Ghost hunter explores ‘one of the most haunted places in the US’ – Daily Mail

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Do YOU dare to watch? Ghost hunter shares eerie video of ‘one of the most haunted places in the US’ – a Texas bridge with ‘dark history’ of satanic rituals and an alleged lynching

  • Kalani Smith, 24, from Nashville, Tennessee, has 2.2 million followers on TikTok, where he shares videos of his paranormal investigations
  • He spent the night at Old Alton Bridge in Denton, Texas, last month 
  • The eerie landmark is better known as ‘Goatman’s Bridge’ thanks to local lore about a half-man, half-goat creature that haunts the area
  • An African American goat farmer named Oscar Washburn is said to have been lynched by local members of the Ku Klux Klan on the bridge in 1938 
  • There have also been allegations of satanic rituals in the wooded area 
  • Smith claimed he saw a group of three individuals head into the forest carrying items he didn’t recognize to perform a ritual 
  • The expert documented the night he spent on the bridge on TikTok, and one of his videos from the investigation has been viewed more than 17.1 million times 

A ghost hunter has gone viral after exploring ‘one of the most haunted places’ in the U.S. — a historic iron bridge where satanic rituals are believed to still be taking place.

Kalani Smith, 24, from Nashville, Tennessee, has 2.2 million followers on TikTok, where he shares videos of his paranormal investigations, including his recent trip to Denton, Texas.

Last month, he spent the night at Old Alton Bridge, an eerie landmark better known as ‘Goatman’s Bridge’ thanks to local lore about a half-man, half-goat creature that haunts the area. 

Ghost hunter Kalani Smith, 24, from Nashville, Tennessee, recently visited Old Alton Bridge in Denton, Texas, which is better known as 'Goatman's Bridge'

Ghost hunter Kalani Smith, 24, from Nashville, Tennessee, recently visited Old Alton Bridge in Denton, Texas, which is better known as ‘Goatman’s Bridge’

Smith has 2.2 million followers on TikTok, where he shares videos of his paranormal investigations, including his investigation of the historic bridge last month

Smith has 2.2 million followers on TikTok, where he shares videos of his paranormal investigations, including his investigation of the historic bridge last month 

‘This is rumored to be one of the most haunted places in all of America, and its dark history could really feed into that,’ Smith explained in his now-viral video, which has been viewed more than 17.1 million times. 

The bridge is believed to be linked to the horrifying death of an African American goat farmer named Oscar Washburn, who was said to have settled with his family near the bridge in the 1930s. 

Washburn became known as the ‘Goatman’ because of how he earned his living, but he was allegedly lynched by local members of the Ku Klux Klan after he posted a sign on the bridge that said ‘This way to the Goatman.’ 

According to legend, the Klansmen kidnapped Washburn in August 1938. They secured a noose around his neck that was attached to the bridge before throwing him over the side. 

'This is rumored to be one of the most haunted places in all of America, and its dark history could really feed into that,' Smith explained in his now-viral video

‘This is rumored to be one of the most haunted places in all of America, and its dark history could really feed into that,’ Smith explained in his now-viral video

According to local legend, an African American goat farmer named Oscar Washburn was lynched by local members of the Ku Klux Klan on the bridge in 1938

According to local legend, an African American goat farmer named Oscar Washburn was lynched by local members of the Ku Klux Klan on the bridge in 1938

According to local legend, an African American goat farmer named Oscar Washburn was lynched by local members of the Ku Klux Klan on the bridge in 1938

When the Klansmen looked down to see if he was dead, the rope was empty and his body was never recovered. They then allegedly went to his home and murdered his wife and children

When the Klansmen looked down to see if he was dead, the rope was empty and his body was never recovered. They then allegedly went to his home and murdered his wife and children

However, when they looked down to see if he was dead, the rope was empty and his body was never recovered. In a panic, the Klansmen went to his home and murdered his wife and children.

Since the alleged murder, locals have reported creepy experiences and sightings at the bridge. Some believe that the Goatman haunts the location, ready to exact his revenge. 

Knocking on the bridge three times or driving over it with your vehicle’s headlights turned off is said to be enough to summon the spirit. 

Others think it is shrouded in evil due to satanic rituals that are still allegedly being performed underneath the bridge and the surrounding area. 

Since the alleged murder, locals have reported creepy experiences and sightings at the bridge

Since the alleged murder, locals have reported creepy experiences and sightings at the bridge

Knocking on the bridge three times or driving over it with your vehicle's headlights turned off is said to be enough to summon the spirit.

Knocking on the bridge three times or driving over it with your vehicle's headlights turned off is said to be enough to summon the spirit.

Knocking on the bridge three times or driving over it with your vehicle’s headlights turned off is said to be enough to summon the spirit.

