Haunted History – Unit 731

So, next up, we’re gonna talk a little about the atrocities of war and the ghosts of those victims that still linger today.  Typically, when we hear war atrocities, we think back to the German concentration camps where hundreds of thousands of folks were tormented, tortured and eventually killed.  It’s no big secret now, as to what was going on in these places then.  No way you can cover up that much evil, right?!

Though the Nazis and their SS men have certainly left a monstrous footprint in history, they are not the target of discussion for now.  Did you know that during the same time that the Germans were running freakish and grotesque experiments on their prisoners, that the Japanese were doing the exact same thing, at their own concentration camps?  Yeah, don’t feel bad, not many people do.  In fact, the madness that was going on over there has just recently begun seeping it’s way out to the public.  Like I said, no way to cover up that much evil.  It’s time to talk about unit 731.

Gruesome and unthinkable horrors were performed daily at Unit 731.  Hidden under the guise of an epidemic prevention and research facility, experiments for germ warfare and its effects on the human body had been covered up by the Imperial Japanese army for decades.  Those responsible for the torture and torment of hundreds of thousands of victims lived out full lives surrounded by the wealth that they acquired during these dark times.  Many of these sick bastards were awarded with medals or compensated with prestigious jobs or positions within the Japanese government in return for their keeping the facility a secret.  Japanese authorities adamantly denied the atrocities that took place at unit 731, the truth only started coming to light in 1984 when photographic evidence began to surface.  Now the site has been excavated and the research has begun.  The once tormented souls that had found peace are beginning to stir again since the site has been disturbed.  It’s no wonder either, listen to what I’ve found.

Up to 10,000 people per day were murdered at this facility, recent research estimates nearly 600,000 lost their lives under unimaginably horrific circumstances.  95% of these victims were Chinese or Korean, many were civilians but some were soldiers, the remainder was mostly represented by prisoners of war taken by Japanese Allies.

Tortures ranged from psychological to any and all forms of physical abuse that can be imagined.  The lightest of the experiments took place in the rape room where Fathers were forced to rape daughters and sons were forced to rape their mothers in hopes that pregnancy would ensue.  Those that didn’t become pregnant suffered through some of the most gruesome mutilation of genitalia that could ever be imagined, and that was before they were murdered.  Those that did become pregnant would be tied down and were forced to watch these ghoulish doctors cut the babies from them all while unsedated.  As if that wasn’t bad enough, the mothers would then be forced to watch as the doctor’s would murder the infants by performing living autopsies.

Other prisoners were infected with deadly diseases like anthrax, cholera and the Bubonic plague.  The Japanese were very creative, it’s not like all of these folks were just injected, some of the subjects were staked to the ground and covered with plague infested fleas or contained in small cells to be bitten by infected lab rats.   These evil bastards would wait until the disease took effect on the subject, and once their health began to deteriorate, the fiendish doctors would perform vivisections on the unsedated victims.  That means that they would cut them open in order to examine the effects of the diseases on the subjects vital organs, all without any form of sedation.

And then there was the frostbite unit, also part of the complex.  Prisoners would be staked to the ground during the coldest part of winter.  They’d remain there until nearly frozen solid, when their limbs could be broken from their body they were taken to the frostbite unit in order for the doctors to experiment and better understand the effects of frostbite in hopes of finding better forms of treatment.

Then there was a pressure chamber, yeah it’s probably exactly what you’re thinking.  Victims would be crammed into these chambers and the gauges were cranked up, all just to find out how long the human body could maintain under immense pressure.  The experiments usually ended once the victims eyeballs popped out.

Oh and then there’s the courtyard, sounds all peaceful and serene right?! Not so much ya’ll.  So out in the courtyard, prisoners would be staked to the ground within close proximity to experimental explosives.  After the bombs were detonated the subjects remains would be examined in order to discover the effects of the blast.  Really! my thoughts, it blew the poor bastards up! how much experimenting did that take and I’m pretty certain that my conclusion, though unscientific, is 100% correct, right!?

I even ran across some experiments that put me in the mind of Madame Laulaurie.  Quite often, limbs would be cut from unsedated subjects then reattached to other places on their body.  Sometimes these twisted doctors would cut the subjects open and rearrange their internal organs just to study the effects.  Gangrene was prompted by the doctors as well, in order to closer examine it’s effects on the human body.

