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Ghost stories and haunted properties in Mississippi will get you in the Halloween spirit
It's October in Mississippi, and the temperatures are cooler, boots are coming out of the closet and pumpkin spice lattes are brewing.
And what's Halloween without scary movies and haunted houses?
But if you're not one of those people who likes to binge scary screenings on Netflix or Hulu and if haunted houses don't scare you, go and see the real things.
There are lots of haunted properties in Mississippi and even more gut-wrenching stories from Mississippi's past that put Freddie Kruger and the "Hocus Pocus" witches to shame.
Three of Mississippi's most haunted properties
1. king's tavern, natchez.
Built in 1789, Natchez's oldest standing building on Jefferson Street was featured on the Travel Channel series "Ghost Adventures." King's Tavern, a bar and restaurant, has a pretty gruesome back story.
In the 1930s, workers renovating the fireplace at King's Tavern found three corpses behind a wall, according to HauntedHouses.com . One of the skeletons was said to be the mistress of the tavern's original owner.
Patrons of King's Tavern reported seeing images in the tavern's mirrors and sounds of a crying baby throughout the restaurant, according to Visit Mississippi .
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2. Mont Helena, Rolling Fork
The hills may have eyes surrounding this pioneer-style mansion at 139 Helena Road.
The mansion was built as a retirement home for Helen and George Harris in 1896, and it sits atop a ceremonial Indian mound in the Delta.
Locals recall seeing a woman in a white garment standing in the front yard or looking out of the front window. The Mississippi Paranormal Society investigated the property and reported recorded electronic voice phenomena. Shadowed figures were also observed, and orbs can be seen in photos, according to Visit Mississippi .
Mount Helena is open for tours .
3. Friendship Cemetery, Columbus
Soldiers and Columbus, Mississippi, residents who died during the Civil War Battle of Shiloh of 1862 were laid to rest at Friendship Cemetery.
Since then, there have been several reports of a Confederate soldier walking through the cemetery.
But that's not all.
The weeping angel that hangs over the tombstone of Rev. Thomas Teasdale is a favorite of visiting locals who say the angel's hand feels human, according to Visit Mississippi .
3 nail-biting Coast ghost stories worth a read
1. bloody curtains at a gulfport mansion .
Located in Gulfport's waterfront Bayou View neighborhood, the Cahill Mansion has had more issues than "Vogue."
The home was built in 1915, and a Gulfport doctor and his wife moved into the property in 1957, but from the wife had an eerie feeling about the mansion from the beginning, according to the Biloxi Sun Herald.
The wife reported feeling as if she was being watched and heard screams and grating sounds, according to the Sun Herald. Other homeowners reported that light fixtures would mysteriously fall.
Some heard a little boy's footsteps at night, according to the Biloxi newspaper.
Perhaps the most chilling memory, though, is what happened on the day of John F. Kennedy's assassination.
According to the Sun Herald, the then-homeowners reported finding blood running down curtains. A doctor determined it was human blood.
But there's even more to this story. Read more here .
2. A fight to the death at Biloxi mansion destroyed in Katrina
The Tullis-Toledano Manor on U.S. 90 in Biloxi was owned by Christoval Toldeadno, a sugar and cotton broker from New Orleans. He built the mansion in the 1860s for his wife, Matilde Pradat, according to the Sun Herald.
According to local legend, a young man died during a sword fight with another man in the backyard of the manor — and it was all over a girl.
The home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, but locals believe a ghost in a bloody shirt could still roam the property.
3. Screams from the Pirate House
There once was a "gentlemen pirate" on the Gulf Coast whose home had many, many secrets.
The famous, "infamous" pirate Jean Lafitte, well-known "gentlemen pirate" of the Coast, had a home with many secrets.
Jean Lafitte's 1802 mansion in the Hancock County area had a secret tunnel to open waters, where "pirate booty" would be transported.
The design of the home was influenced by planter's cottages of Louisiana with beautiful solid mahogany doors and iron grille banisters, according to a Daily Herald article from 1976.
Although the home was beautiful on the outside, inside held many dark secrets. What happened to prisoners in those tunnels, according to legend, is unspeakable, according to the Sun Herald.
