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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 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.

Haunted Belcourt Castle in Newport, The gothic, haunted ballroom.

Belcourt Castle, located on Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island is now for sale. Click the links below to read about it's history, it's recent posting for sale, the reputed hauntings and court battle by the family and to see more pictures of this magnificent mansion, once owned by Alva Vanderbilt Belmont.

Haunted Belcourt Castle Newport RI

Inside Manresa Castle, Port Townsend, Washington. (by stewicki) Reports are that rooms 302, 304 & 306 are haunted. There are reports of two ghosts in residence. One is about a monk who hung himself in the attic. Sometimes people hear footsteps walking above them, but there is no one in the attic. The other ghost is a young lady who had been waiting for her beloved to return from war. After hearing of his demise, she threw herself out her window.

Henderson castle, Mount Pleasant Mi ~ There are the spirits of Frank & Mary Henderson, the castle’s original owners. There’s the spirit of Clare Burleigh, a Spanish-American War veteran who served with the Henderson’s son. There’s the spirit of at least 1 unidentified child, a little girl. There’s even the spirit of a dog.

In the small town of Irondequoit, outside of Rochester, is Durand-Eastman Park. The park is frequented by many hikers & nature enthusiasts, who spend their days exploring the vast area. But there are others who travel from far & wide to this park for far different reasons, & make their way to the crumbling remains of a structure that sits near Lake Ontario along Lake Shore Boulevard. They are here looking for a glimpse of the mysterious crumbling remains of the White Lady’s Castle.

The Castle in Marietta, Ohio ~ It doesn't appear that The Castle is open for public ghost hunting or paranormal investigation, but ghost stories and haunted history tours are given during the Halloween season, in addition to other creepy events, such as a mock Victorian funeral presentation. The house is also a stop on Marietta's Haunted Trolley Tour.

Thornewood Castle, Tacoma, WA ~ Today, the historic castle is said to host a number of spirits that refuse to leave, either for their love of the manor or for the tragedies that occurred over its long history. The most prevalent sighting is that of Chester Thorne himself, who was the original owner who built the residence, he has reportedly made several appearances over the years. In what was his former room, light bulbs are often found to be unscrewed.

Beardslee Manor/Castle, NY~ A farmhouse once stood on the land Beardslee currently occupies. Beneath the buildings on the property was a tunnel that housed a large amount of ammunition. Local Indians found out about the secret stash & broke into the tunnel to steal it. During their raid, the underground stores of gunpowder were ignited, causing a massive explosion that killed the entire Indian band. Since that bloody explosion, people have reported unearthly hauntings troubling this land.

"This is a group photo of me with my co-workers in the early 1990s at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. After careful inspection of the photograph, I noticed a face immediately to my left, also facing the camera. I asked the employee who occupies that office space behind us if she knew who this person was. No she did not To this day, this phenomena remains a mystery." Original pinner!

A few years ago Prof Richard Wiseman and colleagues carried out a project to find some of the best 'ghost' photographs in the world. You can see the top 100 'ghost' photographs here. Meanwhile, here are five of the creepiest photographs from the collection. Sleep tight...... 1) The ghost in the hair.

Here are five true ghost stories collected from the popular firefighter forum, FireHouse.com. Enjoy!

From Arizonashaunted.net: This is an apparition photo. I still get chills down to my bones when I look at this picture. Even the mist behind it looks like an evil face. I cannot explain it and I invite anyone to analyze this photo. THIS IS NOT A FAKE PICTURE! I will stand by this photo forever. This is the original photo

Since the mid-1970s residents of Stockholm, Sweden have whispered of something evil in their midst. A pristinely shiny, silver commuter train which by night travels the rails hunting those foolish enough to step on board when it stops. Some have witnessed it jet past crowded stations without stopping, tormented souls clearly visible through its windows. At less crowded stations it will stop and welcome passengers, but get on board and you’ll never be seen again. Introducing Silverpilen…

Ardrossan Castle. A ruinous stronghold of the Barclay family which William Wallace captured during the Scottish Battles for Independence has a cruel history. Legend has it that Wallace and his men were believed to have slain the garrison and piled their bodies in the basement. This episode was later known as "Wallace's Larder'. On stormy nights, the tall figure of William Wallace is said to haunt the ruins of the castle. Witnesses have reported a tall figure with a beard.

This castle is said to be haunted by a French Maid called Catherine Frankie, sadly she was accused and burnt at the stake for witchcraft at the end of the 16th century. Her ghost is alleged to have been seen at different times in the location of the tall clock tower. Other disturbances at Abergeldie have included strange noises and bell ringing when misfortune is about to hit the family.

Fort Leavenworth claims to be one of the most haunted forts in the Army, home to friendly, helpful ghosts as well as ones that are not so friendly. Tower 8 at the US Disciplinary Barracks, has been shut down for years, but occasionally the control tower will receive phone calls from a ghostly guard.