Police see a light in an abandoned hospital checking it, they were all shocked. Between ancient folklore, ghost stories and unanswered questions, there is something intriguing about the world’s haunted cities. We’ve all heard of haunted houses, but did you know? Some people think that entire cities can be haunted too. If ghosts are real, and they’ve been real for literally thousands of years, why is there no concrete proof of their existence?
Why is that with all of the thousands of allegedly haunted places? When officers Stephen and Joshua are tasked with investigating a light coming from the abandoned hospital, they’re understandably hesitant. To our imagination, nothing is quite as eerily captivating as haunted abandoned locations. Whether it’s the creepy, boarded up house at the end of the block,
a musty smelling vacant warehouse, or a rundown park with a rusted, broken swing set, it doesn’t matter if they actually have ghosts or not. The hair will still rise on the back of your neck, a chill will still sweep over you and tease goosebumps to your skin, and you will still turn around to just make sure that there’s no one behind you.
When you walk through the area, you immediately feel a presence. You can feel the eyes of someone or something watching you as children’s. Laughter and the swooshing sounds of the past shine throughout the park. Some have reportedly heard metal banging and Motors revving up park rides. Itching to give visitors a spine tingling rush.
When entering some of the buildings, you might expect to hear nothing, just a calm but creepy quietness. Yet this is not the case, as there are ghostly whispering sounds that emanate from all around. In some areas of the park, lights have been known to come alive a strange occurrence indeed, considering there’s no electricity at all throughout that Jazzland. Are these light charging anomalies the result of spirits who have found an afterlife haven in the otherwise desolate theme park? If so, that would explain the distant presence you feel upon your entrance, which will seemingly fall behind you the entire time.
The need to check over your shoulder will stick for days, long after your trip to the deserted Jazzland, as if the Park’s ghosts have decided that perhaps you are their next amusement. Photographer Skip Bowen spoke on his visit to Haunted Jazzland, claiming, Having never been there before,
I was immediately overtaken with its desolation and abandoned rides as I had already previously documented abandoned homes right after Hurricane Katrina and each year following for five years. So I was completely intrigued. Another photographer, Keanu Cabral, felt much the same. I spotted the haunted lines of its empty roller coaster from the 9th Ward off Interstate 510 while playing tourist in 2009 and begged a friend to pull over to investigate.
We found an open gate, infiltrated it, and proceeded to sneak around the eerie end of world zombie like setting an adrenaline enhanced experience I’ll never forget. It was like exploring a haunted adult junkyard theme park on Ecstasy, the sick criminal cousin of Disney World. In a good way, I could have spent days, if not weeks, taking pictures on the lonely grounds until the city decides to do something with Jazzland. It seems that it will continue to be run by urban explorers and the ghosts that call it home. And by the way, we advise that you do not go on your own Jazzland supernatural adventure.
This horrifying building is a rare case in which you just might as well go ahead and judge a book by its cover. Those who died in the hospital during the days weeks following Katrina’s destruction continued to leave their Mark on the abandoned property.
The injustice continues to Echo throughout the walls and outside the walls, causing the building to decay from the blooming rose it once was. The ghosts of former patients reportedly roam around, seemingly doomed to the supernatural jail forever, with no chance for escape, it seems. Inside, debris lines the hallways, and Thumbtack calendars on graffiti walls still display the date before Katrina hit.
Outside, noxious green water fills the emergency ramp, and a lonely chair can be seen dangling out of a shattered third floor window. One urban Explorer recounts that it was very quiet, but also kind of haunting and melancholy. And the way the wind would come through it would howl. And yet another explorer’s account reveals the haunted mystery that is the Lindy Boggs Medical Center. The creepiest was turning the corner to face a room that caught fire.
Post abandonment. The burnt paint chips with their coal black bodies and Gray tips animated the wall. I couldn’t breathe for a moment, as if the room was still on fire, and I had to blink a few times to ensure the room was not engulfed in ghost flames. I take moments like these as my clue to leave is this Lindy Bob’s destiny from here on out. Hopefully not.
