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Posted on 5/17/2011 01:20:00 PM

World's Scariest Places

Alcatraz Penitentiary, U.S.A.
Though many attempted, no prisoners ever successfully escaped from the Alcatraz penitentiary during its 29 years of operation.

Aokigahara Forest, Japan
The Japanese forest is reportedly the world's second-most popular place for suicides after the Golden Gate Bridge, setting a record in 2002 when 78 people took their lives there.

Chernobyl, Ukraine
The decommissioned Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant was the site of the biggest nuclear accident in history on April 26, 1986, and many nearby buildings remain uninhabitable to this day.

The ape-like Abominable Snowman, or "Yeti," is said to inhabit the Himalayan region of Nepal and Tibet.

Lizzie Borden House, U.S.A.
In 1892, notorious Massachusetts spinster Lizzie Borden was alleged to have brutally murdered her father and stepmother in this Fall River house, now open to the public as a bed and breakfast.

Loch Ness, Scotland
Reports of Nessie "sightings" continue to captivate Loch Ness visitors, though many have been discredited by the scientific community.

London's East End, England
Though it's now a thriving commercial district, the East End of London was the site of murders reportedly committed by "Jack the Ripper" in the late 19th century.

Paris Catacombs, France
Paris' lesser-wealthy dead were subject to mass inhumation until the late 17th century, and those remains can be found in a series of caverns and tunnels below the city.

Rome Colosseum, Italy
Capable of holding over 50,000 spectators, Rome's Colosseum was used for some of the world's earliest forms of blood sport, including animal hunts, battles and executions.

Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic
Located near Kutna Hora, the Sedlec Ossuary contains skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people, arranged to form chapel decorations and furnishings

Sighisoara, Romania
Located in the historic Transylvania region, the medieval citadel is perhaps best known as the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the "real" Dracula.


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