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16 Terrifying Wikipedia Pages About Ghosts That Will Make You Lose Your Shit

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1. The Exorcism of Roland Doe

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In 1949, a 13-year-old boy in Maryland allegedly became possessed by a demon after using a ouija board to try to contact his dead aunt. Roland started to act strangely, the words "demon" and "hell" appeared on his body, and religious items would go flying across the room. He also spoke in a "demonic voice", sometimes in Latin. Unsurprisingly, his case inspired the film The Exorcist.

2. The Spectre of Newby Church

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This famous ghost photo was taken in 1963 by the Reverend K.F. Lord in a church in South Yorkshire. He said that there was no figure visible when he took the photograph, and that it only appeared after he had it developed. Some people think it could be a 16th-century monk with a shroud over his face to hide leprosy scars. However, the thing in the image is more than 9 feet tall. Hmm.

3. The dybbuk box

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This cabinet is said to be haunted by a dybbuk, a type of evil spirit in Jewish mythology. It was auctioned on eBay in 2004 by a man called Kevin Mannis, who bought it from the granddaughter of an elderly Jewish woman who had recently died. Mannis found strange items hidden in the box, his hair started to fall out, and – well – read the article or the eBay listing if you want to find out more.

4. The Amityville Horror

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In the 1970s, the Lutz family bought their dream home in Amityville, New York. But there's a twist: A brutal murder had been carried out there years earlier. Shit got real quite quickly: Green slime oozed down the walls, their crucifix rotated on the wall, and their daughter Missy developed an "imaginary" friendship with a demonic pig-like creature. This image was taken by reporters a few months after the family moved out. They only noticed the figure of a young boy after it was developed.

5. The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall

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Raynham Hall is an Elizabethan country house in Norfolk, England, believed to be haunted by the ghost of Lady Dorothy Walpole, who died in 1726. In 1936, two photographers from Country Life magazine were working there when they saw a "vapoury form gradually assume the appearance of a woman". Being seasoned professionals, they quickly snapped this famous photo.

6. Annabelle

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In 1970, a student nurse called Donna noticed her doll was acting strangely. It would move around her apartment, leave messages for her on scraps of parchment, and allegedly attacked (and tried to strangle) Donna's roommate, Lou. Donna contacted psychic investigators the Warrens, who claimed it was "possessed by a demonic entity" and locked it away in their occult museum.

7. Borley Rectory

From 1863 until it burned down in 1939, Borley Rectory was considered to be the most haunted house in England. Inhabitants reported seeing the figure of a ghostly nun wandering the grounds, writing would appear on the wall, and servant bells would ring for no reason. When a new family moved into the rectory in 1928, they found a package containing a young woman's skull. Yikes.

8. The Enfield Poltergeist

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In the 1970s, the Hodgson family began to believe that they were being haunted by the spirit of a man called Bill, a previous occupant of their council house who had died there. There's video footage of one of the daughters (Janet), speaking in a deep voice as "Bill". The girls were regularly flung out of bed and claimed it was caused by Bill, and investigators took photos of Janet levitating.

9. The Bell Witch

The Bell Witch was an entity that allegedly haunted the Bell family in Tennessee in the 1800s. The "witch" would pull their hair and slap them, and even stuck pins in the family's daughter. It gradually began to speak aloud and would interact with visitors and tell them things that no one else could have known about their past and their family, as well as imitating their voices.

10. The "Montrose Ghost"

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In 1913, Irish airman Desmond Arthur's biplane collapsed without warning, and he was killed while he was flying over Montrose air base in Scotland. Not long afterwards, his ghostly form began to be sighted around the base, even cropping up in photographs. But that's not all: A mysterious, ghostly biplane was spotted above the base in 1940 by a World War II pilot. Was it flown by Desmond?

11. Resurrection Mary

Since the 1930s, men driving northeast through Justice in Illinois have occasionally been stopped by a female hitchhiker dressed in an old-fashioned white dress. She says little and always asks to be let out near Resurrection Cemetery, where she disappears. She also runs out in front of cars near the cemetery, as well as allegedly burning her handprints into the cemetery's iron fence.

12. The Bélmez Faces

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These spooky images started to spontaneously appear on the concrete floor of the Pereira family home in Spain way back in 1971. At first, the family destroyed the creepy images, but they would always come back. Some paranormal investigators believe the images are being psychically "burned" into the concrete by the house's dead former owner, Maria Gómez Cámara.

13. The Ghosts of the Petit Trianon

On 10 August 1901, two women decided to visit the Palace of Versailles in France. As they were walking through the gardens, the "light and shade" went out of the landscape, they saw people in old-fashioned clothing, and things started to feel flat, lifeless, and unnatural. The women described it as a "tableau vivant" – a living painting. They also came across a terrifying figure seated in the garden that they couldn't bear to go near, and became convinced that they had either time travelled or seen ghosts that day.

14. The Demon of Brownsville Road

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In 1988, the Cranmer family bought a house in Brentwood, Pennsylvania, and noted that the sellers seemed very keen to move out. They also found a box of Catholic religious items buried in the front yard, and contacted the sellers, who urged them to "put it back". Not long afterwards the family started to experience creepy phenomena, and their children would inexplicably cry and hyperventilate.

15. Hairy Hands

"Hairy Hands" is the name of a particularly homicidal entity said to haunt a road in Dartmoor, England, which has a habit of forcing drivers to crash. In 1921, an army captain reported that a pair of "invisible hands" had taken hold of his wheel and made his vehicle swerve off the road. Other victims have reported seeing the hands, and that they seemed to be covered in hair.

16. Robert

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If you thought Annabelle was creepy, then you probably don't want to know about Robert. He was the inspiration for Chucky, the haunted doll from the '80s horror movie Child's Play. The doll was given to author Robert Otto in 1906 when he was a toddler by a Bahamian servant who practised voodoo. At night, Otto's parents would hear him speaking to the doll...and the doll answering back.

Nope. No thank you.

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