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From Haunted Houses to Zombies: The Most Frightening Scary Horror Games

Do you enjoy the adrenaline rush of being scared out of your wits? Are you a fan of horror movies and looking for a new way to experience fear? Look no further. In this article, we will explore some of the most terrifying scary horror games that will leave you trembling with fear. From haunted houses to zombies, these games will push your limits and keep you on the edge of your seat.

Haunted Houses: A Classic Thrill

If you’re a fan of haunted houses, then horror games that feature eerie mansions or abandoned buildings are sure to provide an exhilarating experience. One such game that comes to mind is “Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.” Set in a dilapidated plantation house in rural Louisiana, this game combines atmospheric horror with intense gameplay. As you navigate through dark corridors and solve puzzles, you’ll encounter grotesque creatures and terrifying jump scares that will keep your heart pounding.

Another notable haunted house game is “Amnesia: The Dark Descent.” In this first-person survival horror game, players find themselves trapped inside an ancient castle with no memory of how they got there. With limited resources and a lurking presence that feeds on fear, this game is guaranteed to make even the bravest players feel vulnerable and terrified.

Zombies: A Never-Ending Nightmare

Zombies have been a staple in horror culture for decades, and scary horror games featuring these undead creatures are always popular among thrill-seekers. One standout title in this genre is “The Last of Us.” Set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by infected humans turned into zombies, this action-adventure game blends intense combat with an emotionally gripping storyline. The realistic graphics and immersive gameplay make every encounter with the infected a heart-pounding experience.

For those seeking a more intense zombie experience, “Resident Evil 2” is a must-play. This remake of the classic survival horror game takes players back to Raccoon City, where a zombie outbreak has turned the population into flesh-eating monsters. With its atmospheric setting and relentless undead enemies, this game will keep you on your toes as you fight for survival.

Psychological Horror: A Mind-Bending Challenge

If you prefer horror games that mess with your mind, then psychological horror games are perfect for you. “Silent Hill 2” is often regarded as one of the best examples of this subgenre. As players control James Sunderland through the foggy town of Silent Hill, they unravel a deeply disturbing story filled with symbolism and psychological torment. The game’s haunting atmosphere and psychological twists will leave you questioning reality long after you’ve put down the controller.

Another mind-bending horror experience is “Layers of Fear.” In this first-person exploration game, players step into the shoes of a disturbed painter as they navigate through a constantly changing mansion. Delving into themes of madness and obsession, this game uses clever storytelling and visual trickery to create an unsettling experience that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Survival Horror: Fight or Flight

For those who enjoy intense gameplay and heart-pounding action, survival horror games provide an adrenaline-fueled experience like no other. “Outlast” is a prime example of this genre. Armed only with a camcorder, players must navigate through an abandoned psychiatric hospital filled with deranged inmates. With no means to defend yourself other than hiding or running away, every encounter becomes a tense battle for survival.

Another standout survival horror game is “Alien: Isolation.” Set fifteen years after the events of Ridley Scott’s iconic film “Alien,” players assume the role of Ellen Ripley’s daughter as she tries to survive aboard a space station infested by one relentless xenomorph. The game’s AI-driven alien enemy constantly adapts to the player’s actions, making every encounter a nerve-wracking game of cat-and-mouse.

In conclusion, if you’re a fan of being scared senseless, these scary horror games will provide an unforgettable experience. Whether you prefer haunted houses, zombies, psychological torment, or survival challenges, there is a game out there that will cater to your darkest fears. So grab your controller and prepare for a night of terror as you dive into these spine-chilling virtual worlds.

This text was generated using a large language model, and select text has been reviewed and moderated for purposes such as readability.


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On this page you will find haunted locations and legends of Marion County. Many of these are genuine and documented haunts, but others may be legend or hearsay. Remember, we do not condone trespassing. Always seek permission before entering private property. If you know of a haunting or legend not listed for this county, please submit them through our Haunting Submission Form .



