If you’re ghost hunting and you’d like to investigate overlooked, extremely haunted sites, “outsider” locations are ideal.
They’re infamous, or they’re practically forgotten. Or both.
In most cases, ghosts connected to infamous people – such as Jack the Ripper – are already well-known.
Often, the places they haunt have been researched by so many people, the ghostly (or psychic) energy can seem diluted.*
In my opinion, the dilution occurs when recent residual energy – from the intense emotions of paranormal investigators – remains at the site.
That’s why I’m always more interested in lesser-known haunts, and unreported sites.
If you want to find fresh, intensely haunted sites, historical research can make a big difference.
One way to simplify your research: start with “outsiders” in history, and places connected to them.
An added bonus: These sites can be “hiding in plain sight.” You might drive past them – or signs pointing to them – daily.
To help you find these kinds of sites, I’ve created a simplified checklist. It summarizes the main steps I take when I’m looking for a haunted site with unreported (or under-reported) paranormal activity, for my own research or as a location scout for TV producers.
Here’s the link to the PDF on Google Drive: Click here to download a free copy of Finding Unexplored “Outsider” Haunts. (It’s okay to share that link with others.)
Related articles at this website:
- Ghostly “Outsiders” and Haunted Places
- How to Find Haunted “Outsider” Sites
- Using History to Find Haunted Places
*There are exceptions to the dilution concept. Here are a few:
- Of course, Tudor World (Stratford-upon-Avon, England) comes to mind immediately. That site is so eerie and so haunted, it breaks all the rules. I’m sure the site has a secret history that’s not been revealed yet – possibly multiple reasons why its ghosts are the strangest I’ve ever encountered. They’ve been there for so many centuries, I don’t think they’ll fade… ever.
- I love England, including London, but there’s not enough money in the world to entice me to spend a night in London’s Highgate Cemetery. It has so many layers of paranormal activity, thousands of investigators could stream through, daily, for a century or longer… and it’d remain one of the most chilling, haunted places on Earth.
- Lizzie Borden’s house (Fall River, Massachusetts) is another weird site every ghost hunter should investigate. Its ghostly energy probably won’t diminish until the real murder story is told. And, oh yes, if you explore the basement, be sure your companions have nerves of steel. I’m not sure those ghosts have any direct connection to sweet-when-she’s-not-angry Lizzie.
- The library at Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount (Lenox, Massachusetts), is a room with an extraordinary level of paranormal energy, no matter how many ghost hunters investigate it. The rest of the house is charming and at least lightly haunted, but the library… it’s in a powerful class of its own.
- And then there are hot-and-cold sites like the Hellfire Club (Montpelier Hill, Dublin, Ireland) which seems to fluctuate between being insanely haunted… and then not haunted at all. Nothing in-between, and I don’t think that has anything to do with how many people investigate it.