Franklin Castle

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Franklin Castle was built in the mid 1800s by Hans Tiedemann, a wealthy German immigrant. Since then, it has been a clubhouse for a German singing society, headquarters for a German Socialist organization, a doctor’s office, apartments, and a hideout for bootleggers. Many ghost stories surround the place, and here are just a few: Legend has it that a pile of baby skeletons was once found in the house, blamed on the doctor, and witnesses say ghostly baby cries can be heard here. Another tale says ghosts have political discussions here, stemming from a mass murder when some Nazis were machine-gunned in a dispute here. Yet another story tells of an axe murder in the front tower room, and the apparition of the victim has been seen in the window. And a ghostly woman in black called Karen is said to be Tiedemann’s illegitimate daughter, whom he hanged in a secret passageway near the ballroom.

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4308 Franklin Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio
United States

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41.485813, -81.716564
Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Nearest Towns:
Ohio City, OH (0.3 mi.)
Cleveland, OH (1.4 mi.)
Brooklyn, OH (3.3 mi.)
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Lakewood, OH (4.2 mi.)
Brooklyn Heights, OH (4.4 mi.)
Cuyahoga Heights, OH (4.6 mi.)
Parma, OH (5.6 mi.)
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