Author Archives: Mark and Mark

Vive Miss Liberty!

Some call her Miss Football, others Miss Liberty, Miss Millennium, former Miss Super Bowl, Miss World Series, Miss NFL, Miss Body Beautiful U.S.A., Miss Opening Day. But Sondra Fortunato is something beyond her many titles; she is bigger than life itself. Continue reading

“Lindbergh of Mexico” Goes Down in the Pines

This year marks the 86th anniversary of the fatal crash of Captain Emilio Carranza, the “Mexican Lindbergh,” deep in a remote area of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Today a isolated monument stands where the doomed aviator fell from the sky. Some say his ghost still haunts the lonely place in the pines. Continue reading

Haunted Hindenburg Hangar at Lakehurst

The Hindenburg disaster took place over 77 years ago as the German zeppelin caught fire and was destroyed during its attempt to dock with its mooring mast at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station, killing 36 people. Some say that reverberations of the tragic event, of a paranormal nature, can still be felt around the Lakehurst Naval Base to this day––especially in Hangar No. 1. Continue reading

The Dancing Jesus of Middletown

There’s a local cemetery attraction in Middletown known as the Dancing Jesus. It is said that if you visit at night and shine your cars headlights on the statue of Christ, then stare at it long enough, it will begin to shimmy and shake for you. Continue reading

Legends of the Dempsey House

Dempsey House in the Leonardo section of Middletown sat quietly in the woods for many years as the legends about it grew. The abandoned foreboding looking stone building is one of the last remnants of the vast Dempsey estate, which once occupied the surrounding grounds. Those who have grown up near it tell tales of its dark and disturbing past. Continue reading

The Final Parking Place of Mary Ellis

For the past 186 years Mary Ellis has resided on what she probably thought would always be a stately piece of property overlooking the scenic Raritan River. In actuality though, Mary had really just been monopolizing a prime parking space … Continue reading

The Fantastical Former Farmhouse of Route 9

Motorists driving along Route 9 in the New Gretna/Bass River area have reported seeing strange things popping up along the roadside. Dragons, religious icons, cannons, dinosaurs and even the Statue of Liberty herself have all been witnessed. But that’s not all! Add to that odd amalgamation of sights; brightly colored 7-foot tall Transformers, spear-toting Roman centurion knights on stallions… Continue reading