Myths, stories, places, buildings and much more that… cause mystery, always keep the interest. The following places have been included in countless lists of the scariest in the world, and legends and stories have followed them, haunting them, for years. Sometimes they cause fear, sometimes even laughter.
However, today they are attractions for adventurous visitors, while some also function as accommodations for accommodation.
1. The Island of the Dolls – Mexico
The “Island of the Dolls” in Mexico, also known as “Isla de las Munecas”, is a “hinaba” built on a lake. Hinaba are artificial islands, an image very common in the country.
As its name suggests, on this particular island one can find… countless hanging dolls everywhere.
The history of the island is as follows: In the 50’s a caretaker, Julian Santana, who lived in a hut on the island, saw with his own eyes the drowning of a girl.
The incident shocked him to such an extent that he began to believe that he himself had been haunted by her spirit.
From then on his behavior constantly changed for the worse. He began to find strange dolls and hang them as he believed that this would be a sign of respect to the spirit.
Testimonies say that he became obsessed, that he talked to the dolls, that he made them look as scary as possible and that he treated them as if they were human.
The people who lived there slowly began to believe that the dolls came alive at night and that the island was possessed by spirits.
Barrera’s death in 2001, which coincidentally happened in the same place where the young lady had died at the time, was the reason for rekindling all these creepy stories about the place that are still prevalent today.
Now, in fact, the fanatics of this legend have taken it a step too far, claiming that the ghost of Barrera also lives there and that he in turn haunts the place.
The dolls are still on the island. The locals don’t bother them for fear of not…waking up the spirits.
The place today is easily accessible by boat, and has become a destination for organized tours and a real tourist attraction for adventurous visitors.
2. The Queen Mary Haunted Cruise Ship – California
It is the story of a luxury passenger ship that is now considered the “Haunted Long Beach, California.”
The Queen Mary surpassed even the Titanic in size and luxury. Initially it operated as a cruise ship, but during the Second World War it transported troops.
For many it is one of the most haunted places in the world. Over the years, there are thousands of testimonies from visitors who claim to have encountered ghosts in the various areas of the ship.
The ghost stories were sparked by the fact that several people had died on the ship’s premises while the Queen Mary was operating as a cruise ship.
According to legend, the ghost of a woman dressed in white appears in the ship’s lounge while a mysterious man dressed in clothes from the 1930s appears in the first class lounge.
It is also said that cabin B340 is now locked as strange noises are often heard from inside that still scare the hotel staff to this day. Many more accounts of strange figures and strange events have been filed over the years. Nevertheless, to this day it is one of the most special hotel-attractions in California.
3. Carl Beck’s house – Canada
The story of Carl Beck’s haunted house is special and one would say that listening to it causes more laughter than horror. Carl Beck was a wealthy businessman who had nine children. His eldest daughter Mary, after her mother’s death, took over the upbringing of all the other children in the family.
But it is said that when Beck died, he left Mary only one dollar of his entire estate, while the other brothers received equal and substantial shares of the inheritance. This fact, naturally…enraged Mary and her angry ghost haunts the house to this day.
The house now operates as a hotel-Airbnb and is one of the most famous in Canada. It seems that visitors are particularly happy with their stay there while some adventurers choose it because of its famous history, expecting to live some scary-paranormal experience.
4. The castle of Brissac – France
There are always legends and scary stories that follow the impressive and old castles around the world. Likewise, Brissac Castle in France has its own ghost: “La Dame Verte” or the Green Lady. It is said to be the ghost of an unfaithful wife who was murdered there by her husband in the 15th century.
Some people who have stayed or visited the castle over the years – even today – claim to have seen the “Green Lady”. Her name came from a distinctive green dress she wore. But it is not at all clear whether this was the dress she wore the day she got married or the day she died.
La Dame met a tragic end at the “hands” of her husband inside the castle and since then for years it is believed that her spirit haunts the place. It is said that screams of pain are heard every night from the time he was murdered that night and stop with the dawn of the next day.
Nowadays the castle of Brissac hosts various events from time to time.
Every year, the Val de Loire festival takes place there. It is also open to the public for guided tours and tours, and it also has two luxury suites, one of which is available for overnight stays.
5. The Mystery House of Sarah Winchester – California
The story of yet another haunted house
The Winchester Mystery House was named after Sarah Winchester, widow of William Winchester, son of the founder of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. Sarah moved to California when she lost her daughter and her husband.
There he bought a house and began to constantly make repeated changes, constantly expanding it, turning it into a strange seven-story mansion.
It is even heard that he built innumerable staircases, which led to a dead end, wardrobes that opened into empty walls, traps, bathrooms with glass doors and other very strange constructions.
The number 13 and spider web designs are repeated throughout the interior of the house in various ways, leading many to believe that the house is haunted. Popular legend claims that Sarah Winchester made all these strange changes to the house’s layout and trappings to trick the vengeful ghosts who had killed her husband with guns.
Today the Winchester Mystery House is a strong attraction for visitors to California. However, the fact that it has been declared a Historical Landmark for the state of California is noteworthy.
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