Two Million People To Watch Derby’s ‘Ghost Hunters’ Episode
by Jodie Mozdzer Gil | Apr 18, 2011 5:52 pm
Posted to: Derby
Dying to find out what Ghost Hunters found when they investigated Derby’s Sterling Opera House at the end of February?
Your wait ends this week. The episode featuring Derby will air on Wednesday at 9 p.m. on the SyFy channel.
Click play on the video to see a tease for Wednesday’s show.
The cast and crew from Ghost Hunters came to Derby on Feb. 28, and spent several hours that week investigating inside the opera house. Their findings have remained secret during post production, because they made everyone who participated sign non disclosure agreements.
As part of the investigation, the members of The Atlantic Paranormal Society interviewed residents and city officials about the opera house.
Those interviewed include local historian Rob Novak, New Haven Register reporter Patricia Villers and Rich DiCarlo, the president of the Valley Arts Council.
DiCarlo has claimed the building is haunted, and tells chilling stories about the little boy’s hand print he found on a balcony in the building, or the photograph of what appears to be a ghostly woman standing in the building.
DiCarlo was instrumental in getting “Ghost Hunters,” SyFy’s most-watched show, to come investigate. About 2.2 million people watch “Ghost Hunters” each week.
DiCarlo told city Aldermen in February that he’s been e-mailing people at “Ghost Hunters” every time someone writes about the place being haunted.
Thanks to his efforts, the Sterling Opera House is listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and “Damned Connecticut.”
Save Our Sterling — a group formed to raise awareness for the opera house’s renovations — has planned a party to air the show before about 100 people.
The “Reveal Party” will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Catholic War Veterans building at 112 Derby Avenue, across from St. Michael Church.
One public official who wants to be there but can’t — Alderman Joe Bomba, the “doubting Thomas” among Derby officials.
Bomba doesn’t believe in ghosts, but he’s excited to see the show nonetheless.
“With that many people watching, it’s great for Derby,” Bomba said. The Alderman said he’s been trying to get Staffieri and DiCarlo to spill the beans about the show’s big “reveal.” As of Monday, no one would tell him.
“I’m going to set my DVR to record it,” Bomba said.
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