The Ending Of A Ghost Story Explained

Rooney Mara in A Ghost Story

For the past few years, director David Lowery has consistently proven that he can tell moving, emotional stories across a wide variety of formats and styles. He directed "Pete's Dragon," a live-action Disney remake that critics praised for being much smarter and subtler than many similar titles (via Rotten Tomatoes ). Lowery is also the director behind "The Old Man and the Gun," a film that may turn out to be Robert Redford's last onscreen performance (per  IndieWire ). It tells the story of an aging con man, and manages to be consistently entertaining even as it finds an emotional center to the story it's telling. 

Now, as fans of the director eagerly anticipate " The Green Knight " — Lowery's next project, which is set to hit theaters on July 30 — some are looking back on his older films to better appreciate his style. 

Although there's something to latch onto in every one of Lowery's films, "A Ghost Story," his 2017 film starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara , is one of the director's least obviously accessible titles. In the film, Affleck and Mara play a married couple named C (Affleck) and M (Mara). C dies unexpectedly in a car crash, and instead of moving on to another realm after his death, he decides to stay and watch what happens following his demise, hidden under a simple white sheet with two eyeholes. 

Here's the ending of "A Ghost Story" explained.

The end of A Ghost Story circles back on itself

Following his death, C watches M grieve for him, and M eventually comes to the decision to move out of the home they shared. Before she does that, though, she writes a short note and leaves it in a crack in one of the house's wall. Then, C begins to haunt the people who move into the house after M leaves, and tries continuously to pry the note out of its hiding place in the wall. 

Although no one can see him, C is still able to disrupt the house and its inhabitants, until the house is eventually torn down and replaced with a skyscraper. C climbs to the top of the skyscraper and jumps off, only to find himself on the same piece of land that was first being settled centuries earlier. Time eventually hurls him back to the moment when another version of C, who's still alive, is buying the house with M. We see the strain in their marriage, and C's ultimate decision to give in to M's request to move. We then witness his death again, and the emergence of another version of C as a ghost who cannot see the ghost we've been following throughout the movie. It's at this moment that C is finally able to pry the note loose and read it. When he does, he vanishes and his sheet falls to the floor. 

A Ghost Story is about the circular nature of time

All of that may seem a little dense, but "A Ghost Story" manages to turn its complex web into a moving story about the role individuals play in the universe. The film's central ideas are actually articulated quite well by one of the hipsters who lives in C and M's place after M moves out. As the hipster puts it, there are certain remnants of humanity that will live on in our collective memories long after civilization has collapsed. 

People may die, but parts of them live on long after their deaths. They're in the memories of those that loved them, of course, but also in other small things, like the notes on a piano or a photo falling to the floor, that have much larger reverberations than they may initially appear to. C's ghost sees not just how his life impacted the world following his death, but also how his spirit continues to subtly influence the world around him. 

A Ghost Story helps viewers process grief

The tragedy that happens at the beginning of "A Ghost Story" kicks off a heartbreaking look at how grief can ripple through a person's life. In part, the film is about the profound feeling of absence that comes with death, and the ways in which that lack is both real and not real. In a very literal sense, C is still around, but he's become a ghost. By making C's presence actually literal, "A Ghost Story" reflects how a person's life reverberates out to become one small piece in a larger universe, regardless of who they were while they were alive. 

The great figures of history have their names etched in stone for centuries to come. What "A Ghost Story" seems to suggest, though, is that normal people leading quiet lives also have a profound impact on the world, and that impact lasts long after they've shuffled off this mortal coil. 

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At Sundance, Dallas director's 'A Ghost Story' brings down Casey Affleck-haunted house in Irving

"it's not traditional in any shape or form," lowery says. "it's probably the most abstract thing i've ever done, and it'll provoke some interesting reactions.".

Casey Affleck (and sheet) in David Lowery's "A Ghost Story"

By Chris Vognar

5:11 PM on Jan 24, 2017 CST

PARK CITY, Utah — David Lowery had just finished making Pete's Dragon , his first big-budget movie, for Disney. He wanted to knock out a smaller project fast, while he had the time. He was looking for a changeup, and he had an idea: a ghost story about a couple, a house and the passage of time.

And that's how A Ghost Story , which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last weekend, came to be. Shot over 19 days last summer in Irving (Lowery's hometown), Dallas and other local haunts, Ghost is, in Lowery's words, "a straight-up art house movie," deliberative, experimental and more contemplative than scary.

"It is a pretty straightforward ghost story in a lot of ways," Lowery says over coffee. "Except for the fact that the ghost is Casey Affleck wearing a sheet with two eyes cut in it."

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Yes, there is that. Affleck, fresh off his Oscar nod this week for best actor  in  Manchester By the Sea , plays a musician living in a dinged-up ranch-style house with his wife (Rooney Mara, who also co-starred with Affleck in Lowery's 2013 Sundance film Ain't Them Bodies Saints ). After dying in a car accident (we see only the aftermath), he rises from a hospital gurney, stays draped in a white sheet, and commences to haunt his old house.

The distributor A24, which released the multi-Oscar nominee Moonlight , purchased A Ghost Story before Sundance started. It will have a post-festival life. But don't expect a Paranormal Activity -type thriller. With its long takes and hazy lighting, the film feels more like a cinematic meditation from Béla Tarr or Andrei Tarkovsky than a linear narrative. The square aspect ratio creates an intentionally designed sense of entrapment. This is a patient, committed film that demands patience and commitment from its audience.

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"It's not traditional in any shape or form," Lowery says. "It's probably the most abstract thing I've ever done, and it'll provoke some interesting reactions. I think it will frustrate a lot of people, I think some people will walk out of it, but I think there are a small number of people who will love it, and I am excited for them to see it."

Not that action fans will leave empty-handed. It's not every day you get to see a house destroyed by heavy machinery in real time. The movie even gives you time to get a little attached to the house. But Lowery felt the story required the dwelling to be demolished. And boy, is it demolished.

First they found the house, which was located off Belt Line Road in Irving (a couple miles from where Lowery grew up) and slated for demolition. Then they fixed it up to shoot the characters living it. Then they smashed it to pieces.

"It's a great way to take out all of your frustration," Lowery says. "You're in a hot house all summer, shooting with no air conditioning, so there's nothing better than to tear that house down on the last day of the shoot."

You'll find other Dallas locations here as well. One shot finds Affleck's ghost wandering the Trinity River floodplain (nice to see it getting some use). Office building interiors were shot at The Tower at Cityplace. When Affleck looks down on the city at night he's atop Museum Tower.

A Ghost Story has a lot of local talent as well. The locally based producers include Lowery's frequent collaborator Toby Halbrooks; Spiral Diner owner James M. Johnston (who also made the vegan chocolate cream pie that Mara wolfs down in a sustained fit of grief-binge eating), Adam Donaghey, and Liz Franke.

Lowery is no stranger to Sundance. The festival actually rejected his first feature, St. Nick , which premiered at SXSW. But he got in with Ain't Them Bodies Saints , and grew close to Sundance founder Robert Redford. Redford appeared in Pete's Dragon  and will produce and star in Lowery's next film, The Old Man and the Gun .

At this year's festival Lowery also has a screenwriting credit on the Iraq war film The Yellow Birds , and he's serving on the short film jury. He's had a busy festival, and his schedule isn't about to let up: He's about to start shooting The Old Man and the Gun . After that comes another Disney movie, Peter Pan .

After that? Maybe he can cut loose and demolish another house.

Chris Vognar

Chris Vognar , Special Contributor . Chris Vognar writes about film, music, theater and books. He previously was culture critic for The News.

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27 of the Freakiest, Real-Life Haunted House Stories Ever

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Sure, thrillers and horror movies are reliably fun for a good, old-fashioned jump scare, but there's really nothing quite as bone-chilling as real haunted house stories. If you're not convinced, we've got plenty of proof in the collection of true stories about real-life haunted houses ahead. From unsuspecting farmhouses in the midwest, to sprawling Gilded Age east coast mansions, to classic storybook cottages in Hollywood, and even bungalows in tropical Honolulu, we scoured the country for the most compelling tales of domestic paranormal activity. But take heed: Reading about these scary haunted house stories in the dark or by yourself is likely to keep you up all night (as was the case for me), but the fascinating backstories are well worth the thrill.

Up for the challenge? Without further ado, we invite you to read about the following 27 scariest real-life haunted house stories from the creepiest places around the country. In case you're really fearless and ready to get freaky, you can book a stay at most of these places and greet the ghosts yourself. And good news! Come spooky season, we'll be updating this list regularly with new real-life haunted house additions, so be sure to check back for more. Happy hauntings !

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Amityville Horror House in Amityville, New York

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This Dutch colonial sitting pretty on Ocean Avenue in Long Island, New York is perhaps the country's (and world's) most famous real haunted house. Haunted or not, the Amityville home has certainly witnessed plenty of horrors. On November 13, 1974, Louise and Ronald DeFeo Senior and four of their children were killed inside the home. Their eldest son, Ronald DeFeo Junior, went unharmed and he was ultimately charged with the murders.

A year after the brutal murders, the Lutz family moved into the house, which still housed much of the original furniture and decor from its previous tenants. Then, just 28 days after moving in with their three young children, the Lutzes fled the house in a panic. Not long after, they worked with author Jay Anson on the best-selling book-turned-hit movie, The Amityville Horror , which tells the dramatic (and controversial) tale of the demonic and "unseen forces" that drove them out. The Lutz's story is widely regarded as a hoax, but plenty of people still vehemently believe it's haunted, and that it was haunted even before the DeFeo family lived and died in it.

Ammons House in Gary, Indiana

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In 2011, Latoya Ammons moved into a small single-story home in Gary, Indiana, with her mother and her three young children. Only a few short months later, after reportedly experiencing the worst residential "demon infestation" since The Amityville Horror, Ammons brought her family to the emergency room in an attempt to help free them of demonic possession. After extensive evaluations by police, members of the local church, hospital staff, and the Department of Child Protective Services, the witnesses were torn: half of them believed the house was infested by spirits and demons, and that the family was genuinely possessed by something paranormal, while the other half blamed psychological issues.

Just like the best-selling book about the Amityville house turned into a national sensation, this modern instance of demonic possession went viral. The good news is that the Ammons family was able to find peace when they moved to Indianapolis, but the story, and the house itself, were still getting tons of attention. Unsurprisingly, Ghost Adventure host and self-proclaimed paranormal investigator Zak Bagans bought the property from Ammons's landlord in 2014 to shoot sensationalized "documentary" footage inside. Even though Bagans proceeded to tear it down, the Ammons House is about to get even more press. Oscar-nominee Lee Daniels is directing a film based on the story, The Deliverance . It's set to stream on Netflix in 2024 and will feature Stranger Things star, Caleb McLaughlin.

Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California

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In 1886 an eccentric widow left her home in Connecticut for California's rural Santa Clara Valley to start a new life after the tragic loss of several family members. She wasn't the average widow; she was Sarah Winchester, the millionaire heiress whose fortune was derived from "The Gun That Won the West," an increasingly controversial truth. Once in the Bay Area—during the height of Spiritualism and well before the 19th amendment— Winchester managed her own finances and acted on a passion for architecture and design by overseeing the never-ending construction project of a rambling mansion in San Jose. She named the rambling property Llanada Villa (which she interpreted as "House on Flat Land") but today, it's better known as The Winchester Mystery House.

Her reclusive lifestyle along with the restrictive gender norms of the era and the blood money she was associated with, caused neighbors and the local press to speculate, and legends quickly began to swirl about the mysterious woman and her bewildering house. Though it was a modern marvel at the time—with indoor plumbing, multiple elevators, a hot shower, and central heating—the mansion was appraised as having no value due to doors that opened to nothing but thin air, staircases that lead straight into the ceiling, and its maze of labyrinthine hallways.

Legends began swirling speculating that Winchester’s bizarre architectural choices were an attempt to rid the home of unwelcome spirits of the dead killed by the Winchester Rifle, but defenders swear she didn't have a superstitious bone in her body. Regardless, it's possible that Winchester herself still haunts the halls of the house-turned-museum today.

The Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri

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Starting strong with a very scary house: The Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, which is known to be one of the most haunted places in America due to its tragic history and links to a wealthy beer baron. Adam Johann Lemp, a German immigrant, was the first person to produce and sell lager-style beer in the U.S. He stored the barrels in an underground cave system beneath the city to keep them cool pre-modern refrigeration. It was successful, but his son, William Lemp, is the one who really brought it to the next level.

In the 1860s, William Lemp wanted to live closer to the industrial plant and start a family with his wife Julia, so they built the foreboding home in the historic Benton Park neighborhood right over the cave system (we smell a haunting!). Everything seemed to take a turn for the worse in the new millennium, and William Lemp died by suicide in 1904 after his favorite of five sons, Frederick, died tragically due to complications of tuberculosis.

A few years later, his wife also died of cancer in the house. In 1920, the youngest daughter, Elsa Lemp, mysteriously died in her home (not the Lemp Mansion) Then, in 1922, after running the company for years and seeing it flounder during the Prohibition era, William Lemp Jr., shot himself in the same room William Sr. died in.

One of William Jr.'s brothers, Charles Lemp, lived in the home from the 1930s until 1949 when he shot his own dog in the basement of the home before dying by suicide in his room. That same year, the youngest surviving Lemp child, Edwin, sold the house and transformed it into a boarding house, where reports of hauntings began. According to Destination America , witnesses have experienced burning sensations, slamming doors, disembodied moaning and crying, amongst other things.

Today, the Lemp Mansion is a restaurant and inn that also holds events, including weddings, Murder Mystery Dinners, and even ghost-hunting experiences.

Kasha House of Kaimuki in Honolulu, Hawaii

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The Kasha House of Kaimuki in Honolulu, Hawaii has been shrouded in mystery for decades: its first bad press mention hit the Honolulu Star just months after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. According to the article, police responded to a call from a woman shouting "she's trying to kill my children! She's trying to kill my children!" When they arrived, they found a young Hawaiian boy, his three sisters, and his mother all shrieking and being tossed around by... nothing. About thirty years later, other occupants (of the same home, or one a block away from the original spooky house) reported similar attacks by an “unseen” force, which the responding officers corroborated.

The two most common theories surrounding the source of these reported attacks are a demonic shape-shifting creature of Japanese folkloric origins known as the Kasha, and the angry spirit of a corpse buried in the backyard. Though it has since been torn down and replaced by condos, the dark energy still lingers, according to locals and residents.

1000 Lombard Street in San Francisco, California

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Socialite, journalist, and famed party host Patricia Montandon moved into an apartment on San Francisco’s famous "crooked block," Lombard Street, in 1960. She lived happily in her Russian Hill abode for eight years, until things began to go awry following an astrology-themed party she hosted in the apartment. In her memoir The Intruders , Montandon attributes a series of hauntings that culminated in a corporal tragedy to the bizarre behavior of a disgruntled tarot card reader who may have cursed the apartment the night of that fateful party.

From eerier laughter and faint music seemingly coming from within the apartment on repeat, to constant rushes of cold winds despite locked doors and windows, and strange disembodied footsteps, the paranormal events were stacking up quickly. But Montandon was also the victim of physical crimes following the party, including a robbery, harassment, possibly arson, and more. After a tragic fire at the apartment and the premature passing of three of her close friends (all of whom had separately lived in the apartment between 1968 and 1969), Montandon set off on her own investigation to uncover the root of the apparent curse on 1000 Lombard Street.

Ackley House in Nyack, New York

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Nicknamed “ Ackley House ” after its one-time occupants, the Ackley Family, this classic Queen Anne sits on the Hudson River across from Sleepy Hollow, New York. The many ghosts who roamed the halls of 1 La Veta Place were nothing but friendly, though they were active enough to inspire the matriarch, Helen Ackley, to write a national article about them in Reader's Digest . The article gained enough momentum that the house became a stop on local ghost tours, which ended up having some not-so-great ramifications when it came time to sell the home in the late 1980s.

The Ackleys found themselves entangled in a legal battle over whether or not they should have disclosed the haunted "nature" of the house to the Stambosvky family. In a landmark legal decision now referred to as “The Ghostbusters Ruling,” Ackley House was deemed haunted by the New York Supreme Court, and the buyers were able to pull out of the sale while also getting half of their down payment back. 1 La Veta Place has since been home to several celebrities, including musician Ingrid Michaelson.

Chop-Chop House in Boise, Idaho

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The house at 805 W Linden Street in Boise, Idaho, is hard to miss. Covered in a layer of soot, with windows broken and boarded up and trash strewn about the yard, the 2-story, 2,728 square-foot Craftsman-style home looks like an abandoned horror movie set. The true story, however, is much scarier. Locals refer to it as the Boise Murder House, or even more eyebrow-raising, the Chop-Chop House, which is a glib reference to the gruesome homicide that took place there more than three decades ago.

According to many who've lived in the neighborhood or even rented out a room in the house itself, the basement, in particular, exudes some haunted energy. There have been reports of shadowy figures appearing and disappearing out of nowhere, strange liquid oozing down the walls, and more.

The full story of the Boise Murder House is featured, along with a guest interview with Justin Long, in an episode of House Beautiful’s haunted house podcast, Dark House . Subscribe here .

Grey Gardens in East Hampton, New York

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The grand East Hampton estate known as Grey Gardens has a fascinating history with many ups and downs. The four acres of land the home now sits on is in the Georgica Beach section of East Hampton, one of the most expensive regions in the world, and it was purchased by a wealthy couple in 1895 before the home was built in the early 1900s.

By 1913, it was sold to the president of a coal company whose wife, Anna Gilman Hill, imported ornate concrete walls from Spain to enclose the garden. The house was called Grey Gardens because of the color of the dunes, the cement garden walls, and the sea mist. Later, in 1923, the home was sold to Edith Bouvier Beale—the parental aunt of Jackie Onasis Kennedy and Lee Radziwill—and her family.

After a series of misfortunes and financial losses, the home fell into disrepair and was overrun by cats and raccoons (and perhaps something else not of this realm?), partially because Big Edie Beale and her daughter, Little Edie Beale couldn't afford to maintain the mansion on their own. The women's story (and star power!) was made famous in a 1975 documentary by Albert and David Maysles.

Big Edie held onto the property until her death in 1977, and her spirit is said to remain at Grey Gardens, watching over the house. Among the believers is author and journalist Sally Quinn, best known for her column in the Washington Post, who purchased the home from Little Edie in 1979 and she swears that it’s haunted.

Mercer-Williams House in Savannah, Georgia

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Located across from one of Savannah, Georgia's, most famous and pristine squares (Monterey Square in the city's historic district), the Mercer-Williams house dates back to 1860. In the 1970s, famed preservationist and antiques dealer Jim Williams restored the home to its former glory after years of neglect.

This Italianate revival played host to three untimely deaths, including that of 11-year-old Tommy Downs when he fell off the roof in 1969, the 1981 fatal shooting of Danny Hansford by Williams, and Williams himself, when he died in the same room as Hansford less than a year after being acquitted of Hansford's death in a fourth trial. If the story sounds familiar, it's probably because you recognize it from the bestselling book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil .

Much like the rest of the city, the home was supposedly built right on top of unmarked graves. Rumors about the crime and ensuing ghost stories continue to swirl to this day.

The Villisca Axe Murder House in Villisca, Iowa

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On June 10, 1912, Josiah and Sarah Moore were bludgeoned to death inside of their home in Villisca, Iowa. Their four children—and two friends who were spending the night—were also killed, and to this day, the crime remains unsolved. Their home is considered one of the most haunted houses in the country, and guests are drawn to it. People even pay $400+ to stay for one night.

"Tours have been cut short by children's voices, falling lamps, moving ladders, and flying objects," says the Villisca Axe Murder House website . And, in 2014, a paranormal investigator stabbed himself after spending the night . "Skeptics have left believers," adds the website.

Jean Harlow House in Los Angeles, California

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Los Angeles is one of the best destinations for haunted-house hunting, and this Bavarian-style home in Beverly Hills has a particularly gruesome history. In 1932, it was home to the iconic actress Jean Harlow and her abusive husband, Paul Bern, who shot himself in the head while standing in front of the mirror. Their butler discovered him and called MGM instead of the police, so there were tons of rumors that it wasn't actually suicide. Many suspected Bern's ex-girlfriend, a suspicion exacerbated by her jumping off a boat to her death a couple of days later. Jean moved out after his death but died only a few years later at the age of 26.

But wait—it gets creepier. In 1963, celebrity hairstylist Jay Sebring bought the home and lived there with his girlfriend, Sharon Tate, until she left him for Roman Polanski. They were still friends and remained so until both of them were murdered by the Charles Manson cult. Tate was the same age as Harlow when she passed.

But back to when the couple lived in the Harlow House. Tate told several friends of creepy occurrences in the home and even mentioned it in interviews . For example, once, when she was sleeping in the master bedroom alone, she saw a "creepy little man." Her friends say she believed it to be Paul Bern's ghost. She was so freaked out when she saw the alleged ghost that she ran out of the room and then saw a hanging shadowy corpse with its throat slit in the hallway. There are also stories about two other people dying in the swimming pool over the years.

SK Pierce Mansion in Gardner, Massachusetts

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Massachusetts has no shortage of haunted mansions, it seems, and the SK Pierce Victorian is one of the state's eeriest. The original occupant, Sylvestor Pierce, had just started making his fortune in the furniture business when he built this home for himself, his son, and his wife, Susan. As a man about town, he hosted many notable people in his 7,000-square-foot home throughout the years, including President Calvin Coolidge, Bette Davis, and Norman Rockwell.

Only a week after moving into the home, Susan fell ill and passed away from a mysterious bacterial disease. A year later, he remarried Ellen, a woman thirty years his junior, and had two more children. Years later, when both Sylvester and Ellen had passed away, his sons embarked on a fiery feud about the property as well as the furniture company, but the Great Depression swept in and made their choice easier since the company basically went bankrupt.

The youngest son, Edward, was given control of the home when he turned it into a boarding house. It became a hotspot for illicit activities (including the murders and sudden, tragic deaths of several occupants) according to local lore. As a result of these violent ends, guests have reported every kind of haunting imaginable, from visions of apparitions to flying objects, disembodied sounds, pressure, temperature drops, and more.

Mudhouse Mansion in Fairfield, Ohio

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Located in Fairfield County, Ohio (until recently), the Mudhouse Mansion has a bad reputation. Nobody can seem to agree on when it was built, but it dates back sometime between the 1840s and 1900. Unlike the other abandoned mansions on this list, you sadly can no longer visit it, as the home was demolished in 2015 after not being occupied since the 1930s. The last resident (at least legally speaking) was Lulu Hartman-Mast, and the current owner of the property is her relative Jeanne Mast.

Because there's so little information about who lived here and when, and because abandoned places tend to ignite the dark side of the imagination, there are tons of legends around alleged atrocities occurring (and consequent hauntings). The sources don't seem to be very credible, though.

455A Sackett Street in Brooklyn, New York

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You never hear as much about haunted apartments as haunted houses, which is strange— considering that apartments have much more turnover, and therefore a higher likelihood of something (or someone) evil having lived there before you move in.

That was definitely the case with 455A Sacket Street in Brooklyn. One woman who grew up there writes about her firsthand experiences, including unexplained fires, seriously bad energy, family tragedies, personal suffering, and, here's the kicker: the body of a child discovered in the wall after several suspicious sightings of a similar-looking shadow child in the mirror.

You can read her full account here , as well as commenters who also lived there and corroborate these claims. I'll definitely not be requesting an in-person viewing for this place—private balcony or not—if this address ever pops back up in my StreetEasy feed.

Hotel Monte Vista in Flagstaff, Arizona

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The Hotel Monte Vista has numerous paranormal guests they can’t get rid of. The hotel, which opened as the Community Hotel in 1927—named after the townspeople who helped raised the funds for its construction—has a history of underground opium dens, speakeasies, and gambling. Today, the hotel is known for the paranormal activity that haunts some of the rooms and halls.

