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Scariest places in Ohio have haunted, chilling histories and creepy ghosts

Published: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 @ 7:50 PM

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Ohio doesn’t have a lock on scary places. Every state has its share of tragedies, horrors and hauntings, but Ohio does have some of the creepiest places on record and enough ghost stories to last a lifetime.

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Here are the top five scariest places in the Buckeye State that will terrify even the bravest of souls.
 
1-Ohio State Reformatory 
Mansfield, Ohio
 
This Gothic structure is now a state historical site and offers guided tours, including ghost hunts, to interested visitors. It was also the location for the classic film “The Shawshank Redemption,” and hosts an annual Halloween event called Blood Prison, but all it takes is just one look at the place and it’s easy to tell it has to be one of the scariest places in Ohio.

A photo of the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio, in 1911 .(ullstein bild Dtl./ullstein bild via Getty Images)


Workers laid the cornerstone on what was known as an intermediate prison, between the Boys Industrial School in Lancaster and the Ohio State Penitentiary in Columbus, for nonviolent offenders on Nov. 4, 1886, according to the Mansfield News Journal. The building was used as an operational prison for 94 years, until 1981, and during that time there was a good deal of violence, death and disease. It’s not surprising in the least to find out that the place is haunted. Visitors have reported seeing shadows, hearing strange noises and conversations, and experiencing feelings of anger, dread and sadness.

A guard at the Reformatory is photographed in 1911 with the tiers of cell blocks shown over his head and the cavernous prison stretching out behind him. (ullstein bild Dtl./ullstein bild via Getty Images)


In 1948, the reformatory’s farm boss, his wife and his daughter were kidnapped and killed by two enraged parolees outside the prison’s walls, according to the Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society, but the building itself is believed to be haunted by the ghosts of Arthur Lewis Glattke, the superintendent at the prison from 1935 until 1959, and his wife, Helen. The warden’s wife died from an accidental shooting and several years later the warden died from a heart attack according to the Preservation Society. The couple’s disembodied voices have been heard in the prison’s old superintendent’s office.
A 14-year-old boy is also believed to haunt the basement, where he was reportedly beaten to death, according to the website Mysterious Heartland.
 
 
2-Lorain Palace Theater
Lorain, Ohio
 
The Lorain Palace Theater opened in 1928 in Lorain, Ohio, near Cleveland. It seats just over 1,700 guests and was the first movie theater in the state to show talking pictures, according to the theater’s website.
Dave Hensley, a paranormal researcher and the founder of EVP Mediums, told The Chronicle-Telegram after investigating the Palace that there are so many spirits there, he couldn’t even count them all.
“We got a name from a gentleman named Ed, who said he worked at the shipyard. That’s profound because the shipyard was directly behind the Palace. He claimed that he was murdered, pushed down stairs,” Hensley said.
“There was a spirit who said he died of heroin. And we had spirits that were killed in the 1924 tornado that hit Lorain. That was pretty emotional. One of them said, ‘My body flew,’” Henslet told the Chronicle.

A view from the stage of the historic, and some say haunted, Lorain Palace Theater in Lorain, Ohio.(Lorain Palace Theater)


The theater’s operations director told the newspaper most people in the area probably know about the ghosts and spirits that roam the Palace’s hallways.
“I think everybody in Lorain County has been privy to the rumors of the unexplained activity in the Lorain Palace Theater,” Chris Pataky said.
In fact, a documentary on the haunted theater, called “Ghosts of the Palace,” is scheduled to debut at the movie house this weekend.


 
3-The Ceely Rose House at Malabar Farm
Lucas, Ohio
 
The Ceely Rose House is located on land that is now part of Malabar Farm State Park in Richland County near Lucas, Ohio. It is still a working farm and its history dates back more than 100 years, before the state owned the land, to a time when a crime of such great horror and tragedy forever scarred the place where it occurred and created what some consider one of the most haunted places in the state.

