On Paranormal Lockdown, paranormal experts Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman travel to Cleveland, Ohio to investigate Franklin Castle. The Victorian mansion was built in 1880 for wealthy German immigrant Franklin “Hannes” Teidemann and his family. Ten years after moving in, Tiedemman’s 15-year-old daughter Emma died (diabetes). During the next three years, three more children died. After Hannes’ wife Luise died at the age of 57, he sold the house. He died in 1908.
The Franklin Castle was sold in 1968 to a family of eight who claimed to have experienced ghosts – they sold the house in 1974. In 1984, Judy Garland’s fifth and last husband, piano player Mickey Deans (born Michael DeVinko), bought the estate. (He moved to Cleveland after Garland’s death.) He spent close to $1 million in renovations but sold it in 1994. Story goes that during DeVinko’s ownership, a skeleton was found in a closet. In 1999, one of Yahoo’s early employees, Michelle Heimberger bought Franklin Castle. The current owner is Chiara Dona dale Rose, president of an Italian textile manufacturing company. Paranormal Lockdown airs Fridays at 9pm on TLC.
[Left: Mickey Deans wrote Weep No More, My Lady: The Best Selling Story of Judy Garland before he bought Franklin Castle]