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So Many Secrets, part 2: A DNA Match

It was Christmas of 2016 when my wife, Rebecca, bought me an Ancestry DNA kit. She’s a genealogy nut and knew I was interested in tracing my family tree one day. In all honesty, I didn’t think I would come up with much because my family background is rough.

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So Many Secrets: A Family Story

The last time my mother saw her father was the day the police came to take him to jail. It was two weeks before Christmas, December 11, 1956, and a warmer than average day in Chester, Pennsylvania, a city on the northwest bank of the Delaware River, about midway between Philadelphia and Wilmington. The mercury […]

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A Haunting: Late Night Notifications

One of the phenomena that has convinced us our house is haunted is repeated electrical quirks and electronic anomalies. We’ve had lights turn themselves on, bulbs blow-out in spectacular flashes, as if to get our attention, and electronics that have responded to us, as if something is “answering” us. Sometimes it seems mischievous, like a […]

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A Haunting: Psychic Medium Weighs In

Stories about the happenings in my home have been pretty rare the last few years. We’ve learned to live with it, but a recent email from a medium named Marjorie made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. She had some things to say about the apparitions of a woman and a […]

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A Haunting: Unlocking the Door

The last installment of this serial, a year and a half ago, was intended to be my last. Living in a haunted house is something we’ve come to accept since the presence here has never really felt malevolent or menacing. That’s not to say nothing has happened in the last few years–plenty of things have. […]

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A Haunting: Conclusion

The events I’ve written about in this serial took place over the course of about two years, from summer of 2007 to spring of 2009. As I said in my last post, I don’t have a Hollywood ending for this story. I’ll tell you what other people have said, what we think, and where we […]

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A Haunting: The Investigation

My initial investigation of the strange happenings in my home was totally amateur, but I managed to come up with some evidence, including recordings of Electronic Voice Phenomena I mentioned in my last post. One bit of sound recorded under my son’s bed sounded like carousel music. As I investigated the history of my home […]

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A Haunting: The First Evidence

I began an effort to attempt to capture whatever physical evidence I could in our home using just the tools I had on hand. I was a morning radio host at the time, and I had a mini-recorder which I decided to put under my son’s bed one night without his knowledge. I got down […]

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A Haunting: Researching Our Home

In order to find out more about the history of our home, I went down to the Fargo title company and took possession of our abstract, a thick, three hundred page document, worn at the edges and bound at the top with brass fasteners. I sat down at the table and thumbed through it, eager to […]

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A Haunting: Don’t Go in the Basement

Its one thing to see and hear a few things in your house, but it becomes quite another when it begins scaring members of your family, changing their behavior. We’d been in our home for a few months and we set up a home video system in the basement family room. A couple times every […]