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Betty Lane House

Long Island, New York

In 1972, the foundation for this house was being dug, when an old navy duffel bag was found. It was reported to have belonged to Captain Tomas VerPlange, whose house was on the property during the mid 1700’s. The bag contained faded photo albums, wooden navigation tools, and a pipe. Since that time, a knocking sound has been heard many nights on the door of a bedroom on the lower level. One, a occupant of the room went outside after the knocking, only to see a ghostly figure walking away.

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Mandala says:

November 17, 2005, 1:43 pm

PHotography only dates from mid 1800s not 1700s…

Skid Love says:

December 31, 2005, 4:02 am

Actually there was a form of photography that came around in the 1500’s.There was a camera that could be carried by the 1700’s. Artist and scientists used them for photographing so it is possible that there where photos in the bag. They used portable obscuras cameras.

Sarah says:

January 4, 2006, 5:47 pm

Skid Love is correct…however, the chances of a duffel bag surviving buried for around 200 years would be roughly somewhere between slim and none. Ditto on the contents. We’re talking about New York…plenty of moisture and fairly acidic soil lead to relatively quick decomposition.

To quote the Cowardly Lion, “I DO believe in spooks!” But not this particular story.

Alexis says:

February 15, 2006, 4:09 pm

Does anyone have any info on who owns this house?

leah says:

March 12, 2006, 12:01 pm

i would lov3 to s33 a pictur3!!

LivSk8Di says:

April 5, 2006, 2:31 pm

There is no way photos graphs can last 200 years and be faded especially when they are under the dirt no way. Why would a ghost be banging on the door for no reason he didn’t have a reason there is nothing in the bag that support that he had something to hammer with. Ghost have reasons for what they do there is always something linked to the reason they are here and doing what they do.

angel says:

August 9, 2006, 6:45 pm

this figure was his late wife mary anne anderson who wanted to pay a visit.
she died from electricution when fixing a plug.
Then when she died he committed suicide coz he felt he had done something wrong.Now she and the man walk the house searching for each other.

angel says:

August 9, 2006, 6:47 pm

jane mathermoore owns the house my paranormal sence tells me she may turn the house into a mueseam


September 24, 2006, 9:45 am


mari says:

September 27, 2006, 2:23 pm

Where on Long Island is this house located?

nick says:

January 20, 2007, 10:09 pm

Hey everybody, how are you doing?

John says:

March 12, 2007, 12:49 pm

Sorry, folks. While the technique was known before that time (actually as early as 1724), such photographs inevitably faded within a few months. It has been claimed that a form of photography was used as early as the 16th century, but this has been disputed by historians and in any case, did not result in photographs as we know them. The first permanent photograph was produced in 1826 and required eight hours of exposure (it was a landscape taken by Nicéphore Niépce). Early pictures of this type tend to be very fragile; Niépce’s photo is one of the few surviving examples.

Ergo, there is simply no way that photos from the 1700s could have survived in such an environment (Niépce’s photo has been carefully preserved and well-cared for over the years and is still considered very fragile). Likewise, a cloth duffel bag (the type commonly employed in those days) would almost certainly have disintegrated in the intervening time.

Further evidence against this story is the claim of wooden navigational tools. By the mid 17th century, almost every competent navigator was using metal tools (notably, the sextant). Even on an older vessel, a metal astrolabe was more likely than wooden instruments. Wood also does not preserve well unless specially prepared, making it unlikely that they would have survived burial for 200 years.

Not all ghosts have reasons for doing things. Phantoms and apparitions, in particular, may replay a scene of their last moments, seemingly without notice of people or things around them.

Does your paranormal sense also tell you how to spell correctly?

Taylor says:

August 15, 2008, 8:33 am

Well according to the story it says there were faded picture albums but who said there were pictures IN the albums.. They could have been empty albums..

Jeffrey says:

March 7, 2010, 10:31 pm

My house is haunted i live in long island ny and i have stories of hauntings but i got used to scary stuff like flickering lights and radios turning on by themselves and footsteps but before i was in the shower and i slide the clear slider and i look at it because i feel like something is watching me and so i look at it and i see an old lady staring at me so i run out of there and another is when i woke up at 3:00 am because of footsteps and so i get angry and curse and scream at the noise and then it stops but then seconds later i feel static energy go up against my face it’s like hand on the tv except it’s your face and another is my mom is very religouse so she reads the bible before she goes to sleep and so the door opens and she screams at what she saw as a black figure that was the shape if a little boy and then the little ghost closes the door hard but i dosen’t make a noise so my mom gets scared and takes off the lights and goes to sleep so i know how it feels to get haunted 24 7

Jeffret says:

March 7, 2010, 10:34 pm

And I found out how my mom was a little girl she would be tickled every night by someone she can’t see so one night she was being tickled twice as much so she screams stop and starts crying because she is being tickled to much and she said she couldn’t breathe so she grabs the thing by the hand and looks at the thing and she sees a black figure and then passes out and so this happened to me as a kid every night and it’s starting to happen now so i don’t go to sleep without a knife and a bat

Fi says:

July 6, 2010, 5:34 pm

I live on long island and in a new house but ever since it was built there have been odd things going on in my house like Jeffrey’s home; radio and tv turning on randomly, doors opening and closing by themselves, and especilly in the basement where i can sometimes see the figure of a child in the corner crying. once you turn the light on, the figure and crying stops. what really gets me though is that it was built for my family only a few years back so i dont see why these things occur…

Lynne says:

October 9, 2010, 4:20 pm

I grew up in a house on Long Island and we had some weird stuff happen off and on throughout the years. When I was around 3, the little girl next door and I had a shared “imaginary friend.” The imaginary friend had a name which made no sense but when I researched some Dutch words (remember, half of LI was once occupied by the Dutch) I found out that part of the name is the Dutch word for “spirit” or “ghost.” Weird. When my parents first moved in in 1963, they had a couple of doors slam on their own late at night. In 1975, when I was 13, one night the kitchen chairs were moving around by themselves. There was other stuff too but most things came in random occurrences.

brian says:

July 18, 2013, 5:25 pm

Just saying the place in on long island is meaningless. It’s like answering someone who asks when you were born by saying “Thursday” WHERE on Long Island – Long Island is a thousand square miles or more with scores of towns, villages and hamlets. Ya think you can narrow down locality juust a bit. By the way the Normandie Inn is in Bohemia New York (which is on Long Island). See thats not hard is it. It’s in the village of Bohemia; on Smithtown ave to be more accurate.

Long John Silver says:

August 21, 2014, 4:35 pm

I dont know what to believe, it would help if there was a photo of the house. However, as far as the story goes, its as likely to have disintegrated in the same way as the dufel bag, ie changed through telling. It probably wasnt a duffel bag, it was probably a normal bag, maybe of leather, and maybe it disintegrated when dug up too so much so that they really didnt know what sort of bag it really was. Also, maybe they werent photos, maybe they were etchings or drawings or sketches and maybe they were all stuck together and maybe other elements of the story have been lost and a few elements added. But the fact is, there is a ghost that knocks on a door? Maybe he’s knock to he his girlfriend. Maybe thats what he always does? Or maybe he’s seeing a freind or going home. We dont know the exact details but we do know that there is in principal a ghost. I dont think people should get hung up on the photos?

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