PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A doctor who used a guillotine to perform amputations, a wealthy family marred by insanity and a man murdered inside his sealed and boarded-up mansion are among the stories that frighten willing listeners who line up in towns throughout the South to tour supposedly haunted places. From Charleston, S.C., to Atlanta to New Orleans and beyond, ghost tours are increasingly popular with tourists and locals alike, especially during Halloween.
Dozens of people gathered in downtown Pensacola for late-night tours on a recent Friday. They were entertained by a tour guide dressed in 1700s-era clothing who recounted real tales of murder and mayhem in the port city. Wendi Davis coordinates the tours for the local historical society and says the annual Halloween events are the group's biggest and most-popular fundraiser.