What is it that makes a location haunted? Perhaps some locations are just bad... Dudleytown in Connecticut is often times referred to as the "Most haunted town in America". There many stories about the now abandoned town although it is sometimes difficult to separate fact from legend, but the woods around Dudleytown is one of those places that always seemed to be have some sort of presence or evil.
The origin of the evil is said to go back to a curse from the time of Henry VIII of England when Edmund Dudley was executed for being a part of a plot to kill the king. Supposedly a curse was put on the family that they would always be surrounded by tragedy and horrors.
Some of the Dudley's eventually found their way to Cornwall Connecticut. The family settled in the area which is now referred to as Dudleytown. The curse seemed to have followed the family to the location. Some of the tragedies were
- Unidentified epidemics
- Mass hysteria
- Death by lighting strikes
- Children disappearing in the woods
- House Fires
Eventually all of the people left the town and it became abandoned. Earlier in the 20th century, a couple bought the area and moved in. The story is that while the husband was out of town on business, his wife remained behind. While he was gone, she wandered into the woods and when he returned she had become insane and never recovered.
Ed and Lorraine Warren did extensive investigations at Dudleytown and said that it was very haunted. After their investigation, many other investigators (professional and amateur) have visited Dudleytown and have had many personal experiences and photographic evidence of something in the woods.
Today the area on which the town is located is private property owned by the Dark Entry Forest Association. They are very strict about keeping people off the land. The Connecticut state police will ticket and prosecute any and all trespassers. It is said that the woods have reclaimed the town...which is probably the best thing that could have happened. Some places should be avoided.