Witchcraft is something that will be remembered in English and American history perhaps until the end of days. Whenever we look at haunted locations or ghosts, we see some pretty fudged up locations. But the most fucked up locations are always linked to demonic activity and witchcraft. Sometimes they come hand in hand. We have found some of the most infamous witches in history, and we have found where they haunt!
Madame Lalaurie is defiantly the best known of this sinister bunch, thanks to American Horror Story. The character she played was one of pure evil. But unlike Hollywood, they played it down ! Madame Lalaurie was a black-hearted woman. She was and is famous for the brutal treatment of her slaves. Dr Louis Lalaurie and his wife, Delphine ( Madame Laurie) moved in the Creole mansion in 1832. For a long time, they were well respected for their wealth and social status. She was considered one of the most intelligent and beautiful women in the city. But behind closed doors, she cold-blooded and possibly insane.
She kept her cook chained to the fireplace in the kitchen, where he would only be unchained to cook, nothing less than perfect meals. A lot of slaves were treated much worse than this. This cruelty, however, were happening in a certain period when the brutal treatment of slaves was illegal. The police were called many times, but Madame Lalaurie was always ready and she was not caught for a long time. Until one day a fire broke out in the kitchens said to be started by the cook.
When the fire was put out, the firefighters found something behind a barred door in the attic that would reveal this devious bitch for who she really was. They found more than a dozen slaves here, chained to the walls in a disgusting state. Somewhere strapped to makeshift operating tables, somewhere confined in cages made for dogs, human body parts were scattered around the room, human heads and organs were crammed into buckets, and on the shelves next to them, a collection of whips and paddles.
According to the newspaper, the New Orleans Bee, all of her victims were naked and the ones not chained to tables where chained to the walls. Some of the women had their stomach’s sliced open,their intestines pulled out and then wrapped around their waist. One woman had her mouth stuffed with animal shit and her lips sewn shut. The state the men were left in was even more horrific. Private parts had been sliced off, eyes poked out, one man even had a small hole in the top of his head, used to stir his brains. Somewhere even still alive, one woman, in particular, had all of her limbs broken in order to be forced into a tiny cage. There was also rumour of pentagrams and other strange symbols scattered around the room , drawn in the servant’s blood. This was a time where witchcraft was wildly feared, so mention of her demonic activities would have been hushed up and they were hard to find !
The Madame and her husband fled, following the gathering of a vicious mob outside of the mansion. There were rumours of her fleeing to Paris but this was never proven.
She returned to the house many years later, in the form of a spirit. She is seen often in her house of horror. She has been seen around the house accompanied by the screams of her victims. The house has been plagued by mysterious deaths and occurrences since then. Black people, especially have been affected more than any other, on one occasion a young black girl, who went to school in the former torture house had huge and bloody whip marks on her back. People are attacked a lot in this sinister mansion but who can say what is really here… Is it the madame still roaming her former home, the slaves trapped in the place where they suffered so much, or is it something else completely, something summoned by the inhuman activities of Madame Lalaurie.
The Bell Witch – The Bell Cave
The Bell Witch is one of the most well-known hauntings in American history, and the Bell Witch herself is one of the most famous Witches in the world. She was an evil entity that tormented an American family between 1817 and 1821, to this day it is called ” America’s Greatest Haunting “.
The story begins with a man called John Bell in 1817 when he spotted a strange animal sitting in his field. It was the size of a dog, with the body of a dog and the head of a rabbit, with thick black fur and piercing red eyes. When Mr Bell began to shoot, it vanished on the spot. That very evening they were plagued by activity. There was a beating on the front door, it sounded like someone banging on the door to be let it, this carried on for the entire night. It wasn’t long until the Bell Witch began to show her true self.
She would rip the covers from the sleeping family and slap them in the face repeatedly during the course of the day. Then they began to hear what sound like faint whispers and an old woman singing rhymes in an unfamiliar tongue. Over time the voice became stronger, eventually what she was saying became easily distinguishable, it sang hymns, quoted scripture and even replied intelligently to question.
The haunting went on for a long time, it attracted the investigations of the military and they only lasted one night before the soldiers would be seen fleeing from their tents in the dead of night. She then killed a member of the family with a poison they found in the medicine cabinet and proclaimed ” I gave Ol’ Jack a big dose of that last night which fixed him!”.
