Pa. couple advertises home as 'slightly haunted'

Woman once barricaded basement door after hearing clicking of a cigarette lighter
Associated Press
Jan 18, 2014


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 it as "slightly haunted."

Then things got REALLY weird.

There were calls from ghost hunters. An open house attracted lots of curiosity seekers, but no legitimate buyers. And a former resident came out of the woodwork to tell the couple that when he was a kid, he found a human skull in the basement — the same basement whose door Sandi Leeson once barricaded because she swore she could hear the clicking of a cigarette lighter emanating from the subterranean depths.

It's enough to make her husband wonder whether he did the right thing when he playfully wrote about the home's spooky charms:

"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.

"I tried to word it with a little bit of a sense of humor," says Greg Leeson, a 35-year-old who works in information technology, but "I don't think it has helped with marketing. We're not really getting very many interested buyers. We're getting a lot of nonsense people."

Spring should bring more traffic. But if it doesn't sell, Leeson said they might consider renting it out — by the night — to folks looking for spooky thrills.

While Leeson concedes the home has a "creepy vibe," he doesn't believe in ghosts.

And his wife?

"I definitely think there's a spirit or a ghost in the house, just from my personal experiences," she said.


Licorice Schtick

Maybe someday she'll call 911 and report the house "slightly on fire."


I am more afraid of some people than I am of the spirits. I don't watch those BS shows on television.


@ Centauri>>>> (and/or others)I agree a LOT of our television shows are indeed "BS". However...unless or until you personally experience a house that has, most likely, can't understand the reality of it. I too, as an example, wasn't a "believer". Then...our old circa 1842 home decided to change my/our minds. The details of all that happened here are fairly extensive and to some it may be boring, unbelievable or even frightening but the facts remain and now....."I get it".


I should have written BS ghost hunting and paranormal television shows. Spirits are a lot like people. Some are good, some are troubled and a few are evil. I can debunk a lot of paranormal theories such as EVP (electronic voice phenomena), noises in a home and camera abnormalities (orbs, mists and streaks).

The paranormal forces are hard to explain by science yet these supernatural forces exist.

If you get a chance, read about Edgar Cayce.

From the Grave

I thought my parents house was haunted, and nobody has ever died there. I would hear regular, weird noises every night that I thought was the cat, until one night I heard it, and the cat was asleep on my bed. I am also convinced that Meijer is built on top of something like native American burial ground or something, because it's the one and only place that I have trouble with my car not starting.
One place that is NOT haunted, is the grave yard. Only weird live ones there.


Belief in spirits is contagious. And I never heard pf a haunted church.


One of the first rules of selling your house:

If you're not getting any legitimate offers, your price is too high.

Obviously no one is seeing this ghost sh*t as an added value.

The Zestimate is $110K and they're asking $144K?

Buyers tend to use the Zestimate to beat the seller down.

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Some say our economic woes are actually a curse because the U.S. is built on an Indian burial ground.