I grew up near the town of Dacre, Ontario which lies just a few minutes down the road from the ghost town of Balaclava, Ontario. An old mill town, Balaclava is home to some of the creepiest abandoned buildings you will ever see in your life. Last year my dad told me of an unsettling conversation he had with an unassuming old man he met at my cousin’s corner store. The man had been staying at one of said houses during a hunting trip all by his lonesome, and he told my father that he had been warned by the owner not to be surprised if he encountered one of the home’s “permanent guests.” Sure enough, on the first night, the man said he could hear doors opening and closing in the kitchen downstairs, footsteps on the stairs, and various noises coming from several corners of the old house. But none of this was particularly concerning to the man who had put two-and-two together as to what (i.e. who) was creating all this ruckus. No, what began to concern him was what had happened during night #2. He described to my dad how his tolerance for ghosts was higher than most people (stoicism is very de rigueur in The Ottawa Valley), but during sleep #2 he awoke to something pulling the sheets off his bed. I shit you fucking not. And this was not your average sheet-pulling: this man is in his early 70s and he had to use every last ounce of his physical strength to keep those sheets on his bed — this went on for two full hours off-and-on. I am a 100% believer in ghosts, and to hear my own father (who is the most old school, non-exaggerative man on earth) recount these details from his conversation with a man who is apparently is even less exaggerative than he is, cemented my beliefs even more.
One of the most haunted locations in the entire United States, where having your sheets pulled off in the middle of the night would probably not be out of the ordinary whatsoever, is the home of Lizzie Borden (1860-1927), the woman who allegedly killed her father and stepmother with a hatchet on August 4, 1892, in Fall River, Massachusetts. The Ghost Adventures team of Zak, Nick, and Aaron, recently conducted a lockdown investigation inside the infamous home, and as they discovered, these two murders were not the first to take place on the property (two young children, each younger than two-years-old, were killed by their mother years before). The 1892 Lizzie Borden murders became international news within a few short days, and Lizzie Borden’s name has forever since endured in American pop culture and criminology.
Take a look below as the Ghost Adventures crew spend a very long night locked up inside the Lizzie Borden House where they experience some disturbing encounters with the “permanent residents” of the home. To learn more about Lizzie Borden and her history CLICK HERE, and for all things Ghost Adventures be sure to visit them at The Travel Channel, and you can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
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