The Real Haunting Story of the Connecticut Snedeker's House

Updated on July 8, 2020
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The Haunting in Connecticut
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The Haunting in Connecticut

I watched The Haunting in Connecticut movie which come out in 2009, as I enjoy watching movies that are based on true events. I thought the film was a little far fetched to be honest, although it was very eerie which made it a good movie to watch.

The movie centres on a family who move from upstate New York to Connecticut because their son Matt has been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. The strain of traveling back and forth to the University of Connecticut hospital was getting to be too much, so his mum decides to rent a house nearby.

The house they rent used to be a mortuary, and they find a mortuary room in the basement which has now become Matts bedroom.The family soon start being haunted by violent and traumatic events from the spirits within the house, so Matt contacts a minister who he met while having cancer treatment. The minister informs Matt that the supernatural encounters are a result of the previous occupants' occult activities which included séances and necromancy.

The film ends when Matt discovers what is causing the hauntings and tries to get rid of the spirits by burning the house down with the bodies of the spirits still buried in the walls. Matt's Mum runs in to the burning building to try to get Matt out. once Matt is bought to safety he opens his eyes and can no longer see dead people. He is now supposedly cured of cancer.

Although this film is in fact based on a true story, the producers added a lot of things mainly for rating purposes, so as usual I looked into the real story behind the movie and this is what I discovered . . .

The Real Haunting in Connecticut
The Real Haunting in Connecticut | Source

The Real Haunting in Connecticut

The movie is based on the snedeker family who on the 30th June, 1986, moved to 208 Meriden Avenue in southington, Connecticut.

The house was spacious, the rent was cheap, and it was near to their Son Phillips hospital. After they had moved in, they discovered that back in the 1920s, the house used to be a mortuary called The Hallahan Funeral home. It stayed a funeral home for multiple decades.

The snedeker family found mortuary equipment in the basement hid behind building materials. They also found a small graveyard out the back and drawers full of eerie corpse photographs.

Not long after moving in, the family claim to have been haunted by spirits within the house. They reported hearing strange sounds, said the temperature would change in most rooms, and they would see figures of dead people appear.

Phillips Mother, Carmen Snedeker said "They were incredibly powerful one of them was very thin with high cheek bones and long black hair and pitch black eyes, and another had white hair and eyes and was wearing a pinstripe tuxedo and his feet were constantly in motion."

Their real life son Phillip did have cancer of the immune system and they did move to be closer to the hospital where he was being treated. Mum Carmen says she was never told that the home was previously a Funeral home upon moving in, and she said she never went into the basement due to renovation materials blocking the stairway, and only found the embelling equipment after they had moved in.

However, the former owner and in-house neighbour says she was fully aware before moving into the house. Carmen also claimed that when she was mopping the basement floor the water turned red. She said the dishes used to put themselves away and the lights would flicker on and off even when they took the lightbulbs out.

The Younger Son Bradley apparently did get spun around uncontrollably on the gurney and they also found toe tags and head tags and other personal items of the deceased, both events was also showed in the film.

In the film, it showed Phillip attacking his cousin, this really happened and Cancer stricken Phillip was taken by ambulance to a mental home for 45 days. Phillip was also diagnosed with schizophrenia after talking about the spirits talking to him. his family said he became distant, dark and violent after moving into the house.

The Snedeker family brought in paranormal researchers, including John Zaffis, Ed Warren, and Lorraine Warren, to help pinpoint the problems.

The researchers believed that former funeral workers were guilty of necrophilia, which led to the evil presence. Carmen later reported that former workers were found guilty of the crime, although Carmen's reports have never been proven.

According to the current owner of the Southington home, Susan Trotta-Smith, the true story is that the house is not haunted now and never was.

“We’ve lived in the house for ten years. Our house is wonderful,” Susan said. “This is all Hollywood foolishness. The stories are all ludicrous.”

A lot of reports say that Carmen and Allen contradict a lot of each others stories which is why a lot of people doubt their claims.

One thing people cant argue with is during the treatments in Southington after they left the haunted house, Phillip Snedeker’s cancer went into remission and he went on to have four children and became a truck driver.


Sadly since writing this article, Phillip Snedekers cancer returned and he passed away on the 9th January 2012 aged just 38.

