The New England Grimpendium: John Zaffis Museum of the Paranormal

For the next month, I’ll be posting photo essays on locations, attractions, and artifacts elaborated on in my new book, The New England Grimpendium (available now) to celebrate its debut...and to convince you that it’s worth buying, I guess. That was directed at you, Mom.


September 12, 2010 — Hey…so I’ve got a new definition of the word awkward: Visiting the private collection of a paranormal investigator when you don’t believe in the paranormal. Ha. Just kidding. It was actually a good time with a laid-back host and lots of interesting stuff to look at. John Zaffis is best known for his involvement in the “Haunting in Connecticut” case, but he’s amassed enough of a collection of paranormal and "at-one-time possessed" items over the years that he had to build a new building behind his house to display it all. He was gracious enough to allow me to come in and document it a bit for the book, despite my misgivings about the paranormal—or, more accurately, current prevailing ideas about the paranormal. Statements like that make me sound like a jerk. Here’s some spooky stuff:




It wouldn't be a paranormal museum without a Ouija board. It's only a game...isn't it?

This statue of Mary was from the "Haunting in Connecticut" case. 
According to Zaffis, the hands melted off during the exorcism.










 Some of the media coverage of Zaffis' exploits.


 Winnie the Pooh, Gizmo the Gremlin, and the Tazmanian Devil. Nothing is sacred to demons.








Your belief about the paranormal is irrelevant when it comes to clown dolls. 
Spooky. Period.

Read all about my visit to the John Zaffis Museum of the Paranormal in The New England Grimpendium, which is on sale now.

46 comments:

  1. Is this museum open to the public? I can't seem to find any info about visiting it.

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  2. It's open by appointment only, but I'm not sure how often the owner/curator grants those.

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  3. How do you make an appointment? number ...?

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  4. the website to his museum where you can actually see some of the items along with their stories is http://www.johnzaffisparanormalmuseum.com
    there is also a contact page, hope that helps

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  5. looks like a bunch of crap from local tag sales. youd get more insight about the spirit world from watching ghost busters rather than wasting an hour watching any of those bogus shows.

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    1. Ewwwww...your an a$$hole.

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    2. your statement proves you know absolutely nothing of spirits.....I have experienced several things so I know these things exist....and until you experience it you wont believe...and no I am not a wacko...I happen to be a nurse who definitely believes in science.....until it happened to me.....your day will come....so mote it be.....

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    3. I too work in healthcare and have experienced phenomena that is difficult to explain. When you work analytical, you can try rationalise the unexplainable. I have witnessed events working on a hospital ward such as departed spirits of patients who just died. I have also experienced first hand OOB's. I would recommend people read 'Proof of Heaven by Dr Eben Alexander' , who as a Neurosurgeon had an NDE.

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    4. These replies are all very interesting, shame it's all bullshit

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  6. my computer wont let me send them an email stright from there and it wont show me the email, sio does anyone know the email?

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    1. Zaffis is a Fraud In My Opinion,,people believe anything,,and he gets paid for it,,

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  7. Are you saying when you die, nothing happens? Are you saying it's all gonna be over? I think you'd be happier thinking you will become a spirit when you die instead of becoming nothing. Unless you are suicidal.

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    1. When you die, something happens. Iv'e had a few OOB experiences more than 20 years ago and not under influence of drink or drugs. I had a 'Near Death Experience' aged 4 where I nearly drowned and was resuscitated. Not as religious as I once was and different religions have their own perspective on life after death. I have experienced and witnessed alot that is still hard to explain. There is a programme on Satellite tv called 'I Survived Beyond and Back'. It is about people who have had NDE's. There are alot of good books out there on the theme of the afterlife. Try searching one called 'Life After Life by Moody'. It was my first book read on the subject and changed my view and offered a bit of reassurance.

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  8. Is it just me or does john zaffis go to people homes and find the stuff HE wants to put in HIS museum then claim its haunted? scam artist runs deep in his family.

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    1. If by "scam artist's" u are referring to Ed & Lorraine Warren u obviously have NO clue what you're talking about...Go visit the Occult Museum or read The Demonologist

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    2. I watch this programme on SKY Satellite Watch Channel. I wonder if its mere coincidence that 'Haunted Collector' is shown next to 'Dark Matters.' Dark Matters is about a collector of items linked to anything related to negative events in history such as executions, murder etc. The collector who is an Escapologist will barter with the owner of items before putting them on show to the public. Not bad viewing and much better than 'The Haunted Collector.' John Zaffis reminds me of a modern day Fagin character from 'Oliver', who uses trickery to scare the vulnerable to part with some valuable items, while his clueless family do his dirty work and pretend to carry out paranormal investigations. If you watch his incompetent sons try fool the viewing public, that they pick up this EVP voice or fumble with an excuse of discharged battery linked to spirit energy, its easy to tell that they have watched too many paranormal tv shows. I have watched 2 episodes and it just reeks of below amateurism. I don't know much about the Warren family but will do a bit research.