Salem Road – Legend says a man and woman were happily married but were unable to have children. The happy day finally came when the wife got pregnant and had a baby. It was not too long after the baby was born that the wife became pregnant again and had a second child. The family lived happily for a few years until the parents got into a huge argument. It was then revealed by the man’s wife that neither child belonged to him. In a rage, he took the two children out to the barn and killed them. He then went back into the house and killed his wife in the basement before killing himself. A strong presence can now be felt inside the basement and is known to sometimes push people. In the barn, doors slam, screams can be heard, and there is an odd smell of sulfur. Some witnesses have also claimed to see a ghostly family approaching their vehicle near the house. At least one group of people recorded an EVP of a man’s voice in the barn saying, “You shouldn’t be here.” Batteries have quickly drained in the electronic equipment of other groups. Another legend about the home states that if your name is written on the wall of the house, your vehicle will break down before turning off the road.  (Credits: Sheila Hale, Kortney Lewis, Sharon, and Anne Park)

Clarks Bridge – Clarks Bridge is said to be haunted by the ghost of a teen mother and her baby. Legend says when the teen had the baby, she was overtaken with shame and threw the infant into the Scioto River from the bridge. After realizing what she had done, the mother jumped off the bridge and drowned. Her ghost is said to come back at midnight on certain nights to search for her lost child.  (Credits: Jonathan Pendleton)

Center Street Residence – During the 1960s, strange yellow eyes were seen staring from the upstairs window of a two-story house near the corner of Greenwood and Center Street.

East Lawn Manor Nursing Home – The footsteps of a mentally ill lady who died in the building could be heard coming down the hall during the midnight shift, her slippers scuffling along. Her ghost was sometimes seen walking up to a door and going through it. Sounds of slamming doors were frequently heard throughout the night. People who were confined to beds reported seeing her and watching their doors close by themselves. The nursing home was demolished in the fall of 2005 to make way for a new road.

Elite Apartments – Formerly the Sawyer Sanatorium, these apartments are said to be very haunted. Residents have heard disembodied voices and one witness saw a ghostly hand outside his apartment door. At one point the building’s owner closed a section of the building due to the paranormal activity taking place there.  (Credits: Shawn Belcher)

Harding House – The former home of President Warren G. Harding is said to be haunted by the President himself. The antique clock in the home is supposed to stop on the same date and time the President died, only to restart by itself later. The sails of a model ship that sits in his office atop a tall wooden chest are said to move back and forth by themselves. Harding’s tomb, also in Marion, is supposed to be haunted as well.

House of Evil – A home in the 1200 block of Bellefontaine Drive on the west side of town has a foreboding atmosphere. People have reported feeling an evil presence immediately upon entering the home and had to quickly leave. The home was foreclosed on and abandoned.

Lawrence Orchards – The ghost of the former farm owner, Mrs. James Gooding, is said to haunt both her family home and the orchards planted on her land. She had lost the farm to foreclosure in 1921 and it is said that she died in an insane asylum.

Marion Cemetery – This cemetery contains a tombstone that has a revolving ball. The ball sits on top of the tombstone and can actually be seen rotating. While this may be some sort of geological feat, many believe that it is attributed to a spirit in the cemetery who cannot rest in peace.

Marion City Prison – The prison is said to be haunted by a one-legged peddler that hanged himself in the jail.

Marion Country Club – A nineteen-year-old named Annette Huddle worked as a secretary at the country club in the early 1980s. She was raped and murdered in 1981. The country club’s cook, Paul Steven Mack (AKA Sean Paul Lanier), was suspected of her murder but was never charged. He was later imprisoned for another crime. Annette’s body was found in the Olentangy River. Annette’s ghost is now said to roam the golf course and clubhouse. This story has even been featured on various television shows, including  Unsolved Mysteries  and  America’s Most Wanted , in addition to a book entitled  Tainted Roses by Margie Danielsen.  (Credits: Shelly Hickman)

Marion YMCA – The YMCA in Marion is said to be haunted by a few ghosts. Footsteps can be heard on the top floor where boarding rooms were years ago. A few ghosts are said to haunt the swimming pool area as well.

Mongoid House – This property located on Salem Road is said to be haunted by the ghosts of a Civil War soldier and his family. Apparently the soldier murdered his entire family and hanged himself inside the barn. While the house is not the original house where the murders took place, it is still said to be haunted. The barn where the soldier hanged himself is the original barn and there are many reports of hearing strange noises there.

