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Individuals of Shepherdstown were hearing things. The police department’s phone was ringing with complaints of unexplained phenomena. It was an intruder, someone believed. But there was no sign of break in. And it was happening to everyone in town. Cops were stumped.

Who did they call?

No, not Ghostbusters, that’s not a thing that is real.Based on a news release, each episode of “Ghosts of Shepherdstown,” which airs Sunday on Destination America, starts with a panicked 911 call from a Shepherdstown resident who’s just seen something genuinely chilling. Possibly a piano playing on its own, or a headless woman walking through the woods.

(Of course if this were a frightening film, this would be the point where the chief of police laughs them off and tells them to not worry their pretty little head. But this is reality TV. They understand better.)

The pros then work with local historians and psychics to try to piece together the mystery. One episode discusses a bloody Civil War battle, another a murder from a century ago.

Told The Baltimore Sun he first started seeing ghosts as a youngster growing up on South Hanover Street. He is the groundskeeper at Westminster Hall & Burying Ground, where he also runs his own firm for the investigation of paranormal activity, and tends to the grave of Edgar Allan Poe among other illustrious bodies now.

Hartley declined to give the total run down of what was spooking Shepherdstown — after all, that would spoil the show. But he did say that the town experienced a spike in paranormal activity while he was filming the series.

The six-part show “Ghosts of Shepherdstown” premieres at 10 p.m. Sunday on Destination America, an offshoot of the Discovery channel.

This article is related to: Edgar Allan Poe

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