a woman crying for help.
  • Disembodied conversations, sound of footsteps and knocks have frequently been reported as well.

3. The Bhangarh Fort, India

The Bhangarh Fort is a 17th-century fort built in the Rajasthan state of India. It was built by Man Singh I for his grandson Madho Singh I. A new village of Bhangarh with a population of 1,306 in 200 households has developed outside the limits of the fort as there is fear of ghosts haunting the old city. The fort and its precincts are well preserved. Believed to be cursed by a wizard, there is always a feel of gloom in and around the area of the fort. The whole atmosphere feels eerie and restless and full of anxiety. It is forbidden by law to enter the premises after dark.

Reports of Hauntings:
  • Reports claim that two young guys from the neighboring district of Bhangarh, decided to spend a night in the fort but never returned home.
  • Screams of a woman can be heard throughout the night as claimed by the locals.
  • Also, it is said that sometimes strange music and sounds of people dancing can be heard coming from the area, however nobody has ever seen anything of such.
  • Several people have claimed to have visited the fort at night and spoke of eerie sounds and the sightings of a small boy wandering the fort.

4. Old Changi Hospital, Singapore

Changi Hospital was a former hospital located in Changi, Singapore. The hospital was previously known as Royal Air Force (RAF) Hospital and was merged with the Toa Payoh Hospital and renamed as the Changi General Hospital. It was closed in 1997, and has been sitting abandoned ever since.

Reports of Hauntings:
  • The buildings of the hospital are said to be haunted by the victims of the Japanese occupation.
  • Apparitions of an old man has been seen walking down the corridors, and a woman has been seen walking through the rooms.  
  • The spirits of children are known to haunt the old children’s ward. Loud bangs and unexplained screams are a common occurrence.

5. Beechworth Lunatic Asylum

Originally known as Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum, Beechworth was a psychiatric hospital, in Victoria, Australia. It closed in 1995 after 128 years of operation. About 9,000 patients have died in its 128-year history. 

Reports of Hauntings:
  • Several different apparitions have been reported here. Many have spoken of the figure of a man who appears near the cellar, and then completely vanishes within a second. 
  • Disembodied screams are often heard, and heavy doors are seen to open and slam shut of their own accord. 
  • Also, a woman has been, on occasion, photographed standing at the window from which she was reputedly thrown by other inmates.

I have also made a video on the above on my YouTube channel, which you can watch right here.


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