Each Ghost on 'Ghosts,' Ranked by Who You Would Want Haunting Your House
Of those spirits that dwell upstairs on CBS' 'Ghosts,' who would you most want in your home?
Ghosts on CBS follows Samantha ( Rose McIver ) and Jay ( Utkarsh Ambudkar ) as a young, married couple who stumble onto an ancient home after a distant relative of Samantha’s passes. Given the state of their lives in New York, the two decide to uproot their lives and take a chance on restoring the home and converting it into a bed and breakfast. Only, little do they know that there are several ghosts that reside on the property, always watching and using their specific talents to bring some joy to their eternity on Earth. When Samantha takes a tumble down the stairs, winding up in a coma, she awakens with the ability to see the home’s other residents and a new kind of family starts to build.
With the series beginning to wrap up Season 1 when it returns on March 31, we know enough about the ghostly residents of the home (at least the upstairs-dwelling ones) to rank them based on who we would want around to haunt us. But, let’s start with the person we’d want in our home the least…
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8. Captain Isaac Higgintoot
In dead last, no pun intended, is Isaac ( Brandon Scott Jones ), the Captain that died two weeks after the siege of Fort Ticonderoga. There are numerous decisions behind this, but the most important being the fact that walking through him would be the worst . After dying of dysentery, walking through Isaac brings about a smell that makes the livings want to vomit. (Even the ghosts are disgusted when it happens.) However, Isaac is also just kind of a buzzkill. He’s stuck in the past, haunted himself by the fact that he is a footnote in history, and didn’t make the same impact as some of the lesser men he knew while he was alive. He wouldn’t make for either a fun or scary haunting experience. Hard pass.
7. Hetty Woodstone
Next would be Hetty ( Rebecca Wisocky ), Samantha’s distant relative that originally owned the Woodstone estate and was the lady of the house before her death. Hetty, as a spirit, is just a little bland. There’s nothing substantially bad about her, aside from the casual misogyny ingrained into her from the years she was alive that Ghosts uses for comedy as Hetty reprimands Samantha for her modern-day ways. She’s just… lacking. If you wanted a ghost that would scold you like an angry mother, Hetty's your pick. Otherwise, there’s not very much substance to the character yet, and nothing about her makes her special in comparison to the other ghosts in the home. Hard pass.
6. Pete Martino
Pete ( Richie Moriarty ) is an all-around good guy, but, like Hetty, wouldn’t be a fun ghost to have around. If he were the ghost haunting my home and I had no idea he was around, sure, Pete would probably be the top choice because he’s harmless in practically every way. But, not in the context of the show. Pete’s not ranked last because there’s no real downside to having Pete around, but he’s not higher on this list because there’s no real benefit from having him around either.
5. Trevor Lefkowitz
Having Trevor ( Asher Grodman ) around seems like it would be a blast… and that’s why he’s not ranked higher on this list. He’s fun, full of excitement, and he’s the most recent to pass, so he’s the most up-to-date on what’s going on in the world. However, Trevor’s superpower is also why he’s not ranked higher on this list. As we saw when Trevor set up a dating profile and started messaging Jay’s sister, or when he accidentally caused Samantha to fall down the stairs, he can cause real trouble. And, with Trevor’s personality, he’s never not going to be causing trouble.
4. Alberta Haynes
Alberta ( Daniella Pinnock ) is such a charismatic, energetic woman. Her theory about being murdered seemingly turning out to be true only shows that Alberta is far more intuitive and intelligent than anyone thought, and it makes her life seem all the more intriguing. As someone who lived and died in the 1920s, Alberta’s view of the world is full of glitz and glamour, as lively as she is. There’s absolutely no doubt she would sometimes be the best ghost to have around, but her bragging about the people she met in her life and her spooky ability to hum to the livings in the home are to account for why she is not ranked higher.
Thorfinn ( Devan Chandler Long ) would be a delight to have around, especially as a child. His befriending Hetty when she was a child and singing her to sleep shows how kindhearted and pure Thorfinn is under his macho exterior. He’s seen a lot of life during his eternity on this one piece of land, and clearly has a lot to offer in terms of his view of the world. Plus, his love for bad television shows makes him even more lovable. But, his ability to mess with electricity is why he’s not higher on this list. He can make lights flicker, but he also has the potential to cause fires, as Samantha and Jay learned the hard way when he destroyed their gazebo. His delightfully and unnecessarily aggressive personality is not worth the fire hazard.
Sasappis ( Román Zaragoza ), like Thorfinn, would be a delight to have around. Except, unlike the former, Sas isn’t fueled by anger and aggression. He’s a very relaxed, mellow man, who finds joy in trashy television shows and gets upset when you watch episodes without him. He’s a storyteller, meaning he’s entertaining and has things to share with the world (or the residents of your household). There’s really no downside to having Sas around, and he could easily be the top ghost on this list (and likely is for many who have thought about this topic themselves). However, there’s one ghost that seems just a little more entertaining…
1. Flower (a.k.a. Susan Montero)
Frankly, having Flower ( Sheila Carrasco ) around just seems like a lot of fun. Walking through her would lead to some interesting times given her “superpower” that will have you off in La La Land for half an hour before you are forced to see the world as it is once again. She’s friendly, loving, and easily distracted by anything pretty, like butterflies, so it’s not like she would really be causing mischief or require a lot of attention. But, as we saw, there’s another side of Flower. She joined a cult, lived in a commune, and robbed a bank before dying while trying to hug a bear. She’s, frankly, a hot mess, but it would be exciting to try to understand how Flower turned into the person she was when she died.
Ghosts returns on CBS on March 31.
10 Signs Your House Is Haunted (And What to Do About It)
Posted: October 17, 2023 | Last updated: October 17, 2023
In this installment of Practical Magic , Lisa Stardust shares the signs of a haunted home, and explains what to look out for when ghost hunting. Always remember that magic is for believers, but this column can also simply serve as a guide to getting in touch with yourself — magically or not.
Are ghosts real? It’s a question we’ve all asked ourselves. You’ve heard bump-in-the-night noises, smelled weird odors, and experienced bizarre dreams. And, thanks to our cultural obsession with haunted houses, you’ve seen your share of ghost movies, too. Does this mean your house is haunted? It’s that time of the year when the veil between worlds is thin, so it’s best to take precautions.
Unfortunately, saying “Beetlejuice” three times can’t get rid of paranormal entities in real life. But there are some witch-approved tips and tricks you can use to feel more secure about your space (and maybe make it smell a little sweeter at the same time). First though, you’ll need to get versed on how to tell if there is a ghost nearby — which, to be clear, won’t entail any ouija boards. Below, learn which signs of a ghost can help prove you’ve got a resident Casper on your hands, as well as the tools you’ll need to rid your home of spectral roomies.
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Generally speaking, people use the term “ghost” to describe people who have passed on to an afterlife of some sort. Across cultures and generations, the definition can change in big ways. For example, some communities may call ghosts ancestral spirits and others will refer to them as angels. The one thing they have in common is that they are no longer living in the world that living, breathing humans are existing in. For a ghost to show up in our world, they have to cross some sort of threshold or boundary. (Ahead, you’ll learn more about how they can manifest.)
It’s commonly believed that ghosts frequent the places they were familiar with when they were living. It’s really no wonder one of the first questions on someone’s mind before a big move can often be “Is my house haunted?”
The truth of it is, there is no exact definition or explanation around what a ghost is or can be. But there is a difference between a ghost and the memory of a loved one who has passed. Death is a very intimate topic, and it’s easy to mix the two up as grief enters the scene. The presence of a loved one is more often than not a comforting physical feeling—it may be a smell or a visual that reminds you of the person. But with a ghost, the feeling could be more unsettling. Ghosts may stick around familiar people due to “unfinished business,” or unresolved trauma they experienced at the end of their life. In some cases, they may not even know that they’ve passed on.
There is no one study that proves the physical existence of ghosts—but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. It’s been a topic of conversation among experts for generations, some touting laws of physics that can’t possibly be broken and others finding the cracks in fact.
Here is something interesting: a British engineer named Vic Tandy made a discovery in the 1980s around infrasound. This describes low-frequency sound below the level humans can hear, hitting between 0.1 and 20 Hz. And while we may not be able to hear sounds at this plane, they do have an impact on the environments around us. These kinds of sounds can mess with our other senses and add to a feeling of unease or eerieness.
Remember to put it all in perspective: ghosts play into the belief of an afterlife, which is directly connected to so many different religious beliefs—and there isn’t always exact science behind many spiritual beliefs.
There are some signs of ghosts in a room. And those of us who believe in ghosts know not all poltergeists present as the kind of full-body apparitions we often see in horror movies. Meaning? If you suspect your house could be haunted and are wondering how to see a ghost, you may need to look for slightly more subtle proof instead. In order to claim that a ghost really is present in your living space, five or more of the following signs should ideally be crossed off your checklist. Keep in mind that for each of these otherworldly signs, there might very well be a simple, worldly explanation — which is why it’s a good idea to think critically about possible alternatives before jumping to paranormal conclusions.
1. You’ve experienced a strange, creeping feeling like someone is watching you.
People who believe they’ve experienced paranormal activity often note a sensation that someone is watching them while they sleep. Eek! Whether you’ve noticed the feeling of having eyes on you or simply get the sense you aren’t actually alone at home, both scenarios point toward haunted house vibes. That said, anxiety can definitely cloud our intuition here. If you live with your family or have roommates, try asking if anyone else is identifying a little too closely with the lyrics of Rockwell’s “Somebody’s Watching Me” — or if it’s possible you’ve watched one too many scary movies lately.
2. Odors inexplicably emerge from a localized area during a specific time of day.
But just because you’re regularly, randomly smelling rotten eggs or perfume — and for your sake, we hope it’s the latter — doesn’t automatically mean you’ve got a stinky poltergeist afoot. There’s a medical term that doctors use for olfactory hallucinations, or smells that aren’t actually there, and it’s called P hantosmia. They can be caused by everything from an upper respiratory infection and inflamed sinuses to certain medications, aging and trauma, and in telling you this, our goal isn’t to send you to the actually scariest corner of the internet (WebMD). We just want to repeat the fact there are often multiple explanations for the things we think of as signs of a ghost. So be sure to rule out all possible causes!
3. Weird sounds like whispering voices might indicate that another being is trying to get your attention — or that there’s a residual haunting happening in your home.
A residual haunting is when a spirit replays and relives a past event over and over. In this scenario, your house is being haunted by the echoes of this event more so than by an entity itself. Many people believe that physical spaces can soak up and hang onto energy, whether that’s the energy of happy events or less-than pleasant ones. If you think your house could be residually haunted, you may want to do a quick Google search of your address to see what comes up, or you can try looking up your home in your local library’s newspaper archives.
4. You’re having a real Joyce Byers moment with the lights in your house.
Flickering or flashing lights, Stranger Things -style, could be signs your house is haunted (or that you really need to, you know, call an electrician). All jokes aside, people who believe in the paranormal often cite electricity as a means for ghosts to communicate, and lights that turn off and on seemingly of their own accord are worth paying attention to. That’s similarly true if you spot a flash of bright light that often occurs in a specific part of your home, something that the new owners of the house behind The Conjuring are familiar with .
5. Frigidly cold areas of a room, as well as a sudden drop in temperature (usually between 20-30 degrees), can mean there’s a ghost among you.
This one’s been a classic among signs of ghosts for about as long as humans have been telling ghost stories. Both phenomena — centralized “cold spots” in a home as well as noticable temperature dips — are referenced frequently by people who believe they live in a haunted home. That said, it’s worth noting that our bodies’ physical responses to fear — which include goosebumps, body hairs standing on end, and clammy hands — mimic the way we respond to cold temperatures, so it’s totally possible this is a chicken-or-egg situation.
6. TVs or electronic devices turning on and off can be a sign that an entity is pulling its energy from your power source.
Similarly to lights that flash off and on, a ghost may also try to communicate with you through things like your physical electronics or batteries. Do you often find that your phone or laptop gets inexplicably zapped of energy, for instance, despite the fact you left it plugged in? Or does your remote not work for long no matter how many new batteries you’ve put in?
7. You’ve had a peripheral ghost sighting.
This is what it sounds like. A peripheral ghost sighting is a glimpse of a shadowy figure from the corners of your eyesight. People who believe in spirits think they tend to move fast, meaning they may appear to be dancing or look like a flickering shadow in the distance. Some ghosts, too, are thought to only ever appear in the form of a shadow, making a direct, full-on look at one less likely, and there’s actually a whole subset of paranormal internet-y folk who believe in entities called “shadow people.”
8. Missing objects are found in strange areas of your home, in places other than where they were left or are usually kept.
This one can be a slippery slope for the forgetful among us. While it’s usually safe to assume that you simply misplaced an item, if it’s found somewhere you would never think of leaving it, then that may be a sign of paranormal hijinks. Many ghosts are thought to be mischievous versus actually threatening in nature, which means that finding your phone in the microwave could be Casper’s idea of a good time. Try paying special attention to where you’ve left things, including by creating designated spots for items like your wallet and keys, so that you can potentially rule this one out.
9. You have strange dreams you’ve never experienced before, and at night, feel a sensation of touch as though something or someone is reaching out to you.
No. Thank you. It’s no surprise that certain signs your house is haunted are detectable mostly at night, when we’re more naturally in a state to get spooked. Toss things like recurring nightmares into the mix, and that can be enough to get anyone apprehensive about bedtime — especially if you’re one of the roughly 8% of people who experience sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis is a very real neurological phenomenon that essentially traps you in a half-awake state, during which you’re all the more likely to see things like shadowy figures and experience flashes of panic. If you think this is something you struggle with, it’s worth asking your doctor about it before determining you’ve got ghostly visitors at your bedside.
10. Your pets are acting strange.
Here’s the thing: Pets are just weird sometimes. For anyone who has a cat, you’ve likely seen them stare off into random corners of the ceiling with some degree of regularity. Even still, when it comes to the paranormal, Simba and Fido can be good indicators of what’s up. If your pet often and repeatedly acts alarmed in a certain area of your house for reasons you can’t account for, they might be seeing something you don’t see. (Or they might, once again, just be little weirdos! Because that’s totally a possibility here, too.)
If you believe your house is haunted by a ghost, here are a few magical ways to put an end to the spooky shenanigans.
- Ghost them — literally. Tell the ghost to leave you alone or ignore them. If you stop giving the spirit attention, they will get bored and move on. Also, we said this earlier, but it bears repeating: Do not play with Ouija boards or have seances. Opening the gates to the spiritual world willingly invites energy into your home that you don’t want there.
- Cleanse your living space. Burn lavender in every room, wash your floors with ammonia, and get fresh air circulating throughout the home. This will detox any residual ghoulish vibes (and can be a good excuse for a deep clean, too!)
- Protect yourself. Place a black tourmaline stone in the corner of the room to ensure that you are out of harm's way. This stone will protect you from negativity — on both the spiritual and material plane.
- Bring in positivity. While practicing fire safety, light white candles in the rooms you’ve sensed apparitions in to clear out the negative energies and purify the area.
- Be salty. Pour black salt around your home and along the doorways. Make a circle of protection around your home with the salt to keep it secure from unwanted visitors.
- Make your dreams sweeter. Before you go to sleep, cast a circle of protection with your finger in the air. This will help you enter and return from the astral realm safely. To further ensure that entities don’t mess with you while you’re asleep, place an amethyst crystal by your bed, or tuck a sachet of salt or lavender under your bed or in your pillowcase.
- Get help from a professional. This can be having someone come and cleanse your space or communicate directly with any spirits in your home. Alternatively, you can have ghost hunters visit your home to help gather information about the spirits you’re cohabiting with.
So, you’re pretty sure there is indeed a ghost living rent-free in your home. It’s only natural that your next question would be: Can ghosts hurt you ? We want to be clear here that, no, not all ghosts are evil! There are some malevolent poltergeists who are thirsty and want attention, and there are also some spirits just like Casper, the friendly ghost. Most ghosts are benevolent or at very least benign, and some are simply energetically trapped in areas they previously inhabited.
Historically , the concept of ghosts is rooted in the idea that a deceased person’s soul or spirit continues to exist after they die. In many cultures and societies around the world, believing in ghosts is a celebration of honoring deceased ancestors. If they are not given reverence, there’s a belief that the spirits will haunt the living as payback.
Although there is no real scientific evidence to support the theory of ghosts, as we tackled earlier, strange occurrences signify that they can exist. Whether or not you choose to believe is up to you. Generally, you can tell if a spirit living in your home is good or bad based on the feeling you have when you think that you’re in their presence. Ghosts engage all of the senses, so pay attention to any of the signs we covered earlier in the story (temperature changes, smells, the hair standing up on your arms). Sometimes, the spirit of a loved one can evoke a scent that reminds you of the person—and other times, ill-intending spirits can do the same to throw you off their path. In the end, a ghostly encounter can be entirely personal—feeling like a person you knew is still living alongside you—or like you’re co-existing with a complete (and not very personable) roommate. Whatever it may be, happy ghost hunting!
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Alison and her husband Mike inherit the run-down Button House and its resident group of eccentric ghosts from various periods of history. After a head injury, Alison finds she can suddenly see and communicate with the ghosts. And so begins a bizarre house share that is as surprisingly heartwarming as it is hilarious. This is the premise of the paranormal BBC comedy, Ghosts , which is now entering its fifth and final season.
The mix of humour and poignancy in Ghosts echoes real attempts to communicate with spirits, especially in the late 19th century.
A prime example is an 1892 report on a haunted house written for the Society for Psychical Research . The group was founded in 1882 to try to bring scientific rigour to the search for ghosts and other phenomena, and they still exist today. Miss R. C. Morton’s report, titled Record of a Haunted House , details her extensive experiments that aimed to prove that ghosts wandered her family home.
Like Button House, the anonymous dwelling of the report saw many dramatic, seemingly ghostly events. In Ghosts, each of Alison’s phantom housemates met a grim end. Edwardian lady-of-the-manor Fanny Button was pushed out of a window by her husband. Romantic poet Thomas was shot in a row over a woman. And 1980s Scout leader Pat was on the receiving end of a small child with a bow and arrow.
