Originally the ancestral home of Native Americans and later settled by Europeans during the 1600s, Long Island is rich in history and loaded with folklore, myths and urban legends. From ancient Native American burial grounds to remnants of the Revolutionary War to Gatsby-era mansion estates, Long Island is hallowed ground—the stage for countless triumphs and tragedies throughout the centuries.
Hollywood and television have given non-ghost hunters an idea about what paranormal investigators are like, but art sometimes blurs lines while imitating life. Local experts dedicated to searching for the truth share their sometimes frightening experiences as real-life Ghostbusters. Tales from the paranormal frontlines include encounters with flying, glowing orbs, a "ghost pilot," and "a creature with an alligator-like body, a pig-like snout and horns" and "sunken-in red eyes," among many other otherworldly happenings.