Other subjects fell victim to their share of other sordid tortures, some were starved to death, burned to death, injected with animal blood or sea water to study the effects.  Some were burned to death or buried alive and some were spun to death on massive centrifuges.  All of this in the name of science in order to better establish what is known today as germ warfare.

So now that we all know more about the gruesome activities that took place at unit 731, is it any wonder that this joint is as haunted as hell!?  I should say not!  The investigators that have been, and are still on site today report that their electrical equipment doesn’t work at all there, any and all research done onsite has to be completed during the day because at night, the lights that are being used are drained by the presence of the spirits that haunt the grounds.  There are of course strange noises, sorrowful cries and the screams of those that died such gruesome deaths.

Live tours are ongoing as well as paranormal investigations.  Crews are finding it very difficult to investigate the site as their electrical equipment fails quickly upon arrival.  Tour guides will only lead groups through certain areas of the site as some areas are far too active to bring civilians.  One of those areas is the frost bite ward.  Guides state that they frequently see the misty forms of victims moving through the halls, there is the sound of heavy breathing and faces that materialize in reflective surfaces.  There are the sounds of trembling voices that beg for mercy as well as the presence of angry entities that want to exact their revenge.  Can’t say as that I blame them either!  I can’t imagine one happy memory that would tie these spirits to this place.  There have literally got to be tens of thousands of pissed off ghosts on these grounds!

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Haunted History – The Athens Mental Hospital

athensOk so, We already know that there are a ton of abandoned psychiatric establishments to investigate for ghosts, this one is no exception!  The Athens Mental hospital in Ohio is still mostly intact today, but a far cry from the magnificent structure that it had originally been, in the beginning.  Athens was one of the largest facilities for the insane in the United States.  It first opened its doors in January of 1874 and at that time mostly provided care to Civil War soldiers that were suffering with what we know today as PTSD.  But as all things do when you mix Doctor’s and crazy, things went bad quickly.

As years went on staff began to realize that they could put most of the patients to work at some of their various facilities, such as the farm  where the institution realized great profits.  Wasn’t long after that, they became greedy, taking on anyone that was brought there with intent on making profits.  To make matters worse, Athens had gained the reputation for being a good place to dump family members that you didn’t want to care for.  Grandma and Grandpa along with rebellious teenagers were quickly accepted.  By the 1950’s nearly 2000 patients were housed here, nearly triple the facility’s intended occupancy.

Besides unwanted family members, Athens was known to hold some of the most notorious of the criminally insane!  So, add in a little electro-shock therapy and of course the always popular Lobotomy and you’ve got a damn party right!  As you can imagine, most patients put every effort into behaving, but those that didn’t, well let’s just say their attitudes were adjusted quickly.

Some of these ill-behaved patients would be restrained for days at a time, or several of them could be crammed into a tiny holding cell that had been constructed to hold only 1 patient and of course there were the frequent and regular beatings by the staff.

There was always a reason to beat someone too, and if the beatings didn’t set them straight then there must have been something wrong with them right?! Yeah, those were the ones that were subjected to lobotomies.  Now, there were two methods of performing this procedure.  One was to remove the skull and then take out sections of the frontal lobe, If desired results were not obtained, there was always more brain to be removed!

lobotomyThe second method was to subject the patient to electro shock until they were unconscious, then drive an ice pick like tool into both eye sockets, one at a time of course, and then jiggle the tool back and forth, basically scrambling those sections of the frontal lobes.  We having fun yet!?

By the 1980’s such procedures were shunned, so the institution was then down sized to where around 300 patients were kept on site.  Many of the old buildings that were part of the institution were donated to Ohio State University, yeah, anybody want to move into one of these buildings? NOT!  Anyway by 1993 the entire institution was closed down.

So back to these college students.  Tons of them made reports of being awakened in the dead of night by disembodied screams.  Many of them also made reports of shadowy figures that lurked around the buildings, watching their every move.  But one of the most well known haunting of this building has left evidence that anyone can see at any time.



On December 1st 1979 patient Margaret Schilling turned up missing.  Despite, obviously half-assed attempts to locate her, Margaret was nowhere to be found.  42 days later her body was found locked in an abandoned wing of the facility.  She was discovered naked, her clothes folded neatly beside her.  The creep factor here is about to go off the charts!  The poor bastards that actually found Margaret discovered that her corpse had been basically glued to the concrete floor by her bodily fluids.  No matter how many times or what chemical was used, the perfect outline of Margaret’s body is still there.

