The Haunted House Lawsuit

Who you gonna call to find out if "paranormal activity" a valid excuse for breaking your lease? Lawyers, naturally! A couple has filed a lawsuit to recover their security deposit on a rental of - what they claim to be - a haunted hause:

Just one week after Josue Chinchilla and Michele Callan moved into their new home in Toms River, the couple and her two children plodded into the lobby of a local hotel about 1:15 a.m. and asked for a room.

As soon as the family had settled into the three-bedroom ranch at the corner of Terrace and Lowell avenues on March 1, they began to suspect they were not its only tenants.

The family would come home and find their clothes and towels ejected from the closets and strewn over the floors. Doors would creak open and slam closed in unoccupied areas of the house. Lights switched on and off without human intervention. At night, footsteps could be heard from the kitchen after everyone was tucked in and unintelligible whispering seemed to fade in and out of thin air, according to the couple.

The most disturbing and consistent phenomenon, they claim, is the sound that comes through the vents to the basement — the muffled din of something lumbering seven feet below their feet.

Erik Larsen of The Asbury Park Press has the story: Link - via The Week

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Hmmm... based on what I've learned from movies like Poltergeist and Paranormal Activity, it sounds like this may be a poltergeist rather than a haunting, in which case the landlord is not responsible under paranormal law. ;)
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