Episode 19: Amusement Park Murder and Terror

Every abandoned place is haunted, if not by the ghosts of the dead, then by the relics of the past. And no place appears more eerie and forlorn than the abandoned amusement park.

Today we will be covering two abandoned and haunted amusement parks.

First there’s the Rocky Point Amusement Park in Rhode Island.

Most locals scoff at the supposed Gypsy curse that’s said to be upon Rocky Point Amusement Park, but there can be no denying the strange events that have happened there, including suicide and murder most foul.

In 1893 Frank Sheffield, an opium addict prescribed cocaine by his doctor, took his five-year-old daughter to Rocky Point Amusement Park for their world-famous clam cakes, and by the shore of the bay, caved her head in with a rock for seemingly no reason.

Bizarre occurrences would continue to befall the amusement park until its closing in 1996.

The second is the Lake Shawnee Amusement Park, widely considered to be one of the most haunted places in the world.

The story of Lake Shawnee Amusement Park is truly epic and mind-blowing, a tragic and American story of ghosts, sacred Native American burial grounds, and doom.

Join us as we take you on a ride through two of the most haunted and infamous American amusement parks.

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Murder at Rocky Point Park: Tragedy in Rhode Island’s Summer Paradise by Kelly Sullivan Pezza

Haunted America by Michael Norman and Beth Scott

Shawnee attacked, murdered children of Mitchell Clay in 1783 | Wyoming County History | wycoreport.com

Mitchell Clay (anamericanfamilyhistory.com)

A Brief History of the Lake Shawnee Amusement… | Culture Trip (theculturetrip.com)

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