Screaming Tunnel

The Screaming Tunnel in Niagara Falls is famous for its true ghost story about a young girl who burned to death in the middle of the tunnel.

Screaming Tunnel

There is a tunnel in Niagara Falls, Ontario, that locals call The Screaming Tunnel. It is located just under the old railroad tracks near Warner Road.

As the story goes, over a century ago, a family lived in a large farm house that stood in the field at the top of the hill, close to the tunnel.

One fateful night, the farm house caught fire. As flames raged through the building, the air was shattered by a young girl’s screams. The family were trapped in the house and they burned to death.

When the fire was eventually put out and the firefighters were sifting through the wreckage, they found the charred bodies of all of the family members except for the daughter.

Searching the surrounding area, they found the burned corpse of the young girl inside the tunnel at the bottom of the hill. They assumed that she had fled from the house, her clothing engulfed in flames, running into the tunnel in a futile attempt to extinguish her burning garments. Overcome by the flames, she must have collapsed and died alone in its depths. But they could never figure out what had caused the fire in the first place.

Some say that the fire was started by a local butcher who had become obsessed with the young girl. Wearing a mask, he sneaked up to the farm house in the middle of the night and set it on fire in an attempt to kidnap her. When she tried to escape through the tunnel, he burned her alive.

Others say that it was the girl’s own father who murdered her. They claim he became mentally deranged when he found out that he had lost custody of his children in a bitter custody battle with his wife. In a fit of anger, he lit the fire and when his daughter escaped the flames, he chased her down burned her to death.

Whoever her killer was, everyone agrees that the ghost of the young girl still haunts the tunnel. According to the legend, if you stand in the middle of the tunnel and light a match, she will blow it out immediately and you will hear the agonized death screams of the burning girl. The middle of the tunnel is unusually cold and people who have visited the tunnel always get the feeling that they are being watched.

One person who visited the screaming tunnel wrote: “I’m from Niagara Falls and yeah the stories true. My dad was telling me him and some friends went to the tunnel when they were kids. The tunnel is pitch black and you cant see the exit when you go in. His friend lit a match and it blew out instantly, and he heard the girl screaming. He also heard a man’s voice yelling. The reason the fire started was that a man had broken into the house while the family was sleeping, and set the house on fire, and followed the girl into the tunnel and set her on fire. The reason a “match” will instantly be blown out in the tunnel is because the man who set the house on fire used a match to start the fire.”

Another person wrote: “As far as the match story goes, we attempted it 3 times and the match did blow out, but we did not hear any screaming.”

Interesting fact: A scene from the 1983 Stephen King horror movie The Dead Zone was filmed in the screaming tunnel.

Comments

  1. Rachel says

    I went there already! I was there with my friends and my boyfriend. One of my friends name sarah. So sarah said that “i will go there who’s coming with me?” and my other friends said “we dont want to come!” Then sarah asked me “Can you come with me rachel?” I didn’t want to answer so I said “I dont know..”, Then sarah said “There is nothing called i dont know!” So i still didn’t know how to answer.. “My boyfriend said “She doesn’t want to go” Then sarah said in a love talk “Jackson, can you come with me?” Then jackson said “of course” Then sarah smiled. Sarah answered “Now you girls wait here And I and jackson Going in the screaming tunnel” Then my other friemds said “No wait! We will come with you” so I watched them confused “ok then. rachel you will stay alone ok or you will change your mind?” then i answered “no, i will stay here” Sarah said “bye” Then they left. So for 3 hour ago, I was waiting for them but they didn’t come back..I was worried about my boyfriend. So I stand up and looked where did they go. Then I saw my other friends! Then I shouted “Friends right here” So They looked at me and come closer. I watched there is something strange in there bodies. They have blood bodies. So i gasp! So they said in a stranbe voice “come with us”. When they came to me They tried to take to strangle me but i keep standing freezing Then someone tooked me in the back of the rock! I tried to run away but it was jackson. I said “jackson! Thank god your alive! Where is sarah? So he didn’t answer. “jackson?” I said. He still didn’t answer so i shaked him. So then he answered “BAAA!” Then I screamed to death. He laughed! I whisper “your such an idiot”. Then I said “what happened to sarah?” Then he said “She is dead” Then i confused “why?” Then I saw his hand holding a sharp knife. He answered “Cuz I killed her” And Then I said “you wont kill me, right? Then he answered “No! I will not kill my own girlfriend” Then I hugged him “then why did you killed sarah” he said “cuz She needs to marry me” Then i looked at him “What happened to my friends?” He said “They are some dolls right there and the dolls strangled them Then i whispers to his ears “lets get out from here” Then he said “come with me” So he grabed my hand and runs. And he tooked me in the screaming tunnel. Then I sat there And panting. So he looked at me and gave me a cold water. So i drinked the cold water. “thank you” i said quietly. He smiled. So we were waiting for sarah. I know that she is dead but jackson thinks That she is dead we are waiting for Sarah. Then we heard footsteps. So i was scared and holding jackson’s arm. so it came closer and closer. I hold his arms harder So he looked at me, I said “I’m scared” He Holds my hands and sleeps. So I saw a girl comes closer then she stopped in her track And looks at me “Is it you, rachel?” Then i saw sarah! “Sarah!” Then I hugged her Then i saw her hand she was holding a shotgun. Then i get back “why are you holding a shotgun?” I said. She answered “i need to kill you” Then i saw my boyfriend’s hand a knife, So i hold i knife and said “you stop fighting me” She smiled and throws the shotgun. “kill me” sarah said, I said “What?”. She shouted “KILL ME!” Then i looked at her She said “KILL ME RACHEL!” I said “no”. She gives me the shotgun “kill me now” Then i said “My boyfriend said that he killed you” she said “He did…He only broked my Arms” I begin angry. So she said “now kill me” I hold the shotgun. And I’m shaking! I tried to kill her but she is my friend Then I saw my boyfriend is in her back so i watched him And he tolded me to be quiet I told to sarah ” i am ready to kill you” She told me “im waiting!” Then Jackson killed her in the back She saw her stomach blood! And she fell down! Then I saw him, Then he grabs my hand and go outside and i saw my friends died expect my boyfriend (This is the end of the story) Thanks for reading :)

  2. clairethecookiemonster says

    I’m from Niagara Falls and I’ve been there. Nothing happened but my classmates have told stories where they went to the tunnel with their parents to check out the ghosts and they’ve felt things tugging at their clothing. They could be making it up though. :)

  3. Maziecat says

    You do realize a match blowing out in the middle of a tunnel is not an indication of a ghost, right? Still…that’s pretty sweet.

  4. ScaryStoryDude says

    I have a friend who lives In The Buffalo-Niagra Falls Area, He told me the story about it But I dident belive it was true,So My friends and I went to vist “The Death Tunnel” (What he called it) Lit a match it blew out. I thought it was a just a considence(I know thats spelled wrong) Then I read it here, I got creeped out

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