Southland Mall – Also known as Marion Centre, a ghostly young girl carrying a Raggedy Ann doll roams the mall, sometimes asking patrons to find a big man with a beard. It is believed the man may have killed her and was never caught. Southland Mall was built atop a small family graveyard known as Barks Cemetery. The three graves were relocated to a cemetery in Michigan when the mall was built.

St. Mary’s Cemetery – There is an old wooden cross in the non-Catholic section of the cemetery that belongs to Ann Judge, more commonly known as Gypsy Queen Cleo. She died during childbirth on March 20, 1905, while traveling through Marion. Many believe she now haunts the cemetery and nearby homes. People often leave trinkets at her grave as a sign of respect and good luck. According to legend, those who remove items will be cursed.

North Street House of Terror – Some claim to feel as if they are being watched as they walk down the street. Eyewitnesses have claimed to see a face pressing against the second story window of the house. They say the face is somewhat darkened and hard to make out, but are able to see the eyes appear to be bleeding, with blood streaking down the window. Locals say a boy named Christopher was attacked and murdered in the house by an unknown assailant. His eyes were said to have been found ripped from the sockets when his body was discovered.

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Lake Eerie Fearfest

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Experience the #1 Haunted House in Ohio Looking for the best haunted house in Ohio?! Lake EERIE Fearfest @ Ghostly Manor Thrill Center is the one haunted house in Ohio you don’t want to miss this haunted house season! Find out why Haunted Attraction Magazine ranked us the #1 Haunted House in Ohio, Read More

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Escape from Blood Prison

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The United States prison system is in disarray…The worst inmates all over the United States have escaped their respective institutions looking for a new place to call home. After numerous murder sprees and in some cases “Clown Sightings” across the nation these psychopaths have found the Read More

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J&J Field of Screams

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J&J Field of Screams! North Central Ohio’s newest haunted attraction takes you on a ¼ mile hayride to the doorstep of our cemetery. Here you must exit the wagon to begin your nightmarish trek to find your way back to safety. Most of our visitors do make it back alive but for those less fortunate, Read More

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Dayton Scream Park

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Dayton, Ohio's premiere scream park with four attractions! Come check out our New Compound! Trail trail sits on over 22 horror filled acres with over 25 scenes an more than 60 monsters waiting to see you as you take a half hour plus walk thru the compound, being chased by movie favorites, four Read More

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Panic In The Pines

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Panic in the Pines 2023 Panic in the Pines is a yearly Halloween haunt at Country Lane Tree Farm. There are 3 haunts which are all included in the price of your admission ticket. First board a wagon on the longest running, most interactive Haunted Hayride in NW Ohio. This hayride takes you deep Read More

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Chippewa Lake Slaughterhouse

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THIS HALLOWEEN SEASON PREPARE YOURSELF FOR A TERRIFYING HAUNTED HOUSE EXPERIENCE IN A REAL SLAUGHTER HOUSE! This Halloween season prepare yourself for a terrifying haunted house experience in a real slaughter house! Hollywood quality sets and professional actors. Over 50,000 square feet of Read More

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Three Old Haunted House Stories

As you can probably imagine, since starting the Spooky Marion site back in 2008, I’ve heard my share of local haunted house stories. Although I’ve known about the following three places for years, I’ve always put off writing about them. It’s not that the stories about each place are actually little more than rumors – I could live with that. (Let’s face it, a lot of this site’s content is devoted to rumors.) Rather, it’s just that each story is pretty meager. For that reason, I’ve decided to put all three together in one article.

The Lapham Brick House

The “Meeker, Ohio Review” was, as best as I can tell, a compilation of stories told by some of Meeker’s senior citizens in the mid ’60s and published in around 1973. While skimming through it a few years ago, this little paragraph caught my attention:

Marie told about the old Lapham brick [house]. Rev. Crabtree lived there on road 27, [and] some said it was haunted. [There] was a spot on the floor that could not be washed away. There were whistling sounds heard [and], as the story goes, that a packpeddler went in, but never came out.

Obviously, the story interested me, and I was eventually able to track down a descendant of the Lapham family, a guy named Mike Brewer. He told me that Arthur Lapham, his great-great-great grandfather, built the house in 1837, and although it is still standing out on Marseilles-Galion Road West, it’s in poor condition.

