Skip to comments.A look at some old 'haunts' in western Pennsylvania
Posted on 10/24/2004 6:11:58 PM PDT by CurlyBill
Sunday, October 24, 2004
Brian Corcoran sits behind a desk in the library of his wonderfully spooky and beloved 200-year-old house and talks wistfully about the days he spent traveling abroad with his parents.
And with Sheba.
Sheba's been part of the Scottdale-area family for decades. Wherever the Corcorans would wander, she rattled along, too.
The fact that Sheba is the skeleton of an unknown London lass found floating in the Thames River, and was a sentimental favorite of his mother's, seems to put into perspective Corcoran's peaceful acceptance of unexplained phenomena.
"My mom went to this doctor in Scottdale who had this skeleton in his office and she would always talk to him about it," Corcoran explains. "He was educated in London and a requirement back then was for a physician to strip down a body and piece it back together. He went to the morgue and this was an unidentified and unclaimed body with a fractured skull.
"He finally told my mother that he would eventually give her the skeleton.
"We took her with us when we traveled. I always bring her out for our Halloween party so the guests can meet her. Sometimes, I'll seat her at a desk, maybe at the dining room table."
Corcoran recently brought George home to keep Sheba company. George is a skull of a man, displayed under a glass bubble, purportedly found locally and presumed to be hundreds of years old. He bought it at an estate sale for a "good price."
It's no wonder that when things happen in this house -- and they do -- Corcoran seems to greet them with a routine curiosity.
(Excerpt) Read more at pittsburghlive.com ...
Wouldn't the decent thing be to bury the bones? Hope the guy doesn't own a dog.
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I read this in the Trib today. An interesting read.
It's interesting the number of ghost stories that relate to courthouses.
Doesn't sound like a haunting to me, just a morbidly weird family who refused burial of human remains.
It's just wrong to treat a skeleton like a toy.
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