Beckie-Ann Galentine has the macabre covered, both as a hobby and as a job.
“I’m a mortician during the day, ghost hunter at night,” said Galentine, who is a rising star of the spooky on TikTok, which she has parlayed into gigs as a content creator for the Travel Channel and Lifetime.
And she says that Rhode Island is chock-full of spooky places that any ghost hunter can explore.
Posting under the name “My Bloody Galentine” — her name rhymes with Valentine — she has amassed more than 350,000 followers on TikTok, which has splashed over to 18,000 on Instagram, too.
A native of Starford, in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, the 30-year-old got into ghost hunting almost by accident.
“I first went ghost hunting as a joke,” she said.
She, her brother and her then-boyfriend checked out a cemetery in Indiana County around Halloween in 2009, while she was in college.
Things didn’t go as planned. Like, nothing was happening.
“We got frustrated within 20 minutes,” she said.
They switched off their flashlights and prepared to depart.
Just then, “I saw something bright and blue going into the top of two trees,” said Galentine. “It was literally a ball of light.”
It floated down, between her and her boyfriend, and then into the ground.
And she thinks she can explain what it was. Her family suffered a tragedy near the cemetery. “I think it was my relative saying hello.”
Since then, she has traveled throughout Pennsylvania and New England — she now lives in West Hartford, Connecticut — documenting spooky places for her streaming audience.
Here are several sites she recommends in Rhode Island:
Our generation Amityville: The Conjuring house
“This is like our generation’s Amityville story,” said Galentine.
Paranormal occurrences there when the Perron family lived in the Burrillville farmhouse in the 1970s form the basis of the movie “The Conjuring,” which spawned a series focused on the exploits of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.
The house is now marketed under the name the Farm on Round Top Road, and its owners, Cory and Jennifer Heinzen, invite paying guests to stay for overnight “investigtions.”
Galentine has spent a night and reported some spooky happenings, including doors that opened by themselves.
Rhode Island’s Vampire: Visiting Mercy Brown’s grave
The website onlyinyourstate.com called it “the number one creepiest place for goosebumps and chills that linger” and Rhode Island Monthly dubbed it “the best known haunted place in Rhode Island.”
But Galentine said, “I didn’t get a super spooky vibe from the place.” (Of course, bear in mind that in her day job she’s a mortician, so cemeteries are just part of her office.)
Galentine said the reason Mercy Brown’s grave makes so many lists of haunted places in Rhode Island is the story of what happened to Mercy’s body before it was laid to rest for eternity.
Mercy died of tuberculosis at age 19 on Jan. 17, 1892, during “the great New England Vampire Panic.” As more members of her family succumbed to the disease, they thought the family was cursed. When Mercy’s body was exhumed — Galentine said it had been stored in a burial vault that’s still on the premises — she was found to be remarkably preserved and had liquid blood in her heart.
Obviously, that meant she was a vampire. So they burned her heart and fed the ashes in a tonic to her brother, who also had contracted TB. He died anyway.
Mercy’s grave is in the cemetery behind Cherry Hill Baptist Church at 467 Ten Rod Rd., Exeter. Go up the main road through the cemetery to the clump of evergreens on the left.
Looff Carousel at Crescent Park
“People don’t typically think of carousels as being haunted or creepy,” Galentine said, adding that the haunting doesn’t seem to stem from the carousel itself — “It didn’t do anything bad. It didn’t hurt people.” — but from its location in the former amusement park, which was wracked by disasters such as fire and hurricane. “It seems like one by one, everything around the carousel was getting plucked off.” The park’s ballroom, pier, roller coaster and midway all met sudden ends.
Spooky doings include sightings of an apparition of a young woman staring into the lake in the park, as well as the carousel and its calliope music turning on by itself.
The carousel, by Charles Looff, was built in 1895 and is temporarily closed for structural repairs to its foundation. It is located 700 Bullocks Point Ave. in the Riverside section of East Providence.
“It really is just genuinely a stunning library,” said Galentine. “It just has the perfect recipe for a haunt.”
And people have reported that paintings in the library watch them, and members of the staff are reported to have seen a male apparition.
The building, dating to 1747, is at 50 Bellevue Ave., Newport.
“This is like my bucket-list location,” said Galentine, whose plans to visit last year were frustrated by the COVID pandemic.
Built in 1870, the lighthouse has been reported to have unexplained voices and footsteps, doors opening and closing by themselves and other eerie occurrences. It is on an island that, when not used as part of a Navy torpedo station, housed barracks for quarantining patients with infectious diseases.
Galentine said there are reports of two mass graves on the island, but no conclusive indication of exactly where they are.
Providence’s grandest hotel: The Biltmore haunting
Financier Johan Leisse Weisskopf, said to be a Satanist, built the hotel, which is now known as The Graduate, in 1922, and it is said he conducted Satanic rituals there.
During its near-century in existence it has been the scene of several murders and suicides, including a man who jumped from the 14th floor after the stock market crashed in 1929. Guests claim to see the man’s ghost still wandering through the hotel on Dorrance Street in Providence.
Other paranormal occurrences are said to include guests hearing lively parties and drunken noise coming from empty rooms.