This is an older story, but one we found interesting nonetheless. A woman in Long Island claims that her house is haunted, but a paranormal investigator and psychic that she “hired” told her she had a demon. Which seems to be the thing to do, these days. And I’m guessing that the power of that suggestion led this family to panic way more than was necessary.
The widow of a Bronx firefighter who died in the “Black Sunday” blaze moved with their two daughters to a new home on Long Island in 2006 for a fresh start.
But Jeanette Meyran, 53 — whose husband, Lt. Curtis Meyran, leaped to his death to avoid burning alive in the 2005 apartment fire — said she never imagined that the move would leave her tormented by what she called a house-dwelling demon that shook the walls and attacked her kids.
“I had to warn people before they came over. I’d say, ‘I don’t know what’s going on — but it’s something,’ ” Meyran told The Post.
Meyran said the family’s terrifying saga — which was chronicled on the TV show “Paranormal Witness” for its season premiere Wednesday night — began after they fled their old house in Malverne, LI, to escape painful memories and media attention shortly after her husband died.
She said she did get a creepy feeling from the run-down two-story bungalow, which sits on an acre of Suffolk County forest in St. James — but her husband’s firefighter friends offered to fix it up.
The Bravest set up home-security cameras, which helped Meyran feel safe with her two young daughters.
That didn’t last long. In 2006, while watching footage from one of the cameras, she said she spotted the images of cloaked men lurking in her back yard.
“They were transparent. Like outlines of people. It was wild . . . I splashed water on my face,” she said.
Her daughters soon saw the figures, too. Angela, now 18, and Danine, 15, first began to hear muffled whispering and loud thumping coming from the inside their bedroom walls at night, starting in 2007.
Their firefighter friends then discovered a large pentagram on the basement floor — along with animal bones and human teeth — during renovations, Meyran said.
They also found a disturbing diary from 1927, penned by a young girl named Christina. It detailed sexual abuse by her father, who belonged to a cult and performed animal sacrifices, Meyran said.
The journal read, “He made me bleed the way he made the animals bleed.”
One day, Meyran returned home to find the house ransacked. Cabinet doors were open; pots and pans were scattered across the kitchen floor.
Angela was upstairs crying. She said everything just flew open in the kitchen.
Meyran could tell the haunting was taking a toll on her daughters.
So she hired a priest, who brought over gallons of holy water for a “cleanse” in 2008 — but it didn’t work.
In 2009, Angela was sitting on a swing in the back yard when she felt a force push her from behind. It tossed her off the swing and broke her ankle, she said.
Angela later saw a figure appear in her bedroom mirror, claiming:
“This figure, 8 feet tall with horns and a tail, bent down and stepped out . . . I saw its claws. [It was] walking towards me. He smelled like rotting, dead flesh.”
Meyran hired a paranormal investigator and a psychic to get rid of the spirit once and for all in 2011. The investigator said demolition on the house had disturbed a demon that lurked in the basement.
She lit sage and poured kosher salt all over the home and said a blessing commanding the spirit to leave. It worked, she claims.
Meyran said the spirit hasn’t haunted them since — but the family still won’t go into the basement at night. They cleanse the house every three months.
Angela and Danine now say they sometimes see the ghost of their father watching over them.
“I see my dad in this house walking through the hallways checking on us. It’s nice to know he’s watching,” Angela said.
One, paranormal investigators and psychics should not be paid money. Educated guesses should not be paid for. Two, how would anyone know for sure that what was happening in the home was due to a demon? Just because occult paraphernalia was found in the home doesn’t mean that a demon is haunting the family. Irresponsible suggestions like this from so-called paranormal experts can send the family into more of a psychological tailspin than the paranormal activity.