Posts Tagged ‘Ghosts’

Cry Baby Bridge

This road is located around the corner from Whippoorwill Valley Rd Supposedly a baby drowned in the water underneath the bridge. If you stop there at 1AM you can hear the baby crying. Furthermore if you stop on the bridge and turn off your car, it won’t restart. We visited here at sunset and we heard nothing except gurgling water. We turned the car off, and it started up again without incident. The road is unpaved and narrow at spots, but there is nothing particularly spooky about it. As always, visit it at night and everything is spookier, so I wouldn’t waste my time coming here during the day.

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Annie’s Road

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“We went to the end of the road and met a midget named George. He gave us his phone number!”

“You can often see a flickering light moving around and about the graves.”

“Beware midgets live there, I know because they shot at me.”

“Alongside the road is a guard rail painted red where she died.”

Annie’s Road is haunted by a young girl who died on her way to the prom. On the road there remains to this day a blood red stain marking the spot where she died. Familiar story, eh? That’s one of many explanations for strange things that have happened on or near this winding road in Totowa. Annie’s Road has so many stories intertwined with each other that the hard facts and the rumors & gossip are almost inseparable. Have people died on in car crashes on this road? Yes. as someone murdered near here? Yes. Do dwarfs live here? No! Is there cemetery a cemetery on this road? Yes, two of them. Is the road of the cemetery haunted? That’s for you to judge.

So what’s fact and what is fanciful tale? We’ll try to sort out the myths and gossip from reality in a moment, but first off: a primer for those who don’t already know the tale…

Riverview Drive

This unassuming road winds along the Passaic river in the shadow of a sewage treatment plant to it’s left, followed by Laurel Hill Cemetery. The road has several sharp turns and is not well lit. The turn just before midgetville is particularly harsh and there are numerous recorded accidents and deaths, including one in the late 90’s involving a car full of high school students.

Rumors of ghosts and apparitions have been reported on this road going back as far the colonial days. The main legend concerns Annie, a young woman who lived in the area in the 60’s, not long before Route 80 was built thru the area. She was going to the prom and got into an argument with her boyfriend and left the car to walk to her home on River View Dr. Along the way she was picked up by a bunch of sailors who raped and murdered her. The violent end to her life made her spirit uneasy, and so she began to haunt the local road, even possessing men who traveled along it. The numerous car accidents on this road are attributed to Annie’s ghost. One theory is people swerve to avoid her ghost, or lost control after seeing her. Others think she may have possessed the driver and forced him off the road.

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Located just off Annie’s Road is a small cul-de-sac with some very small houses. For years there have been rumors of little enclaves where dwarfs live. John Ringling owned a home in Alpine, and just south of where the GWB is located was a small community where dwarfs allegedly lived. The same rumors followed him to his other home in Morris Plains. Singac & Waldwick also have been rumored to be home to dwarfs. None of these towns holds the mystic that Totowa does.

I visited Annie’s Road and spoke with one of the local residents about the ghost, the accidents and the midnight riders looking to see dwarves. She told me all about the ghost of Annie and all the problems they’ve had with teenagers driving by at 3am looking to see dwarves. The houses were once summer rentals and as such they weren’t designed as large as traditional homes. I

After numerous problems with rowdy and noisy teenagers, the residents began policing the area themselves, calling police on the rowdy teenagers, and sometimes surrounding cars to prevent the teenagers from fleeing. One local resident was run over by a teenage girl trying to get away. “My son was the one who stood in front of her and wouldn’t let her leave after she hit the other gentleman. He suffered a broken leg and there was no way my son was going to let her get away with that.”

I guess that explains this sign…

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Laurel Hill Cemetery

Laurel Hill Cemetery is 90 acres and is located right off River View Dr. There are some very cool headstone in the cemetery and is well worth visiting and exploring. On a recent trip I saw evidence of vandalism, as numerous headstones had been knocked over, and many cherubs and angels had their heads knocked off….

The Hail Mary Murders

It was 1992, and six high school boys spent their days fixated by Annie’s tale. Believing she was run over by a car and that she now haunted the road, they spent their nights at Norwood Terrace, near the house she supposedly lived in, then they would drive up and down River View Dr, before ending up at the mausoleum where they thought she was buried.

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Eventually though 5 of the boys felt that they no longer wanted to hang around with the 6th boy, and decided to make him leave. They made several botched attempts to burn his car, but they all failed. Eventually realizing that they couldn’t make him go away, they decided he needed to eliminated. (and all this because they were bored with his company mind you)

They tried to stuff an aerosol can into his gas tank in the hopes of causing an explosion. It didn’t fit. They tried to convince him to be handcuffed to the steering wheel, after which they would stick a flaming rag into the gas tank. He refused. After so many botched attempts to scare him and even eliminate him, some of the boys wondered if he wasn’t protected by Annie herself…

They finally settled on a simpler method, and tragically it worked. One day they all drove out to the HS and parked in back. They all began to recite the Catholic “Hail Mary”, and then one of the boys in back took out an electrical cord and strangled the victim from behind, garrote style. Putting his feet on the headrest, the victim didn’t have a chance, and the other boys continued to recite the Hail Mary, until after nearly 10 minutes, he was dead.

