About a mile west of the city of Douglass, Kansas out in the woods, there is a small, old bridge that goes over a creek. Near to it is an equally old tree on the northern side of the bridge. During the 19th century, the tree was used for hanging African-Americans in the Douglass-Rose Hill area, particularly those who disobeyed their masters.
The Devil’s Tree in Bernards Township, New Jersey is home to several sinister legends regarding death. Years ago, a farmer killed his entire family, then committed suicide via hanging from the tree. Many suicides and murders have occurred near the tree.
During the Civil War, the first courthouse in Carrollton was burned downed by the Union Army during the Civil War; this was done as an act of humiliation rather than an attack. The second built courthouse, the Carrollton Courthouse caught fire and burned down on November 16th, 1876. The cause of the blaze is still unknown to this day. The third courthouse’s construction began. Everyone blamed a rowdy African-American man named Henry Wells, who lived outside of town for the fire. The sheriff arrested him and locked him up in the attic of a building that would become the new courthouse.
The Jakarta History Museum was once used as the city hall by the Dutch Colonials. The main court was used to hang several Chinese people who lived in Indonesia. Now, the ghosts of the hanged can be seen there at night. The former prison portion is also believed to be haunted. Those who visit the Jakarta History Museum have reported feeling a strange presence.
Late at night, the ghost of a man can be seen leaving his cell in the middle of the jail. The toilet there has been known to flush voluntarily. Legend has it that the cell used to serve as what police had nicknamed “the drunk tank” where they held criminals with DUIs or illegal drinking. In the 1980s, they hung a man in the cell even though they were not supposed to.
The town of Newton, Alabama was founded in 1843. During the Civil War, it became a site for Confederate recruiting. A small-scale battle took place in the town in March, 1865. On December 3rd, 1864, local Methodist minister Bill Sketoe was hung in the northern part of town.
A hole had to be dug beneath where he was to be hung due to his great height. The locals say that the hole can never be filled, as it will empty itself of its soil. No matter how many times the hole is filled up, it somehow manages to return. In 1979, the hole became partially covered by a bride and some rocks, but it remains a local attraction.
The Sketoe Hanging Hole became semi-iconic after it was featured in Kathryn Tucker Windham’s 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey. In 2006, a monument dedicated to Sketoe was added near the site of his hanging, and a local museum displays items that have to do with the minister and his execution. While it is uncertain if Sketoe is the one filling in the hole, it is a mystery in itself, whether it is paranormal or not.
Sometime during the early 1800s, a man named Charles Boyington and his best friend, Nathaniel Frost, spent many of their afternoons together in the Church Street Graveyard located on Bayou Street. It is unknown why the chose this location in particular to spend their time, but the two were always remembered by the place.
Nathaniel Frost was found stabbed to death in the cemetery. Being that the authorities had no other evidence, they assumed that Boyington killed Frost merely based on the location. Boyington pleaded his innocence. However, the police were not convinced and Boyington was sentenced to death.
In February 1835, on the day that Boyington was to be executed, the accused man proclaimed that a mighty oak would rise from his grave as proof that he was innocent. Charles Boyington was then hanged and buried in a portion of the Church Street Graveyard.
As he proclaimed, an oak tree sprouted from his grave, and it still stands to this day. It is known as the Boyington Oak, named after the man. Many claim that when the wind blows through the branches, you can hear the voice of Charles Boyington crying his innocence.