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Applying the Haunting Formula to Haunt Jaunts

Some of you might also follow Autumnforest’s blog Ghost Hunting Theories, but if not she recently posted the results of her “Haunting Formula” research. I was really excited about her research, which even she admits was ambitious, because it was that –ambitious. But potentially very useful, and definitely very interesting. To my knowledge no one had categorized haunted places in this fashion before.

If you’re not familiar with it, what she did was analyze 50 allegedly haunted sites in the U.S. She rated them based on variables like history of emotional trauma/upheaval, the geology of the area, and the building’s contruction (ie. what it was made of, such as brick, wood, stone etc.). She also looked at their proximity to water and train tracks. Then she put them in order, 1 through 50.

She wasn’t saying that these were the 50 most haunted places in America, or that if one scored low that it was the least haunted in America. She simply chose 50 allegedly haunted places to research and apply her formula/theory to and ranked those. They also just happened to be some of the most well known.

I thought it’d be fun to apply her findings to Haunt Jaunts. Not all of her 50 places were the kind I like to feature on (meaning open/somehow accesible to the public), but here’s the ones that welcome visitors:

  1. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
  2. The Essex Mountain Sanatorium**
  3. West Virginia Penitentiary (Moundsville)
  4. Ohio State Reformatory
  5. Waverly Hills Sanitorium
  6. Fort Mifflin
  7. Eastern State Penitentiary
  8. Arkansas’s Crescent Hotel
  9. Historic Gila County Jail
  10. Alcatraz
  11. Tombstone’s Bird Cage Theater
  12. The Kehoe House
  13. St. Augustine Lighthouse
  14. Myrtles Plantation
  15. Bob Mackey’s Music World
  16. The Queen Mary
  17. Shanghai Tunnels
  18. Stone’s Public House
  19. The Lizzie Borden B&B
  20. The Moore House (aka the Villisca Axe Murder House)
  21. Copper Queen Hotel
  22. The Lemp Mansion Restaurant and Inn
  23. The Battery Carriage House Inn
  24. Seguin Island Lighthouse
  25. The Sorrel-Weed House
  26. The Kewaunee Inn (formerly Karsten Inn)
  27. Lincoln Theater
  28. Stanley Hotel
  29. Iron Island
  30. Chateau Marmont
  31. Bullock Hotel
  32. Winchester Mystery House
  33. The Hollywood Sign
  34. Bell Witch Cave
  35. Belmont Mansion
  36. Ogden Union Station
  37. The White House

** = Updated 8/17/09. I incorrectly listed this as a Haunt Jaunt, but it’s not. There are no tours, just a website which tells about the reformatory’s history. (Including it’s paranormal one if you’re interested in reading about it.)

Courtney Mroch
Courtney Mroch, otherwise known as HJ's Ambassador of Dark and Paranormal Tourism, is an author, traveler, and ghost enthusiast. When she's not writing, jaunting, or planning her next trip, it's a safe bet you'll find her in one of three places: on a tennis court somewhere, on a yoga mat somewhere, or watching a horror movie somewhere. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

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3 thoughts on “Applying the Haunting Formula to Haunt Jaunts

  1. Thanks for the mention. The next phase of this research is to take impressive evidence accrued by hunters who’ve been to these sites and compare that with the geomagnetic activity on that evening. I myself have found a 100% correlation in my own hunts with geomagnetic activity and getting evidence that’s impressive. I suspect this might be the “instigating” factor in these haunted-rich sites to ensure you have a very good night for a hunt. As Trans-Allegheny was my #1 find of the 50 and “Ghost Adventures” is doing a lock-down live there on October 30th, I’m hoping geomagnetic activity is going on and they can be ensured some awesome evidence–finally.

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