Danvers State Hospital
Danvers State Hospital was built in 1887 in Danvers, Massachusetts. Architect Nathaniel J. Baker and health care advocate Thomas Story Kirkbride had a vision of Danvers State Hospital becoming a leading medical facility, which strived to treat mentally ill patients with care and compassion. Unfortunately, this vision did not come to fruition. I09 reports that by 1939, Danvers State Hospital was overpopulated and undermanned. Legend has it that patients would die out of sight from the physicians in hidden rooms where their bodies would rot for days and sometimes weeks. To gain control of the population, solitary confinement and lobotomy was used to cure the mentally ill — all thanks to physician Walter Freeman.
Houska Castle in Prague
Houska Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, is shrouded in mystery, and the Examiner talks about the folklore surrounding Houska Castle as the stuff of hellish nightmares. Legend has it that Houska Castle is a portal to the underworld, and by underworld that means Hell. Houska Castle was built in the 1300s by then ruler Ottokar II. Some think he lied to the public about his intensions for building the castle. He told the public the castle was for his various land holdings and other royal business. As it turns out, Houska Castle may have been built to keep the demons of Hell from roaming the Earth.
The Castle sits in an extremely isolated area of Prague, and folklore recalls that Houska Castle is haunted by the ghost of a mad monk who roams the halls of the castle with an axe trying to kill all who enter. The souls of the dead have been seen chained together at Houska Castle, each holding a dismembered body part, while continually tortured by the hounds of hell. They stand in line as they all wait to take their place with the devil.
The most mysterious attribute of Houska Castle is the interior. There is a chapel built over a bottomless pit. Those that have traveled down the pit to find the bottom have not only failed, but were scared nearly to death of what they saw below.
Stone Lake: Lake Natron
Lake Natron is toxic for most of the local wildlife in Tanzania. The water has a dangerously high PH Balance of 10.5. That is enough to cause second and even third degree burns to the animals who are sensitive to the alkaline levels. The alkalinity can be attributed to the surrounding hills which cause sodium carbonate to flow into Lake Natron. Sodium Carbonate was known to be used in Egyptian mummification, so imagine a menagerie of dead animals, preserved in stone as if they looked into the eyes of Medusa! This is how photographer Richard Brant describes the scene to Livescience.com
Cave of The Crystal Maiden
The Cave of the Crystal Maiden was discovered in the jungle of Belize. Any place where you can see the bones of the dead, in the depths of a dark cave, deserves to be placed high on the creepy list. Archaeologists accidentally discovered this cave while exploring the outer areas of Actun Tunichil. In Actun Tunichil Muknal or “Cave of the crystal Sepulchre,” lies the remains of several human and animal sacrifices, including a young woman, whose bones are most likely over 1,000-years-old, and have been preserved due to calcite buildup.
Deep within the cave, Moyes and her team uncovered a grisly scene of 14 dismembered skeletons of men, women, teenagers, and infants scattered throughout a small area of the cave. The reason for the sacrifices has yet to be determined.
Although some of these locations haven’t seen activity in hundreds, maybe even thousands of years, they sure don’t sound like great places to visit. Even if you’re a horror fan, some things are just better left alone.
[Photo by Lisa Poole/AP photo]