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Franklin Mansion –
|1.||On the mild side, doors have been seen flying off their hinges
without any visible help. Lights freely go on and off by
themselves, chandeliers twirl with no help from air currents,
mirrors fog up without a logical reason and murmuring voices can be
clearly heard in visibly empty rooms.
|2.||The one man to stay at the Castle during the thirties was ill,
and needed the care of a nurse. She was scared out of her job one
night when she heard the loud, mournful crying of a child, long
|3.||In 1968, the large, unsuspecting Romano family, consisting of
Mr. & Mrs. Romano and their 6 children, moved into what they
thought was their new home, with plans to open a restaurant. They
learned that they had unpleasant company as fellow housemates on
the day they moved in. Busy with unpacking, the parents sent their
twin 2 year olds and twin 3 year olds upstairs to play. They came
down and told their puzzled parents about how they found a sad
little girl in a long dress, and asked for a cookie to try to cheer
her up. After a search of the upstairs no such child was found.
This scenario happened several times.
|4.||Next, Mrs. Romano heard organ music coming from a non-existent
organ. She also heard heavy footfalls, described as
tramping/marching up on the third floor, as if telling the living
to stay away from the third floor. Feeling that unfriendly
presence(s) had claimed the third and fourth floors, and the living
were unwelcome, the children were no longer allowed to play on
those floors, and that the adults would no longer be going there
|5.||Mrs. Romano's instincts were proven to be correct, when three
friends came to visit them. The three friends decided to take a
look at the third floor. As they went up the stairs to get there,
they were surprised to see an eerie, "vaporous blanket of fog"
materialize right in front of them. One brave soul walked toward
this vaporous thing to investigate what it was. Before she could
get close, she began to lose her eyesight, and her friends pulled
her free from this insidious entity, before she fainted. After this
scary incident, the third floor was searched and no possible
physical explanation for this cloud could be found.
|6.||Whatever was occupying the top two floors, wasn't satisfied with
only having half the floor space. On Halloween, the phone rang
around 12:00 am, waking up Mrs. Romano. On the other end of the
phone, a voice which sounded like it came from the grave asked her,
"Can I sleep with you tonight?" Perhaps it was one of the ghosts of
the dead children, wanting some comfort. Mrs. Romano screamed, and
threw the phone. She vowed never to answer another phone call in
the middle of the night.
|7.||About a week later, Mrs. Romano awoke from a deep sleep and
found herself in the middle of the bedroom floor, screaming so loud
that she had lost her voice. Some unseen presence was screaming
|8.||Some unknown presence pulled the covers off the beds of the two
After consulting a psychic Catholic priest, Mrs. Romano learned that the main culprit that was tormenting her was Luise Franklin, and that at times she was actually possessed or taken over by Luise. He also identified the entity that was racing up and down the stairs and slamming the doors, as that of the 15 year old, Emma. The priest advised the family to move out because he felt evil presences that didn't accept them as owners of the mansion, and wanted them to leave. In 1974, the Romano family sold Franklin Castle because Mrs. Romano had become physically ill, and the house was "getting the best of her."
The next owner, Samuel Muscatello turned Franklin Castle into a church, and gave tours to raise money. One photographer, while sitting downstairs with the owner, heard a woman call his name. When he bounded up the stairs, no one was there. A disc Jockey who took a tour, saw something that shook him up, but he wouldn't share what happened. When John Webster, who came to the castle to get info for a radio program on hauntings, something ripped the large tape recorder from his shoulder, and threw it down the stairs, smashing it into pieces.
Muscatello sold Franklin Castle when the church idea didn't work out. After a couple of other owners. Franklin Castle wound up in the hands of George Mirceta who lived there alone during the week, and gave tours on the weekends. After each 2 hour tour, George passed out cards and asked his visitors to write down if they saw anything unusual. Some spotted a woman in black in the tower room, a woman in white, some felt temporarily paralyzed, and some found themselves "Babbling incoherently." George himself had heard babies crying, but he claimed he didn't believe in ghosts, and wouldn't be living there if he did. He rationalized everything that had happened there, must have logical explanations, even if he didn't know what they were.
Finally, George Mirceta admitted that the mansion was haunted, and visitors who took his weekend tours still experienced strange phenomena, saw apparitions and felt presences, as he had written down everything reported to him in a log.
Yes indeed as there is no reason why these disturbed spirits would leave; No successful exorcisms or blessings of the rooms have been conducted. Something creepy does indeed reside within these stone walls; one can feel it from the street. Perhaps a serious exorcism attempt would do some good, and make the place livable. Perhaps not!
by Beth Scott and Michael Norman
The National Directory of Haunted Places
by Dennis William Hauck
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