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Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis’ screenplay for Ghostbusters was heavily inspired by Dan Aykroyd’s family and their long tradition of paranormal investigating, going back to his great-grandfather Dr. Samuel A. Aykroyd. Because of the family’s history with ghosts, the Aykroyds have extraordinary stories that sound like cases right out of Ghostbusters. Read on for six real-life paranormal stories, plus one that bears a striking similarity to one of Ghostbusters‘ most famous scenes.
1. Dan Aykroyd’s mother Lorraine Aykroyd said that when Dan was born, she saw a couple standing at the foot of her bed which she believed to be Dan’s deceased grandparents.
2. When he was a child, Dan Aykroyd’s father Peter claims he witnessed his grandfather Dr. Samuel A. Aykroyd hosting a séance.
3. Dan was considering tearing down the old family house and building a new house on the property, land that his family believes has a supernatural presence. He decided not to do it after he heard three “electric snaps.” He describes them sounding “as if lightning had hit the house.”
4. Peter worked to invent the first device that could capture ghostly voices. Unfortunately, ghosts informed Peter that the device he wanted to invent was impossible.
5. Peter claims that during the séances that he witnessed with his grandfather, spirits would speak through a local mechanic named Walter Ashurst. Some of the spirits even spoke Chinese.
6. Dan’s uncle claims that when he was four years old, he walked into a room used for séances, and a trumpet was flying around the room. Voices were coming out of the trumpet. After he walked into the room, the trumpet stopped flying and dropped to the floor.
BONUS: Dan Aykroyd claims that his former home, which was previously owned by Mama Cass, is haunted. He says that a ghost once crawled into bed with him, and he believes it was Mama Cass because it felt like a “big ghost.”