Guests who’ve stayed in room 220 have experienced the TV changing channels on its own accord, and some have said they felt cold hands touching them in their sleep. There’s also reportedly a phantom bellboy who knocks on doors and announces “room service,” but when guests get to the door, no one's there. One of the more popular—and possibly most disturbing encounters—is the sound of an infant crying in the basement. The hotel website reads, “Staff have found themselves running upstairs to escape the sound of the cries. Though the sounds are very real to those who hear them, there has been no information that has explained the phenomenon.”

Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana

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Rumored to be on top of a burial ground is the Myrtles Plantation in Louisiana, which is the home to at least 12 different ghosts. Built in 1796, ghost stories center around the tale of an enslaved woman named Chloe, who had her ear chopped off after she was reportedly caught eavesdropping. Seeking revenge, Chloe killed two of the master’s daughters by poisoning a birthday cake. She was then hanged by her fellow enslaved people, and today is reportedly seen wandering the plantation with a turban on to conceal her ear.

If you want to investigate things for yourself, you can stay at the plantation for $175/night.

Hotel Cecil in Los Angeles, California

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More cursed than haunted, downtown L.A.'s Hotel Cecil got such a bad rap that it actually changed its name to Stay on Main. If you're a true crime and paranormal super fan, you've likely already heard of it. Where to begin? So many bad things have happened here—there's literally an entire Wikipedia page dedicated to its violent history. The first recorded death by suicide is in 1931, followed by a long string of similar deaths in 1932, 1934, 1937, 1938, 1939, and 1940.

At some point in the '30s, one man was pinned to the exterior wall by a truck. A woman murdered her newborn in the building in 1944, and the pattern of suicides continued into the '60s. In 1962, a woman jumped from the ninth floor window and landed on a pedestrian, killing them both. It's worth noting that two of the women who died by suicide apparently jumped while their husbands were asleep in the room.

In 1964, tenant Goldie Osgood was brutally murdered, a crime which has remained unsolved. Next, in the '80s, the infamous serial kill Richard Ramirez (the "Night Stalker") stayed at the hotel and in the 1990s, Austrian serial killer Jack Unterwege lived there. Other weird things kept happening but the weirdest is definitely the disappearance and death of 21-year-old traveler Elisa Lam.

A few weeks after Lam went missing, her body was discovered in the rooftop water tank after visitors and tenants complained about a funky taste. They later found odd footage of her in the elevator from the night of her disappearance. It's difficult to make out what she's doing; it looks like she's either playing hide-and-seek with someone outside the elevator, or she's frightened and attempting to hide from someone but the doors won't seem to shut. Authorities ruled the death accidental drowning—but because you need a key to access the roof, many suspect foul play.

Lui Family Mansion in Taiwan

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Built in 1929 in Baroque style, the Minxiong Ghost House (aka the Lui family mansion) is a place with a heartbreaking history. Located in the Taiwanese countryside, it's been abandoned since the 1950s when the family fled abruptly. Like all mysterious places, there's plenty of lore around the family and why they left the once-beautiful place.

Local legend says the maid was having an affair with her employer, Liu Rong-yu, and when the secret came out, she jumped down the well to her death (but since she did not live to tell the tale, who's to say another family member didn't push her?). Then she came back to haunt the family until they finally left. A few years later, it was occupied by members of the Kuomintang of China (KMT), many of whom were also thought to have died of suicide, which exacerbated its reputation as haunted. People who visit report plenty of ghostly sightings.

Los Feliz Murder Mansion in Los Angeles, California

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During the mid 20th century, this large Los Feliz home was the (seemingly) happy home of Dr. Harold Perelson and his family, until the horrific night of December, 6, 1959 when he murdered his wife in her sleep with a ball-peen hammer and attempted to murder his three children before drinking acid to kill himself.

Fortunately, his eldest daughter let out a scream when he struck her in the head, waking up the younger children who then walked into the hallway to find out what was going on. During the commotion, they were all able to flee. Before the murder-suicide, he was a successful doctor who invented a new type of syringe after investing most of money into its research and production, but he got screwed out of the rights, leading investigators to blame financial problems. Other creepy details include a passage of Dante's Divine Comedy left open on his bedside table.

Two years later, it was sold to the Enriquez family, who used it as "storage unit," and their son continued to to do so until he sold it to a couple in 2016 who had plans to fix it up. But it seems to have scared them off because within a few years it's on the market again. Photographers also report a feeling of needing to "run away" from the house when they get close up to it.

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Hadley Mendelsohn is the co-host and executive producer of the podcast Dark House . When she's not busy writing about interiors, you can find her scouring vintage stores, reading, researching ghost stories, or stumbling about because she probably lost her glasses again. Along with interior design, she writes about everything from travel to entertainment, beauty, social issues, relationships, fashion, food, and on very special occasions, witches, ghosts, and other Halloween haunts. Her work has also been published in MyDomaine, Who What Wear, Man Repeller, Matches Fashion, Byrdie, and more.  

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'A Ghost Story' Ending Explained: What Was Written On the Note?

You do what you can to make sure you're still around after you're gone.

Legacy is something David Lowery knows a thing or two about. He's well into crafting his own, having written and directed The Green Knight , Pete's Dragon , Ain't Them Bodies Saints , The Old Man and the Gun and the focus of this piece — A Ghost Story . Given the title, you'd be forgiven for mistaking A Ghost Story for a schlocky horror. Make no mistake though - it will haunt you. A unique exploration of existentialism and loss across infinite time, the film meditates on heavy themes, giving little away. The viewer must work for every morsel of information received, and form their own views on the meaning of what is given. We aren't even told the names of the characters - we know them simply as M and C.

When we meet M ( Rooney Mara ) and C ( Casey Affleck ) they are a happy couple moving into a new house. Soon we see the happiness fade and the couple argues over whether or not to move out of the house. M, who has moved around a lot as a child, wants to leave and C wants to stay citing the house's history as the reason he likes it so much. C finally agrees to leave and then the couple hear a loud clang from the piano. After searching and finding nothing they return to bed. Before they move out C is killed in a car accident. M visits him in the morgue and covers him with a sheet. He rises as a ghost, still covered in the sheet. After turning away from a bright light he finds his way back to their house and remains there, haunting M, until she decides to leave. We are not sure how long this is, as time is no longer a concept C is bound to now that he has passed death.

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While prepping the house for sale, M writes a note, leaves it in a crack, then paints over it. M has already discussed that she used to do this when she moved houses as a child, placing notes containing little things she wanted to remember around so that when she went back, there would be a little piece of her waiting. C watches her go, but chooses to stay behind. By the time he gets around to looking for the note, another family have moved in. C becomes much more like the ghosts we expected back when we thought this was a horror movie. Angered by the world moving on from him, he throws plates, flickers lights, and frightens the family into moving out.

Time starts to pass quicker now. Guests come and go from the house, and C keeps trying to pry the note from the crack. We only linger when one resident throws a party and a guest begins to deliberate on the futility of human legacy. What can humans do to ensure they are remembered beyond their short time on this plane of existence? Time will pass beyond anything a human can create, no matter how great - including time itself. Years drift on and the house is left in ruin. It is knocked down and replaced by a skyscraper. C attempts to leave this mortal coil and jumps off, only to find himself hurtling through time back to when the first stake was put in the ground by the original settlers. Centuries pass until C finds himself back in the house with M and his mortal self.

So we discover he is in a time loop. The history he felt the house had that he couldnt leave was his own ghostly presence haunting the couple. Eventually realising the mortal C's death is imminent, ghost C collapses in a heap upon the piano, causing the noise that we saw at the beginning of the film. C dies again, and ghost C watches as his younger ghostly self arrives again. Infinite loops are possible - will C ever be able to leave this place? He witnesses M leave the note again, but this time instead of watching her go, he immediately fishes out the note before the paint dries. He reads it and immediately vanishes, breaking out of the time loop, leaving only the sheet behind.

Ernest Hemingway said "Every man has two deaths, when he is buried in the ground, and the last time someone says his name. In some ways men can be immortal." This sentiment is echoed in A Ghost Story . We are kept alive in the memories of those who knew us and cared for us. The note keeps C alive beyond the passing of M, the memory of them embedded in the frame of the house. He is tied to this exact location in a physical way as well as a meta-physical way through the memories he created there. The cyclical nature of time means the ripples of grief and recollection echo throughout a longer period than the brief time a person is on the mortal coil.

But what is written on the note? We never see. Theories abound that it was the lyrics to the song C composed, a personal reminder of their love for each other, or possibly even a note saying she wouldn't be back. Ultimately, it doesnt really matter. What's important is that C eventually gets to read it, and find the closure he needed to vanish from his current state of existence and escape the time loop. His legacy has finally ended.

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The story of Michigan’s most infamous ghost town

Did a witch curse the village of pere cheney.

Ken Haddad , Digital Managing Editor

A Michigan “ghost town” has a reputation for ghostly behavior.

Pere Cheney, also known as Cheney or Center Plains, was a village in Crawford County, Michigan.

It was settled by lumberjacks in 1874. But the village was abandoned by 1917.

How Pere Cheney became a ghost town

After being established in 1874 by founder George Cheney, the village received a land grant from the Michigan Central Railroad Co. to create a stop along the railroad.

The village had a general store, sawmills, a hotel and a post office.

By the 1870s, its population was approximately 1,500 people.

Diphtheria, an infection spread through the air, wiped out much of the population in 1893.

While the village was trying to recover, fires broke out, leaving much of the village damaged. The fires were likely caused by sparks from mills behind the village.

Disease returned again in 1897, and by 1901 the town's population was only 25.

In 1917, with the population under 20, the land was sold in a public auction, and Pere Cheney became a ghost town.

All that remains today is the Pere Cheney cemetery, which some call a literal ghost town.

Pere Cheney Cemetery

The Pere Cheney cemetery is filled with ghost stories. Perhaps the most popular, is the legend of the witch.

Local legend says a witch cursed the village she was banished to the woods, which many blame for the outbreak of disease, and the disastrous fires.

The cemetery itself contains the graves of about 90 people - one of which is rumored to be the witch's grave.

Some say people from surrounding towns set Pere Cheney on fire to prevent the spread of disease. But some believe they were caused by the witch.

She was later hanged from a tree in the cemetery and her body was buried.

Visitors to the cemetery have reported seeing ghosts, figures, glowing orbs, lights and hearing voices.

Some have reported hearing children laughing and seeing handprints on their cars.

The only vegetation that grows in Pere Cheney is moss.

Nycki Moggo, a Grayling, Michigan native , visited the cemetery - and documented what she saw:

Is Pere Cheney Cemetery haunted? I believe that it is but not to the extent others make it out to be. I have probably been there at least 200 times over the years and maybe 10 of those times I have had something strange happen to me and others that were with me. I have had my car radio switch channels for no reason, my car not wanting to start (at the time I had a 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix and this happened in the spring of 1998). A few times we have heard children giggling and laughing VERY close to the car late at night. One particular time there were small handprints all over the roof of my car after we left the cemetery. On Halloween of 2002, myself and three others saw an apparition of a woman in a light colored dress walking through the rear of the cemetery, then disappeared all at once. That's about it. I've never been chased.. I've never seen a witch. I've never felt like someone was trying to lynch me (one of the many Pere Cheney stories--this one involving a large oak tree in the center of the cemetery). The temperature has fluctuated from time to time but it wasn't anything worth writing home about. I do not feel an overwhelming sadness there but I do feel a peculiar energy I cannot fully explain. However, I feel this was when I walk into any cemetery.

Below are some video tours of the cemetery.

I actually visited the cemetery in the summer of 2020, and I have to say, it was a beautiful and peaceful place -- and I did not see any witches or ghosts. If you want to visit, it’s a bit of backroad experience, but Google Maps will get you there.

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Your guide to a great fall in RI: Hayrides, hauntings and ghost stories

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The leaves are changing color, the temperature is dropping and Rhode Island is in full 'fall' mode. From corn mazes to leaf peeping and fall festivals, autumn in Rhode Island has something for everyone.

