Kiona Rosh
·7-min read

Over time, you may have read many horror stories. Many movies nowadays have been filmed based on real-life stories or real-life incidents that have taken place in the world. These are life-altering stories and have a huge impact on one’s mind. We have gathered such stories for you that will surely bring shivers down your spine.
Here is the top ten stories are given below.

1. The Axe Murder Case in Villisca, Iowa
On June 10, 1912, Josiah and Sarah Moore were bludgeoned to death inside of their home in Villisca, Iowa. Their four children—and two friends who were spending the night—were also killed, and to this day, the murder remains a mystery. Their home is considered one of the most haunted houses in the country, and guests are drawn to it. People even pay $400+ to stay for one night and have started their experiences on the website.
There was a comment reported on the website that states “Tours have been cut short by children’s voices, falling lamps, moving ladders, and flying objects”. In 2014, a paranormal researcher stabbed himself after spending the night. “Doubter has left believers,” adds the website.

2. Oriental Theater (formerly Iroquois Theater), Chicago
It is believed that ghosts are haunting the Oriental Theater in the Loop area of downtown Chicago, where approximately 600 people perished after a fire that broke out in 1903, a comment by Atlas Obscura. Even though the theatre was completely rebuilt and was back to its glory times, spirits of the dead remained. Reports say that illusions have been seen in “Death Alley,” the street behind the theatre where bodies were stacked after the disaster.

3. Amityville
You all have heard about the famous incident that happened in Amityville. Thirty miles outside of New York City, nestled in the Long Island town of Amityville, stands the house forever linked to the Amityville Horror phenomenon. On November 13, 1974, the estate was the scene of a massacre. Using a .35 Marlin rifle, 23-year-old Ronald J. DeFeo Jr. murdered his entire family while they were asleep, which included his parents and four siblings. Thirteen months later, the Lutz family purchased the home at a drastically reduced price of $80,000 which was done due to the murders but they were only able to live there for 28 days before leaving it. Their spine-tingling tales of paranormal activity are what propelled the legend of the Amityville horror and generated a stream of books, documentaries, and films. Stepfather George Lutz had a history of dabbling in the occult. The Lutz family had documented their experience in the house some of them stated as
“George was said to wake up at 3:15 am every morning, which was around the time Ron carried out his murders. The Lutz family claimed to smell strange odors, see green slime oozing out of the walls and keyholes and experience cold spots in certain areas of the house. When a priest came to bless the house, he allegedly heard a voice scream “Get out!” He told the Lutzes to never sleep in that particular room in the house. Other paranormal activity: A nearby garage door opening and closing; an invisible spirit knocking a knife down in the kitchen; a pig-like creature with red eyes staring down at George and his son Daniel from a window; George waking up to wife Kathy levitating off their bed; sons Daniel and Christopher also levitating together there.”

4.Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town, South Africa
A reclining building near the shoreline of Table Bay, the Castle of Good Hope is dated back to 1666, making it the oldest colonized building in South Africa. Originally it was built by the Dutch East India Company as a replenishment station for their ships, the site also served as a military stronghold and prison during the Second Boer War from 1899 to 1902. Today, you can tour the fort’s many rooms and buildings which include the gruesome torture chamber but you might want to prepare yourself for a ghost sighting. In the 1700s, Governor Pieter van Noodt condemned several men to be hanged to death; one of those men cursed the governor from the gallows, and van Noodt died of a heart attack on that very same day. According to the Castle of Good Hope’s official website, his ghost has been haunting the battlements ever since.

5. Poveglia Island, Venice, Italy
At least a mile from the canals of Venice, Poveglia Island has space for many events. It has served as a quarantine zone for the bubonic plague victims, storage space for Napoleon’s weapons, and the site of an early 20th-century insane asylum. The asylum played host to horrific medical researches, which was reported by The Travel Channel, and finally closed for good when a doctor threw himself off the institution’s bell tower. Locals still claim to hear echoing chimes from the island—even though the bell was removed decades ago. In the present time, it’s illegal to visit Poveglia, but you can see the island and decaying hospital safely from the beaches of nearby Lido.

6.Larnach Castle, New Zealand
Larnach was a city built between 1871 and 1887 to serve as the home of William Larnach, a prominent local politician of the time. Most notable is a 3,000-square-foot ballroom, which Larnach had built as a 21st birthday present for his favorite daughter Kate, who later died of typhoid at age 26, and is said to still haunt the ballroom. The building has been visited by paranormal investigators and featured on Ghost Hunters International.

7.Ancient Ram Inn, Wotton-under-Edge, England
The place was built in 1145, England’s Ancient Ram Inn has played many roles over the centuries. One of which was a former priest’s residence, housing for masons and slaves, an inn, and a public house. It also happens to be one seriously haunted spot. Architectural Digest reported, “With ghostly children, a high priestess, and even an incubus wandering the halls, guests have reportedly leaped from the windows in a frenzy to escape.”

8.Isla de las Munecas (Island of the Dolls), Mexico
Given its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its well-preserved example of Aztec human history, the neighborhood of Xochimilco has reached a certain amount of online attention for its Island of the Dolls. Hidden among the region’s many canals, the place is famous for the numerous dolls—and doll parts—hanging from trees and dispersed among the grass. While it might look more like a horror movie set, the chinampa used to be the residence of a now late Julian Santa Barrera. After finding a dead girl’s body in a nearby canal, Barrera collected and displayed the toys in the hopes of warding off evil spirits, reports National Geographic. Courageous souls can hire their boat and view the island safely from the water.

9.Lawang Sewu, Semarang, Indonesia

Lawang Sewu also called “Thousand Doors” built in the early 20th century by Dutch colonialists was recognized as the head office for the Dutch East Indian Railway Company before the Japanese turned it into a confinement camp during WWII. During the war, many brutal investigations, tortures, and violent executions occurred within the building’s walls, all of which contribute to its current status as one of Indonesia’s most haunted places, stated by the country’s Ministry of Tourism. Tourists are free to visit the abandoned site today, to confirm whether the many circulating ghost stories tied to Lawang Sewu have any truth to them.

10. Aokigahara Forest, Japan

This seemingly peaceful forest at the foot of Mount Fuji has a tragic past. The local people living there call it the “Suicide Forest,” Aokigahara has been the place of 500 reported suicides since the 1950s- reported by BBC. Some blame this trend on the forest’s association with demons in Japanese mythology. Others point towards large underground deposits of iron, which interfere with compass direction that makes the people forget their way and get lost in the forest.