Miss Morton’s house was no different. Its first owner was a British Indian man named Mr S, who took to heavy drinking after the death of his wife. He remarried two years later, but the new marriage was marred by arguments about the first wife’s jewellery collection. In a twist of dark humour straight out of Ghosts, the second Mrs S. started drinking, too.
After the deaths of Mr and Mrs S, the house – now in a similar state of disrepair to Button House – was bought by Mr L, who promptly died in the sitting room. This sitting room was where Mr S was also found dead, and the place where he had allegedly hidden his first wife’s jewellery under the floorboards. The house was then let to Captain Morton, his wife and their children. Miss R. C. Morton was their eldest.
Every night, in a trance-like state, Lady Button relives her death by leaping out of the window with a piercing scream. And it is with a similar spooky female figure that Miss Morton’s experiences begin.
While in bed one evening, she sees the spectre of a “tall lady, dressed in black”. Over the following years, various servants and Morton children all report seeing the woman gliding around the house, disappearing through walls, seemingly oblivious to the living occupants.
Moreover, the ghostly woman seems to be in a state of distress and mourning, covering her face with a handkerchief as though weeping. Later, her brother hears the ghost “crying so bitterly”. Both Lady Button and the Morton ghost re-enact emotionally tumultuous moments of their life in a noisy and disturbing manner.
A running joke in Ghosts is that Mike, Alison’s husband, cannot see the ghosts. He is therefore in a strange position whereby he knows they’re around him, but must rely on Alison’s reports of where they are and what they’re doing.
Miss Morton, in her report, describes the lady in black standing directly behind her father in the drawing room – yet her father insists he cannot see the ghost. But, like Mike, he trusts in his daughter’s experiences and thoroughly believes her.
Despite being interminably pompous, Lady Button gradually warms to Alison, who is her distant relative. In episode six of series one, Getting Out , she decides she wants to help Alison’s financial situation by revealing the hiding place, under floorboards, of a priceless jewel.
In Miss Morton’s report, the family learns about the story of the first Mrs S and her hidden jewellery and tear up the sitting room floor to find it. There’s a striking similarity here. In the report, a receptacle is uncovered, but there are no jewels inside. In Ghosts, the box is found, but with a note from Lady Button’s husband apologising for pawning the jewel.
Miss Morton’s report is not without its moments of comedy that, despite being unintentional, wouldn’t be out of place in Ghosts. At one point, in an endeavour to collect evidence of the haunting, Miss Morton loosely sticks thread across doorways to see if the barrier is broken overnight. The thread remains tacked in place, therefore apparently proving the existence of the ghostly woman, who is able to pass through objects without disturbing them. Hmm.
Perhaps the most interesting similarity, though, is how the ghosts affect the living residents’ relationship with the house. For both Alison and Miss Morton, there’s a sense that their paranormal experiences help them to form an attachment to their new home, allowing them to explore the building’s past while also making it their own.
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How did all the Ghosts die in the BBC series?
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Fans of the BBC's smash-hit sitcom Ghosts love nothing more than uncovering nuggets of information about the former lives of Button House's paranormal inhabitants.
Some of the most famous episodes of the series reveal the often poignant (occasionally daft) death stories that flung them into the purgatorial plane, with some being more surprising than others.
For example, characters like Pat (Jim Howick) and Sir Humphrey (Laurence Rickard) have obvious visual answers to what killed them, although the exact circumstances can still prove unexpected.
Meanwhile, other fan favourites like The Captain (Ben Willbond) and Kitty (Lolly Adefope) have no costume clues, with the answers to their fates being withheld until season 5 – the final entry, now streaming on BBC iPlayer.
With all the answers now before us, we thought this would be a good time to round up the details on how all the Ghosts died in BBC One's acclaimed sitcom. Read on for the gory details.
How did Robin die in Ghosts?
Death year: unknown
Robin's death was finally unveiled in the chaotic season 4 finale, with the Ghosts writers rolling out one of their trademark misdirects to throw fans off the scent.
Indeed, all through the episode, it appears that Robin is doomed to meet his fate at the sharp claws of an enormous bear, but he avoids that grisly fate by hiding in a tree until the predator passes.
Alas, when he descends, the tree is struck by lightning, which kills Robin by electrocution, bringing a long-awaited answer to why he's able to manipulate electric bulbs.
Although the bear didn't catch him, Robin has retained a fear of the animals, as shown when Mike unwisely brings a taxidermy one home.
How did Sir Humphrey Bone die in Ghosts?
Death year: 1575
The Tudor era is infamous for its regular beheadings, with vile monarch King Henry VIII having a particular interest in the gruesome method of execution.
You might expect headless Sir Humphrey Bone to have been led grimly to the chopping block in a public event, as was the tendency at the time, but the nobleman actually met a far more unexpected fate.
His origin episode chronicles his marriage to a French woman and devout Catholic named Sophie, who was secretly plotting against the Protestant Queen Elizabeth I.
Humphrey was oblivious to this, as Sophie rarely spoke to him in English and displayed little interest in getting to know him, although privately to her conspirators she referred to him as a decent enough man.
He stepped up to the plate when the royal guard came to Button House to arrest Sophie for treason, staying behind to stall the soldiers and give her ample time to escape.
It looks for a moment as if Humphrey too would evade justice, as he tucks himself away in an empty fireplace, going undetected in an initial search of the room.
However, after emerging from his hiding place, two swords mounted above the fireplace come off the wall and behead him in a freak accident. One of the guards on the scene takes credit for the killing.
As a ghost, his head regularly detaches from his body, which never fails to amuse the other Button House spooks.
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How did Mary die in Ghosts?
Death year: 1612
Mary was burned at the stake after being deemed a witch in the 1600s, hence why her skin is covered in ash and she emits a smell of smoke when walked through.
Shortly before she was "sucked off" – the laughable term Mary coins for being transported to the next stage of the afterlife – we learned more about what led Mary's village to suspect her of witchcraft.
She reveals that she was married in life, but her husband passed away a mere three years after they wed following a catastrophic farming accident.
The loss clearly left her shaken and lonely as Mary developed a habit of talking to herself, which the other villagers found annoying. When the crops failed, that irritation evolved into suspicion that she could be casting spells.
Of course, Mary was completely innocent, with her accusers simply using her to avoid accountability for their own failings.
In season 4, it was revealed that she had a close friend in the afterlife called Annie (Bridget Christie), who died after choking on food and spent about a century teaching Mary how to express her opinions, before moving on.
Mary was "sucked off" herself many decades later, in a moment that left Button House in a state of grief .
How did Kitty die in Ghosts?
Death year: 1780
Kitty's death was kept under wraps until late in the series, with no visible wounds pointing fans in the right direction – or at least, that's what we thought.
In season 5 episode 3, we're taken back to Georgian era to witness Kitty's final day as a living human.
There are no shortage of suspects in what is assumed to be foul play, with her cruel sister Eleanor (Emma Sidi) seeming to want her out of the way, while Kitty also overheard a dangerous plot that may have put her in peril.
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The truth is far stranger! Kitty recalled that her death day was the first (and only) time she ate pineapple, which at that time was hard to come by as it was grown on the other side of the world.
She picked up the unusual-looking fruit and felt a sharp sting, which the dinner party guests assumed was caused by one of the spikes on the outer skin.
As it turned out, an exotic, venomous spider had hitched a ride to the UK on the pineapple and bit Kitty in that moment, which caused her to perish mere hours later.
Robin gave the crucial witness testimony, noting that the spider had also killed an animal roaming the Button House grounds later that same day. A small bite mark was subsequently found on Kitty's hand.
As Kitty laid unconscious on her death bed, Eleanor expressed great regret that she hadn't been kinder to her in life.
How did Thomas die in Ghosts?
Death year: 1824
Fans were given an early clue as to what befell failed poet Thomas Thorne by the ominous bloodstain on his waistcoat, but the specific details were plotted out in his very own self-titled episode in season 2.
We learn that the ever-soppy Thomas was hopelessly in love with a woman named Isabelle Higham, whose family owned the manor that would eventually become known as Button House.
He was cautious of revealing his true feelings, giving treacherous cousin Francis – who desired Isabelle only for her wealth – a chance to wreak havoc.
A romantic poem Thomas wrote for Isabelle never made it to her, with Francis swapping it out for a forged note claiming there was no love between them. He gave Thomas the same, under Isabelle's name, driving a wedge between the would-be couple.
As if that isn't bad enough, Francis goes on to tell more lies, claiming that a soldier on the grounds had insulted Isabelle's honour in a bid to delay Thomas confronting her about the forged letter.
Thomas challenged the alleged perpetrator to a duel, but was placed at a lethal disadvantage when his cousin told him he should walk 20 paces before turning to fire his pistol – the agreement with his opponent was 10.
As a result, Thomas was shot in the back on the grounds of Button House, with Isabelle never knowing his true feelings as Francis denied him the chance of a farewell.
How did Fanny die in Ghosts?
Death year: 1912
Lady Fanny Button has one of the darkest death stories of the Ghosts characters, having been murdered by her husband in a moment of panic.
The Edwardian woman was shocked to discover her uncaring spouse in bed with both the groundskeeper and butler of their vast manor, Button House.
Lord Button was terrified that she would reveal his sexuality to the world, which at that time would destroy his reputation and most likely lead to a radical loss of status.
Therefore, he pushed his wife from a high-storey window to prevent her from breathing a word to anyone.
The traumatic incident clearly left a mark on Fanny for centuries to come, as when Alison and Mike moved to Button House in 2019, she was still re-enacting the terrible crime every morning at 3am.
Since befriending Alison, it's possible this routine has been retired as Fanny has softened somewhat – although, of course, she still has a fiery temper.
How did the Captain die in Ghosts?
Death year: 1945
The Captain's death story was one of the most frequently demanded by fans across the entire run of Ghosts, with answers finally arriving in the penultimate episode of season 5.
It had previously been hinted that the Second World War-era military strategist was secretly homosexual, with a season 2 episode introducing his brief flirtation with second-in-command Lieutenant Havers (Peter Sandys-Clarke).
The storyline sent fans into a frenzy, and was finally revisited in the final season, with a flashback set in the days after World War II ended, when soldiers were called back to Button House for a celebratory reunion.
The Captain was desperate to go as he hoped that he would find Havers there, but was disappointed to discover the event was only open to soldiers who had served on the frontlines.
He snuck in, taking the stripes from another soldier's uniform as a disguise, but was soon confronted by former colleague Gerald Hatch (Neil Edmond), who saw through the deception almost immediately.
As Hatch proceeded to grill The Captain on why he was lying, Havers saw him from the other side of the room.
Of course, due again to the attitudes of the time, The Captain could not be honest about his reason for being there, with the intense pressure of the situation causing him to have a heart attack.
Havers rushed over, demanding the onlookers seek a medic, but it was too late. The Captain did at least get to hold the hand of his lost love one last time as he passed, in a heartbreaking moment which acknowledged their feelings for each other.
How did Pat die in Ghosts?
Death year: 1984
No prizes for guessing what killed Pat, we're afraid.
The former scout leader took his group of hyperactive kids to Button House for an archery session, making the mistake of wandering out into the line of fire as he gave some important health and safety tips.
One child, named Keith Darren Dean, wasn't listening closely enough and accidentally sent an arrow right into Pat's neck, causing him to die moments later outside the grand home after nobly attempting to drive himself to hospital.
Although the scene itself is rather farcical, the tragic consequences of Pat's death hit home in the 2022 Christmas special , which offers a glimpse of how dearly his wife, Carol, and son, Daley, missed him over later years.
How did Julian die in Ghosts?
Death year: 1993
The exact circumstances of Julian's death are open to interpretation, with his own account being unreliable due to a long history of compulsive lying.
What we know is that Julian was a corrupt MP, who regularly cheated on his wife. News reports of his 1993 death note that he died in the midst of a sex scandal, which explains why he wasn't wearing any trousers at the time.
He claimed to have died from a heart attack during an intimate moment with a mistress, although in a telling moment in season 5, he makes reference to having been killed by his secretary.
There's a sense that we don't have all the details on what exactly happened, probably because the nature of his death isn't befitting of a family-friendly show like Ghosts. Still, one look at Julian is enough to get the gist.
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Students at Hogwarts are grouped into four houses: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin.
When the students arrived on September 1 of their first year, they were met byMcGonagall, who explained the house system:
"The start-of-term banquet will begin shortly, but before you take your seats in the Great Hall, you will be sorted into your houses. The Sorting is a very important ceremony because, while you are here, your house will be something like your family within Hogwarts. You will have classes with the rest of your house, sleep in your house dormitory, and spend free time in your house common room."The four houses are called Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. Each house has its own noble history and each has produced outstanding witches and wizards. While you are at Hogwarts, your triumphs will earn your house points, while any rulebreaking will lose house points. At the end of the year, the house with the most points is awarded the House Cup, a great honour. I hope each of you will be a credit to whichever house becomes yours." ( PS7 )
The students were then led into the Great Hall. There they were sorted into their houses by placing the Sorting Hat onto their heads, whereupon it decided which house they should sbelong to.
Each house has a common room and dormitories where students sleep and spend their free time. Students do their studying and spend their free time in their common room when they aren't in the library. The common rooms have comfortable chairs and assorted tables for students to work at and to play games such as wizard chess orExploding Snap. Each common room also has a large fireplace.
Each house has a Head, a staff member who is responsible for the students in that house. There are also several prefects from the houses. Each house also has a residentghost and an animal. The Heads, animals, colors, and ghosts of each house are as follows:
The crests of each house show their colors and their animal:
The four houses compete for House Points. Whichever house gets the most points over the course of the year wins the House Cup. These points are tracked by means of four huge hourglasses. Each house has a Quidditch team. These teams compete through the year as well, and the victor of the Quidditch contests wins the coveted Quidditch Cup.
The four houses are related to the four elements, according to Rowling (Pm): Slytherin is water, Gryffindor is fire, Ravenclaw is air and Hufflepuff is earth.
The Old English word hūs (noun) is of Germanic origin and means a building for people to live in, usually for one family.
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The Haunted House in the Sitcom “Ghosts”
The CBS sitcom “Ghosts” is based on a popular BBC series. I was a fan of the British version (which is streaming on HBO Max if you want to check it out) and wasn’t sure if the new one would do it justice. But I was pleasantly surprised to tune in and find it as much fun as the original!
They have some notable differences, but the premise of the CBS show is the same: after a young couple inherits a grand old mansion from a long-lost relative, they decide to fix it up and turn it into a Bed and Breakfast. But after the wife takes a fall and has a near-death experience, she can suddenly see dead people. And there are a lot of them living in the house.
At first the ghosts disapprove of the new homeowners and want to scare them off, but when they realize Samantha is able to communicate with them, they decide it may be worthwhile to let them stay after all.
The house plays such a central role in the show that I was curious about where it was filmed. Read on to find out what I learned about it, as well as the mansion they used in the original BBC series!
The Haunted House in the CBS Sitcom “Ghosts”
Rose McIver (who you may recognize from iZombie ) plays Samantha, who is horrified to realize that Woodstone Estate is filled with ghosts.
Utkarsh Ambudkar (from Never Have I Ever ) plays her husband Jay, who is baffled to find her talking to empty rooms.
The ghosts include a cast of characters who have died on the estate over hundreds of years and aren’t thrilled by the idea of interlopers moving in and turning the place into a B&B.
In the original trailer, the attorney showed Samantha and Jay a photo of the country house, and it looked like this (below):
They filmed the pilot at a famous mansion in Pasadena, California.
After that, distractify reports that production moved to montreal., the exterior of the house we see onscreen was built (interior sets were created on a soundstage)., when you stream the episode now, this one is shown (below):.
They probably didn’t expect some of us (ahem) to pay such close attention.
They clearly haven’t met us! 😉
Woodstone Estate looked pretty good in the photo. But when Samantha and Jay pull up to it, they’re greeted by a house with a sagging roof, covered in overgrown vines (below):
They seem to be using some CGI/special effects to cover the exterior in ivy and make it look older.
The house where they filmed the first episode in Pasadena has been used in other movies like “Bridesmaids:”
You may also recognize it as Wayne Manor from the “Batman” series in the 1960s.
Here’s a screenshot i took of it in the episode “he meets his match, the grisly ghoul:”.
Although they removed the front exterior shots from the pilot episode, a scene filmed in back remains (screenshot below):
Here’s how the same patio looked in “Bridesmaids” (below):
The mansion is located at 380 S. San Rafael Avenue in Pasadena, California.
According to Zillow the Tudor-Gothic Revival-style mansion was built in 1928 and designed by architect Paul Revere Williams .
It has over 16,000 square feet with 10 bedrooms and 6 baths.
You can see the full list of movies and TV shows filmed at this house on Movie Maps, including “Alias,” “The X Files,” “The Campaign,” and “Murder, She Wrote.”
They didn’t even really try to replicate the look of the real house for the series. It’s no longer brick and the turrets are gone (below):
Here’s another example of how the houses were swapped out after the original trailer and promotional materials were sent out. (Note: it may have even originally aired this way, but since I streamed the show on Hulu I’m not sure.)
When Jay and Samantha arrived at the house for the first time, the camera pans up and we see the second story of the house where they filmed in Pasadena, with vines added digitally to make it look like it’s been neglected (below):
If you stream that episode now, the camera shows the stone house they created in Montreal instead (TV magic!):
Button House in the Original BBC Series
In the original “Ghosts” series , they filmed on location in Surrey at West Horsley Place , using not only the exterior of the 15th-century house but the interior rooms, as well.
The haunted manor is called button house in the british version..
The interiors of the house were also used as a filming location for the 2020 Netflix movie “Enola Holmes.”
You can see photos of how the interiors look at surrey live ..
There are three seasons of the original series that you can watch on HBO Max. Although the premise is the same, there are different types of ghosts and situations that arise.
For instance, Alison (who is called Samantha in the U.S. version), doesn’t trip and fall down the stairs in the pilot — she’s apparently pushed by one of the ghosts out a window. The result is the same, however: after her near-death experience, she is able to see dead people.
