Everybody knows there are haunted towns, roads, and buildings all across America. A quick internet search of your area might surprise you. There are probably some ghosts living a lot closer to you than you think.
But spirits are not exclusive to the U.S.A. Other countries have been around much longer than America and, as a result, their citizens of yesteryear far outnumber what you’ll find here. There are cemeteries from the B.C. era, castles where guys like Lancelot planned deadly battles around a roundtable, the Acropolis, Stonehenge, the list is endless.
Trying to fully understand the dark unknown is similar to guessing what’s behind door number three. But if someone is really serious about digging deeper into it, they need to get their passport updated. Try these out.
Island of the Dolls – Xochimilco, Mexico
This island will raise the hairs on your arms to attention. It defies the word strange.
Have you ever been creeped out by one of those dolls with eyes that follow you? Now imagine over 1500 of them. These dolls are swinging from trees and clotheslines, they’re stuck on fence posts, laying on the ground, and just about everywhere you look. Oh yeah. They’ve been mutilated.
Eye sockets are dug out, outer layers are peeling, they are scabby looking, and there are limbs strewn haphazardly all around the island. Let’s not forget about the impaled heads on stakes.
The island was man-made by the Aztecs, but it once belonged to a farmer, Don Julián Santana. Santana watched a small girl drown in a canal. After that, her spirit began haunting the island. As a means of protection, he started collecting dolls to scare her spirit away. He dug them out of garbage heaps.
Santana died and his cousin now lives on the island. He said it is important to leave the dolls where they are because the drowned girls’ spirit is still very much alive. Nighttime on the island gets really weird. “At night they come alive,” the cousin said. “They will move their heads and whisper to each other. It’s very spooky, but I have gotten used to it.”
Also in the area, at one of the docks, the apparition of a weeping woman has been seen. She drowned her children at this very spot and can sometimes be heard calling out for them, especially on dense foggy nights.
Oradour-sur-Glane – France
Oradour-sur-Glane saw its fair share of atrocities and devastation. The town is now deserted but has been left untouched as a reminder of darker times.
In World War II, the Nazi’s in efforts to squelch the French Resistance planned an attack on the neighboring village of Oradour-sur-Vayres. As the language barrier would have it, they invaded the wrong town.
Up until then, Oradour-sur-Glane had kept a low profile during the war. When the Germans came they separated the men, women, and children. They shot all the men in their legs before piling boards and straw on them and setting them ablaze. Five men escaped and told the story.
The women and children had been hustled inside a church where a malfunctioning gas bomb was tossed through the front door. Because the bomb was a dud, the Nazi’s opened fire on the group as they tossed hand grenades inside. Those who did not die were tossed in a pile and burned just as the men had been. Altogether 642 villagers were murdered.
While people can now tour the ruins during the day, it’s very rare to find anyone who will walk the deserted streets at night. The locals especially know not to attempt anything so foolish.
A new town was built nearby and residents say, when they look towards the ruins at night, they see spirits walking around. On occasion, they smell burning wood and flesh.
At one time the villagers in the new town would leave gifts at the border of the old town to appease the spirits.
Castle of Good Hope – Cape Town, South Africa
Not for the squeamish or those with a serious heart condition. Castle of Good Hope is a ghost hunter’s best nightmare.
Built in the 17th century, it’s the oldest colonial style architecture in South Africa. It was a station where ships navigating the cape would stop for supplies.
In 1915, the apparition of a tall man was standing on one of the walls. In 1947 the same man appeared again. This time he hung around for two weeks and could be seen repeatedly leaping off of a castle wall and then walking away.
The former castles’ governor, Pieter Gysbert van Noodt, in 1728, sentenced seven soldiers to death for desertion. One of the soldiers was so upset he demanded Noodt observe the hanging. The governor never showed. Before the soldier took his final breath, he put a curse on him. Later the same day Noodt was found dead in his office slouched over his desk. It is said he had a look of terror on his face.
Here is something very interested. The Lady in Grey is an apparition which has been seen running through the castle crying hysterically. During an excavation a few years ago, a woman’s body was unearthed. The Lady in Grey has not been seen since that time.
In the 1700’s a soldier was found hanging in the bell tower, which was later sealed off. It still rings on its own every now and then. The spirit of a black dog jumps on visitors and then vanishes.
It’s a big world and there are countless places where spirits are regularly reported. Find a good one and book your flight.