Hopefully, the folks at St. Margaret’s, the owner of the Lindy Boggs property, will quit dragging their feet and restore the site to the great hospital it once was. When you’re driving on the itinerary, Charity sticks out like a sore thumb. Amidst all the contemporary buildings, one stands out that appears as though fingernails have torn down its sides and how its steepled towers physically look as though only ghosts and spirits inhabited. Without even knowing what the building is, it looks like a misery.
Built in 1736 from a grant willed by Shipbuilder John Lewis, Charity Hospital was founded so that the city’s poor would always have a place to go for their health care needs, and it quickly grew into a symbol of pride. Located right in the heart of downtown New Orleans. That is, until Hurricane Katrina flooded the basement, rendering the generators useless and the hospital unable to operate. Nearly eleven years later, Charity has become a different symbol for the city, one that embodies the people’s disillusionment with the city and state government created by massive corruption and apathy for the poor. One Dr.
Roderick Bennett recalls his time at Charity. I can close my eyes and I can picture what it looked like when this place was busy. It was bustling and there was always chaos and commotion. But you just loved it. My heart still hurts for Charity Hospital, watching how long it’s taken us to recover and how it’s just devastated the lives of a city with so much heart that’s what hurts.
Health care here has been compromised for the indigent people who need it. And I think this building could have been at the heart of that solution. For those doctors who once worked at Charity, seeing its abandonment, seeing its desolate state has left them feeling nostalgic. Dr. Ruth Bergwin Charity Hospital was an icon.
It is still an iconic symbol in many people’s minds. I mean, people talk about being born in Charity Hospital and their Mama’s, Mama’s, Mama being born in Charity Hospital. It’s here because of a desire to make health care available to people who don’t have access to just shut Charity down without trying to reopen it. That’s very sad. That’s tragic.
The ghosts of the poorest, of the poor, patients, sister status, loss, who greeted presidents and dealt with a gunman, and even founders Jean Louis are known to still haunt the halls of Charity Hospital today. Charity Hospital made news around the world just a few days before the Christmas of 2015, igniting the Internet blaze for the first time since Katrina.
To set the scene, the abandoned hospital was completely dark as usual. Well, at first glance, however, upon looking closer centered in the heart of the building, a single window out of hundreds of rooms was lit with a ghostly glow. Lisa Wally Staggs, a nurse at Two Lane Medical Center across the street, was the one who started the media fire when she uploaded the picture she took onto her Facebook page.
With the winter season upon us, we generally expect to get shivers from the cold weather. But in New Orleans, residents are shivering for a much different reason. Charity Hospital has sat abandoned since Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans back in 2005. Now, ten years later, photos have surfaced showing that the hospital might not be so abandoned after all. On December 27, an employee from a nearby hospital, Lisa Wallace Stags, spotted something strange in the window of the supposedly empty Charity Hospital.
She quickly snapped a photo of some extremely mysterious lights, but when the camera finally zoomed in, she couldn’t believe what she saw. Scroll through below to see the shocking and mysterious photos. Just as with these bizarre bent trees in Poland, some are claiming that the strange lights have a logical explanation. Others are not so sure. Do you see what Lisa spotted in the window?
What do you think it is? Let us know in the comments. Although Charity Hospital has supposedly been abandoned since 2005, just days after Christmas, Lisa Wally Stags spotted a strange light coming from an upper floor window. Lisa knew that there the hospital should be completely empty, Lisa wrote on our Facebook wall. I work at inner city New Orleans hospital that happens to be situated directly across from charity hospital.
Charity hospital has been closed, its windows darkened since Hurricane Katrina And is a gloomy and dreary sight on the best of days. At night, it’s downright scary. Until tonight. When Lisa zoomed in closer, her photo revealed something even more shocking. Her Facebook post continued, Tonight, as I was leaving work, I glanced over at the forgotten building Only to see the lights of a tiny Christmas tree.