Washington February 12, 2018
9 Reasons That Washington Is The Most Terrifying, Spookiest State
Washington is a beautiful state. It’s also surprisingly creepy. Every state has their ghost stories and unsolved mysteries, and some of them are pretty eerie – but we think Washington has them beat. Here’s why.
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1. First, let's talk about Maltby's 13 Steps to Hell.
This spot is so creepy, the steps have been removed from Maltby's cemetery. But before they were, there were 13 steps starting at ground level descending into the ground leading to the back entrance of the tomb of a wealthy family. People, especially teens, would dare each other to go down the stairs, touch the door to the tomb, and come back. But when the unlucky people turned around after completing the dare, they would apparently get a terrifying glimpse into hell. Some people were so traumatized they were left unable to speak. What in the hell? Pun intended.
2. Then there's the serial killer who once put a hex on his captors... and it worked.
Serial killer Jake Bird was sentenced to death in 1947 for the murders of Bertha Kludt and her daughter, Beverly June Kludt (he is thought to have killed up to 46 people). At his sentencing, Bird announced that he was placing a hex on anyone who had anything to do with his punishment, stating "Mark my words, you will die before I do." And then six people who were involved with his trial actually died of different causes before his 1949 execution. Yikes.
3. As if Prosser's Gravity Hill wasn't creepy enough, now we have child ghosts to worry about.
Gravity Hill is located just north of Prosser, in the middle of nowhere and just down the street from an old, supposedly haunted grain elevator. The starting point is clearly marked, and if you put your car in neutral, it will begin to roll up the hill. And according to legend, if you dust the back of your car first, you'll be able to see the tiny handprints of the ghost children that pushed your car. Great.
4. If you're walking around the city of Auburn after dark, watch out for an angry man without a face.
Many years ago, a wealthy landowner sold the property that came to form the city of Auburn. Apparently the man isn't happy about the way his land is being used, because according to local legend, he roams around A Street at night and has angrily walked through walls just to freak people out. Oh, and he doesn't have a face.
5. Mt. Rainier is majestic... and it's also a hot spot for UFOs.
On June 24, 1947, a pilot named Kenneth Arnold spotted nine flying saucers over Mt. Rainier. This was the first major sighting of the era, and it initiated a UFO craze.
6. Let's not forget our creepy history, like the fact that Starvation Heights used to exist.
In the early 1900s, this woman, Linda Burfield Hazzard, created a "health sanitarium" called Wilderness Heights in Olalla. But her method for achieving "health" was actually starvation, and many of her patients died. Today, the foundation of the building and the incinerator are all that remain, unless you count the spirits of her victims that are said to roam the property.
7. In 1899, a large ship sank in Commencement Bay near Tacoma, and no one knows why.
The ship was called the Andelana, and it was arriving from China. The ship capsized at the mouth of the Puyallup River, killing the captain and the 18 person crew. The two divers who were later sent to recover the ship also died, and no one knows why.
8. Also, we have a few haunted schools.
Mariner High School in Everett has its own mascot... and it has glowing eyes. The high school keeps their lights on all night, but they often start to flicker around midnight, sometimes shutting off. Some people swear they have seen glowing eyes inside.
9. One of the most haunted spots in the state is a cemetery.
The Black Diamond Cemetery is the final resting place of many coal miners, and legend has it that you'll hear them singing and whistling... and you might even see their flickering lanterns... at night.
Washington might be spooky, but that just makes it even more interesting. If you’re hoping to see a ghost here, your odds will be best at