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Updated on September 9, 2011

The House Near Hinsdale - AKA The Dandy House

The following Youtube video was produced by Mason Winfield, author, researcher and "supernatural historian." He visited the infamous haunted house in Hinsdale, New York and produced a video depicting the history of the house and its area. This video offers the account of a former occupant as well as a synopsis given by Father Alphonsus Trabold (1925-2005) who was a dear friend who perfomed a 'simple' exorcism with the assistance of world renowned psychic, Alex Tanous (1926-1990). Alex and a film crew of seven NYU students visited the house on April 13, 1975 when Alex conducted his second investigation of the house.

A former occupant, Father Alphonsus Trabold, and Mason Winfield offer their comments about the house.

Below is the story about the House near Hinsdale, produced by The Discovery Channel's series, "A Haunting." This video is the first in a series of 8 links depicting the entire story. Interviews of Clara Miller, (owner during the 70's), her son, Mike Dandy, and family friend, Randy Carr. The storyline is a bit sensationalized in many ways. The house depicted is a large, rambling home - the original house is small, They speak of a crawl space which is shown to be below the stairs - the crawl space in the original house is 'above' the stairs and is barely big enough for one person. The family had four children, the story only cast two. There are many other discrepancies, but these are the most important to point out. Overall, the incidents are very close to what transpired during the family's troubled years in their country home.

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Energized Orb at Hinsdale House

After analyzing this photo, rain, dust, moisture and bugs were ruled out. Note the upward movement of this orb.
After analyzing this photo, rain, dust, moisture and bugs were ruled out. Note the upward movement of this orb.


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      Kurt 3 years ago

      Did an overnight investigation in the house on October 19, 2014 - I have someINCREDIBLE EVPs including 2 class A admissions of murder "I killed them" and "Because we killed them. They were recorded less than 10 seconds apart and were in responce to a question. MANY more class A and a number of others. Many names including full names - Celine Burke or Burns, Edna Brunett - do these names riong a bell with anyone? I need to speak to someone who knows the TRUE detailed history of the house. The last time I knew the house is closed. I'm very worried it may be demolished - the investigation was incredible - I welcome ANYONE to listen to the tapes and draw their own conclusions. I have only one - the house IS without a doubt haunted...Kurt (somemomojo@ hotmail . com)

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      paul kenyon 6 years ago from Olean, New York

      Hi, Jimmy - thanks for the kind words.

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      Jimmy Evola 6 years ago from Australia

      Interesting hub, keep writing

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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      Enjoyed your hub.

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      Cameron 7 years ago

      Going to Camp out there with my friends we'll see what happens

      Email me: sniccook

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      M Sally  7 years ago

      I had a paranormal experience today. It was painful. First my tummy bloated like a giant pumpkin. It was so painful. Then one day it burst open and out came fluids and little Charlie. O sorry that's not paranormal, its childbirth. Guess i am reading the wrong stories :p

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      paul kenyon 7 years ago from Olean, New York

      I must ask one question to this last post... What did the Dandy family gain by claiming their house was haunted in the 70s? They lost everything they worked so hard for and actually filed bankruptcy after leaving the house. I can't tell you the scores of people that have visited the house and had seen or heard something that WAS NOT explainable, and now with the advancement in technology, much more proof of the paranormal activity has been recorded at the house and the general location. I'm sorry you have the opinion you have, but you are certainly entitled to it and I respect it.

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      7 years ago

      As a person who has lived in Hinsdale all my live just a few miles away from the house you call haunted I must say the following. No one else has ever said that this house was haunted other than those who had something to gain. Yes there are strange sounds when you live in the middle of the woods! It is the country people that is all! I do believe just not in this one.

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      debbemack 7 years ago from Mosinee, Wisconsin

      Very interesting reading. I have had my fair share of contacts with ghosts and I don`t want it to stop thou. I need to know more to try to understand more as most of us do. Congrats on your books. I`m not afraid of ghosts, maybe thats why I attract them.

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      paul kenyon 8 years ago from Olean, New York

      Buzz, thanks for the kind words. Honestly, I wish I had written it when I stared it - 1975! If you happen to purchase it, I hope you will enjoy it.

      Thanks again!


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      Buzz B. 8 years ago

      Hey Paul. Congratulations on your books......hope you do very well with them. You've hit on an interesting subject for me.

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      Tina Irene 8 years ago

      Paul -

      Thanks for this hub. It's very interesting, and congratulations on your book!

