Halloween is often depicted by strange occurrences that are of a mythical nature, with little or no evidence to support their claims. For what you are about to uncover there is truth and substantial factual information behind every mysterious case, that has yet to be resolved. Instances of unexplainable events both past and present, or gory and graphic accounts which results in us, humans as being inferior to the paroles of nature and deathly spirits. An adventure around the globe researching these most haunted places, or areas with a frightening reputation of human sacrifice and disappearance will enlighten your views on the unknown. Many neglect the overwhelming realisation that these incidences don’t occur through coincidence, but those who broaden their mind into the darkness will be shocked by the discoveries they unearth.
Hangman Hill, Epping Forest, Essex: Situated on the periphery of London, travel here at night and park your car on this gentle slope, turn off the ignition, release the handbrake and your vehicle mysteriously ascends slowly back up the hill. Rumour has it the spirit of the hangman known for lynching witches from trees still lurks in this area of Epping Forest, and hauls your car up the road, defying the rules of gravity. This has baffled scientists, who have unsuccessfully attempted to explain this unnatural phenomenon.
Vlad III (Dracula), Princely court, Târgoviste, Romania: Vlad the impaler ruled Walachia from 1456 and was renowned for the brutal killings of his enemies, for those who burdened his empire. Princely court was the location for his most horrific act of violence, as the Turkish invaders approached he decorated the forest with 20,000 captured Turks impaled with stakes. He watched the intruders from Chindia Tower as they panicked and appeared mortified from this gory scene. Decapitation was another pastime of Vlad the impaler who practiced on thieves and murderers who disrespected his authority.
Abduction in Nome, Alaska: The village in Nome is notorious for having one of the highest rates of suicides in Northern America but why? Set in a cold and dark isolated area of Alaska and receiving minimal sunlight may be the answer to this question. But when you dig deeper you discover that FBI activity is extremely high in Nome, which is peculiar as the population is under 4,000; UFO sightings happen on a weekly basis; and people going missing or ending their life is not uncommon. Travel here and you may also encounter the fourth kind; a film based on the true events in Nome, inclusive of real footage of a psychologist researching why so many of her patients were succumbing to suicide.
The Sedlec Ossuary, Prague, Czech Republic: Known as the ‘church of bones’ sends an immediate chill down your spine. From the exterior it appears as a normal church, but as you enter you realise this is a church like no other; decorated with 40, 000 human bones. You may wonder how so many human skeletons ended up here? It can be traced to 1278 when the King of Bohemia returned to Sedlec with a jar of ‘holy soil’, prompting a reaction for many people choosing to be buried here. The bodies exceeded the capacity of the cemetery and the bones remained in the basement until 1870 when the church required a refurbishment consisting of 70, 000 dead humans.
Hill Of Crosses, Šiauliai, Lithuania: A small hill in northern Lithuania 12 km north of the city of Šiauliai is home to over 100, 000 crosses, giant crucifixes and portraits of famous Lithuanian figures. The first crosses to have been placed here are estimated to have occurred in the 14th century as a symbol of Lithuanian identity and nationalism, and used as a tool to frighten off over seas intruders. Walk up the hill as a foreigner with cruel intentions and be sure to never return from this sacred site; boasting enough religious armouries to deter any invaders.
Aokigahara Forest, Mount Fuji, Japan: Each year as many as 100 bodies are removed by authorities in this chilling forest. The site known as ‘Jukai’ (the sea of the trees) is where the majority of people decide to take their lives. The dense vegetation swallows many suicide victims who are never to be seen again. Signs to deter people from ending their life are visible along the main trails. Abandoned cars are scattered on the periphery of the forest with black tape that leads into a doomed actuality. Following the breadcrumbs frequently results in finding a culprit hanging from a tree, or someone who couldn’t commit lying panicked, in the eerie mist of the woods.
Chernobyl Nuclear Plant, Prypiat, Ukraine: A city built around the nuclear plant with a population of 50, 000 people that were all immediately evacuated in 1986 over scares of a generator malfunction. The city has been abandoned and left to decay as a ghost town ever since. All modern amenities have mostly remained intact such as houses, offices, and even a fully functioning amusement park. The city however, is soulless, but questions arise whether those who did not escape continue to wonder the vacant streets.
Paris Catacombs: Hidden beneath the streets of Paris lurks a darker side to the city where old limestone quarries were once easily accessible through forgotten doorways in schools, or the basements of derelict buildings. Since 1955 it was made illegal for the inhabitants of Paris to explore the underground, but this didn’t prevent a hidden community venturing into the darkness, known as ‘cataphiles’. Inspired by the rebellious punk era in the 70’s and 80’s the cataphile scene blossomed and the community would spend days at a time in the darkness, crawling over skeleton bones, staging parties, and creating art. Those who remained on the surface were oblivious to what was happening beneath them.
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