Margaret of course is well aware of the stain, she can sometimes be seen hovering around it or otherwise trying to escape the room where she perished.

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Urban Legend – Annabelle the haunted doll

annabelleJust over a year ago, the movie Annabelle was released.  The film sent chills down the spines of horror enthusiasts everywhere!  The actual story came to light when Ed and Lorraine Warren were called in to investigate these odd occurrences.  The Warren’s case file is way more terrifying than the story line in the movie.

Who the Hell are the Warren’s?   Ed and Lorraine Warren were two of the most renowned paranormal investigators in modern times.  Their case files number over 4000 well documented stories complete with eyewitness and photographic evidence.  Some of their investigations include the Amityville house, the Perren family haunting, which was the true storywhich the Conjuring was based on, and the Southington Connecticut haunting on which the movie The haunting in Connecticut was based.  There are a ton more but for now, on with Annabelle.

For starters the Annabelle doll was not a porcelian faced doll, she was an oversized Raggedy Ann doll about the size of a four year old kid.  The doll was  given as a birthday gift to a young lady by her mother, kind of as a novelty, something to use in decorating her new apartment.  This young lady, Donna, also had a room mate named Angie, both of them were nurses.

In the beginning, the activity was very subtle, almost unnoticed.  The doll would be found sitting in a slightly different position than how she was left.  For example, Donna would leave the doll sitting on her bed with it’s arms and legs straight, but when the girls returned, it would be found with its legs crossed and it’s arms in different positions as well.  As the haunting persisted, the doll would be found in different locations in the apartment, when I say different locations, I mean a whole other room.  The girls stated that there was one time the doll was found kneeling near the doorway.  When they tried to place the doll in a kneeling position later, they found that there was no way they could bend it’s legs where it would remain in that position.

The girls also claimed to have found notes left by the doll, notes written in pencil on parchment paper.  Both girls, out of curiosity, searched the entire apartment for a pencil or parchment paper, neither could be found.

The two room mates began to suspect someone was sneaking into their apartment and playing a prank on them.  After changing the locks and securing the windows, the haunting became much more aggressive.  Sometimes things would levitate then come crashing to the floor.  Other times things would be discovered in the apartment, things that neither of them had seen before.  For example, one time a boot shaped piece of chocolate candy was found sitting on the stereo cabinet.

At this point, a Medium was called in.  And if you ask me, this medium had serious issues with her ability of spiritual discernment.

The Warren’s later stated that this only agitated the situation.  The demon that was inhabiting the apartment duped the Medium into believing that it was the spirit of a young girl named Annabelle, who had died on the vacant lot where the apartment complex was later built.  When asked by the Medium why “Annabelle” was attracted to the doll the Demon spun it’s lie.

Playing on the compassion of the young nurses, the demon, still under the guise of the young girls spirit, insisted that it was lonely and only wanted to play.  The demon then asked permission to stay with the girls and live inside the doll.  The girls, seeing no harm in the spirits’ request, gave their permission.  This, so Ed Warren said, sealed the deal and allowed the demon to attach itself to the girls.

After the Medium’s visit, the haunting became much worse.  One evening the girl’s came home to find the doll sitting on the couch with three drops of blood on it’s chest and blood smears on the back of its’ hand.  The owner of the doll panicked and called her boyfriend, Lou to come over.  This is when the shit hit the fan.

When the boyfriend arrived, he removed the doll from the couch and took it back into the bedroom.  A few minutes later, they were all startled by loud banging and screaming that was coming from the bedroom.
Lou went to see what was happening.  When they all arrived at the door, the doll was crumpled over in the corner.  Lou entered the room and immediately felt as if someone or something was standing behind him.  When he turned to confront the stranger, he was attacked.  An invisible hand began to choke him, then he was clawed across his chest.  Seven claw marks criss-crossed his chest, they bled profusely but then healed at an amazing rate.  Within 48 hours no sign of the claw marks remained.

Donna and Angie then reached out to a local Priest.  The Priest, after having heard their story, immediately called his friends, Lorraine and Ed Warren, to come and investigate.

When the Warren’s arrived they interviewed Donna, Angie and Lou at the same time.  This is when Lou begrudgingly relayed other occurrences where the doll had attacked him.  He confessed that he awoke to see the doll at his feet.  It climbed over him and began to strangle him.  Somehow, it was as if he was paralyzed and couldn’t defend himself.

