St. Paul’s (nearly) invincible Churchyard

St. Paul’s Chapel and Churchyard opened in 1766. At this moment, that brings the structures age to approximately 248 years old. It is the oldest public building still in use in NYC, and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960. With approximately 1,000 interments in a space smaller than 1/4 of a city block, […]

The Mysterious Case of Esther Ennis

Earlier this week I wrote an article about Calvary Cemetery in Queens. In the article I made a brief mention of a young woman who was the “first burial in Calvary,” in 1848. Her name was Esther Ennis. She was only 29 years old when she died, and according to “legend” she died of a […]

Calvary Cemetery: 3 Million (and 1) Souls

When I moved to Queens, I knew that I was entering a new realm, where the living are outnumbered by the dead by outrageous proportions. Perhaps one of the most well known cemeteries in this area is Calvary Cemetery. Calvary has the largest number of interments in the entire United States. (Over 3 million currently […]

Photo of the Week: Quaker Cemetery (“Spider Gates”)

We may not mention it too often, mainly because we’re busy goofing on silly paranormal stories, but we here at The Occult Section have out own paranormal group, the New York Paranormal Society. And, we’re lucky enough to have a professional photographer in our group. Laura Pennace, who is our case manager/photographer/historian, is also the owner […]

Savannah Ghost Video: Real or Fake?

Has anyone see the latest ghost video that’s been making the rounds online? This one comes to us courtesy of FOX 8 in Cleveland, Ohio, who broke the story on Monday’s nightly news. Apparently an Ohio family was vacationing in Savannah, Georgia, when their teenage son, who was filming with the family camcorder in Colonial […]

Ghost hunters speculate aliens were watching them

This story is just…wow. So apparently a ghost hunting group in Missouri was out investigating a cemetery on the evening of June 5th, and they are now claiming that they captured the image of a UFO in one of their photos. There’s all sorts of things wrong with this, and so many jokes to be […]

Photographer of Picton cemetery ghosts says photo is real

I mentioned this in a previous entry, but I just love photos that are supposed to show ghosts. There’s a new article from Australia with an interesting photo… A picture posted on couriermail.com.au yesterday prompted plenty of reader cynicism, and in Sydney – where the cemetery photo was taken – the Daily Telegraph’s website was […]