It may be no wonder that many of the prisons within this book are either closed or tourist attractions. These are the places where voices cry out, doors slam, icy chills are felt, and banjo playing occur. For example, Australia's Port Arthur has such happenings constantly, open to those courageous enough to want to visit. Prisons around the world, many deserted for decades, seem to keep a part of their history within their walls. Eastern State Penitentiary, in Pennsylvania, has had reports of ghosts, footsteps of invisible people, and whispering. The walls of this, and most of the abandoned prisons, are falling apart from neglect. Yet, people still want to enter these places, perhaps to determine if the stories they have heard are indeed true. The most famous of all possibly haunted abandoned prisons is on the island of Alcatraz, off the coast of California. It was said to be escape-proof, and although many inmates tried to escape the Rock, no one succeeded. Some of the worst criminals in the United States spent much of their lives there. Possibly the best-known of them is Al Capone, who, it is said, still plays his banjo for nervous tourists. All of the institutions listed in this book are closed to inmates, but it is said some of them "never left." After reading this book, and perhaps visiting one or more of these historic, possibly haunted sites, decide for yourself whether there is any truth to the stories you've read.
A board creaks. Is the building just old, or is there someone there, someone who doesn't belong, or isn't there at all? A door opens, but no one enters. Bloodstains appear where a young girl fell down a flight of stairs many years before. All these events are said to have occurred in "haunted" houses. But, are they real? Are there actually buildings where people, usually considered deceased, are said to have never left? Skeptics may disbelieve many of these claims, but can any of these stories be real? In this very small book, the author introduces many allegedly haunted places, including a famous house in Washington, D.C., where the spirits of two young girls are still said to be present, as well as a Jamaican plantation where a former owner is said to travel the grounds on a horse. These, and others, are described as possibly haunted. There are also places fraudulently said to be haunted. The best example the author gives is a house that a book was written about, then made into a movie, which turned out to be total fabrication. Anyone would like to try their hand at testing for the presence of a ghost in a building will find a list of tools that would be needed at the end of the book. A good mix of what is allegedly believed to be actual sightings, and what appears to be entirely fiction. Keep an open mind, and determine for yourself what is the truth.
"You go away for a nice vacation at a beautiful hotel. Suddenly, something wakes you up in the middle of the night. You open your eyes, and a young girl is in your room, but she has no legs or feet. Is this a dream or an illusion? Or, perhaps something appears to float in the air in your room. What's going on? There are some hotels, in the United States and other countries, where unusual happenings are said to take place: flickering lights, slamming doors, voices. But, there are also skeptics who believe any such encounters said to take place in hotels--especially high-end ones--are just fairy tales, stories possibly made to entice visitors to come and stay at their facility. In fact, some of these hotels actually have tours and promises that they just might see a ghost. And, yet, this does happen all over the world. Can it be nothing but imagination, or just a "tourist trip"? The author provides, in this very small book, an unbiased view of these buildings, and the reports about them. For curious-minded readers and travelers."