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A ghost is usually defined as the apparition of a deceased person, frequently similar in appearance to that person, and encountered in places he or she frequented, or in association with the person's former belongings. The word "ghost" may also refer to the spirit or soul of a deceased person, or to any spirit or demon.

In 1906 a legend was born in Atchison, Kansas in what is now known as the Sallie House, which was the home of the towns doctor at the time. A young girl died in excruciating pain during an emergency operation without anesthetic and now forever haunts this accursed dwelling.

Agnes Howard Hall, West Virginia Wesleyan. Pinner Emmy says she lived here her freshman year - and it was a good thing she didn't know then that it's haunted!

West Virginia Wesleyan College

This photograph was taken by a tourist visiting the Confederate cemetery near Carnton Mansion in Franklin, Tennessee. Nothing out of the ordinary was seen when the picture was taken however if you look to the upper right of the photograph, hovering in the trees appears to be a figure of man in uniform. Closer examination suggests him to be a Confederate soldier.

Ghosts of the Confederacy | Real Ghost Pictures

This angel or ghost picture commonly seen on the web was taken after an auto accident. The passengers in the car survived, which lead some some to believe an angel assisted them. Is it a fake or real photo of a ghost or an angel entity? You decide... ~8~

Ghost and Angel Pictures: Angel Picture or Ghost Picture?

Summerwind Mansion, formerly known as Lamont Mansion, is a ruined mansion on the shores of West Bay Lake in Vilas County, Wisconsin. It is reputed to be one of the most haunted locations in Wisconsin. As a result of abandonment, the elements, and fire, little of the mansion currently remains standing. For a while it was popular with paranormal tourists. Summerwind's ruins are located on private land and are closed to the public. The mansion was featured on an episode of A Haunting.

Summerwind Mansion

Blairsden Mansion ~ built by stock exchange tycoon Clinton Ledyard Blair 1898/1903, sold upon his death in 1950 to the Sisters of St. John the Baptist and turned into an orphanage. It's rumored that the the mother superior eventually began to worship the devil and went crazy (or became possessed) killing all the other nuns, guests and orphans living there. It is said that the home is still haunted by the past occupants.

Hinsdale Farmhouse ~ There are 12 or more ghosts seen in or around the house with house vibrations, visitor cars being possessed, weird noises, chimney bricks being removed and more. Clara Miller, who wrote "Echoes of a Haunting" based on her experiences with the house, claims her mother even talked with the spirits. Her family lived in the home from 1970-74 before fleeing. The house has even been through an exorcism to rid it of it's evil.

The house is where in 1935 Kate "Ma" Barker and her son Fred stood against the FBI in the longest shootout in FBI history. The home is riddled with bullet holes that were covered and patched but are still visible. Both Ma and Fred were killed in the shootout but it seems they didn't want to leave. In the '70's a seance was held and Fred eventually moved on but Ma has stayed put. Voices and noises are still heard late at night.

Real Haunted Houses for Sale in the U.S.

The Hampton Lillibridge home is a beautiful, historic, restored home that is part of the Georgia National Landmark Property, that is rumored to be haunted. There are stories of hangings, an accident that killed a restoration worker and even an empty crypt found on the property. There have been reports of strange noises, footsteps, moving furniture, and ghostly sightings.

Real Haunted Houses for Sale in the U.S.

There is a place in New Jersey filled with a great and mysterious force so bone chilling that even the history of the place before it was visited by spirits is disturbing.  Blairsden Mansion is famous not only for the macabre massacre that took place there in its distant past, but for the multiple ghost sightings...

The Terror at Blairsden Mansion

HAUNTED ISLAND FOR SALE ~ Italian authorities are putting the island of Poveglia, just a 10 minute boat ride from Venice, up for sale in an effort to pay off some of its debts. But beware, legend has it that the island is haunted.

Italy's Haunted Island For Sale - NBC News

Home Where Killer Jeffrey Dahmer committed his 1'st murder for sale: In 2005, the homes owner invited “ghost hunters” in, finding nothing conclusive; but, "It really didn’t matter, because I know the house is haunted, maybe not by ghosts, but by something much, much scarier. It’s haunted by reality - by the unbelievable horror that humans are capable of. Dahmer’s ‘ghost’ does exist. He haunts my neighbors who can’t overcome their fears & come inside for a friendly cup of coffee.”

