Who doesn’t love a good haunting story? Well, New Mexico is full of them. Whether they are rooted in fact or simply urban legends or old wives’ tales, these nine spine-tingling hauntings are widely promoted as true. What do you think?
1. Penitentiary of New Mexico (Santa Fe)
In February 1980, inmates took control of the prison in one of the worst
in American history. When all was said and done, 33 people were dead and more than 100 others injured. Visitors to the "Old Main" have reported a variety of paranormal experiences, strange sounds, and odd feelings. In particular, there is a charcoal outline of a body that was burned to death during the riot that will not go away - no matter how many times the floor is cleaned or painted. Creepy, huh?
2. Double Eagle Restaurant (Mesilla)
In 1849, Spanish maid Inez was in love with Armando - until they were both stabbed to death by Armando’s mother in what is now the restaurant’s Carlotta room. Among the paranormal phenomena visitors have reported are a woman’s laughter, what appears to be Inez’s apparition, and the strong aroma of perfume. In fact, there are many photographs of strange occurrences in this room.
3. Holy Cross Sanitorium/Camp Cody (Deming)
Devil worshipers were found sacrificing animals at this former WWII military base and hospital in the 1970s. The one remaining building is home to much paranormal activity. In addition to various lights and noises, a shadowy figure lurks inside the doorway. Surrounding houses have also reported plenty of paranormal activity. Recently, several murders were committed there. Today it is full of graffiti even though law enforcement regularly patrols the area.
4. Shuler Theater (Raton)
Dr. James Jackson Shuler - the first physician in Raton, as well as the mayor from 1899-1902 - is said to haunt this historic theater named for him. Various signs of the haunting include strange scraping sounds on the stage, a dressing room with significant cold spots and a broken mirror that almost never works. The majority of folks who have seen a performance here have reported seeing or hearing some type of paranormal weirdness.
5. Chaves County Courthouse (Roswell)
The name Roswell typically evokes thoughts of UFOs and aliens for most people; however, ghosts abound here as well. Built in 1911, this beautiful courthouse was once the only site for executions in the entire state. So, naturally, it would be haunted, right? However, witnesses have also seen various spectral children and heard their ghostly cries, but nobody seems to know who these angst-ridden ghosts might be.
6. New Mexico Military Institute (Roswell)
Back in the 1800s, members of the frontier "Juliet" troop were periodically sent to defend the area from Native Americans and Wild West ruffians. One day, the troop never returned. A clock tower was constructed in their honor and on some days, you can see the faces of the boys who died looking down from the tower. Additionally, the military phonetic "Juliet" for "J" is not used here.
7. Los Alamos High School (Los Alamos)
Built in 1946, the school’s auditorium is said to be haunted by two oft-seen ghosts. The first is a girl who fell to her death from a spiral staircase above the stage. It is said that she tries to push people off that same staircase with a huge gush of cold air. The second ghost is a girl who died from a heart attack in the front row, fifth seat from the left. Whenever anyone sits in this seat, they report feeling cold air as well as her "presence" - a sad and uneasy feeling.
8. The Lodge Resort & Spa (Cloudcroft)
This old hotel is home to the ghost of a red-headed girl named Rebecca who worked there during the 1920s and 1930s. Rebecca allegedly prostituted herself to some of the hotel guests – that is, until her lumberjack husband caught her in the act. While Rebecca disappeared, her ghost remains. Many people have seen her arranging flowers, roaming the hotel, and even taking a bath.
9. La Luz Canyon (La Luz)
A mother and her two children were killed when their vehicle was run off the bridge by a truck. Many have reported that if you stop on the bridge and put baby powder on your car, you will see small handprints in the dust, hear the sound of children giggling, and feel your car being pushed off the bridge.
Granted, the state is full of other spine-tingling hauntings, but these nine are truly hair-raising. Have you experienced any of these? Do you know of any others? Tell us about them in the comments.
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