David Boreanaz of ‘Bones’: Latest celebrity to claim that house is hauntedby Cherlyn Gardner Strong on Sep. 12, 2010, under Ghosts and Hauntings
David Boreanz and his wife Jamie Bergman are having trouble sleeping in their Los Angeles home. It seems that their bed moves in the middle of the night. Allegedly, they aren’t causing the bed to move.
Though “not too sure” about what’s really going on in the bedroom, the couple thinks that the culprit is a ghost.
The “Bones” star bought the house earlier this summer.
Boreanaz explained in a recent interview, “We’re not too sure. We woke up in the middle of the night and we heard this big bang. It felt like the bed literally fell off underneath us. My first instinct is, we’re having an earthquake…turns out, it wasn’t an earthquake. Cut to two weeks later, same thing happens. It’s like something picked our bed up… so Jaime and I think ghosts are here.”
This type of statement made by celebrities always bothers me.
While I think that these types of statements could bring potential real estate problems, others think that haunted homes can turn out to be good business. A couple of weeks ago, AOL News reported the tale of a woman who turned haunted real estate into a profitable “ghost tour” stop. The former owner of the home disclosed that there were plenty of ghosts there. The woman loved the home and didn’t mind. She proceeded with the paranormal purchase.
If David Boreanaz and Jaime Bergman decide to sell their home, they have now disclosed to the media that they believe the home is haunted. They could be obligated to disclose the “paranormal activity” to a potential buyer.
Consider the 1991 case of Stambovsky vs. Ackley in New York.
Jeffrey and Patrice Stambovsky bought a home without any knowledge of the local lore attached to it. The home had been publicized in the media as ‘haunted’ and was even a stop on a local ghost tour. When Mrs. Stambovsky heard that the house was haunted from the neighbors, she was simply too terrified to live in the home.
The couple sued to get out of the contract. Despite losing the first round of their contract dispute, they appealed in 1991, and subsequently won, in the State of New York Appellate Court.
“Whether the source of the spectral apparitions seen by defendant seller are parapsychic or psychogenic, having reported their presence in both a national publication and the local press, defendant is estopped to deny their existence, and, as a matter of law, the house is haunted.” Justice Israel Rubin, Stambovsky v. Ackley
Celebrities take note, sometimes these little statements made to the press could come back to “haunt” you.
To read my previous rant on this subject from November of 2009, click here: http://tucsoncitizen.com/paranormal/2009/11/22/haunted-rentals-advertising-a-ghostly-roommate/
UPDATE 9/13, 10:00am: Boreanaz quote clipped for paranormal entertainment. The story had a non-paranormal punchline omitted by the media. Click here for related post and original interview in full context.