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Murder at the Black Horse Inn
In its prime, The Black Horse inn was notoriously known to be crawling with many figures in the mafia. The men would gather regularly to drink and do business. The night of July 22nd started like any other night. The usual men gathered in their usual bar and went about their usual business. Saverio Damiano AKA Johnny Farrara or even more infamously Johnny “The Wop” Steps into the phone booth to make a call. An unknown suspect bursts into the room and opens fire on Johnny. He falls down the basement steps, crawls around the corner, and dies on the floor. Almost immediately all witnesses flee the scene, and the murder of Johnny is forever unsolved.
Gangster Saverio Damiano was shot in the phone booth on July 22, 1928 at approximately 9 pm, his lifeless body was discovered two days later by a delivery guy who had thought that he had stepped on a sack of potato's,instead it was Johnny's body. It was believed that he was on the phone with gangster Sam Scalleat. Below is an actual crime scene photo of Johnny. Saverio also used the following names:
1. Johnny the Wop
2. John Farrara
3. Mike Ferrar
4. John Dean
5. Dago John
Anthony Tamburro aka “Jack Buckles” seen here ,was charged in the murder of "Johnny The Wop" but was not convicted.
Florano Morano, 28, of Philadelphia, aka “Diamond Tooth Lollie” aka “Patsy Moran”. Morano was charged as a suspect in Johnny's murder,but was not convicted.
Joe Rizzo aka “Joe Palatino” aka “Joe the Babe” was charged in the murder.
Flash forward 81 years later, and where the Black Horse Inn once was, you will find a charming diner and bar owned by Al and Maria Stempo that is now called Stemie’s Place. Al and Maria purchased the building in the hopes of bringing the place back to the staple in the community it once was. Not soon after they purchased the building, strange things began to happen. The staff members saw shadows walking through the restaurant and basement. Al witnesses a large black dog go into the basement, but could not find it upon investigating. Items are moving in the kitchen. The jukebox is taking on a life of its own. Something strange is going on. Maria’s sister brings her dog to the property, and the dog is abnormally skiddish. He is seeing things and is barking at things that are not there. Al and Maria’s dog is also strangely uncomfortable in the building. Al and Maria decide to take action. Word begins to travel, and Picture Shack Productions gets wind of the case. They immediately got in thouch with NEPA Paranormal and asked us if we could help. In another twist of events, they asked if they could film our adventures for Animal Planet’s new TV series “The Haunted”. We were all very excited about the prospect of filming a national TV show, but a t the same time, we knew there was a situation, and we had clients who needed our help, so we rolled up our sleeves and immediately got to work.
We did two incredibly detailed investigations at the place, the second one on that date of Jully 22nd 2009. Exactly 81 years to the date of when Johnny was shot.
In this first EVP you will hear something say "Im Here" This one you hear a whistle.
Here is the original footage of the Ovilus shocking Bob.
NEPA Paranormal's clip from "The Haunted"
Conclusion: after much strenuous and tiring work, we firmly believe Stemie’s Place was haunted by the spirit of Johnny, but we also believed we did cross him over that night of his 81st anniversary. It was a very emotional case for us. We were all very saddened by the fact that Johnny was forced to relive his experience year after year, but we have found our silver lining in the fact that he now rests in a better place.
NEPA Paranormal would like to thank all who were involved in NEPA Paranormal's clip from "The Haunted"
making this show a possibility. First all the producers were lucky enough to work with at Picture Shack. You were all such nice people and made this experience into something so much fun, and something we will never forget.
Also thank you to Al and Maria Stempo who were gracious enough to let us into their establishment, and share with us all the stories and history that came along with it. You were both so accommodating, and we had such a great time in our investigations. We will definitely be back again, only this time we will come for the food, not the ghosts.
Our show on Animal Planet came out so great, and we are all so thankful for the entire experience. Thank you to all who tuned in, and for those who didn’t, keep checking the Animal Planet’s listing for a repeat, check out the clips on both our site or Animal Planets.
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