Josue Chinchilla, 37, and his wife Michele Callan, 36, are suing their landlord after moving into a three bedroom ranch in Toms River New Jersey. They paid a deposit of $2,250 to move in, and they fled the house within a week.
During the week at the home, the couple report
lights turning on and off by themselves throughout the house. There were also a series of other paranormal activities going on such as clothes and towels being thrown out of their closets, footsteps, tugging on the bed sheets during the night, and whispering when no one else is around.
During the week of unusual events, the family took some measures to create a more peaceful environment. They consulted with Terence Sullivan, a pastor at the Element Church in North Brunswick, who helped the family and blessed the home, but his work did not help. He claims the house is subject to a "demonic possession."
The renters also contacted the co-founder of New Jersey Paranormal Investigators of Old Bridge, Marianne Brigando, who conducted an investigation of the home and found the hauntings to be one level higher than a typical residual haunting, where the home contains active or intelligent haunting.
The couple filed a lawsuit alleging that they wanted their money back for the security deposit as well as the first month’s rent for the time they were not in the home. The home owner, orthodontist Dr. Richard Lopez, filed a counterclaim against the family for having a paranormal investigation performed on the home, alleging they were using the story as a cover up for financial problems.
"I would not have hired a moving truck, packed and unpacked, had my mother take off time from work to watch the kids," Callan tells the newspaper. "The whole idea was to get a nice, big home for the kids ... But there's no way I'm going back there."
After the family of four moved out of the home on March 10, 2012, they moved into a hotel room in Point Pleasant Beach, where they have been staying ever since.
The lawsuit, which was filed in April 2012, goes before Judge Marilyn Millan in "The People's Court
" at the New York Studio. The lawsuit filed by Chinchilla and Callan is for a return of the $4,000 spent for moving. The landlord is counter suing the family for $15,000, claiming the family "stigmatized the property" and he will no longer be able to rent the home in the future.