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  9. Prime-NC in Charlotte, NC
    We are interested in visiting the museum and "feel" the energy as we hear or read about the items. In actuality the stuff found does have activity connected to them. I had a few images on our website that proves other life is around us. Please e-mail location and we will make a trip just to see it.

    prime.ncarolina@gmail.com

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  10. I wonder what happens to the paranormal activity to the item after it is put into the museum? Does it still continue to be active?

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    1. I am currently watching the 2nd episode as I type this. Sorry but I really believe this man is a phoney, who takes advantage of vulnerable people. Most of us own items either handed down from family or bought 2nd hand and yet John Zaffis claims that spirit is attached to these items. That however doesn't mean those items are malevolent ie; contain negative psychic energy.
      What amazed me about this very unusual tv show, is John Zaffis doesn't feedback to the viewer the outcome, after 'haunted objects' are removed. All other paranormal ghost hunting based shows such as 'TAPs or Ghostlab' have investigators approaching the individual after the investigation to let them know if the haunting and entity has been removed. I am sure that Mr Zaffis has come up with his haunted antiques collector from watching other tv shows and seizing upon a golden opportunity to make money at the expense from the vulnerable. His sons participating haven't a clue and don't look genuine investigators. The EVP's from this show weren't convincing and if Mr Zaffis and sons were genuine paranormal investigators, they would inform the watching public about EVP's being class A, B or C using professional audio recording software to debunk and clear up those spirit voices. In total I would be surprised if this programme survives another series.

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  11. Something doesn't seem right, ive seen the show read articles about what the man has done and still taking an item from the house and saying it haunted dosent prove anything. How come his museum isn't haunted? And another thing is why cant he bless the item for the family or the house? Sorry seems like a scam to me.

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    1. It is a scam and I am sure Mr Zaffis phoney methods to con the vulnerable into parting with antiques will cause his downfall. I along with others who have watched this man know he isn't a real paranormal investigator and he is presenting a negative image to genuine paranormal investigators, who don't charge for their services. Real paranormal investigators will include a member who can cleanse the property from negative energy, or will know someone who can. Mr Zaffis does nothing except store his museum of objects away from the public (I wonder why) without letting us know if the affected individuals life's have improved after said haunting. He is street wise and will use his basic knowledge of paranormal, read from books and watched from other shows to exploit a hidden market in the antique industry.

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  12. Proof that the Warren's are fake and since they are pretty sure their nephew John zaffis is too http://www.damnedct.com/damned-interview-ray-garton/ read the article for yourself

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    1. I don't know much about the 'Warrens' but its interesting that they are related to John Zaffis. I have watched the 3rd episode of 'Haunted Collector'. John Zaffis young son, Chris really doesn't appear intelligent and tends to stand around like a spare part. This programme sends out a negative image to other tv shows about the paranormal because of Zaffiz amoral and amateurish methods used while pretending to remove a haunting and con the vulnerable victim into parting with the object. I am not impressed and hope Zaffis tv show is scrapped at the end of current series.

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  13. He uses different methods of purifying the items you idiots. You know nothing

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  14. The Idol is a statue that John collected that was used by a man as a way to "house his deitys" he had to have an exorcism preformed on him and the item but the Idol is still said to have some energy attacted to it.

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  15. The items that are in cases are said to be the ones with the most energy and it is said that some of the energy can be to strong for the binding that is placed on the items before they enter the museum these items are blessed and binded every time they leave and enter there cases

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  16. Also you shouldn't judge someone from their family origins each person is their own and entitled to their own life.

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  17. I have been watching this program, and i am from the uk, i have done many many investigations as a paranormal investigator...and over the years we have never got the sort of results john gets....it just seems strange that they find the reason behind the hauntings everytime! And pick up "voices" everytime too. Ive worked with many very well known mediums and paranormal groups...and never got these sort of results time after time...maybe he shud tell us his tips...?! :)

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  18. John zaffis is the real deal .he has helped many people in need .if it happend to you you'd be glad of someone like him . And most of the stuff is junk anyway .

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  19. First time seeing the show and he is "A BIG FAT PHOONEY" if all he said its true would he have hair??????? Anyone??????

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  20. Do the spirits have parties everyday in the museum?

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  21. I had an experience with an article that was haunted. I contacted John Zaffis and he helped me at a time when he was dealing with the after effects of Hurricane Sandy. He asked an associate of his to help me through my experience. He took the article off my hands and it is now in his museum. It is bound and encased and I hope it will never see the light of day. The evil in this item hurt my little dogs and threw me down the stairs. Believe me if you are facing something that is making your life a living nightmare, you will seek help. John Zaffis and Debbie Elward saved my life. I now live in peace because of them. I thank God for them. They both are the real deal. There maybe phoneys in this paranormal business but it is not John Zaffis, Debbie and Larry Elward. This I know from personal experience. So when you idiots stumble across something evil, you WILL believe and you WILL be glad there are people like them willing to risk life and limb to help others. So Cindy says thanks a million, John, Debbie and Larry, you saved my life.

