Forget about ghost hunting? Try haunted house hunting instead

Forget about ghost hunting? Try haunted house hunting instead

1217 Marion St

1217 Marion St

Recent ghosthunting news has been an embarassment to our community. First, Greg reports Ghost Hunters Charged With Massive Blaze That Destroyed A Historic Plantation, followed by my meager tale about Ghostbusters Busted In Gettysburg!, and adding insult to injury, there’s yet another embarassing story about our colleagues. A woman in Clovis, CA fell 30 feet inside an abandoned winery looking for ghosts.1.

Guys, give it up. You’re doing it wrong. It’s time you listened to your sainted mother and considered settling down. You don’t have to give up parapsychological investigations, just buy your own haunt.

Way out in Lacakwanna County, nestled twixt the Delaware and Susquehanna rivers, is a haunted house . For the low, low price of $144,000, you can be the proud owner of a haunted house2.

Slightly haunted. Nothing serious, though. e.g. The sounds of phantom footsteps. A strange knocking sound followed by a very quiet (hardly noticeable, even) scream at 3:13am, maybe once a week. Twice a week, tops. And the occasional ghastly visage lurking behind you in the bathroom mirror.


This is still a buyer’s market! A recent study3 the mere mention a property is haunted makes it a hot seller. Reviewing the handy-dandy infographic at Realtor.com4, 1217 Marion St. fits the criteria being built back in 1901, and a quick transition in ownership as the current owners bought the place eight years ago for $97,000. Even at this price, it’s a steal. Keep in mind, old houses like this are bound to creak and groan for non-paranormal reasons, underscoring the importance of a home inspection report. Hire an exterminator to clear the premises of rats, and other noisome and noisy company.

It’s important to do some research on the place. Having spoken with a realtor for this article, it’s easy to get the details of past owners. Their names are available in public tax records accessible by anyone. Sometimes there’s a fee, but your mileage may vary. A multiple listing service (MLS) can give information about previous owners, but the records tend to be recent. Also there’s an unwritten rule among realtors where they must disclose if someone died in the house, in addition to any legitimate ghostly activity. Research can help prevent disappointment, and better inform the buyer than spending a night in the house.

Should this seller be telling a tall tale, don’t despair! Four minutes away from this quaint property, across from the old Bliss Silk Mill, dwells the white bearded ghost on Throop Street. Known as Thomas McAndrew in life, he wasted no time raising all kinds of cain in the wee hours of the morning. From prowling around the house, playing the piano, and cursing the trees of his yard to never bear fruit before breathing his last. If you’re inclined to do some Scoobying, Mondays between 22:00 and 00:00 are best to spot Tom5. And if the house is haunted, consider setting up a play date. Happy ghosts are quiet ghosts.


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  1. Aimee

    12/18/2013 at 8:53 PM

    My husband and I bought our house three years ago now. It was a bargain. Great neighborhood, usually too expensive for regular folks like us. We did notice there was a pretty quick turnover in the sales of the house, but we blamed (and continue to blame) it on the weak economy.

    It was built nearly 100 years ago. So, it does creak and groan a bit. We also hear footsteps, an old radio, lots of cold spots…but it’s old. Once when my husband was shaving, he felt someone poke him in the back, but nobody was there.

    Seriously, it is still a buyer’s market. Go out there and shop for a sweet little cottage or decadent Victorian. You may get a free bonus gift with purchase! (That being said, we totally love our free bonus gift. I would have been disappointed if it turned out that our house was…normal.)

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  3. Queen Rulah

    02/02/2014 at 12:58 AM

    Currently, there is a woman who lives in Indiana who is dealing with real demons. Her children have been possessed and doctors have witnessed one of her children walk up a wall backwards. If you know someone who can seriously help her, I urge you to do so. Her name is LaToya Ammon

    • Chris Savia

      02/02/2014 at 11:35 AM

      My colleague Mel at The Anomalist has an exemplary write-up of the Ammons case from January 28th. See below!

      We honestly do not know what to make of this story. Latoya Ammons claims she and her three children were possessed by demons and their house in Gary, Indiana, was haunted with violent paranormal activity. At first her story sounds very cliched–with hundreds of flies appearing, phantom footsteps, banging on the basement door–but then this story takes a turn for the downright disturbing. There are multiple credible eyewitnesses to what happened to the Ammons family back in 2012, including the local police chief, a DCS caseworker, a child psychologist, a nurse and a priest. What is most astonishing about this case is that these reports are not heresay, their statements are on official record with the police, DCS, and the hospital. Latoya Ammons was reported for child neglect so she was investigated and that’s when things got really weird. Upon requesting help for her three children, Ammons and her family were examined and assessed by doctors and a psychologist. During the examinations, one child was seen being “flung” against the wall with no visible cause. Later, this same young boy walked backwards up a wall and did a flip over his grandmother. No, that’s not a typo–it’s all right there in the official DCS Intake officer’s report. Frightened, Ammons turned to the local police for help. Initially believing the whole thing to be a hoax, Charles Austin, Gary’s police captain, decided to investigate the claims but ended up fleeing and fearing for his own life, calling the house a “Portal to hell“. Later, a DCS case manager claimed she touched a mysterious liquid in the basement of the Ammon house which injured her finger. Finally, Roman Catholic priest Father Michael Maginot was called in to perform an exorcism and found himself witnessing an astounding amount of paranormal activity including flickering lights, footprints appearing on the floor, and floating objects. Both Captain Austin and Father Maginot reported poltergeist-like activity in and around their own homes after leaving the Ammon house, both curiously having trouble with their mode of transportation–Austin’s car and Father Maginot’s bicycle. Father Maginot tells The Daily Mail simply, “I was in no doubt I had been attacked. I was being warned.” Father Maginot submitted a Report seeking permission of Bishop for Exorcism, was given permission and eventually was successful in his exorcism attempts. Afterwards, Ammons moved out as quickly as she could. DCS returned her children to her custody six months later when she’d established a new home far from the Gary, Indiana, house of horrors. She says there has been no further activity. There is additional evidence (which can be found in the above Daily Mail links) in the form of an EVP recorded in the basement and several photos, one of which purportedly shows a ghostly white figure looming in the window of the Ammon’s house.

  4. Amelia

    08/22/2014 at 1:29 AM

    Thanks for stirtang the ball rolling with this insight.

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