Supreme Court Ruling: House is Haunted

A big shout-out goes to Eric Meier at Lite 98.7 for putting this shivery little item on my radar!
While the existence of ghosts is very much open for debate, there’s a house in New York State that’s, by a matter of law, haunted. It all goes back to The Ghostbusters Ruling of 1991.

The original owner of the house in question, which sits on the banks of the Hudson River at the end of a cul-de-sac in the village of Nyack, advertised it as a haunted attraction for paranormal enthusiasts; stories ran in Reader’s Digest, as well as several local newspapers. This, however, doesn’t quite explain how the residence acquired “Legally Haunted” status.

When it was time to pull stakes, the house was put on the market. The fact that it had been billed as a supernatural destination, however, was never disclosed to potential buyers. Eventually, the home was sold to a New Yorker who didn’t know the stories, and wasn’t aware of the local legends. When the unnamed buyer learned of his domicile’s infamous history, he sought to have the sale reversed, citing a violation of disclosure laws.

It’s not clear if the original owner actually believed the house was haunted, or if new owner was motivated by a genuine fear of the supernatural. What is certain, however, is that the case went all the way to the State Supreme Court. Their majority ruling pronounced:

“Having reported [the ghosts’] presence in both a national publication… and the local press… defendant is estopped to deny their existence and, as a matter of law, the house is haunted.”

So while there’s nothing to definitively prove the existence of otherworldly entities, there’s a place in New York that’s legally “haunted”—a fact that can’t be denied!


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