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'Paranormal Witness' season premiere stars St. James resident

Jeanette Meyran's husband jumped to his death while

Jeanette Meyran's husband jumped to his death while trying to escape a fire in an illegally subdivided Bronx apartment. (Jan. 23, 2005) Photo Credit: Newsday / Charles Eckert

There's simply no easy way to write this, so I'm just going to go ahead and state the facts as relayed to me by the nice people at Syfy and the show that will lead off the third season of hit "Paranormal Witness" this Wednesday: There's a devil in a house on Sunny Road in St. James.

Rephrase that: There was a devil, and as far as everyone knows, the gnarly, beady-eyed, fire-loving, door-shaking loser has been excised from the premises for good.

There are a lot of interesting things about this edition, and tragic, too. Most notably the fact that it's about Jeanette Meyran, the widow of Lt. Curtis Meyran, assigned to Ladder Co. 27 in the Bronx and who died Jan. 23, 2005 after jumping four stories to escape a fire. Another fireman died that day and four others, who also jumped, were seriously injured. This tragedy by the way made the FDNY require that all firefighters be equipped with so-called "descent devices." 

But the point of this post is that he left behind a widow and two young daughters who endured something terrible in the home they moved into after his death. As mentioned, Meyran tells the show that it was indeed a devil and that she had to have the house blessed to remove the pest.  I'm reviewing for this Wednesday's paper, and the bottom line is: Interesting. Really, it is.

Let me be blunt: There was no devil in the home on Sunny Road. There never was. This is — you will note — scientifically impossible and against all reason and established fact. But it does suit the purposes of an amusing and well-produced entertainment show by Syfy.  

Meyran and her two daughters, however, clearly believed there was something terrible here, and in the immediate aftermath of their family tragedy, one wonders to what extent what they saw and heard all those years ago was in some sense related to that. As noted, tragic .?.?.   

 

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