Of course, at the end of October, Halloween has folks searching out hayrides, ghost stories and hauntings.

Use this guide for all your fall-inspired activities!

Halloween stories

Murders, vampire, mass grave: Here's the history and lore behind 5 of RI's haunted spots

Going all the way back to the first Colonists, people have mixed the historical truth with the paranormal to try to make sense of the world, or perhaps to deal with the guilt of a wrong. Ghosts have become a part of humble factories and mansions endowed with greater wealth than most can imagine.

Here are five stories, with roots in historical records, for you to read . Whether it’s ghosts or history that haunts these places, well, that’s for you to decide.  

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As a New England state with more than its fair share of Colonial-era buildings still in use, it's not surprising that Rhode Island has a handful of haunted restaurants.

Rebellions, murders and ghosts that have never explained themselves have been reported at these four Ocean State restaurants.

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There are haunted  colonial taverns  with guests who never left. Mansions the dearly departed decided not to depart. There are rumors of vampires and witches. There's the legend of a haunted boat that keeps coming back to Block Island. And of course, there's one very famous movie about about  The Conjuring House.

Many of these real-life places can be visited by those who know where to look.

Here are some of the more popular haunted tales from around the Ocean State.

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Lights, frights, and hayrides

Get into the Halloween spirit at the House of 1000 Pumpkins in Cranston. Where to see it.

Against the black of the October night , more than 1,000 carved  pumpkins  flicker to life. There are towers of jack-o-lanterns stacked as high as dogwood trees, rows lining the ground, shelves stacked with the faces of entire casts of characters, and a few larger-than-life skeletons and other  creatures of the night  mixed in for good measure.

This is not the  Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Willaims Park Zoo , this is the  House of 1000 Pumpkins  in Cranston.

"It is my passion," said Tim Perry, the man behind the display.

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Rhode Island's most famous Halloween event: Roger Williams Park Zoo's Pumpkin Spectacular

Thousands of pumpkins illuminate the trail at  Roger Williams Park Zoo  in Providence to create a Halloween experience like no other. This year, the wanderlust theme will take attendees on a European vacation, a safari, to the Pyramids of Giza and down Route 66. 

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If you're looking to carve out some time to pick out your jack-o-lantern from a farm instead of the grocery store, there is no shortage of pumpkin patches to explore in the Ocean State. And many of them have corn mazes,  apple picking , farm animals, and even, at one location, axe throwing.

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These haunted RI Halloween attractions aren't for the faint of heart

You don’t have to go to  Salem  to find  Halloween  frights, or wait for the full moon to feel chills running up and down your spine. Several local haunts promise plenty of shrill screams and heart-thumping horror.

You can enjoy being scared at indoor locations (great for rainy nights!) or wandering the woods or other outdoor venues. There are crazed clowns, werewolves and other frights to find along the path while on a hay ride or in a corn maze.

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Check out these Rhode Island corn mazes

There’s more than just corn in the local fields this time of year – there are wanderers toting flashlights against the darkness, trivia buffs in search of questions to answer and even ghouls leering from behind the stalks.

Corn mazes are a favorite fall pastime as farmers transform their fields into winding mazes that can keep adventurers of all ages busy for hours.

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Nothing beats a good ghost story! Here are the best movies to watch

At Halloween, our annual festival of fear, ghosts will always have a place of honor — if only because their costume is a gift to the lazy. White sheet, two holes, done. Coincidentally, ghosts are also among the simplest of Hollywood's special effects. Double exposure is as old as film itself.

Maybe that's why ghosts have haunted movie theaters for 120 years — ever since Georges Méliès made "The Apparition" in 1903. And Halloween is a great time to catch up with the best of them. Here are some of our favorites.

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Is it really fall if you haven't had a cider doughnut?

Apple picking had a long season  this year, but you can still pick up local apples, and a last-minute pumpkin, at farmstands across the state. But is that all you crave?

For a sweet taste of fall, there's nothing like an apple cider doughnut. The best have crunchy parts from the frying and a good coating of cinnamon sugar to satisfy any craving.

Here's a bonus: Many of these farms have started taking their orders for Thanksgiving pies and other treats. 

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14 things to do to put you into the fall spirit

When the kids head back to the classrooms and the first leaves start to change on the trees, it’s time to start daydreaming about fall in New England.  

In Rhode Island, there's plenty of fall charm to go around, with farms to visit, woods to hike, Colonial neighborhoods to stroll through and quite a few seasonal events.

Looking to get in the fall spirit? These 14 things to do in RI will put you in the mood

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Is the house in the cbs series ghosts real (and if so, where is it).

Ghosts on CBS

Updated: December 16, 2022

I’m not sure if CBS expected to have a hit on its hands with its new supernatural comedy, Ghosts , but they do. The series is a rare gem that appeals to both critics and viewers alike.

For example, on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s got an average critic Tomatometer score of 94% and a 71% average audience score. It’s rated 7.6/10 on IMDB and 79% of Google users like it.

It’s also doing well in ratings. As the Los Angeles Times reported, at least four times since it premiered, Ghosts has topped the viewership list for first-year series. It’s also ranked in the top 20 most-watched shows and in the top 10 for entertainment programs overall.

So, yeah, it’s doing pretty good.

It’s because of sometimes Haunt Jaunts contributor William Collins that I started paying attention to the series. And when I did the first thing I noticed was the house.

Then the first thing I wondered was, “Okay, where is that house? Is it real? Is it really haunted? Must. Know. More!”

But before I reveal what I dug up, let’s get acquainted with the series.

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Here’s the description from CBS:

Samantha and Jay throw caution to the wind when they convert their recently inherited country estate into a bed-and-breakfast. Call it mislaid plans. Not only is the place falling apart, but it’s also inhabited by spirits of previous residents — whom only Samantha can see and hear. Ghosts spins the funny, heartfelt story about a newfound dream that reveals connection and self-discovery aren’t just for the living.

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The Houses in Ghosts

Even though the show is set in the Hudson Valley, it’s not filmed there. According to The Cinemaholic , Ghosts is filmed in both Los Angeles, California, and Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Which helps explain why the exterior of Woodstone Mansion in the pilot doesn’t look like the one in the rest of the series.

The house in the pilot

The house in the original pilot (they’ve since changed it), is the Greystone Mansion & Gardens: The Doheny Estate, a real-life estate on South San Rafael Avenue in Pasadena, California. Specifically, 380 S. San Rafael, which is better known as Wayne Manor. As in Bruce Wayne.  It was used as the exterior for his house in the 1966 Batman series. But that’s not its only claim to fame. It may even actually be haunted, and people can tour it. We’ll get to that below.

The house in the series

As Hooked on Houses pointed out, did they expect fans wouldn’t spot the change in house exteriors? They explained that the one that was swapped out for the Woodstone Estate in the CBS series was created in Montreal.

I’m not sure if the interior of the house is a combo of real house with soundstages, but according to Hooked on Houses, interior scenes are predominantly filmed on soundstages.

Can you tour, or stay in, the house in Ghosts?

Visiting the house in the cbs pilot.

The real-life Greystone Mansion that serves as the exterior for Woodstone Mansion in the original CBS Ghosts pilot is a popular stop for set-jetters because it has appeared in other supernatural comedies. It was also Cosmo Topper’s Mansion in the movie Topper  and was in Scary Movie 2. 

It was also in the neo-noir romantic thriller Dead Again, was the Writer’s Mansion in Stand By Me , and was the Well-Manicured Man’s home in The X-Files movie.

Just to name a few of the things you may have seen it in prior to its appearance in Ghosts on CBS.

As far as it being either haunted or open to the public, yes and sort of yes.

In September 1928, Ned Doheny and his wife moved into the mansion. Months later, in February 1929, Ned was found shot to death in is home, a victim of an apparent murder-suicide perpetrated by his friend Hugh Plunkett. Some say either one or both of their ghosts now haunt the home.

Once in a while, tours of the inside of the home are given. In fact, in 2023, the estate is bringing back its popular “Inside the Mansion” program that allows visitors to see the first floor. 2023 dates so far include Saturday, January 7; Sunday, February 5; Saturday, March 4; and Sunday, March 5. Reservations are recommended, and since capacity is limited, it’s also recommended you book as early as possible.

However, the public is welcome to visit the grounds from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. For more info, visit .

Visiting the house in the CBS series

Since it appears this house’s location is either a very well-kept secret or created specifically for the series, there is no tour available —or chance to book an overnight stay. I know, I know. It would probably be booked solid if it was a real B&B that resembled anything at all like Woodstone Mansion.

The house in the BBC series

Unlike the house in the CBS version of Ghosts , Button Hall in the BBC version does exist. BBC Ghosts is filmed at West Horsley Place in Surrey, England.

The medieval manor house dates from the 1400s, so it’s loaded with history —and even a ghost story or two. After all, it’s seen its fair share of deaths over the centuries —and even a morbid mystery concerning a severed head in a red leather bag. Apparently the house was once owned by Sir Walter Raleigh’s son, Carew, whose father was beheaded for treason. But Carew’s mother wanted the head, and for whatever reason, they gave it to her.

When she moved into West Horsley Place with her son, the head came with her. Or did it? Allegedly it’s still in the house somewhere, perhaps in a forgotten cupboard or something, still in the red leather bag. Which sounds like the making of a Ghosts storyline, doesn’t it? Someone finds the bag, expecting perhaps to find an antique bowling ball, but instead makes the gruesome discovery that it’s an embalmed head.

Anyway, visitors are welcome to tour the house and grounds from April to October. Admission costs £10. The Nookies & Crannies tour costs £20. For more info, visit .

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Would you visit the house where Ghosts on CBS is filmed if you could?

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Courtney Mroch is a globe-trotting restless spirit who’s both possessed by wanderlust and the spirit of adventure, as well as obsessed with true crime, horror, the paranormal, and weird days. Perhaps it has something to do with her genes? She is related to occult royalty, after all. Marie Laveau, the famous Voodoo practitioner of New Orleans, is one of her ancestors. That could also explain her infatuation with skeletons.

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Ghosts and What We Do In The Shadows are my two favorite shows right now.

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It is SO tempting to watch Ghosts, but I haven’t because I try not to spend too much time in front of the tube.

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I have been trying to identify the house using images of the house in the series and aerial images of the property, but so far, no go. Unless one of the cast members identifies a nearby landmark, I’m searching for a needle in a haystack. Production erased the images of Wayne Manor from the pilot except for the imagery where Thorfinn tries picking up trash. I do know its loosely based on Pennsylvania’s haunted Baker house; the characters of Elias and Hetty were named after its owners.

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What We Do In The Shadows is another one I hear a lot about. You reminded me I really need to hurry up and FINALLY check it out!

You are SO wise (and a lot more productive) not giving in to the temptation…

The what it might be based on comment is what’s going to inspire another Ghosts post so thank you. It came up when this comment reminded me I had hit “post” too soon. I wanted to mention and link to something else I’d found about the house, which was just that it appears it might not be a real house and that’s why you can’t find it. Like the interior, it might be a set that was created. At least partially. I’m just SO glad you saw this because I was going to tell you on Twitter…hey! Look! You are the reason I wrote about this! lol

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41.812498, -73.964513 Have a look at the place at these coordinates on google maps. People say this is not the building, but I beg to differ. If it’s not this exact building it is an exact replicate. PS it is next to an old cemetery too.

Nope not it – I’ve seen a real overhead of the estate and its supposed to be somewhere near Montreal –

Hi, Michael. Thanks for stopping by to share the coordinates. I can see why you’d beg to differ that’s not the house since it looks so similar to the house on the show. lol But I know William is right that wherever the house is, if it’s real at all and not just a set, it’s in Canada somewhere. BUT I’d love to know if this is a private residence or what it is…and I also love that you noticed it’s near an old cemetery! THANKS for taking the time to leave this comment!

