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Analysis of a Real Haunted House.
Ev eryone has his/her own theories and ideas about Haunted Houses, and
these claims are based on assumptions and clichйs without proofs.
However, "real" haunted houses have always existed, as one evidence
from Paranormal Story Archives shows, and these houses hide something
unusual and mysterious, as "similar haunted houses" from such literary
works as " Haunting of Hill House " by Shirley Jackson, " Tales of
Horror " by Laura Mullen and "Halloween Street " by Steve Rasnic Tem.
The role of these houses, as described in many other articles and
essays, is not that simple.
In fact, the existence of the haunted houses is closely connected
with moral behaviour of every society; it seems that these houses want
to tell very important things to human beings, to reveal secrets of
universe and make people believe in supernatural events, in the power
of good and evil. All these issues have occupied the public interest
for centuries. Although the fascination has changed today, it is still
a topic that is a cause for great speculation.
Unfortunately, humans are not able to interpret the signs of these
haunted houses, because they are afraid of them, refusing to believe
those who experienced something unusual. People always prefer to close
their eyes to the most obvious and important matters, but facts are
stubborn things, and persons can't hide behind them. They can't deny
the existence of such haunted houses, as the house considered the
"most haunted house in America" (Paranormal Story Archives, p. 20).
This was the home of carpetbagger Charles Wright Congelier, his
Mexican wife Lyda, and a young servant girl, Essie, and the house was
located at 1129 Ridge Avenue, in Manchester on the North Side of
Pittsburgh.
According to data, this house is one of the brightest examples of
haunted houses of the past, and the most intriguing one. It attracted
attention of many specialists, like Dr. Brunichter and Thomas Edison,
and such famous authors as Richard Winer and Nancy Osborn gave their
opinion of this house in their book Haunted Houses . This article
provides a very detailed observation of the house, starting from the
tragedy in the family of Charles Wright Congelier, when in the winter
of 1871 Lyda discovered Charles having an affair with the maid, she
fatally stabbed Charles and chopped off Essie's head. This cruelty was
a starting point in turning the house into a haunted one, and, in
accordance with various sources, every haunted house reveals a secret
connected with murder. Further, as story tells, the house was vacant
for more than twenty years, as people were afraid to occupy such
horrible place. In 1892 the attempt to accommodate railroad workers
failed, as they were unable to live in the place with the sobbing and
screaming of a woman.
Of course, no one could tell for sure, whether people really heard
those strange noises. This was the end of the 19 th century, and
humans possessed neither knowledge, nor