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Carmen Reed Snedeker
Carmen Reed Snedeker | Source

Carmen Reed/Snedeker

Many people have questioned whether the events that supposedly took place at 208 Meriden Avenue ever really happened at all. Before The Haunting in Connecticut movie, there was a book and a Documentary. The book was called 'In a Dark Place' and was written by Ray Garton.

Ray later claimed that Ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren had hired him to write the book based on the goings on in the Snedeker's house. However Ray soon noticed that their stories did not add up. When Ray questioned the Warren's about their inconsistences, they simply told Ray to make up the missing pieces of the story and make it scary.

There have been many people who knew the Snedeker's who have claimed the mother Carmen was making up the story for financial gain. When asked in an interview at the time, why she doesn't take her children out of the house, Carmen bizarrely replied "Children need stability, hopefully it wont kill them."

According to Carmen, the real haunting started from the very first night that they moved in to the house. She said her Son Phillip would play cruel jokes on his family and not even remember doing it. This is why they sent Phillip to stay with relatives for a while.

Carmen said they regularly experienced a force while living in the house. She said, the evil force took on different forms and would sometimes attack them.

On an interview on CNN, Carmen said that her Son Phillip was telling her from the day they moved in that the house was evil, and that he could hear voices. He also saw a man in the basement and could describe the man in great detail.

Carmen then went on to say that she also witnessed a hand going up her Niece's nightshirt. When the presenter asked her why she stayed in the house a couple of years, Carmen said "Well it was the kids being tormented, I was unaware of it."

Carmen told the presenter that she wanted her children to have a normal life now, but admits to writing a book and assisting in the making of both the Documentary and the movie.

I recently read another interview given my Carmen to The Huffington Post, she told the same story of the hand going up her niece's shirt, only this time she added "It laughed a hideous laugh when it went above her shirt and out the window."

Carmen says that she has always known she was special, and could feel when things are about to happen. Apparently her Grandmother was the same. Carmen's management page says "Perhaps it was pre destined that she can see a spiritual side of life that others can only comprehend."

But wait! Wasn't it her son that could see these things? Didn't Carmen say that it was Phillip who knew from the very first day that the house was evil?

In fact and I quote, "Well it was the kids being tormented, I was unaware of it." Doesn't really sound like someone who knew things were about to happen does it.

Interestingly her management page goes on to say "While looking for an apartment, she stumbled onto a large home that seemed perfect for the extending family. They learned that it had been a funeral home early on but since no one had died there she felt it would be ok."

I didn't understand this, as Carmen has always maintained that she never knew the house used to be a funeral home until after she moved in with her family.

I am not saying that everything Carmen says is a lie, but I do think there are a lot of inconsistencies in her interviews, and I still do not understand why she would allow her children to remain in that house.

The haunted house which held a force, a force that she claims would sometimes attack them, but not it would seem, a force scary enough to have them running for the hills.

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      10 months ago

      Realize Serafina7910 posted a long time ago, but by chance was the 3 bedroom house in New Britain on Maple? I never had anything worthy of a movie (agree with you most are total BS. Fun, but pure BS) but I absolutely had some things occur when I was in my apartment that I couldn’t explain.

      The stain of a very particular shape that NEVER disappears no matter how often you paint coat after coat was one. Along with the feeling associated at that particular place in the apartment. Sad, not terrifying, but definitely freaked me out.

      There’s a lot of those 3 family homes built in the early 1900’s there. So many people would have lived through so much there. Probably a few remnants of a kind in some. Most probably silent, even pleasant. Those hard working, big families were social, loved food and celebrations, and laughed a lot. Probably way more good times than sad happened in those great old homes. Sad that they were aging to the point of needing replacement when I lived there in the 90’s.

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      Steve Birkeland 

      10 months ago

      I'm hoping there's a connection to the Snedeker/Snedecor Family in Islip Long Island.

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      15 months ago

      There is no evidence that this is anything but the case of a kid with cancer experiencing adverse psycological effects from his cancer treatments or from having difficulty coping with the illness. Can't imagine how terrifying it must have seemed to him at the time. The family using it as cash cow is pretty disgusting, in my opinion. Not surprised that Ed and Lorraine "everything is demons" Warren latched onto it. Not the first hoax they've helped to spread around.

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      Essise k 

      20 months ago

      The Discovery Channel version is definitely nothing you want to watch alone at night.

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      mrs. F 

      20 months ago

      Did anyone zoom into the pic of this house look at the tall man figure in the door and a lady image in life window spirits are around ppl die but dont always be rested in peace. Prayer and faith in God always keep u protected.

