Cleveland January 29, 2017
The Story Behind Cleveland’s Most Haunted House Will Give You Nightmares
There are few things that can generate chills down our necks quite like a haunted house. Whether it’s a hoax or not, just the thought that a house could be home to a number of evil spirits is enough to keep us awake at night. There is perhaps no more famous haunted house in Cleveland than the centuries-old Gothic manor, Franklin Castle.
The Hannes Tiedemann house, better known as Franklin Castle, is believed to be the single most haunted house in Ohio.
The first reported haunting at Franklin Castle took place in 1968, nearly 100 years after the entire Tiedemann family died out.
Built in 1881, the house has seen at least six confirmed tragic deaths within its walls.
Tiedemann's wife, mother, and four children all passed away in the home, and things only got more sinister after that. Rumors of murder and other crimes plagued the house.
Today it stands abandoned, and only the truly bold have found their way inside in recent years.
Since the house was purchased in 2011, you might have some trouble getting past the thick iron gate.
The interior is largely unchanged from when the last residents fled the house in 1974.
The creepy ambiance of the house is only increased by the rotting remains of 40-year-old furniture.
The last family to live in Franklin Castle claimed that the house was haunted, and held several exorcisms to try and expel the spirits.
In addition to exorcisms, the house was inspected by the famous Northeast Ohio Physical Research Society; a paranormal investigative group.
Today, the spooky stories surrounding Franklin Castle have turned it into an urban legend in Cleveland.
Rumor says that the house contains numerous secret passages and hidden rooms, with explanations ranging from deranged killers to Prohibition bootleggers.
While there are plenty of skeptics who doubt the legitimacy of these hauntings, many people suggest otherwise.
In the 1990s, the creepy history surrounding the house became a front-page story again after a skeleton was found in one of the closets.
For example, the person who took this photo claimed that the mysterious white streak pictured in the window wasn't visible when he was taking the photo.
We can't say for sure if this is a true ghostly encounter caught on film, but it's scary nonetheless.
Whether Franklin Castle is haunted or not, you definitely don't want to go there at night.
Or during the day, for that matter.
Have you ever been near Franklin Castle? Have you seen any strange things in its old windows? Be sure to tell us about your experiences in the comments.