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good morning, america. this morning, snowtober. it's an epic early snowstorm. the biggest of its kind in more than a century. look at this tree slamming down on a house in new jersey. nearly 2 feet of snow, 2 million without power this morning, and winter is still 2 months away. ambush. it is the single deadliest attack on americans in kabul since the war began. ten are dead. how did the taliban pull it off at a time when the u.s. said they have the insurgents on the run? shark attack again. this deadly season of the shark nearly claims another life in california. how this young man's brave and desperate swim saved his life. we're going to hear from his friend who was in the water with him as they frantically scrambled toward the shoreline.
and "gma" goes ghostbusters. you think your house is haunted? we put one viewer's house to the test to find out if spirits really are living there. and is this house haunted? but it sure is a lot of fun. it's the ultimate halloween house party. and the man behind it is joining us putting on a live show. ♪ shake that ♪ if they had taken that camera shot just seconds earlier, you would have seen a fantastic dance by one lara spencer. >> listen, i heard "shake it" and i do what i'm told. >> you follow orders. can we bring up that live shot from california? this is the party rock house. this is a live rehearsal. these guys will be with us live in about 50 minutes to put on a show for us. this guy's been programming this house since march. >> how psyched are his neighbors right now? not very happy. yeah. 300 hours of programming to get
it perfectly in sync. no pun intended. but it is a lot of fun. >> the party rock house. our house is party rock house just by having lara spencer with us on this sunday morning. very happy to have you back. >> thank you. great to be here. we have a lot of news to get to including this new revelation in the bernie madoff case. they call him the most hated man in america. now, there's this new book that says bernie madoff's wife is now claiming that there was one thing that hurt her even more than ripping off thousands of people in that huge ponzi scheme. we're going to tell you what that one thing is. coming up. >> pretty shocking revelation there. and also a very real hollywood horror story. actors leaving a movie premiere in an elevator, it goes into free fall -- this is -- i don't know about you -- my worst fear. plunging eight floors. we talked to a comedian who took that wild ride. you know, we all think about it. at least, again, i do every time i get on an elevator, but how common is it for them to go wee? >> you know, the doors of the elevator were open during that
free fall. >> so they saw it. >> they could see every floor. >> incredible story. >> we'll have that coming up. we'll start with this freak halloween snowstorm that has basically shut down parts of the northeast this morning. and it's still raging right now. check this out. we've got a picture of a tree in new jersey crashing down on a family home. there it is. it is amazing that this house doesn't crumble under the weight of the tree. and this really illustrates the big problem with this storm, the weight of all the wet snow bringing down trees, knocking out power lines, killing the lights in hundreds of thousands of homes and stranding planes on runways. a huge mess. >> all right, let's take a look at the numbers. in this mess the snow totals really are astounding. 28 inches in plainfield, massachusetts. almost 20 in west milford, new jersey. a foot in snowshoe, west virginia. yes, a town called snowshoe. >> aptly named. >> yes, of course. at least three deaths are being blamed on this rare autumn snowstorm. states of emergency are now in effect in new york, new jersey, connecticut and massachusetts. >> we've got reporters out all throughout the storm zone.
let's kick it off with abc's t.j. winick who is in one of the hardest hit spots, windsor, connecticut. t.j., good morning to you. >> reporter: dan, good morning. hard to believe, but december 22nd, that is the first day of winter, still seven weeks away, but you wouldn't know it. taking a look around, it actually quite pretty, like a norman rockwell painting. here in windsor, we have about 8 or 9 inches of snow, but it is heavy and hard to walk in. down here on the street you can see the downed trees and power lines, hundreds in each town. and up there, you can see the top of a power line actually sheared clean off. things got so bad here in connecticut yesterday, at one point it's believed in only two nument municipalities in the entire state there were no businesses or homes without power. across the northeast, near white-out conditions. roads completely shut down. and when this wet, heavy snow fell atop trees still carrying
leaves, many simply collapsed. in new jersey where a tree was uprooted, it smashed into a house under the weight of the heavy snow, and many of those trees took down power lines, leaving millions in the dark and cold. >> another huge branch just fell down. >> reporter: from the white house to white plains, new york, this shockingly early season snowfall just kept on coming. the plows were out earlier than they've been in decades, but they couldn't keep up. accidents dotted highways. short commutes dragged on for hours. >> i hate it. i hate it. hate it. hate it. >> reporter: connecticut was one of the hardest hit states. planes grounded. flights canceled. and even the airports are having power troubles. >> the power is going in and out. bathrooms are locked. people are quite upset. someone else called the state police. >> reporter: over 500,000 residents are without power and the governor warned people to stay indoors. >> if you are without power, you should expect to be without power for a prolonged period of time.
>> reporter: in meridan, connecticut, we found rich guryzinski about to check into a hotel. his house lost all of his power. >> thanksgiving. >> reporter: that's the earliest you'll fly? >> that's it. i refuse to. >> reporter: philosophically opposed. >> yeah, that's all. >> reporter: and this storm didn't stop for anything, even college football. and while frightful is a weather forecast normally reserved for christmas, it's looking like this year many children will be dreaming of a white halloween. if tropical storm irene is any guide, it could be four or five days before everyone in connecticut and across the region gets their power back. dan? >> that could mean a lot of frustration. t.j., thanks for your reporting this morning. let's head north now to peterborough, new hampshire, and adam harding. from station wmur. >> reporter: good morning, dan. let me show you how much snow this historic storm dumped on this small new england town.
