You may not see it, at least not at first sight, but it is there. In every episode of kindred spirits, the Travel Channel show in which paranormal investigators Amy Bruni and Adam Berry visit haunted places to help bring peace and closure to the living and the dead, there is a presence looming.
I’m not talking about ghosts. i’m talking about ghost bread.
The bread – a fake French baguette – is slipped into every episode of soul mates, and has been for four seasons. (The show is currently filming its seventh.) It’s become so popular with fans that @officialghostbread even has its own Instagram account. “Follow my crumbs,” reads his profile.
“Honestly, people watch the episode multiple times just to find the ghost bread,” Berry told Yahoo Life. “It’s more popular than us.”
“It’s on tour with me right now,” adds Bruni. “People take pictures with it.”
As we speak, we’re in the middle of spooky season, which means it’s the busiest time of year for the Ghostbusters duo. Bruni takes part in a speaking tour to promote his book, Life with the Afterlife: 13 Truths I Learned About Ghostsand Berry is on the second day of a paranormal investigation weekend he is hosting in Provincetown, Mass., where he lives.
The legend of ghost bread goes like this. Bruni and Berry were filming an episode of Kinship in Maplecroft, the home in Fall River, Massachusetts, where Lizzie Borden spent her days after being acquitted of murdering her father and stepmother. “It’s near my house, so in the evening I would ask the babysitter to bring my daughter to work so that I could see her,” says Bruni. But one day, the babysitter arrived early.
“We were still doing interviews, so we needed Charlotte to shut up,” she says. “Our producer grabbed a loaf of prop bread that was on display in the house, and he handed it to 4-year-old Charlotte and said, ‘It’s ghost bread, ghosts to like ghost bread. ‘” Next thing they knew they heard the little girl upstairs trying to engage spirits saying Ghooooosts, I got ghooooost breeeead.
“She left the bread somewhere upstairs, and our other producer Sean snuck down the stairs and took the ghost bread,” Bruni explains. “We sent Charlotte upstairs and the ghost bread was gone.” The little girl was convinced that the bread had been eaten by spirits. “She was like, The ghosts took the ghost bread! So, from this episode, we put the ghost bread in a shot. After that, every episode, we put the ghost bread somewhere as an Easter egg.”
It’s an absolute fan favorite and has become something people seek out in every episode. “It started out as a joke,” she adds, “until people really started noticing it.”
“We’re okay with that,” Berry says. “We’re going to put the ghost bread somewhere in the background unobtrusively, and you know, people are going to look for it again and again.”
They may not eat ghost bread, but Bruni and Berry have shared some spooky meals together. Many of the cases they investigate happen in restaurants where unexplained things happen and people have unsettling experiences. At the Twisted Vine restaurant, in a former bank building in Derby, Connecticut, Berry says, “they had the craziest activity in their bar downstairs.”
“The jukebox would turn on by itself, the glasses would slide across the counter, and they would see shadowy figures down there,” he says. “In the main restaurant, they heard a male voice calling someone who worked there.” The owners wanted them to understand what was going on, not only for the staff, but also for the customers.
“The spirit, we figured out, was a bank clerk named Samuel Lessey,” Berry says. A customer had passed a fake check changing $25 to $2,500 (about $75,000 today) and Lessey let it through.”
“He felt so guilty that he committed the act of committing suicide in the nearby cemetery, lying in a coffin and shooting himself,” he explains. “That was him in that space always trying to make amends and be in charge.”
Another notable haunting they investigated was at The Valley Inn, a restaurant in Portsmouth, RI. “They had known about an activity for years,” says Bruni, “but the owner was never really into the ghost thing. But then with COVID they were basically closed so they allowed us to come in and investigate.”
The restaurant is built on the exact site of a 17th century farmhouse that once belonged to the Cornell family. In 1673, Rebecca Cornell died of severe burns and, according to court testimony, she visited her brother in the night days after his death, saying, “Do you see how they burned me? ” referring to his son, Thomas. “It’s the only place in American history where someone has been put to death based on a ghost’s testimony,” Bruni says.
In the restaurant, the staff once saw a bottle flying from the wall and a woman saw the apparition of a woman holding a baby in the dining room. Since the episode of Kinship airy and para-curious people now visit in the hope of seeing something strange. “We go there all the time,” says Bruni. “It’s a really cool piece of history in Portsmouth and it’s close to my home. People go there just to see it and to hear the ghost stories.”
They shared meals in spooky locations across the country – but Bruni and Berry agree one of the most memorable was in Harrisville, RI, at the former home of the Perron family whose paranormal experiences inspired Conspiracy.
The couple investigated the “conjuring house,” but brought family members back for the episode: father, Roger Perron, and four daughters, Andrea, Nancy, Christine and Cindy. During a break from filming at the notoriously haunted house, they all had dinner together in the house’s dining room. It was Roger’s birthday.
“We had cupcakes for him,” Bruni says. “He was able to celebrate one last birthday in this house. Obviously the house was very haunted and some of the times they had lived there were difficult, but they spoke so fondly of holiday memories. It was a kinda like we were like back when they lived there and we celebrated holidays with them.”
“It was really special and the opposite of what you imagine it would feel like there,” she adds, “because people are always so scared to go there.”
“Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be in this house sitting with the real Perron family having this celebratory moment,” Berry says. “We both had to step back for a minute and be like It’s once in a lifetime and it’s something that will go down in history for us as an amazing experience.”
(Editor’s note: Julie Tremaine, the author of this article, also helped write Amy Bruni’s book.)
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