The excellent website Ghosts of Ohio did an impressive job of researching the Hell Town stories, and concluded that the area was first called “Mutant Town” when the federal government bought up the land in the area in 1974 to create the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area. They boarded up most of the houses they bought and put US Government “No Trespassing” signs everywhere because there had been a chemical dump in the area. So naturally everyone assumed there were slimy mutants wandering around murdering people.
THE SATANIC CHURCH
This one goes along with allegations of satan worshipping made against the entire town. I’ve heard that all the people in the area worship satan , and that there are animal mutilations and satanic symbols all over the place.
All of which leads to the church, which is called Mother of Sorrows in the real world. Supposedly, black masses are conducted here, and there are supposed to be upside down crosses all over the building. As it turns out, the upsde down cross shape is just a feature of gothic revival architecture.
THE SCHOOL BUS
This one has some creepy elements. A haunted school bus with all the seats removed is said to sit at the edge of the woods in Hell Town. Legend has it that the kids it was hauling on its last trip were killed by a crazy killer/bunch of crazy killers. They say sometimes you can see either the kids or their killer/killers inside. If it’s a single killer, he sits in the back, smoking a cigarette.
THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE/FUNERAL HOME
There’s a slaughterhouse not far from the cemetery—or so they say. The Ghosts of Ohio website reports that it’s just part of an old barn. Over time it acquired a reputation as a haunted slaughterhouse where you would see faces if you looked through the windows at night.