Others think the landmark is shrouded in evil due to satanic rituals that are still allegedly being performed underneath the bridge and the surrounding area

Others think the landmark is shrouded in evil due to satanic rituals that are still allegedly being performed underneath the bridge and the surrounding area

When word got out that Smith was visiting Goatman’s bridge, dozens of people joined him as he livestreamed his investigation. 

A follow-up video from the night shows them all knocking on the bridge at the same time in an attempt set a record for the number of people knocking on the landmark at midnight. 

‘Once my presence was known at the bridge, hundreds of people showed up, and we had someone fire rounds at us from the road nearby,’ Smith told Need To Know. 

The paranormal expert also claimed that he may be haunted by the Goatman himself after spending a night at the location. 

Smith announced on TikTok that he would livestream his investigation while spending the night on Goatman's Bridge

Smith announced on TikTok that he would livestream his investigation while spending the night on Goatman’s Bridge 

When word got out that Smith was visiting Goatman's bridge, dozens of people joined him

When word got out that Smith was visiting Goatman's bridge, dozens of people joined him

When word got out that Smith was visiting Goatman’s bridge, dozens of people joined him 

A follow-up video from the night shows the group knocking on the bridge at the same time in an attempt set a record for the number of people knocking on the landmark at midnight

A follow-up video from the night shows the group knocking on the bridge at the same time in an attempt set a record for the number of people knocking on the landmark at midnight

‘After my visit to Goatman’s Bridge, a variety of psychics have seen an attachment on me that resembled a goat-man figure,’ he explained. ‘What’s interesting about this is some of these people didn’t even know that I ventured to Goatman’s Bridge.

‘This gets even weirder because on [my other] investigations after Goatman’s Bridge, the name Goatman keeps coming through my equipment, and I get activity when I mention his name.

‘The last thing I found a little spooky is that the location is still used for dark ritualistic practices to this day,’ he added. 

‘A group of three individuals had items that I had never seen before, and they disappeared into the woods to perform a ritual.’

Smith, who also explored the nearby woods, alleged that 'the location is still used for dark ritualistic practices to this day'

Smith, who also explored the nearby woods, alleged that ‘the location is still used for dark ritualistic practices to this day’

He claimed that he saw a group of three individuals head into the forest carrying items he didn't recognize to perform a ritual when he was there

He claimed that he saw a group of three individuals head into the forest carrying items he didn't recognize to perform a ritual when he was there

He claimed that he saw a group of three individuals head into the forest carrying items he didn’t recognize to perform a ritual when he was there 

'Even if nothing paranormal was attached to this bridge, you would still need to exercise caution from the people that show up,' he explained

‘Even if nothing paranormal was attached to this bridge, you would still need to exercise caution from the people that show up,’ he explained

Smith said that ghost hunters should be cautious when visiting the bridge, explaining that the structure and surrounding forest present more than just ghostly dangers. 

‘Even if nothing paranormal was attached to this bridge, you would still need to exercise caution from the people that show up,’ he explained.

Smith admitted that he didn’t see the infamous Goatman, but he did detect some electromagnetic field (EMF) activity on the bridge.

He also heard strange noises coming from the woods while with his team. 

Smith admitted that he didn't see the infamous Goatman, but he did detect some electromagnetic field (EMF) activity on the bridge and heard noises coming from the woods

Smith admitted that he didn’t see the infamous Goatman, but he did detect some electromagnetic field (EMF) activity on the bridge and heard noises coming from the woods 

'After my visit to Goatman's Bridge, a variety of psychics have seen an attachment on me that resembled a goat-man figure,' he claimed. 'What's interesting about this is some of these people didn't even know that I ventured to Goatman's Bridge'

‘After my visit to Goatman’s Bridge, a variety of psychics have seen an attachment on me that resembled a goat-man figure,’ he claimed. ‘What’s interesting about this is some of these people didn’t even know that I ventured to Goatman’s Bridge’

Since his visit to the bridge, he said the name 'Goatman' keeps coming through his equipment when he is doing other paranormal investigations

Since his visit to the bridge, he said the name ‘Goatman’ keeps coming through his equipment when he is doing other paranormal investigations 

‘It was hard to determine if this was paranormal or people, but it still had a very eerie feeling and it definitely seems like there’s some sort of presence,’ he said. 

‘After venturing through the woods, we found weird markings and animal carcasses, this could potentially be from the ritualistic practices.’

Smith’s videos documenting the visit creeped out a number of viewers on TikTok.  

‘All I can hear is “I am on your bridge GOATMAN,”‘ one person wrote, while another added: ‘Not me having a family photo shoot on that bridge.’

‘I took my GF here in 2014. I heard a noise and booked it. Left her in the dust,’ someone else claimed. ‘We’re no longer dating.’ 

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