For a "city with no history" as Miami is so often, and so wrongly, called, the last century or so has been plenty of time for people to die - often in horrid ways - and to haunt our fair, sunny town. Yep, haunting stories abound, making Miami a pretty gosh darn haunted place, if you buy that sort of thing. Just in time for Halloween, here's a Map of Haunted Miami.Read More
Get Your Bikini Bottoms Scared Off At These Miami Haunts
Back in 2009, NPR's 'All Things Considered' took a tour of the Deering Estate in Cutler with a modern-day ghostbuster. Apparently the place is as haunted as they come, but whether its Charles Deering himself, brother of the more famous builder of Vizcaya James Deering, or someone else (maybe the help, decapitated?), they don't say. Of course the place was allegedly built on a tribal burial ground in 1915, and four construction workers died in an explosion during construction.
The Biltmore, originally a grand hotel, then a WWII war hospital, and now a grand hotel again, is surrounded by spooky stories, and mysterious hauntings. Gangster Thomas "Fatty" Walsh, who was murdered there, is said to have stuck around, people hear noises from parties that never happened, an elevator often goes to the 13th floor unprovoked, and the spirits of wounded soldiers roam the halls.
Miami's first Cuban Consulate, built in 1925. Villa Paula is said to be haunted by Paula, the namesake of the magnificent house and the wife of Senior Don Domingo Milord, the first Consul. The strong smell of cuban coffee emanates from the kitchen, the bedroom door will often slam shut, and three of the last occupants cats were killed by a slamming gate.
Miami River Inn
The Miami River Inn - one of the oldest hotels in South Florida - has its share of spooky goings on. Apparently noises are common, along with slamming doors, and fierce shaking of door knobs, according to Critical Miami.
Miami City Cemetery
Miami's oldest cemetery - where city founders like Julia Tuttle and the Burdine family rest in peace - might also be a hotbed of Santeria sacrifice, that Caribbean religion melding christian and pagan beliefs. It might even be a Santeria cemetery of sorts. In 1996 dead chickens, and a headless goat were found in the cemetery, along with human poop smeared on graves in the cemetery's segregated black and Jewish sections. A month before that 57 graves had been smashed, and earlier that year the dead body of a girl was found at the base of the Burdine mausoleum.
The oldest cemetery in the county (not including Native American burial grounds), Pinewood Cemetery is overgrown, almost forgotten, and due to a serious shortage in funding, not getting the restoration it needs. Neighbors have reported seeing late night burials, and paranormal investigators have heard strange things in audio recordings, detected a white mist, and found a circle in which nothing will grow.
The Curtiss Mansion, home of aviation pioneer and important Miami developer Glenn Curtiss is said to be haunted by Glenn himself. Things are looking up for ghost Glenn however, since the house's extensive renovation and reopening as a museum. Apparently he's a happy ghost.