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The Cult of Mysterious “Monks Castle”

In the late 70s and early 80s rumors of a “Sex and Drugs” cult residing at “Monks Castle” began circulating around Montclair. One resident described the reaction of the community as “panic stricken” in a New York Times article about the cult, which ran under the headline “Guru’s Cult in Castle Troubles Montclair.” Continue reading

The Mummies of Newark

Most people would find it weird that a church would pave over its own historic cemetery to create a parking lot. To some, it may seem sad, the cemetery was one of the oldest in the state and contained members of the founding families of Newark, who settled the town in the 1660s. Some might be disturbed to know that most of the 2,000-plus graves in the cemetery were not removed prior to paving the parking lot in 1959. Continue reading

Welcome to Hell: The Essex Mountain Sanatorium

During its abandoned year, rumors began to spread throughout the area of this isolated asylum at the Hilltop. It was rumored that the out-dated surgical implements, patient records, and medieval looking devices of restraint were still intact inside. Tales were told of the escaped or forgotten lunatics that roamed the grounds and hallways of the derelict buildings, and made their homes in the vast labyrinth of subterranean tunnels which permeated the facility’s foundations. Continue reading