Long Island Paranormal Investigators
Long Island Paranormal Investigators is a private business that looks into paranormal activity around Long Island.
In Yaphank, Potter’s Field is the section of the Almshouse Cemetery designated for those without survivors to bury them. People have reported unusual activity. LIPI investigated in 2006, and investigators reported seeing a red laser-like light jumping around the ground that could not be explained. One investigator also believes he was touched.
Mount Misery, an area in West Hills that extends from the intersection of Route 110 and Sweet Hollow Road to Jericho Turnpike, got its name because its steep hill and rocky terrain made it difficult for settlers to pass over it with a wagon while on their trade route. According to legends, when early settlers bought the land from Native Americans, they were warned to stay away from Mount Misery because evil spirits were known to haunt the hill. The hill was also once home to a psychiatric hospital, which eventually burnt down.
Local folklore suggests that this tree in Patchogue - known as The Hanging Tree - was used for hanging women convicted of witchcraft in the 1600s.
The Centereach High School track is said to be haunted, possibly by the spirit of James Halverson, the New York City firefighter who was shot to death on the track in 1997. Spectators at football games have reported feelings of being watched while sitting on the bleachers near where Halverson was killed; and runners have reported a glowing object in that corner of the track.
The haunting of Katie's of Smithtown, a bar and restaurant, is well-known and the establishment has been featured on numerous television shows. Legend says that Charlie Klein, a bartender at Katie's, has haunted the bar since he committed suicide in the late 1920s. Employees and patrons of the bar have reported seeing people walking around in turn-of-the-century clothing, hearing footsteps on the main floor bar from the basement when the building is empty, that the toilet seats in the women's bathroom open and shut on their own, and glasses have been moved off the bar and tables. Owner Brian Karppinen has even reported an incident when he almost fell backwards down the basement steps but something grabbed him and kept him from falling.
The Lake Ronkonkoma Cemetery was built in 1862 and is home to the graves of many local war veterans. Though the cemetery had no known hauntings associated with it, one LIPI investigator visited the cemetery in June and found reason to believe it may be haunted.
Chris Vickers, an investigator for Long Island Paranormal Investigators, checks out his equipment before going on an investigation. (July 28, 2011)