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These Odd, Creepy Stories Will Convince You This Old Castle In England Is Haunted

The ghost of a headless nun and disembodied screams.

On this episode of BuzzFeed Unsolved, Ryan and Shane investigate Colchester Castle.

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Colchester Castle was originally built to protect against Scandinavian attacks from the sea, and to assert power over the surrounding land.

There are many claims of paranormal activity at the castle, and a number of explanations for them.

People have also reported seeing the ghost of a headless nun, and hearing disembodied cries.

Some of the castle's supposed ghosts come from more specific, detailed incidents. For example, a man named James Parnell was praying in the castle, when an altercation broke out.

During Parnell's prison time, his jailer would make him climb a rope to reach the small amounts of food they offered him. He had a fall during this routine, and died in April of 1656.

It’s said that James Parnell haunts the castle's dungeon, so Ryan and Shane tried to contact him using a spirit box.

Also contributing to the castle's eeriness — Essex, the county where Colchester is located, saw more witches executed than in any other UK county.

Another unexplained incident at the castle occurred when a man decided to spend a night locked in the castle for a bet. After two hours, he was spotted yelling and waving from the roof of the castle.

While there wasn't any actual video evidence of a headless nun or James Parnell's ghost, Ryan and Shane might've picked up some responses on the spirit box.