If you ask most psychics, ghost hunters, and other paranormal investigators about cemeteries, the first thing they’ll tell you is that, for the most part, they aren’t haunted at all. In fact, a lot of psychically gifted people will tell you that cemeteries are often peaceful places. That’s not the case for Greyfiars Kirkyard in Edinburg, Scotland. Not only is the cemetery insanely haunted, the activity inside its gates has become so violent that it’s not uncommon for people to leave in hysterics having been scratched, bitten, and pushed, but in most cases, people straight up pass out from fear.
Greyfriars Kirkyard dates back roughly to the 1560s, and though it’s said to be home to quite a few ghosts, there’s one in particular that is believed to be at the center of all the violent activity: George “Bluidy” Mackenzie. During life, George Mackenzie was a notoriously nasty man.
A Scottish lawyer during the 17th-century, Mackenzie was directly responsible for the deaths of around 18,000 of King Charles II opponents. In fact, many of them were imprisoned inside a section of the Greyfriars Kirkyard. This delighted Bluidy Mackenzie, who loved to see the inmates tortured, starved, and eventually decapitated, with their heads placed on the spikes atop the gates that surround Greyfriars Kirkyard.
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