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October 17. 2013 5:45PM

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You were supposed to drive along Suscon Road and flash your high beams near the site of an old railroad bridge — and maybe you’d be rewarded by the sights and sounds of a floating apparition called the “Suscon Screamer.”

At least that’s one version of a local ghost story. When Jennifer Moran, 36, of West Pittston was a teen, she remembers piling into a car with a group of friends and she thinks that’s where they went.

“I don’t think any of us saw anything,” she recalls. “We were just laughing so hard.”

Whether you’re a serious ghost-hunter, or just in it for a few laughs, what better time is there than the Halloween season to search out a haunted spot?

Here are a few suggestions:

• For the Suscon Screamer: Times Leader archives advised driving along Suscon Road between Dupont and Mountain Lake. The identifying railroad bridge has been demolished, but you might still see the screamer floating about, and youmight hear her moaning or screaming. According to various legends, this poor creature may have been jilted at the altar, murdered on her wedding day or killed on the way to the prom.

• For Mrs. Huber and her chauffeur: This Wilkes-Barre pair of employer and employee, who really did exist, were tending to a household task that involved gasoline. Unfortunately, their chore went awry, and the two died of terrible burns. The house where this took place will be pointed out on Wilkes-Barre Ghost Tours. Strange shadows and sounds reportedly are evident there, every now and then.

• Meanwhile, back at the jail: More than one person, it is said, has toured the old Carbon County Jail in Jim Thorpe and felt a hand on his or her shoulder. Turning around, the visitor sees no one. Could it be the ghost of the same accused Molly Maguire who placed his hand on the wall and vowed that its imprint would never depart as evidence of his innocence? The handprint, of course, is still on the cell wall.

Mary Packer Cummings. At the other end of the economic spectrum from the condemned miner was this Carbon County woman, so wealthy she could afford to take her player piano along on ocean voyages. According to the custom of her day, she wouldn’t have been able to inherit her father’s fortune if she remained single so she entered a marriage of convenience. Judging from portraits, she did favor dark dresses, and her spirit may be a little restless even today.

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