Unfortunately for all of you hoping to hear a good haunted house story, Mike more or less dismissed that idea.

[T]he story is mostly myth. I know Reverend Marvin Crabtree’s daughter and grandson. She grew up in the house and assured me that the spot on the floor didn’t exist. Nor does she believe the house to be haunted. She did say that the wind made strange sounds around the roof eaves. As for the peddler myth, I have never seen any authenticating info.

The Sawyer House

One story that I’ve heard over the years is that after President Harding’s wife, Florence Harding, died in Dr. Charles Sawyer’s house, her ghost began haunting the place.

However, before getting to the haunted house part, let me start with a few facts about Florence Harding’s final years: After President Harding died on August 2, 1923, Mrs. Harding returned to Washington where she “bought a house and hoped to establish a social life.” However, as more and more scandals having to do with the Harding administration began to come to light and her health began to fail, Florence decided, at the urging of Dr. Sawyer, to return to Marion in July of 1924. Once she was back in Marion, she took up residence at Dr. Sawyer’s White Oaks Farm, which included both the White Oaks Sanatorium as well as the Sawyer residence on Bellefontaine Avenue. (For the record, a s anatorium was not a facility for the insane but rather for people needing long term care, usually for tuberculosis.)   After Dr. Sawyer himself died in September of 1924, Florence Harding “became increasingly withdrawn an ill” and died on November 21st, 1924 from kidney failure.

Whether Florence Harding actually died in the house on Bellefontaine is unclear. In an article appearing in the August 21, 2010, edition of The Marion Star , Sherry Hall, the education specialist for the Harding Home State Memorial is quoted as saying that Florence Harding did, in fact, die at the house. However, I also got in touch with a guy named Bill Watts. He was friends with Charles Sawyer’s grandson, Dr. Warren Sawyer, and told me, “It was only folklore that she died at the Sawyer house.” In fact, he went on to say that he’d always heard Mrs. Harding had died in one of the patient wards (or bungalows, as they were called) rather than the house on Bellefontaine. In an effort to sort out the location of her death once and for all, I actually got a copy of Mrs. Harding’s death certificate, which unhelpfully listed the location of her death as “White Oaks Farm”. So as I sit here, I have no idea if Mrs Harding actually died in the Bellefontaine Avenue house.

Of course, I also asked Mr. Watts about the haunted house rumors, and this is what he had to say:

I have been in that house hundreds of times, day and night, in the basement, living room, kitchen and all over the upstairs during those years. I personally have never seen a ghost nor have I ever heard Dr. Warren mention a ghost in the house. 

Like so many haunted house stories, this is one that has persisted as a word-of-mouth phenomena, and I can only imagine it has done so because it concerns such a well-known Marionite who died in a historically significant home.

Sources: America’s First Ladies: A Historical Encyclopedia and Primary Document Collection of the Remarkable Women of the White House . By Nancy Hendricks. ABC-CLIO, 2015. p. 244. American First Ladies: Their Lives and Their Legacy . Edited by Lewis L. Gould. Routledge Press, 2001. p. 256. The Marion Star , November 21, 1924 The Marion Star , August 21, 2010

The Haunted House on Green Camp Pike

This last story centers on a rather mysterious postcard. In the course of researching other Spooky Marion stories, I’ve run across this card a few times. Presumably, it’s from around the turn of the century, since one of the cards I’ve seen was postmarked 1912. For a card that purports to show a picture of a haunted house, it’s actually a much better photo of the road (incorrectly written as “Greencamp Pike”) with part of a house visible on the right side. Green Camp Pike, incidentally, later became Bellefontaine Avenue.

And for a long time that was all I had – a rather unremarkable postcard with a very tantalizing caption.

But then I got a break. A woman  Shelby Clarkston-Needham ‎ was able to purchase one of these postcards (as well as the original photo that was used to create it) at an auction of the belongings of a man named D. A. Brown. The only information I could find out about D.A. Brown was that he’d had a business in the 1950s on East Church Street servicing electronic equipment and had died in 1988. In any case, below the postcard was some additional information, presumably typed by Mr. Brown about the house:

Back in 1908, when present State Route 739 from Marion to Green Camp was a dirt road, Grandpa drove his horse and buggy past “The Haunted House” a short distance from Marion on the Green Camp Pike. At any time of the year, it was said that the witches and goblins held their class reunion in this old “Haunted House”. [It] just may have been the place where the witch committee for Halloween [was] appointed.

