Kansas is full of scary stories. Here are seven of the scariest

Kansas can get pretty scary.

According to legend, the Sunflower State has a gateway to hell and a murderous man with a horribly disfigured face.

Ghosts are said to haunt places like a Hutchinson Library, a Lyon County Bridge, a North Topeka Cemetery — and even the Kansas Statehouse.

Here are seven chilling stories from Sunflower State that are sure to give you goosebumps.

Church of the Damned

The large abandoned church building at 1600 SW Harrison in Topeka was a magnet for vandals, ghost hunters and the homeless – until it ended on fire.

Rumors of supernatural activity at the church were so widespread that they were featured in “Church of the Damned,” a 2009 episode of the former A&E reality series, “Paranormal State.”

The program’s investigators were thwarted when one of them was “physically attacked by a demon” there, said aetv.com.

The church building was 94 years old in August 2013 when its deteriorating condition prompted the Topeka City Council orders its demolition.

But before that could be done, the building was destroyed by violent fire in October 2013.

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The burger man

Legend has it that the Hamburger Man, a monstrous creature with a mangled face, roams the sandy hills north of Hutchinson at night looking for smooching teenagers or other victims to chop up for hamburger meat. .

Hamburger Man stories have been around since at least the 1950s, Lisa Hefner Heitz wrote in her 1997 book, “Haunted Kansas.”

The Hamburger Man is most commonly thought to have received this name because of his face, which was said to have been disfigured in an accident, wrote Hefner Heitz.

“Shunned by society and despised as a monstrous creature, the Hamburger Man fled to the sand hills and built his pathetic abode to live out the rest of his life in a desolate environment,” she wrote.

There, the Hamburger Man is said to ax “those individuals foolhardy enough to be out after dark in the area, or worse, foolish enough to look for him or his house.”

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Statehouse Spooks

Kansas can get a little scary.  Here are seven Sunflower State spooky stories that are sure to keep you up at night, including two ghosts that haunt the Kansas Statehouse.

On July 7, 1965, a distraught 43-year-old woman named Eileen McClain put her lit cigarette down on a marble slab 150 feet above the rotunda inside the Kansas Statehouse, then climbed onto a nearby ledge and jumped toward his death, the Topeka Daily Capital reported.

The Statehouse is said to be haunted by the ghost of McClain in the area where she landed and in her basement, where the sound of inexplicable footsteps and crying can be heard, says hauntedhouses.com.

The Statehouse is also said to be haunted by the spirit of a worker who was accidentally killed in a fall while helping to build it as his payday approached towards the end of the month in which he died.

A nearby resident heard a pounding sound coming from the dome, hauntedhouses.com said.

This sound is believed to be the ghost of this man, working nights in hopes that he can finish his job and collect his salary, this site says.

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bird bridge

Sandy Bird, 33, was initially thought to have died accidentally after her body was found in 1983 near her overturned station wagon under the Rocky Ford Bridge in the Cottonwood River east of Emporia.

But that site became known as “Bird Bridge” after authorities concluded she was killed in a scheme in which her husband, Lutheran minister Tom Bird, and his lover and secretary, Lorna Anderson, teamed up to kill their wives.

Both later served prison terms for murder.

“In the years since, people have claimed to have heard the ethereal cries of Sandy Bird on the bridge, his footsteps walking along the bridge”, reports the Emporia Gazette.

Bird Bridge over the years has consequently attracted groups of thrill-seeking teenagers trying to catch a glimpse of its ghost, he said.

the albino woman

The albino woman, a ghostly figure in white with pink or red eyes, a pale complexion and long white hair, has long been said to roam the Rochester Cemetery area at 1200 NW Menninger Road.

Many versions of the albino woman legend exist and are actively and eagerly retold by Topekans of all ages, Hefner Heitz wrote in “Haunted Kansas.”

The legend of the albino woman has changed over the years in ways that reflect “the concerns of different individuals and different generations”, according to Hefner Heitz.

The albino woman was first described as a harmless spirit who rose from her grave and roamed the cemetery with her poodle, Hefner Heitz wrote.

But over the years and as the saga has spread, she writes, the character has grown increasingly malevolent, with stories recounting attacks and even murders.

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The ghostly librarian

Among famous Kansas ghost stories is Ida Day Holzapel of the Hutchinson Public Library, who served as its chief librarian from 1915-25 and 1947-54.

Librarian Ida Day Holzapel moved to California, promising to eventually return to Hutchinson.

Although Holzapel died in the Golden State, legend has it that she returned home – to haunt the Hutchinson Public Library.

Holzapel served as Hutchinson’s chief librarian from 1915 to 1925, and then from 1947 to 1954, when she left to take a job as a librarian in California, then died in a car accident on her first day on the job. the Hutchinson News reported.

Legend has it that Holzapel has since haunted the library, including walking through a section of its basement, watching over the building and making sure it’s running smoothly, the News said.

Every time a book falls off a shelf or something else happens unexplained, staff members there simply blame it on Holzapel, the News said.

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The door to hell

“Legend of the devil haunts small town,” read the headline of an article published in November 1974 in the University Daily Kansan, the student newspaper of the University of Kansas.

The article told how the cemetery in the small community of Stull in western Douglas County was considered one of two places on earth where the devil appears in person twice a year.

Much to the dismay of locals, the curious began visiting the cemetery in droves to check out rumors that Stull Cemetery was the site of a gateway to hell.

In 1992, rock band Urge Overkill made this cemetery the focus of a record.

Continued trespassing and vandalism forced those running the cemetery in the 1990s to install a chain-link security fence around its grounds, Hefner Heitz wrote in “Haunted Kansas.”

Tim Hrenchir can be reached at (785-213-5934 or [email protected]

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