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The Ghostbusters Ruling: A House is Declared Legally Haunted

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The legally haunted house at the center of the Ghostbusters Ruling: 1 LaVeta Place in Nyack, New York. Photo: housebeautiful.com

In the New York Supreme Court case of Stambovsky v. Ackley, a house was legally declared haunted. It has since been dubbed the Ghostbusters Ruling.

The Story of the Ghostbusters Ruling

The front entrance to the Ghostbusters Ruling house. Photo: housebeautiful.com

Stambovsky v. Ackley was a 1991 legal case heard by the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, in which the court ruled that a home in Nyack, New York was legally haunted.

The case involved a home that was owned by Helen Ackley, who had previously informed potential buyers that the house was haunted by ghosts.

Helen Ackley, had promoted the haunted reputation of her home in several ways. According to court records, Ackley had told several people that her home was haunted by ghosts, and had even gone so far as to give tours of the home to visitors, highlighting what she claimed were ghostly manifestations.

According to her statements and the information reported in the media, some examples of the alleged paranormal activity at the property include:

Ghostly apparitions: Ackley claimed to have seen ghostly figures in the house, including a “Lady in White” and a “Man in Gray.”

Strange noises: Ackley reported hearing unexplained noises, such as knocking, banging, and footsteps, throughout the house.

Moving objects: Ackley claimed that objects in the house would move on their own, including furniture and household items.

Ghostly touch: Ackley claimed that she and others had been touched by ghostly hands.

Additionally, Ackley had given several interviews to local newspapers and magazines in which she discussed the supposed haunting of her home, and had even written and self-published a book about the ghosts she claimed to have encountered in the house.

These promotions led to the property being known as a “Haunted House” in the local community and across the country.

It is not specified in the court records of the case of Stambovsky v. Ackley whether or not Jeffrey Stambovsky believed the house was truly haunted or if he purchased it with that belief.

What is specified is that he purchased the house with knowledge of the supposed haunting, and later filed a lawsuit seeking to rescind the contract of sale, arguing that the seller had failed to disclose a defect in the property.

The court ultimately ruled in favor of the plaintiff, stating that the seller had “created a public nuisance” by promoting the haunted reputation of the house, and that this had affected the value of the property. The court also ruled that the home’s haunted reputation was a “unique defect” that made the home “unmarketable.”

This case is notable as it is one of the few instances of a legal ruling regarding a haunted house and is sometimes cited as a precedent in discussions of property law and real estate.

A video detailing the Ghostbusters Ruling

Other Legal Cases Similar to the Ghostbusters Ruling

While the case of Stambovsky v. Ackley is one of the few instances of a legal ruling regarding a haunted house, there have been other cases where the issue of a supposed haunted property has been brought up in court. However, these cases are relatively rare, and the issue is not typically handled by the legal system.

For example, in some cases, tenants have filed lawsuits against landlords for failing to disclose a supposed haunting, and in other cases, buyers have sought to back out of real estate transactions because of a supposed haunting. But, these cases are very rare and difficult to prove as the issue of haunted houses is often not taken seriously by the courts.

It’s also worth noting that claims of a property being haunted are not considered a legally-recognized defect, and it is not a requirement for a seller to disclose such information. It’s not a common matter that is handled by the legal system and a court ruling in favor of the plaintiff would be difficult to achieve.

Have you ever lived in a haunted house? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Green Orbs Appearing in Photos?

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Have you been taking photos and discovered mysterious green orbs appearing? What could this mean?

Spiritual Meaning of Green Orbs

Green orbs are believed by many intuitive people to symbolize nature, love, and the heart. If you see one, it could suggest that you should be more open to love and enjoy the beauty of the world. It might also mean you need to focus on healing yourself or helping others with their physical, mental, or spiritual well-being. Green orbs could be a sign that a human spirit, like a ghost, is nearby and trying to communicate with people in the physical world.

Another green orb appearing in a photo unexpectedly.

Could a Green Orb Appearing in a Photo be a Spirit?

A green orb could mean that a spirit might be trying to tell you something. People think orbs are pure energy, possibly representing a spirit that has passed away or one that never had a physical body. If you spot a green spirit orb, it could be here to guide you or convey a message. This spirit could be someone you know or a stranger. Spirits might show up in meaningful places. Reflecting on why a location is important could help you understand who is trying to talk to you. Try meditating to connect with the spirit. If they want to communicate, they might reach out while you’re in a calm and thoughtful state.

Joey explains the significance of green orbs in photos

Possible Scientific Explanation for Green Orbs

When it comes to capturing unexplainable green orbs in photographs, the most logical explanation often lies in the behavior of light. These orbs can manifest due to a phenomenon called lens flare.

Lens flare occurs when light enters the camera lens and interacts with the internal components, causing artifacts such as orbs, streaks, or circles to appear in the resulting image.

