THE “HAUNTED” MORELLO HOUSE

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Many terrifying true ghost stories have been produced by Hollywood. And lately, these ghost stories that were made into films, such as Insidious and Conjuring, became top grossers.

Coming out soon in the screens is Haunt. A terrifying true ghost story about a family that moves into a beautiful, sprawling dream home. One problem: It is cursed, having caused the deaths of the previous family that occupied it, leaving only one survivor. The family’s 18-year-old son and his mysterious new neighbor inadvertently awaken something in the house while also violently shaking the many skeletons in the many closets. The new tenants are about to discover the true story. And they might not live long enough to tell the tale.



The Haunt is loosely based on the paranormal case study on the Morello House.

It was believed that four people died in the Morello House, all around in 1984. Mathew Morello, a teenage boy, died in a crash soon after he was given a new car for his 16th birthday. The youngest daughter drowned in the family pool. The death was not investigated and was ruled an accident. The oldest child, a teenage daughter, hung herself immediately after the death of her siblings. The death was investigated only briefly, and was ruled a suicide. Franklin Morello, the father, died the following week. His death was the most obscure of them all, and there had been no more than a passing reference to him as having a “nervous breakdown” after the tragedies of his children. Angela Morello seems to still be alive, and living within the same general area. Searching through the local newspapers, there was one reference to her appearing at a friend’s funeral in 1994, but other than that — silence.

A recent real estate listing describes the Morello House as a beautiful and secluded house that has languished on the market for decades. What the listing does not describe, however, is the supposed curse on the house — and the gruesome deaths that wiped out an entire family there nearly 30 years ago. The house on 14 Woodlands Drive was once valued at over a million dollars and has since gone down to less than a quarter of that. The drop in price is no mystery to the locals. Because at least four people died in that house — an entire family, wiped out. After her three children and her husband died, Angela lived alone in the mansion for just a few years. One can only imagine the loneliness and the grief that filled those rooms and hallways which were once filled with light and the promise of a successful future. An article in the local paper came out soon after Angela left the house and put it up for sale. A sense of doom seems to bother just about anyone with an opinion. Even a realtor in the area was quoted as saying, “More likely than not, no one will ever live here again.” Over the decades, the Morello house has loomed darker and darker, as a source of mystery, fear and death. It is exactly the kind of house that is an example of an “attractor” — a likely place to be haunted.



To know more about the story on the Morello house, log on to www.morellohouse.com.

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