The ghosts in the cellar’s “plague pit” are played by the same actors as the ghosts upstairs.
They’re in different costumes, hair and makeup, so i didn’t catch it at first, it’s fun to see them playing such different characters in the bbc sitcom:.
In true British form, the seasons are very short, with only 6 episodes in each.
By contrast, the first season of the cbs sitcom will have 20 episodes..
Woodstone Estate on the CBS Sitcom
According to an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette :
“Ghosts” features a Victorian-style mansion whose interiors and exteriors are an amalgamation of a real home in Los Angeles and sound stages in Montreal.
The house was inspired by the Baker Mansion , a 19th-century structure built on a hill in Altoona.
Also of note: The mansion was originally owned by Elias and Hetty Baker, names that Joe Port (who adapted it for American television) lifted for the spectral character of Hetty, played by York native Rebecca Wisocky, and her oft-mentioned husband Elias.
They created the interior of the house with elaborate sets on a soundstage.
The Front Parlor
In the BBC version, the ghost soldier called “Captain” died in World War II.
In this one, isaac (played by brandon scott jones) was in the revolutionary war., there are british soldiers living in a nearby shed..
The kitchen is one of my favorite sets on the show.
In the BBC version, there’s the spirit of a caveman living on the property.
In the cbs sitcom, the oldest ghost is thorfinn, a viking played by devan long:.
Utkarsh Ambudkar is hilarious as the slightly hapless husband Jay, who’s at a disadvantage because he can’t see the ghosts his wife is talking to.
Samantha and Jay’s Bedroom
I believe some scenes for the pilot episode may have been filmed on location inside the Pasadena house, like the one shown above.
In later episodes jay and samantha’s bedroom looks like this (below):.
You can often tell a difference in real-house hardwood floors and the fake wood they use for sets.
The bathroom looks pretty authentic with its peeling vintage wallpaper and a freestanding tub, but it’s also a set:.
In a flashback to 1983 we see the house looking a bit different in the distance, which is puzzling:
Update: I’m told this is the other side of the house that we don’t typically see.
“That’s the true front of the house, with what we usually see on the show being the back side. All the exterior shots are an actual house, all interior is a set. For the shot above they used a little camera magic to hide a road.” (Thanks, Anon!)
A few episodes later we get this aerial view showing the front of the house:
Asher Grodman, who plays the ghost named Trevor, told CBS Denver :
“The first time I read this script, I said this is one of the funniest things I’ve ever read. I knew it was different and I knew it was special. We were supposed to shoot the pilot in March 2020 on a Monday and the world shut down on the Friday before. In terms of the ensemble, we were all living in limbo for a year and a half and all of us just got really close.”
He adds, “They rebuilt this house in Montreal and the attention to detail is incredible.”
I took these screenshots while watching the episodes online.
Have you been watching “Ghosts”? You can catch new episodes airing on CBS on Thursday nights (or stream it on Hulu with a subscription). You can also watch three seasons of the original BBC sitcom on HBO Max.
P.S. It was 14 years ago this month that I started blogging about houses. Back in 2008, I couldn’t find any sites talking about TV and movie houses that I wanted to know more about, so I decided to write about them myself. Many thanks to the readers who have kept coming back year after year — I wouldn’t still be here without you! -Julia 🙂
Visit my TV & Movie Houses page to see more filming locations I’ve featured, including the house from “The Haunting of Bly Manor.”
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Mass. House to vote on gun control bill amid opposition from gun owners and police
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The Massachusetts House is set to vote on a massive new gun control package Wednesday, over the protests of local police chiefs and gun owners.
The 125-page measure would strengthen the state's assault weapons ban, limit where guns can be carried and crack down on unregistered, so-called "ghost guns." It’s spurring a heated fight in a state with some of the strictest gun laws in the country , and among the lowest rates of gun violence.
On a recent September morning, hundreds of gun owners dressed in jeans and camouflage paid a visit to the State House. After rallying on Boston Common, they descended on the offices of their state representatives.
Three sportsmen from Ashland found Democrat Jack Lewis in his fourth-floor office. John Magri, Steven Magri and Tim Jomides confronted Lewis about the gun bill, which he originally co-sponsored .
"You were sworn in to uphold the constitution of the United States," John Magri told Lewis. "You’re directly defying the Second Amendment."
Lewis listened and asked the men to put their concerns in writing. "I can tell you for every email I get in opposition, there are several emails like it in support of the bill," he said.
After shaking hands with the representative, the group left. "I mean I’m glad he gave us the time and didn’t have his office locked," John Magri said in the hallway. "They’re going to do what they’re going to do anyways, but we have to give it a try, right?"
House leaders released a revised version of the gun bill earlier this month, addressing some of the gun owners’ concerns. The new language would allow people who already own certain assault-style weapons to keep them.
Still, there’s strong opposition to the bill — including from a surprising group: The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association voted unanimously last week to oppose the new bill.
They have a stake in a number of ways. For one, police chiefs approve gun licenses in Massachusetts and would be tasked with enforcing any new regulations.
But there’s another big reason they oppose the bill. Officers want to be able to freely carry their weapons off-duty, according to Webster Police Chief Michael Shaw.
"I can't tell you how many times that I've been off-duty and had to render aid," Shaw said in an interview.
He said there are parts of the bill he supports — like new restrictions on parts that people use to assemble ghost guns at home. But he thinks that issue should be tackled separately.
"Let's deal with that problem before we deal with putting all these other more stringent regulations on the lawful gun owners that are doing everything right, are getting their licenses, are properly transferring firearms, properly storing their firearms," he said.
Supporters say the bill will improve public safety and won’t penalize people who use guns for hunting, sport, or self-defense in their homes.
In a statement, House Speaker Ron Mariano said it’s “extremely disappointing that this common sense bill has been met with a blanket ‘no’.”
Gun control advocates also are out in force on Beacon Hill. Stop Handgun Violence founder John Rosenthal in testimony to the state legislature last week said, "I firmly believe that this bill will save lives without any inconvenience to law-abiding gun owners."
The full House is expected to vote on the bill Wednesday. The state Senate may not take it up until next year.
This segment aired on October 18, 2023.
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Every Harry Potter Ghost In Hogwarts Legacy
Based on the classic Harry Potter series, Hogwarts Legacy brings back some old familiar ghosts as well as some new ones for players to meet.
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Fans of Harry Potter have been ecstatic to play the newest game Hogwarts Legacy . The game is an expansion of the Wizarding World that longtime fans grew up with and new fans have fallen in love with. Hogwarts Legacy contains numerous easter eggs from the original, including familiar creatures such as the spirits that have resided at Hogwarts for centuries.
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Some of the most memorable ghosts include Nearly Headless Nick and other house ghosts such as The Bloody Baron or The Grey Lady. Fans remember these ghosts from the films, and they get to see them appear in the newest RPG. However, throughout the game, they also interact with several other ghosts both old and new.
7 Nearly Headless Nick
One of the most well-known ghosts in the Harry Potter franchise has been Nearly Headless Nick. As Gryffindor's House Ghost, Nick often appears, especially if the player is in Gryffindor. Because of his friendliness, Nick is fondly remembered as one of the best .
Long-time fans are pleased to see Nick again, and they end up being especially pleased when Gryffindor players get to go on a side quest with him. As a former side character in the original, it's great to see Nick receive a little more focus for the spinoff game.
6 Peeves The Poltergeist
Although Harry Potter was praised for its faithful adaptation of the books, not all the book characters made it into the movies. One of the most notable characters missing in the movies is a ghostly character named Peeves The Poltergeist. An embodiment of adolescent chaos, Peeves gleefully makes trouble for the Hogwarts students.
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Peeves never appears in the films , but fans have seen him in other Harry Potter games. Hogwarts Legacy also includes Peeves as a fairly interesting character to interact with. Fortunately, he is not quite an antagonistic force and is more of a nuisance than anything.
5 The Bloody Baron
Every house has its own ghost. Like the Gryffindor students have Nearly Headless Nick, the Slytherin students have The Bloody Baron. The Bloody Baron has an intimidating moniker and he himself is somewhat frightening. Fans of the Harry Potter films remember the Bloody Baron in the first movie The Sorcerer's Stone .
The Bloody Baron is presented as a mirthful ghost despite his violent past, which included an unrequited love for Helena Ravenclaw and a murder-suicide. In the game, The Bloody Baron is an elusive ghost that players can find in the Slytherin halls and Dungeons, but his appearances are not common. He also seldom speaks, but his presence is undeniable.
4 The Fat Friar
In previous Harry Potter games, players only got to see the interior of the Gryffindor and Slytherin common rooms. Hogwarts Legacy allows players to choose their houses, which is especially fun for Hufflepuff players as they can enjoy their cozy Common Room. One of the best aspects of the Common Room is the opportunity to meet and greet the Hufflepuff House Ghost, The Fat Friar.
The Fat Friar made a small appearance in the films but gets a bigger presence in Hogwarts Legacy. He is a cheerful being who is very friendly toward the students. The Fat Friar is ironically full of life and one of the best ghosts to see.
3 The Grey Lady
The Hogwarts House Ghosts have all appeared in the films at some point. However, Ravenclaw's House Ghost, The Grey Lady, turned out to be one of the most significant ghosts. Fans remember Helena Ravenclaw as the shy if somewhat capricious ghost that aided Harry in finding her mother's diadem.
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Just like in Harry Potter , in Hogwarts Legacy , The Grey Lady is reclusive and somewhat fragile. Ravenclaw players can find her in their halls, where she can be seen and heard crying. It may not be pleasant to see her in despair, but fans are nonetheless glad to see her return in the game .
2 Professor Cuthbert Binns
The ghosts in Harry Potter are often seen haunting the Hogwarts halls. However, one of the newer ghosts spends most of his time in the History classroom, Professor Cuthbert Binns. He is both a new ghost character and a new teacher players meet in the game.
Binns teaches History of Magic, and had taught the subject ever since he was alive up until his death. Even as a ghost, he continues to teach the subject, although he is considered humorously boring as a teacher. Binns was a book character just like Peeves, but he also never made an official appearance until Hogwarts Legacy .
Hogwarts Legacy has brought several new characters, which includes a few new ghost characters. One of the newest additions is another poltergeist named Fastidio that players meet when they visit Hogsmeade. Much like Peeves, Fastidio is not a friendly ghost and is even more antagonistic, as he happily haunts the Haunted Hogsmeade shop and terrorizes anybody who comes his way.
During a quest called "Minding Your Own Business," Fastidio makes his official debut. Unlike Peeves, Fastidio is surprisingly terrifying and a force to be reckoned with during battle. He is proof that not all spirits in the world of Harry Potter are friendly.
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13 ghosts: every ghost in the black zodiac explained.
The Black Zodiac in Dark Castle's 2001 horror movie 13 Ghosts had some of the most imaginative and terrifying spirits ever seen on the big screen.
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- The 2001 film 13 Ghosts has gained a cult following due to the intriguing backstories and unique designs of its titular 13 ghosts.
- The Black Zodiac concept, which features 13 different ghosts, was ahead of its time and each ghost could be a horror movie villain on their own.
- The film explores the tragic pasts and deaths of the ghosts, and while the movie only delves slightly into their backstories, there is potential for future projects to expand on their stories.
The 2001 Dark Castle horror 13 Ghosts , also referred to as Thir13n Ghosts or Thirteen Ghosts, is a highly underrated cult movie. 13 Ghosts centers on the Kriticos family and their attempts to escape the 13 Ghosts held by ancient glyphs in the presumed-dead Cyrus Kriticos' glass mansion. Every ghost in the movie has a complete origin story and unique aesthetic design, making it possible for each ghost to be a horror movie villain in their own right. All the ghosts differ from how they look to how they kill, and the Black Zodiac was an innovative character concept that was wildly ahead of its time when the movie was released in 2001.
13 Ghosts gained a cult following largely because of the creative prosthetic special effects seen in the film. The set designs in 13 Ghosts are truly unique and the costume design of the 13 Ghosts themselves ensures each has a clear origin story and M.O. that sets them apart from the rest, from the First Born Son to the dreaded Angry Princess. The movie itself only expands a little on the 13 Ghosts' backstories, but future projects from Dark Castle Entertainment could finally expand on what's known about all 13 Ghosts. This is an incredibly exciting prospect for 13 Ghosts fans since what's already been revealed about the spirits of the Black Zodiac is terrifying, unnerving, and ripe for a sequel or spinoff.
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13 Ghosts' culminates when Cyrus Kriticos' "Basileus's Machine" begins to open up the Ocularis Infernum, which would grant Cyrus powers from Hell. The only way Cyrus could get the machine to work is if the spirits of the Black Zodiac were made complete. Cyrus had gathered all 13 ghosts in order to achieve his goal since the Ocularis Infernum would only open if the machine was powered by the spirits. Their presence not only powers Cyrus' machine itself but also helps power the mansion. All 13 Ghosts are connected through their tragic pasts and deaths, dying in a way that fulfills a certain set of criteria which is represented in their names such as The Juggernaut and The Withered Lover.
In 13 Ghosts , the 13 ghosts gathered by Cyrus represent individual members of the Black Zodiac. The reason there are only 12 ghosts despite the movie's title being 13 Ghosts is also revealed by the ending. Cyrus's initial plan was to force Arthur to sacrifice himself and become the 13th ghost called The Broken Heart. The 13th ghost in 13 Ghosts can only be created by a person sacrificing themselves in an act of love, which Arthur was prepared to do for his family. Luckily, he didn't need to, and the entire Black Zodiac is unleashed to roam free once again.
Of all the ghosts in 13 Ghosts, The First Born Son has one of the most sympathetic and tragic backstories. It would be unfair to label him as being an outright malevolent spirit like some other ghosts in the Black Zodiac. The First Born Son was a boy named Billy Michaels who had an unhealthy obsession with pop culture involving cowboys and Indigenous Peoples. Any attempt to rip him away from his fantasy life would earn rage, but that didn't protect Billy from a real arrow fired into his head by another boy during an ill-conceived duel. Billy is a relatively harmless child ghost and is one of the least harmless of the 13 ghosts, but he does scare them into the path of more violent demonic-like spirits.
Out of all 13 ghosts in 13 Ghosts, The Torso is the only one whose name directly describes what he is, a disembodied torso wrapped in cellophane. Prior to dying, the torso was part of a compulsive gambler named Jimmy Gambino. Gambino was also a bookie but his own gambling prevented him from being able to pay out the winnings of a "made man" in the mob. Goons killed Jimmy and dumped his remains into the ocean. Aside from having one of the most interesting backstories, The Torso is easily one of the most disturbing ghosts in the Black Zodiac with such a striking and unique design that he feels like something directly out of a more modern horror franchise.
The Bound Woman is one of the Black Zodiac that 13 Ghosts devotes notably less screen time to and gives less exposition on. The Bound Woman was named Susan LeGrow and had a privileged upbringing. She was a rich, popular cheerleader who dated the captain of the school football team. That was until the captain found her with another boy on prom night and had a rather horrific reaction, bludgeoning his romantic rival to death and strangling Susan with his own tie. Like the First Born Son and the Torso, she's more frightening than an actual threat and is perhaps the most tragic of all 13 ghosts in 13 Ghosts .
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The Withered Lover is one ghost in 13 Ghosts that's not a threat to the Kriticos family once they get trapped inside Cyrus' house of horrors due to her particularly tragic backstory. Cyrus found his ghost for The Withered Lover segment of the Black Zodiac from his own family. She was Jean Kriticos, wife of protagonist Arthur and mother to his children Kathy and Bobby. Jean died in a house fire that the rest of her family survived, and it's the only one of the 13 ghosts' backstories that's shown on-screen in 13 Ghosts . Her inclusion as one of the initial 12 spirits wasn't a huge twist, but it still helped add some personal stakes to Thirteen Ghosts' interesting premise.
The threat of the Torn Prince's can be missed when compared to the likes of The Jackal and The Juggernaut. The Torn Prince was a high school baseball star in the late 1950s, explaining the ever-present baseball bat weapon that he'll happily use to attack any of 13 Ghosts ' living characters. Named Royce Clayton in life, The Torn Prince died during a drag race, after losing control of his car in a horrific accident. He shouldn't blame himself though since his opponent had secretly tampered with his brakes. Though not the most dangerous of all 13 ghosts in 13 Ghosts , he definitely causes some havoc with his weapon.
Like The First Born Son and The Bound Woman, The Angry Princess's backstory is tragic and makes her a figure of empathy as much as fear. Born Dana Newman, The Angry Princess was an incredibly beautiful woman by all standards but her own. Sadly, she was unable to be happy with her looks, seeing imperfections others didn't and constantly trying to improve her appearance through surgery. After a self-administered but botched facial surgery left her disfigured, Dana died by suicide. In 13 Ghosts, the slimy lawyer character Ben Moss makes a rude comment about her nude ghostly appearance and pays for it accordingly.
Named Isabella Smith, The Pilgrimess was a victim of the Salem witch trial hysteria that gripped New England in the late 1600s. A local outcast, Isabella was accused of witchcraft, and when an attempted burning didn't work, the perception that she was evil only increased. In the end, The Pilgrimess was left to slowly die of starvation in the stocks her ghost remains locked in when she becomes one of the Black Zodiac in 13 Ghosts . She's one of the oldest ghosts trapped in the mansion and feels right out of American Horror Story: Roanoke . Of all 13 ghosts in 13 Ghosts , The Pilgrimess is the only one whose arms are bound. While she is threatening, there isn't really much she can do other than look scary.
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The Great Child and The Dire Mother are among the most creepy of the 13 Ghosts. Margaret Shelburne was a woman with dwarfism who worked in an American Horror Story- style carnival show. Her enormous son Harold was the result of a sexual assault by the carnival's tallest member of the freak troupe. Some of the other freaks later murdered Margaret, leading Harold to go crazy with an ax and kill most of them before he himself was killed by an angry mob. These ghosts in 13 Ghosts, especially The Great Child, are striking to behold, and arguably among the most memorable.
