I recently found out about a whole town in Ohio that seems to be cursed. The town is nicknamed Helltown. Here is the story of how the town deteriorated into it's current state. From Paranormal.Lovetoknow.com:
"Of all the urban legends in Ohio, tales of Hell Town seem to be the most prevalent. Perhaps this is due to the actual facts that lay at the root of this story. The area known as Hell Town was once known as Boston Mills. The area was bought out by the US government to make way for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The residents were not happy with the situation, but they were given no choice in the matter. Once they had vacated the town, the government officially closed the area. The buildings were occasionally set afire and used to train new firemen, and the once thriving town took on the appearance of a burned out ghost town."
There are many legends that are connected to Helltown including the story of haunted children that reside there. Rumor has it that a school bus ran out of gas near the town and that the driver left to go get help or gas. When he returned he found that all of the children had been murdered. The murders were said to be the heinous acts of a disturbed mental patient that recently escaped from a nearby asylum.
Here's another one from Paranormal.Lovetoknow.com:
Have you ever heard a tale about a church in the middle of the woods that's used for satanic worship? It seems that almost every place has one, and Hell Town is no exception. In this case, it's the church that used to be part of the Boston Mills community, and it supposedly comes with the standard upside-down cross that is always part of this particular type of urban legend.
Another of the rumor has to do with mutated citizens and that the reason that the town was abandoned was that too many kids were being born with strange mutations. This is from Wiki:
"Rumors began to surface that the government was trying to conceal a chemical spill. Other people, especially tourists, did not know of the eminent domain proceedings, and mistook the empty buildings for a long-standing ghost town. Today the village remains, but some homes are boarded up- these were homes purchased by the NPS and the occupants moved out, but the park has left most of the homes intact. Some have been demolished, including a few around 2008 on Latta Lane.
Rumors of the chemical spill may have come from the NPS's toxic waste discovery in 1985, when a hiker in the park became ill after touching something coming out of some rusted drums at the abandoned Krejci Dump. The Krejci dump is a very short distance from Boston Village, just at the top of Hines Hill Road."
"As mentioned above, a rumor persists about the town being the site of a chemical spill or a chemical plant explosion in the area. Usually, a butane plant is the cause. This is often used to explain the local legend of the "Peninsula Python", a gigantic snake that wanders the area's woods. However, there has never been a chemical plant in the area; the "Peninsula python" myth dates back to the 1940s. There was, as mentioned above, a chemical dump a short distance from Boston Village in Krejci Dump, but no one other than the hiker was ever affected by the spill. The hiker became ill and was admitted to emergency care. It has been proven there has since never been a spill in that area"
The whole story reminds me of the town from the video game and movie "Silent Hill." But that game was actually based on Centralia, Pennsylvania. Centralia is a town that was abandoned when an underground gas fire started burning and basically never stopped. The streets caved in and dangerous sink holes can be found all over the town.
So what do you guys think? Could a whole town be evil or cursed?
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