“All houses are haunted. All persons are haunted. Throngs of spirits follow us everywhere. We are never alone.” – Barney Sarecky.
Whether or not you are a believer of things that go bump in the night spine-tingling ghost stories can still give you the shivers. The word “mansion” tends to conjure up images of opulence – grand fixtures and wealthy proprietors. However, some mansions come with more than just fancy finery. Some come furnished with a gruesome past that has left behind a trail of wretchedness and death that the present day has been unable to shake off. Lost souls remain trapped in their previous residence, resulting in supernatural shenanigans and paranormal pandemonium guaranteed to make the hardiest of sceptics doubt themselves. Feeling brave? Then join us as we take a look at these 8 haunted mansions from around the world.
Joshua Ward House
The town of Salem, Massachusetts, is no stranger to notoriety and when sea captain Joshua Ward decided to build a home he picked a dreadful spot. On land where Sheriff George Corwin carried out reprehensible witch trials. Corwin was a sadist and nick-named “the strangler” due to his penchant for tying the accused necks to their ankles. He executed many victims here and their tormented souls are said to inhibit Joshua Ward House to this day. One such phantom is thought to be the restless soul of Giles Corey, who was slowly crushed to death with large, heavy stones.