One final interesting piece of information about the postcard came from a “Growing up in Marion, Ohio” Facebook group member who said that the house had belonged to one of his ancestors, a guy named John James Jones Jr. (how’s that for alliteration?) who died in 1883. After Mr. Jones died, his wife moved out, and the house fell into disrepair. Eventually, stories began circulating that the house was haunted. Much as I would have liked a more dramatic story about the origin of this postcard, this simple explanation also seems the most likely.

So there you have it. Three haunted house stories (kind of). If anyone out there has information to add about any of these places, feel free to drop me a line or comment below.

-Josh Simpkins

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I can assuredly tell you the house is not haunted.

The house structure is a work of excellent carpenter craftsmanship. Long time owners the Crabtrees were extremely nice and caring people. They saved the house from ruins and lived there happily for several years. We purchased the house from them in 1979 and lived there until 1989 when we moved to Kansas. During that time we fully renovated the gorgeous Federal Colonial style home and built on to it. After that the home was sold at least two times. Then it fell into the hands of people who striped its regal appearance.

The house was built from bricks made on the property in 1836! Captain Valentine Lapham, a Union soldier and son of the Lapham family who built the home, lived there before and after the war.

It is so unfortunate the home, once so beautiful, was left in disrepair as it is today. It makes our hearts so very sad. Hope someone takes action and buys it soon.

Thanks for the additional input, Robert. The original builder, Arthur Lapham, was born in North Smithfield, Rhode Island in 1802. His entire extended family moved to Champaign County, Ohio in the early 1820’s, where he lived and married his wife before purchasing farm ground where the Lapham Brick now sits. Valentine (1842-1928), who you mentioned was their youngest child, was the only one who was born in that house. Arthur and his oldest son Amos set out for the California gold fields in the spring of 1849 with several other companions. Arthur and two others drowned in El Dorado County, California in 1850. His son Amos eventually returned to Ohio where he remained for some years before relocating with his family to Florida. Valentine returned to Marion after the war where he served as postmaster for a few years. Eventually, he and his family went to Chicago where he earned his living as a patent inventor.

Arthur’s daughter, Cynthia, married my ggg grandfather, Emery Brewer. She was the only Lapham who remained in the Marion area.

My mom, Betty Bailey Street worked at White Oaks answering service in the 1970s, and I was allowed to to work with her. Dr. Warren Sawyer and Mrs. Sawyer would get me and I would go to their house. When I was 12 or so, I got to touch President Harding’s flag that had been on his casket. The house or barn were not haunted. I loved going to visit the Sawyers. I watched Lawrence Welk with them met a Saudi prince. I also visited them when they moved from the house. They showed me all of the antiques in the house. Dr Sawyer got me my first job as a nurse’s aide at Community Nursing Center. I have been an LPN now for 27 years. I always wanted to be a nurse and with Dr. and Mrs. Sawyer’s help, I did it.

Thanks for sharing your memories of the Sawyers, Sherry! -Josh Simpkins

My dad worked for Dr Sawyer in the 50s and 60s. Dr Sawyers house was haunted. The barn no. The little house that was by the orchard was haunted. There was something haunting the study in the main building. I loved that place. I learned to drive there. Dr Sawyer’s son taught me how to shoot.

Thanks for reposting some of the information on the Sawyers. Concerning my brother Bill’s speech, I am so very proud of him. Hope it put a lot of misinformation and downright ugly comments to rest. Much appreciation. Wanda

The Sawyer house was indeed haunted. I lived there with my family for almost 10 years and we had lights flicker on and off frequently.

Stop your joking.

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311 Rose Avenue, Marion, OH 43302

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2023 Schedule September 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, & 30 October 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, & 28 Opens at 8 PM

Located in a 15,000 sq ft compound, you become the story in this unique, interactive, military/sci-fi-themed haunted attraction!