Hi Courtney upon careful review of the images side by side I now realize it is NOT the same exterior though it’s about as similar as you could get. The building at those coordinates has a long history it was originally an unfinished barn or “carriage house” for the Col. Oliver Hazard Payne Estate. The property was subdivided after Paynes death by the subsequent owners The barn was completed after his death and it was, much later, turned into a restaurant with gift shops during the 70’s & 80’s. To my knowledge the property now sits vacant. Interestingly the property belonged to a school for juvenile delinquents and I have heard rumors that there are many unmarked childrens graves in the woods around this property. I do really wish that people who CLAIM to have seen the actual exterior location would just post the address so we can all see it too for ourselves. Canada and Montreal are big places so unless an address is posted showing definitively it’s somewhere in Canada is just parroting what the media have already said. Thanks for posting and I do hope someone figures it out. Would be nice to know more about the real houses history if it even has one or is just a set built for the show as has been suggested.

My understanding is the house is owned by a Belgian family and is an hour’s drive from Montreal. The gazebo and lake seen in the series are not part of the property. I have a photo of the estate, but it has no clues on the location.

Ooo! Your comments are the gifts that keep on giving, Michael! I never know if people will see my replies and I LOVE that you did and answered back so fast with so much great history about the location in the coordinates you shared. WOW!!!! THANK YOU!!!!

And I’m still hopeful/searching for where the house is. You’d think someone would spill eventually if it was real. I know the one in the UK version is real and offers tours. Which…hey. You just gave me a great idea for another sort of follow up post. lol Thanks again so much!

I know where it is but revealing it publicly would be really irresponsible. Like I said, it’s an hour’s drive from Montreal.

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I don’t think you know where it is at all. Your posts look like copy and paste verbatim from articles that I’ve already read that don’t disclose the location. “owned by a Belgian family” and “an hour’s drive from Montreal” is exactly what the articles say.

I don’t need to “copy and paste,” I just probably saw the same article you read. If I knew how to paste an image to this message board, I could share an image from Google Maps. It’s also a mile and a half north of the Ontario/Quebec border. It has two driveways and other structures on the property. The driveway we see in the series looks like the main drive but it also winds down past the house and down the view seen in “Pete’s Wife” toward another road. The two roads intersect at the southeast corner of the estate, not far from a local highway. Remember the fly over from the “Possession” episode? It moved southward over the house. There’s a swimming pool, a fountain and what might be a guest house or stable in a line along the back wing of the house, hidden from the exterior shots in the series. The interior photos of the house look NOTHING like the sets. They look more like a museum landmark than a mansion.

Hey William! I appreciate that you feel it might be irresponsible to post the coordinates where you think the house might be. (I also sometimes lament that my comments are set up to allow for sharing photos, but then again…it also protects me from having to see inappropriate ones too. lol NOT that you would share any, but damn spammers and such would.)

I don’t know what the ethics are about sharing house locations. Once people figure them out, they definitely share them. (Think Conjuring house or Amityville.) It may be a little invasive but not against the law. It’s a lot more fun when houses from movies don’t make it a secret and wear it as a badge of honor though. Leads to less chances for conflict.

Anyway, I think I read somewhere that the interior scenes are on a soundstage. But now I don’t know where I saw that.

And if I ever get a chance to talk with anyone from the show, cast or crew, you better believe I’ll be asking them where the house is! lol

I shared the aerial image of the house on my Twitter account. There are NO labels in it to identify where it is, but anyone who has seen the show would agree THAT IS IT>

That really does look like it! Sharing the link to your Tweet for anyone who’s interested in seeing it:

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Historic haunts: Can you guess which West Palm Beach haunted house Zak Bagans has visited?

Palm Beach may not be as haunted as St. Augustine reportedly is, but we have some ghost stories of our own in South Florida.

Palm Beach is actually rumored to share a ghost with Florida’s oldest town: the spirit of Florida oil tycoon Henry Flagler, who died 110 years ago in 1913. And Flagler isn’t the only spirit rumored to roam the Palm Beaches. There have long been whispers of a witch that traps the souls of children in a coral cliff underneath a castle beside the ocean and gossip of graves forgotten under buildings.

If you’re interested in taking a self-guided ghost tour this Halloween, here’s a roundup of some spooky spaces in Palm Beach County.

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Where is the Witches Wall in Palm Beach?

The Witch’s Wall, or Witch’s Castle, is tucked right behind the Palm Beach Country Club and The Beach Club on Country Club Road. The road cuts through a mini mountain of coral, creating rock “walls” on both sides of the street. 

At the top of the coquina mound sits a castle-like house. Below the house, in the wall of rock beside the road, there’s a hole with bars on the opening. It looks like a small, rugged jail cell if you’re just driving by. That barred hole has been the genesis of generations of local campfire stories: From the story of a mother forever mourning the death of her only son, to an unhinged witch who once lived atop the hill and trapped children in the coral jail cell.

But we do know what's behind the bars at the Witch’s Wall today. It’s a water pump, as the area is the location of a water pumping station for West Palm Beach, according to a 2015 article from the Palm Beach Daily News .

Cost and how to visit: It's free to visit the Witch's Wall, but there isn't a sidewalk or safe space to stand near it on the road. Your best bet is to take a scenic drive through the coral cut and slow down to catch a glimpse if you can.

You can find more on all the local legends tied to the Witch’s Wall in Palm Beach here .

Is Henry Flagler’s Palm Beach mansion haunted?

In February 1902, Henry Flagler and his third wife, Mary Lily Kenan Flagler, moved into a stunning 75-room mansion that still stands in Palm Beach today . Some say they never left. Flagler died in 1913, partly due to injuries he sustained from a fall he took in his Gilded Age mansion. Mary Lily died four years after him, in 1917.

In 1974, a night watchman for Flagler’s former mansion said he woke up from a nap at 3:30 a.m. one night to find Flagler’s ghost standing in front of him . He claimed to have gotten a good look at Flagler, who was wearing a dark suit and tie, before he vanished.

According to the blog , Flagler’s ghost is still fairly active in the mansion and is reported to dim lights and be heard walking through empty rooms and corridors.

“There are many stories about how he likes to make himself known, with the common reports of his presence coming from the area which used to be his offices,” the website says. “He was known to spend huge amounts of time in his office and it seems even after his death he's not prepared to let it go.”

Cost and how to visit: If you buy a ticket to visit the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum , which includes Flagler's mansion, you can take a free tour. The museum offers free tours every week, from Tuesday through Saturday at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m.

Admission to the museum is $26 for adults and 13 and older and $13 for kids ages six through 12. Admission is free for kids 5 years old or younger.

Were bodies found under the Norton Museum of Art?

In October 1902, Richard Hone, a pineapple grower whose house still stands in West Palm Beach, was murdered in that home on Plymouth Road. Hone sat at his kitchen table, writing a letter to his sister in England. His wife, Mary, sat close by reading, when one of Hone's employees fired a gun through their window, killing Richard. 

The cemetery that Hone was buried in, Lakeside Cemetery, was given to the city of West Palm Beach to be turned into a park, which Art Collector Ralph Norton eventually flipped into an art museum. The city moved all the burials across the street, to Woodlawn Cemetery – or so they thought.

In 1985, Richard Hone’s headstone and a few other forgotten graves were found in a crawl space underneath the Norton Museum of Art’s auditorium.

Cost and how to visit: You can buy general admission tickets to visit the Norton Museum of Art here . Admission for students is only $5 with a valid school ID and $15 for seniors. General admission for all other adults is $18. Kids 12 and under get in free.

What is the haunting of the Riddle House?

Continuing with the trend of early 20th century haunts: Last but certainly not least on this list is the Riddle House (no, not the one from “Harry Potter”). This West Palm Beach historical house was built in 1905 and is one of the most haunted places in Palm Beach County.

It’s actually haunted enough to have earned a visit from the king of ghost hunting, Travel Channel’s Zak Bagans.

“The Riddle House is one of the most active haunts in southern Florida,” According to Ghost Adventures ’ page on Travel Channel’s website. “One visitor who had arranged for a private tour was struck in the head by a piece of wood in the staircase.”

Bagans and his crew spent a night locked inside the house in 2008. The Riddle House episode was the fourth episode of the show’s first season and aired in November 2008. 

The house was originally used as a funeral parlor and later used as a private residence for West Palm Beach’s first City Manager and Superintendent of Public Works, Karl Riddle. The home used to sit next to Woodlawn Cemetery. It was the house for those who oversaw the cemetery and kept an eye out for grave robbers. 

In the 1920s, when Riddle became the city manager, a part of the job was to oversee the cemetery, so he moved into the house. Soon after, one of Riddle’s employees took his own life in the attic, which sparked a series of unfortunate events.

Afterward, Riddle couldn’t seem to keep his household staffed. Employees reported hearing chains rattling on the stairs and murmuring voices and most quit.

That was just the beginning of decades of paranormal activity. Although the house has been moved across town, to Yesteryear Village, rumors of hauntings remain. Some have reported a woman in white who disappears when she is approached.

Are you brave enough to tour the Riddle House?

Cost and how to visit: Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdaysfrom 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $7 for kids ages six through 11 and free for kids ages 5 and under.

It will be closed Saturday, October 14, Thursday, October 19, and Thursday, October 26 and Friday, October 27.

If you want to take a guided spooky ghost hunting tour through the Riddle House and the rest of the village, there will be one this Saturday. The guided ghost tour is $35 per person and there is a maximum amount of 30 people that can go on the tour. You can buy tickets here.

Hollywood loves a ghost movie. These are the best ones to watch this Halloween

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A g-g-g- ghost!

That — spluttering and all — was the usual reaction to Casper, the Friendly Ghost. Ghosts scare people. Even if, like Casper in the old cartoons, they just want to be your friend.

Ghosts, as a matter of fact, often have more on their minds than just saying "boo!"

Sometimes, as in "Macbeth," "Julius Caesar," and "Hamlet," they come back to scold, warn, prod. Sometimes, as in "A Christmas Carol," they do interventions.

And sometimes — as in "Ghostbusters" — ghosts just wanna have fun.

At Halloween, our annual festival of fear, they'll always have a place of honor — if only because their costume is a gift to the lazy. White sheet, two holes, done. Coincidentally, ghosts are also among the simplest of Hollywood's special effects. Double exposure is as old as film itself.

Maybe that's why ghosts have haunted movie theaters for 120 years — ever since Georges Méliès made "The Apparition" in 1903. And Halloween is a great time to catch up with the best of them. Here are some of our favorites.

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With this caveat: Hollywood's ghosts, like all ghosts, have mixed motives. Not every ghost movie is meant to scare you.

Some movie ghosts are wistful. Or romantic. Or funny. Or even thought provoking.

But others? BEWARRRRRE!!!!!!

'A Ghost Story' (2017)

There are sad ghosts, just like there are sad clowns. Casey Affleck, for instance — killed in a crash, who comes back to his old home to haunt his grieving wife, Rooney Mara. Ludicrously, wistfully, he looks exactly like a trick-or-treat ghost — the sheet with two eyes. This minimalist meditation on time, grief and memory, from writer-director David Lowery, is slow, unsettling. Haunting, in a word. Vudu, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google, Apple.

'The Others' (2001)

The other whats? Not humans, for sure, in this moody tale of a woman (Nicole Kidman), her photo-sensitive children, and her servants, in an isolated house in the Channel Islands where — it turns out — they are not quite so alone after all. Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu.

'Sixth Sense' (1999)

"I see dead people." And there's a reason for that, in M. Night Shyamalan's much-discussed thriller featuring a psychologist (Bruce Willis), a disturbed and disturbing child (Haley Joel Osment), and a famous "shock" ending that we won't spoil — though you probably know it already. Peacock, Apple TV, Vudu, Amazon Prime.

'Ghost' (1990)

The ghost: Patrick Swayze. The widow: Demi Moore. The medium: Whoopi Goldberg. The revelation: pottery. Who knew it was sexy? This iconic '90s film may or may not be a classic of supernatural love. But it's certainly Hollywood's greatest advertisement for ceramics class. Max, Roku, Spectrum TV, Prime Video, Vudu, Apple TV, Redbox.

'Beetlejuice' (1988)

Leave it to Tim Burton to tell a ghost story from the ghost's point of view. In this case, about a ghostly couple (Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis) who hire an ectoplasmic exterminator (Michael Keaton) to rid their house of its human pests. Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! There, we've said it. Amazon Prime, Vudu, Apple TV.

