Belief in Ghosts
- A recent survey, cited by Boylan, reveals that 48% of people say they believe in ghosts, with women more
likely to say so (56%) than men (38%); overall, more than 1 in 5
Americans say they have seen or been in the presence of a ghost. Having said that, other
polls have put the general figures between 37%-65%, which does make one
think about statistics as well as ghosts!
- In 1991, in the case of Stambovsky v. Ackley, the Supreme Court of New York ruled that a seller must disclose that a house has a reputation for being haunted because such a reputation impairs the value of the house. The Ackleys, and much of the community in Nyack, NY, believed the house to be haunted, and had reported as much to papers and walking tours of the area over the years they lived there. The buyer, Jeffrey Stambovsky, was from New York City, and was not informed of the folklore, and filed for rescission of the contract and damages soon after ...