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Some of the Most Haunted Places Don't Exist

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We've been combing the internet and other mediums for weird haunted LA things. And quite frankly, we've come up a bit short. Maybe it's the enormous amount of sun we get here. Maybe it's that celebrity is a sort of a cheesey fame that doesn't lend itself to the goose flesh and various other willies that come with a good ghost stories. Seeing Marilyn Monroe in a mirror, the notion of club kids encountering unusually cold patches seems a little warm and fuzzy.

Really good ghost stories have a history to them, an element of the unexplained that -- whether real or not -- make you feel a little scared. There's nothing like a good, midwestern story that took place two hundred years ago.

Unless it's something posted on the internet, with just enough pictures to be convincingly strange. You get other people's reactions to the stories. Do they believe? Are they psychic and have opinions? Do they have complicated explanations that differ from the authors? You have no idea where this stuff comes from and no idea who has messed with it. It could almost be real. So here are a few scary ones to make the shivers run up and down your spine.

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The Bell Witch -- This is the result of tons of research by one guy. It's the story of the haunting of a Tennessee family a hundred years ago. (and it's as true as these things get.)

The Incident -- This is probably the craziest of the bunch. Some guy tells the story about how he found a book in Germany with his surname on the cover and the weirdness he found inside -- before it was stolen from him. Check out the comments section. There are some real nutjobs out there.

Ghosts of Tombstone -- Makes a loud noise when you get to the site. All based on one guy's weird photo at the tombstone graveyard. Definitely creepy, but won't give you nightmares as the site claims.

Mercy Brown -- There were a bunch of New England vampires in the 19th century. What was done to their bodies was almost more frightening. They were mostly tuberculosis victims believed to be draining the life from others with TB. On this related site, there are also some cool photographs and more info on New England vampires.

Photo by james_michael_hill, via flickr