Connecticut family haunted by ghost enthusiasts

saps-taps-parodyOn Friday, another stupid horror movie about ghosts that’s touting itself as being “based on a true story” (you know, in the same way that Star Wars was based on the true story of ideas that came out of George Lucas’ head or The Perfect Storm was based on a true story of what happened on a boat where there were no survivors to tell the tale) hits theaters. The film is called A Haunting in Connecticut.

But the family that lives in the  house the film is said to be based on are being haunted by something a lot scarier than fairytale spectres, credulous ghost enthusiasts eager to spot a ghost. And it doesn’t seem to matter to them that the family living in the house has never encountered any paranormal phenomena because, of course, they’re not delusional.

“It’s just been really, really stressful,” said Susan Trotta-Smith, who bought the home 10 years ago with her husband. “It’s been a total change from a very quiet house in a very quiet neighborhood to looking out the window and seeing cars stopping all the time. It’s been very, very stressful, and sometimes worrisome.”

The family has never seen anything unusual inside their five-bedroom, two-family white wood-frame house and does not believe the property was haunted.

The original account of ghosts comes from the family that lived in the house in the 1980’s.

The residents at the time, the Snedeker family, claimed their son would hear strange noises in his basement bedroom, which once held casket displays and was near the old embalming room. He also claimed to see shadows on the wall of people who were not there. A niece visiting the home said she felt hands on her body as she tried to sleep, and her covers levitated.

The family brought in Ed and Lorraine Warren, self-described paranormal researchers, who became famous for documenting the alleged “Amityville Horror” haunting of a home on Long Island.

Lorraine Warren says she felt an evil presence in the Southington home and experienced the haunting herself when she spent a night there.

Ah yes, it wouldn’t be a haunting without the grandparents of ghostly woo themselves, Ed and Lorraine Warren. These 2 con artis–err, I mean paranormal investigators are almost single-handedly responsible for all the modern day ghost hunters.

For more information on the Warrens, check out episode #59 of The Skeptics’ Guide To The Universe podcast.


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