They tried to cover up the crime by outing the body in the trunk and causing an explosion, but it didn’t work. They ditched the car, and predictably, were caught, arrested, and convicted.

Jewish Cemetery

I don’t think anyone else even knows about this one. You can read the whole story on it’s own dedicated page, but basically there is a Jewish cemetery up in the woods near the Waste Treatment Plant, that is owned and operated by a construction company that is located right next door. What do Jews & construction workers have to do with each other?

The Totowa Book of the Dead

Totowa has a population of 10,000 but over 84,000 buried in it’s cemeteries. Laurie Giordano, son the famous electrician buried at Laurel grove cemetery, is currently working on a photographic memoir, “The Totowa Book of the Dead.” Although it will be about the cemeteries in part, it’s about life growing up in Totowa. Excerpts and pictures can be found at the website listed above. I look forward to it. I like the B&W photos she is using, since B&W is so much more moody and expressive then color….

Laurel Grove Cemetery

Laurel Hill Cemetery is full of interesting and unique headstones. It is more well known for its association with midgetville and a ghost named Annie. Annie’s Rd is supposed haunted by the ghost of a young woman who died when a car hit her after she decided to walk home from the prom. Another story says she was murdered and raped. She supposedly is buried in the Van Dyck mausoleum.

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This very large elk is the centerpiece of a series of graves, laid out in a circle. On each side of the base of the elk are the words: justice, charity, fidelity, and brotherly love, the watchwords for the Elks organization. The Elk is visible from Route 80 (see pictures) and is mistaken by some for a deer, grazing on the hillside. Another large & noteworthy grave is that of Kaspinov family. It’s more of a monument then a grave, as if features life sized statues of both the son Oliver, and his wife Lence. Also included are several large pictures, all enclosed in a private secluded area constructed of gravel, stones and bushes. It is extremely large, extremely ornate and probably extremely expensive.

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Another famous grave is that of Sal Giardino, known as the world’s greatest electrician. His grave is certainly one of the more colorful ones you’ll see. His daughter Kim died not so long after he did, and she received an equally colorful headstone. You can easily find the graves as they are in the middle of the cemetery.  

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Clinton Road

Clinton Road is the most legendary road in all NJ folklore. This 8 mile long road has no street lights and no cross roads for the majority of it’s path thru the woods of West Milford. There are so many stories about Clinton Road where does one even begin? Theres a ghost that will cause you to crash at Dead Man’s Curve. Cross Castle is was haunted. There are nazi’s in the woods. Also the KKK and witches. And rabid dogs. And let’s not forget that if you driving late at night you will be chased by a black pick up truck. To truly appreciate the area, read the Weird NJ page on it.

All the urban legends aside, there are some things that are true. Clinton Road is home to one of the last remaining Iron smelting furnaces from the colonial era. Surrounded by a fence (with gaping holes in it) it’s a relic from 200 years ago. It is tall, and it is creepy as hell. When I ducked inside the structure, I got the distinct feeling of entering a huge gaping maw, as the rocks that made the opening were smaller, numerous & of varied colors, giving the impression of a mouth of teeth….

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Photo submitted by jerry, see his post below

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The black pick up truck of Clinton Road

One of the greatest urban legends of Clinton Road is that you will be chased by a black pick up truck if you drive down it late at night. One weekend I drove down Clinton Road and I told the passenger in my car of the legend of the black pick up truck. She thought it was a big joke. “Black pickups trucks?” she said as she laughed. “What imaginations people have!” The day was mostly sunny and nothing terribly scary occurred while we drove the length of Clinton Rd, but a black pickup truck DID appear behind us. She thought this was hysterically funny so she took pictures.

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So what’s the deal with the pick up trucks? The majority of Clinton Road has no side streets and no street lights. It a major thoroughfair from Route 23 to the northern end of West Milford. If you drive on it, any cars or pick up trucks behind you will appear to be following you. They really aren’t following you, there’s just nowhere for them to turn off. The area of West Milford is quite mountanous and pick up trucks are very popular among the local residents.And if they are tail gaiting you, that’s probably because a lot of people drive faster then they should on this treacherous road.

The moaning of Talamini Road

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People have reported hearing a strange moaning on this Bridgewater Road. It’s all the usual tales, someone died in a car wreck & now their ghost haunts the road where it happened. This tale is different though: apparently if you drive west towards Country Club Rd, and drive at 35 MPH thru the curve past Red Lion Way you will hear a moaning, a distant wailing, which some believe is a warning to slow down. It only works is you are driving westbound, and only if you drive at 35 MPH. Drive eastbound, you won’t hear it. Go slower, you won’t hear it. Go faster and you’re crazy since there is a curve in the road. The question is: does it work, and if so what is it?

I drove this section about a half dozen times, back & forth at different speeds, and yes, you must be going 35 MPH and headed west. I did hear something. Faint and distant it almost sounded like a truck on a rumble strip. It was so faint I’m not sure if I would’ve noticed it had I not been looking for it. Did it sound like a moaning or wailing? Ummm, not really, but that’s me. I’m a skeptic so I can’t say this is worth going out of your way for, but if you’re nearby, why not? Maybe you will hear it too. I say it’s just a trick of acoustics, but it definitely is unusual.

