There are an infinite amount of terrifying stories that come from Florida. A few of those creepy Florida stories include the infamous 2012 Miami cannibal incident where a man tried to eat another man's face. Then there's the onslaught of hurricanes, and let's not forget the giant alligators that keep appearing on Florida golf courses.
Florida certainly provides a fair share of nightmare fuel, and to make matters worse, some of the paranormally freaky things that happen in Florida are considered the real deal.
From the Key West Cemetery to the Apollo 1 launch site, there have been a number of suspected supernatural sightings down in the Sunshine State. If you have the travel bug and the desire to see some possibly sunburned spirits, here are a few of Florida's haunted locales you can actually visit.
When over 100,000 people are buried in a cemetery, you can expect a few souls to stick around. Florida's Key West Cemetery is no stranger to the supernatural, including disembodied voices and unexplainable lights. Among the supernatural entities, a mysterious woman occasionally appears to scold visitors who sit on gravestones or in some way disrespect the interred.
The cemetery also comes with an extra dose of mordid history. Although it was established in 1847, some of the graves date back to 1829 because a hurricane blew through the state and unearthed several bodies, forcing them to be moved to the Key West Cemetery. Other unique headstones might not date back before the place was established, but certainly call for attention with inscriptions like Pearl Roberts: "I told you I was sick."
East Martello Fort in Key West is home to Robert the Doll, on display in the fort's museum. Robert took the name of his owner, Robert Eugene Otto, who henceforth became known as Gene. Gene would blame his bad behavior on the doll, and the two were together until Gene's death in 1974.
Robert supposedly listens in on his visitors' conversations, and previous owners reported him moving around on his own. Other museum guests say their cameras malfunction around him.
Gephyrophobia is the fear of crossing a bridge. Although a bridge does not have to be particularly terrifying for someone with gephyrophobia to fear it, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge near Tampa, FL, certainly is. This particular bridge has a collection of horror stories attached to it that are enough to make anyone consider taking the long way around.
In 1980 a freighter accidentally struck part of the bridge, causing several cars and a Greyhound bus to tumble into the water. On top of the freak accident, 200 people have jumped from the tallest point of the bridge, resulting in their death. Some travelers say they hear whispers along the bridge; others see people walking on the edge. A few have even claimed to have given a young woman a ride over the bridge - only for her to disappear right from their passenger seat.
Operating from 1891 to 1953, the Old Jail in St. Augustine has the type of sordid history that supposedly lends itself to residual paranormal activity. While it was in use, there were reportedly no bathing or sanitary facilities, creating an awful environment that alone would be enough to give any visitor nightmares. Prisoners were also allegedly subjected to starvation, beatings, and torture while they were incarcerated.
As a result, those who dare to visit report supernatural occurrences such as cold spots and mysterious smells. Some say they can hear the sound of heavy footsteps dragging along the concrete floor, while others hear whispers, wails, and laughter within the walls of empty cells.