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Connecticut's 'Haunted' Nature Lies in its History

With movies like "A Haunting in Connecticut" and being home to two of the most famous paranormal researchers of all time, Ed and Lorraine Warren, Connecticut has earned a reputation for being a "haunted" spot. But why is that?

According to Charles Rosenay, author, ghost tour host and founder of Stratford’s Fright Haven, Connecticut stands as a “barometer” among other states for its supposedly “ridiculously haunted” nature.

“People from other states conceive that Connecticut is a haunted state,” Rosenay said. “People know Gettysburg. Gettysburg is known to be very haunted but people in Gettysburg will say ‘yes, we’re haunted, but not like Connecticut.’"

He believes this reputation is due to the state's sometimes violent history. “Connecticut is very historic. It has had many brutal wars through the years and what I think happens in certain places is that if it has a history of bloodshed or suffering, then the original powers, feelings and entities that had those sufferings continue,” Rosenay said he believes. “It never goes away.” 

Among the first major instances of strife in Connecticut was the Pequot War, which was fought between the Pequot Tribe and early colonists starting in 1636. At the end of the two-year war, which led to events such as the “Mystic Massacre,” approximately 600 Pequot Tribe members were killed, and many were sold into slavery, according to the Mashantucket Pequot Museum. The ensuing Revolutionary War had many battles in Connecticut, most notably in Groton and Ridgefield, which led to a number of casualties.  Continue reading from CT Insider

Spooky Ghost Movies Set in New England

Link to The Haunting Motion Picture in the Catalog
Link to The Conjuring Motion Picture in the Catalog
Link to IT Motion Picture in the Catalog
Link to What Lies Beneath Motion Picture in the Catalog

Haunting Books from the Collection

Link to Haunted Pubs of New England by Roxie Zwicker in the Catalog
Link to The New England Grimpendium by JW Ocker in the Catalog
Link to A Guide to Haunted New England by Thomas D'Agostino in Freading
Link to Abandoned Asylums of Connecticut by LF Blanchard & Tammy Rebello in Freading
Link to Amity by Micol Ostow in the Catalog
Link to The Haunted House Diaries by William J Hall in the Catalog
Link to Revolutionary War Ghosts of Connecticut by Courtney McInvale in the Catalog
Link to The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson in the Catalog
Link to Graveyard by Ed & Lorraine Warren in the Catalog
Link to Yankee Ghosts by Hans Holzer in the Catalog
Link to Connecticut Ghost Stories and Legends by Thomas D'Agostino & Arlene Nicholson in Freading
Link to The Demonologist by Ed & Lorraine Warren in the Catalog
Link to The World's Most Haunted House by William J Hall in the Catalog
Link to Haunted Colleges and Universities by Tom Ogden in the Catalog
Link to Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez in the Catalog

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