When contractors look to rise a new building, they probably don’t typically choose the site of a sacred ancient burial grounds from thousands of years ago. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened to builders of the Dimond Center in Anchorage, Alaska, who accidentally constructed the building over a grave site dating back to the early Native American populations who settled in the area.
While the Dimond Center was being constructed, diggers uncovered graves and remnants of human bones. They attempted to tactfully gather all of the tiny graves they could, taking care to keep bodies separated and ensuring that each found a proper reburial in the appropriate place. However, due to the sheer gravity of the building site and the numerous graves, the job was no small or easy task. Later, people speculated that there were likely many left behind or the disruption caused more problems than a delay in building.
The mall was completed and built in 2002. Original buildings stemmed back to 1977. The Dimond Center is the largest enclosed mall in the state of Alaska. More than just your average mall, over two hundred stores are nestled over four floors. The center features an office, a theater, a skating rink, a post office, an arcade, a food court, a bowling alley, and a health club. It seems that they covered all the bases when they erected the Dimond Center, all except the restless spirits of the bodies that were disrupted to give the town its greatest luxury.
It wasn’t long before the Dimond Center got its reputation as being a hot bed of paranormal activity, causing many people to ditch the shopping when it started to get dark. People reported hearing flute music and drums, long after the center closed, especially near the bathrooms and basement. It wasn’t long before additional reports came rushing in and the stories of the paranormal got even more weird.
It also didn’t help that many bad things started to happen to the facilities and employees of the Dimond Center. One of the worst stories stemmed from an unexplained refrigerant leak in the skating rink. The twenty four year old manager of the skating rink died of asphyxiation while trying to stop the leak in a compressor room. Two maintenance workers and two health club patrons who were swimming in the pool were also affected and had to be resuscitated by emergency workers. Six were hospitalized and thirty three were injured. Despite an investigation, the cause of the leak was never discovered and operations quickly continued.
People continued to report strange occurrences on the skating rink after the grisly accident. The activity in the Dimond Center seemed to increase with reports of apparitions and spirits of Native American peoples roaming the center, and seeing packs of wolves in hallways. Common occurrences described a tall man, an old woman and a lost child. Even worse, certain parts of the mall seemed to house an evil presence. Many described seeing a dark shadow, feeling a deep fear, and often felt pinches or heard hissing.