In 1906, spiritualism's popularity gathered strangers to hold hands and call spirits to attend their summons, however the suspicion of a haunting at your home, unbidden drove many from their properties. Too scared, they never bothered to investigate what truly bumped in the night and terrorized them.
For several months a house on Royal and Touro Streets in New Orleans stood empty. Tenants fled in the middle of the night as disturbing noises resounded loudly in the silence of the slumbering neighborhood. More than one family abandoned the property and eventually those living in the area shunned it.
The quiet of midnight ended as strange sounds awoke the neighbors who called the police. A watch was issued, and soon the mystery of the ghost's identity came to light. Under the building they found a 12 pound bullfrog.
In 1904, an aged cobbler named Henry Carpenter died from poison. Murder, his family and friends claimed as the true reason of his death. Contrary to the belief that he committed suicide or took the poison by mistake.
His home remained vacant, and eventually came into the hands of a distant relative. Two years later James Trombley bought the property for $600. Three days later the family moved out, and gave as explanation that the area didn't agree with them and they would sell cheap.
Homer Field wanted the home but became suspicious why the new owner was selling it for half of what he'd paid for it. During an inspection visit with Trombley, he left a door unlocked so he could visit it later that night. Soon after he arrived moaning and rapping filled the confines of the cottage. It sounded to him like the sound a cobbler's hammer would make. He went up the stairs ready to confront Henry's ghost.
He opened the garret door and a pileate woodpecker flew out and perched on a shelf next to a clock. Emaciated the bird could hardly stand. It appeared he'd flown in through a broken window, then up into the garret and became trapped when wind shut the door.
The next day he bought the house and moved in right away. Soon after Trombley asked if he'd encountered any troubles. Homer said on the contrary he was very happy he'd bought a find place for cheap a price.
Trombley insisted if he'd heard any strange noises.
With a twinkle in his eye, Field answered, "Not since I let out a log-cock trapped in the garret."
Source - Ocala Evening Star 1906
Stranger Than Fiction Stories by M.P. Pellicer