The Hammer is among the most terrifying of the 13 ghosts that 13 Ghosts contains. Born George Markley, The Hammer wasn't a bad person, working as a blacksmith in a small town. That was until he was falsely accused of theft by a white man and his family was brutally murdered. In a grief-fueled rage, George took his trusty sledgehammer and bludgeoned their killers. Of course, the townspeople blamed him and killed him by driving railroad spikes into his body. This is probably the only racial commentary made in the film, as 13 Ghosts and other early '00s horror movies weren't known for commenting on social issues, and horror films having a clear message is a relatively modern trend.
Easily the most volatile and unpredictable out of all 13 ghosts in 13 Ghosts , The Jackal was born Ryan Kuhn in 1887 and grew up to be a sick and twisted man. The Jackal is also one of the few of the 13 ghosts who was just as violent and sadistic before they became a spirit. Most of the 13 ghosts' names and stories hint at a tragic past, but this isn't the case with The Jackal. A vicious and compulsive sexual predator and killer, Ryan did actually seek help for his affliction, checking into an asylum. Before long he had completely lost what was left of his mind. He eventually died and became one of the 13 Ghosts when the asylum burned down.
Horace "Breaker" Mahoney, aka The Juggernaut, is definitely the most dangerous out of all the ghosts in 13 Ghosts. He can be considered almost a "final boss" of the Black Zodiac. A mountain of a man, Horace was a serial killer who would pick up hitchhikers or offer rides to the stranded, only to take them back to his junkyard and tear them apart with his bare hands. He'd then feed their bodies to his dogs. The Juggernaut is the first ghost that 13 Ghosts introduces thanks to a flashback of Cyrus and Matthew Lillard's Dennis capturing him for the Ocularis Infernum machine. Along with The Hammer, The Juggernaut sadly decimates friendly psychic character Dennis Rafkin.
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The thirteenth ghost in 13 Ghosts was supposed to be Arthur (Tony Shalhoub), at least according to Cyrus Kriticos' (F. Murray Abraham) master plan. By dying in the house, Arthur would have become The Broken Heart. This would activate Basileus's Machine, a device " designed by the devil and powered by the dead," the purpose of which was to grant Cyrus near-limitless power. However, Arthur survives.
While the 13th ghost in the Black Zodiac, The Broken Heart, never appears, the ghost of Dennis manifests after he's killed. This means that, technically, Matthew Lillard is the 13th ghost in 13 Ghosts. The movie does tease early on that Cyrus himself might be the 13th ghost, but then pulls an almost M. Night Shyamalan-level twist. Cyrus faked his own death and doesn't actually die until the movie's climax, after which he doesn't come back as a ghost.
2001's 13 Ghosts is a remake of a 1960 movie of the same name, but they're totally different especially when it comes to the ghosts. 13 Ghosts 1960 doesn't expand much on its titular ghosts and doesn't name the spirits in the house inherited by the Zorba family. They're also considerably less violent, both in terms of their actions and how they died. The spirits in the 1960 13 Ghosts don't look nearly as harrowing by modern standards, but this is to be expected.
There's no Black Zodiac in the original 13 Ghosts , although Cyrus is both present and the protagonist. The 12 ghosts in the remake also need someone to die in the house and create a 13th to free themselves. The inspiration this gave for the 2001 Thirteen Ghosts / Thir13n Ghosts/13 Ghosts , in which Cyrus needs 13 ghosts to activate Basileus's Machine, is obvious. However, that's effectively where the similarities end.
13 Ghosts is a cult gem of a 2000s horror movie, and its Black Zodiac of 13 ghost characters has gained a lot more attention in the age of streaming. The early 2020s have seen great success with horror reboots, with everything from Scream to Hellraiser getting some type of new movie. These endeavors have proven to be incredibly victorious, seeing great box office returns, and 13 Ghosts could follow suit. Despite being a box office failure, 13 Ghosts has garnered quite a cult following over the years making it a unique entry into the horror genre at large.
There simply wasn't a market for a movie like 13 Ghosts in the early 00s, but this very much isn't the case in the 2020s when audiences are eager for fresh and interesting concepts in their horror content. The production design in 1 3 Ghosts was ahead of its time and all 13 ghosts were horrifying to behold. 13 Ghosts deserves its resurgence in popularity, and the flexibility of the age of streaming feels like the perfect time to explore 13 Ghosts in a dedicated project.
The backstories of the 13 ghosts in 13 Ghosts are fascinating. They're the key reason the 2001 movie has managed to garner such a steady level of interest in the decades since its release. Dark Castle Entertainment may be resurrecting 13 Ghosts with the specific intent of exploring the names and stories of the 13 Ghosts. As reported by DreadCentral in August 2023, Dark Castle Entertainment is developing a 13 Ghosts TV series. The show will be written and developed by Patrick Mediate (Primordial Pictures) and Aaron McLane (Fear the Walking Dead ). It's expected will take an almost anthology-like approach with each episode dedicated to the story of a different ghost from the 13 Ghosts original film.
Jim Jordan loses first speaker of the House vote with GOP holdouts: What you missed
WASHINGTON — House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, lost the first round of voting to choose a new speaker of the House, leaving the lower chamber in disarray.
House Republicans nominated Jordan to the speakership last week. But his chances of earning 217 votes – the magic number needed to become speaker – appeared to get murkier after 20 of his fellow Republicans voted against him Tuesday afternoon.
While Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., has served as speaker pro tempore since former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., was ousted from the role earlier this month, McHenry doesn't have the same powers as an official leader. And Democrats aren't lending their GOP colleagues any support, so Republicans will have to figure out a way to coalesce around their next speaker.
Catch up with USA TODAY's live updates on the ongoing speakership fight.
Hakeem Jeffries: Jim Jordan ‘clearly does not have the votes’
Speaking on the Capitol steps, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., said it was clear Jordan lacked the votes to become speaker “for good reason.”
“Jim Jordan is the poster child for MAGA extremism. He is a clear and present danger for democracy,” Jeffries said. While not naming any specific members, Jeffries said there were multiple GOP lawmakers more “qualified” to be speaker.
“There is no circumstance where Jim Jordan is one of them,” he added.
When is the next speaker of the House vote? Lawmakers to reconvene tomorrow
Jim Jordan, exiting Republican Rep. Tom Emmer's office, told reporters the next speaker vote will be held Wednesday morning at 11 a.m."We're gonna keep going," Jordan told reporters, expressing optimism. − Ken Tran
Jim Jordan flips one vote
Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif., one of the GOP lawmakers who voted against Jim Jordan, said in a statement he would be supporting the Ohio Republican in future ballots.LaMalfa's flip is a step forward for Jordan's speakership bid, but the question of whether Jordan can win the second ballot is far from certain."The House needs to get back on track promptly, and I do and will continue to support Jim Jordan in further balloting," LaMalfa said in a statement on X, formerly Twitter.
How many votes did Jim Jordan get for speaker?
The Ohio lawmaker received 200 votes from his Republican colleagues during the first round of votes this afternoon, coming up short of the 217 he needed to become the next speaker of the House.
Twenty of his fellow Republicans voted against him, opting for candidates such as GOP Reps. Steve Scalise of Louisiana or Kevin McCarthy of California. No Democratic lawmaker voted for Jordan.
− Ken Tran and Marina Pitofsky
What happens now? Jim Jordan holdouts call for immediate second speaker vote
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., one of the 20 Republicans who voted against Jordan, sent a letter to McHenry requesting the House return "immediately," sharing the letter in a post on X, formerly Twitter.
Other holdouts, such as Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fla., and Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., agreed in their own posts on X.
Centrist Democrat urges bipartisan path forward
Rep. Ann Kuster, D-N.H., chair of the New Democrat Coalition, a group of almost 100 centrist Democrats, called for Republicans to reach across the aisle to forge a bipartisan solution as Jordan struggles to become speaker.
House Republicans have "proven repeatedly now they can't find who can get 217 out of the 221," Kuster told USA TODAY.
"They're ungovernable if they stay within their own caucus," she added.
Among one of the possible bipartisan paths forward would be temporarily empowering acting speaker Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C. to get the House moving again, but McHenry and other GOP lawmakers have been resistant to the idea.
Hard-right lawmakers urge Jordan to stay in speaker race
Jim Jordan is facing a steep climb to become speaker. He will have to persuade most of his detractors – of which there are 20 – to fall behind him while also retaining support among the lawmakers who first backed him.
While he and his allies work to build up support ahead of a second round of voting, hard-right lawmakers are urging the Ohio Republican to stay in the race.
“My hope is that Jordan will stay in this for as long as this takes” Rep. Bob Good, R-Va., a member of the Freedom Caucus told USA TODAY. “The base, Republican voters, want Jordan as speaker.”
Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, another member of the Freedom Caucus, told reporters he thought Jordan was capable of flipping enough holdouts and said if he was in Jordan’s position, he “would certainly go for a while.”
Jordan holdout: ‘I’m not going to be part of a coup’
Rep. Carlos Gimenez, R-Fla., one of the GOP holdouts who has been adamant former Speaker Kevin McCarthy be reinstated as speaker, told reporters he is refusing to be part of the “coup” that ousted the California Republican from the speakership.
“I think Kevin McCarthy was the choice of the conference. 96% of us voted to maintain him as speaker so for me, I don’t know why we’re settling,” Gimenez said. “I’m not going to be part of a coup.”
As Jordan and his supporters attempt to persuade the holdouts to flip, Gimenez said it was unlikely he could vote for Jordan.
“I never say never but in a future ballot, I don’t see it happening,” Gimenez said.
Expect a second vote today for House speaker
The House was called into recess after Jim Jordan failed to secure enough votes to become speaker. As Jordan and his allies huddle to discuss next steps, a second speaker vote is looking likely Tuesday.
“The House needs a speaker as soon as possible. Expect another round of votes today. It’s time for Republicans to come together," Russell Dye, a spokesperson for Jordan said.
Nancy Pelosi: House GOP learning 'arithmetic'
Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who has chided Kevin McCarthy for the 15 ballots he endured to become speaker, quipped that House Republican's were "learning arithmetic."
Who voted against Jim Jordan?
Jim Jordan lost the first ballot to become speaker. Twenty GOP lawmakers voted against the Ohio Republican, revealing a significant uphill climb for his bid for speaker.
The following voted for former Speaker of the House Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California:
- Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska
- Rep. Lori Michelle Chavez-DeRemer of Oregon
- Rep. Doug LaMalfa of California
- Rep. Carlos Gimenez of Florida
- Rep. Jen Kiggans of Virginia
- Rep. Mike Lawler of New York
The following voted for House Majority Leader Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana:
- Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of New York
- Rep. Tony Gonzales of Texas
- Rep. Kay Granger of Texas
- Rep. Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania
- Rep. John Rutherford of Florida
- Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho
- Rep. Steve Womack of Arkansas
The following voted for former New York Rep. Lee Zeldin:
- Rep. Anthony D’Esposito of New York
- Rep. Andrew Garbarino of New York
- Rep. Nick LaLota of New York
Others include Rep. Jake Ellzey of Texas who voted for Rep. Mike Garcia of California; Rep. John James of Michigan who voted for Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole; Rep. Victoria Spartz of Indiana who voted for Kentucky Rep. Tom Massie and Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado who voted for majority Whip Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota.
– Rachel Looker
House fails to elect Jim Jordan as speaker during first round of votes
Jim Jordan failed to reach the 217-vote threshold Tuesday afternoon that would hand him the speaker’s gavel during the first round of votes.
The Ohio lawmaker received 200 votes from his Republican colleagues during the first round, coming up short of the 217 he needed to become the next Speaker of the House with 20 Republicans voting against him.
Some of Jordan's colleagues cast ballots for former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy; House Majority Leader Steve Scalise; former New York Rep. Lee Zeldin, majority Whip Rep. Tom Emmer; Rep. Mike Garcia; Rep. Tom Cole and Rep. Thomas Massie,
– Rachel Looker
Steve Scalise votes for Jim Jordan
House Majority Leader Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., who initially won House Republicans' initial nomination vote but was later forced to bow out due to lack of support, voted for Jordan.
Scalise, who is currently battling a treatable form of blood cancer, is revered by his GOP colleagues. The Louisiana Republican drew cheers and a standing ovation upon his vote from House Republicans.
Rep. Mary Peltola applauded by Democrats and Republicans in Congress after her vote
Rep. Mary Peltola, D-Alaska, received a standing ovation from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle after she cast her vote for Jeffries. Peltola's husband died just weeks ago following a plane crash in Alaska, and she returned to Washington ahead of the speaker vote.
– Marina Pitofsky
Kevin McCarthy votes for Jim Jordan
Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. voted for Jim Jordan, drawing applause from his fellow House GOP colleagues. The moment came after McCarthy was ousted from the speakership earlier this month by a handful of hard-right Republicans.
How many votes can Jim Jordan lose?
Jordan needs 217 votes in order to win the speakership. There are 432 members of the House present: 220 Republicans and 212 Democrats.
Democrats are supporting Minority Leader Rep. Hakeem Jeffries for speaker, which means that Jordan needs nearly all Republican votes to get elected.
– Sudiksha Kochi
House begins vote for the next speaker
The House has now begun voting for the next speaker. Only Jim Jordan and Hakeem Jeffries were nominated for the speakership by Republicans and Democrats respectively.
As Jordan faces opposition from mainstream Republicans, the first ballot will be a major test of his support across the House Republican conference. The first vote, which will put members on the record, will provide critical information for Jordan and his allies as they seek to convince holdouts resistant to a Jordan speakership.
Like with the last speaker votes, this will be a roll call vote, which will take a while. Every member, all 432 of the lawmakers in the chamber, must be called one by one to declare their vote.
Who is Jeffries?
House Democrats in January nominated Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., in all 15 rounds of votes that eventually gave former Speaker Kevin McCarthy the position.
Democratic representatives have again coalesced behind Jeffries, as Chair of the House Democratic caucus Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., nominated the party leader for speaker, his speech interrupted by rounds of applause and chants of "Hakeem."
"We are here because the House has been thrown into chaos," Aguilar, D-Calif., said, arguing that Jeffries offered a "bipartisan" option.
Aguilar called on lawmakers to "abandon the extremism that is preventing us from getting things done" and alleged that naming Jordan as speaker would send a "terrible message to the country and our allies."
"Only Hakeem Jeffries can be trusted to keep his word," Aguilar said.
– Savannah Kuchar
Elise Stefanik nominates Jim Jordan
Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., nominated Jim Jordan to be the House speaker during the first round of votes on the floor Tuesday afternoon.
Stefanik, the Republican Conference Chair, called him a patriot and an America-first warrior who goes after corruption.
“Whether as Judiciary chair, conservative leader or representative for his constituents in west central Ohio, whether on the wrestling mat or in the committee room, Jim Jordan is strategic, scrappy, tough and principled,” she said.
Jim Jordan’s path to speakership could lie an attendance
Attendance could change Jim Jordan’s path to the speakership. There are currently 433 members in the House and if all members vote, Jordan would need 217 votes to be elected speaker.
But Jordan only needs a majority of voting lawmakers, meaning that if some lawmakers are absent or only vote "present" that could change the math.
Right now, all members of the House are currently present besides Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., meaning 432 lawmakers will vote. Assuming no lawmakers vote "present," 217 is still the magic number for Jordan to obtain the speakership.
Will Jim Jordan convince Republican holdouts?
Jim Jordan entered the House chamber and huddled into a corner of the floor with Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho. Simpson is one of the handful of House Republicans who have either said they will not support Jordan or who have expressed hesitancy over voting for the Ohio Republican.
Jordan’s efforts to work the House floor to convince holdouts reflects the uphill battle he is facing to become speaker, as lawmakers prepare for what could be a long day of multiple ballots, reminiscent of McCarthy’s pursuit of the speakership back in January.
House is in session for speaker vote
Acting speaker Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., has gaveled the House into session ahead of the speaker election, which is expected to take place after nominating speeches and a roll call vote to determine attendance.
Don't expect Joe Biden and Jim Jordan to have a cozy relationship
If Jim Jordan is elected speaker of the House, he and President Joe Biden aren't expected to work closely together.
As chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Jordan is spearheading House Republicans’ impeachment inquiry into Biden. He also voted against certifying Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.
Biden hasn't gone out of his way to address the Republican infighting in the House.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said earlier this month that the White House views the process of choosing the speaker as an internal issue, but she said the president "hopes that the House will quickly elect a speaker, because the urgent challenges facing our nation will not wait."
– Ken Tran, Marina Pitofsky
Who are the Republican holdouts voting for?
Some of the Republican lawmakers leaning against voting for Jim Jordan have said they're planning to cast their ballot for former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif, who was ousted from the leadership role earlier this month.
McCarthy has said he believe Jordan will be the next speaker of the House.
Others have said they're planning to support Steve Scalise, who withdrew from the speaker's race last week. But what lawmakers say or promise before a House vote isn't binding − they could flip their vote for or against Jordan during the formal proceedings this afternoon.
Is Steve Scalise running?
No, the House fell into further chaos last week after House Majority Leader Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., withdrew from the speaker's race despite being formally nominated by the House Republican conference.
“It’s been quite a journey and there’s still a long way to go. I just shared with my colleagues that I’m withdrawing my name,” Scalise told reporters exiting a closed-door conference meeting.
“There are still some people that have their own agendas and I was very clear, we have to put our own agendas on the side and focus on what this country needs,” Scalise added.
How many votes do you need to be speaker of the House?
It takes a majority of the votes from House lawmakers present and voting for a specific candidate.
Once the vote for speaker begins, members will be called on one by one to name their choices. The House, which has 433 members and two vacancies at this time, will vote until someone wins, though they could pause and come back another day.
It’s not clear how many rounds of voting Jordan may need to become speaker, but his allies have predicted that the public vote will pressure the holdouts to support Jordan.
– Associated Press
Here's how to watch the speaker vote
Lawmakers aren't expected to begin proceedings until noon in Washington, but you can follow along here.
What’s going on in the Senate?
The Senate is not waiting for the House to elect a speaker to move on an aid package for Israel, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., reiterated on the Senate floor Tuesday morning.
Schumer, returning to D.C. this week after leading a bipartisan delegation to Tel Aviv over the weekend, said Tuesday the Senate will work quickly to pass an aid package for Israel as soon as possible that includes military support, humanitarians aid, intelligence support and diplomatic help.
