2006-07-06 / Other News

Is This Canarsie House REALLY Haunted?

By Charles Rogers

Set back in the overgrown weeds, bushes and trees, the "haunted" house on Rockaway Parkway looks like it could have been used in the movie "Psycho."      Charles RogersSet back in the overgrown weeds, bushes and trees, the "haunted" house on Rockaway Parkway looks like it could have been used in the movie "Psycho." Charles Rogers

Children walking past the abandoned house at 1305 Rockaway Parkway on their way home from school have said they'd heard "funny sounds" coming from within its charred, dilapidated frame. Adults on their way home from work at dusk say they'd swear they saw movements from within the bare windows and, to hear those who have to walk past the house at midnight or thereafter, you'd think a revival of the cult movie "Night of the Living Dead" was being filmed there.

Police have a different story, though - at least a more logical one - if you're not a believer in ghosts.

Squatters. As opposed to burglars, they're people who go into someone else's property without any authority intending to steal things.

Police sources at the 69th Precinct, which is located only a block away from the abandoned house, say they've received many calls recently complaining that "someone is inside those rooms - and they're up to no good!" To which the police answer that they have no particular jurisdiction in that case. The house is private property and, as long as there are no apparent laws being broken and as long as the owner doesn't officially complain, there is nothing they can do.

On the other hand, one police source said, the house could be a health hazard. To look at and examine the property, which is overgrown with bushes and flora from what would seem to be the turn of the 20th century, it has the once-majestic, Victorian look of Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations," except for the charred parts of the exterior. Who knows how many rats or other vermin lurk among the hingeless doors and overgrown weeds?

Police say there could be squatters there, but they also say it would be a "horrible" place to live, even for a homeless person, no matter what time of year it is.

"We'll keep an eye on it, though," they say.

Meanwhile, don't forget to listen for things that go bump in the night.

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