Based in Brooklyn, NY, I write about all things creepy and strange. My book based on the real haunting of Doris Bither (The Entity 1982 movie) will be released soon. Got a question? Drop me a line.


I received an email from a publicist at Planet Green TV. Planet Green used to be Discovery channel’s  “Discovery Home”. They decided to re-brand and relaunch it geared towards competing with HGTV. Anyways….

In the email, the publicist stated that next week, Planet Green will air an episode about a supposed paranormal phenomena that was captured on video. The video clips is of a 24 hour surveillance span of a few toys on the ground. The toys are “gifts” for the child ghost that is said to haunt the estate. The story is that two men from a reality show called “The Fabulous Beekman Boys” found a carving on their floorboards of an old estate. “MARY” was carved on the floorboards and that prompted the couple to call in some paranormal investigators.  In the promotional clip, a toy car suddenly moves a few inches forward on its own accord. The so-called haunting takes place in the Beekman estate in New York. The premise of the show is that Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge apparently leave behind city life and put on farmer hats.

The Fabulous Beekman Boys, is not to be missed. Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge These guys are total city-slicker New Yorkers, but they have moved upstate to try and revive a farm and create a new organic lifestyle brand, ‘Beekman 1802’. For them, that turns out to mean wrangling pigs and wrapping 14,000 bars of organic goat milk soap—not a typical day in their previous New York life.

Hi Javier,

Next week, Planet Green will air an episode about ghosts in NY.

Carved in the floorboards of the center hall of their estate is one name: Mary, the four-year-old who died in a barn fire, who now serves as the primary ghost of the Beekman estate in Sharon Springs, NY.

Eager to learn more about the story behind the carvings, the current residents of the estate, Josh and Brent, hire a team of ghosthunters to explore the mansion, the grounds and the crypt, to look for any signs of Mary, and any other paranormal activity. They’re able to uncover some startling video and audio recordings and other materials that indicate the presence of ghosts among them.

Josh and Brent star in Planet Green’s newest series “The Fabulous Beekman Boys“, a show about two urbanites who move to upstate NY to try life as organic farmers. The estate they purchase, the Beekman mansion, built between 1802 and 1804 by a young soldier who fought in the Revolutionary War, has long been thought to be haunted. William Beekman and his wife had eight children, only two of which lived to age 20. (More history of the hauntings here)

Next week’s episode, “The Haunting of Beekman Farm” reveals more of what the boys find during the ghost hunters’ investigation. It airs on Wednesday, July 14 at 9 pm ET on Planet Green.

… Our YouTube teaser features Mary footage:

Let me know if you have any questions.

Click here to watch the video.
Sounds like some crazy attempt at marketing to me. Regardless, I’ll watch for fun. Then maybe I can shove toothpicks in my eyes.

If you guys watch it, let me know what you thought.

  • A toy car moving on of its own accord isn’t enough to convince most of something paranormal, anything that can roll (e.g. balls, toy cars etc) has to be considered as un-credible evidence, as simple vibrations or breezes could be the cause of movement. Now, if the investigators had a Geo Phone or something similar to measure the vibrations in the floor boards it might be a different story!

  • Javier — I watched it and it looks like stop-motion animation to me.

  • Stephen Wagner,

    It does look like some stop-motion trickery.

    I think “The Fabulous Beekman Boys” are up to some guerrilla-marketing techniques.


  • Dave

    Anything on tv is suspect enough for me not to believe it.

  • So what you are saying is that because there are “orbs” (which have been explained as being not paranormal in nature), we should believe that a car that moved on a smooth floor, possibly after some movement of the room. (Look at the video and the lights moving in the room) is a ghost and not something easily explainable?

  • jbondo

    The car moves in such a way as to make me think it’s very normal. It only moves about an inch which would indicate some sort of spring wound deal inside it. I’ve also observed matchbox cars doing this on occasion. A vibration and a slightly out of level floor maybe.

  • I got that same email and did end up watching it. Well, when I finally got the right date. The haunting episode wasn’t on at the time in the email. It was on the next afternoon though, so I DVRd it. I think they were trying to cash in on a ghost audience. I did think it was neat they bought a farm and what they were doing with it, but if I had a house with that kind of history? And maybe a ghost to boot? I’d so be opening a haunted B&B!