Almost 200 years later, the witch still haunts the land and caves below. The faint sounds of people talking and children playing can be heard and candle lights dance through in the fields in the black of night. There is a lot of evidence captured here gathered through photography. Including what looks like apparitions of an old woman, hunched over with wild hair… Is this the Bell Witch herself or just another trick of the light?
Elizabeth Demdike – Pendle Hill
Pendle Hill, is perhaps, the most haunted location in the Uk. It is an entire hill infested with the spirits of witches and some say demons. The activity here is matched by very few places in the world.
People when calling out or provoking on the hill have been psychically harmed. Some have been scratched, burned and slapped. One man actually had a pestle thrown at his head, nobody knew where it came from ! Another group heard a sharp click hitting the altar on the top of the hill, only to find a human tooth had been thrown at them ! The locals down in the village refuse to even speak about the ghosts on the hill.
It is said that up on the hill there are 9 witches in total, all lead by the legendary Elizabeth Summers aka. Elizabeth Demdike. There Demdike family were all heavily involved in satanism and witchcraft. All of them were eventually caught and hung. But not before they successfully called a demon that they named Tibb. Tibb came in the shape of a boy with a thick coat of fur, half black, half brown.
Elizabeth took great care in raising her family and teaching them witchcraft of the darkest kind. She lived in the Pendle Forest which is also insanely haunted. Following the hanging of Elizabeth and her family she proclaimed that they would be back, along with their master Tibb. It would seem that is just the case. A very dangerous location but well worth a visit .
George Pickingill – The Village of Canewdon
The village of Canewdon is almost unheard of, but is known locally as the Village of Witches ! There is a tonne of mystery and legend surround this little village and in particular the church. One of which states ” If you run around the church 3 times, anti-clockwise, the devil will appear”. There were a lot of people here sentenced with witchcraft, but there was one guy who put Canewdon on the map for witchcraft, George Pickingill.
George was well known for practising Arabic Mysticism, Christian Heresy, Danish Paganism and French Witchcraft. He famously wrote the Pickingpill Papers, which covered the history and anthropology of Wicca. He also created nine covens in Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Sussex. He controlled all of them… If that wasn’t enough he was also able to summon all of his witches with a wooden whistle ! Lefebure wrote that Pikingill had close relations with the Devil and he had sold him his soul.
He is thought to be the man seen lurking around Canewdon’s churchyard, and causing harm to people there. Both mentally and psychically. But he is not the only ghost of Canewdon.
There is also a woman seen dancing, naked in the night. She is normally spotted, again, around the churchyard. As well as a faceless grey lady in a poke bonnet. The faceless lady is seen floating from the graveyard down towards the River Crouch. Some have seen her even crossing the water and it looks like she is walking directly upon it.
Doubtless Canewdon is one of the most haunted locations in Great Britain. But who is causing the most harm here ? The ringleader George Pickingill or is it one of his many witches ?
Isobel Gowdie – Auldearn
At Auldearn, in Scotland, many have been disturbed by the sight of a spectral old woman believed to be the ghost of Isobel Gowdie. Isobel was a Scottish woman who was tried for Witchcraft in 1662. Her detailed confession was given freely, without the use of torture, gave a detailed insight into European witchcraft folklore at the end of the era of witch-hunts.
Her confession was pretty insane and explained the deeds of her coven. They could apparently transform into animals. She explained to turn into a hare, she would chant : “I shall go into a hare, with sorrow and sych and meikle care, and I shall go in the Devil’s name, ay while I come home again.” She also claimed to be close to the Queen of the Fairies, known as the Queen of Elphame, in her home under the hills. As well as she and her coven having a cardinal knowledge of the Devil who walked amongst them.
There is no record of Isobel really doing any harm to people, or being executed. Little is known about what happened following her trail. But witchcraft is known to involve death and torture… So to suggest she was able to summon some form of a demon by simply chanting some words, or ” turn into a hare” without first giving something substantial to her dark lord seems a bit off. But history is not always correct.
She is seen around Aulderan, in the form of a ‘Green Lady’. The area around Dead Man’s Wood is said to be most active with her spirit. Like most other dark locations, people are being mentally disturbed as well as psychically harmed. This could be the ghost of Isobel, she is seen here. Floating along in her long earthen green dress. But it could also be something that came through from the other side. Invited through by the activities of these evil women.