October 31, 2012
When a tree falls in New Haven, do horror writers hear it?
by Kevin Murphy
An old tree in New Haven, CT., snapped by Hurricane Sandy wind, revealed a perfectly macabre underbelly just in time for Halloween.
The New Haven Independent reports:
A homeless woman made a spooky Halloween’s eve discovery on the Upper Green: bones from a centuries-old human body unearthed by a giant oak tree toppled by Superstorm Sandy.
The woman, Katie Carbo, made the discovery around 3:15 p.m. near the corner of College and Chapel streets. Visible among the roots of the tree is the back of skull, upside down, with its mouth open (pictured). It is still connected to a spine and rib cage.
Carbo called police, who confirmed the discovery. Detectives headed to the scene to investigate.
Sgt. Anthony Zona said the police do not suspect foul play. He noted that that part of the Green long ago served as a burial ground.
“That body has probably been there a long, long time,” Zona said.
“Twenty-four years on the job,” he added, “and different things just happen all the time.
Horror writers, if you’re looking for a storyboard …
Kevin Murphy is the digital media marketing manager of Melville House.