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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.

Ephriam lived as a recluse in a large house in the center... Read More

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... Read More

The Winsted Wildman

By Thomas D’Agostino

Here is an abridged version of a story from our latest book, Ghosts of Litchfield County.

On August 21, 1895, the Hartford Courant reprinted an article from the Winsted Citizen regarding an incident involving Winsted, Connecticut, selectman Riley Smith. Smith was in Colebrook on business, and it was during a few moments of downtime when he witnessed something he would never for... Read More

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 o... Read More

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. Wool... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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 vis... Read More

The famous Stratford knocking

By Thomas D'Agostino

1738 Elm Street in Stratford, Connecticut, became the site of one of the most famous poltergeist infestations in American history. The mansion fit in with the rest of the homes when it was completed in 1826. The exquisite domicile was a gift from General Mattas Nicoll to his daughter and new son-in-law, Captain George Dowdell. The Georgian style mansion boasted Doric columns on both the outside and int... Read More

Plymouth's Haunted Pram

By Thomas D'Agostino

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.

Former curator and director... Read More