With a history like this one, it's no wonder that Salem, MA, is a city filled with creepy stories and haunted folklore. In 1692, witchcraft hysteria swept through Salem, ultimately leading to the deaths of 20 innocent people during the notorious Salem witch trials. As he was being tortured, accused witch Giles Corey cursed the town and its sheriff, and now his ghost appears as a bad omen before terrible events.
But the town's trouble didn't end with the Salem witch trials. Pirates, sailors, smugglers, and bootleggers also made Salem their home, and their ghostly remains haunt everything from a basement embalming studio/speakeasy to the creepy underground tunnels that crisscross the coastline.
Read on for true stories of some of the many spooky and sinister things that have happened in Salem, and the ghostly effects from its tragic history that still linger today.
The Ghost Of Giles Corey Appears Before Terrible Events
Joshua Ward's House Was Built On An Infamous Sheriff's Land
The House Of The Seven Gables Is Haunted By Its Former Owner
The Jonathan Corwin House Has Direct Ties To The Witch Trials