The Most Famous Haunted Houses in the World
Since it’s Halloween and we’re feeling a little bit spooky, we decided to go on a hunt for the most haunted houses, not by focusing on their décor, but rather the ghosts and ghouls roaming their halls. From ax-murdered children to a poisoned lady-in-waiting, these homes have had their fair share of horror.
After the death of his 19-year-old daughter, Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu began work on this small castle in 1893 in Câmpina, Romania. His daughter’s name was Iulia Hasdeu, and he claimed she provided the plans for the castle during sessions of spiritism. The building was completed in 1896, with black painted walls and a towering turret. The ghost of Iulia Hasdeu is said to wander through the courtyard in a white dress holding daisies and playing the piano at night.
Second only to the Tower of London, Raynham Hall is the most haunted place in the United Kingdom. Why? They say the “Brown Lady,” the ghost of Lady Dorothy Walpole and sister of the first prime minister of Great Britain, still wanders the halls to this day. Legend goes that she allegedly had an affair with someone else and was locked in her home by her husband after he found out until her death in 1726. The last evidence of a sighting appeared in a photograph in Country Life magazine in 1936. It may have just been a smudge on the camera… or maybe not.
The mansion was owned by Madame Delphine Lalaurie, a wealthy society matron. When a fire destroyed part of the home in 1834, it was learned that behind closed doors Lalaurie routinely bound, starved, and tortured her slaves. Forced to flee the city, she died in Paris in 1842. To this day, the house is the most haunted in New Orleans and many have reported seeing apparitions and hearing strange noises in the mansion.
Originally built in 1215, this castle in Denmark was later used in the 16th and 17th centuries to house prisoners of noble rank. To this day, many deceased elite are said to still wander the halls, including a ladyin gray, a lady in white, and James Hepburn, the 4th Earl of Bothwell. The castle is now a hotel, so if you ever stay there, you might just glimpse the Earl’s ghost riding though the courtyard in a horse and carriage.
The French chateau was built in the 11th century, but it wasn’t until the 16th that it became haunted. When King Francis asked Jean de Laval and his wife Francoise de Foix to assist him at court, she became the lady-in-waiting to the queen and a mistress to the king. Rumor has it that de Laval found out about the affair, and locked his wife in a room and poisoned her. She died on October 16, 1537, and now every year on that same day she’s said to haunt the halls of the chateau.
The small white house, located in Villisca, Iowa, is where an entire family, including six children and two adults, was brutally murdered in 1912. The Moore family and two guests were found in bed with ax wounds, but no evidence was found and the murder was never solved. You can stay in the house overnight if you care to witness the sounds of children crying, doors slamming, and furniture moving on its own.
This brick mansion, located in Salem, Massachusetts, was built in the 1780s on a foundation previously owned by Sheriff George Corwin. Corwin became known as “the Strangler,” after killing many of the accused witches during the Salem trials of the 1690s. The ghosts of his victims are said to still live in the house today.
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