When two paranormal researchers decided to scope out a haunted hospital in Mississippi, they found more than just restless spirits.
This real-life recent news story could be straight out of a horror movie.
Sharon Wilson, 69, of Vicksburg, Miss., was reported missing over the weekend. But within hours of that report initially being filed, her body was, unfortunately, found — and in possibly the strangest of places: an abandoned hospital with 150 years of creepy history to tell.
Wilson’s body was found outside the Kuhn Memorial State Hospital on Sunday by two paranormal researchers (aka ghost-hunters) investigating the reportedly haunted hospital. (The place is well-known, both nationally and internationally, for being a hub of alleged paranormal activity, including apparitions and electronic voice phenomena reportedly recorded there).
When police arrived at the hospital, they found blood trails that indicated that Wilson had been inside the hospital at some point before apparently being dragged outside onto an overgrown footpath. Wilson had apparently been hit in the head and beaten.
According to local police chief Walter Armstrong, two men were arrested and now face charges connected to Wilson’s death. Raphael McCloud and his nephew Akeem McCloud were pulled over for reckless driving, and when police checked the car, they discovered that it actually belonged to Sharon Wilson. Officers also found a stolen gun inside.
When interrogated, the duo confessed to breaking into Wilson’s house. They also confessed to robbing and kidnapping her. However, that story soon evolved, and Raphael McCloud now faces charges including capital murder, kidnapping, sexual battery, and rape. He is currently being held without bond. As of Wednesday, July 1, police are still trying to determine if Akeem McCloud will face charges.
The old building where the woman’s body was found is condemned, and a regular haunt for ghost-hunters looking to find the spirits of old Confederate soldiers and anyone else who might have passed away during the hospital’s existence.
David Childers, co-founder of the Mississippi Paranormal Research Institute, told the Clarion Ledger, “Kuhn Hospital has a lot of places inside and out that would be an ideal spot to place a body. In my opinion they should tear it down … There are open elevator shafts, black mold, asbestos, and debris, and people ought to stay away from that place.”
“Some spirits just need to be left alone,” he continued.
Brian Weaver is the founder and creator of GhostQuest.net, one of the internet’s largest databases for haunted locations, urban legends, and folklore tales throughout the United States. He grew up in rural New Hampshire, where he attended college for Computer Science.