“With the House in disarray, the Senate will not wait to vote on an Israeli aid package,” Schumer said. “We can’t wait for the House. Who knows what’s going to be happening there?”
Schumer said he hopes if the Senate can pass an aid package quickly with strong bipartisan support, it will inspire the House to follow suit.
- Rachel Looker
Democrats to back Hakeem Jeffries
No, Democratic House lawmakers aren't going to consider throwing their support behind Jim Jim Jordan, or any other Republican.
Democrats will likely cast their votes for House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., though they can technically vote for any candidate they want, even if they're not a member of the House. It's a repeat of January, when Democrats held together and supported Jeffries through 15 rounds of voting.
Why do we need a speaker of the House?
It's simple: the House is frozen without a leader.
Lawmakers in the lower chamber can't take up critical legislation without a speaker. That includes spending measures to keep the government open and avoid a shutdown, funding for aid to Israel as their war with Hamas rages on and more.
While there is currently a speaker pro tempore, Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., his authority is limited compared to a formal speaker.
Democrats strategize messaging ahead of a potential Jim Jordan speakership
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent a memo to House Democrats Tuesday outlining a messaging strategy under a potential Speaker Jordan to use against Republicans ahead of next year’s elections.
The committee urged Democrats to show voters that the Republican Party lacks moderates and is unable to stand up to the ultra-conservatives within the caucus, alleging that a speakership under Jordan would mean extremism governs the House.
Republicans who vote for Jordan as speaker are “simply following Trump’s marching orders,” according to the memo, and are “incapable of governing themselves.”
The memos lists several examples of what the committee cites as Jordan’s extremism, including his choice to vote against certifying Biden’s victory in the 2020 election, his role as a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus and his voting record on issues like Medicare, 9/11 aid and disaster relief.
“The DCCC is committed to ensuring that every battleground member of the Republican conference who stands and votes for a Speaker Jordan will be making a career ending move,” the memo states.
Jim Jordan, facing stiff opposition, could see multiple rounds of voting
Despite Jordan’s momentum, the Ohio Republican is still facing stiff opposition from GOP lawmakers skeptical of a Jordan speakership resulting in uncertainty as to whether Jordan can secure the speakership off of the first ballot.
Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, a member of the ultraconservative Freedom Caucus and a Jordan supporter, estimated there would be eight to 10 votes against Jordan in the first ballot in an interview Tuesday morning on “The Glenn Beck Program.”
Roy said he expects multiple rounds of voting akin to what the House saw in January, as McCarthy and his allies worked to convince holdouts to ultimately support the California Republican.
Among those possible defections is Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., a moderate House Republican who represents a district President Joe Biden won in 2020. Bacon has expressed apprehension about supporting Jordan given the support he has from conservative hardliners.
“I’m not budging. I’m a five-time commander and deployed to Middle-East four times. I’ll do what is best for country,” Bacon said in a post on X, formerly Twitter.
What time is the speaker vote today?
The House is scheduled to vote on the election of a speaker at 12 p.m. ET.
Donald Trump stumps again for Jim Jordan
Former President Donald Trump has already weighed in on the Speaker vote, taking to social media to again push Jordan’s candidacy.
“Jim Jordan will be a GREAT Speaker of the House,” Trump posted Tuesday morning on Truth Social. “As everyone knows, I have long ago given him my Complete and Total Endorsement!”
Expect Trump to take credit if Jordan prevails.
Who is the new speaker of the House?
As of Tuesday morning, the nation doesn't have a new speaker of the House.
Earlier this month, a sliver of House Republicans, led by conservative hardliner Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., voted to remove former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy from his post over what they alleged were broken promises.
In his pursuit of the gavel, McCarthy changed House rules to allow just one lawmaker to initiate the move to remove him, a key concession to hard-right Republicans.
In September, when a government shutdown loomed over the country and House Republicans failed to find any consensus on a short-term bill to avert a shutdown, Gaetz committed to filing a motion to vacate if McCarthy worked with Democrats to avoid a shutdown.
As a shutdown looked all but certain, McCarthy ultimately put forth a bipartisan stopgap bill on the House floor to fund the government just hours before a shutdown would have started. Days after the shutdown was averted, Gaetz filed a motion to vacate, and his efforts to oust McCarthy succeeded, putting the House in the frozen state seen today.
Who is speaker of the House?
There is no speaker of the House, but there is a speaker pro tempore.
McCarthy had provided a succession list to the House Clerk earlier this year in case his seat became vacant. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., was chosen to be acting House speaker from that list.
According to House rules, the person chosen from the list “shall act as Speaker pro tempore until the election of a Speaker or a Speaker pro tempore.” McHenry is the interim, or temporary, speaker.
But Charles Stewart III, a professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, previously told USA TODAY that without a speaker, there is no one with the political authority to speak on behalf of the majority and to engage in difficult negotiations on difficult issues.
Who is Jim Jordan? Why did he vote against certifying the 2020 election?
Jordan entered the House in 2007 as a conservative bomb-thrower who was a thorn in the sides of GOP leadership. The Ohio Republican is a founding member of the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus, a key faction of House Republicans that haunted McCarthy and forced him to placate to the right flank of his conference throughout his speakership.
As chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Jordan is also one of few GOP lawmakers spearheading House Republicans’ impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden.
Jordan is a staunch ally of former President Donald Trump and voted against certifying Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.
What happened to Kevin McCarthy?
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., was removed from the position of House Speaker at the start of the month, when eight Republicans joined House Democrats to vote to oust him.
McCarthy's nine-month speakership had been rocky from the start, taking 15 rounds of votes and almost a full week to be elected back in January. The California Republican managed to secure the gavel only after making several concessions to a holdout faction in his party, including a rule allowing any one member to call for the vote to remove McCarthy.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., took advantage of that rule immediately after House Democrats helped McCarthy pass a last minute resolution to stave off a government shutdown at the end of September.
− Savannah Kuchar
Every Ghost In Harry Potter Explained
Typically, school mascots are stylized cartoon characters, represented by students who jump around in oversized costumes. But things work a little differently at Hogwarts . The venerated school of magic prefers to represent its students with ghosts — and we're not talking cuddly Casper types, here. If you found watching Lavender Brown and Ron make eyes at each other unbearable, get ready for the deadly drama between the Grey Lady and the Bloody Baron. And the intrigue doesn't stop there. Sure, Hogwarts students' theatrics may reach epic proportions, but no one cries in the bathroom more than Moaning Myrtle. Her tragic backstory is almost enough to make people feel bad for her — until she starts harassing every boy who dares enter the Prefects' bathroom. And don't even get us started on the ghosts with jobs at Hogwarts — death, it seems, is not enough to keep some professors from a paycheck.
From the House ghosts to the pestering poltergeists, this is everything you need to know about the gaunt ghosts who haunt the Harry Potter series.
Nearly Headless Nick
Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington, known in his afterlife as Nearly Headless Nick, is more than happy to terrify young Gryffindors with a look at his poorly severed neck. The outspoken ghost attended Hogwarts a mere five centuries after the school's founding, making him the oldest (un)living Gryffindor. It's only fitting that he returned to his old haunt (pun very much intended) after his 1492 death. As the Gryffindor ghost, he is a passionate, if pompous representative of house ideals.
The nobleman lead an exciting life after his Hogwarts days, becoming knighted and part of the royal court of Henry VII . Unfortunately, his wandsmanship was inferior to his swordsmanship. In an attempt to woo a lady-in-waiting, Sir Nick botched a spell meant to fix her teeth, giving her tusks instead. He got 45 excruciating whacks to the neck with a dull ax for his troubles. The 15th-century wasn't a prime time to show off magic to muggles, given witch-hunting — he really should have known better. But then again, Gryffindors aren't usually ones to turn down a chance to look cool.
While the axing took his life, it didn't fully take his head, which remains attached to his neck by a small strip of sinew. This lead to his tragic rejection from the Headless Hunt, a group of decapitated ghosts who play head games ... literally. Not even a thumbs up from the Harry Potter could secure Nick a place in the group.
The Fat Friar
The Fat Friar is the Hufflepuff house ghost. While not much is known about the portly specter's origins, we do know that he was born in the 10th century, around the same time Hogwarts was founded. As is a requirement of all house ghosts, he attended the school as a member of the house he would later represent. As his name implies, he went on to a life of religious fealty. As a friar of his particular era, he likely lived a humble life, sustained through the charity of others.
The Fat Friar was specifically known for his kindness: He became renowned for being able to cure sickness by "poking" sufferers with what appeared to be a mysterious sick. Moreover, he developed a habit of entertaining others by pulling bunnies out of communion cups. Senior clergy became suspicious, and in the end, the Fat Friar was executed. A tragic end for a kindly man, but hey — at least he gets to hang out with Hufflepuffs for the rest of his undead days.
The Grey Lady
Ravenclaw's ghost, the Grey Lady, boasts an even more tragic backstory than Moaning Myrtle. As the daughter of Hogwarts founder Rowena Ravenclaw herself, Helena Ravenclaw lived in her brilliant mother's shadow. Suffocated by the expectations foisted upon her, Helena stole Rowena's diadem, said to have intelligence-enhancing abilities, and fled Scotland forever.
Ashamed, Rowena hid her daughter's transgressions and never revealed she'd lost her precious diadem. Upon falling fatally ill, however, Rowena enlisted the help of the shadowy Baron, a man her daughter had spurned for years, in attempt to make deathbed amends. The Baron did indeed find Helena abroad — but she refused to return to Scotland with him. Enraged, he stabbed and killed her in the Albanian forest that Voldemort would later haunt in his bodiless form. She returned to Hogwarts as a ghost, condemned to haunt its halls forever as the mysterious Grey Lady.
While at Hogwarts, Tom Riddle managed to coax the diadem's hiding place out of Helena. He turned the relic into a horcrux, and hid it in the Room of Requirement. Poor Helena — she can't get a break from awful dudes, even in the afterlife.
The Bloody Baron
The Bloody Baron is basically the guy who flips out after a girl he DMs doesn't immediately fall for him. This guy not only killed Helena Ravenclaw when she refused his advances, he followed her to Hogwarts post-mortem, forcing her to endure her afterlife alongside her killer. The only satisfaction he gives her, as Helena relays to Harry in Deathly Hallows , is wearing eternal chains in penitence.
As the Baron committed suicide after realizing the depths of his cruelty, it's a bit strange that he came back as a ghost. His actions seem like an attempt to punish himself for killing the woman he "loved" ... but sulking around the castle in clothes still drenched with her blood doesn't exactly scream "repentance." Sure, he wears chains, but he can't, yknow, haunt literally any place besides the one she occupies?
While Helena's story (and subsequent murder) is fascinating enough to warrant a companion novel, the Grey Lady's identity and the Bloody Baron's secret are all but unknown to most Hogwarts students. When Harry searches for answers about the missing diadem, few can provide him with answers — not even Professor Flitwick, the Ravenclaw head of house, knows about its sordid history. Students speculate about the Baron's dark deeds, but his gloomy disposition and bloody clothes make him formidable enough to keep even Peeves (mostly) in line. Congratulations, Baron. You're good for something.
Moaning Myrtle might be annoying, but she's got a pretty good reason. Once a young Hogwarts student of the 1940s, Myrtle Warren was mercilessly picked on by her classmate, Olive Hornby. One day, as she cried in the bathroom, Myrtle heard a strange noise. She looked up — and died. Tom Riddle, then a Hogwarts student as well, had released the basilisk from the Chamber of Secrets, and Myrtle was the first victim of its deadly gaze.
To call Myrtle a vengeful spirit doesn't even begin to cover it. Haunting Olive Hornby is the reason Myrtle became a ghost at all, and boy, did she throw herself into it. Myrtle haunted Olive so relentlessly that, following Myrtle's disruption of a Hornby family wedding, Olive took the issue to the Ministry of Magic. The Ministry ordered Myrtle to haunt the toilets of her place of death for the rest of her afterlife.
Myrtle's only solace is eavesdropping on other girls and creeping on Hogwarts boys. Sure, Myrtle is occasionally seen helping Harry and comforting a lonely Draco Malfoy ... but she's also spied on them in the luxurious confines of the Prefects' special bathroom. Sure, it stinks to be stuck permanently at 14, but that's really no excuse.
Ask any Hogwarts student who the most boring professor is, and they'll name Professor Cuthbert Binns. He's also a ghost. That's right: Binns is so boring, he manages to make "undead teacher" into a dull affair.
Some say the ghostly professor never even realized he died. Binns perished while napping in the staff room, woke up, and floated right through the blackboard to teach his next class. Imagine the dullest teacher in your school getting tenure for eternity. Admittedly, it'd be pretty tragic to fire an elderly spirit ... but that means generations of Hogwarts students are condemned to the worst possible History of Magic lessons.
Despite his snore-inducing style, Binns does get a chance to shine in Chamber of Secrets . While McGonagall explains the mysteries of the Chamber to Harry's class in the movie, Binns dishes the dirty details in the book. Though Binns knows the legend well, he denies the existence of the Chamber entirely, calling it a myth. Having taught Harry's parents and Harry himself, it's likely the ghostly professor kept his position after the Battle of Hogwarts. Yet he still can't remember anyone's name correctly.
Peeves is the most uncontrollable force at Hogwarts. He isn't technically a ghost, but a poltergeist — spirits who, in the Harry Potter universe, are born from environments of intense emotion. It's no surprise, then, that a school full of adolescents spawned Peeves: He's been part of Hogwarts for as long as the school has existed.
Peeves has a thousand-year tradition of infuriating Hogwarts caretakers. While the poltergeist isn't exactly malicious, his chaotic nature causes him to prank students and staff alike. Peeves causes all manner of mischief, from singing goofy rhymes about moldy Voldy to stuffing keyholes full of gum. He's drawn to like-minded students like Fred and George Weasley, who he seems to genuinely respect — but all others should watch out. Peeves does fear the Bloody Baron, who is the only entity able to keep the unruly poltergeist in line, aside from Albus Dumbledore .
In 1876, Hogwarts caretaker Rancorous Carpe tried to trap the menace in a bell jar. Peeves quickly broke through, and proceeded to take control of the castle for three days. Eventually, then-Headmistress Eupraxia Mole signed a contract with Peeves, ensuring him a weekly swim in the boy's toilet, a colorful custom-made hat, and access to stale bread, in exchange for peace. Peeves isn't without his loyalty, though. He fought in the Battle of Hogwarts to protect the school.
The ghosts that never were
Ghosts might be thick on the ground of the wizarding world, but there were plans for many more who never made it into the books or movies. While some of these figures were never more than unnamed wisps of ideas, others were extensively detailed , and even made it into early drafts of Sorcerer's Stone .
One planned ghost, called the Toad, sounds like he belongs in Ghostbusters . A deceased toad, he was going to leave behind ectoplasm wherever he hopped. Then there's Edmund Grubb, who J.K. Rowling says she "rather [regrets] not using." As her notes detail, the evocatively named Grubb perished in the doorway of the Great Hall after consuming poisonous berries. Occasionally, out of spite, Grubb would have refused students entry into the Hall. Rowling also mentions a ghost known as the Black Knight, but never elaborates further than the name. Some descriptions of omitted ghosts did end up in the books, however, as vaguely described figures at Nearly Headless Nick's deathday party.
A deathday party
In the world of the undead, the anniversary of one's death is a cause for celebration. Harry, owing Nick for getting him out of trouble, gives up Halloween treats in Chamber of Secrets to kick it at Nearly Headless Nick's deathday party. Flanked by Ron and Hermione, Harry talks up the Gryffindor ghost to the head of the Headless Hunt, an exclusive club for decapitated ghosts Nick desperately wants to join. But to play Hunt games like "Head Hockey," Nearly Headless Nick would have to be Fully Headless Nick, and so he is rejected. He doesn't take it well.
While the Hogwarts ghosts play a significant role in the series, this is the first and only scene that assembles a crowd of spirits, and even other undead beings like vampires. Here, fans see that ghosts have their own culture, rituals, entertainment, and even cliques. A whole host of spirits make their one and only appearance in this scene: Nick is particularly excited about the Wailing Widow, visiting from Kent. Creepiest of all might be the group of dead nuns chilling in the corner, while a ghostly orchestra provides the night's music.
After living through 12 years of endless torture at the translucent hands of Azkaban's dementors, Sirius Black dies protecting his godson, Harry Potter. Harry is distraught — until he remembers ghosts exist. Harry tracks Nearly Headless Nick down, to ask if Sirius might linger among the living as he does. Much to Harry's dissatisfaction, Nick tells Harry that Sirius has not become a ghost — and that this is the right decision. "Very few wizards choose [this] path," Nick says, displaying, for the first time, regret about his choice to remain on Earth as a ghost. As he asserts to Harry, Sirius took the brave path — one he seems to wish he had taken too.
As Dumbledore once said, "to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure." There's no way that Sirius Black, the man who spurned a life of ease for the sake of a righteous cause, wouldn't be up for that eternal challenge. But that doesn't mean Harry isn't heartbroken — or that Nick didn't expect to have this conversation. As Nick details, he has often been asked these questions by students reeling from a recent loss. No matter how much Sirus loved Harry, he would never doom himself to a half-afterlife on Earth ... and that's the right choice.
Harry Potter: The House Ghosts of Hogwarts, Explained
Hogwarts is known as the most heavily haunted place in the entire Britain — especially since it is considered a rather “congenial place for ghosts”.
- Ghosts in the Harry Potter series are transparent imprints of deceased witches and wizards who exist in the mortal realm due to unfinished business.
- The house ghosts at Hogwarts, such as Nearly Headless Nick, the Fat Friar, the Grey Lady, and the Bloody Baron, have unique backstories and personalities.
- These ghosts, despite their often jolly and friendly nature, have their own fears and regrets, and play significant roles in the overall story.
In the Harry Potter lore, a ghost is described as a transparent, three-dimensional imprint of a deceased witch or wizard who exists in the mortal realm due to some “unfinished business”. Even though ghosts have some semblance of a physical form in the land of the living, they exist “neither here nor there”. In fact, only a few in the wizarding world opt for this “feeble imitation of life” after death.
