During the early 1800s, Dr. John H. Purefoy was adding a new well in the backyard of his property. While working on it, the wooden rigging collapsed, burying a worker under tons of sandy soil. Rescuers could hear the man screaming out for help, but unfortunately, they were unable to save him. The body was never recovered from the accident.
Following the death of infamous pirate Jean Laffite, his men returned to Louisiana to the beautiful antebellum mansion, Chretienne Point, in order to rob its namesake, Madame Chretienne. Chretienne was a close friend of Laffite and was a rather wealthy recluse. When she heard the pirates breaking into her home, she fled and looked for an escape, but became cornered by one of them. Brandishing the Derringer pistol she had hidden within her clothing, Chretienne shot the assailant between the eyes, causing the others to evacuate at the sound of the gunshot. She proceeded to stow the body away in the closet, where it remained for three long days until authorities could reach her rather secluded abode.
In the late 19th century, two men were engaged in a bitter feud after they began courting the same woman. One man decided to scare the other late at night, hiding in a tree and armed with a fiddle. When the other suitor walked up the path to the house, the man in the tree started to play frightening noises on his instrument. While the prank was indeed successful, the fiddler met his fate after slipping from the tree and breaking his neck. Today, sounds of his phantom fiddling can be heard in the area.
The farm house in Mercer County, Aledo, Illinois has been known to have the closet door open when it is latched, and have the pull-chain light in the attic turn on by itself. No matter the time of day, the activity occurs randomly.
Currently abandoned, the White House was formerly used as a hospital, hotel, and day-care center. Now, it houses the spirit of a woman in white, whom witnesses believe to be the woman who owned the day-care. In 1988, the building was damaged by fire, and it is now deserted.
John Hart Crenshaw was an entrepreneur in the salt mining industry during the early 1800s in southern Illinois. Due to the dangers of mining the mineral, he struggled to find labor for his mines. Slavery was illegal in Illinois, but one small loophole in the law made it possible to “lease” slaves; Crenshaw did just this. However, he started kidnapping freed men and women and runaway slaves, either putting them to work in his salt mines or up for sale.
In 1817, John Hart Crenshaw married Sinia Taylor, and started building her a better home in the 1830s. He names the three-story mansion Hickory Hill. Unbeknownst the outside world, however, was a secret passageway that allowed for wagons to bring slaves directly into the house, as well as a tunnel that connected the basement to the Saline River to unload slaves brought by boat.
Ho Chi Minh’s home is believed to be haunted by mysterious beings. The story goes that during the Khmer Rouge battles and the Vietnam War, the beings were humans just going about their own business. However, they were killed suddenly, and then turned against humanity.
Laurel and Brian Poremski bought a house in Baltimore, Maryland that was considerably cheaper than they expected it to be. Their daughter, a bright five-year-old named Isabella, began to talk to what her parents believed was an imaginary fright. She would talk to “Emily” as if she were sitting beside her, and Brian and Laurel thought things were normal.
Kendrick Mansion features night surveillance in order to keep living trespassers away. However, the cameras have captured some ghostly intruders who roam the rooms and halls. When a police officer goes to investigate, the apparition disappears. However, the spirit remains on the camera even though the officer cannot see it.
Wildwood Highlands in Yucaipa, California is an enormous mansion where four sisters lived. Fredrico, the pool boy, became extremely jealous when the oldest sister began dating the gardener, Pedro. One night, he snapped and decided to stab each of the four sisters. He then proceeded to throw them from the top bedroom window into pool located below.
Wolf Hollow is an abandoned house located up an old road in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. Several decades ago, the house was used by the Ku Klux Klan to hang the African Americans they tortured. Those who have visited the house report feeling chills and shivers upon pulling up to it. The apparition of clothes hanging to dry on a line can be seen, and eerie noises have been known to emanate from Wolf Hollow.
The N Willow House in Douglass, Kansas has had reports of paranormal activity for several decades. Windows shutter up when no one is there; the bathroom door will slam shut or fly open. On the second floor of the house, footsteps can be heard pacing, making the floorboards creek.