'Ghostbusters' (1984)

Who could resist Slimer, Zuul, and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man? Apparently only Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd — which is why they had to be called in in the first place. This monster hit earned a place in comedy history, but — heretical opinion — we prefer "Ghostbusters II" (1989), with its demonic spirit Vigo (Norbert Grupe), a sort of ectoplasmic Vlad the Impaler, and his nutty enabler Dr Janosz Poha (Peter MacNicol, borrowing the Polish accent of his "Sophie's Choice" co-star, Meryl Streep) who warns the heroes that to Vigo "you are like the buzzing of flies!" USA Network, OXYGEN, SYFY, Bravo, E!, Prime Video, ROW8, Apple TV, Vudu.

'Poltergeist' (1982)

This Tobe Hooper/Steven Spielberg shocker goes a bit over the top in the last act. But the early scenes, involving a nice suburban daddy (Craig T. Nelson), his nice normal family, and his sweet little daughter (Heather O'Rourke), who gets sucked into the TV set, are notably creepy, and Zelda Rubenstein is unforgettable as the medium with the happy message: "All are welcome in the light!" Max, Philo, Prime Video, Apple TV, Vudu or Redbox, or on TCM 12:30 a.m. Oct. 18.

'The Shining' (1980)

Just because you're dead, doesn't mean you don't have to earn a living. In "The Shining," Stanley Kubrick's epic rendering of the Stephen King novel, the ghosts include butler Grady (Philip Stone) and bartender Lloyd (Joe Turkel), who do their best to make homicidal Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) comfortable as he plots to murder his wife and child in an empty, snowbound hotel. Kubrick brought a new twist to ghost movies: all the scary stuff happens in broad daylight. Which makes it worse. Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, and Vudu.

'The Fog' (1980)

"It's not the fog. It's what's in the fog!" Carcinogens? No — it's the ghosts of an evil ship's crew lurking within the creepy mist that blankets Point Reyes, California. John Carpenter's flashlight-in-the-face ghost yarn, starring the inevitable Adrienne Barbeau and Jamie Lee Curtis, is good spooky fun. Prime Video, Apple TV or Vudu.

'The Haunting' (1963)

Even ghosts gotta live somewhere. Hence, the Haunted House — one of Hollywood's favorite pieces of real estate. This one is especially nasty, with its middle-of-the-night pounding, cold spots, and a memorably unstable spiral staircase. Naturally, the 1999 remake (both are based on Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House") upped the shocks — and naturally, no one talks about it. Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Apple TV, or on TCM 1:30 a.m. Oct. 21.

'Carnival of Souls' (1962)

This unique low-budget chiller, featuring a haunted amusement pier, has a twist that out-Shyamalans M. Night Shyamalan. Recommended. Amazon Video, Google Play, YouTube, Vudu, Microsoft Store, Apple TV.

'The Innocents' (1961)

Two sweet children. A spunky governess. But this isn't "The Sound of Music." Because these kids are haunted by evil spirits. Or else the governess is losing her mind. And either way, this gorgeously photographed, subtly spooky rendering of Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw" is probably the best ghost movie ever made. Deborah Kerr's performance is a tour de force. Netflix, Amazon, Vudu.

'The Ghost and Mrs. Muir' (1947)

Is a ghost your ideal mate? eHarmony might not think so. But Hollywood has occasionally thought otherwise. The best of all the otherworldly love stories is probably this one — about an independent-minded widow (Gene Tierney) circa 1900, who is romanced by the ghost of a cranky sea captain (Rex Harrison). It sounds trite — but the movie has a depth and melancholy that is hard to forget. A lot of it has to do with the seaside setting, and Bernard Herrmann's exquisite music. Prime Video, Apple TV or Vudu or TCM 8 p.m. Oct. 20.

'Dead of Night' (1945)

This omnibus film of the uncanny — a sort of dry run for "The Twilight Zone" — includes several ghost stories. Best of all is the convalescing patient, and the ghostly hearse driver who calls up to him: "Just room for one inside sir!" Guess who, a week later, is driving the bus to take him home from the hospital. iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu.

'The Uninvited' (1944)

It sounds like a problem for Miss Manners. But it's actually a problem for Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey, whose lovely seaside house on the Cornwall coast is plagued by ghostly sobbing, inexplicable cold drafts, and the scent of Mimosa that was associated with the murderess who lived there years before. Hollywood's first attempt at a "serious" ghost movie — though mild by today's standards — still holds up pretty well. TCM 11:45 p.m. Oct. 20.

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A theatrical bent … Danny Robbins presents Uncanny.

Uncanny review – you’ll shriek in fright! (At this paranomal show’s nonsense)

Are you ‘team skeptic’ or ‘team believer’? Danny Robins’ TV adaptation of his paranormal investigations podcast promises analytical rigour and balance. But it’s deeply theatrical

A re ghosts real? Indulging the idea has created countless powerful works of fiction exploring grief, terror and other dark quirks of the mind. Try to pin down the cold fact of the undead’s existence, however, and a story soon collapses. So it is with Uncanny, ostensibly a series in which the writer Danny Robins examines the claims of members of the public who have seen ghosts. It promises analytical rigour but it is pure showbiz.

Robins’ first case is brought to him by Kate, who grew up in the 1970s in Melbourn, Cambridgeshire, in a rattly 19th-century semi-detached house that became a large detached when her dad bought next door and knocked through. Soon after, young Kate started to see a woman in Victorian garb, there one second, gone the next.

Kate somehow knew the ghost’s name: “She just WAS ‘Miss Howard’,” she tells Robins. “I just knew she was.” Miss Howard would appear at night, sit on the girl’s bed and lay a cold, heavy hand on her. Brrr! The adult Kate is still haunted by the haunting, which makes interviewing her in a cavernous, spookily lit room arguably a little insensitive.

With the core claims laid out, it’s time to consult the experts. And because nobody is allowed to investigate anything any more and everything has to be a debate between two equally valid sides, it’s also time to split the audience into factions. Are you “Team Skeptic”? Psychologist Ciarán is here for you. Or are you “Team Believer”? Evelyn, a parapsychologist, argues your corner. Robins oscillates merrily between the two.

Skeptics gain their first succour from a fun segment in which our host visits a derelict house to meet Geoff, an expert on the threat to health and sanity posed by mould. Geoff confirms that demolishing musty old walls can release dangerous spores. Kate’s ghostly experience could have been the result of her breathing psychotropic dust.

Or could it? Uncanny is based on the podcast of the same name, and it retains the classic podcasting trick of stringing us along until a well-timed rug pull. Robins may have the air of someone we trust to be quietly, persistently rational – there are notes of Louis Theroux and Jon Ronson – but as you’d expect from the author of the hit play 2.22: A Ghost Story , he has a theatrical bent. He likes to pause emphatically, like Kevin McCloud telling a campfire tale. “Is this mould? Or is it …” – piercing look to camera - “ ... genuinely something paranormal?”

The first twist sees Robins track down two sisters who have never met Kate but spent their childhoods in the same house a decade earlier … and had eerily similar experiences. They also saw a Victorian woman whose name they somehow knew to be Miss Howard. “It’s proof, isn’t it?” says Kate. Respectfully, no it isn’t, but soon we’re meeting a local historian who confirms that a Howard family did live in Melbourn in the 1910s. There are photos. One woman is ID’d by Kate as the person she saw.

Robins, goggling, takes this mounting circumstantial evidence back to the boffins. Then, at last, Ciarán the frustratingly unassertive psychologist steers the presenter towards what many of us will have been screeching at the screen for a full 20 minutes. Kate and the sisters already knew about Miss Howard! Our brains, particularly when we’re children, are unreliable. The girls could have forgotten learning this information but retained it in their subconscious. These are waking dreams!

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“It’s an interesting theory,” says Robins, scooting off to recreate the “Philip” experiment , a famous stunt conducted in Toronto in 1972 which showed the power of suggestibility: we see ghosts when we want to see them. There might have been a chance to treat Kate’s trauma, which certainly is real, more seriously by looking at the way she and the sisters both experienced Miss Howard encouraging them to sleep when their parents had left them alone for the night. But soon Robins rolls out his stage whisper again, to deliver the bombshell that Kate was also visited by an apparition of a man who was startled when he saw her.

Evelyn the parapsychologist identifies this as an “active phenomenon” and Robins calls it “a potential gamechanger”, on the basis that a ghost that responds to you is more real than one that doesn’t. Wait, what? It makes no difference! If the ghost is imaginary, it can be imagined doing anything. But in Uncanny the obvious rejoinder to a specious argument is rarely heard.

A final revelation is presented as corroborating Kate’s belief when really, logically it points the other way. Team Skeptic and Team Believer are urged to email in with their contrasting theories. The show goes on.

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A morning stroll into the wrong neighbourhood quickly climaxes into something more. When Geralt enters the door across from the warehouse in the Temple Quarter 's slums during the day, after 6:00 am, and has a look around, he is likely to find a thug.

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This thug will either already be there, sweeping, or enter after Geralt, if he arrives before 6:00 am. He will demand to know what the witcher is doing there, to which our hero will give one of his quick and less than informative retorts.

The thug will then offer the witcher a quest. Apparently, there is a haunted house not far away with some treasure going spare because of the specters. If Geralt meets him there and helps dispatch the ghosts, they can split the treasure. The thug marks the place on the map and leaves. Geralt follows him, but he is too quick and has already vanished from sight, so our hero must rely on his trusty map to find the dwelling.

Once there, he enters only to be ambushed by the same thug who sent him there and some backup in the form of three more ne'er-do-wells. It seems they have been holding a half-elf woman captive while waiting for the witcher. A skirmish breaks out, the usual course of action follows and Geralt checks that the damsel is no longer in distress.

She does not speak the language very well, but manages to communicate her thanks and that she will give the witcher a reward if he goes to see her later, in the non-human district . She says that she is staying at the dwarven blacksmith's house . This is not the living quarters above the Dwarven blacksmith shop , but the house facing Kalkstein 's and Golan Vivaldi 's places. It is separated from them by a low wall and so must be accessed from the alley off Peddler street next to the hospital .

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Not being one to pass up a reward, Geralt finds the half-elf a while later, at the blacksmith's house and gets in a little practice speaking some Old Speech. If his memory serves him correctly, a roll in the sack ensues.

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  • In the thug's house, not the haunted house, in the wardrobe, is a copy of Lara's Gift .
  • Doing this quest allows Geralt to trade with the dwarven blacksmith who can be found in the Dwarven blacksmith shop if he was not already on good terms with him.
  • This quest can be postponed to Chapter III (either by not completing it or even not taking it in Chapter II), where it can be used to get back in the good graces of the dwarven blacksmith after completing Six Feet Under . This is optional since the same effect can also be acheaved if Geralt finishes first Six Feet Under and then Echoes of Yesterday .
  • The key found on the remains of the thug is the key to the "haunted house" you find him in. Geralt can not re-enter this house later without it.

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The half-elf thanked me for rescuing her and promised to reward me. I should meet her at the house of the nonhumans. I should meet the half-elf in the nonhumans' house. (2000 XP)

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Gaza Strip explained: Who controls it and what to know

A man takes an early morning walk with a cup of coffee along a street in Gaza City on Oct. 3, 2023.

What is the Gaza Strip? 

The Gaza Strip refers to a narrow strip of land wedged between Israel and Egypt on the Mediterranean Sea that is roughly the size of Washington, D.C. Occupied in turn by the Ottoman Empire and then the British Empire, it forms the smaller of the two Palestinian territories — the other being the West Bank. 

After the creation of Israel in 1948, Egypt controlled Gaza for nearly two decades. After Israel's victory in the 1967 Six-Day War against its Arab neighbors, it gained control of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. For the next 38 years, it controlled the strip and enabled the construction of 21 Jewish settlements.

In 2005, under international and domestic pressure, Israel withdrew around 9,000 Israeli settlers and its military forces from Gaza, leaving the enclave to be governed by the Palestinian Authority, which also controlled parts of the occupied West Bank.

