There's nothing like a good ghost story, but many people don't know the tragic backstories and dark secrets behind many of the US's most famous hauntings. Folklore tends to link real-life horrors with eerie paranormal occurrences, but it's easy to forget that these events happened to actual people. Whether it's a cold-blooded murder, a terrible fire, or a tragic death that features in these horrific stories behind ghosts and hauntings, they're all said to leave behind some spiritual mark. Even if you don't believe in the paranormal, these stories may just send a chill down your spine.
Do you know the real-life events that inspired The Amityville Horror? Did you ever look into the true story of Delphine LaLaurie after watching American Horror Story? Read on to discover the forgotten backstories behind some of the most notorious (alleged) hauntings in US history.