Haunted Encounters of the Electrical Kind
Ickenham Tube Station (London, England)
This tube station, which is located in the London Borough of Hillingdon, is said to be haunted by the ghost of a woman who fell onto the tracks and was electrocuted back in the 1950s. Wearing a signature red scarf, the woman appears at the end of the platform where she fell to her death. Witnesses claim she waves to other people on the platform before suddenly vanishing into thin air.
Florida State Prison (Raiford, Fla.)
This prison has housed an untold number of murderers in its 50+ year history, including Ted Bundy — one of the worst serial killers in American history. Although he was executed in January 1989, prison guards reported seeing Bundy’s ghost in the electric chair where he died. The sightings became so numerous at one time that the prison warden allegedly had trouble finding a guard willing to enter the room alone.
The Dakota (New York)
This famous apartment building has seen its share of tragedies, including the murder of music icon John Lennon just outside its front doors. What people may not know is that long before John Lennon resided there, another man named John made headlines. John Paynter, an electrician who worked on the Dakota in the late 1930s, claimed that late one night while working in the building’s basement, a short man suddenly appeared from the shadows. Dressed in an old-fashioned coat, the large-nosed man wore small steel-rimmed glasses and sported an obvious wig, which he snatched from his head and shook angrily in Paynter’s face before vanishing. The electrician claimed he had four more encounters with the bewigged ghost before realizing the figure resembled Edward Cabot Clark, the man who originally built the Dakota.
Old Birmingham Public Library (Birmingham, Ala.)
Now called the Linn-Henley Research Library, this 89-year-old building is supposedly haunted by Fant Thornley, the director of the library in the 1950s. Perhaps no one knows this better than an electrician who, in 1989, was working by himself in an area on the third floor known as “The Stacks.” Sensing he was no longer alone, the electrician turned to witness the apparition of a man, who he later identified as Fant Thornley when shown photos of the former librarian.
The Stanley Hotel (Estes Park, Colo.)
Author Stephen King may have based his bestselling novel The Shining in part on the Stanley Hotel, but people have been chronicling the hotel’s hauntings since 1911, when a housekeeper named Elizabeth Wilson was injured in an explosion as she was lighting the acetylene lanterns in room 217. Although the housekeeper survived, the room where the incident occurred is said to be rife with paranormal activity, such as items being moved, luggage mysteriously unpacked, and lights inexplicably turning on and off.
Sioux City Municipal Auditorium (Sioux City, Iowa)
Now known as the Long Lines Family Recreation Center, this 3,500-seat multi-purpose arena is purportedly home to Rodriguez, an electrician who was electrocuted in the 1940s during construction of the auditorium. People claim Rodriguez makes his presence known by causing the lights to flicker and turning them off and on. If that’s not spooky enough, cold spots are said to be felt near the site of his untimely demise.
Patterson Tower (Dayton, Ohio)
Standing sentinel over Dayton’s Community Golf Course, this stone tower is said to be haunted by the spirits of two teens who were electrocuted in the 1960s when lightning struck the tower’s metal stair railing, which they happened to be touching at the time. As the macabre tale goes, the charred outlines of the teenagers could be seen on the tower wall for weeks after the incident occurred. Today, locals say that on stormy nights, the teens’ shadowy figures haunt the tower and if a bolt of lightning flashes close by, the figures illuminate and glow as if they have just been struck by it.
Landmark Theater (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Built in 1928 during the age of "movie palaces," this historic theater is allegedly home to the ghost of Oscar Rau, a former stagehand who died tragically when he was electrocuted by a faulty generator. Rau apparently was no slacker in life or death, because witnesses say they see him working backstage near a large lighting board. He’s also been spotted on stage, still performing the tasks he was assigned almost a century ago.
Goddard Hall, New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, N.M.)
Unexplained noises, disembodied footsteps, and doors that open and close by themselves are some of the eerie happenings that students and staff have experienced at NMSU’s Goddard Hall, which also happens to house the school’s college of engineering. So who’s the ghoul pulling these creepy shenanigans? Many think it’s the restless spirit of Ralph Willis Goddard, a radio pioneer and former engineering dean (and the building’s namesake). Goddard died when, while preparing for a New Year’s Eve radio broadcast, his hand accidentally brushed an exciter connected to large DC generators — exposing his body to 12,000 volts of electricity.
Halloween is right around the corner, so as our treat to you, we've unearthed 10 scary stories based on allegedly true events and involving — what else? — electricity.
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