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    1. Don't even know why you bother to be on his site Matt; we'll all ignoreyou because you're obviously ignorant

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  22. It is strange that they always find evidence, however I do like that they use different methods to test for paranormal activity. Such as the laser grid, ghost box, heat sensitive powder, etc. You have to admit it's a bit wild that he finds items that no one else ever knew was there (ie. Baby rattle, drug bottles, documents inside antique pictures, syringes, wrapped bed frames, etc.) I've also noticed that not all his investigations end with a haunted object being the cause of the activity. I believe he's genuine by what I've seen so far. I would like to hear more about personal experience with the paranormal, after the removal of the object, from the clients.

    Mrs. H

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  23. Well Mrs.H my experience was not televised but I can tell you that the item removed from my home was haunted. It terrorized my two little dogs, my husband and I were both effected by it. It has been almost a year sense I shipped my haunted antique to John Zaffis, who by the way tested it and told me that the thing was still attached. We had a little residual darkness left in the house, just bad feelings and general creepiness, but after the sea salt, holy water and blessings, our home is back to being completely ours. I am the one who wrote in July this year, just before you. I can tell you he IS genuine and the demonologists Debbie and Larry Elward are also. They helped us, free of charge I might add. Because we don't have a lot of money, we were not subjects of a TV show, so none of them profited from helping us. THey did it because the knew we needed help. And I can tell you, my antique was valued less that $100 but if it had been valued at a million I would still have given it to John Zaffis. When you have something like that the only thing that matters it getting it as far away from your home as possible. My home is at peace, my little dogs are at peace. And I can leave them home alone without coming back and finding them traumatized. They are no longer on anxiety meds from the vet because of loss of weight. So as I have said it has been almost a year and my home is at peace. I hope some of the TV victims write in so you will know for certain that these folks are the 'real deal'. It is possible they do not know of this website. Cindy

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  24. Hello, I'm hoping that Mr.Zaffis might read my message. Dear John, I don't care about anything these idiots say about You. I can sense and spot a Con man when I see one. That is NOT YOU!!! I TRULY Believe in YOU . Thank GOD for You and ALL the Wonderful Work You do!! Our Dear Lord Must be So Proud of You. I have Always believed that Angels are Present Here on Earth. Alive and Passed. But YOU, Dear Sir Are One of them in living form. Thank You So Much John for Your Endless Courage and Caring for those of whom find themselves in these Horrible situations,when they have NO ONE to turn to for Help. May God Bless and Protect You and Your Family and ALWAYS Keep You SAFE. Thank You So Much John. Big Hugs and Many Thanks. Love, Susanna

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  25. Susanna, The only thing I can reply to your comment is.....DITTO!!!!! Cindy

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  26. I am so sorry to hear that Syfy has cancelled Haunted Collector, one of the best shows they had. Most reality shows really are terrible but we get one that is legit, informative and entertaining and the idiot network cancels it. What is next Paranormal Witness. The paranormal is real, I know because I have had to deal with it in my home. These shows help those of us who have trouble. All you nay sayers wouldn't know something paranormal if it walked up and hit you.

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  27. I owned a haunted sideboard. If you don't believe in the spirit world then you are the idiot. Sorry this show was canceled because he is the real deal.

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  28. Fortunately for many people prominent schools now teach many classes on the occult and have parapsychology departments. There are too many unexplained things going on in our world that have gone to the wayside for centuries because of fear, ignorance, or blindness.. Even the Catholic Church has started back exploring and teaching their clergy about exorcisms and evil. If you believe in God and Satan, heaven and hell, you must acknowledge life and death can have a middle road where possibly lost souls, or souls who for whatever reason still cling to staying among our living? We are learning even scientifically about energy, human energy and where it may go after death.. So many things could be contributing factors to the paranormal such as power plants, hurricanes, giant storms, certain types of rock contains energy. How do you think photograph making was discovered? When I was a child, we lived in a very old house. I was a very heavy sleeper so I don't know how often things went on in my room as I lay sleeping alone, but one night when I was 6, a only child, not understanding or even knowing such things could exist, I was awakened by bumping and light walking in my half dark bedroom, noise on my dresser. I was afraid we had a mouse or something. I looked toward the noise and saw the sillouette of a young girl walking across my room. I called out to her asking, "hello, who are you"? She disappeared.. I forgot about her until it happened again, about a week later.. I told my mother who thought I was dreaming.. But I was adamant about it.. Finally one night my mother put me in her room and slept in my bed, thinking maybe somehow some kid or small adult was getting in our home. Well after one night of mom in my bed, we moved the very next week. She never mentioned it to me again but I felt she was afraid living there after that. I was too young to really understand at that time, but my mother would never in the next 30 years of her life speak about it again. So you tell me? As a 64 year old adult I have heard many things and seen a lot of unexplainable things since. I heard many stories living in old military officers housing in Germany built much prior to WWII, right next to a concentration camp where many women and children were murdered by the Nazi's.. People close to the old camps could often hear screams coming from area's where so many were killed at night, and kept calling the military police. Never found anything, but these calls go on for years by new people. There is much we still don't know or understand about after death... But there is too much documented evidence to say there is nothing..

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