Ledge Light is a haunted lighthouse in New London Harbor, Connecticut. It became famous when a Japanese video appeared on the Internet showing students being attacked by a ghost named “Ernie”. It is also known as New London Ledge Lighthouse.
Ledge Light is one of the most unusual-looking lighthouses in the United States. It looks like an old colonial-style house, floating on the sea. It also has a haunting history and a ghost named “Ernie”.
A video is supposed to exist showing a group of Japanese students who were investigating Ledge Lighthouse. They went into a room and were suddenly attacked by a whirlwind of flying objects. The video is said to show them huddled in a corner, scared out of their wits, as objects fly around them. Apparently the Japanese guys were so scared, they couldn’t move and had to wait until someone came to rescue them. The room they were in was “Ernie’s Room”.
According to legend, in the 1920s, a man named Ernie was the keeper at Ledge Lighthouse. His wife lived with him but she became very unhappy with her dismal confinement on the hunk of concrete. Bored and lonely, she began flirting with the sailors and fishermen who passed by.
When Ernie learned that his wife had run off with the captain of the Block Island Ferry, he went out of his mind and committed suicide by jumping to his death from the roof of the lighthouse. His body was never found.
When workmen were renovating Ledge Lighthouse, they found a log book. The final entry read: “Rock of slow torture. Ernie’s domain. Hell on earth – May New London Ledge’s light shine on forever because I’m through. I will watch it from afar while drinking a brew.”
The ghost of Ernie is said to be condemned to watch over the light for all eternity. Coast Guard crews frequently report hearing strange noises and mysterious knocks on their bedroom doors in the middle of the night. Many experience doors opening and closing on their own, TVs being turned on and off, and bedclothes being pulled off the end of their bed.
The ghost of Ernie has also been known to sound the fog horn and untie boats to let them drift away. One day, a couple of fishermen stopped at the lighthouse for coffee and told the new keeper they thought the ghost was a hoax. When it was time for them to leave, they found their boat had been untied and set adrift.
In the 1940s, the keeper’s wife awoke during the night and saw a tall bearded man standing at the foot of her bed, dressed in a raincoat and hat. The apparition stared at her for a moment and then dissolved into thin air. Her children said they had seen the same man standing in their room at night.
The keeper was shaving himself one morning, when he looked in the mirror and saw a man standing behind him. When he turned, there was no-one there.
In the late 1990s, a TV reporter from Japan spent a night inside the lighthouse to investigate the story of Ernie, and loud whispering noises were heard through the night, and were also audible on the video.
Ghost Hunters investigated Ledge Lighthouse on an episode of their TV show. The TAPS team had seen the famous Japanese Ghost Video but could find no evidence of a haunting. The video has since disappeared from the Internet and nobody seems to be able to find it.