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It was late October, and we were relaxing in the common room of the firehouse, watching TV, when the phone rang. It was nine o'clock. A call at that time of night usually meant a fire or a public assist of some kind. There were only three of us on duty at the moment; the lieutenant, Joe, and me. I like to be first at things - first to go into a burning house, first to answer the phone, first to the dinner table - so I jogged into the bunk room to the nearest extension to answer the call.
"North Plainfield Fire Department," I said into the phone, expecting the dispatcher's voice, calling us to a fire.
Instead, a woman started babbling to me half in English and half in Spanish about some emergency she was having at her house. I couldn't understand what she was saying, except for the words "ghost" and "haunted". I asked her to slow down and tell me what the emergency was.
The woman took a deep breath and said: "We need you to come at once. There is a terrible ghost in our house and we want you to remove it."
"A ghost?" I said aloud in an incredulous tone.
The lieutenant's head appeared around the frame of the door. He looked intrigued. "What is it?" he asked. I motioned him to silence and said into the phone: "Lady, this is the fire department. Do you have a fire or an emergency of some kind?"
"An emergency, yes!" the woman said at once. "We have a ghost. Please come!"
She sounded really frightened. I glanced over at the lieutenant, who was bursting with curiosity by this time, and covered the mouthpiece of the phone.
"It's a public assist. Some woman wants us to get rid of a ghost in her house," I told him.
"A ghost?" the lieutenant's face lit up with glee. "Oh, we gotta take this call!" ....
PART 1: GHOST STORIES
1. Ghosts of Ringwood Manor - Ringwood
General Erskine still returns to watch over his old home.
2. In the Fog
A ghostly railroad conductor must tell his tale to a group of people or he will never rest in peace.
3. Karen and the Ghost - Mendhem
A girl encounters a ghost while visiting the ruins of an old convent.
4. The Author
An author's ghost appears in his sister's home.
5. Morgan's ghost
Much to her chagrin, a ghost appears in Morgan's closet.
6. Amazing Grace - Springfield
A ghost starts tearing the hymnals in a local church
7. Jockey Hollow Ghosts - Jockey Hollow State Park
In a dense wooded area, the spirit of a woman in white carries a lantern as she visits the camp of George Washington and his troops.
8. Jimmy's - Morristown
A popular local nightclub is haunted by a female from the Revolutionary War era.
9. King George Inn - Warren
The spirit of a soldier still walks the cemetery at night.
10. Skylands Manor - Ringwood
A ghost peers out of a window each night.
11. Annie - Wayne
A prom queen is run over on her big night, and her ghost returns to the place she was killed.
12. Caldwall House - Union
Lady Caldwell, who was murdered by the British when they raided her home, still walks the grounds of her mansion.
13. The Parkway Ghost - Garden State Parkway
The Garden State Parkway is haunted by a tall male ghost wearing a long, belted raincoat.
14. Union Hotel - Flemingtonar A bouncer and several others workers are terrified one night when a pair of little girl's patent leather shoes walks up the stairs with no body attached.
15. Winterwood Gift Shoppe -- Cape May
Two sisters haunt a Gift Shoppe.
PART 2: POWERS OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT
16. The Jersey Devil - Pine Barrens
A devil haunts the Pine Barrens of South Jersey.
17. Haunted House - North Plainfield
Firefighters are called to inspect a house that has begun moaning.
18. Mark of the Spirit hand
Those who receive the Mark of the Hand are doomed to death.
19. Tolling of the Bell -- Watchung Reservation
A bell tolls in an abandoned ghost town just before someone is about to die.
20. Sammy and his Fiddle - Pine Barrens
A fiddler encounters the devil in the pine barrons
21. The Face in the Fireplace - Watchung
When a family moves into a new house, they discover a phantom face sometimes appears in their fireplace.
22. On Washington Rock - Washington Rock State Park
The Devil pays a visit to Washington Rock.
23. The Library - Raritan
The old librarian still haunts the library, moving books, switching on and off lights, and appearing in the windows.
24. Clinton Road - West Milford
A hell-hound roams a ten-mile stretch of road in northern New Jersey.
25. Footprints - Cinnaminson
The spirits of small children leave footprints in the snow.
26. Purgatory House -- South Hampton
A daughter still roams around the house where she was murdered.
27. Ship Wreck - Surf City, Long Beach Island
Visitors to a local beach hotel still hear the screams and cries of the doomed passengers and crew on a wrecked ship.
28. Spy House Museum -- Port Monmouth.
The tunnels below the museum are home to the ghost of a pirate.
29. The Poltergeist - Lambertville
A poltergeist moves into a local high school, with amazing results.
30. They're Playing My Song - Denville
A spirit likes to sing in a local theater when the lights go out for the night.