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Tales from Beyond

The Man Who Saw Hell

By Thomas D’Agostino

A Mr. G. from Webster contacted me in regard to some amazing accounts he witnessed growing up in Puerto Rico. He thought a few of them would make great stories for this column. After listening to him for a bit, I was in complete agreement with the accounts he related to me. Here is one of them.

As a young man, Mr. G. lived in a small village where everyone knew each other and were all very close... Read More

Lucas Douglass

By Thomas D’Agostino www.tomdagostino.com

This story is as it appears in our upcoming book on New England folk.

On December 5, 1895, seventy-two-year old Lucas Douglass was found dead in a snow-laden street in Ashford, Connecticut. He apparently died alone, cold and penniless, having never married and few relatives to share time with. He is buried in the Westford Hill Cemet... Read More

A Parrot Once Helped Solve a Triple Murder

By Thomas D’Agostino
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Halifax, Massachusetts, in the late 19th century was a close-knit little community of about 600 people. One journalist in the 1870s referred to the town as such, “no lawyers and none needed.” This would change, however, when on February 15, 1874, a gruesome triple murder took place in the Sturtevant home.

The two elderly brothe... Read More

Some Strange Ouija Board Stories

By Thomas D'Agostino
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I have spoken of Ouija boards in the past. Having a small collection of them, I find them quite fascinating, especially the history of the board and its encompassing role on our culture. From the moment they hit the market in the early 1890s to the present, the Ouija board has been labeled many things but whether you feel it calls demo... Read More

Ghost returns on 100th anniversary

By Thomas D’Agostino
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This account came to me in a rather strange way. My wife Arlene and I lived in Burrillville, Rhode Island in 2004. We were very active in the history of the town and knew a lot of prominent citizens. It was in May of that year I received a phone call from someone on the fire department asking for the phone number of Historical Society... Read More

The Legend of Tessa

Thomas D'Agostino
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The St. John River in Northern Maine is the scene of this legend regarding witchcraft and the devil. The main character, a woman named Tessa.

Tessa's mother was believed to be a minion of the devil, having practiced witchcraft and spells. Her name was known far and wide and the locals always kept a wary eye on her, as they were su... Read More

Darrah Pond

Thomas D'Agostino
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Roy Memorial Park in Litchfield, New Hampshire, features ample playgrounds, two baseball/softball diamonds, soccer field and a talent hall. In the summer months Litchfield residents can enjoy fishing, swimming and boating in Darrah Pond within the confines of the park.

Darrah Pond is the showcase of this quaint little park in many... Read More

The mystery stones of Burnt Hill

By Thomas D’Agostino

As we try to trace the ancestry of our European forefathers, we always find more data that other races may have been here first. It appears that Burnt Hill in Heath is a living archeological testament to this theory set in stone. Or, shall I say, set up in stone.

Twenty-one stones sit carefully notched into the bedrock on top of the 1,855-foot rise. The stones weigh three to five hundred pounds... Read More

The Haunted Slater Mill

By Thomas D'Agostino

In 1793, Samuel Slater became the catalyst for the Industrial Revolution in America. Before long, The Blackstone River and its tributaries were laced with mills of all forms of manufacture.
Villages sprouted out of nowhere and people flocked to work at the mills in hopes of a better life.

Children were often employed at these mills due to the fact that many adults felt that such work was be... Read More

A Famous Provincetown Haunt: The Former Martin House Restaurant

By Thomas D’Agostino
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This segment takes us to Provincetown, one of the most noted tourist stops in New England. Arlene and I spent a weekend recently visiting some of the more arcane attractions the area has to offer and decided to check in on one of our favorite haunts, The Martin House Restaurant. We once visited and investigated the Martin House in 2006... Read More

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