The Ceely Rose House, named after a teenage killer who once lived there, is a little white house not too far from the main farmhouse at the park and what happened there in 1896 still scares many visitors today.
Ceely Rose reportedly confessed to a neighbor what she did to her family. When a boy she had a crush on and wanted to marry told her that her family didn’t want them to wed, Ceely poisoned her family “by soaking flypaper in water and then secretly pouring the arsenic-laced water over the cottage cheese she served them,” according to Ohio State Park News. Her mother, Rebecca Rose; her father, David Rose; and her brother, Walter Rose; were all dead within weeks. She was committed to a mental institution until her death at the age of 83.

The Ceely Rose House at Malabar Farm in Ohio’s Pleasant Valley region is said to be haunted with the ghost of the teenage family killer.(Richland Source)


Some visitors swear Ceely is still lurking in the house. They’ve reported hearing ghostly voices or seeing a young woman roaming through the hallways or glimpsing someone at a window.

4- Stivers School for the Arts
Dayton, Ohio

The Stivers School for the Arts is a magnet school in the Dayton Public Schools district with some 900 students in grades seventh through 12. The school began operations in 1908, but its haunted history seems to stem from a mysterious murder that happened in the school’s basement pool in the 1920s.


According to the online magazine Dayton Most Metro, a teacher named Mary Tyler  was found dead in the pool with a locket in one hand and a broken pointer in the other. The teacher was reportedly involved with a senior student at the time of her death. He disappeared after her body was found and was never seen again.
Officials believe the unnamed student tore his picture out of the teacher’s locket, so no one would suspect him, according to writer Julianne Heisler.
The school eventually covered over the pool, building a classroom on top of it. A trapdoor still leads down into the pool, which is used for storage now, Heisler said, but it seems Mary Tyler never left.
Students and maintenace staff have “reported Tyler’s ghostly figure levitating in the abandoned pool and floating about the lower levels and the network of tunnels buried underneath the school, banging on pipes and wailing loudly wherever she goes,” Dayton Most Metro reported.

Students have also reported odd occurrances in the classroom built over the pool, including disappearing objects, changes in temperature and flickering lights, according to a story by MysteriousHeartland.com.
Local writer Karen Laven said she sensed something strange when she visited Stivers. “Stivers gave off a distinctly weird vibe, and not only when I was looking down into the bowels of the old swimming pool where Mary was found dead, but throughout the school,” Laven reported.
Local paranormal experts have said sightings happen frequently at Stivers

 

5-The House of Wills
Cleveland, Ohio
 
The House of Wills is said to be haunted and, with the historic 34-room mansion’s long and storied history, it’s easy to see why.

A photo of the House of Wills in Cleveland, Ohio, in recent years. The 34-room mansion is thought to be haunted by many ghosts and spirits.(Christopher Busta-Peck [CC BY-SA 1.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)


It was built in 1898 by the Germania Turnverein Social Club, according to the website of the current owner, Cleveland artist Eric Freeman. By 1912, it was turned into the Hospital for Immigrants and by 1920 it housed the Cleveland Hebrew Institute, until 1938. Prominent African-American entrepreneur and businessman John Walker Wills bought the property in 1942 to use as the location for his second funeral parlor.
Wills died in the home in 1971 and his family sold it in 2005. The home fell into disrepair until Freeman bought it in 2010 and started the challenging work of restoring and renovating the property.
Freeman said on his website that Wills is believed to be one of many ghosts that haunt the house, and on his Facebook page he posted a scary electronic voice phenomena, or EVP, recording from the house of what sounds like dozens of spirits from beyond trying to be heard by the living. 


“Paranormal investigators and visitors claim to have seen shadowy figures moving silently from room to room before vanishing suddenly, along with a spectral man in a suit who stalks visitors throughout the building,” according to the website hauntedplaces.org. A swirling mist has also been seen in the old casket room and visitors have claimed to hear voices, the website said.
The old funeral home was available on Airbnb, according to Clevescene.com, which said for $200 a night guests get access to the entire house, including a large auditorium and various gathering rooms, but guests should be warned there was no electricity or running water.

