6 Spookiest Places on Earth
If you love getting creeped out, these infamous places offer your kind of thrills and chills.
Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, Poland. The entrance through “Death Gate” is ominous on its own, but what follows next jars visitors to the bone. A reminder of Adolf Hitler’s reign of terror, it was a concentration camp where about 10,000 people were executed daily, usually in the gas chambers, where the hapless victim had to endure 20 agonising minutes before he died. It has been called a “mass-murder factory” and a “gate to hell”, where torture, malnutrition, and forced labour were commonplace. Scientific experiments were performed on countless Jews and Poles – castration, dissection, freezing alive, or subjection to all sorts of disease, while identical twins were sewn together to make them “Siamese”. Today, there are reports of tourists getting touched by unseen hands, cold spots, and even one visitor who heard whispers of “please” and “leave”. The most terrifying haunting, however, are the memories of all the atrocities committed here.
Bhangarh, India. “Staying here after sunset is strictly prohibited.” The warning says it all. A place so sinister that even the Archaeological Survey of India refuses to build an office on-site; it is a fortress against a backdrop of verdant mountains where only conical temples made of sun-browned stone have survived. Cursed by a tantric after he was spurned by the local princess, Bhangarh’s citizens were totally wiped out in a battle a year after. Only the monkeys dare stay the night; and it is said that visitors who defied the warnings have never been seen again. By day, strings of music can be heard from within the deserted site. There are also stories of apparitions, although a pervading sense of sadness and restlessness is what most tourists attest to.
Greyfriar’s Kirkyard, Scotland. This graveyard’s ghosts don’t just treat guests to icy caresses. Visitors have emerged with bruises and cuts, while some have even become unconscious or nauseated. Manic laughter, disgusting odours, and noises from tombs have been reported too. Inside is Covenanter’s Prison, where Presbyterians were incarcerated after their movement to keep Scotland a Presbyterian country was crushed. Beheaded and persecuted, these Scots’ spirits remain restless today. Nearby houses are fraught with poltergeist activities and shadowy spectres.
Manchac Swamp, United States. The scene created by centuries-old cypresses, water lilies, and a myriad of water birds may be picturesque, but under the moonlight, it transforms into something more forbidding. The alligators lurking in the water add to the effect, as do the tales of black magic, voodoo, and tragedy surrounding this area in Louisiana. Said to have been cursed by a “voodoo queen” when she was captured here in the 20th century, it is the site of a 1915 hurricane which obliterated three villages. Until today, corpses from the calamity are still said to be found floating in the water. It is also believed that the rou-ga-rou – the Cajun werewolf – can be heard howling at night. It is a favourite haunt for pirates’ spirits too.
Unit 731 Experimentation Camp, China. Nicknamed “Asian Auschwitz,” this was the unfortunate landing point for Japan’s prisoners of war. Here, members of the Japanese Imperial Army conducted “research” on biological warfare and tested them out on thousands of helpless victims under the guise of a “Water Purification Bureau”. Victims were treated as “human laboratory rats”, deliberately infected with the bubonic plague, cholera, anthrax and other diseases to see how their bodies would react. Japanese “doctors” dissected them without anaesthesia, drew blood samples, and discarded the remains. Some detainees were even subjected to bomb explosions. Today, ghostly figures have been sighted in Unit 731, and while BBC was shooting a documentary about it, their electronic equipment suddenly became faulty.
Whitechapel and Spittalfields, England. During the 19th century, to these areas belonged the most loathsome streets in London, notorious for poverty, thievery, and prostitution. More than that, it was the site of the Whitechapel Murders, spanning four years and claiming 11 women’s lives. Some of these were attributed to the nefarious Jack the Ripper, whose identity is unknown even now. The ghosts of these women, still in the mutilated form they were in when they were killed, are said to wander around, as does a sea captain and Roman soldiers (the latter occupied this area at the height of their power). Also an eerie spectre is a black carriage pulled by white horses which disappears after a few moments.