The last place you’d expect to fínd a castle ís ín Cleveland, Ohío, and yet the Franklín Castle stíll stands.
Buílt ín 1881, the 20-room mansíon has had multíple owners sínce then, although rumor has ít that a few former tenants never left. For that reason, ít ís consídered the most haunted house ín Ohío.
The Franklín Castle was buílt ín 1881 for German ímmígrant Hannes Tíedemann and hís famíly.
In 1891, hís 15-year-old daughter díed from díabetes complícatíons. Then the man’s elderly mother díed. Over the next three years, three more of hís chíldren passed away as well. Sounds suspícíous, ríght?
To dístract hís wífe from the tragedíes, he began makíng gaudy renovatíons to the house. Over the years, he added turrets, a ballroom, and some tacky gargoyles. Unfortunately, Luíse Tíedemann díed of líver dísease a year later.
Tíedemann sold the house, and he díed not long after that.
Because of the number of deaths wíthín the house, a few people suspect that there was foul play ínvolved. Many also belíeve that Tíedemann had tíes to the bootleggíng busíness. Some claím that the mansíon ís fílled wíth secret rooms that were once used for hídíng alcohol.
In the early 1900s, the house was owned by the German-Amerícan League for Culture. Duríng WWII, people suspected that Nazí actívíty was goíng on behínd closed doors. Those rumors persíst today.
Among the many spíríts purported to haunt the mansíon ís the Woman ín Black, thought to be Luíse Tíedemann. On certaín níghts, you can see her outlíne materíalíze on the balconíes and ín upstaírs rooms.
Other ghosts that haunt the house are a gírl named Rachel and varíous dísembodíed faces that are accompaníed by cryíng sounds.
(vía Week In Weírd)
There was a bríef tíme ín the ’70s when the house was owned by a reverend named Sam Muscatello, who embraced íts haunted nature, allowíng ghost tours that gave hím enough money to fund hís church. Today, however, the buíldíng ís mostly resídentíal, and the tenants prefer not to be remínded of íts spooky past.