New Jersey Man Sues Pennhurst Haunted House

A few years back, we blogged about Pennhurst Asylum being turned into a haunted house Halloween attraction, and the controversy that surrounded it. And the controversy was well deserved. Ethical questions arose regarding turning a former asylum where patients were horribly mistreated into a campy Halloween attraction to make money. Now, a New Jersey man […]

“Haunted” Car Parts from Fatal Ryan Dunn Crash for Sale on Craigslist

We blogged a while back about Jackass star Ryan Dunn dying in a car crash and the alleged paranormal claims that resulted from it. Well, I came across this story today claiming that a person is on Craigslist attempting to sell “haunted” parts from Dunn’s car. It’s good to see that some people on Craigslist are staying classy and […]

Photo of the Week: Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA

Who doesn’t love Eastern State Penitentiary? Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Eastern State Penitentiary is perhaps one of the most famous haunted locations in the country. The prison opened in 1829 and closed its doors as a prison in 1971. During that time, the prison was home to thousands of criminals, with the most notorious among them being […]

Photo of the Week: Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA

Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Eastern State Penitentiary is perhaps one of the most famous haunted locations in the country. The prison opened in 1829 and closed its doors as a prison in 1971. During that time, the prison was home to thousands of criminals, with the most notorious among them being bank robber Willie Sutton […]

Photo of the Week: The Southern Mansion, Cape May, New Jersey

This week’s photo is of the Southern Mansion, in Cape May, New Jersey. Built in 1863 by Philadelphia industrialist George Allen, the house today is reported to be haunted by Allen’s last relative to live in the mansion, Ester Mercur. The house stood in disrepair until 1994, when the Bray/Wildes bought it and restored it […]

Dark Matters: Twisted But True

Ok, it’s shameless self-promotion time again. A few months back, I filmed a number of segments for the new Science Channel show called Dark Matters: Twisted But True. The show details cases in history where scientific research perhaps went too far and led down some dark roads. Some of the stories have a paranormal twist […]

Girl Struck By Lightning on Sunny Day

I’ve been meaning to focus a bit more on Fortean phenomena here at The Occult Section, but either you rarely hear about such things anymore, or you hear too much about them. Remember the dead falling birds epidemic from January? But I stumbled upon this little story about an 11-year-old girl who was struck by […]