Bullets Included With This Ma Barker/FBI Shootout Home for Sale in Florida ~ A marvelously museum-like home on the shores of Lake Weir where in 1935 the FBI surrounded a woman named Ma Barker & her gang & riddled them with bullets. The Orlando Sentinel had a detailed write-up of the melee that saw 2,000 rounds of bullets unloaded during the 5-hour shootout. Re-enactments performed there, & the ghastly events have prompted a few to believe the lakeside home might be haunted.

10 of the Most Haunted Homes in the US ~ Creaking floors, inexplicable cold drafts & eerie sounds usually don’t top the list of dream house features. Unless, of course, we’re talking about dream haunted house features. We’re forgoing the usual roundup of eye candy in favor of some cobweb-draped places most people wouldn’t dare put a down payment on. Tales of horror, glimpses of ghosts & a bevy of cobweb decor — it’s all here.

10 of the Most Haunted Homes in the US | Zillow Blog

What’s It Like Living in a Haunted House? Edwin Gonzalez’s wife Lillian is the one who fell in love with the home. The minute we walked in, we felt like we were going back in time,” Gonzalez said. “Lillian said, ‘This is mine!’ It was a dream home, really, it’s very charming. It calls you in.” They bought the home & moved in about six months later. That’s when they started hearing rumors about the stately Victorian. Apparently, their dream home was haunted.

Illinois 'haunted house' sells in bidding war ~ Despite reports of being haunted, this historic mansion at 206 N. Broadway in Joliet, Ill., sold in a week in a bidding war. And the enthusiasm hasn't ended. Listing agent Maria Cronin is still planning to hold an open house this weekend — mainly to accommodate ghost hunters who are traveling in to view the property & try to contact the spirits that reportedly dwell in the home.

Illinois 'haunted house' sells in bidding war - Home -

The Suspects in the Villisca Axe Murder: While no one was ever convicted of the Villisca Axe Murders, there seemed to be no shortage of suspects. In the days following the crimes, you could have read about at least four possibilities in any edition of the newspaper. Many of the leads, however, were quickly exhausted & as time wore on they began to dwindle.

The Suspects in the Villisca Axe House Murders

The Villisca Axe Murder Ghosts: The case is fascinating because it is still unsolved some one hundred years later, and like the Ripper or Lizzie Borden, theories abound (including one that tried to tenuously link it to the Borden murders.)

A Visit to the Ax Murder House ~ Villisca, Iowa, rests just off U.S. Highway 71, a quiet little town that in 1912 was the site of 7 brutal murders. The Moore family, & 2 of their children’s friends staying the night, were bludgeoned by someone swinging an ax; someone who’d paced the attic smoking cigarettes, waiting for the family to come home from a June church picnic & go to sleep. The murders have never been solved.

The Haunted Sallie House, Atchison, Kansas ~ The rather simple-looking painted brick house at 508 N. Second Street, built between 1867 & 1871, gives no indication from the street of its spooky reputation, but the many experiences of those who lived there, or have subsequently investigated the place testify as to its ghostly vibes -- mostly of the negative kind.

"...It's close to midnight...something evil's lurkin' in the dark under the moonlight..." From Michael Jackson's "Thriller"

Kimball Castle, Gilford, N.H. Witnesses report a strong feeling of a presence, & seeing a ghost in the kitchen of the carriage house, and this happened quite often. The caretaker reports he would leave the heavy mahogany door open for light and all of a sudden, the door was shut. The door is very heavy, not even wind could move it. He also said that the light in Mrs. Kimball`s sewing room would mysteriously go on and the a while later it would go off.

The Preston Castle is located in Lone, California. It was built in 1890 with a Romanesque Revival style. This building originally housed juvenile offenders with the purpose and intent of rehabilitation. It is one of the most well known reformation schools. Throughout the years, several haunting had taken place at the Preston Castle. There is a cemetery on the grounds to house all the people who had passed away while living at the Preston Castle. The spirits of the deceased linger on the grounds.

Redstone Castle on Iron Mountain near Manitou Springs, Colorado ~ Over the years, it became known as Redstone Castle due to its magnificent stature on the hillside & the fact that it is made of red stone that comes from the local quarries. The house may have been vacant for a good portion of it's existence, but many believe it to be haunted by spirits from the past.