Curse, is any expressed wish that some form of adversity or misfortune will befall or attach to some other entity: one or more persons, a place, or an object. In particular, “curse” may refer to such a wish or pronouncement made effective by a supernatural or spiritualpower, such as a god or gods, a spirit, or a natural force, or else as a kind of spell by magic or witchcraft; in the latter sense, a curse can also be called a hex or a jinx. In many belief systems, the curse itself (or accompanying ritual) is considered to have some causative force in the result. To reverse or eliminate a curse is sometimes called “removal” or “breaking”, as the spell has to be dispelled, and is often requiring elaborate rituals or prayers.
Château de Brissac, Maine-et-Loire, France
The site: Dubbed as the ‘Giant of the Loire Valley’ this is the highest castle in France boasting seven floors, 204 rooms, numerous portrait galleries, and a private opera house which seats 200 people. It was a fortress built by the Counts of Anjou in the 11th Century and King Louis XIII dropped by in 1620.
The ghosts: The most active is La Dame Verte, (Green Lady), who was apparently the illegitimate child of King Charles VII and was later murdered by her husband in the château in the 15th Century after he caught her having an affair. She is often seen in the tower room of the chapel, wearing her green dress, with gaping holes where her eyes and nose should be. When not startling guests by her appearance she can be heard moaning around the castle.
Myrtles Plantation, USA
Situated in the small town of St. Francisville, north-west of New Orleans is the mansion of Myrtles Plantation, boarded by a 125-foot veranda. The stained-glass front door leads into a grand foyer displaying a huge French crystal chandelier.
The ghosts: With 10 people being murdered in the mansion itself, it’s no surprise there have been so many reported ghost sightings, the most famous of which is Chloe, who had her ear cut off by her lover. She wears a green turban, peering intently at visitors while they’re in bed and has even appeared in a photograph. A more recent photo also shows another young girl, known as ‘Ghost Girl’ peering through the window of the house. More eerie sightings include a child bouncing on the beds, a soldier, a voodoo priestess and the ghost of a previous owner who was shot in the chest has been heard staggering up the stairs where he died.
Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire, England
Built in 1145, the inn was used by priests who kept slaves and workers in there to help build the St. Mary’s Church. Located in Wotton-under-edge, it is situated on two ley lines, places believed to have spiritual energy from Stonehenge. It has also been reported that it was the scene of a child sacrifice rituals to the Devil.
It is widely believed that the redirecting of water on the Ancient Ram property caused a portal for dark energy to open up, meaning many ghosts haunt the inn. The ‘Witch’s Room’ is said to be haunted by a woman burnt at the stake in the 1500s as she was accused of being a witch. A high priestess has been spotted sitting on a bed, a centurion on horseback has been seen walking through the walls, the agonising screams of a girl heard, a monk in the most haunted room and even a succubus is said to slip into the beds of visitors.
THE TOWER OF LONDON
With a history of torture and execution going back over 900 years, the Tower of London is regarded by many as one of the most haunted places in the UK. It was originally built in 1078 by William the Conqueror.
There have been many reports of the paranormal at the Tower of London over the years. The most famous of all the ghosts that live within its walls, is Anne Boleyn, the wife of King Henry VIII. She was beheaded in 1536, and her headless body has been seen walking the Tower’s corridors and often near the spot of her demise.
Other full bodied apparitions have also been seen including Lady Jane Grey, who was spotted by a guardsman in 1957. In the White Tower, the White Lady has been seen, often standing at the window, where she once stood waving to her children on the other side of the building.
the most spine chilling of all reports includes the mysterious appearance of two children. They have been witnessed throughout the rooms of the castle. They’re often seen in their nightgowns, holding hands and with a look of terror on their faces. It is believed these are two former Prince’s, who was sent to the Tower after they were deemed illegitimate by Parliament. They vanished one day and it was assumed that they were murdered by order of their uncle, the Duke of Gloucester. Apparently, two small skeletons were exhumed beneath a staircase in the White Tower.
The Devils Grown
Devil’s Tramping Ground
The devil is lurking in a wooded area about 50 miles south of Greensboro, North Carolina. According to local legend, there’s a 40-foot clearing in the pine woods of Chatham County that has allegedly been devoid of vegetation for 300 years. Called the Devil’s Tramping Ground, it’s believed that the devil comes to this patch of dirt each night to plot evil deeds. (Making things creepier is the fact that scientists have tried to understand why plants don’t grow here, but haven’t found anything wrong with the site’s soil.)
One Greensboro journalist wrote, “I have heard that boy scouts spent the night there and woke up with their tents a few miles away. There were also some guys who tried to stay up the whole night there, but were lulled to sleep by a soft voice.” The site remains a fairly popular camping spot, although it’s said that those who stay the entire night are never sane again.
The Stanley Hotel
the inspiration for Stephen King’s 1977 book The Shining, The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, is considered one of the most haunted places in the world. Rumor has it the original owners of the hotel, F.O. and Flora Stanley, haven’t left the residence since they opened it in 1909.
According to guests who have stayed at the hotel, Mr. Stanley frequently shows in up in photographs, Mrs. Stanley can sometimes be spotted playing the piano, and, obviously, if you listen closely enough, you can often hear the sound of children’s laughter echoing through the hallways.
Aokigahara Suicide Forest
Called “the perfect place to die,” the Aokigahara forest in Japan has the unfortunate distinction of being the world’s third most popular place to die by suicide. Since the 1950s, Japanese businessmen have wandered in, and at least 500 of them haven’t wandered out, at an increasing rate of between 10 and 30 per year. Recently these numbers have increased even more, with a record 78 suicides in 2002. In 2003, that record was beaten with a number of 105 bodies discovered.
Japanese spiritualists believe that the suicides committed in the forest have permeated Aokigahara’s trees, generating paranormal activity and preventing many who enter from escaping the forest’s depths. Complicating matters further is the common experience of compasses being rendered useless by the rich deposits of magnetic iron in the area’s volcanic soil.
The Blair Witch
dark witch named Elly Kedward was banished from a town called Blair, Maryland in 1785. This was due to her using dark witchcraft to mesmerize children so she could draw their innocent blood, infused with pure sanguine energies, for her nefarious unholy rituals! Most of the children were severely weakened, and fell ill! Not only was she shunned from the community for her heinous horrors but repeatedly tortured by townsfolk as she lay tied up in the woods. They partook of all manner of religious rituals upon what they saw as the servant of the Devil when in fact she only served herself!
They wanted to make an example of her, cleanse the community, and even attempt the misguided task of cleansing her soul in the eyes of their holy Lord. Time, and time again they left her for dead bound and blindfolded in the cold wild wilderness. Day after day they returned to find her still alive by the sheer force of her wayward will! Not even wild animals inexplicably went near her! Finally, they strung her up, and hung her from a tree! Elly’s last words were an eternal curse upon the entire town of Blair, and its citizens! Her body was eventually taken down, and burned in a shallow grave. Her unholy ashes scattered to the four winds of the forest! It’s thought that act was the final element that bound her spirit to those very woods for all eternity!