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Roots of "Haunted" places,

Some places are haunted, and some places are not. The idea that a place is haunted causes more common belief that a place is, without fact. Here are the roots of, and some stories of a few haunted places. The stories follow the roots of "The Pennhurst Asylum", "The Glamis Castle", and "The Hampton Court Palace".

The Pennhurst Asylum was turned into a haunted house, but here's what made it scary. Pennhurst first opened in 1908, and it was originally a school for people with mental or physical disabilites. The residents out numbered the workers; 3,500 to 60. As the years went on Pennhurst became a place of neglect and abuse from worker to resident. The 1968 news expose "Suffer the Little Children", exposed the events that were unfolding. Twenty years after "Suffer the Little Children", Pennhurst was shut down. This forced the residents to each be relocated into group homes. The property sat unoccupied for years, and everything was left behind. A few years later a man by the name Richard Chakejian purchased Pennhurst from the state for 2 million, and would later turn it into a haunted house. The haunted house was based on the events that had taken place in Pennhurst and featured a continuous loop of the "Suffer the Little Children" expose. Visitors commented on the house by saying: "I don't want relive the hell that I went through….I want to try to forget." and "Pennhurst feels like a twisted incarnation of Disneyland.." (The Ghosts of Institutionalization at Pennhurst's Haunted Asylum, page 23) So it may not be a haunted house, but it does have a haunted background

Glamis Castle is believed to be one of the most haunted places in Scotland because of its interesting past. Glamis is built on nearby Hunter's Hill. The castle is thought to be haunted by a pageboy, who was too mischievous for his own good. Another Legend is the legend of "Earl Beardie," this legend states that Earl and Glamis would play cards every Saturday and so forth. It is said that there are noises coming from the room on Saturdays; Other tales state that Earl lost his soul to the Devil in a game of cards, and haunts the Castle. The legend of "Gray" or "Praying Lady," says that Lady Janet Douglas had a grudge towards the Douglas family and was taken to trial in Edinburgh for witch craft. she was tortured, and found guilty. Later she was burned to death on the Edinburgh hill. The legend states that she is found praying in the chapel, and you have to knock three times before entering to warn her. This story is one of the most chilling, because of its legends and what happened in the past.

Hampton Court Palace is another supposedly haunted house. The palace is located in England, and is one of the most haunted places in England. The tale of "The woman in white" is the most famous tale. It followed the events of Catherine Howard. Howard was accused of adultery and she was arrested, found guilty, and sentenced to death. Visitors claim to to often feel a sense of presence, hear screaming, experience changes in temperature, and feel dizzy. A series for research and experiments took place. People were invited to stay in Hampton, and visit the Haunted Gallery. Everybody would also fill out questionnaires. The series of tests reviewed what people felt, and tested the magnetic field. (An investigation into the alleged haunting of Hampton Court Palace: psychological variables and magnetic fields) It was found that the people who believed in ghosts more, experienced more. Hampton could actually be haunted, but it's your decision.

In conclusion a chilling background doesn't always mean that a place is haunted. All of these places are common in the way that they are allegedly haunted. The issue is that it's "allegedly haunted", therefore they are legends, and rumors, without facts. It hard to believe stories without fact. The question at hand still is; Are these places really haunted, or just stories?

Works Cited

Beitiks, Emily. "The Ghosts of Institutionalization at Pennhurst's Haunted Asylum" the Hastings Center Report Vol. 42; no. 1; pp. 22 - 24 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc. Blackwell Publishing Ltd.United States The Hastings Center 01-01-2012. Web. 28, June 2016

Inglis, Forbes. "British Heritage Vol. 31; no. 2; p. 50" Weider History Group 05-01-2010. Web. 30, June 2016

Wiseman, Richard. "An investigation into the alleged haunting of Hampton Court Palace: psychological variables and magnetic fields" The Journal of Parapsychology Vol. 66; no. 4; p. 387. Web. 7, July 2016

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