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September 14, 2005

It's Ghost Hunting Wednesday!

Ghosts and law don't mix. This story is a riot. The landlords are suing a couple who have backed out from renting a restored building they were going to turn into a restaurant because the couple insists the building is haunted.

I can only imagine how hard it is for the landlords' attorney to keep a straight face over all this. "I asked them if these were good ghosts or bad ghosts and, if they were good ghosts, why it was a problem," said David Simmons, an attorney representing the building's owners.

The lawsuit actually asks a judge to determine whether or not the building is haunted, and - should it prove to be haunted - if the ghosts would interfere with business operations. Heh, The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) should be called in. The owners would get free publicity on the Sci-Fi channel during the show "Ghost Hunters". Plus, the two head guys from TAPS work at Roto-Rooter for their day job. The couple could get their plumbing up to grade.

Apparently, the two who backed out from renting the building are Jehovah's Witnesses, and their religion forbids them from having any contact with spirits or demons. An offer to hold an exorcism was refused because that's a Catholic rite that isn't accepted by Jehovah's Witnesses.

I think the couple should go with that building for their restaurant. Lots of people are suckers for allegedly haunted restaurants. I'm one of them. I've eaten in supposedly haunted restaurants, but the only spirits I saw were in the bottom of my wine glass. Patrons eat their meals and drink their wine and keep an eye out for ghosts. It's a cheap thrill that could actually boost business.


Speaking of TAPS, the guys are heading to Newport, Rhode Island to investigate the Beechwood Mansion. We went to Newport a couple of years ago for Halloween. Newport is full of ghosts. I have heard of the Beechwood. It was the Astor's summer home. We weren't able to tour the big mansions because I ended up getting sick. If we ever go back, I definitely want to tour the mansions, in particular the Beechwood.

I'm disappointed that the guys didn't experience anything. I was hoping they'd find something at the Beechwood. Ah, well. Still, who knows what the future holds?

Posted on September 14, 2005 at 10:05 PM | Permalink