      Yes...we can certainly be influenced by "the invisible". I was, starting at age 7. Whatever or whoever it was when I was 7, helped to save my life. Literally! Although I'd have to give it some thought as to how to present what happened, maybe it will be the subject of my next hub.

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      paul kenyon 8 years ago from Olean, New York

      Thanks, Nelle. I'd really like to see more post comments. I guess one can get lost in the number of hubs on hubpages.

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      Nelle Hoxie 8 years ago

      I've never experienced anything like ghosts, which is a good thing because I think I would pass out from fright.I enjoyed your hub very much and congratulations on your book.

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      JessicaR1211 8 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

      Definitely some scary stuff... I could never live somewhere like that.

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      paul kenyon 8 years ago from Olean, New York

      Thank you, Birte... that's very kind of you to say.

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      BirteEdwards 8 years ago

      One of the best hubs I have read. Fascinating subject.

      Are there hauntings? Paranormal events? Most likely. We are all energy, and energy does not disappear just because the body stops working. Question of course is what happens to that energy.

      Science is also beginning to take this more serious, in the light of the possibility of more than four dimensions. If we do discover that there are more than four dimensions, this may give us answers to these questions.

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      paul kenyon 8 years ago from Olean, New York

      Thanks so much, my friend! How's the hunting going in the UK? I trust all is well. Keep in touch...

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      steve woody woods 8 years ago

      excellent article paulie. well done mate enjoyed it throughout .big kudos from the uk fella


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      paul kenyon 8 years ago from Olean, New York

      Thanks ripplemaker! And welcome to GeneriqueMedia, JamaGenee, 2C's.

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      GeneriqueMedia 8 years ago from Earth

      Awesome stuff!

      I know of Alex...I listen to Coast to Coast AM nearly nightly and I'm sure I've heard him on there.

      Not to be a limelight stealer...but you may enjoy a funny novel I'm writing. =)

      Great job! Welcome to HP!


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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Paul, yes there are certainly things in this world that can be seen by the third eye. :-) Also, here is an exciting news. Your ever first hub has been nominated as one of the HUBNUGGETS! Yahoooo! This link will tell you more:

      Be sure to join by voting and asking everyone to vote for you. The more votes, the more chances of winning. So what are you waiting for? :-)

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      Joanna McKenna 8 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Have I ever had, do I ever have, paranormal experiences. All the time! Even once when my car, in perfect mechanical condition, refused to start when a cousin and I were ready to leave a cemetery full of German immigrants. It was right at dusk, and the car finally started, but it was pretty scary for the few minutes it wouldn't!

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      wittywriter 8 years ago from Concord New Hampshire

      I too have past experiences with the paranormal. Kudos! Good luck with your book.

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      paul kenyon 8 years ago

      Thanks, Adam. I don't generally start blogs or sites such as this, but thought it looked interesting and I was right - this site is good!

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      Adam B 8 years ago

      Great Hub, I am looking forward to more from you. I can't wait to watch those above clips when I get home from work.

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      Paul Kenyon 8 years ago

      Interesting and refreshing comments to wake to, thank you all!

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      futonfraggle 8 years ago

      Congratulations on your book, Paul. I'm a believer, myself. I grew up in a pretty 'active' house that seemed to have an inhabitant that took pleasure in moving furniture, banging on walls & running up and down a staircase at odd hours. In a nutshell, I lived in a 2 family home with both families at odds with one another over who was hammering at 3 AM for the first year we all lived in the same house. Things just got weirder and weirder over the years, including furniture being rearranged in the middle of the night, one chair constantly being pulled away from the table (despite being pushed in moments earlier), televisions and radios turning on while we were sleeping. I can go on forever! Whoever we shared our home with was a night owl, that's for sure!

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      Jewels 8 years ago from Australia

      Congratulations on your book. I've experienced ghosts/entities myself. Have a hub on the subject as well: Entities and Ghosts.

      Hope it sells well for you.

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      I have experienced the paranormal, just did again this morning, and it was pleasant. I have always sort of resited seeing ghosts, but its not something I can turn off, maybe, tone down, but not get rid of altogether.

      Good luck with your book, you have interesting stories to tell.

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      Angel Lee 8 years ago

      Hello, Paulie!

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      Donna Campbell Smith 8 years ago from Central North Carolina

      I do believe there are many things we don't understand. Sounds like you have a very interesting tale to tell. Good luck with your book!