Saturday, July 10, 2010

Amityville Horror House For Sale

Who will buy the Amityville horror house next?

$1.15 million

It's a honey of a home, according to the real estate agents who looked it over and lived to tell about it.

"It's a beautiful house, but the basement is a little cold," said agent Denise Mierzejewski, laughing.

The five bedroom Dutch Colonial at 108 Ocean Drive in the sleepy Long Island community is listed by Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty for $1.15 million -- "The only thing scary about it is the taxes," quipped agent Rich Tancredi.

Well, not the only thing. The house first became infamous for the murders committed there. Ronald DeFeo Jr. was convicted of killing six family members while they slept in the house in 1974. By 1977, the book "The Amityville Horror" had become a best-seller. The work by author Jay Anson recounted 28 allegedly haunted days spent in the house by subsequent owners George and Kathleen Lutz. Among some of the paranormal experiences detailed: cold spots and the fragrance of perfume, a demonic pig-like creature with glowing eyes and green slime which oozed from the walls.

The book inspired several horror movies, the earliest in 1979 with Margot Kidder and James Brolin, and the most recent in 2005. When Riverhead Raceway owners James and Barbara Cromarty bought the house in 1977, they didn't believe any of the stories and they told us they still don't . However, they did change the address from 112 Ocean Drive to 108 to keep the curious away. "We loved the house and kept it for 10 years," offered Barbara.
The house has had a number of owners in the 36 years since the lives of six people ended there. The main residence and the boat house have been renovated.  "We have people who want to buy it because they think it's haunted," quipped David Spiegel, another real estate agent who had just checked out the interior.

"When I was a kid, we used to ride our bikes and throw rocks at the house," said James Smith, a local real estate agent who admitted to NBCNewYork that he relishes the thought of the sales commission. He would gladly sell it or buy it - but not live there. "It has a special vibe, you can feel it," said Smith. 

The present owner didn't return our phone calls and the listing agent had little to say except it's a lovely home, with or without the infamous history.
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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Watcher

This photo was taken at Corroboree Rock at Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia in 1959. What does not seem to be a trick of light and shadow is a human form, semi-transparent, wearing what looks like a long white dress or gown. More curious, the figure seems to be holding something in the manner that a person holds a camera or binoculars.

One posssibility is that this is a double exposure of a living person. In 1959, this image would have been captured on film.

If it is not a double exposure and this is a spirit captured on film, then a number of questions arise: What is the entity looking and why? Do they have cameras and binoculars in the afterlife? Or is this an instance of a time slip in which the camera has recorded a scene from a different time?

It has even been speculated that this figure might actually be a time traveler or interdimentional being, who has been photographed in the act of watching us!

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Coventry Spectre

On January 22, 1985, the Coventry Freeman organization were having a dinner event at St. Mary's Guildhall in Coventry, U.K. Everyone in the group had her or his head bowed in prayer when this photo was taken -- including a towering, mysterious figure standing top left. The strange cowled spectre appears to be wearing clothing much like a monk's frock from another time. Lord Mayor Walter Brandish, who was present at the dinner, said there was no one at the event who was dressed like that, and he could not explain the presence of the interloper in the photo.

St. Mary's Guildhall dates back to the 14th century and served as a prison for Mary, Queen of Scots.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Decebal Hotel Ghost

Authorities have warned people to stay away from the Decebal Hotel -- because construction was taking place on the 150-year-old building. What they didn't warn people about was the ghost. The spirit of a tall woman in a long white frock has long been reported at the spa. The hotel in Romania is rumored to hide ancient Roman treasure, and the ghost, it is said, appears to protect it from treasure hunters.

Only anecdotal evidence for this ghost existed until 2008 when 33-year-old Victoria Iovan snapped this photograph, which indeed seems to show the ghostly image of a tall figure in long white garb. "I photographed my boyfriend in the hotel," said Iovan. "Back home I was shocked to see another woman's shadow in the picture. She looked like a priestess in long white clothes."

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sefton Church Ghost

Sefton Church is an ancient structure (started in the 12th century and finished in the early 16th century) in Merseyside, England, just north of Liverpool. This particular photograph was taken inside the church in September, 1999.

According to Brad Steiger's Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits and Haunted Places, where this photo was found, there was only one other photographer in the church beside the person who took this picture. Neither of them recalled seeing the ghost or any flesh-and-blood person standing there who could account for this image. Because the figure is all in black, it has been theorized that the apparition could be that of a church minister.

Reader Mark Tomlinson reports that a pub next door to the church, called the Punch Bowl, is said to be haunted by the ghost of a man in blue nautical garb, which has been reported there for many years.

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