A New Jersey couple is suing the landlord of their three-bedroom ranch house in Toms River, claiming it's haunted, the Asbury Park Press reports.
Chinchilla, 37, and Michele Callan, 36, fled the house in March after
staying only one week and want their $2,250 security deposit back.
claim they had to endure a series of "paranormal activity" at the
house, including lights that switch on and off by themselves, clothes
and towels mysteriously ejected from closets, unintelligible whispering,
footsteps in the kitchen and a mysterious force tugging at bedsheets
during the night.
A hearing before Judge Steven F. Nemeth is expected at the end of April, Press reporter Erik Larsen writes.
up their claim is Marianne Brigando, co-founder of NJ Paranormal
Investigators of Old Bridge, who tells the newspaper that their
investigation show that the house is the site of an active or
intelligent haunting, one level above a residual (!) haunting.
pastor, Terence Sullivan of the Element Church in North Brunswick, who
has counseled the family through the ordeal and even blessed the house,
has concluded that the house has been subjected to a "demonic
possession," the Press reports.
In response, orthodonist
Dr. Richard Lopez, who owns the house, has filed a countersuit charging
that the couple is using the specter of paranormal activity as a cover
for personal financial troubles. In short, he claims they can't afford
the place and want their money back.
Moreover, his attorney says no one has ever claimed before that the house is spooked.
counters by saying she would not have plunked down $4,000 for the
deposit and rent just to pick up and leave seven days later unless
something serious was going on.
"I would not have hired a moving
truck, packed and unpacked, had my mother take off time from work to
watch the kids," she tells the newspaper. "The whole idea was to get a
nice, big home for the kids ... But there's no way I'm going back
The couple claim their lives would be in mortal danger if
they attempted to move back into the house. The ordeal also has taken a
toll on Chinchilla's health, they say. He was briefly hospitalized for
panic attacks associated with his experiences inside the home, the