Also known as the most haunted house in Ohio, Franklin Castle was built in 1881 by Hannes Tiedemann, who was a German banker. Around ten years after the castle was built, Hannes’ daughter, Emma, allegedly succumbed to her diabetes and passed. Not too long afterward, his elderly mother followed suit. During the following three years, the Tiedemann’s lost three more children, which raised suspicions that there was more to the deaths than it seemed. To distract his wife from the awful tragedies, Hannes continued to add onto the house, giving more of a vast castle feel. It is rumored that the house was also given hidden room and passage ways to aide in prohibition, or possibly more sinister means. Eventually, Hannes’ wife passed in 1895 and he sold the house. While there is no substantial evidence, many people believe that there were multiple atrocities committed in the house by Hannes, including the murder of his niece, a servant girl, and even his own daughter.
The house laid empty from then up until 1968 when James Romano, his wife, and their six childen moved into the castle. Not long after, they reported seeing multiple ghosts. Other accounts included hearing an organ playing in the house, their children playing with “phantom friends”, and even Mrs. Romano reported feeling the presence of Mrs. Tiedemann herself. They had reportedly attempted several exorcisms and had even tried bringing in a ghost hunting crew. It is reported that one of the investigators was so frightened by what they experienced, they ran from the house screaming. By 1974, the Romano family was fed up, and moved out.
The house was sold to Sam Muscatello, who hosted tours of the house for curious thrill-seekers. During a live segment on a Cleveland radio station, the host had his recording device pulled from his shoulder and thrown. Another person claimed to have witnessed seeing a ceiling light spinning on its own. Sam soon began to search the castle for the secret passages, but what he found was far more sinister. Found tucked away behind a panel in the tower was a set of human bones. While many wild stories floated around about who the bones belonged to and how they got there, the authorities confirmed that they were VERY old and definitely human. After this, Sam sold the house and it bounced around for years from owner to owner. No one would live in the house long.
Recently, the house was bought and is currently being renovated to be a 3 family home. One can only hope these renovations don’t stir up some vengeful spirits.