In the Dec. 20, 1878 issue of The New York Times, wedged
between letters to the editor and an item on a New Jersey railroad company’s
foreclosure proceedings, was news of a haunting in Brooklyn.
The residents of 136 Clinton Avenue, unable to explain
weeks of strange sounds that visited their home at night, became convinced it
was the work of mischievous spirits. Eventually they called the police, who
were “determined to capture the ghost, and treat it to a night’s lodging in a
Police cell,” The Times reported. But even the officers were left mystified.