Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cranberry Sisters Help 'Dead Files'

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cranberry Sisters Help 'Dead Files'

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Growing up, sisters Suzanne and Jean Vincent once lived in a Bellevue house they say was haunted.

"There were these cold spots in the house, and you used to see a shady figure when you'd go into the basement," said Suzanne Vincent. "Even the dog would be afraid."

The sisters, raised Catholic, watched a friend of their mother Margaret Mary, perform a "spiritual cleansing": prayers to St. Michael, holy water, bowls of sea salt to absorb the negative energy. The goal is to help ease spirits into the next phase of existence.

Years later, the Vincents are psychic consultants. Tonight, they'll appear on Travel Channel's "Dead Files Revisited." The second of two segments visits the Riverside Inn in Cambridge Springs, Crawford County.

The history of the inn involved sickly guests who expected the natural mineral waters to help them. Instead, according to the show, it made them worse. Three groups of spirits roam the halls and an attached theater.

Hosts Amy Allan, a medium, and former NYPD homicide detective Steve DiSchiavi eventually bring in the Vincent sisters to literally clear the air of malevolent spirits.

Filming the episode in less than a week, they said there were numerous unexplained events: "This one ghost took my shoes," Suzanne Vincent said.

"I had laid my keys down in this beautiful dining room, and they disappeared," Jean Vincent added. The sisters, who live in Cranberry, said they would hear faint piano music, poorly played. Someone's eyeglasses vanished.

Yet there were more dangerous spirits on the grounds, they say. The program, which airs at 10 p.m., shows records of two young men who drowned more than 30 years ago. These spirits, as well as at least one female ghost, have tried to get others to jump into nearby French Creek.

This isn't the first time the Vincents have appeared on television, and Suzanne Vincent said they are currently at work on a book. …

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