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Tales from Beyond

Ephriam Gray

By Thomas D’Agostino

The secret of immortality. So many people have attempted to concoct a potion, spell, or some other way to live throughout eternity unscathed by the ravages of time. Impossible you say? Well, one man may have actually cheated the reaper and to this day, lives among the masses unchanged by the passing of the years. That man is Ephriam Gray.

The Black Swan Inn

By Thomas D’Agostino

In February of this year, Arlene and I, along with our friends and fellow investigators, Bob and Vickie Hughes, had the opportunity to stay a night at the Black Swan Inn located at 354 West Main Street in Tilton, New Hampshire. We were invited by owners John and Trish Basiliere to not only investigate the possible paranormal events that transpire in the Victorian mansion but to discuss events that may include the public.

Hartford’s Haunted Railroad Bridge

By Thomas D’Agostino

Sometime between 2 and 3 in the morning on Saturday, September 5, 1887, Vermont’s worst railroad disaster took place a few miles from White River Junction as the Vermont Central Railroad express train from Montreal jumped its tracks and plummeted onto the frozen White River below. The engine was towing a baggage and express car, a mail car, two ordinary passenger cars, and two sleeper cars. Many were on their way from Boston to see the circus in Montreal.

A Curious Trial

By Thomas D’Agostino

In typical New England fashion, the story you are about to read seems beyond that of plain fact, but such events are common in the strange and wonderful place we call New England. This account was reported in the Connecticut Courant, August 31, 1813. New England is famous for such incredible news and the most astonishing part is that it actually happened. The court heard the case of Simers vs. Woolbridge and a jury was selected to decide the case.

Spirit Meets Science

By Thomas D’Agostino

The first Spiritualist movement in the 19th century opened many pathways for communication with the dead. The idea was not new, but with the advent of the movement, many new ideas and ways to speak to the other side were born. Inventors such as Thomas Edison and John Hays Hammond tried to create machines where we could better communicate with the spirits in real time as they spoke. By the middle of the 20th century the movement had slowed, but never quite vanished.

The ghost who solved a probate error

By Thomas D’Agostino

James “Pink” Chaffin was not an avid believer in ghosts, that is, until his father paid him a visit. Pink’s father, James, had been dead for four years and in the meantime, Pink and his brothers, Abner and John, had felt slighted and dismayed that the will produced by their other brother, Marshall, awarded their father’s full estate to the latter. Still, they toiled on with their lives, realizing that their father may have awarded Marshall and his wife Susie everything as a gift for taking him and his wife in when their home burned to the ground.

Wood Island Light

By Thomas D'Agostino

Lighthouses have a certain mystique that makes them alluring. Throw in a ghost or two and you have a perennial tale to forever be told by the flickering light of a campfire. There are many lighthouses in New England that are haunted by their former keepers or their families. The Wood Island light is no exception. In fact, there are a few ghosts roaming the island and the best part, you can actually visit them during the summer months.

Plymouth's Haunted Pram

By Thomas D'Agostino
www.tomdagostino.com

The Trask Museum at 35 North Street in Plymouth, Massachusetts, became one of the most haunted buildings in the area, but not for its long-tenanted ghosts. The 1829 structure acquired a most curious artifact that soon proved to be haunted: an ancient perambulator, more affectionately known as a pram.