 

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Florida mom arrested after 3-year-old left in car overnight, deputies say; child hospitalized

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 7:35 AM

Deputies said they arrested 33-year-old Sanford, Florida, resident Casey Keller and charged her with child neglect with great bodily harm.
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Deputies said they arrested 33-year-old Sanford, Florida, resident Casey Keller and charged her with child neglect with great bodily harm.(Seminole County Sheriff's Office)

A 3-year-old girl was in critical condition Sunday afternoon after being left in a vehicle overnight near Sanford, Florida, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office said.

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Deputies said they were called to the Vista Haven Apartments on Petunia Terrace around 11:12 a.m. Sunday after reports of a missing child left in a vehicle that was possibly stolen.

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The toddler was found overheated and in and out of consciousness inside the vehicle at the apartment complex and was taken to a local hospital in critical but stable condition, deputies said.

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Deputies said they arrested 33-year-old Sanford resident Casey Keller and charged her with child neglect with great bodily harm.

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Keller allegedly traveled to a liquor store late Saturday night with three children and returned to the apartment complex around 11:15 p.m., investigators said.

According to a press release, Keller took two older children into an apartment but did not bring in the 3-year-old.

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Deputies said Keller called 911 Sunday morning to report the child was missing.

Investigators said they have found no evidence the vehicle was stolen.

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Laura Bush, Melania Trump speak out on separation of immigrant children, parents at border

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 5:41 AM

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Two first ladies are weighing in on the separation of immigrant children and parents at the United States' border with Mexico.

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Former first lady Laura Bush criticized the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy on illegal immigration as "cruel" in a Washington Post op-ed Sunday.

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"I live in a border state," Bush wrote. "I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart."

According to The Associated Press, the policy, which started last month, "sought to maximize criminal prosecutions of people caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally," leading to more adults in jail, separated from their children. 

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"Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso," Bush continued. "These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history."

She added: "In 2018, can we not as a nation find a kinder, more compassionate and more moral answer to this current crisis? I, for one, believe we can."

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First lady Melania Trump also shared her thoughts on the issue Sunday.

"Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform," said her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, according to CNN. "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart."

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New Jersey arts festival shooting: Suspect dead, 22 hurt, police say

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 7:50 AM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 8:52 AM

New Jersey Arts Festival Shooting

One suspect is dead and 22 people were hurt early Sunday after gunfire rang out at an arts festival in Trenton, New Jersey, authorities said.

 

According to The Associated Press, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri said two suspects began firing their weapons at the Art All Night festival about 3 a.m. EDT Sunday. Authorities originally said four of the victims were injured critically, and 17 of the victims suffered gunshot wounds, the AP reported. A 13-year-old teen who was in critical condition was upgraded Sunday night to stable condition, The Trentonian reported

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UPDATE, June 18, 2018, 8:53 a.m. EDT: Police said Tahaij Wells, 32, died at the hospital after suffering gunshot wounds during the melee, The Trentonian reported. Police said he was one of the suspects who were shooting inside the warehouse. 

Police identified another shooter as Amir Armstrong, 23, who was listed in stable condition at a hospital, the Trentonian reported. Prosecutors said Armstrong was charged with a weapons offense. Police said there was a third suspected gunman who was in critical condition but did not identify him, the newspaper reported.

UPDATE: June 17, 2018, 2:59 p.m.: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy spoke at the Galilee Baptist Church in Trenton. “Art All Night is a time when we call come together. We cannot let gun violence tear us apart,” he said. “These are not inappropriate times to talk about gun policy. These are the most important times to talk about gun policy.” 

UPDATE: June 17, 2018, 2:40 p.m.: The Trentonian reported that “law enforcement sources” believed a fight that sparked the shooting was the result of an ongoing conflict between two rival groups. A social media post 15 hours before the shooting suggested that there would be gunfire at the event. A Facebook post by Danielle Grady pleaded for people to “Please, please, do not got to Art All Night! They will be shooting it up!” 

The post has since been taken down, but the Trentonian ran a screen shot of the Facebook post.

UPDATE: June 17, 2018, 11:00 a.m.  EDT: Officials said 22 people were injured during the incident, 17 by gunfire. Of the four people injured critically, one was a 13-year-old boy who was in “extreme critical condition,” police said.

UPDATE: June 17, 2018, 9:25 a.m. EDT: What Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri said the festival does not appear to have been the target of the shooting, NJ.com reported.

