Other notable New Orleanians here include Bernard de Marigny – the French-Creole playboy who brought the game of craps to the United States, Barthelemy Lafon – the architect and surveyor who allegedly became one of Jean Lafitte’s pirates, and Paul Morphy, one of the earliest world champions of chess.Delphine La Laurie, the murderous socialite is also rumored to lay in rest here.
Do not be fooled by those who tell you to visit Bran Castle in Romania to see the home of the evil Vlad the Impaler (inspiration for Dracula).Sad because she had lost her favorite doll, there is now a room full of gifts left by visitors for her.Pictured above is the plague suit of Dr George Rae who worked in the area.Bran castle is a tourist attraction and there is no known evidence that Vlad Tepes ever stayed there.However, not so far away is the ruin of Poenari Castle – Vlad’s real home in Wallachia.The Château de Machecoul was home to Gilles de Rais (1404 – 1440), a Breton knight, the companion-in-arms of Joan of Arc, and a Marshal of France, but best known as a prolific serial killer of children.
In 1434–35, he retired from military life, dabbled in the occult, and depleted his wealth by staging an extravagant theatrical spectacle of his own composition.
Be sure to name any others you think worthy of inclusion in the comments. Kalnas, located 12 kilometers north of the small industrial city of Siauliai (pronounced shoo-lay) is the Lithuanian national pilgrimage center.
Standing upon a small hill are many hundreds of thousands of crosses that represent Christian devotion and a memorial to Lithuanian national identity.
There are spikes at the bottom of this shaft, and when workers were cleaning it out, it took them three cartloads to carry out all the human bones at the bottom.
A report indicates that these workmen also found a pocket-watch dated to the 1840s amongst the bones.
For years the hidden underground closes of Mary King’s Close, in the Old Town area of Edinburgh, Scotland, have been shrouded in myths and mysteries.