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13 Reasons That Mississippi Is The Most Terrifying, Spookiest State
Though Daniella was born in New York and has lived in a couple of other states, Mississippi has been her home for more than 30 years. After graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi, Daniella began to hone her writing skills through various internships. In the years since, she’s had the privilege of having her articles appear in several publications, such as the Mississippi-based Parents & Kids Magazine. She’s also had the honor of interviewing actress Sela Ward for The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience.
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Friendly residents, great food, beautiful scenery , these are the types of things that are usually associated with Mississippi. Terrifying and spooky , not so much; however, a look at some of the state’s haunted places proves otherwise. From witches and ghosts to being home to some of the nation’s most haunted locales, these 13 eerie tales will convince you that Mississippi can definitely fill the role of the country’s spookiest.
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Video prompts federal probe of Miss. slaughterhouse
- Video shows graphic footage of abuse
- In letter to PETA%2C Southern Quality Meats denies the allegations
- The Mississippi Department of Education has a contract with the company for sausage
JACKSON, Miss. -- Graphic footage of abuse said to have been taken at a Mississippi slaughterhouse that sells millions of dollars of sausage to Mississippi schools triggered a federal investigation and prompted calls for the state to review its contract with the company.
Investigators from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service went to Southern Quality Meats in Pontotoc, Miss., on Wednesday within hours of receiving a letter and link to the video from PETA, said a department spokesman. Pontotoc is about 20 miles west of Tupelo, Miss.
"FSIS District Veterinary Medical Specialists and district office staff visited Southern Quality Meats this afternoon to begin review of the situation recorded on the video, gather more information from company officials and determine next steps," said Richard McIntire, the spokesman.
Southern Quality Meats kills and processes 160 sows daily, according to the Daily Livestock Report . The company didn't return calls to The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger but denied the allegations in a May 31 letter to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals .
"We thoroughly reviewed the allegations," said company President B. Don Haynie Sr. in the letter. "We were unable to find any evidence that the incidents described ... occurred at our facility."
PETA had contacted the company after receiving the video from a whistleblower who secretly recorded it April 2, said Dan Paden, the animal-rights group's senior research associate.
The 2-minute clip shows a worker incorrectly stunning sows with an electrical wand and causing them apparent suffering in violation of federal law. The Humane Methods of Slaughter Act states four-legged animals must be quickly and painlessly stunned before they're slaughtered.
The act is enforced by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, which recommends one, 3-second shock to the head or heart area to "induce instantaneous unconsciousness." But the video shows some of the sows being repeatedly shocked in different areas of the body while they jostle around a small pen and squeal.
The whistleblower, whose identity is known to PETA but who wishes to remain publicly anonymous, also reported seeing other forms of abuse, Paden said.
Workers allegedly beat sows on the face with chains, dragged sows onto the kill floor, and shocked injured sows for up to 30 minutes at a time, he reported.
Such acts are considered "egregious" violations by the Food Safety and Inspection Service and should trigger the immediate suspension of federal inspectors to the facility, according to the agency's own guidelines.
In addition to its letter to the inspection service, PETA also sent a letter to Mississippi interim State Superintendent of Education Lynn House asking her to reconsider its business dealings with the company.
Since 2006, the Mississippi Department of Education has purchased more than $7.8 million in sausage from Southern Quality Meats, according to bid records obtained online.
Department spokeswoman Patrice Guilfoyle confirmed receipt of the letter and said the department follows all state and federal guidelines in awarding its food contracts. She didn't say whether anyone in the department watched the video or whether any action would be taken.
"Even the staunchest meat eater wants the animals they eat to be killed quickly and painlessly, and that is not at all what is being done to these mother pigs at Southern Quality Meats," Paden said. "To think these animals' flesh is being fed to school kids, of all people, is a final insult."
H.I.G. Capital, which acquired Southern Quality Meats in 2010, said on its website that the company has an "outstanding food safety record." Southern Quality Meats also told PETA in its letter that a permanent, on-site USDA inspector has raised no concerns about its practices, nor have the USDA veterinarians that perform monthly audits.
An online search produced just one record of administrative action taken against the facility. It was cited in March 2004 in regards to its sanitary operating procedures as well as its hazard analysis and critical control programs.
The record provided no details of the alleged violations or how they were resolved.
This is the first time PETA has launched an investigation of this nature in Mississippi, Paden said.
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