While there are many ghosts at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry — like Moaning Myrtle and Professor Binns, to name a few — the house ghosts are most notable in the Harry Potter series: Nearly Headless Nick (Gryffindor), the Fat Friar (Hufflepuff), the Grey Lady (Ravenclaw) and the Bloody Baron (Slytherin).
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Nearly Headless Nick
Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington is the only house ghost who did not live during the time of the four Hogwarts’ founders . He was born into a noble family during the fifteenth century, and attended Hogwarts as a child, where he was sorted into Gryffindor. Although he was a “less accomplished wizard than he believed”, he went on to be knighted when he was a courtier at King Henry VII's royal court. While strolling in the park one evening with Lady Grieve, a lady-in-waiting, he foolishly attempted to straighten her crooked teeth with a charm. The spell backfired, causing her to sprout tusks instead. Nicholas was immediately stripped of his wand and sentenced to death on 31st October, 1492. However, his executioner’s ax was blunt, and it took forty-five blows to kill him. There was still “half an inch of skin and sinew” holding his neck on — earning him the name ‘Nearly Headless Nick’. In an early draft of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets , he authored “The Ballad of Nearly Headless Nick”, which told the tale of his botched beheading.
Regardless, he is a jolly and friendly ghost, and even reenacts his death for entertainment during one Halloween feast. He still carries himself in a prim manner and prefers to be addressed as ‘Sir Nicholas’, as he is proud of his “noble blood”. He does feel inadequate about not being a truly headless ghost though, especially after his application to join the Headless Hunt is rejected. He is also one of the victims who get petrified by the Basilisk, but it is unclear how the Mandrake Restorative Draught is administered to the ghost for revival.
Nick also proves to be helpful to Harry on a number of occasions, declaring that he “would rather die than betray his trust”. When Sirius Black dies , Nick explains to Harry why his godfather would have “gone on” instead of returning as a ghost like him, who only “chose to remain behind” as he was “afraid of death”.
The Fat Friar
The Fat Friar of Hufflepuff is the only house ghost whose backstory has not been discussed in the books. J. K. Rowling revealed later on that he was also a student at Hogwarts, taught by Helga Hufflepuff herself . He joined the clergy afterward and devoted his life to religion. He had a kind demeanor, but this eventually proved to be his undoing. The senior churchmen had become suspicious of his ability to cure peasants with pox by merely poking them with a stick. This — along with his penchant for pulling rabbits out of the communion cup — eventually led to his execution. It is said that he always resented the fact that he never became a cardinal.
The Fat Friar is quite a merry and “genial” ghost. His forgiving nature is illustrated when a ghost’s council is held to decide whether Peeves, the troublesome poltergeist at Hogwarts , should be allowed to attend the start-of-term feast, and he is the only one who believes in giving him a chance.
The Grey Lady
The Grey Lady (originally named the ‘Whispering Lady’ in the early drafts) was the daughter of Rowena Ravenclaw, and her actual name was Helena. She attended Hogwarts, where she was, of course, sorted into Ravenclaw. Even though she was “long-haired and beautiful”, she usually wore a “haughty and proud” expression. Helena was envious of her mother’s cleverness and influence in the wizarding world, and ran away with her diadem while she was still at school. Rowena was ashamed of her daughter’s betrayal and kept it a secret. When she got fatally ill, she sent a man (later known as the Bloody Baron) to find her as she wished to see her daughter one last time. The Baron had long loved Helena, even after she had rejected his advances. When he tracked her down to a forest in Albania, she refused to go back with him — upon which he stabbed her in a fit of rage. Her ghost returned to Hogwarts, with “a single dark wound in her white chest”.
The Grey Lady seems mostly timid and quiet, even though the Ravenclaws claim that she maintains friendly relations with them, and is “particularly useful” if someone is lost or has misplaced something. She also proves to be instrumental in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows when she discloses to Harry where the diadem ( one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes ) is. In fact, it was her who chose to tell an “understanding” and “sympathetic” Tom Riddle years ago that she had hidden the diadem in a hollowed tree of the same forest in Albania — a decision that she came to regret later on.
The Bloody Baron
Little is known about the Bloody Baron’s early life. Born no earlier than 982, he was sorted into Slytherin at Hogwarts, where he was taught by the founder of his house. He had always been a “hot-tempered man”, and was prone to sudden bursts of anger when contradicted. Similar to the Grey Lady, he also died in the eleventh century when he committed suicide with the same knife he had used to kill her. Overcome with grief and regret, his ghost wears heavy chains “as an act of penitence” while drifting around at Hogwarts. No one else seems to know why his robes are covered in silver bloodstains, nor does anyone dare ask him. Even Harry witnesses at Nearly Headless Nick’s 500th Deathday Party that the Bloody Baron is “being given a wide berth by the other ghosts”. His favorite pastime is just “groaning and clanking up on the Astronomy Tower”. Due to his frightening and violent nature, he is the only one at Hogwarts who can actually control Peeves.
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These House Republicans voted against Jim Jordan's speaker bid in the first round
By Melissa Quinn
Updated on: October 18, 2023 / 2:35 PM / CBS News
The Republicans opposing Rep. Jim Jordan's bid for speaker made themselves known on the House floor in the first roll call vote Tuesday to elect a new speaker of the House , and with 20 voting against him, he failed to secure a majority in the first round.
- Which House Republicans voted against Jim Jordan in the second round of voting Wednesday?
When the vote finished, this was the final tally: Democrat Leader Hakeem Jeffries, of New York, had 212 votes, those of every Democrat, Jordan had 200 GOP votes, six Republicans voted for former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, seven voted for House Majority Leader Steve Scalise and three voted for former Rep. Lee Zeldin, of New York. Rep. Mike Garcia of California, won one vote, as did Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota, Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma and Rep. Tom Massie of Kentucky.
A spokesperson for Jordan said after the end of the first round that House members should be prepared to vote again Tuesday.
Here are the Republicans who voted against Jordan on the first vote:
- Rep. Don Bacon, of Nebraska, was the first to cast a vote for McCarthy.
- Rep. Ken Buck, of Colorado , voted for Emmer.
- Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer , of Oregon, voted for McCarthy.
- Rep. Anthony D'Esposito , of New York, voted for Zeldin.
- Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart , of Florida, voted for Scalise.
- Rep. Jake Ellzey, of Texas, voted for Garcia.
- Rep. Andrew Garbarino , of New York, was the second to vote for Zeldin.
- Rep. Carlos Giménez, of Florida , voted for McCarthy.
- Rep. Tony Gonzales , of Texas, voted for Scalise.
- Rep. Kay Granger, of Texas, voted for Scalise.
- Rep. John James , of Michigan, voted for Cole.
- Rep. Mike Kelly , of Pennsylvania, voted for Scalise.
- Rep. Jennifer Kiggans , of Virginia, voted for McCarthy.
- Rep. Nick LaLota, of New York, voted for Zeldin
- Rep. Doug LaMalfa, of California, voted for McCarthy.
- Rep. Michael Lawler , of New York, voted for McCarthy.
- Rep. John Rutherford , of Florida, voted for Scalise.
- Rep. Michael Simpson , of Idaho, voted for Scalise.
- Rep. Victoria Spartz, of Indiana, voted for Massie.
- Rep. Steve Womack, of Arkansas, voted for Scalise.
Rep. Gus Bilirakis , of Florida was absent from the vote.
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Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was divided into four Houses : Gryffindor , founded by Godric Gryffindor ; Hufflepuff , founded by Helga Hufflepuff ; Ravenclaw , founded by Rowena Ravenclaw ; and Slytherin , founded by Salazar Slytherin . 
- 1.1 Sorting
- 1.2 Qualities
- 1.3 House dynamics
- 2.1 Gryffindor
- 2.2 Hufflepuff
- 2.3 Ravenclaw
- 2.4 Slytherin
- 4 Behind the scenes
- 5 Appearances
- 6 External links
- 7 Notes and references
House systems [ ]
Houses at Hogwarts were both the living and learning communities for its students. Each year's group of students in the same House shared the same dormitory and many classes. The houses competed throughout the school year, by earning and losing points for behaviour. The House with the most points won the House Cup . Each House also had its own Quidditch team that competed for the Inter-House Quidditch Cup . These two competitions bred rivalries between the Houses, the greatest of which was that between Gryffindor and Slytherin . 
Sorting [ ]
In the early days of Hogwarts, the four founders handpicked students for their Houses. When the founders worried how students would be selected after their deaths, Godric Gryffindor took his hat off and each "put some brains" in it, creating the Sorting Hat to choose future students for each House.  At the beginning of each school year, the magical Sorting Hat was placed on each new student's head during the Sorting Ceremony . 
The Sorting Ceremony
The Sorting Hat announced the House the student was to join. Before beginning the Sorting Ceremony, it sang a short song about the founding of the school and the four Houses; the Sorting Hat's songs were different every year, and the Hat was said to take all year composing the next one (according to Ronald Weasley ).  Every so often it would sing of mortal peril at the school.  The students said that it picked up tips from Dumbledore's office. 
Qualities [ ]
It is unclear if the Sorting Hat tended to place students based on qualities they valued or rather qualities they exhibited. One example of the former is Peter Pettigrew , who was sorted into Gryffindor but ultimately turned out to be quite cowardly, self-serving and corruptible. He may have been placed there because, at the time, he admired strong, brave individuals like James Potter and Sirius Black . Other examples include Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle , who despite being stupid and rather lazy, were placed in Slytherin, the House of the cunning and ambitious. They flocked around Draco Malfoy , who they admired and who exhibited the traits of Slytherin. Hermione Granger , while more than clever enough for Ravenclaw, valued courage above all, and was sorted into Gryffindor, a House she said sounded "by far the best".
The Sorting Hat could detect nascent qualities in a student and place them in the House that would challenge them and put their character to the test. Case in point, Neville Longbottom was sorted into Gryffindor because the Hat sensed that he was capable of demonstrating bravery and leadership during his time at Hogwarts.   However, these qualities did not fully surface until Neville learned to believe in himself.
The Hat also appeared to take the students' wishes into account, considering how one's personal choices are very much of a reflection of the qualities that they valued in themselves.  Just because someone was placed in a certain House did not mean that they could not display characteristics of other Houses. Harry Potter , for instance, embodied many of the traits that were approved and appreciated by Salazar Slytherin. He was clever, resourceful and cunning, yet the Sorting Hat made him a Gryffindor because the very fact that he asked not to be in Slytherin showed that he did not belong there. A true Slytherin would not have had any doubts about whether or not it was the right House for them. 
One of the biggest examples of this was Severus Snape . At one point, Albus Dumbledore observed that his loyal, courageous nature was much more befitted to Gryffindor. However, as a child, Snape's sadism, disdain for Muggles, and sheer cunning and ambition may have led to his being sorted into Slytherin when he first came to Hogwarts. 
House dynamics [ ]
The four Houses were rather separate entities. Each had its own common room and dormitory , its own table in the Great Hall , and students mostly shared lessons with classmates of their same House. There was no rule against students from different houses mingling, but in practice, a good majority of social interactions occurred within the same house. Each house had one teacher who acted as its Head of House . Each House also had a House ghost . The function they served (if any) was unknown, although they may have been like House mascots. Each Head of House and House ghost was previously a pupil within that House.  
A great deal of rivalry existed between the Houses, not always friendly. This rivalry was demonstrated in the Quidditch matches and the annual school competition for the House Cup, which was determined by the number of points earned or lost by each member of the rival Houses.   These points were awarded or taken based on students' conduct throughout the school year. All members of the faculty, Prefects, Head Boys and Girls had the authority to grant and deduct points as they saw fit in each instance.  Some, like Severus Snape , the former Potions master , tended to favour their own house,  but that did not seem to be against the rules. He was despised by many students, other than those in Slytherin, where he was very popular.  
It was not known how much favouritism the Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw Heads showed, although it can be deduced that it was minimal or non-existent, as both Professor Filius Flitwick , Head of Ravenclaw, and Professor Pomona Sprout , Head of Hufflepuff, were kind, lighthearted people, who obviously wanted to win the House and Quidditch Cups but were not as vindictive as Snape in going about it. It is known that Professor Minerva McGonagall , the stern head of Gryffindor, did not show much favouritism towards her House.  In fact, she deducted 50 points apiece and awarded detentions to three students in her House (Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Neville Longbottom when they were caught out of bed after hours in Harry's first year),  and supported Professor Snape wholeheartedly in giving Harry detentions for the rest of the school year, even on overlapping Quidditch matches, after Harry used the Sectumsempra curse on Draco Malfoy in Harry's sixth year. 
According to Rubeus Hagrid , " there's not a single witch or wizard who went bad who wasn't in Slytherin ",  (though this was, for the most part correct, there were a few exceptions, former Gryffindor Peter Pettigrew the most notable of them). None of this necessarily meant, however, that all Slytherins were evil, such as Horace Slughorn ,  Regulus Black ,  Andromeda Black ,  Leta Lestrange , Merlin and Narcissa Malfoy  for example. Slytherins were chosen for their cunning and ambition.  Although founder Salazar Slytherin favoured pure-blood students,   it was not a condition of being sorted into Slytherin House as Tom Riddle  , Dolores Umbridge and Snape  were half-blood Slytherins. And there were pure-bloods in other houses such as Sirius Black , the Weasleys , James Potter I , Neville Longbottom (Gryffindor) and Ernest Macmillan (Hufflepuff).
It had also been said that all four Houses must band together and fight as one if Hogwarts was to stand.   It must be remembered that all of the Houses had their virtues and flaws; none were inherently good or evil. Slytherins may have earned their reputation as evil, selfish and malicious, because they showed such contempt towards Gryffindor , the often protagonist House. They also did not show much generosity towards other Houses either, whether those in them were pure-blood or not.
House rivalry was mostly seen between Slytherin and Gryffindor ,  and were said to "loathe each other on principle".  This rivalry likely goes back to the days of Godric Gryffindor and Salazar Slytherin after they founded Hogwarts because the Sorting Hat said that they were the best of friends before they founded the school.  While it is not clear if there was a similar rivalry between Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff , it seemed fairly unlikely due to the cheerful disposition of the Heads for said Houses, as opposed to the contempt of Professor Snape and the passion of Professor McGonagall. Rowena Ravenclaw and Helga Hufflepuff , however, once great friends, were documented as having had a severe falling out at some point by the Sorting Hat's song in 1995 . 
It was sometimes thought that there was some dislike between the members of Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff due to the Ravenclaw students' reputation for boasting about their intelligence, which often annoyed Hufflepuffs, who were known for being modest, gentle and kind. As a whole, Gryffindors were thought to get on best with Hufflepuffs, whereas Ravenclaws were thought to be quite friendly with Slytherins. There were certain exceptions, however, such as Harry's friendliness with Cho Chang and Luna Lovegood , both from Ravenclaw, as well as Cho's relationship with Cedric Diggory , a Hufflepuff.
Usually, though not always, the other two Houses appeared (in Harry's eyes) to support Gryffindor in its rivalry with Slytherin,   which again is reminiscent of how Slytherin was in the end opposed by all three of the other founders.  One exception to this occurred when Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin all initially supported Hufflepuff's Cedric Diggory instead of Gryffindor's Harry Potter in the Triwizard Tournament .  Also in the first Quidditch match of 1996, it was said that many of the Hufflepuffs and Ravenclaws had "taken sides" in the Gryffindor vs Slytherin match, but it was unclear as to what sides they took.
The four Houses of Hogwarts [ ]
Gryffindor [ ].
Gryffindor valued bravery, daring, nerve, and chivalry.  Its emblematic animal was the lion,  it's representative gemstone was rubies, and its colours were scarlet and gold .  Minerva McGonagall was the most recent Head of Gryffindor .  Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington , also known as "Nearly Headless Nick", was the House Ghost.  The founder of the House was Godric Gryffindor .  Gryffindor corresponded to the element of fire .  The common room was located in one of the highest towers at Hogwarts, the entrance was situated on the seventh floor in the east wing of the castle and was guarded by a portrait of The Fat Lady . She permitted entrance if given the correct password, which was changed numerous times throughout the school year.  Famous Gryffindors included Albus Dumbledore , Harry Potter ,  and Minerva McGonagall .  The significant object of Gryffindor was the Sword of Gryffindor .  Their motto was " Forti Animo Estote ". 
Hufflepuff [ ]
Hufflepuff valued hard work, dedication, patience, loyalty, and fair play.  Its emblematic animal was the badger ,   it's representative gemstone was yellow diamonds, and yellow and black were its colours.  Pomona Sprout was the Head of Hufflepuff during 1991 – 1998 ,  Sprout left the post of Head of Hufflepuff and Herbology Professor sometime before 2017 and her successor for the position of Head of Hufflepuff was currently unknown. The Fat Friar was its ghost.  The founder of the House was Helga Hufflepuff . 
Hufflepuff corresponded to the element of earth.  The Hufflepuff dormitories and common room were located somewhere in the basement, near the castle's kitchens. It could be accessed by tapping the barrel two from the bottom, middle of the second row in the rhythm of "Helga Hufflepuff" and was described as being a cosy and welcoming place with yellow hangings, fat armchairs, and underground tunnels that led to the dormitories, which had perfectly round doors, similar to barrel tops.  Famous Hufflepuffs included Hengist of Woodcroft (founder of Hogsmeade), Newt Scamander (author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ), and Artemisia Lufkin (first female Minister for Magic ). The significant object of Hufflepuff was Helga Hufflepuff's Cup , which was [turned into a Horcrux by Tom Riddle.
Ravenclaw [ ]
Ravenclaw valued intelligence, knowledge, curiosity, creativity and wit.  Its emblematic animal was the eagle,   it's representative gemstone was sapphires, and its colours were blue and bronze  . The Ravenclaw Head of House in the 1990s was Filius Flitwick .  The ghost of Ravenclaw was the Grey Lady ,  who was the daughter of Rowena Ravenclaw , the House's founder.  Ravenclaw corresponded to the element of air.  The Ravenclaw common room and dormitories were located in a tower on the west side of the castle. Ravenclaw students must answer a riddle as opposed to giving a password to enter their dormitories.  This riddle, however, could be answered by non-Ravenclaws.  Famous Ravenclaws included Luna Lovegood , Gilderoy Lockhart , Ignatia Wildsmith (inventor of Floo powder ), and Garrick Ollivander . The significant object of Ravenclaw was Rowena Ravenclaw's diadem , which was turned into a Horcrux by Tom Riddle. 