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      2 years ago

      I thank the Mom was a horrible person. She had experience a lot her self.And never believe her kids. She was a very stupid and horrible person.

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      2 years ago

      I saw the 2002 documentary, and i believe their story, can't imagine what it was like for them, The Man in the Suit from the documentary is so creepy, and i believe the renovations depicted in the discovery channel documentary could be a cause, and that the boy had cancer. So the film industry wants to make a paranormal horror film based on what happen is what i believe is an insult to the family who endured months of terror. This my opinion..

      R.I.P Phil

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      3 years ago

      How can you write an article with so many WRONG facts, improper grammar, and awful spelling mistakes? If you want to be taken seriously as a writer, go to college, get an education, and please, if you can't do that, at least use spell check.

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      3 years ago

      I believe this story is true. Back when I was dating my first husband he lived in Plantsville and there was a story about in the local newspaper about the Snedeckers and the freaky things that were happening to them in the home. Some of it has been changed for the film but the truth has a certain ring to it.

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      3 years ago

      I am scared

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      3 years ago

      I dont put stock in anything CNN or Huffington Post produces. Thry are the worst and proven numerous times to fake stories to make people look like a jackass.

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      5 years ago

      I lived in New Britain, which was the town right next to Southington. We never heard of this story. If the house really was haunted it would have been in the newspapers. I dated a guy who lived in Southington and he never heard anything such story. I never trusted the Warrens, to me they are fake and make up crap to make money. I lived in a 3 family house in New Britain and the grandmother of a gypsy died on the floor we rented. I had experiences in the house, I bet if I told the Warrens about it they would have tried to sell it. A friend's brother still lives in that house, just a different floor and has things happen some things as well.

      As far as the Haunting in Connecticut goes, it's all fake. The son had cancer and that is probably the only truth to the whole story.

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      5 years ago

      I hated this movie. The kid had cancer, which is aelardy heart breaking, and he was on a drug trial that had a condition. You start hallucinating and you're out. So of course when he starts seeing ghosts he can't say anything or it's back to chemo. Over all it just made me sad. Not a flick I would recommend, ever.

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      Lani M 

      6 years ago from Australia

      Regardless of fact or fiction, I do believe that people who share these stories do believe they have experienced them. I don't doubt they become exaggerated during the process but I guarantee that the amount of ridicule someone would cop from this kind of situation would be much greater than any profits made.

      I don't think we'll ever really know what happens unless we were there to experience it ourselves but for entertainment purposes you can't deny that it's an interesting story.

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      Ali Lynch 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this very interesting i cant say if this story is true or not but i believe that the story tellers are trying way to hard to be the amityville horror though Im not sure if that is 100% true or not but no other horror movie of this kind will ever be that big..but nice job reporting on this though

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      6 years ago from South England

      Thank you Anne, I have updated the hub.

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      Anne Bowman 

      6 years ago

      The movie is ok, the documentary is creepier, but the truth is nothing happened. The kid DID die at 38 from Hodgkins recurring

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      7 years ago

      I think if you was to think about it the movie was OK not nothing close the the discovery version but that's my opion

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      7 years ago from South England

      Thanks for stopping by @Raevyn14 and @Nicole. I think the whole thing is very eerie. The documentary was interesting, many of the things that happened to the boy in the movie, actualy happened to the Mother in real life, it was just changed to fit in with the story line :-0

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      7 years ago

      I saw the episode, and now i'm like addicted to it

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      8 years ago from Tecumseh, Oklahoma

      I have seen the documentary to this movie, it is more frightening than anything hollywood could produce.

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      8 years ago from South England

      Thank you J.S. I think the house looks eerie and you can still see the morgue doors at the front of the house. I am not sure how much of the Snedekers story is true. Although it does seems strange that their sons Cancer was cured, despite them being told he was uncurable. If you ever do go and have a look, i hope you share your findings, it's all very interesting :)

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      JS Matthew 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      This is very interesting! As someone who enjoyed the movie and all the hype that came with it, it is interesting to me to hear all the different testimonies from this property. I am not sure what to make of it, but I am glad that you shared this link with me on my Hub:

      Maybe someday I can go there (it's not too far from where I live...a few hours...) and take photos and maybe even dig up some dirt! Thanks for sharing this and I hope to find out the truth some day!



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