As the days grow shorter and darkness descends a little more at dawn and dusk, the growing cold and nature's gradual preparation for deep autumn conjure up thoughts of the haunting season.
Perhaps it's fitting, then, that Middletown's own paranormal investigators, the Ghosts of New England Research Society, and the work of local videographer Darrell Lucas will be featured on the next episode of on Destination America Channel's show, "A Haunting."
A colonial home built in 1791 along Cromwell's historic Main Street is the subject of the GONERS recent investigation. Founder Kurt Knapp says his team was contacted by owner Mark Corvo after he recorded dozens of conversation snippets — both affectionate and menacing — in his smart phone.
According to GONERS, 380-382 Main Street in Cromwell, the Capt. William Ranney home, was built by a slave trader who reportedly kept slaves in the home. Upon marriage, the Butler and Ranney families owned the home until 1940, when the subsequent owner discovered buried headstones in the back yard when some septic work was done.
Corvo contacted GONERS, according to Knapp, after a tenant who was into black magic abruptly left the home and left behind paranormal activity in the house. Their investigation, filmed by Lucas, can be seen on the next "A Haunting" episode.
Until then, check out his YouTube video in which Knapp explains the history of the Ranney-Butler home and what GONERS turned up.