Slytherin [ ]
Slytherin valued ambition, leadership, self-preservation, cunning and resourcefulness  and was founded by Salazar Slytherin .  Its emblematic animal was the serpent ,   it's representative gemstone was emeralds, and its colours were emerald green and silver.  Professor Horace Slughorn was the Head of Slytherin during the 1997–1998 school year , replacing Severus Snape , who as well replaced Slughorn as Potions Professor when he retired for the first time several years prior.   Slytherin had produced the most Death Eaters and Dark wizards ,    including Tom Riddle ,  Bellatrix Lestrange and Lucius Malfoy , for example. But that does not mean that other Houses hadn't produced any; Peter Pettigrew was a Gryffindor , and Quirinus Quirrell was a Ravenclaw.
The Bloody Baron was the House ghost.  The founder of the House was Salazar Slytherin .  Slytherin corresponded roughly to the element of water .  The Slytherin dormitories and common room were reached through a bare stone wall in the Dungeons . The Slytherin common room lay beneath the Black Lake . It was a long, low underground room with rough stone walls and silver lamps hanging from the ceiling.  Famous Slytherins included Merlin , Tom Riddle ,  Draco Malfoy ,  and Dolores Umbridge . The significant object of Slytherin was Salazar Slytherin's locket , which was turned into a Horcrux by Tom Riddle.
See also [ ]
- Hogwarts founders
Behind the scenes [ ]
- Each House represents one of the four classical elements: Fire ( Gryffindor ), Earth ( Hufflepuff ), Air ( Ravenclaw ), and Water ( Slytherin ). Each of these also represents one of the four states of matter: Plasma (Fire, Gryffindor), Gas (Air, Ravenclaw), Liquid (Water, Slytherin), and Solid (Earth, Hufflepuff). 
Appearances [ ]
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (play)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay (Seen on house scarf)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) (Seen on house scarf)
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
- Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore - The Complete Screenplay
- Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
- J. K. Rowling's official site (Mentioned only)
- Wizarding World
- Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup
- Harry Potter Trading Card Game
- LEGO Harry Potter
- LEGO Creator: Harry Potter
- Creator: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- LEGO Dimensions
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
- Harry Potter: The Character Vault
- Wonderbook: Book of Spells
- Harry Potter for Kinect
- Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World (Seen on house scarf)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
- Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells
- Harry Potter: Magic Awakened
- Hogwarts Legacy
- Harry Potter: Magic Caster Wand
External links [ ]
- Interview with J. K. Rowling
Notes and references [ ]
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets , Chapter 9 ( The Writing on the Wall )
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 Writing by J. K. Rowling: "Colours" at Wizarding World
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone , Chapter 3 ( The Letters from No One )
- ↑ 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 4.20 4.21 4.22 4.23 4.24 4.25 4.26 4.27 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone , Chapter 7 ( The Sorting Hat )
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone , Chapter 8 ( The Potions Master )
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire , Chapter 18 ( The Weighing of the Wands )
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince , Chapter 29 ( The Phoenix Lament )
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince , Chapter 4 ( Horace Slughorn )
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Writing by J. K. Rowling: "Hufflepuff Common Room" at Wizarding World
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows , Chapter 29 ( The Lost Diadem )
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets , Chapter 12 ( The Polyjuice Potion )
- ↑ Writing by J. K. Rowling: "The Sorting Hat" at Wizarding World
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix , Chapter 11 ( The Sorting Hat's New Song )
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone , Chapter 13 ( Nicolas Flamel )
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets , Chapter 18 ( Dobby's Reward )
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows , Chapter 33 ( The Prince's Tale )
- ↑ Writing by J. K. Rowling: "Hogwarts Ghosts" at Wizarding World
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone , Chapter 11 ( Quidditch )
- ↑ JK Rowling's Official Site (Archived)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets , Chapter 5 ( The Whomping Willow )
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince , Chapter 8 ( Snape Victorious )
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone , Chapter 15 ( The Forbidden Forest )
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince , Chapter 24 ( Sectumsempra )
- ↑ 24.0 24.1 24.2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone , Chapter 5 ( Diagon Alley )
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows , Chapter 10 ( Kreacher's Tale )
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows , Chapter 36 ( The Flaw in the Plan )
- ↑ 27.0 27.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets , Chapter 13 ( The Very Secret Diary )
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince , Chapter 28 ( Flight of the Prince )
- ↑ 29.0 29.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows , Chapter 30 ( The Sacking of Severus Snape )
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince , Chapter 7 ( The Slug Club ) - "Gryffindor and Slytherin students loathed each other on principle."
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone , Chapter 17 ( The Man with Two Faces )
- ↑ Writing by J. K. Rowling: "The Sword of Gryffindor" at Wizarding World
- ↑ Hogwarts Legacy - Tour the Gryffindor Common Room [4K ]
- ↑ 34.0 34.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows , Chapter 31 ( The Battle of Hogwarts )
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire , Chapter 27 ( Padfoot Returns )
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince , Chapter 17 ( A Sluggish Memory )
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- 2 Harry Potter
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The best haunted houses in the U.S. to give you the creeps
Get ready for ghost stories and ghoul sightings at these super-scary haunted houses in the U.S.
Lights flickering, floorboards creaking , doors slamming shut, shadowy figures passing by—are all eerie and inexplicable occurrences people have claimed to witness within historic homes over the years. In these abodes, they believe spirits, ghosts or supernatural entities still linger within the walls.
The idea of a haunted house spans cultures and centuries. In the tapestry of American folklore, certain homes have become famous for the tales of the restless spirits within their walls, and each has a spine-chilling story to tell.
From the LaLaurie House in New Orleans , where real-life socialite and serial killer enslaved people, to the Joshua Ward House in Salem , MA, where a prominent figure in the Salem Witch Trials resided, to many spooky homes in between, America's most infamous haunted houses continue to intrigue and attract visitors. If you're looking for more spooky properties, try an overnight stay in a haunted Airbnb or haunted hotel .
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Most haunted houses in the U.S.
1. LaLaurie House | New Orleans, LA
American Horror Story: Coven reignited interest in this famous French Quarter haunt. In the series, Kathy Bates plays Madame Delphine LaLaurie, a real-life socialite and serial killer who orchestrated a torture chamber for enslaved people at the Royal Street mansion in the early 1830s (before responders to a fire uncovered her dark secret). LaLaurie's victims are said to haunt the property to this day—from the street, pedestrians have heard shouts, moans, and weeping, while some even claim to have seen ghostly faces in the upstairs windows. Even still, the house's ghastly history hasn't stopped wealthy buyers. Before losing the home to foreclosure in 2009, actor Nicolas Cage owned it, and today, a wealthy oil tycoon is said to hold the deed.
2. The Castle | Beaufort, SC
Beaufort's most recognizable antebellum mansion is also one of South Carolina's most haunted. Though construction began in the 1850s, the house was only partially finished when it was commandeered in 1861 as a Civil War military hospital. An outbuilding behind the house served as the hospital's morgue, and bodies are rumored to be interred on the home's extensive grounds. After the house finished construction following the war's end, supernatural sightings began; among the spirits occupying the property is Gauche, a French dwarf jester who came to the area in the 16th century. In the past, he reportedly joined a young girl who lived in the home for tea parties and wandered the grounds in full sight of gardeners and visitors. The castle is privately owned but occasionally opens for tours and events if you want to see it for yourself.
3. Lizzie Borden House | Fall River, MA
Some say a ghostly face appears in the cellar over the sink where bloody clothing may have been washed right after the 1892 hatchet murders of Andrew and Abby Borden. The possible perp? Andrew's daughter, Lizzie, who was acquitted at the trial of the century, perhaps by the jury's error. She, Andrew and her stepmother Abby are said to linger in the house, along with children who roll marbles on the attic floor, victims of a drowning by their mother in the basement well next door. Aim for the anniversary reenactments every August if you’re dying to see the Lizzie Borden House.
4. House of Death | New York, NY
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The city that never sleeps is probably just too afraid to close its eyes—the House of Death, a famous brownstone off Fifth Avenue, is reportedly terrorized by a whopping 22 ghosts. Are any of them paying rent? Unlikely. In any case, the most famous ghoul among them is none other than Mark Twain, who lived here 1900-1901, while the most heartbreaking is the ghost of a six-year-old girl who was beaten to death in 1987 by her father, criminal prosecutor Joel Steinberg. In addition to sightings of Twain and the young girl, residents claim to have seen visions of a lady in white and a gray cat.
5. Molly Brown House | Denver, CO
Margaret Brown championed workers' rights, fought for suffrage and won the French Legion of Honor award for her help in France during WWI. But she is best remembered for surviving the Titanic's sinking, dubbed posthumously the "Unsinkable Molly Brown." It's said that she (along with her husband and mother) still haunts her prized Victorian home, now a museum. Visitors say they’ve seen apparitions in the dining room, smelled mysterious pipe smoke from Margaret's husband, and noticed rearranged furniture and unscrewed lightbulbs. (How many ghosts does it take to...?)
6. The Sallie House | Atchison, KS
At one of the most haunted houses in America, the bad energy allegedly stems from a botched appendectomy—the six-year-old girl who haunts the house died during a desperate procedure without anesthesia at the turn of the century. In the 1990s, a family who lived in the Sallie House documented their experience on the TV show Sightings , which spoke of flying objects, frequent apparitions, and a mix of scratching, gouging, and shoving (all mainly directed at the male owner). The home is now vacant, but a popular pick for paranormal researchers, and even regular folks can book the house to stay the night for about $100 per person.
7. Bell Witch Farm | Adams, TN
It's the age-old tale of neighbors at war: Kate Batts believed her neighbor, John Bell, cheated her out of some land. Lying on her deathbed in the early 19th century, she swore she would haunt him forever. The result was mayhem for the Bell family, who said they experienced physical attacks and heard chains dragged across floors and noises in the walls. They even saw odd-looking animals on their farm, like a dog with a rabbit's head. You can now tour the Bell Witch Cave and the replica of John Bell's log cabin from May through October.
8. Snedeker House | Southington, CT
When the Snedeker family lived here in the 1980s, the drama they experienced in this haunted house (and former funeral home) was so crazy that it inspired a popular horror flick called The Haunting in Connecticut . During a two-year span, the Snedeker parents claimed to have been physically assaulted and sodomized by demonic spirits and said a creepy man with long black hair often visited their son Philip.
9. Lemp Mansion | St. Louis, MO
All the beer in the world won't lead to happiness. So is the case with the Lemp family, purveyors of Lemp Brewing Company, a stalwart in St. Louis before Prohibition hit. Four family members killed themselves between 1904 and 1949, three inside the 33-room Victorian mansion where they allegedly still reside and haunt guests. It has since been turned into a restaurant and inn where you can explore the Gothic arched underground tunnels and even partake in a ghost tour—just go a little easy on the beer during your stay, okay?
10. Joshua Ward House | Salem, MA
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This brick mansion, built in 1784 for prominent merchant Joshua Ward, sits where High Sheriff George Corwin (a significant figure in the Salem Witch Trials) once lived. Corwin was the man who used his cane to poke back in the tongue of a dying Giles Corey, one of the 'witches' executed by piling stones upon his body. Three ghosts are now associated with the house: Giles Corey himself, "the strangler" who chokes visitors and "the witch," who was famously captured in all her disheveled glory by a realtor taking photos at a Christmas party at the property. Is it Photoshop, or is it Poltergeist? We’ll let you decide.
11. Winchester Mystery House | San Jose, CA
Sarah Winchester's husband developed the "gun that won the West," a decision that would come back to haunt her: literally. After losing her husband and young daughter, the widow consulted a spiritualist who alleged the family was haunted by Native Americans, Civil War soldiers, and others killed by her husband’s famous Winchester rifle. She was recommended to use her $20 million inheritance to build a home to appease the spirits. What began as an eight-room farmhouse was added onto for 26 years between 1886 and 1922, becoming a 160-room mansion with 2,000 doors, all to confuse pursuing spirits. If you take a tour, bring your compass.
12. Ferry Plantation | Virginia Beach, VA
Built on Native American hunting grounds, this home's got a raft of ghosts, from passengers of a shipwrecked ferry to a boy who fell from a window. Docents have watched the ghost of an enslaved man walk across the room and tend a long-boarded-up fireplace. Another paranormal presence is Grace Sherwood, accused of witchcraft in the 1700s and found guilty by 'ducking' (a process in which she was bound and dropped in deep water; drowning would mean she was innocent). Thankfully, after seven years in prison, she was released, and in 2006 she was officially exonerated. Book a $20 tour or stay overnight.
13. Farnsworth House Inn | Gettysburg, PA
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The waiters at this inn won't be the only ones dressed up in Civil War-era clothes—keep an eye out for long-dead Confederate soldiers clad in similar outfits. During the Battle of Gettysburg, many of the South's soldiers died while hiding in this home, which explains the one-hundred-plus bullet pocks in the brick walls. After the fighting in the area was over, the house became a hospital for soldiers. You can learn about the weird supernatural occurrences that continue to take place on the property by booking a ghost tour or an overnight stay.
14. Villisca Ax Murder House | Villisca, IA
On June 10, 1912, Josiah and Sarah Moore, their four children and two visiting children, were murdered by ax in their beds inside this Iowa home. The crime remains unsolved. The home has been stripped of plumbing and electricity to give a more realistic experience to visitors who pay $428 to book the house overnight. But stay at your own risk: In 2014, a paranormal investigator stabbed himself (non-fatally) by morning. He still won't talk about what happened.
15. Franklin Castle | Cleveland, OH
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This mansion was built 1881-83 by German immigrant Hannes Tiedemann, who tragically lost his four children. It was later called Eintracht Hall, and used for German culture clubs. It wasn't until the 1960s that the then-owners began to say it was haunted by Hannes's wife (and one daughter who died before the house was even built!) and declared it 'evil.' There are hidden rooms and ugly rumors about Hannes as a murderer, crying babies, organ music, ghosts who snatch blankets off you at night and more. One owner of this "most haunted house in Ohio" was Judy Garland's last husband.
16. The Conjuring House | Harrisville, RI
Paranormal experts say this colonial-era property is haunted to the gills. In the 1970s, the Perron parents and five daughters experienced a demon or poltergeist that physically harmed the family in a plethora of ways, including a scythe falling from a barn beam to nearly decapitate the mother. Ed and Lorraine Warren showed up to tackle the malevolence—events loosely portrayed in the movie The Conjuring . Today, you can book a day tour or an overnight stay.
17. Amityville Horror House | Amityville, NY
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This house is the site of a grim murder where in 1974 a son killed his parents and four siblings by gun. The next tenants, the Lutz Family, stayed 28 days before fleeing. These events—including the chilling utterance of the words ‘get out’—were immortalized in the book and movie franchise, The Amityville Horror . The home with its distinctive quarter-moon windows (since replaced) in the attic has long been said to be haunted, including by a pig with red glowing eyes who would stare into the windows. The home sold to a private owner in 2017 for $605k.
18. Lynnewood Hall | Elkins Park, PA
A Gilded Age manor with a Titanic connection? That looks like a state capitol meets Jane Austen’s boyfriend’s house? Check and check. At 70,000 square feet, this home has a lot of floor space for ghosts to ramble (its ballroom can hold 1,000 people). Although the house is abandoned, it’s in fairly intact shape, despite peeling paint, thanks to a caretaker and guard dogs. So who haunts this ‘last American Versailles’ which once held literal furniture from the Parisian palace? Apparently, tycoon Peter A. B. Widener, who built it, and his son and grandson, who sank with the famous ship.
19. High Life Ski Club | Chittenden, VT
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This ski club exists in a farmhouse that hosted some of the turn of the century’s most convincing Spiritualist happenings. In 1874, siblings Horatio, William and Mary Eddy (descendants of a Salem ‘witch’) saw so many supernatural beings that Chittenden earned the nickname ‘Spirit Capital of the Universe.’ Mysterious poundings, children vanishing from their cribs and a giant Native American ghost were just some of the phenomena (more tragic is hearing how the family abused its young trance-prone sons). A convinced skeptic wrote ‘People from the Other World,’ a book about the 400 beings witnessed there during séances.
20. Boldt Castle | Alexandria Bay, NY
Do you love 1,000 Island salad dressing? If so, you will love Boldt Castle on its heart-shaped island in St. Lawrence Seaway’s 1,000 Islands. Underway as a summer home for a millionaire’s wife, the castle’s construction was not yet complete in 1904 when she died of heart failure. The heartbroken Mr. Boldt walked away and the castle was abandoned until its 1977 rescue. Strange lights are said to come on in the castle, and some have even seen Mrs. Boldt haunting the home that death robbed from her. (Bonus for salad lovers? Mr. Boldt was the proprietor of New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel, where Waldorf salad was invented).
21. The House of the Seven Gables | Salem, MA
Immortalized in the novel of the same name by Nathaniel Hawthorne (who changed his surname from Hathorne to avoid connection to his ancestor who had served as a Salem witch trials judge), this 1668 seaside house was built for a hat and shoe merchant. Check out the bonus eighth gable and the secret staircase replete with stair-climbing ghosts, the giggling ghost boy in the attic and a woman who peers out the windows, said to be Hawthorne’s cousin Susannah.
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House bill takes aim at Pennsylvania's 'ghost poles'
For a borough of fewer than 900 people, Export has a lot of utility poles. And quite a few of them are right next to each another.
Known as ghost poles, the side-by-side poles number in the thousands across Southwestern Pennsylvania.
In areas where the poles are a problem, the limited enforcement options available to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission prompted several state legislators to address the situation by way of House Bill 1619.
Todd Meyers, spokesman for FirstEnergy and its subsidiary West Penn Power, said there are 7,500 ghost poles within the company’s service area.
