Seaford, The Poltergeist, J.G Pratt & W.G. Roll

Famous Poltergeist House Near Amityville House

The Poltergeist

Herrmann Family Haunted House Right Near the Famous Amityville Haunted House. Similar story!

Nearby Amityville there was another series of strange occurrences involving a suburban family, a house, strange phenomenon, a priest called in to bless the house, blaming of an angry Indian Chief, buried Indian bones, world media descending on the house, and a book and movies being made. This happened in 1958 at the house of the Herrmann family in Seaford, Long Island. One big difference is that the Poltergeist movie went way further off the deep end than the Amityville movies.

The house was owned by a family called the Herrmann's. The supposed supernatural activity occurred in 1958 with many witnesses such as a Newsday reporter, a detective, the family, and others. Strange things happened in the house such as bottle tops popping off of containers. Items in the house breaking were frequently breaking and flying across rooms. One of the reasons why this story made it so big was the large number of witnesses. The reporting of the events of this house made the word "poltergeist" into a household word.

J Gaither Pratt of Duke University came to the house to investigate with Mr. William G. Roll, Jr. They took the events very seriously. A book was written about their investigation of the house called, "The Poltergeist."

The Poltergeist Book by Pratt


The Poltergeist book about the Long Island haunting. On the right, the Poltergeist movie.


Poltergiest Film

Poltergiest Show

The house was located 1648 Redwood Path, Seaford, NY. This is at the other side of where the greatest number of Indians were killed on Long Island from where the famous Amityville house is located. The two movie made famous by the two separate movie series are a few minutes drive from each other. The great number of Indians were killed near the corner of Merrick and Cedar Shore Roads in Massapequa by John Underhill in 1653. In both the Amityville case and the Poltergeist case an angry Indian chief was killed. This killing was done on behalf of the Dutch. The most famous Sachem (Chief) of the Massapequa Indians was Sachem Tackapausha who sold a large part of the area in 1658. Some point to Tackapausha as being the angry Indian chief that caused the disturbances in what became the Amityville Horror movie, and later the Poltergeist movie.

Some of the activities at the the poltergeist house was seen by Detective Joseph Tozzi and Newsday reporter David Kahn. David Kahn said in a Newsday article called, A Home's Bad Vibration that "A British reporter saw a flashbulb leap from an end table, carom into drapes and bounce twice on the floor. A Nassau County detective, Joseph Tozzi, twice heard noises, ran into adjoining rooms, and found that a sugar bowl in the dinette had flipped three feet and that a porcelain statuette had flown 10 feet across the living room and smashed into a wooden secretary. I myself several times heard and once observed an event."

I find it very interesting that two series of movies were inspired by families living in the same suburban area. The same Indian Sachem (Chief) even gets the blame!

Similarities between Amityville house events and Poltergeist events:

1. A regular family.
2. Near each other.
3. Suburban Neighborhood on Long Island
4. Porcelain figurine moving around.
5. Indian graveyard blamed. (The major Indian killing area in between the two.)
6. Made into major movie at about the same time. (1979-Amityville 1982, Poltergiest-1982)
7. Priest called to house.
8. Haunted "average" house.
Officer Tozzi Detective Joseph Tozzi. He fully investigated the story and said it was not a hoax. At right is Detective Tozzi on TV talking about the phenomenon. Officer Tozzi on TV
J Gaither Pratt of The Poltergeist Book J Gaither Pratt

Article about the Seaford Poltergeist House An article about Detective Tozzi and his investigation. At right is Jimmy Herrmann with fragments of an object supposedly destroyed by the poltergeist.

Herrmann Child

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From the son of Tozzi on
Reviewer: Denise Goodale

Over the years I have bought several copies of this book to give as gifts. My father was the detective who investigated the "House of Flying Objects" in Seaford, NY. (Joe Tozzi) Before the days of internet it was pretty hard to track down these out of print books. I wrote to Dr. Roll several years ago after seeing him on unsolved mysteries trying to acquire a copy. He wrote back and told me that that case was his first real intro to the parapsychology world. He didn't have an extra copy but photocopied the whole chapter for me. My dad never did know what to make of that case. He died last year leaving behind a trunk of magazine articles and books dealing with the house of flying objects. I have for years wondered what became of the Hermann's, the family who lived this nightmare back in 1958.

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