The Italian Almanac

Italian Castle

Italian News - January 15th

A woman who pretended to be a ghost and "haunted" an Alpine castle was sentenced to four months in prison by an Italian court.

Police were called in to investigate mysterious creaking doors and other unexplained nocturnal noises heard in 15th century Castel Coldrano, near the Swiss and Austrian borders, by a female occupant who ran the castle's cultural centre.

Video cameras placed by investigators revealed the noises to be man - or woman - made, and arrested a 42-year-old Polish woman, whose husband worked for the centre.

Police said she was motivated by "a personal rancor" against the manager, and charged her with harassment and incidental damage to the castle.