The "otherworldly abduction" of a hormonal teenage boy at Villa Nabila in Johor Baru and 30 others last week turned out to be an ordinary hoax.
But the interest in the paranormal phenomenon - the supposed haunted mansion is dubbed as one of the five spookiest places in Malaysia -proved to be extraordinary. Supernatural enthusiasts nationwide flocked to the southern state just to view the crumbled ruins.
Why are we so fascinated by the supernatural, even when the mere thought of it makes us weak in the knees?
Paranormal investigator and Malaysian Paranormal Research founder Arwin John believes it is because anything that sounds or looks strange often becomes the subject of fascination for the general public, and ghosts have been a hot topic since the beginning of civilization.
"When the mind can't comprehend, it only tends to seek confirmation to explain what can't be explained by simple terms - this is why humans are fascinated with the subject of ghosts," he says.
Here are a few other "most haunted" places in Malaysia for the casually curious and seriously dedicated supernatural aficionados to check out.
Pudu Jail, Kuala Lumpur
LOCAL paranormal investigator Adam Vai claims the former number one prison in Malaysia is the spookiest ghost haunt in the country.
Shock, horror, gasp... this was only where vicious criminals were detained and executed.
According to records, death row convicts were held at Block D - where some 180 convicts were reportedly hanged to death from 1933 to 1960. Incidentally, this was where Adam, who investigated the prison with his crew Penyingkap Fakta 666 a few years ago, not only heard weird voices and footsteps, but also caught on camera "something" glaring back from one of the empty cells. Bad news, though, spook hunters, the site has now been cleared for a new mall.