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Glamis Castle

Scotland

The home to the Earls of Strathmore for more than 600 years, Glamis Castle is reputedly Scotlandâ??s most haunted castle. But even before the beautiful castle began its dramatic rise, the foundation of it had been laid as a hunting lodge for members of Scottish royalty. Over the years it grew into something far more spectacular, and with its many connections to royalty and power, it is no strange thing that it is haunted today.

Earl Beardie (whom some sources claim was the Earl of Crawford and a visitor to Glamis, while others say he was the 2nd Lord of Glamis) loved to play cards. Two popular versions of the tale exist… According to one legend, Beardie was so intent on playing that one Saturday night the game approached midnight. A servant came in and twice warned Beardie that midnight was fast approaching and it was a sin to play cards on the Sabbath. In a second version, Beardie was drunk and wanting desperately to play cards but could find no willing partner because of the time and approaching day. Either way, it seems Beardie became so outraged that he proclaimed something like, â??Iâ??ll play until Doomâ??s Day if I wantâ??Iâ??ll play with the Devil himself!â?

At exactly midnight there was a knock at the door and a stranger, dressed elegantly in black, entered and asked to play cards. Beardie was thrilled! Suddenly an argument broke out and the servant rushed to the door to peek in. He was astounded to see the two men engulfed in flames. Supposedly Beardie lost a game to the Devil who won his soulâ??sentencing Beardie to play cards until Doomâ??s Day. People have reported the sound of heavy footsteps, cursing and the rolling of dice in the tower where Earl Beardie still supposedly plays cards nightly with the Devil.

Perhaps the most well known ghost in Glamis is the Grey Lady. She is often spotted kneeling in prayer at the foot of the chapelâ??s altar. More than 400 years ago, Lady Janet Douglas married the 6th Lord of Glamis. They lived happily, having one son. In 1528, Janetâ??s husband died, leaving her vulnerable to the increasing hatred King James V bore for her family due to his loathsome feelings for his stepfatherâ??Janetâ??s brother. In King Jamesâ?? eyes, the Douglas clan was full of enemies. Seeing Janet no longer had a husband to protect her, James struck a blow close to his stepfatherâ??s heart and accused Janet of creating potions to try and kill him. In brief, King James V accused the widow of Glamis of witchcraft. Accusing both she and her sonâ??and imprisoning themâ??was not difficult. So James took Glamis as his own, locking Janet and John in the dungeons of Edinburgh Castle. But actually convicting them of witchcraft was more difficult than James imagined.

Janet was respected and loved by manyâ??her character was beyond reproach. So James did what he had to in order to appear in the rightâ??he resorted to torture of her family members and servants in order to extract evidence. Placed on the rack, they finally broke and gave the precious false testimony James needed. Even 16 year-old John was tortured, after being forced to watch his loved ones being stretched.

Lady Janet and John were convicted of witchcraft and sentenced to death. Lady Janet Glamis was led to her death, nearly blind from her imprisonment. The crowd was silent as she was burned alive. None among them seemed to doubt her innocence, but none felt they could stand against Jamesâ?? selfish rage. Not long after her execution, her ghost began appearing in Glamis. Knocking was also heardâ??and some speculate it is the noise of the unearthly construction crew putting together the site of her execution. Luckily for John, James died before he could be executed and John became the 7th Lord of Glamis.

Glamis also supposedly has a vampireâ??a servant woman caught sucking a victimâ??s blood. According to legend she was walled up alive in a secret chamber and she can still be heard wailing for freedom.

Other strange occurrences have been reported at the Castle, but perhaps some are best to experience firsthand…

The Castle hosts a special Halloween event each year at the end of October, and other events and tours are also available year round.

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Former Residence of Bill Cole

Kentucky, Lexington, United States

Ten years ago, a man hanged himself in this house. Today, the television emits a green light from the screen when it is unplugged. Lights flash on and off, footsteps are heard, and the bed in the master bedroom seems to vacillate between sides of the room.

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Locust Grove Farm

Delaware, Middletown, United States

This haunted farm house in Middletown is about 150 years old and holds the legend of a young boy who passed away while living in the house in the early 1900s.

This young boy haunts the house by moving toys around, flicking the lights on and off, as well as turning off electronic devices.  He wants you to know that he is there.  Voices have been heard, as have unexplainable noises, according to former tenants of the house.  Some have even reported to have seen the young boy in the sunroom, allegedly his favorite room to play in.

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Roberson Mansion

Binghamton, New York, United States

With its beautiful woodwork and stained glass windows, the Roberson Mansion in New Yorkâ??s Southern Tier has more than breathtaking architecture and a great sense of history. It seems to have ghosts.
Built in 1904, the Roberson Mansion in Binghamton, New York was constructed for Alonzo Roberson, Jr. and his family.

The site originally opened to the public in 1954. Since then, visitors to the Mansion have reported the sensation that they are not alone or that they are being watched. Strange noises and cold spots are reported as well as mysterious footsteps where no living person is seen walking. Doors reportedly slam when people are being too nosy, so stick with your tour guide! Perhaps most interestingly, some visitors have reportedly met Alonzo Jr. himself in the elevator.

Active in the community and a gifted businessman, Alonzo Jr. and Margaret were glad to give back to the local folks and organizations that supported their vision. When Alonzo Jr. died in 1934, in his will he left the mansion to the community for educational purposes (although it seems he didnâ??t specify exactly in what form that education might be). His wife died 20 years later in another of their Binghamton-area homes.

There seems nothing to be frightened of in the Roberson Mansion. People believe the ghostly presences they sense in Roberson Mansion are none other than Alonzo and his wife, Margaret, reliving a loving and beautiful time from the lives they shared together. Or perhaps this is part of the education that Alonzo wished forâ??giving visitors hope that there is an existence beyond simple death…
The Mansion is open to visitors Wednesday through Sunday except on major holidays and the first two weeks of January.

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Thomas Rose House

Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Dr. Ladd traveled from Rhode Island to seek his fortune in South Carolina many years ago. While taking up residence in this house, he got in an argument with another man, so they decided to settle the disagreement with a duel. The next morning, Dr. Ladd had decided that a duel was not the solution, so he fired his gun into the air. The other man, who was still quite angry from the previous day, shot Dr. Ladd’s kneecaps out. After three weeks of agony, he died of gangrene. He is often reported to be seen in the house, especially in times of distress.

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Village Hall/Police Department

Illinois, McHenry County, United States

This house, which dates from the early nineteenth century, has rounded exterior corners, and has been renovated for its current use. On many occasions, the sheriff deputies who stay after hours to do paperwork have reported hearing strange noises.

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