I’ve been sitting here reading newspaper clippings about the infamous house in Amityville, Long Island, New York (link on the right over there). The particular clip that prompted this post was written in 1978 about the Cromarty family who moved into the house 2 years after the Lutzes moved out. While the experiences of the Cromarties is hardly unique, it’s something that completely boggles my mind.
Like many other people who own, or otherwise occupy a home, the Cromarty family and subsequent owners of the house had to tolerate unwanted visitors. These visitors often tresspass onto private property, at all hours of the day and night. In the case of the Cromarty family, these intruders (one could hardly call them visitors as visitors one hopes visitors would not act so crass) often screamed obscenities and vandalized the house. If, as Meryl Cromarty herself admitted, it was limited to an occasional group of unruly teenagers, that would be one thing. However, adults usually become part of the problem just as easily as kids.
Usually, but not always, it occurs after a widespread media frenzy. The book published by Jan Anson piqued the curiosity of those who flocked to the house on Ocean Avenue. The same happened to the family who now owns the house in Connecticut made infamous in the 2009 film The Haunting in Connecticut and the previous multi-part story which was the introduction to the Discovery Channel’s series ‘A Haunting…’. Of course it’s not always brought about by media’s interest in a story. For example, Mudhouse Mansion in Lancaster, OH is very much off-limits to anyone even staring too long at the house. (Okay I’m exaggerating a bit.) No movie has ever been made about the house, nor any story – in so far as I’ve been able to discover – yet anywhere you look online regarding the Mudhouse Mansion, it is made clear over and over that the current owner of the house will bring the law down onto anyone who decides they need a closer look at this derelict building. You will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
With all of this in mind, I can’t help but wonder basically what is wrong with people who feel it is their right to trespass onto someone’s private property. I’m quite certain that if the roles were ever reversed, they’d scream bloody murder at the presence of anyone on their property who didn’t belong. Yet it’s quite acceptable for them to display rudeness in the extreme. I don’t for a minute believe that any of these people are true paranormal investigators because those who are know that there are rules to follow and one of them is to never trespass and respect the rights of others. I guess we’ll never understand why people do what they do.