They occur when the utility that owns a pole — in Export’s case, West Penn Power — replaces it. The next step is to notify all other utilities and companies that use the pole so they can migrate their wires to the replacement. The last utility to do so is supposed to take down the pole.
That is not always happening.
“We’re breeding half-poles in this town,” Mayor Joe Zaccagnini said, gesturing up the street. “See that pole up on Lincoln Avenue? It’s been there for about a decade.”
After a pole was replaced recently on Washington Avenue outside the Export Deli, the leftover ghost pole was left sitting on the sidewalk, lashed to its replacement by a couple of metal straps and tilting several degrees from upright.
“It’s kind of worrisome,” said Export Deli owner Jennifer Olsen of Monroeville .
“It’s a safety hazard,” Councilman John Nagoda said. “The way they have that pole cut, you can reach right up to the (rungs) and climb up there.”
At Zecker Street and Old William Penn Highway in the borough, another ghost pole is embedded where a car taking the corner too sharply could easily sideswipe it.
“It’s not right,” Nagoda said.
The problem is not limited to Export.
In Leechburg, Mayor Anthony Roppolo has two ghost poles near his house.
“They’re cut off down at the bottom, and there are big piles of dirt where they took the old pole out,” Roppolo said. “I don’t know how many we have in town, but I wish we could get rid of them.”
Former Murrysville Chief Administrator Jim Morrison said double poles have been an issue for that municipality as well.
“A couple of years ago, I had to write the Public Utility Commission to get Kinetics to remove a splintered pole on Old William Penn Highway,” he said.
It is not a universal problem, though. New Kensington Municipal Clerk Dennis Scarpiniti said city officials haven’t had many problems with ghost poles.
“I’ve gotten calls from people who thought the second pole was not secured properly,” Scarpiniti said. “We’ve called West Penn Power about that, but we haven’t gotten complaints about the other utilities not moving their lines over.”
Legislation in works
State Reps. Alec Ryncavage and Aaron Kaufer, both of Luzerne County, introduced House Bill 1619, which would empower the PUC to set a timetable for removal of old poles and penalties for companies that ignore it.
“What I found during my time as a borough councilman was that there are no regulations on how fast you have to move those lines and remove those poles,” said Ryncavage, R-Plymouth, who has three ghost poles outside his house. “I went to my state rep, who circulated a memo for sponsorship, but it didn’t go anywhere. So when I was elected to the General Assembly, I decided I was going to make this my priority.”
Ryncavage recruited Kaufer, who had expressed similar concerns about ghost poles situated near bus stops in his district.
“We also observed that there’s no standard to how to secure these poles either,” Ryncavage said. “I’ve seen metal brackets. I’ve seen wire. I’ve even seen some secured with just rope.”
Ryncavage said his goal is to solve the problem without overregulating the utilities or giving the PUC too much power.
“I wanted to work with all the stakeholders,” he said. “We met with energy and telecom associations, and we drafted legislation that has gotten bipartisan support.”
It has also received support from industry workers.
“Damaged, abandoned poles that are no longer in active service pose a direct safety threat to utility workers and the public,” said Michael Simmonds, assistant business manager for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Philadelphia Local 126, during testimony regarding House Bill 1619 this summer. “Left in place, these old poles can fall or collapse, potentially causing harm to individuals or damage to property. Failing responsible, timely removal of damaged or unused poles, state laws need to exist to deter this practice.”
Meyers said West Penn Power supports the legislation.
In August testimony before the General Assembly, Terrance Fitzpatrick, president of the Energy Association of Pennsylvania, said while the rights and responsibilities of pole owners and companies that piggyback on their usage are spelled out in contractual agreements, “this legislation would add a level of regulatory oversight to these in order to promote more timely migration of facilities to replacement poles and ease the proliferation of double poles.”
With no enforcement mechanism, there is no motivation for companies to move outdated infrastructure.
“A lot of these lines are just dead,” Ryncavage said.
“They’re giving all this money to expand internet broadband — they need to get the ‘old-band’ out of here first,” he said.
Roppolo said his concern runs from the wires at the top to the dirt at the bottom.
“These piles of dirt around the ones near my house are going to get covered in snow this winter,” he said. “Then they’re going to melt in the spring, run down the street and get into our catch basins. They’re eyesores.”
What would the bill do?
House Bill 1619 would require the Public Utility Commission to formulate regulations to:
• Address the duration, place and manner of acceptable use of double utility poles.
• Require that third-party attachers register with the PUC annually and provide a responsible point of contact and legal service agent for each utility service area in which the attacher has facilities.
• Put procedures in place for pole owners to provide reasonable notice of the requirement and a reasonable period of time to migrate facilities to a replacement pole.
• Provide for pole owners to be compensated for their costs of moving another company’s facilities and enforcement procedures when the attacher does not cooperate.
• Establish procedures for pole owners to determine that facilities have been abandoned and create compensation for the pole owner’s costs to remove infrastructure out of necessity or in response to the order of a governing authority.
• Adopt a rule authorizing pole owners to require a surety bond from attachers to reimburse pole owners for costs to migrate an attacher’s facilities, remove abandoned facilities, or rectify a preexisting violation caused by the attacher to accommodate a new attachment.
• Encourage expeditious removal of double poles following removal of all attached infrastructure.
Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .
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Jordan fails to win House speakership in second vote
By Mike Hayes, Shania Shelton and Jack Forrest , CNN
Jim Jordan lost his second vote for House speaker on Wednesday. Catch up on today's developments
From CNN's Clare Foran, Haley Talbot, Lauren Fox and Manu Raju
Republican Rep. Jim Jordan again failed to win the House speaker’s gavel in a second vote on Wednesday, faring worse than he did during the first round of voting one day earlier. The loss raises serious questions over whether the Ohio Republican has a viable path forward as he confronts steep opposition and the House remains in a state of paralysis.
Despite the defeat, Jordan has vowed to stay in the race and said the House plans to hold a third speaker vote on Thursday at noon ET. Without a speaker, the chamber is effectively frozen, a precarious position that comes amid conflict abroad and a potential government shutdown next month.
The conservative Republican’s struggle to gain traction has also highlighted the limits of Donald Trump’s influence in the speaker’s race after the former president endorsed Jordan.
Here's what else you should know about today's developments :
- Second ballot: 22 Republicans voted against Jordan on Wednesday. That is two more than the 20 that voted against him yesterday, showing that the opposition against the candidate has grown. There were four new Republican votes against Jordan and two that flipped into his column. Given the narrow House GOP majority, Jordan can only afford to lose a handful of votes and the high number of votes against him puts the gavel far out of reach. Opponents to Jordan’s bid so far have included centrist Republicans concerned that the face of the House GOP would be a conservative hardliner as well as lawmakers still furious at the small group of Republicans who forced out former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and then opposed House Majority Leader Steve Scalise’s bid for the gavel.
- Frustration among Republicans: As the speaker battle drags on, tensions and frustration have risen among House Republicans. Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart told CNN on Wednesday Jordan would lose a “bigger chunk” of GOP floor votes on a third ballot. Rep. Steve Womack of Arkansas derided what he called the “attack, attack, attack” tactics of Jordan allies against his Republican opponents: "Attack the members who don’t agree with you, attack them, beat them into submission,” he said. The wife of holdout GOP Rep. Don Bacon received anonymous text messages, with one reading, "Your husband will not hold any political office ever again. What a disappointment and failure he is."
- Other options: Republican Rep. Dave Joyce of Ohio is leading the charge to expand the powers of the interim Speaker Patrick McHenry , though such a move would not be without controversy and has divided Republicans. Joyce’s resolution, according to sources familiar with it, would grant McHenry more power over the House until either early January or until a new permanent speaker is elected.
- Jordan presses on: Asked what he hoped to accomplish tomorrow that he couldn't do today, Jordan said Republicans are going to keep working as the House needs a speaker. Pushed on whether that's going to be him at this point, the Ohio Republican said, "I believe so, yes."
Interim House Speaker McHenry doesn't rule out supporting GOP resolution to expand his powers
From CNN's Sam Fossum
Interim House Speaker Patrick McHenry didn't rule out supporting a GOP resolution to expand his powers in the role, telling CNN his focus is on getting Rep. Jim Jordan elected after the speaker designate lost his second vote for the gavel on Wednesday.
"My focus is on electing Jim Jordan speaker," he told CNN when asked if he would support the amendment from GOP Rep. Dave Joyce of Ohio to expand his power if it was brought to the floor.
The North Carolina Republican said House GOP leadership wanted the option for another speaker vote at noon ET on Thursday, but that it is ultimately up to Jordan.
Jordan told CNN the plan is for the House to gather again for a third speaker vote at noon ET Thursday.
Florida Republican says Jordan will only lose a "bigger chunk" of votes in future rounds
From CNN's Manu Raju
Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a chief Republican opponent of Jim Jordan’s speakership bid, told CNN on Wednesday that the speaker designee would lose a “bigger chunk” of GOP floor votes on a third ballot.
Diaz-Balart, an 11-term South Florida congressman, said he would “never” back Jordan for speaker, adding, “If he does it again, he’s going to lose a bigger chunk.”
Jordan lost a second vote for his speakership bid today, with 22 Republicans voting against him. Twenty Republicans opted not to back him on the first ballot on Tuesday.
Diaz-Balart has voted for House Majority Leader Steve Scalise for speaker on both floor votes so far.
The House is set for a third speaker vote at noon ET on Thursday.
Some House Republicans work to maximize party support for interim speaker resolution
From CNN's Manu Raju, Melanie Zanona and Annie Grayer
House Republican supporters of a resolution to temporarily empower interim Speaker Patrick McHenry are working to maximize GOP votes and educate members about the effort, multiple sources tell CNN.
This comes as Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan’s allies have been actively trying to sink such a measure, deriding it as an abuse of power or an example of “coalition government.”
Because of the intraparty divisions, Democratic support would likely be needed to approve the measure. House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries told CNN earlier today that his caucus has not yet made a decision on whether they'd back such a temporary solution.
But GOP proponents of the resolution want to have as much Republican buy-in as possible before they bring it to the floor, in order to guard against accusations that it’s a Democratic solution to their speaker impasse.
Republican Rep. Dave Joyce of Ohio has been leading the charge over the effort. He was expected force a floor vote on a resolution as early as today but held off. After Jordan’s second failed floor vote for the speakership , Joyce told CNN he wants to have a meeting of the House GOP Conference to combat misinformation and make his case for the idea before his colleagues.
Joyce’s resolution, according to sources familiar with it, would empower McHenry until either early January or until a new permanent speaker is elected.
Empowering McHenry would expand his abilities beyond just administering a speaker vote to potentially moving legislation through the chamber, although the exact specifics aren't clear.
McHenry has been serving as interim speaker since Kevin McCarthy was ousted from the position earlier this month.
Jordan says House will hold next speaker vote at noon ET Thursday
From CNN's Lauren Fox
Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, who lost a second vote for the speakership today, told CNN that the plan is for the House to gather again for a third speaker vote at noon ET Thursday.
Asked what he hoped to accomplish that he couldn't do today, Jordan said Republicans are going to keep working. He said the House needs a speaker.
Pushed on whether that's going to be him at this point, the speaker designee said, "I believe so, yes."
The GOP conference will not have a meeting tonight.
CNN's Melanie Zanona and Haley Talbot contributed reporting to this post.
Jordan says he doesn't think House will hold third speaker vote tonight
Rep. Jim Jordan says he doesn't think there will be another floor vote tonight for House speaker, but the Ohio Republican is going to talk to interim Speaker Patrick McHenry about the schedule.
Jordan, who lost a second floor vote for the speakership Wednesday, said "yes" when asked if he was going to stay in the race. He said the House has to get a speaker.
Asked whether a resolution that would empower McHenry should be brought up for a vote, Jordan said that would be a decision for the Republican Conference.
Empowering McHenry would expand his ability beyond just administering a speaker vote to potentially move legislation through the chamber, although the exact specifics aren't clear.
House Democrats have not yet made a decision on resolution to empower McHenry
From CNN's Sam Fossum, Manu Raju and Clare Foran
House Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries told CNN on Wednesday that his caucus has not yet made a decision on whether to back a Republican resolution that would assert that interim House Speaker Patrick McHenry has legislative power overseeing the chamber floor on a temporary basis.
Jeffries said the first thing Democrats are aiming to achieve is to stop Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan's bid for the speakership.
The New York Democrat said that if Ohio Rep. Dave Joyce brings forward his resolution to empower McHenry and attempt to force a vote today, then Democrats would meet behind closed doors and decide whether to vote for it. Democratic votes are expected to be essential for the resolution's chances of passage because the GOP is split on such a measure.
“We haven't had that discussion yet as a caucus,” Jeffries told CNN.
"The Republicans have to end this saga, as opposed to us having another futile effort to elevate and insurrectionists to lead the House of Representatives,” he added.
House Minority Whip Katherine Clark, the No. 2 Democrat in the chamber, told CNN that Democrats hope Republicans will come to them after Jordan’s second failed speakership bid.
“The ball is in their court. This is their civil war. They’re the majority. They have to elect a speaker," Clark told CNN.
Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also said that it’s up to Republicans to make the first move.
“They have their majority, they won the election. It's their responsibility to elect their speaker," the California Democrat said. "Our leader, Hakeem Jeffries, has been magnificent in saying there's a path for us to work together. But clearly they have not taken advantage of that."
Pelosi also called it a "real triumph for democracy" that Jordan lost the floor vote today.
“Really, it's a big relief that whatever his name is didn't win today, because it would have been a horrible thing. Two steps away from the presidency,” she told CNN.
Arkansas Republican says threats against those who voted against Jordan won't work
From CNN's Kristin Wilson
Arkansas Rep. Steve Womack derided what he referred to as the “attack, attack, attack” tactics of allies of Speaker designee Jim Jordan against those members who have voted against his speakership bid.
“Frankly, just based on what I've been through -- I can only speak to myself and what my staff has been through over the last 24 or 48 hours -- it is obvious what the strategy has been: Attack, attack attack. Attack the members who don't agree with you, attack them, beat them into submission,” Womack said Wednesday.
Womack has backed House Majority Leader Steve Scalise in the two rounds of voting for the speakership so far.
The seven-term congressman said there was a big difference between the 20 GOP members who were initially opposed to Kevin McCarthy during the January speakership vote and the 20 lawmakers — now 22 after the second round of voting — who are opposed to Jordan. It's that distinction that Womack believes will ultimately deny Jordan the speaker's gavel.
“The 20 in January all wanted something. The 20 now, they don't want anything. And so the level of opposition is profound,” Womack said as he left the House floor Wednesday “It's one thing when you want something and you have a chance to get it and there's an opportunity for you to move. It's a whole different ballgame when you are opposed on principle and start being attacked. And I can speak to it, because I've been attacked.”
“And it has not helped one iota,” Womack said. “That won’t work with us. So ... if the whole battle plan was to attack them, give him time to expose those members and go after them, then it's an abject failure. They didn't read the room very well.”
Interim Speaker McHenry continues to press forward for Jordan
Interim House Speaker Patrick McHenry said he remains “focused on getting our Speaker-designate across the floor and into the Speaker’s chair.”
He wouldn’t answer if he would accept the expanded powers that some Republicans are discussing possibly giving to the interim speaker.
McHenry said he’s not sure if there’s a conference meeting happening today.
“We are working on that.”
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Politics | Gun reform bill opposed by police chiefs passed by state House
Lawmakers take aim at ghost guns, ar-15 style weapons.
House lawmakers have passed a sweeping new gun reform bill already unanimously opposed by Bay State police chiefs.
The House suspended their rules, passed the bill by a vote of 120-38, and will send it to the state Senate.
Lawmakers said they aim to reduce gun violence by strengthening laws around firearms licensing, and carrying and by going after so-called ghost guns.
“While the Commonwealth annually ranks as one of the safest states in the entire country from gun violence, the Supreme Court’s Bruen decision nullified existing components of our gun laws, threatening the safety of the Commonwealth’s residents. With the passage of this legislation, the House has once again displayed an unwavering commitment to ensuring that Massachusetts remains one of the safest states in the country,” House Speaker Ron Mariano said.
This summer, a year after the high court decided in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen that most extraordinary licensing requirements were at odds with the Second Amendment, Stoneham Rep. Michael Day filed the gun reform bill as HD.4420. The bill has since gone through two further iterations and was finally passed as H.4135.
Gun rights groups responded to the entire proposal with alarm, claiming that upon passage it would make felons of otherwise lawful gun owners and that it wouldn’t actually address criminal use of firearms. The House adjusted the bill in response to their complaints, but by and large not enough to convince Second Amendment advocates they weren’t being directly targeted.
“This bill simply cannot be fixed … or exorcised,” Jim Wallace, the Executive Director of the Gun Owners Action League, said in an email to his membership.
Licensed gun owners’ assertion the bill would only impact them, not those looking to break the law, was backed by the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, representing all 351 cities and towns and more than 100 hospital police departments.
Executive Director Mark Leahy testified at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing that the organization had polled its membership, and received an “unprecedented” unanimous vote to oppose the bill.
“Although disappointed in this very predictable vote — in a proceeding where the House failed to follow their own rules — we applaud those Legislators who recognized that this bill makes no one safer. As we’ve said, the answer lies in the vigorous prosecution of criminals, who have no regard for gun laws, whether old or new. We look forward to addressing this matter with our Senate,” Leahy told the Herald after Wednesday’s vote.
The bill, according to the Speaker’s office, “cracks down on the sale of ghost guns; strengthens the Commonwealth’s red flag laws; updates the definition of assault weapons; and limits the carrying of guns into schools, polling places, government buildings and the private residences of others.”
The legislation would also outlaw the sale or purchase of rifles styled like Armalite ‘s AR-15, the most popular shooting platform in the country. As the bill is currently worded, those who own potentially prohibited guns would be allowed to keep firearms already in their possession.
The House moved the measure through the Ways and Means committee after replacing the language in H.4090, which had been offered by Gov. Maura Healey as the state’s fiscal 2023 close-out budget, with the language of the gun bill.
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