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Riddle House is located in West Palm Beach, Florida. This house is an old historic Victorian, and was built in 1905. It seems as though this house is unique in the fact that it doesn’t like men. Any males that visit the house have had ghostly activity performed on them that often turns into a physical nature. Steve Carr is a local carpenter in the West Palm Beach area who was working on the house. One day, the lid from an iron pot lifted three feet in the air, flung across the room and hit Steve in the head. Following this, Steve will never go back in the house again.
Since the attack on Steve Carr, no male visitors are allowed to go into the attic of the house. The reason why there is such a high activity of paranormal occurrences here is because it is believed that a man hung himself at the location. The image of the man is often seen in the north or west attic windows to other people that can see. Witness Jack Rodriguez claimed that he saw the image of the head and torso of a man in a black suit with a noose tied around his neck, peering down to him.
This man in black is believed to be that of a former boarder who hung himself in the attic. Before the title Riddle House was given to the structure in 1920, it was called the Gate Keeper’s Cottage. This was because it functioned as a funeral parlor and management for the Woodlawn Cemetery that is across the street. It was built on land owned by Joseph Jefferson, whom was one of the most famous actors of his time. Karl Riddle then became the first city manager and superintendent of Public Works, then following this he adopted the house as his home.
Moving into the 1980s, Riddle House served as the female dormitory for Palm Beach Atlantic College. However, it was abandoned due to disrepair, and the city threatened to demolish it. To settle the matter, the house was donated to John Riddle, who was the nephew of Karl. It was then split up into three sections and moved to Yesteryear Village. The diary of Karl Riddle tells the story of the death of a man on the property, but gives no concrete details.
Unexplained incidents started to occur almost immediately after it was moved. All sorts of investigators including psychologists, parapsychologists, and paranormal investigators have been to the attic. Many experiences with these professionals ensued. These experiences include revealing of orbs, temperature increases, and spirit energy. The most astounding result of the research was communicating with the dead spirit that haunts the attic. The spirit allegedly said that he took the fall for a crime that he didn’t commit.
(Source: Belanger, Jeff. Encyclopedia of Haunted Places. 2005.)