Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV


April 18, 2012

Couple sues landlord over alleged haunted house

TOMS RIVER, N.J. — In a story similar to the Amityville Horror, a New Jersey couple is now suing their landlord for failing to disclose the house he was renting to them was haunted.

According to the Asbury Park Press, Josue Chinchilla and Michele Callan moved into a three-bedroom ranch home in Toms River with Callan’s two children. A week later, they fled the house after visits from the home’s otherworldly tenants.

The couple reported coming home to find their possessions strewn about the house, doors opening and slamming in unoccupied areas of the house, lights turning themselves on and off, odd whispering at night and footsteps sounding from the kitchen. Family members also suffered bruises and Chinchilla was briefly hospitalized due to panic attacks.

The couple filed a lawsuit against their landlord who in turn filed a countersuit accusing them of breaking their one-year lease. The landlord is accusing the couple of using “paranormal activity” as an excuse for the fact they owe $1,500 in monthly rent payments. The landlord also said none of the previous tenants ever claimed the house was haunted.

However, Callan said she would not have paid the $4,000 down payment on the property, advance rent for the first month and moving expenses, only to flee the home only a week after moving in.

Local paranormal investigators visited the home and said it provided them with the “most concrete evidence” of paranormal activity they had ever seen. During their investigation, the group captured recordings of voices and video of objects in the home moving of their own accord.

In an interesting twist, the 1979 movie “The Amityville Horror” was filmed in Toms River. George and Kathy Lutz, the writers of the novel “The Amityville Horror,” were also accused of faking hauntings to get out of rental payments.

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