When people think of a Victorian mansion built in 1893, they probably assume that all the ghosts inhabiting the establishment are from that time period. That is not entirely the case at Strauss Mansion in Atlantic Highlands. This location has been written about many times on this blog, and is also the subject of my first book which came out last September. I won’t go into too much back-story for these reasons. It is actually this location’s more recent past that intrigues my team-members and I more than anything else, though we believe there are residing spirits from other time periods. The house has been owned by 14 different people over the years. During the 1970’s and early 80’s, it served as low-income housing when the top floors were divided into apartments. These would have been unsanctioned, causing us to not be able to find any specific records of who may have lived and died here during that time. It is said that the building bordered on being a flophouse those years. All we have as a record of possible tenants are the many names written in graffiti on the walls of some of the apartment rooms.
One of the best stories regarding these names is cause for a later posting, and was featured as the last chapter in my book Ghost Hunting Confidential: Investigating Strauss Mansion (AHHS, 2014). It is a story so incredible that it pained me to not be able to include the entire thing in the book. We had stumbled upon it right as it was being locked in for publication and it was difficult getting even the small amount we did into the final product. There are plenty of other names to discuss here, though, and they are featured in the video below. Some of these names we were able to contact through SB-7 Spirit Box sessions while investigating in the house (one piece of evidence is included in the following video). Other identities behind these names might still be alive. The end of the video includes a plea for help, asking anyone who may have lived at Strauss Mansion when it was an apartment building and is still alive to come forward and help us paint a clearer picture of the tenants.
The video, titled Echoes of Strauss Mansion’s Recent Past, was shot as a mini-documentary for a newer web-series and podcast I co-host named Ghosts on the Coast. It was filmed and edited by our videographer and co-investigator Brett Bodner. Please feel free to look through our YouTube channel for more of such videos, as well as our raw footage paranormal investigation videos. I’ll be sharing some of them in the coming weeks. Additional photos of the names on these walls, including those enhanced with reverse-negative imagery will be posted to my author page shortly.
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