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Is Your House Haunted?

Between the mysteriously banging doors, the odd noises coming from the basement, and the persistent feeling that someone is standing behind them, homeowners Gregory and Sandi Leeson are thoroughly creeped out by their 113-year-old Victorian. So when they put the house in northeastern Pennsylvania up for sale last month, they advertised the home on Marion Street in Dunmore as “slightly haunted.” There were calls from ghost hunters. An open house attracted lots of curiosity seekers, but no legitimate buyers. “Slightly haunted. Nothing serious, though,” says the listing on Zillow's real-estate site. It goes on to describe 3:13 a.m. screams and “the occasional ghastly visage” in the bathroom mirror. The listing attracted local and national media attention. Now the Leesons just need an actual buyer for the four-bedroom home, on the market for $144,000.

Top Ten Ways You Can Tell Your House Is Haunted @5:30. Call in 203-882-9757

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1. Apparitions - physical manifestation of a spirit or entity. These phenomena are also very rare and can take many forms: human-shaped mists or forming mists of some indistinguishable shape; transparent human forms that disappear quickly.

2. Unexplained noises - footsteps; knocks, banging, rapping; scratching sounds; sounds of something being dropped.

3. Moving or levitating objects (severe psychokinetic phenomena) - dinner plates sliding across the table; pictures flying off walls; doors slamming shut with great force; furniture sliding across the floor.

4. Mild psychokinetic phenomena - hearing a door open or close is one thing. Actually seeing it happen is quite another. Similarly, actually seeing a light go on or off by itself is greater proof that something unexplained is happening.

5. Feelings of being watched - this is not an uncommon feeling and can be attributed to many things, but it could have a paranormal source if the feeling consistently occurs in a particular part of the house at a particular time.

6. Strange animal behavior - a dog, cat or other pet behaves strangely. Dogs may bark at something unseen, cower without apparent reason or refuse to enter a room they normally do. Cats may seem to be "watching" something cross a room.

7. Cries and whispers - on occasion, muffled voices, whispering and crying can be heard.

8. Cold or hot spots - cold spots are classic haunting symptoms, but any instance of a noticeable variance in temperature without a discernable cause could be evidence.

9. Unexplained smells - the distinct fragrance of a perfume or cologne that you do not have in your house.

10. Items disappearing and reappearing - this phenomenon, which we have dubbed "The DOPler Effect." Others have called this "the borrowers" phenomenon, and it's the familiar experience of not being able to find a regularly used item - say, your set of car keys - which you believe you placed in a spot you routinely place them.

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