The following story was taken from the book titled "Ghost Sightings" and was written by Brian Innes. The commentary below is not from anyone at CPRS, but they are the actual thoughts and words of the author or reporter.
Place: 11 Bank Street, New York City
Reporter: Meyer Berger
The New York Times for June 26, 1957 contained a report, in Meyer Berger's column "About New York", concerning a "rather friendly" ghost who haunted the brownstone house of engineer Dr. Harvey Slatin and his wife, painter Yeffe Kimball, at 11 Bank Street in Greenwich Village. The Slatins had acquired the premises from a Mrs. Maccario, who had previously run it as a boarding house, but who, on subsequent questioning, was unable to furnish any particulars of previous occupants.
On numerous occasions, the Slatins had thought that they heard a woman's footsteps crossing the upper floor, and sometimes a sound like a faint hammering. They were not disturbed by the noises, although they frequently went in search of anything that might be causing them. The sounds occurred more often in the daytime than at night, and even the maid, after her initial fear, became accustomed to them. A local carpenter, and Englishman named Arthur Brodie, who was brought in to carry out modifications on the 125-year old house, maintained stolidly that "one hears all sorts of noises in old houses". Then, one morning in February 1957, he appeared at Mrs. Slatin's bedroom door, exclaiming: "It's me ma'am, I'm leaving the job! I've found the body!" – but he was only joking. Working on the ceiling of an upstairs room, he had dislodged a load of plaster, together with a japanned metal container, which had fallen to the floor. It bore the label of the United States Crematory Co., Queens, NY, with a faded inscription reading "The last remains of Elizabeth Bullock, deceased, cremated January 21, 1931". Curiously, the ceiling itself dated back to at least 1880.
Enquiries established that Elizabeth Bullock had been crossing nearby Hudson Street in January 1931, when she had been hit by a fast-moving car. Bystanders had carried her to a nearby drugstore, but she had died before an ambulance arrived. However, he had not lived at 11 Bank Street, but at 113 Perry Street. Mrs. Slatin was immediately reminded that, some weeks before, a well-dressed young man had called at the door and asked if any rooms were to let. He had left a card with the name – E. C. Bullock.
Self-styled "ghost hunter" Hans Holzer read the story in the New York Times, and arranged a séance t the Slatin home on July 17th, bringing his friend and medium Mrs. Ethel Meyers. As Mrs. Meyers went into a trance, she described a woman, "Betty" who walked slowly, being paralyzed on one side, and who had a heart condition. Speaking with an Irish-accented voice of "Betty", Mrs. Meyers said she and her brother Eddie, who now lived in California, came from Pleasantville, New York state, and that their mother's maiden name had been Elizabeth McCuller. "He didn't want me in the family plot -my brother- I wasn't even married in their eyes… but I was married before God… my husband went with Eddie… steal the ashes… pay for no burial… he came back and took them from Eddie…hide the ashes…Charles knew it…. Made a roof over the house… ashes came through the roof… so Eddie can't find them… and I like being with you!", nodding toward Mrs. Slatin. Who arranged the cremation? "It was Charles's wish, and it wasn't Eddie's and therefore they quarreled. Charlie was a Presbyterian… and he would have put me in hi church, but I could not offend them all. They put it beyond my reach through the roof; still hot… they stole it from the crematory". Then Mrs. Meyers relaxed, an emerged from her trance. Holzer suggested to Mrs. Slatin that the can should be buried in the garden at the back of the house, but she felt that it should be put on the family's piano in the living room – and there is remained.