One Spooky Tunnel

When Brooklyn’s very own version of Indiana Jones rediscovered the long-lost Atlantic Avenue Tunnel (the world’s oldest subway tunnel) in 1980, he may have also discovered a paranormal inhabitant of that subterranean antiquity. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports that, in 1982, Bob Diamond and a friend observed a mysterious light, described as a green orb with a “sickish color,” at the far end of the tunnel that emerged from the darkness.

A year later, the same “orb” was seen by Greg Castillo, vice president of the Brooklyn Historic Railway Association, while he was down in the tunnel. He shouted, “You’re dead, go away,” and the ghostly apparition vanished into a wall. The orb similarly disappeared when Diamond approached it the previous year.

If anything, the tunnel has all the ingredients for the type of restless spirit stomping grounds we’ve come to know and love. Several grisly deaths occurred in the tunnel during its construction and while it was in operation. From that of ruthless foreman who was murdered by a harried laborer to that of a passenger who was decapitated when he fell on the tracks.

For having only been in operation from 1844 to 1861, the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel has quite a bloody history, a fact that has not gone unnoticed by local paranormal investigators. Sleuths from both the Long Island Oddities and Paranormal Society and the Long Island Society for Paranormal Research have taken their voice recorders, electromagnetic field detectors and cameras into the tunnel, hoping to capture concrete proof of the haunting.

Laura Cummings, a paranormal investigator with the Long Island Oddities and Paranormal Society, recently led a team of researchers into the tunnel:

Cummings and her cohorts stood in the darkness for an hour and a half, snapping photos, taking readings of electromagnetic activity and asking questions to any spirits that might be listening.

Shortly after entering, Cummings experienced an encounter with the light, albeit a different color. “It was a blinding blue flash, brighter than a camera flash and it traveled from the back of the tunnel,” Cummings said. “I thought, ‘Oh my goodness, maybe that’s what everyone is talking about!’”

However, their filmed footage of various pieces of globular light was (as expected) “inconclusive.”

(originally published: 10/31/09)

Source: Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Note: The Eagle is in the midst of restoration work on its archives; hence, this link, like the Atlantic Ave. Tunnel, currently points to a dead end. Sorry.)

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