Now that Halloween is a mere week away and outlets all over the Internet, including us, are highlighting, ranking, and reviewing the scariest legends surrounding cemeteries, abandoned hospitals, and haunted houses across America, it's a good time to remind people what happens when paranormal investigation goes wrong. There's no better demonstration for the dark side of supernatural obsession than what happened with St. John's Anglican Church. Hidden in a forest in rural Quebec, St. John's was built in 1858 by British and Irish settlers in the town of Laurentians. The tiny church was nothing to look at, but it was built well and outlived generations of worshippers who eventually left it behind. As the community gradually shrank into a ghost town, the church became the last remnant of Shrewsbury, a Scottish and Irish settlement founded in the 1820s. Somewhere down the line, the church's worn-down appearance and relatively desolate location led to whispered tales of mass suicide, Satanic cults, and of course, stories about brushes with the sorrowful ghosts trapped in its walls. As the rumors surrounding the church grew, so did the visits from those looking for a supernatural thrill, and St. John's became the place to go for weekend trysts with the dead. Unfortunately, the church's name became listed on more and more ghost hunting websites attached to stories that were more and more exaggerated and extreme. Enraged locals who had heard about "black masses" being conducted by local Satanic cults would often break in, searching for the shadowy figures, causing untold damage in the process. Some would hack off chunks of gravestones from the cemetery as a keepsake. Others would destroy the property just for fun. Finally, in 2010, the Anglican diocese, frustrated at the lack of police presense and their inability to protect the property, deconsecrated the building. The local municipality of Gore had plans to acquire government grants and renovate the church, using it as a community center, but sadly, it didn't last long enough. On January 12 of this year, it burned to the ground. Some say that the fire was caused by candles used in an unauthorized seance to contact the spirits of the dead. More via Roadtrippers.
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