Monday, November 30, 2009

"The Haunted" and Animal Planet TV Roxanne, a 9-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, is set to be one of the stars of an Animal Planet show called “The Haunted.” “Murder at the Blackhorse Inn” which is set to air at 10 p.m. on Sunday.

The dog is owned by Al and Marie Stempo who own Stemie's Place in Williams Township. The filming of the episode, which focuses on animals being acutely sensitive to spirits, marks only the second visit to the bar and restaurant for Roxanne.

“We were getting the place ready to open and the dog just disappeared,” Al Stempo said. “There’s no way an eight-pound dog could get the door open, but she somehow got into the basement. When we found her, she was shaking and shivering. We never brought the dog back.”

The business, formerly known as the Black Horse Inn, was the scene of the 1928 killing of reputed gangster Saverio Damiano. The murder of Damiano was never solved and many customers and workers have reported hauntings over the years.

“Whether or not you’re open to that kind of (paranormal) stuff, the building has an incredible history that makes you open to connecting the dots,” said George Plamondon, an executive producer for Picture Shack Entertainment, which produced the show.


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