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Nos 10 maisons hantées préférées sur Terre

Des asiles, des abattoirs, des hôpitaux militaires et d'autres lieux terrifiants.
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C'était halloween et parce que les tonnes de bonbons qu'on a pu bâfrer ce week end n'ont pas suffit à nous écoeurer. En revoilà une petite fournée sous la forme d'un top 10 des maisons hantées les plus véritablement terrifiantes.

L'asile de Beechworth : Beechworth, Victoria, Australie

Il n'y a rien de mieux qu'un asile abandonné pour filer les foies à n'importe qui. Très vite c'est vous qui devenez fou et qui vous mettez à voir des fantômes et à entendre des voix. Cet asile créé en 1867 a fermé en 1995 et avait un capacité de 1200 personnes. En 130 ans, cet "hôpital psychiatrique" — abattoir serait plus juste  — a perdu 9000 de ses patients. Apparemment, on y croise des fantômes, il y a même une visite pour ça la nuit.


Raynham Hall: Norfolk, Anglettere

Raynham Hall est la maison de la fameuse "Brown Lady", le fantôme de Lady Dorothy Walpole, une ancienne habitante des lieux — comme toujours. Selon la légende, Dorothy s'est fait chopée par son mari avec un amant. Pour la punir, elle fut enfermée vivante dans une des pièces du manoir. Depuis, elle hante les couloirs. Elle apparaît même dans une photo de 1936 paru dans Country Life ainsi que dans le célèbre Life.

Le Chateau de Bonne Espérance : Le Cap, Afrique du Sud

Le chateau de Bonne Espérance est le plus vieux batiment colonial du pays, il faut construit au 17e siècle par la Dutch East India Company. La première manifestation paranormale s'y est produite en 1915 lorsque un grand nombre de personnes The Castle of Good Hope is the country’s oldest colonial building, established in the 17th century by the Dutch East India Company. The first paranormal experience was in 1915 when people reported seeing a tall man walking the ramparts. This same man was later spotted again in 1947 when he was seen repeatedly jumping off of one of the castle’s walls. It’s also reportedly inhabited by a “Lady in Grey” who runs through the courtyard wailing into her hands.

Chateau de Brissac: Brissac-Quincé, France

Built in the 11th century, Chateau de Brissac is not only the tallest castle in France but also one of the most terrifying. In the 15th century, a double murder that occurred within the castle’s walls is said to have resulted in a ghost named the “Green Lady.” Though the Chateau’s current residents claim to have become used to her goings-on, guests have been repeatedly horrified at the sight of a woman with no eyes or nose roaming the halls.


The Haunted Vicarage: Borgvattnet, Sweden

This small country vicarage was first put on the map as a haunted establishment back in 1927 when a chaplain named Nils Hedlund lived there and reported seeing his laundry being violently torn off the line by an invisible hand. This precipitated years of unexplained noises, mysteriously moving objects, and numerous sightings of old women sitting and watching guests as they slept. The house currently serves as a restaurant/cafe as well as a guest house, and those brave enough to stay the night are given a certificate to prove their bravery.

Old Changi Hospital: Changi, Singapore

Built in 1935, Old Changi Hospital was a military base used by the Kempeitai, or Japanese Secret Police, as a prison and torture camp. At the end of World War II, it was transitioned into a hospital and remained one until 1997. The hospital is said to be filled with the ghosts of Japanese soldiers, those who were executed, and patients who died there. Loud noises, inexplicable screams, and figures moving through the rooms are all said to be common occurrences.

The Amityville House: Long Island, New York

There’s a very good reason a best-selling book and blockbuster franchise are based on what transpired at this location. In 1974, the six members of the DeFeo family were murdered by their eldest son, Ronald “Butch” DeFeo Jr. He later claimed that he had been possessed by a demon, but Butch’s murders instigated a legacy that would stick with the home for decades to come. The building was sold to another family in 1975, but they evacuated it in a matter of months after repeatedly experiencing cold spots, loud noises, strange extreme smells, oozing slime emanating from the walls and a plague of flies that no other house on the street experienced. It eventually all became too much for the family after they felt their personalities beginning to change for the worse, and they fled the murder house for safer ground.


Poveglia Island, Italy

This is truly one of the most chilling places on earth: the Italian island, found between Venice and Lido, was once home to extreme death and devastation. During the Bubonic Plague outbreak in the 14th century, the island was transformed into a quarantine colony where Venetians were sent to die. Infected children and babies were even thrown into pits full of festering corpses and left there to die or be burned alive. If that wasn’t enough to put you off, in the 30s it’s said a doctor performed torturous medical experiments there before jumping to his death at the encouragement of the resident ghosts. Today, the island is abandoned with many local residents still too terrified to set foot there.

Island of the Dolls: Xochimilco, Mexico

Just outside of Mexico City is an island that has lived the stuff nightmares are made of. As the story goes, in the 1920s, a young girl drowned in the water surrounding the island, giving it a reputation as haunted. In the 50s, a man named Julian Santan Barrera moved to the island and became a recluse. He began buying old dolls and tying them up in the trees, claiming that the ghost of the little girl told him to do so. Barrera later drowned in the same location it’s said the girl died in. Today, visitors claim they can hear the dolls whispering to them, moving, and following them with their eyes.

The Queen Mary Hotel: Long Beach, California

The Queen Mary Hotel is a former ocean liner from the 30s that’s now been transformed into a hotel that’s become a must-see destination for ghost hunters and paranormal enthusiasts. It’s considered to be one of the most haunted locations in the world, with supernatural sightings in almost every part of the ship. Most reports come from the First Class Swimming Pool where two women reportedly drowned, the Queen’s Salon, and Cabin B340, which is mysteriously no longer available to rent.


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