The Devil's Den By Yawatta Hosby
Do you know much about your hometown? Let alone the surrounding cities? I'm a firm believer that the most frightening events happen in real life. Winchester, VA used to be a quiet town until September 28, 1972. A male's mutilated body was found along the highway. Throughout the 1970's, more disfigured dead bodies appeared. The poor police were never able to pinpoint any suspects. This serial killer was crafty. He never left any fingerprints or any other physical evidence.
On October 31, 1977 Henry Lee Allen turned himself in at the police station. He admitted to killing more than 17 people; he probably just finished torturing someone right before that because his clothes were covered with blood stains. No justice served though. He swallowed poison and died two hours later.
Henry Lee Allen isolated himself in his home at the end of Jim Barnett Park. Throughout the years, he had built torture chambers and a crematory filled with human remains. To top the cake, he also collected satanic ritual artifacts. His home was filled with lamps and belts made out of human skin.
Not only was Henry Lee Allen a serial killer. He was also a cannibal. Who knows how many victims' lives were ended by his hands?
For 30 years his home remained untouched in the park until Devil's Den Production bought it, developing it into a very popular haunted attraction. I still shudder every time I think about my Halloween night there. It felt like bad spirits were nearby. I don't blame them. They probably want to rest in peace...I know I would.
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