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It’s Friday the 13th and the date alone has many people wanting to stay home with the doors locked. But don’t worry you aren’t alone! Apparently there is a scientific name for those who fear this date. It’s called Paraskavedekatriaphobia. Does that make you wonder…what are the most haunted places in Detroit!? Well, The Coop Show has the list!…
BELLE ISLE AT TACOMA LAKE
Legend has it that if you park on the bridge near Tacoma Lake facing the trees and honk three times, the ghost of a Native American woman will appear. She is alluring and dressed in white. The Great Spirit has placed her on the island to protect her beauty. She’s lonely, so she will motion for you to follow her into the woods. Occasionally, she’s mistaken for a white deer meandering the island.
Elmwood Cemetery is the site of the Battle of Bloody Run, an ambush by Chief Pontiac’s army on British soldiers. The bodies of fallen British caused the nearby creek to run red with blood, resulting in its present name. As one of Michigan’s oldest cemeteries, it’s known to be one of the best ghost hunting locations in Detroit.
According to the depths of the internet, mystical master Harry Houdini’s ghost wanders the Majestic. He gave one of his last performances (but not THE last) at the theater in 1926, then promptly died. We can’t prove a single part of this true, but Harry Houdini seems like the kind of guy who could orchestrate a haunting.
If the rumors are true, the Masonic is something like ghost Cedar Point. Anything ghosts enjoy doing—slamming doors, reenacting their deaths, pantsing—has been said to happen here. With 12M sq/ft filled with creepy Mason decorations, you can’t blame them for making the most of it.
Despite being Detroit’s best hotel in 1927 (Jimmy Hoffa and the Purple Gang were said to be regulars), the Leland exists today as a notoriously terrifying flophouse/underground club spot. Highlights include the now-shuttered fourth floor lounge, basement, and sub-basement. Although many have died in the Leland over time, the living sound just as concerning.
DETROIT JOURNAL DISASTER
The Detroit Journal building and most of its inhabitants died in 1895 when a boiler exploded. The building was destroyed. What was left of it caught on fire. Notably, the building engineer was not one of the 37 people that died. It was assumed he was not at his post at the time of the explosion, and he was arrested.
HISTORIC FORT WAYNE
Although its condition suggests having endured a lengthy siege, Fort Wayne has never actually seen any sort of battle. It did house displaced people, both in the Great Depression and the 12th Street Riots. As with any crumbling historic structure, general creepiness pervades.
TWO WAY INN
Having worked as a Union spy, archaeologist, and superintendent of Yellowstone National Park, the life of Philetus Norris sounds like that of a folk hero. Past and present owners of the Two Way Inn, his former business and residence, say his cowboy-like ghost has been seen keeping watch over the place, protecting it from arson.
ST. AUBIN MASSACRE
This location once housed a cult-like and mostly made up religion created by self-proclaimed prophet Benny Evangelista. If that wasn’t creepy enough, in 1929 Evangelista was discovered prim and proper at his desk, with his severed head at his feet. His wife and four small children were found murdered upstairs. No one was ever charged with the crime.