Graveyard Shift

Due To The Infamous 'Ghostbusters Ruling' This New York House Is Legally Haunted

Some people would love the opportunity to spend a night in a haunted house but, thankfully, due to the "Ghostbusters ruling," no one can be tricked into buying a haunted house. It's one thing to go looking for evidence of the paranormal as a hobby, but unwittingly becoming roommates with a ghost isn't a pleasing prospect for most homebuyers.

Unfortunately, that's exactly what happened to Jeffrey and Patrice Stambovsky, who purchased a home in Nyack, New York, without being told by the previous owner, Helen Ackley, that it was well-known to be haunted. As a result, the Stambovskys filed the intriguing Stambovsky v. Ackley case, which resulted in the "Ghostbusters ruling," and it had a monumental impact on legal precedent.

Regardless of whether or not the house in Nyack is actually haunted, it has been legally ruled as such and must be represented that way in any future real estate deals. So, what exactly happened in this paranormal legal case? How does one decide if a house is haunted? And who, exactly, is the Ghost of Nyack?