Haunted upstate castle to be auctioned off on Halloween, bids begin at $25K
At the stroke of midnight on Halloween, the gavel will fall on a haunted castle in upstate New York. The starting bid: just $25,000.
That sounds like a steal for an approximately 7,000-square-foot mansion in the Finger Lakes that features three stories (including an extremely spooky basement), four fireplaces, a separate carriage house, a turret, stained glass and so many bedrooms the listing simply advises aspiring nobility to “see floor plan.” But also included? Ghosts.
“There’s activity there, 100 percent,” paranormal investigator and founder of the ghost-hunter group Soul Searchers Shawn DiBello told The Post, pointing to ample audio and video evidence of supernatural occurrences. “We got everything from noises to figures on our SLS kinetic camera — a camera that can see what the human eye can’t see.”
In 1871, stockholders of an Auburn, NY, mill spent $7,000 to build the castle in a style reminiscent of a Scotch manor for mill manager and Scotsman Samuel Laurie. But Laurie’s wife, Jeanie “Jane” McAllister, would tragically die in the building. In August 1890, she succumbed to a prolonged case of “the grippe,” an archaic term for influenza. Her funeral was held in the castle. Some say that her spirit never left. The couple had 10 children and only one son survived.
Three years later, the Panic of 1893 decimated Laurie’s mill interests, and he was forced to sell the property. Soon after, his health began failing, and within two years, he had died of Bright’s disease.
With psychic medium Suzanne Updyke, DiBello connected with spectral children in the garage, a former carriage house.
“We asked, ‘Do you remember the cars?’ and a child responded, ‘Lots of cars,’ ” said DiBello. “There’s something intelligent there — you don’t always get stuff like that.”
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