"All indications are that this was a dispute between individuals that occurred at Art All Night," Onofri said.

UPDATE: June 17, 2018, 9:08 a.m. EDT: At a news conference Sunday morning, Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson called the shooting “truly a tragedy” for the city. 

“All shootings, whether large or small, are a crisis. It’s a fact that our cities, as well as our suburbs, throughout America are experiencing an increase in public shootings and public unrest,” Jackson said. “This isn’t some random act of violence; this is a public health issue. We are working cooperatively and collaboratively to end this violence in the city of Trenton.”

UPDATE: June 17, 2018, 8:53 a.m. EDT: Art festival officials announced on Facebook “with great regret” that the remainder of the festival had been canceled.

“We’re still processing much of this and we don’t have many answers at this time,” officials wrote in the Facebook post.

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A president resigns, dies or is impeached: What is the line of succession?

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 8:42 AM

 President Donald J. Trump delivers the State of the Union address as Vice President Mike Pence (L) and Speaker of the House U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) (R) look on in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. Should Trump resign, die or be impeached, Pence would become president under the Presidential Succession Act. Ryan, as House Speaker, would be president should both Pence and Trump become unable to fulfill their duties.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
President Donald J. Trump delivers the State of the Union address as Vice President Mike Pence (L) and Speaker of the House U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) (R) look on in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. Should Trump resign, die or be impeached, Pence would become president under the Presidential Succession Act. Ryan, as House Speaker, would be president should both Pence and Trump become unable to fulfill their duties. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Since 1789, eight U.S. presidents have either died or been killed while in office. One has resigned. 

On the death of the eight men and the resignation of the other, their vice presidents stepped into the role of president, following the requirement laid out in the Constitution for an orderly change of leadership.

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But what would happen if the president and the vice president were simultaneously unable to carry out their duties? Who would step in to be president?

The Presidential Succession Act of 1947 outlines the order of succession to the presidency with a list that includes congressional members and those serving in the president’s cabinet. Congress is authorized to enact legislation concerning the order of succession under Article II, Section 1, Clause 6 of the U.S. Constitution. The Twentieth Amendment, adopted in 1933, and the Twenty-fifth Amendment, adopted in 1967, also address who will sit in the Oval Office and under what circumstances.

There have been three presidential succession acts passed in the country’s history, with the 1947 act being the latest. 

In 1792, the act declared that, the president pro tempore of the Senate would be first in line for the presidency should the president and the vice president both be incapacitated. The speaker of the House was second in line.

The 1886 act replaced the president pro tempore and speaker on the list with the members of the president’s cabinet. 

The order of succession reflected the order in which the cabinet positions had been created, with the secretary of state first in line after the vice president.

In 1947, the president pro tempore of the Senate and the speaker of the House were brought back in to the line of succession. This time, the speaker of the House was first in line behind the vice president, and the president pro tempore second in line. Members of the cabinet fill out the line as they did in the 1886 act, by when the cabinet positions were created.

Here is the line of succession for the United States government with the names of the current office holders. 
  1. Vice President: Mike Pence
  2. Speaker of the House: Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin)
  3. President pro tempore of the Senate: Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
  4. Secretary of State: Mike Pompeo
  5. Secretary of the Treasury: Steven Mnuchin
  6. Secretary of Defense: James Mattis
  7. U.S. Attorney General: Jeff Sessions
  8. Secretary of the Interior: Ryan Zinke
  9. Secretary of Agriculture: Sonny Perdue
  10. Secretary of Commerce: Wilbur Ross
  11. Secretary of Labor: R. Alexander Acosta
  12. Secretary of Health and Human Services: Alex Azar
  13. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Ben Carson
  14. Secretary of Transportation: Elaine L. Chao – Chao would not be able to assume the presidency because she was not born in the United States
  15. Secretary of Energy: Rick Perry
  16. Secretary of Education: Betsy DeVos
  17. Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Robert Wilkie – Wilkie was nominated by Trump to be the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs; he has not yet been confirmed for that position
  18. Secretary of Homeland Security: Kirstjen Nielsen  

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