“Now I know what a ghost is. Unfinished business, that’s what.”- Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses
Pure spooky tales put to the side, listed here are the most haunted sites within each state, many of which have been widely documented – some for generations. What makes a site supremely haunted though? What is it that distinguishes one place breathtakingly eerie? The answer isn’t so straightforward, as it can be one of a couple of things, or a combination thereof. Many sights are vaulted to top of the terror list due to the violence that led to their hauntings – think mass murders involving axes and rifles. Others aren’t so much terrifying as they are extremely active, such as many of our nation’s historic hotels and theaters. In fact, hauntings occur virtually everywhere across America, from houses, hotels, and theaters to universities, government buildings, and even highways.