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Sensational rumors of a church being haunted by demons causes turmoil in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Citizens Seeking Assurances, Jersey City "Ghost" Hoax, Jersey City, New Jersey, September 1865, artist's impression, detail
09/24/1865
After several nights of crowds gathering on the streets in reaction to sensational rumours of the haunting of St. Boniface's Church in the city, concerned citizens gathered at police headquarters in Jersey City for both information and protection for their property from mobs.  Days later, the screams at the base of the rumors at the church were discovered to be from a starving stray dog trapped in an area of the basement walls.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Joseph G. Bilby, Harry F. Ziegler, James Martin Madden, Hidden History of New Jersey (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2011), 38-40.
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