The Ghost at WFMV

I received this email from Carl

The WFMV studios are located on Rt 521, 5 minutes north of Rt 80, on the left hand side. It is an old railroad station… Broadcasts however originate from Yates Road, WNNJ, in Andover NJ. the building exists still, intact and operating. The Blairstown station is not really shut down, but the studios have been relocated to the WNNJ studio building in Newton. 106.3 WFMV was located in the old railroad station just outside of Blairstown. Before they were bought out by CC, WFMV ran both a top 40, then an oldies format for a couple of decades. Then, they went country and changed call letters to WHCY. That only lasted a couple of years and they switched format again to a HOT AC sound…which they currently run.

Since WHCY needs to continue to maintain a “studio” in Blairstown, there is a makeshift one still located within the building. The building also serves as the transmitter feed to their antenna, so the building is still operational but not manned. You might want to visit the WNNJ building on Yates Avenue in Newton to see both WNNJ am and fm, WSUS, 102.3 (incidentally, their original building is still operational like the WFMV building, but not manned at the moment) and WHCY Blairstown. I understand that there is a possibility that all 4 stations will make the move to Franklin, since that building is in much better physical shape. However because of the topography of Northwest NJ, the left-over buildings will still have to be utilized (or equipment moved to a smaller, non descript building in each town) merely because the area is to mountainous to rely on microwave transmissions. That is why the Newton building, centrally located between WSUS and WFMV, was chosen as the main site for the studios. And it is a cramped little place!!!!

It has been a long time since I have been to Blairstown but I used to work in that building when it was a full-fledged station, and you will see it on the curve, plain as day and if it is still red, you can not miss it!!! Somewhere I have pictures on the net of WFMV…they aren’t pretty since like I said that building is in disrepair and only acts as a transmission facility now. There are a lot of stories about radio stations in general being haunted. I always thought that it was because most of them operated around the clock, kind of in the dark…with one person on duty from end of biz to start….and the eerie, spider-like towers around the building. I never really heard that WFMV was haunted per se…..and right now, there is a makeshift studio (per FCC rules) and still equipment in there; an engineer swings by from time to time, otherwise there really is no business taking place there.

And it was never fancy at all…there were two large studios and a few small offices in there; now it looks like most of it was torn down for whatever reason; I think they wanted to sell the building and found out they had to keep it as part of the deal to run the station….there has to be an “office” in the town, and since most of the still equipment is there, the building still exists as a radio station. Good luck!!!

The grave of Whack me Jug, with bonus graveyard orbs

Related Pages:

My experience in the NJ Palisades

Manuel Rionda’s Stone Tower: A large medieval looking tower which was part of an estate that stretched to the edge of the Palisades Cliffs

Old Bridge: In the woods of Creskill is a large stone bridge, which may be a part of the old Camp Merritt. A bit of research and a few emails from readers suggests this bridge is more likely a relic from the Rionda estate…..

There are tunnels and underground chambers in various places thruout the Palisades.

Hitler’s Rock Profile: A 160 ft tall profile of Hitler appeared on the cliffs of the Palisades during WWII

Complete history of the Palisades: A detailed summary of the history of the Palisades.

The Palisades is one of the first areas the Dutch settled when the colonized America. This cemetery (known as Undercliff Cemetery) is almost all that remains of the “Undercliff” families, a group of hardworking men & women who fished, quarried and eeked out an existence here in the early 19th century. The cemetery has 17 graves, 5 of which have headstones legible enough to read. One of the grave belongs to Julia Bloomer, whose family was so influential that the local beach was known as Bloomers Beach. Also buried here is Jimmy Cunningham, AKA Whack me Jug. When the quarrying outraged enough people that there was an effort made to preserve the park, there were only 2 families still living down by the water: the Van Wagoners & the Crums. They eventually sold out, and all that remains now is this cemetery. Apparently the cemetery was much larger at one point but many of the graves can no longer be found, perhaps under the the waters of the Hudson or covered with weeds and grasses.

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The graves that can be read reveal the following names.

Bloomer, Julia (Smith), d. Jan 5,1837, age: 21y 11m 26d, w/o Theophilus H. Bloomer, d/o Rev. John & Sarah Smith
Van Wagener, Jane, d. Jun 16, 1817, age: 6m
Van Wagener, Susan, d. Jan 11, 1811, w/o Charles Van Wagener
Van Wagoner, Peter, no dates
Woodhams, Samuel, no dates, age: 77y

Above information comes courtesy of Richard Hrazanek.

This would be another boring tale of me exploring an old cemetery if it weren’t for what happened when I got home. When I reviewed the pictures I had taken I found… this. Nothing unusual occurred while I was in the cemetery. Is this lens flare? I don’t know. Whatever it is, it appears to be moving. The light came thru dimly thru the heavy tree cover and over the cliff top, and it didn’t occur in any other picture. I believe in ghosts; I disbelieve most ghost stories; I’m not freaked, but I am perplexed. What do you think?

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