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Posted: Saturday, January 1, 2011 10:11 pm

HINSDALE — The haunted house in Hinsdale, site of a 1974 exorcism and the focus of two books, will remain a fixture in the community — at least for the time being.

Rumors of its imminent demolition began when long-time residents Joseph and Florence Misnik passed away. Mr. Misnik died Aug. 21, and his wife passed away on Oct. 21.

But rumors of demolition are simply untrue, Walter Putt Jr., code enforcement officer for the town of Hinsdale, said.

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  • dec121453 posted at 6:47 pm on Thu, Oct 31, 2013.

    dec121453 Posts: 1

    i know the house very well. i grew up in angelica new york not far from hinsdale and saw it many times. it should be saved just for the history

  • RMA posted at 4:00 pm on Wed, Jan 5, 2011.

    RMA Posts: 1

    Agree, this site must be preserved.

  • voila713 posted at 5:56 pm on Sun, Jan 2, 2011.

    voila713 Posts: 1

    It is great to see an article about this fascinating house once again in the Olean Times! This story has long intrigued me. It is sad that there would be any thought of tearing down such a famous landmark. From my experience reading about the house, seeing tv shows produced in America and Canada, and finding a plethora of sites on the Internet about it (some listing it as one of America's top ten scariest places), I can't imagine why this house should be on the demolition list. Rather, it could be a source of tourism, especially if the dream of Michael Rambacher were realized, to turn it into a paranormal research center.

    Is there a means to contact the current owners about how this deed is currently written, so that perhaps it could be rewritten to permit a real sale of the property? I can't imagine that couldn't be worked out! I hope the property owners see this article and realize that this house is valued by many people in the community and beyond. It would be a terrible mistake to tear it down when so much interest in the place exists, and when there are so many interesting possibilities in allowing this to be a place for research!