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IN OMG! ON 31 May, 2015
The world is full of scary places, and of all those, also included are haunted islands! Yes, you read it right - haunted islands. There are several islands floating on the vast stretches of water that cover the Earth, which are famous, or rather, infamous for the spooky activities were observed on them. Check them out, right here! Cheers!
Isla de Las Munecas, or 'the island of dolls', is an island in Mexico that is filled with dolls. The entire island is covered in dolls – damaged and otherwise, who have been tied to trees, placed under canopies, and what not. It's not possible for a man to walk through the forest and not step on a ruptured head of an old doll, with maybe an eye missing! The legend says that a man named Don Julian Santana Barrera had made the small island his home in the 1950s, when he heard voices of girls claiming that they had drowned while playing. After this, the man began to bring dolls to this place, in an attempt to please the spirits of the ghostly girls. Today, locals claim that at night one can hear the dolls move and whisper.
Star Island, once a very busy commercial port, today is no more than a tourist attraction for those who seek to see ghosts and experience paranormal activities. The Island is famous for its ghost sightings and inexplicable activities, and the Island has gathered around itself quite an astonishing amount of speculation, rumors, and thus, popularity. Star Island's history is indeed quite remarkable and worth going through as it contains stories from about pirates to those about buried treasures. Some of the most common and popular haunted places on the island are the Cottage E and chapel.
Hart Island, or the 'island of the dead' as it is better known, is a land surrounded my mysteries. The NYS Department of Corrections runs it, and the only ones allowed to set foot on this patch of land are convicts and relatives of late convicts buried there. Even the press is not allowed to set foot here, and that only adds to the air of mystery that surrounds this place. Now for the scary part: Hart Island is the largest mass burial grounds on this planet. Burials began here during the American Civil War, when the island began to be used to imprison Prisoners Of War. Those who died there were buried under the same soil. Eventually, it was used during the World War II. Later, it became the ground for building an asylum, and further later it was used as a correctional facility. But the most shocking use of this island is this: The Island is today used to dump the bodies of those who are not lucky enough to receive a proper burial. It is astonishing to note that over 850,000 people are buried in mass graves on this tiny island, and the counter hasn't stopped yet.
It is located in the Vancouver Harbour in British Columbia, Deadman's Island was discovered in 1962 by John Morton. He noticed then that there were hundreds of red cedar boxes hanging from the trees. He could not figure out what they were for, until one of the boxes fell down, and burst open from all sides, throwing out of it, a skeleton. The natives consider the Island to be a dead ground, on which many bloody battles were fought between rival tribes which killed over 200 people. The island also had once become plagued by the epidemic Smallpox, and thus goes the Island's reputation of being a bane to human life.
Everyone knows that the Japanese attacked the Pearl Harbour during the second world war. But, does anyone know where they attacked next? It was Corregidor Island! Corregidor Island was a fortified island that was used by the Americans during the Second World War, until it was captured by the Japanese post what is called the 'Battle of Corregidor'. Following their defeat, over 3000 Filipino and American soldiers were held hostage, and tortured to death. But the story doesn't end there! In 1945, the Americans attacked the island, attempting to reclaim it from the Japanese. In what is known as the 'Battle for the Recapture of Corregidor,' over 1000 died, while 6650 Japanese met with their deaths. After this, as is estimated, 3000 Japanese soldiers committed suicide, thus making Corregidor Island the land of the largest mass suicide in history!
It is believed by many that Okinawa Island is haunted, and based on how its history is, it just might be true! During the last few months of the Second World War, Okinawa Island came to be of strategic importance to the Japanese military, and that got the Americans to attack it. It became the ground of heavy bloodshed in which thousands of soldiers from both sides lost their lives, and so did hundreds of civilians. Many Japanese soldiers, also committed suicide on the land, fearing torture and death at American hands. All this bloodshed has led to many fearing the island to be haunted, and is widely considered as one of the most haunted spots on the planet, leave alone islands.
Located in the San Francisco Bay, this island is the house of the infamous Alcatraz maximum security federal prison. Although the island was discovered in 1775, the place was already well known to native tribes, who used the island's isolation as a means to punish outlaws. The island is, as believed by the tribes, inhabited by evil spirits. The ghastly stories of Alcatraz island only grow wilder with the tales of what happens in the Alcatraz prison. From brutal injuries to uninhibited murders to suicides, it all happens in the Alcatraz prison. And one tragic story tops them all: the falling of a 13 years old girl down a stairwell during a protest, only to die on the spot. Isn't that enough for anyone to start believing the island to be possessed by ghosts?
This small island is often referred to a 'Hell on Earth', and very much lives up to its reputation. Being extremely isolated, it was used by the British government to dump the worst most violent criminals. And before long, the island became Britain's most notorious penal colonies. Torture, lashings, murders, rapes were not uncommon on an island where guards were known to be particularly vicious. With such a violent past, it's no wonder that today the island is seen by some as one of the world's most haunted island.
Introducing, Britain's most haunted island: Isle of Wight. Renowned for its notorious ghost stories, it has led many to believe the paranormal activities to be due to the passing of 'Ley Lines' across the island. Ley Lines are considered to be 'spirit lines,' or 'energy lines,' and all the sacred and spiritual monuments built across the world are built on the points of intersection of these Ley Lines, so as to harness the amplified energies of the points of intersection. It has also been long believed that ghosts reside along Ley Lines so as to feed on the energy that passes through the channel, and this is considered to be the reason behind all the ghosts that are said to be haunting the rightly called 'Ghost Island.'
Situated in Venice's lagoon, this island is considered by many as the most haunted place on Earth. As the legend goes, its first residents came in 421 AD, after trying to escape barbaric invasions of Venice. It later transformed into a battleground on which several battles were fought between the natives and the barbarians. The natives won most of the battles, but soon after, they were displaced by the Venetian government in order to fortify the island and use it as a military asset. Again, trouble hit the island when the Black Death stretched its arms to reach the island. As a result of it, several lives were lost, and as of today, most of it is unexplored. It is believed that countless bodies were buried in the ground of the island, and several graves left unmarked.