Warning: contains topics that may cause an uneased feeling. Advised to not read at night or rather with someone when easily feeling unsettled.
There are many (abandoned) buildings that behold ghost stories, or well, paranormal ones. I’ve always been interested in such stories, including abandoned buildings. Sure, the question will always be the same: are such stories true? Multiple buildings have been visited by paranormal scientists, and they said it was true. I’ve researched multiple stories last year, for no real purpose. In several parts, I’ll be telling all international paranormal stories! Today: part 6!
1. Woodruff Fontaine House (Memphis, Tennessee)
This house was built for Amos Woodruff in 1871, a local businessman. His daughter Mollie married in the house and lived there her whole life. Even after her death. Mollie’s spirit has been seen throughout the house repeatedly. She has had a life filled with tragedies. She gave birth to two children and both died during birth (it wasn’t twins, there was a few years between both births). It appears that Mollie often interacts with the employees, explaining that she wants to rearrange furniture the way she always had it in her home. It often seems as if someone is sitting on her bed, but without an actual human being sitting there. Sure, Mollie’s spirit is friendly, but there’s an enemy-like male entity roaming the first and third floor, giving the second to her. This specific entity greets people while being hostile. A woman lost her necklace because of it, as the spirit apparently ripped it off her neck.
2. LaLaurie House (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Bought in 1831 by Marie Delphine LaLaurie and her husband. It was the definition of luxury, but it had a sinister secret in the slaves quarters and attic. Madame LaLaurie looked quite normal to her white, high society members. However, she enjoyed the sadistic torture and murders on her slaves in private. In spring of 1834, the mansion was set ablaze. It revealed the horrific living conditions of those slaves who were not only tortured but also starved and beaten. The fire was allegedly ignited by a slave who had been chained in the kitchen to the stove. It was an attempt to expose the way that the slaves were being treated. If help wouldn’t arrive, it would end in a suicide attempt. However, it did work, and the chained and mutilated slaves were found. It caused anger that cultivated in a crowd visiting the mansion and destroying it. LaLaurie escaped and fled to France, where she died about 10 years later. There’s a room where the slaves were often kept and reports of moaning coming from that room are common. Phantom footsteps echo through the mansion and many people believe they were taken over by negative energy.
3. Battery Carriage House Inn (Charleston, South Carolina)
The main building was a private home, but the rear coach house turned into a bed and breakfast. It’s where all the paranormal activities occur. The area around this property has quite an interesting history. It goes back to the civil war, even to the time where pirates were hanged on the nearby trees. The reasons why the inn has so much paranormal activity going on. Room 8, male guests are being targeted by a coarse-looking one spirit who loves scaring and harassing people. He’s not hostile. Chairs slam into walls all of a sudden in this room and a spirit has been seen often, but only from the torso. Room 10 is haunted by a slim man who often appears in front of women. A mother and daughter recorded the sounds of breathing and knocking. A shadow often ran past the camera recording. The last bit of activity can be found in room 3, where strange lights have been seen. Electrical devices seem to live on their own, as they come to life with or without electricity in them.
4. The Pink Palace (Louisville, Kentucky)
The paranormal activities occurring in this house, are proof that not all ghosts are hostile or negative. Some of them are quite determined to help the living. There’s a special spirit in this house, named Avery, who consequently appears in front of homeowners and tenants. He’s described as a well-dressed gentleman from the late 19th/early 20th-century. Him appearing means he’s there to warn. He once appeared in front of a female tenant who was taking a bath. She was so scared that she left in a hurry. Then, two intruders threw a concrete block through the bathroom window. It would’ve killed her. He also appeared in the kitchen to warn for forthcoming fires.
5. Château Laroche (Loveland, Ohio)
This medieval castle was built by Harry Andrews in the course of the 50s. It was meant to serve as a ‘hobby house’, but got renamed as the local Boy Scouts troop. A couple of them lived in the area of the castle, until their operation caused an explosion, killing Andrews’ wife. Till this day, there has been an entity roaming around the terrain. It appears to be his wife, or so some believe. They also believe that Andrews’ spirit is also haunting the castle, seeing as a spirit often enters his old bedroom. A different entity, named ‘The Viking’, is also often seen, dressed in a cloak while wearing a helmet. They see this spirit has bonded himself to one of the artefacts that Andrews took home from one of his trips to Europe.
That’s it for part 6! Which story have you heard before? And which one seems the most ‘creepy’ to you?
Love, Deem ❤