So many of the greatest haunted houses are gone. Borley Rectory, the Surrency House, and the Bell Witch House are truly places of legend now. I cannot help but fantasize about what an investigation at these places would have been like. One particular home that I have read about, but is now gone, is called the “Ghost House” of Washington. This mansion supposedly stood on the corner of 11th and D streets. As the story goes, sometime in the 1900s, neighbors started smelling a foul smell emanating from the abandoned and dilapidated structure. Residence had long thought the house was evil and strange noises only added to that opinion. Reported howls of laughter and maniacal shrieks at night prompted the police to investigate on several occasions. Reportedly, only bones of dead rats and cats were found. The origins of the mansion were forgotten by locals, but it was thought to be owned by a German immigrant who purportedly engaged in sinister activities. Some claimed the house dated back to the 1860s, but it was abandoned sometime around 1900. The first stories came from homeless people and women of the night who used the building for shelter and privacy. Tales of menacing shadow figures and hellhounds whispered through community. Nothing would grow in the yards surrounding Ghost House. Blue lights in the windows and demonic screams prompted the neighbors to enlist a young priest to do an exorcism of the property. When the priest and those who accompanied him entered the mansion, an iron bar flew through the air and crashed into the wall. Father Boyle reported objects moving on their own before their very eyes including a chair that levitated towards them. As the priest conducted his exorcism, foul smells assaulted him and a fire suddenly blazed up in the ruined fireplace. A rusting chandelier crashed to the floor, a door ripped from its hinges, and objects flew about the rooms. Moans and screams further dissuaded the young priest from his job. In the end, the priest and his companions fled from the mansion in terror to the sounds of sardonic laughter. Several days later, men armed with Bibles and axes tore the Ghost House down. Sadly, the paranormal community will never be able to validate this story. I often wonder if activity continues upon the site of the demised mansion? I as ponder the site on Google Earth I have to fight the compulsion to contact the current owners of the property. Has anything strange been going on? Oh well, the Ghost House will only be investigated in my dreams. Or maybe nightmares.