After sharing their story, the girls stated that they were planning to move out of the apartment.  Imagine their shock when Ed Warren told them that it wouldn’t do any good.  Ed stated that all of the gestures the doll made, the transportation of the doll around the apartment, the letters written on parchment and the three drops of blood,  a mockery of the trinity, all proved that there had been intent behind the entity’s actions.  This is one determining factor that separates a haunting from a demonic infestation.  Spirits don’t have that kind of ability, only something inhuman has this type of power.

The Warrens then called the Priest over to the apartment for an exorcism, followed by a blessing of the apartment and all who were there.  You see, a demon can only attach itself to an object, not possess it, a demon can only possess a person.

So, after the Priest finished, they all said their good byes and at the request of Donna, the doll’s owner, the Warrens took “Annabelle” with them when they left.  Ok so, you would think the story ends here.  Oh, no, there’s more!

Ed was concerned that the demon had not detached itself from the doll, so he placed it in the back seat of the car and avoided taking the interstate home.

His hunch was soon proven to be fact.  The Warren’s new car seemed to stall at every dangerous curve.  With every stall, the brakes and power steering would fail.  The third time it happened, Ed pulled to the side of the road, after having barely avoided a collision.  He reached into his black bag, took out a small vial and tossed holy water onto the doll before making the sign of the cross over its head.  Things seemed to quiet down after that and the Warren’s arrived home safely.

For the next few days the doll sat in a chair next to Eds desk.  All seemed to be fine until a few days later.  The doll would begin to levitate then fall inert, a few days later the doll began showing up in other rooms of the house.  On one occasion, when the Warren’s were away, the doll was locked in an outside storage building.  When they returned, it was found upstairs in the house, sitting in Ed’s easy chair.

When Annabelle made her return, she did not come alone.  She brought with her a friend, a black cat that would sometimes materialize beside the doll.  The cat would make it’s way around Ed’s office inspecting books or other haunted objects, before returning to Annabelle’s side and dematerializing from the head down.

It also became rather apparent that Annabelle didn’t much care for clergy of any type.  Loud growling sounds would reverberate through the Warren home when ever a the presence of a holy man was near, even if only by phone.

Annabelle remained inside the Warrens house without confinement for several more months.  The final straw was when there was an attack on a Priest at a large social gathering in their home.

While in conversation with Lorraine Warren, Father Jason Bradford saw something moving out of the corner of his eye.  Seconds later a 24 inch boars’ tooth necklace exploded above them.  The noise was so loud that other guests heard it and ran into the kitchen.  A nearby guest had been taking a photograph at the time of the occurrence.  When the film was developed, all appeared normal with the exception of two beams of light that were coming from Annabelle and pointing directly at Father Bradford.

Soon after, Ed began the “occult museum” where haunted objects could be stored safely inside their home.

If you were to visit Ed’s museum, which by the way is open to the public for tours, the words DO NOT TOUCH have a Hell of a meaning behind them.  Ed explained haunted objects like this:  Profane objects, such as the Annabelle doll, have their own aura.  If we are to touch that object, our aura mingles with theirs.  This change attracts spirits, it’s like setting off a fire alarm.

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The Waverly Hills Sanatorium – Haunted History

whDuring the 1800’s through early 1900’s the “white death” plague, otherwise known as tuberculosis, was ravaging the country.  White death was a terrifying, highly contagious and incurable illness.  This evil plague wiped out entire families, and in some cases, entire towns.  So in 1910 a hospital was built specifically to treat those that had been infected.  Sometimes entire families would be brought here, so as you may have guessed by now, this sucker was overcrowded quickly.  So, in 1924 another, much larger,  hospital was constructed, 2 years later the institution was functioning as Waverly Hills Sanatorium.

Now, white death was still incurable, so the thousands of patients that were treated there all died, some of them weren’t lucky enough to perish before experimental surgeries.  See, the doctors all knew that everyone who was admitted was going to die, it was just a matter of time.  These sick bastards took it upon themselves to start experimental surgeries in an attempt to beat the illness.  Many patients didn’t survive the surgery those that did, mostly died painful deaths.

Because at this time there were no known drugs to treat the illness with, Doctors thought that the best remedy was fresh air and sunlight.  The patients got healthy doses every day, no matter the weather or temperature.  That was mild considering the experimental trials though.  One technique was to surgically insert a balloon into the lungs another involved removing ribs and muscles around the lungs, both supposedly to allow the lungs to take on more oxygen.  So these patients are already miserable, can’t breath, running insanely high fevers and now they’re in even more pain due to the effects of these surgeries, if they made it that far at all.

