Paranormal hotspots are places that are heavily populated with spirits. It seems that the top three places for troubled souls are hospitals, insane asylums, and prisons due to the large amount of suffering that often occurred within their walls.
It would seem fairly obvious that a cemetery would be an extremely haunted place due to its direct connection to death – this would be a true statement. During the 1800s, lynchings (hangings) took place in cemeteries to speed up the time between the hanging and the burial.
During the 1860s around the heat of the Civil War (mainly in the South), many innocent freemen were killed simply because the southerners were so opposed to having free African Americans. Union supporters were also lynched. However, not all cemetery hauntings revolve around the execution of people.
Many lost souls of the deceased arise at certain times for no apparent reason. Sometimes, spirits linger because something tragic happened in their life, and they are forced to wander for eternity. While a majority of people believe ghosts are always evil, an example of a benign ghost is a man named “Grancer” Harrison, a happy fellow who dances even through death.
Despite being such a peaceful place to be, churches are actually among some of the most haunted places in the world. Exorcisms (the ridding of demons from one’s body) takes place in larger churches, causing some demonic spirits to linger. Older churches would provide burial services, often leading to the unrest of a few lost souls.
Even though these types of places aren’t generally thought of as being paranormal hotspots, it’s true. A lot of dead performers still apply the “the show must go on” philosophy…even beyond the grave.
Hospitals are among the top paranormal hotspots due to the high amount of death associated with them. Victims of illness, injury, and accidents are just some of the souls who wander the halls of hospitals where they took their final breath. Most of the haunted hospitals were used to cure tuberculosis, and treatment was almost entirely experimental at the time.
Hotels see a large number of people passing through them, and there is bound to be a visit that ends up as the person’s last. Though they seem like a place to relax and get away from the world, a lot of hotels have had grizzly histories of murder and suicide. One of the most famous haunted hotels is the Stanley Hotel, located in Estes Park, Colorado; it inspired Stephen King’s The Shining.
A vast majority of mental hospitals during the 19th and early 20th centuries had abusive doctors who used barbaric and crude treatments that weren’t effective, such as hydrotherapy, electric shock therapy, and lobotomy. Horrific experiments were carried out on patients, and they could easily be compared to the Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Many of the illnesses treated wouldn’t even be considered forms of insanity today, and are rather mental disabilities like autism and Tourette’s.
Prisons, though significantly less horrific hospitals and asylums, contain some of the most unsettled souls in the paranormal. Wardens didn’t treat the prisoners with much respect, and the conditions in which the captives lived were often unsuitable by any standard. Angry spirits of prisoners often linger behind.
Accidents at grade schools are bound to happen. However, there are a few that turn fatal. Colleges are subject to a number of suicides from students who can’t take it anymore and “opt out”.
Ghost towns are abandoned areas that are not necessarily haunted. A haunted town, however, is an entire town plagued by the undead, such as the town of Cahaba in Alabama.