Today, with over 2 million Palestinians living within roughly 140 square miles, it is “one of the world’s most densely populated territories,” according to Gisha , an Israeli nongovernmental organization. Half of Palestinians living in Gaza are under age 19, but they have few to no prospects for socioeconomic growth and limited access to the outside world.

Palestinian children play outside their home in the Al-Shati refugee camp in the Gaza Strip in August 2023.

Who governs and who controls it ?

Hamas, which has clashed repeatedly with the Palestinian leaders in the West Bank who negotiated the Oslo Peace Accords, is a militant Palestinian nationalist movement currently led by Ismail Haniyeh. It took control of Gaza after it won elections there in 2006. Since then, no elections have been held.

Despite pleas from the United Nations and human rights groups, Israel has maintained a land, air and sea blockade on Gaza since 2007 that has had a devastating effect on Palestinian civilians. Israel says the blockade, which gives it control of Gaza's borders and is also enforced by Egypt, is necessary to protect Israeli citizens from Hamas.

The International Committee of the Red Cross considers the blockade illegal and says it violates the Geneva Convention, a charge Israeli officials deny. The U.N., various human rights groups and legal scholars, citing the blockade, consider Gaza to still be under military occupation by Israel. 

What is Hamas, and whom does it represent?

Hamas is one of the two major political parties in the Palestinian territories. Founded in 1987 during an uprising against Israel’s occupation of Gaza and the West Bank, the group was originally a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, which favors Islamist principles —  a belief that Islam should play a major role in political life. 

For decades, Hamas  called for  the destruction of Israel. In 2017, 30 years after its founding, the group issued a new charter that appeared to  stop short  of that goal.

Many countries, including the U.S., the U.K. and Canada, have designated Hamas a terrorist organization because of its attacks on Israel, which include rocket salvos and suicide bombings. Other countries, including New Zealand, deem only Hamas' military wing to be a terrorist group. Hamas also provides social services for people in Gaza, such as education and medical care in hospitals.

Hamas says it is a freedom-fighting movement to free Palestinians from occupation and reclaim large parts of Israel. Its actions are divisive among Palestinians and those who support establishing a Palestinian state because of its use of violence.

A recent poll by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research reported that one-third of Palestinians found the internal and political split between the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza to be “the most damaging development that has happened since 1948.” 

The same poll found that more than half of Palestinians living in Gaza and the West Bank would vote for Hamas over the Palestinian Authority. The group’s popularity grew after a two-week conflict with Israel in 2021, with roughly 75% of those polled viewing Hamas as safeguarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque and other Muslim holy sites in East Jerusalem. 

Hamas receives heavy backing from Iran, which contributes “funds, weapons, and training” to the militant group, according to the Council on Foreign Relations . Though Turkey insists it supports Hamas only politically, it has been accused of  funding Hamas’ terrorism , including through funds diverted from Turkish government aid programs.

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What is it like living in Gaza?

Human Rights Watch likened the conditions in Gaza to “an open air prison,” referring to the restriction of movement Israel enforces on Palestinians there. Israel prohibits Palestinians from entering or leaving the area “except in extremely rare cases, which include urgent, life-threatening medical conditions and a very short list of merchants,” according to B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights group. 

Israelis, Jewish settlers and foreigners are not subject to those restrictions and are free to travel in and out of Gaza. Over the years, Israel has gradually closed land-border crossings from Gaza into Israel except for one — which is open only to Palestinians with Israeli-approved permits. Egypt sporadically closes its land-border crossing for months on end, which is often the only way people in Gaza can gain access to the rest of the world.

By limiting imports and nearly all exports, Israel’s 16-year blockade has driven Gaza's economy to near-collapse, with unemployment rates above 40%, according to the World Bank . More than 65% of the population live under the poverty line, according to the U.N., with 63% of people in Gaza deemed “ food insecure ” by the World Food Program. Little psychological support exists for a generation of children who are “living with the long-term psychological effects of constant exposure to violence,” according to a U.N. report , which described an uptick of mental health issues, including depression, among young people living in the Gaza Strip.

“The Gaza closure blocks talented, professional people, with much to give their society, from pursuing opportunities that people elsewhere take for granted,” Human Rights Watch said in a 2021 report . “Barring Palestinians in Gaza from moving freely within their homeland stunts lives and underscores the cruel reality of apartheid and persecution for millions of Palestinians.”

In the wake of the recent surprise Hamas attack that killed 700 Israelis, conditions for civilians in Gaza are expected to dramatically worsen. So far, more than 400 Palestinians have died in Israeli air strikes. An Israeli ground invasion of Gaza is likely, which Hamas has vowed to fiercely resist. On Monday Israel’s defense minister announced “a complete siege” of Gaza, cutting off all electricity, fuel, food and water to the enclave.

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Upon entering the area near The Hairy Bear Inn, you will be stopped by a strange thug-looking guy. He will point you to a treasure in the haunted house nearby.

Entering the house proves this was a trap, as more thugs try to dispose of the witcher. After defeating them, a half-elf they ransomed goes free. Speak to half-elf, to learn that she'll wait for you later at her house.

Her house is the one almost exactly opposite Vivaldi's house, enterable only from the side of the hospital (there's the wall blocking the way otherwise). Speaking to her again in certain manner will unlock her card.

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The public cannot ordinarily visit Netflix headquarters in Los Gatos, Calif. But the company is hoping the physical retail, dining and entertainment locations it plans to open starting in 2025 will attract many people. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP hide caption

The public cannot ordinarily visit Netflix headquarters in Los Gatos, Calif. But the company is hoping the physical retail, dining and entertainment locations it plans to open starting in 2025 will attract many people.

Netflix recently shuttered the longstanding mail-order DVD service that led to the closure of video stores around the world and ushered in the era of streaming. But now the company appears to be embracing brick and mortar.

According to a Bloomberg report quoting Josh Simon, the company's vice president of consumer products, Netflix aims to open a network of stores offering retail, dining and live entertainment that leverage its TV shows and movies.

Netflix has not announced what it will be selling at the locations; it's unclear if DVDs or any type of physical media will be part of the inventory.

Netflix extra DVD offer ahead of service shutdown confuses some customers

Netflix extra DVD offer ahead of service shutdown confuses some customers

The streamer plans to open the first two of these "Netflix House" locations in unannounced cities in the U.S. in 2025. It hopes to expand the concept to major cities around the world thereafter.

"We've seen how much fans love to immerse themselves in the world of our movies and TV shows," Simon told Bloomberg. "And we've been thinking a lot about how we take that to the next level."

Netflix did not immediately respond to NPR's request for comment.

Though Disney, a major Netflix competitor, has been in the retail, dining and live entertainment spaces for decades, such offerings have not yet been part of Netflix's core brand. But the company has recently been dabbling in these areas.

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Netflix's pop-up eatery serves up an alternate reality as Hollywood grinds to a halt

Earlier this year, the streamer opened a pop-up restaurant in Los Angeles featuring menu items created by chefs associated with Netflix cooking shows. The company has also launched pop-up stores offering merchandise from its hit show Stranger Things in cities such as Paris, Las Vegas and Chicago.

It was also involved in The Queen's Ball: A Bridgerton Experience , a traveling production that recreated sets from the Netflix show Bridgerton with actors, live music and dancing.

It's not unusual for successful online brands to gravitate to the physical world. Amazon, for example, opened brick and mortar stores and acquired Whole Foods Market.

"Netflix is an ecosystem. It opened a merchandise shop a couple of years ago. It's investing in mobile games. It's more than just a place for your remote control to gravitate to at the end of a long day," said Rick Munarriz, a senior media analyst with the investment advice company, The Motley Fool, in a statement to NPR. "Success in the real world through location-based entertainment is the spoils of victory for a leading tastemaker. If Disney and NBC Universal can operate theme parks I give Netflix a decent shot of succeeding with this venture."

But NPR TV critic Eric Deggans is less convinced about Netflix's forays into the real world.

"It sounds like Netflix is trying to do what Disney does," Deggans said. "But Disney has been doing what Disney does for a very long time. And the amount of money Netflix would have to spend to actually compete with them doesn't make any sense to me."

Deggans added: "I think it's some kind of weird experiment that they probably will not do for very long."

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Biden- ⁠ Harris Administration Announces Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs to Drive Clean Manufacturing and   Jobs

Investing in American Infrastructure and Manufacturing is a key part of Bidenomics and the President’s Investing in America agenda

Today, President Biden and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm are announcing seven regional clean hydrogen hubs that were selected to receive $7 billion in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding to accelerate the domestic market for low-cost, clean hydrogen.

Advancing clean hydrogen is essential to achieving the President’s vision of a strong clean energy economy that strengthens energy security, bolsters domestic manufacturing, creates healthier communities, and delivers new jobs and economic opportunities across the nation. The announcement is part of the third installment of the Investing in America tour, during which President Biden will travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to announce the historic investment in manufacturing and jobs.

The seven selected regional clean hydrogen hubs will catalyze more than $40 billion in private investment and create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs – bringing the total public and private investment in hydrogen hubs to nearly $50 billion. Roughly two-thirds of total project investment are associated with green (electrolysis based) production, within the hubs. Several of the hubs were developed in close partnerships with unions, with three requiring project labor agreements (PLAs). In addition to job creation and creating healthier air for communities, the selected hydrogen hubs are committed to robust Community Benefit Plans to ensure local priorities are at the forefront and all communities share in the benefits of the clean energy transition. Collectively, the hubs aim to produce more than three million metric tons of clean hydrogen per year, thereby achieving nearly one third of the 2030 U.S. clean hydrogen production goal. Together, the seven Hydrogen Hubs will eliminate 25 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions from end uses each year—an amount roughly equivalent to combined annual emissions of over 5.5 million gasoline-powered cars. The nearly $50 billion investment is one of the largest investments in clean manufacturing and jobs in history. Clean hydrogen can reduce emissions in many sectors of the economy and is especially important for hard-to-decarbonize sectors and industrial processes, such as heavy-duty transportation and chemical, steel, and cement manufacturing. Targeted investments in these areas can help reduce costs, make new breakthroughs, and create jobs for American engineers, manufacturing workers, construction workers, and others.  In the fewer than three years since taking office, President Biden’s leadership to reinvigorate the American economy and tackle the climate crisis has boosted U.S. manufacturing and deployment of cost-cutting clean energy technologies. The President is delivering on his day one promise by positioning the United States to achieve our ambitious goals of onshoring production of clean technologies and creating good-paying union jobs.

Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs Today, the President is in Philadelphia to announce seven regional clean hydrogen hubs nationwide.

