Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Ghost Must Be Quiet: Court Ruling Prohibits Noisy Spooks' in G. P.

Detroit Free Press, June 12, 1943
Phantoms are ruled out of order when they create a nuisance in restricted areas in an unprecendented ruling handed down Friday by Circuit Court Judge George B. Murphy granting neighbors a permanent injunction restraining Mrs. Henrietta A. Schnelker from holding seances, trances and readings in her home at 1357 Devonshire, Grosse Pointe.

Climaxing a two-week hearing Murphy upheld the petition of 20 residents of the exclusive neighborhood that the peace of their homes was disturbed by frequent seances.

"The proofs showed that music and weird noises emanated from the residence loud enough to be heard by the neighbors and create a disturbance in the community," according to Murphy.

"During the seances the lights were out and a large, metallic trumpet was in use, allegedly floating around in space, touching occupants and through which trumpet the spirits were alleged to have communicated with the audience, with Mrs. Schnelker acting as medium."

Murphy also held that traffic congestion developed in the neighborhood and that frequent disturbances resulted when children gathered in the neighborhood "in their desire to see 'the ghost.'"

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