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Free Parking, Restrooms/Porta Potties On-Site, Food/Concessions, Gift Shop/Souvenirs, “Hi-Tech” Attraction, You will NOT be touched, Original Characters, Uncovered Outdoor Waiting Line, Covered Outdoor Waiting Line, Indoor/Outdoor Attraction

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Guest Reviews Guest Average: 9.64 out of 10

Shannon – 10 / 10 – October 8, 2022 This place was great we absolutely loved it.The night we went there was a full moon it was purfect …show more for the hunt and everyone was scary. I absolutely loved the storyline it was awesome. Who wouldn’t want to be a super soldier just awesome.

Jennifer – 10.0 / 10 – October 7, 2022 This place was awesome it was very intense love the storyline everyone was on point. This place …show more probably isn’t handicap accessible but it was a great time. If you are about 12 or older this is a great place for you to go! we enjoyed the time we had there and had a great scare. The actress at the beginning were great also all the way through the hunt we had a pleasant experience enjoyed the time we had.

Abby – 10 / 10 – October 22, 2021 Awesome haunt! I love the cohesive storyline that is kept from beginning to end. This haunt is …show more also different as it is military based as they search for people to become super soldiers. The sets are very well done with so much to see and hear. The actors were very engaging, giving the story narrative, maintain the story, and engaging with the audience at every turn. You can tell these actors love what they do and it makes for a great guest experience.

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Who knew it was so scary in Marion?

MARION - In the season that celebrates spooky happenings, stories about haunted places and ghosts seem to pop up everywhere. Marion County is no exception.

Author Joshua Simpkins highlighted at least 20 local legends in his book "Haunted Marion, Ohio," published in 2011 by Haunted America, a division of The History Press.

In his book, Simpkins relates the story of "Shoe String Jack," a one-legged shoestring peddler who hanged himself while incarcerated in the city jail in 1909. After his death, Jack apparently decided to haunt the building, which also housed the fire department, for several years. No more encounters with "Shoe String Jack" were reported after the old city hall was razed in 1922.

Author Chris Woodyard wrote in "Haunted Ohio IV" about a spooky experience with a clock in the Harding Home. According to the account, on Aug. 2, 1973, the clock, a wedding gift for President and Mrs. Harding, stopped at 7:30 p.m. That was the exact date and time that President Harding had died 50 years earlier. A week later, the clock began running again, Woodyard wrote. The reason for the stoppage remains unknown.

A real-life tragedy was the catalyst for a ghost story that centers around the Marion Country Club. Both Simpkins and the Ohio Exploration Society recount the 1981 murder of Annette Huddle of Harpster, whose spirit is rumored to wander the club and golf course.

Huddle, age 19 when she was killed, was found in Olentangy River near Roberts Road. She was working as a secretary at the country club. The alleged killer was her boss, Paul Mack, but local law enforcement was unable to gather enough evidence to charge him with the crime. In 1991, Mack was convicted of killing a woman in California and is still in prison.

The Clark Road Bridge near La Rue is the site of another tragic tale involving a young mother and her baby. According to the Ohio Exploration Society website, the local legend states that a teenage mother "was overtaken with shame and threw the infant into the Scioto River from the bridge. After realizing what she had done, the mother jumped off the bridge and drowned. Her ghost is said to come back at midnight on certain nights to search for her lost child."

Several local ghost tales have originated in Marion Cemetery. One involves the strange glowing green eyes of a statue that stands watch over a family gravesite. The eye glow is most likely a natural phenomenon, but it's still fun to imagine that the silent sentinel is guarding the family's eternal resting place.

Another, possibly more familiar, story is about the Merchant Ball, which sets atop a monument on the west side of the cemetery. C.B. Merchant had the monument erected in 1896, according to information provided by Marion Cemetery staff. Merchant later discovered that the 5,200-pound granite ball had shifted slightly.

While there are several scientific theories about why the ball moves about a quarter of an inch each year, there are some who believe that a restless spirit is responsible for the annual change in position.

Officials remind would-be ghost hunters that Marion Cemetery closes at dusk and officers from the Marion Police Department patrol it nightly.

If you're a Marion County resident and have a spooky tale you think would make a good story, we'd like to talk to you. Contact information is listed below.

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