The hubs selected for negotiation include:

  • Mid-Atlantic Hydrogen Hub (Mid-Atlantic Clean Hydrogen Hub (MACH2); Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey) — The Mid-Atlantic Hydrogen Hub will help unlock hydrogen-driven decarbonization in the Mid-Atlantic while repurposing historic oil infrastructure and using existing rights-of-way. It plans to develop renewable hydrogen production facilities from renewable and nuclear electricity using both established and innovative electrolyzer technologies, where it can help reduce costs and drive further technology adoption. As part of its labor and workforce commitments to the community, the Mid-Atlantic Hydrogen Hub plans to negotiate Project Labor Agreements for all projects and provide close to $14 million for regional Workforce Development Boards that will serve as partners for community college training and pre-apprenticeships. This Hydrogen Hub anticipates creating 20,800 direct jobs—14,400 in construction jobs and 6,400 permanent jobs. (Amount: up to $750 million)
  • Appalachian Hydrogen Hub (Appalachian Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub (ARCH2); West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania) — The Appalachian Hydrogen Hub will leverage the region’s ample access to low-cost natural gas to produce low-cost clean hydrogen and permanently and safely store the associated carbon emissions. The strategic location of this Hydrogen Hub and the development of hydrogen pipelines, multiple hydrogen fueling stations, and permanent CO2 storage also have the potential to drive down the cost of hydrogen distribution and storage. The Appalachian Hydrogen Hub is anticipated to bring quality job opportunities to workers in coal communities and create more than 21,000 direct jobs—including more than 18,000 in construction and more than 3,000 permanent jobs, helping ensure the Appalachian community benefits from the development and operation of the Hub. (Amount: up to $925 million)
  • California Hydrogen Hub (Alliance for Renewable Clean Hydrogen Energy Systems (ARCHES); California) — The California Hydrogen Hub will leverage the Golden State’s leadership in clean energy technology to produce hydrogen exclusively from renewable energy and biomass. It will provide a blueprint for decarbonizing public transportation, heavy duty trucking, and port operations—key emissions drivers in the state and sources of air pollution that are among the hardest to decarbonize. This Hydrogen Hub has committed to requiring Project Labor Agreements for all projects connected to the hub, which will expand opportunities for disadvantaged communities and create an expected 220,000 direct jobs—130,000 in construction jobs and 90,000 permanent jobs. (Amount: up to $1.2 billion)
  • Gulf Coast Hydrogen Hub (HyVelocity Hydrogen Hub; Texas) — The Gulf Coast Hydrogen Hub will be centered in the Houston region, the traditional energy capital of the United States. It will help kickstart the clean hydrogen economy with its plans for large-scale hydrogen production through both natural gas with carbon capture and renewables-powered electrolysis, leveraging the Gulf Coast region’s abundant renewable energy and natural gas supply to drive down the cost of hydrogen—a crucial step to achieving market liftoff. This Hydrogen Hub is expected to create approximately 45,000 direct jobs—35,000 in construction jobs and 10,000 permanent jobs. (Amount: up to $1.2 billion)
  • Heartland Hydrogen Hub (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota) — The Heartland Hydrogen Hub will leverage the region’s abundant energy resources to help decarbonize the agricultural sector’s production of fertilizer, decrease the regional cost of clean hydrogen, and advance the use of clean hydrogen in electric generation and for cold climate space heating. It also plans to offer unique opportunities of equity ownership to tribal communities through an equity partnership and to local farmers and farmer co-ops through a private sector partnership that will allow local farmers to receive more competitive pricing for clean fertilizer. The Heartland Hydrogen Hub anticipates creating upwards of 3,880 direct jobs–3,067 in construction jobs and 703 permanent jobs. (Amount: up to $925 million)
  • Midwest Hydrogen Hub (Midwest Alliance for Clean Hydrogen (MachH2); Illinois, Indiana, Michigan) — Located in a key U.S. industrial and transportation corridor, the Midwest Hydrogen Hub will enable decarbonization through strategic hydrogen uses including steel and glass production, power generation, refining, heavy-duty transportation, and sustainable aviation fuel. This Hydrogen Hub plans to produce hydrogen by leveraging diverse and abundant energy sources, including renewable energy, natural gas, and low-cost nuclear energy. The Midwest Hydrogen Hub anticipates creating 13,600 direct jobs—12,100 in construction jobs and 1,500 permanent jobs. (Amount: up to $1 billion)
  • Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Hub (PNW H2; Washington, Oregon, Montana) — The Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Hub plans to leverage the region’s abundant renewable resources to produce clean hydrogen exclusively from renewable sources. It’s anticipated widescale use of electrolyzers will play a key role in driving down electrolyzer costs, making the technology more accessible to other producers, and reducing the cost of hydrogen production. The Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Hub has committed to negotiating Project Labor Agreements for all projects over $1 million and investing in joint labor-management/state-registered apprenticeship programs. This Hydrogen HUb is expected to create more than 10,000 direct jobs—8,050 in construction jobs and 350 permanent jobs. (Amount: up to $1 billion)

Investing in America, Investing in Clean Hydrogen President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes $65 billion in clean energy investments at the Department of Energy (DOE), including $8 billion for a Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs Program to support the development of hubs for clean hydrogen production, delivery, and end-use. Hydrogen can be produced from diverse domestic resources like solar energy, wind, nuclear energy, biomass, and natural gas with safe and responsible carbon capture, with the potential for near-zero greenhouse gas emissions from production. Seven billion dollars of this program is going towards the development of the regional clean hydrogen hubs that will catalyze multistate hydrogen ecosystems that ultimately will expand and connect to form a national hydrogen economy.  Up to $1 billion of the remaining funding will be used for demand-side support for the hubs to drive innovative end-uses of clean hydrogen.

The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to ensuring safe hydrogen deployment and mitigating potential social, economic, technical, and environmental risks. The hubs are covered under the Justice40 Initiative , which aims to ensure that 40 percent of the overall benefits of certain federal investments flow to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized by underinvestment and overburdened by pollution. Hubs have also submitted detailed Community Benefits Plans, including how the project performers will transparently communicate, eliminate, mitigate, and minimize risks.

Through investments in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act, DOE is pursuing a suite of technologies to produce clean energy across the board to invest in clean manufacturing, tackle the climate crisis and enhance energy security. To further support DOE’s Hydrogen Shot to reduce the cost of clean hydrogen by 80% to $1 per one kilogram in one decade, DOE has announced other resources to support clean hydrogen research and development. DOE’s new Hydrogen Hub Matchmaker resource is helping clean hydrogen producers, end-users, and others find opportunities to develop networks of production, storage, and transportation infrastructure. In addition to the hubs, the DOE has launched other clean hydrogen programs:

  • $1 billion for a Clean Hydrogen Electrolysis Program: Electrolysis (using electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen) allows for clean hydrogen production from carbon pollution-free power sources like wind, solar, and nuclear. This program will improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of these technologies by supporting the entire innovation chain—from research, development, and demonstration to commercialization and deployment.
  • $500 million for Clean Hydrogen Manufacturing and Recycling RD&D Activities: DOE will also support American manufacturing of clean hydrogen equipment, including projects that improve efficiency and cost-effectiveness and support domestic supply chains for key components, through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s Clean Hydrogen Manufacturing Initiative. DOE has also announced funding, as part of the Clean Hydrogen Technology Recycling Research, Development, and Demonstration Program, for innovative approaches to increase the reuse and recycling of clean hydrogen technologies.
  • In March 2023, DOE announced the first phase of funding for the Clean Hydrogen Electrolysis Program and the BIL’s manufacturing and recycling initiatives with a $750 million funding opportunity to dramatically reduce the cost of electrolyzers and other clean-hydrogen technologies. Even before project selections have been announced, these initiatives are already demonstrating payoffs by building investor confidence: private sector commitments  from the First Movers Coalition represent 1 million metric tons per year of clean hydrogen demand, and recently announced projects amount to 12 million metric tons per year of planned clean hydrogen production in the United States.
  • The Department of Energy Loan Programs Office has also completed investments in clean hydrogen facilities.

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US Supreme Court blocks judge's order allowing 'ghost gun' sales

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Oct 16 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday barred two Texas-based manufacturers from selling products that can be quickly converted at home into firearms called " ghost guns ," granting a request by President Joe Biden's administration to once again block a federal judge's order that had sided with companies.

The justices lifted Fort Worth-based U.S. Judge Reed O'Connor's Sept. 14 injunction barring enforcement of a 2022 federal regulation - a rule aimed at reining in the privately made firearms - against the two manufacturers, Blackhawk Manufacturing and Defense Distributed.

The rule was issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to target the rapid proliferation of these homemade weapons. It bans "buy build shoot" kits that individuals can get online or at a store without a background check or the usual serial numbers required by the federal government. The kits can be quickly assembled into a working firearm.

The decision marked the second time that the justices acted against an order by O'Connor in the case. In August, they halted the judge's previous decision blocking the regulation, reinstating the rule while an appeal proceeds.

The administration had said O'Connor's decision to grant an injunction favoring ghost gun kit makers despite the prior intervention by the justices "openly flouted" the Supreme Court's authority.

The rule expanded the definition of a firearm under a 1968 federal law called Gun Control Act to include parts and kits that may be readily turned into a gun. It required serial numbers and that manufacturers and sellers be licensed. Sellers under the rule also must run background checks on purchasers prior to a sale.

The administration has said that ghost guns are attractive to criminals and others prohibited from lawfully buying firearms, including minors. There were about 20,000 suspected ghost guns reported in 2021 to the ATF as having been recovered by law enforcement in criminal investigations - a tenfold increase from 2016, according to White House statistics.

The United States, with the world's highest gun ownership rate, remains a nation deeply divided over how to address firearms violence including frequent mass shootings.

Plaintiffs including the parts manufacturers, various gun owners and two gun rights groups - the Firearms Policy Coalition and Second Amendment Foundation - filed suit to block the ghost guns rule in federal court in Texas. They portrayed the policy as a threat to the long history of legal private gunsmithing in the United States.

Rejecting the administration's concerns, O'Connor in July invalidated the rule, finding that the administration exceeded its authority under the Gun Control Act. The congressional definition of a firearm "does not cover weapon parts, or aggregations of weapon parts, regardless of whether the parts may be readily assembled into something that may fire a projectile," the judge concluded.

Biden's administration then asked the justices to halt O'Connor's decision while it appeals to the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Even though the justices on Aug. 8 granted that request, the manufacturers asked O'Connor for an injunction while the appeal plays out, which the judge issued. The 5th Circuit declined to pause that order.

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Victim with multiple gunshot wounds found dead in vacant East Baltimore house Monday morning

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A man died from multiple gunshot wounds Monday morning in East Baltimore’s Johnston Square neighborhood.

Officers responded to an anonymous caller around 5:13 a.m. to the the 700 block of Mura Street, where they found the victim inside a vacant house, Baltimore Police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene and transported to the medical examiner’s office, police said.

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    Novels portal; The Haunting of Hill House is a 1959 gothic horror novel by American author Shirley Jackson.A finalist for the National Book Award and considered one of the best literary ghost stories published during the 20th century, it has been made into two feature films and a play, and is the basis of a Netflix series.. The book is dedicated to Leonard Brown, Jackson's English teacher at ...

  20. Ghost Story (1981 film)

    Two escaped patients from a mental asylum, Gregory and Fenny Bate, have taken up residence in the old Eva Galli house, now in ruins. Doubting his father committed suicide, Don approaches the remaining three friends and tells them a "ghost" story to gain membership into the Chowder Society.

  21. A Ghost Story

    2 Location (s) Temple Quarter Given by A random thug Reward sex card + 2500 XP Additional Information Type Secondary quest Related None ID q2127_w_haunted A Ghost Story is an optional quest in Chapter II or III which Geralt can undertake if he happens to meet a certain thug in a certain house in the slums.

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    Oct. 9, 202303:57. In 2005, under international and domestic pressure, Israel withdrew around 9,000 Israeli settlers and its military forces from Gaza, leaving the enclave to be governed by the ...

  23. Haunted Places

    Our mapping system allows you to clearly and efficiently sort through just the types of places you're interested in. Search for haunted hotels, colleges, universities, libraries, lighthouses, theaters… you name it, we've got it! Give us a try, and be sure to submit a new location if you know of one that's not already listed!

  24. A Ghost Story

    A ghost story - automatic on entering nearby Hairy Bear Inn. Marks a house nearby. Enter to proceed with the quest, kill all thugs after short cutscene. The Half-elf - Half elf woman appears and ...

  25. Netflix plans to open brick and mortar locations : NPR

    The streamer plans to open the first two of these "Netflix House" locations in unannounced cities in the U.S. in 2025. It hopes to expand the concept to major cities around the world thereafter.

  26. Biden-Harris Administration Announces Regional Clean ...

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  27. US Supreme Court blocks judge's order allowing 'ghost gun' sales

    [1/2] Parts of a ghost gun kit are on display at an event held by U.S. President Joe Biden to announce measures to fight ghost gun crime, at the White House in Washington U.S., April 11, 2022.

  28. Ghost House (2017 film)

    Ghost House is a 2017 American supernatural horror film directed by Rich Ragsdale. Plot. A young couple go on an adventurous vacation to Thailand only to find themselves haunted by a malevolent spirit after naively disrespecting a Ghost House. Cast. Scout Taylor-Compton as Julie; James Landry Hébert as Jim ...

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    A man died from multiple gunshot wounds Monday morning in East Baltimore's Johnston Square neighborhood. Officers responded to an anonymous caller around 5:13 a.m. to the the 700 block of Mura ...