So, as you can imagine, there was pretty much always a line of meat wagons coming through to pick up these corpses.  Well, the operators of this facility were at least humane enough to make an attempt to keep up patient morale.  That’s when the body chute was constructed.  So, the body chute was a tunnel that was carved through the side of the hill, it met up with a train track below where bodies would be loaded onto railway cars and carted away to wherever.

By the late 1930’s white death was beginning to play out and by 1943 new medicines had all but extinguished it’s wrath in the United States.  In 1961 Waverly Hills was closed down but reopened one year later as Woodhaven Geriatrics Sanatorium.

Now, while serving as an old folks home, rumors began circulating that there were unusual experiments being done on unwilling patients.  In these days, electroshock therapy was quite popular and the technique was being used to treat ailments of all kinds at Woodhaven.  So even if Grandpa was sane when he checked in, usually a few weeks later he was bat shit crazy.  Electro-therapy was also used to keeps the patients in line so if Grandma didn’t eat her beans she probably got shocked into submission.  Obviously there’s some defect because everyone should eat their beans, right?!

Then as if that wasn’t bad enough, throughout the 60’s and 70’s massive budget cuts had taken hold.  Conditions had deteriorated badly.  The facility was grossly understaffed, patient neglect and mistreatment was on the rise.  It was an ordinary occurrence for patients to be caged or chained in place, sometimes sleeping one on top of the other due to overcrowding as well.  In 1982 the state became involved and began an investigation, Woodhaven Geriatrics was shut down immediately.

Now that we know the history of the building, it makes it easier for us to understand the legends behind these ghosts.

With such a shit-sational background as this, there’s no wonder why there are tons of well documented encounters and occurrences on these grounds!

For starters, it wasn’t unusual to see rooms lit up,  when the building was abandoned in ruins and had no power.  There is even a ghostly hearse that pulls up to the back door and drops off coffins, when the driver returns to the car, it takes off and disappears into the darkness.

There are of course they typical slamming doors, disembodied voices and footsteps and lets not forget the cries and moans of the unfortunate patients.  And then there are ghosts, and a whole lot of them.  Two children for sure.  A little girl that can be seen running up and down the third floor solarium and a boy that is frequently seen playing with a leather ball.

There have been numerous encounters with the cook, a spector in a white coat that never seems to leave the kitchen.  Those that have encountered him also state that they can smell food cooking, most notably, fresh baked bread.

Now the fifth floor seems to be the hot spot here, and there is a good reason for that.  This is where the mentally insane white death patients were housed.  In the center of this floor there are two nurses stations, the patients were isolated to either side, and both sides opened at the other end onto a patio type area on the roof.  With these poor bastards kept far from view of other patients, they were the ones that bore the brunt of experimental treatments.  Many of them flung themselves from the roof top patio.

The nurses station is still staffed too, well kind of.  in 1928 the head nurse hung herself in room 502, this room was part of the nurses station.  In 1932 another nurse that worked in that same room, inexplicably  fled from the room and threw herself off of the roof top patio.  Both of these ladies are still on staff and can be encountered near or in room 502, but be careful if you decide to visit.  One of these ladies has a nasty disposition and has no problem telling visitors to “Get Out!” her voice has been recorded during several paranormal investigations.

The fourth floor is very active as well.  Most encounters are experiences when there are no flashlight or lanterns in use.  Patients and doctors alike can be see roaming the halls, going from room to room.

Investigations are still ongoing and every one produces more sightings, voices and otherwise creepy occurrences.  There is no way to document the number of souls that still reside here. Some are silent and do nothing other than show up, like the ones that can be seen resting in their beds on the solarium. Some are angry, no shit right?!  These are the ones that throw things, slap, pinch, hit, bite and scream when they are disturbed.

Some want to play, and are known to roll a ball towards visitors as an invitation.  Some want help, like the woman that frequently runs from the front doors sobbing while blood gushes from her wrists.

Besides the interior of the sanatorium there is still the body chute.  Imagine how many tormented souls walked alongside their bodies while they were being taken to the train to be loaded up like produce from some morbid harvest.

So if you’d like to check this wicked haunted Sanatorium out for yourself, it is available for tours.