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01 November 2012

World's Spookiest Haunted Houses

From White House to London Castle, this is our list of the world's most iconic places that are actually real haunted houses.

The Tower of London

Tower of London
The Tower of London is one of the most important highlights of the city. Throughout its illustrious age of more than a thousand years, the Tower of London has played a prominent role in English history.
She has been home to beheading  murders, torture and hangings, as well as being a prison to Nobles. During its peak years, it even housed Elizabeth I, before she became the Queen, within its walls.
The Tower of London is also one of the most haunted places in Britain. Dozens of ghost sightings have been reported. One of the most famous ghosts of the Tower is that of the spirit of Ann Boleyn, one of the wives of Henry VIII and the mother of Queen Elizabeth I, who was beheaded and buried here. Other noble spirits who roam the tower include Henry VI, Lady Jane Grey, Margaret Paul, Thomas A Becket and Sir Walter Raleigh.

White House

White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue - the address not only houses the current President of the country but also the spirits of many more who once dwelt the building but now occupy their graves. The White house, probably the most important building of America, is also the most famous haunted house of the country.
On many occasions Presidents, first ladies, guests and staff, have experienced paranormal activities in the building. The attic seems to be the most favorite part for the ghosts. Several presidents have reportedly heard unexplained noises coming from the attic above the Oval Office.
While White House hosts spirits of several presidents like President Harrison and President Andrew Jackson, but the most famous of all is that of Abraham Lincoln.
Abe Lincoln is frequently sighted by the dwellers. One incident took place with Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands who was awakened by a knock on the bedroom door. Answering it, she faced the ghost of Lincoln staring at her from the hallway. Reports say that even President Obama has himself confronted Lincoln's ghost.

The Queen Mary

RMS Queen Mary
RMS Queen Mary sailed the waters of North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967. It was used in World War II both as a transport ship and a luxury liner.
During its 31 years of service, Queen Mary has witnessed dozens of deaths. These deaths haunts the grand ship till date.
RMS Queen Mary which was once known as a luxury liner, now has a reputation of a sailing haunted house. People have reported several incidents of paranormal activities in different sections of the ship. The most popular being the engine room where a 17-year old sailor was crushed to death while trying to escape a fire. The spirit of the young sailor now haunts the engine room.
Another famous haunted spot is Cabin B340 which is haunted by an 8-year old girl who was killed here. Screaming of men and crushing of metal have also been reported below the deck.

Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House
The Winchester Mystery House is a well-known mansion in Northern California. The grand state costed a woppin' $5.5 million, which is equivalent to today's $71 million. It now serves as a tourist destination.
The Winchester Mystery House was once dwelled by Sarah Winchester, the wife of gun magnate William Wirt Winchester. She was left in shock after the death of her infant daughter followed by her husband's. According to a legend, Sarah believed that her family had been victim of ghosts of people who were killed by the Winchester rifles. So she visited a medium where she confronted the spirit of her dead husband who told her to build a house but never finish it as it would allow her to live forever. So she moved West where she started the construction of the Winchester House.
The construction took place continuously for 38 years from 1884 to Sarah's death in 1922.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle
The Edinburgh Castle not only possesses a prominent place in the history of Edinburgh, but also its landscape. But it also bears the unusual distinction of being one of the most haunted spots in Edinburgh. Edinburgh itself is one of the most haunted cities in Europe.
Visitors frequently report odd happenings in the castle. Paranormal sightings include those of a phantom piper, a headless drummer, the spirits of French prisoners from the Seven Years War and colonial prisoners from the American Revolutionary War - even the ghost of a dog wandering in the grounds' dog cemetery.

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