Modern digital cameras, like the ones in our phones, have lenses coated with a thin film to reduce internal reflection and minimize lens flare. However, under certain conditions, intense sources of light—especially those emitting in the green spectrum—can still produce these compelling orbs.

This is especially true when the light source is positioned at an oblique angle relative to the camera lens, leading to internal reflections and refractions within the lens system.

Natural and artificial sources of bright light, such as the sun, street lamps, or flashlights, are common culprits leading to the appearance of green orbs in photographs. Even in low-light or night photography, the use of a camera flash can inadvertently cause the phenomenon.

As the flash interacts with particles in the air or small water droplets, it generates reflections and artifacts that materialize as vibrant green orbs in the final image. Therefore, while these green orbs may initially appear as mysterious or supernatural, they are sometimes the result of the complex interplay between light, lenses, and photographic technology.

Have you ever taken a photo with a mysterious green orb? Did it bring you comfort or cause fear? Tell us about it in the comments!

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The Pollock Twins

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The Pollock Twins are thought to be one of the strongest cases in support of reincarnation.

In 1957, Jacqueline and Joanna Pollock lost their lives in a car accident. Their parents believe they were reincarnated the following year as their twin sisters.

The Tragic Death of Jacqueline and Joanna Pollock

In May 1957, in a small town called Hexham in England, two sisters, Joanna (11 years old) and Jacqueline (6 years old), along with their friend Anthony (9 years old), were going to church when a driver who was on drugs hit them. Sadly, the two sisters and Anthony died almost immediately.

The driver, a local woman, deliberately hit the children because she had been separated from her own kids. This incident became widely known in Britain, and the woman was later sent to a psychiatric hospital.

The Pollock Twins and Hints of Reincarnation

Armchair Investigator covers the case of the Pollock Twins

After Joanna and Jacqueline died, their mom and dad, Florence and John Pollock, were devastated. But when Florence got pregnant again, John had an unshakable belief the two girls would come back as twins.

Florence and John were Catholics and often fought about the idea of being born again. Florence didn’t agree with John’s thoughts, and it caused a lot of problems. It was even said that their whole marriage was in danger, and Florence almost wanted a divorce.

Neither parent’s family had a history of twins, and the doctor thought Florence would have only one baby. But surprisingly, on October 4, 1958, Florence gave birth to twin girls named Gillian and Jennifer.

Even though the twins looked the same, they had different marks on their bodies, which is uncommon. Jennifer had a small mark on her left hip, just like Jacqueline, and a mark on her forehead, similar to a scar Jacqueline had.

When the twins were three months old, the family moved to Whitley Bay, near Hexham. But as the girls grew up, they seemed to remember Hexham well, even though they didn’t grow up there.

When the family returned to Hexham when the twins were four, Gillian and Jennifer recognized and named places they had never seen, like the school Joanna and Jacqueline went to, the Hexham Abbey, and a playground their sisters used to love. They even seemed to know the way to the playground without ever having seen it before.

The twins could also recognize their late sisters’ toys and asked for them by name. Even though Florence had put away the toys, the twins remembered them as if they were their own. They knew the toys’ names, divided them exactly like their sisters did, and even mentioned that Santa Claus gave them the toys, which was true.

Florence and John noticed that the twins had similar personalities to their older sisters. Just like Joanna was protective of Jacqueline, Gillian took care of Jennifer and seemed more grown-up. The parents also observed that the twins liked the same games and foods as their sisters.

In the first few years, Florence didn’t believe John’s idea that the twins were “reincarnated.” But when she overheard them talking about the car accident that took their sisters’ lives, she changed her mind. Once, she heard the girls playing a game where they reenacted their sisters’ accident. Gillian was holding Jennifer’s head, saying, “The blood’s coming out of your eyes. That’s where the car hit you.”

Once, Gillian pointed to Jennifer’s forehead birthmark and said, “That’s the mark Jennifer got when she fell on a bucket.” It’s interesting that the twins also seemed scared of cars. When they were younger, they had bad dreams about getting hit by a car. Gillian and Jennifer would get scared and nervous around cars. When a car started in an alley, John remembered the girls holding onto each other, shouting, “The car is coming to get us!”

Around their fifth birthday, the memories of their ‘past lives’ slowly went away, and they started living normal lives. Even though they forgot about the accident, Gillian later remembered seeing herself playing in a sandbox at a house in Whickham. She had never been to Whickham, but she perfectly described the house and garden that matched where Joanna lived when she was four.

People often say the Pollock twins are “proof” of reincarnation, but some argue that their memories could have come from their four older brothers. John and Florence say they didn’t talk to the twins about their dead sisters until they were older, but it’s possible the twins heard about it from their brothers.

Do you think the case of the Pollock sisters is proof of reincarnation? Tell us your theories in the comments.

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