I haven’t really talked to other paranormal investigators / ghost hunters about their Paranormal Bucket List, but I’m pretty sure every investigator who investigate public hauntings have one. We’ve all heard the ghost stories of different places. I mean, that’s how a lot of investigators got into paranormal investigations. The stories they hear, they want to find out if they are true. I’m no different. From the stories that I’ve heard when I was a child to the days of being an adult, I want to know if these haunts are true. Not to mention, going to the scariest places that no other same person would be caught dead in (sometimes literally), adds to the excitement factor. The following list is my Top 10 places that I want to investigate (plus one honorable mention) before I pass to the other side or decide that I’ve had enough; in no particular order:
Waverly Hills (Louisville, Kentucky)
For those who read my blogs and reports, you know that I have already investigated Waverly Hills, but I feel like I have unfinished business there. I got sick and passed out during the investigation, so I feel like I need to go back and complete what I started.
Waverly Hills started out as a hospital for tuberculosis patients in 1910. Hundreds of people died in the hospital and they even have a body shoot where they would send their dead to the incinerators. In 1961, Waverly was closed down and quarantined after a cure for TB was discovered. A year later, it was reopened as a geriatric facility and then closed down permanently in 1980. Today, they give tours and let paranormal investigators investigate. They have been talking about renovating it to make it into a hotel.
Villisca Axe Murder House (Villisca, Iowa)
In 1912, 8 people, including 6 children, were brutally murdered with an ax in this quiet, country home. The murder was never sold, no help to about a 100 people wandering into the house, gawking at the bodies of the dead, before the national guard could close off the area.
Crescent Hotel (Eureka Springs, Arkansas)
My Anthropology professor told me about this hotel. I also know a couple of people who have investigated this place, as well as a couple who got married there. The Crescent is named “America’s Most Haunted Hotel.”
Built in 1886, this hotel was numerous ghost stories attached to it, which was once called Baker Hospital in the late 1930’s, which also contained a morgue.
Stanley Hotel (Estes Park, Colorado)
Room 217 is suppose to be the most haunted room in the hotel, which is reportedly haunted by the ex-chief housekeeper.
Myrtle’s Plantation (St. Francisville, Louisiana)
A plantation that is over 200 years old, once housed a slave owner, his family, and his slaves. Chloe, one of the slaves, was hung outside after she poisoned her master’s family. She was ratted out by the other slaves. Chloe’s ghost is reported the most in the house.
Rolling Hills Asylum (East Bethany, New York)
The Gargoyle House (Atchison, Kansas)
I grew up in Topeka, Kansas, which is only about an hour and a half southwest of Atchison. Atchison is also known as the most haunted city in Kansas. The home of Amelia Earhart, this city has a history of a numerous of haunted places. The most popular may be The Sallie House, but for me, The Gargoyle House is higher on the list of places that I want to investigate.
B.P. Waggner built the house in the 1880’s and was rumored to have made a pact with the devil to become wealthy. The next owner after Waggner attempted to remove the “gargoyles,” but instead, he fell to his death. The current owners of the house say that the statues are not gargoyles, but are actually griffins who watch over the house.
The Winchester House (San Jose, California)
This is a crazy house. After her husband and child died, Sarah Winchester became so overcome with grief, that she said she she was told to keep building onto her house, or else the ghosts of those who were killed by Winchester rifles, would get her.
This house is easy to get lost in and has stairs and doors leading to nowhere.
Moundsville Penitentiary (Mounsville, West Virginia)
Lemp Mansion (St. Louis, Missouri)
Topeka State Hospital (Topeka, Kansas)
From my hometown, the Topeka State Hospital has a long horrid past. It operated from 1872 to 1997, with reports of horrible treatment of patients, deaths, and rumors of staff raping the patients. The Topeka State Hospital is closed and you cannot get into the inside, but the grounds are open to the public during the daytime, and some investigators have been able to investigate the cemetery and surrounding grounds. I want to investigate inside, and I am in the process of trying to contact the current owner of the hospital (which I believe, the state owns) to see if it’s possible to investigate inside the building at night time.