The Spookiest Ghost Story from Each State
Light the campfire, pop up some corn, and get ready to have your spine tingled. Each of these stories is spooky not only because it’s ghostly but because it taps into our most terrible fears about our own human nature.
Hawaii: The Ghosts of Pearl Harbor
In this case, it is said that the ghosts of the 1,177 crew members of the USS Arizona, which sunk during the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, continue to haunt the harbor. And it could even be true, seeing as a woman in 2011 managed to capture a photo of a ghostly figure suspended in the water and seemingly crying out in pain. These are 13 of the creepiest things found at the bottom of the ocean.
Idaho: The Boise Murder House
On June 30, 1987, a man named Preston Murr was shot and killed in his own home, his body dismembered and thrown into a reservoir. This home ended up becoming a college fraternity. It’s referred to as “Murder House,” and it’s said that blood stains appear and disappear at random, the window blinds open and shut of their own volition, and eerily enough, an unknown woman in a Victorian clothing seems to watch over all these spooky proceedings.
Illinois: The ghost of Inez
A little girl named Inez Clarke died at the age of six in the 1880s after being struck by lighting or contracting diphtheria, depending on which version you choose to believe. She’s buried in Chicago’s Graceland Cemetery, where there’s a statue in her honor. The statue, people say, is haunted. It moves, it weeps, it disappears, it reappears. “What makes all this even weirder is that Inez Clarke isn’t even buried in Graceland Cemetery,” according to Only in Your State; however, this isn’t necessarily true. Inez is buried there under the last name “Briggs,” the name of her father and her mother’ married name before she married John Clarke. Perhaps it’s the confusion that has led to Inez’s unrest? All these famous ghost stories have logical explanations.
Indiana: The ghost of Stepp Cemetery
Near Bloomington, the Stepp Cemetery is the home to many hauntings, the creepiest of which involves a Wuthering Heights-style melodrama, in which a woman, who lost her husband to a terrible mining accident becomes obsessed with caring for her daughter. Then 20 years later, the daughter is killed in a terrible automobile accident. The grieving mother is said to haunt the cemetery where both her husband and only daughter are buried. Don’t miss the oldest cemetery in every state.
Iowa: Lucinda’s ghost
North of Burlington, people tell the tale of a heartbroken woman named Lucinda, who was abandoned by her fiancé on the night they were supposed to have eloped. Lucinda jumped off a cliff just outside of town, and ever since then, people have reported seeing her ghost on Stony Hollow Road. But even when they don’t see her, if they say her name, she might appear. And if she drops a rose for you, you’re a goner… you’ll be dead within the day. No confirmation as to whether that part actually happens, but as the saying goes, Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned…
Kansas: The ghost in search of his father’s skull
In Ellis County, along the Saline River, they say the ghost of an elderly Native American man roams in search of the skull of his father, who had been murdered by white men in the 1840s. The first sighting of the ghost—to a cowboy camping there in 1879—was 39 years later, after the man’s son, presumably, had died an old man.
Kentucky: The unknown dancing girl
In the late 1800s, a beautiful young woman checked into the Springs Hotel in Harrodsburg—under an alias. She spent the night dancing in the ballroom…until she actually collapsed and died right on the dance floor. The unknown dancing girl was buried on the hotel grounds. Although the hotel burned down half a century ago, her grave remains, and some say she does too… twirling and dancing in the moonlight to music only she can hear. These are the most haunted hotels in America.
Louisiana: Chloe’s ghost
Clark Woodruff, owner of the Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, caught Chloe, a slave, eavesdropping on him. He cut off her ear as punishment. She retaliated by poisoning his children and wife. The other slaves lynched her, and her spirit has been supposedly haunting the property ever since. According to Myrtles Plantation, now a bed and breakfast, a mysterious photograph of a woman’s figure lurking in a shaded corner taken in 1992 has perpetuated Chloe’s myth.
Maine: The grave of Jonathan Buck
The founder of the town Bucksport, one Jonathan Buck, is rumored to have accused a townswoman of witchcraft and sentenced her to hang in the town square. At the gallows, the woman vowed to dance on his grave. So it shouldn’t have been any surprise when some years after Buck’s death in 1795, the image of a leg appeared on his memorial. And whether it’s the vengeful act of a witch or the natural darkening of stone as a result of oxidization doesn’t really matter—the story makes its point about persecution.
Maryland: The Goat Man of Prince George’s County
Everyone in Prince George’s County knows about the Goat Man. They say he’s a half-man, half-goat, totally paranormal creeper who roams the area, scaring kids and occasionally decapitating small animals. No one is certain what his motivation is, however. Some say he was a goat farmer who went nuts after some teens killed his goats. Others say he’s the result of a government conspiracy to breed humans with goats. Find out 10 secret U.S. government options revealed.