14 inches here in peterborough between last night and early this morning. snow falling anywhere from an inch to 3 inches per hour. just look at all of this snow. i mean, it comes up to my knee in some spot, as it piles up, it comes up to my waist. the big concern is power outages here in the state. we're talking about 200,000 at least waking up this morning without power as cleanup work in peterborough, new hampshire, begins. lara, we'll send things inside to you. >> thank you very much. over a foot of snow recorded in much of new england. let's go to reporter norman korkos in auburn, maine, wmtm. he is in maine. >> reporter: lara, a steady snow here in auburn, maine. for the most part about a half a foot here in auburn. the problem is all of the flush. the issue along the main turnpike, with the morning commute the speed limit is down to about 45 miles per hour
because of a heavy, wet snow, it is weighing down on power lines. this line is down, for example. it's weighing down on branches. we have seen some branches on roads, as well. we are used to this sort of fare maybe in december or january. i have lived in maine all my life. i have never seen this kind of snow before halloween as we enter the month of november. >> all right. many thanks to all of our reporters, that is our snow report for this sunday morning. now overseas to afghanistan where there is new information about the taliban's suicide bombing in heavily fortified kabul. the attack killing ten americans in the deadliest strike against the u.s.-led coalition. in the afghan capital since the war began. abc's jake tapper is in bagram air base in afghanistan with more. >> reporter: lara, good morning. u.s. forces call this latest attack a sign of taliban desperation, but that seems debatable. taliban attacks here in kabul are getting more brazen and more deadly. it was the deadliest attack on coalition forces in kabul in the more than ten years of the afghanistan war. five coalition service members
and eight contractors, most of them americans, were killed when the armored bus they were in was targeted on this road by a taliban suicide bomber. [ sirens ] >> reporter: driving an suv with a bomb, the taliban later said, weighed 1,500 pounds. four innocent afghans were also killed by the explosion. the attack took place near a bombed-out former palace on the southwest outskirts of the capital, and it came one day after the pentagon issued a report heralding how year-to-year attacks are down for the first time in america's longest war, which the report claims has laid a firm foundation for the afghans taking control of security in 2014. the u.s. military, however, focuses on attacks on u.s. service members. the united nations says violence in afghanistan, including against civilians, is up 40%. this war has taken a turn from largely rural to increasingly urban.
the taliban has staged six high-profile attacks in kabul in as many months including last month a 20-hour siege of the u.s. embassy and nato headquarters. also yesterday, in the southern part of the country, an afghan national army soldier shot and killed three australian troops and an afghan interpreter. the commander of international forces here in afghanistan marine general john alle nchn issued a statement, quote, the enemies of peace are not martyrs but murderers. attacking to hide the fact that they're losing territories support and the will to fight." lara? >> all right, thank you. jake tapper in afghanistan and now here's dan. and now, lara, over to the latest twist in the race to the white house. we call our coverage your voice your vote. this morning the voices of people in iowa singing out in favor of herman cain, the former pizza mogul who now appears to be front-runner, at least in iowa. let's get more on this from abc's christiane amanpour who is the host of "this week." christiane, good morning to you.
>> good morning to you, dan. of course, we're going to drill down on all of this. the latest poll from "the des moines register" in iowa shows as you say herman cain at the top. we'll put up the numbers there. he has got 23%. his closest rival is mitt romney at 22%, but that's basically a statistical dead heat. ron paul at 12%. michele bachmann at 8%. governor perry at 7%. newt gingrich at 7% and santorum, rick santorum at 5%. so what this is show something that perry is really -- rather, cain is gaining the momentum, he's kind of the man of the moment but that mitt romney is still very, very steady there. and what it shows also is that michele bachmann, who saw so much early early success in iowa, has now plummeted here to number four. and we're going to be talking to her about that when the program starts not so long from now. >> i understand you have michele on live this morning, but let me
drill down on her numbers. in june, she was at 22%. now she's 8%. she was nearly in first place back in june. now she's in fourth place. what do you reckon is behind this drop? >> well, dan, because it was such a surprise when she surged to the top about two months ago, everybody was sort of looking at michele bachmann, and when she entered, she was really the only tea party candidate. and since then, you have had rick perry, you've had herman cain, who have drawn a lot of support away from her. you have also seen that she's sort of been more and more sidelined. she's not as visible as she used to be, certainly in media coverage. she has had all sort of issues, for instance, campaign staff issues, which have sort of shown a bit of disarray around her campaign. on the other hand, she is in iowa, she's staying in iowa. she's doing a lot of work there trying to win in iowa. and that's going to be in just two months from now. so that for her, many people are saying is must win and the only way she's going to get herself back. we'll ask her how she's going to get herself back in this race. with two months to the first -- to the first caucus. >> such a fascinating race.
herman cain at number one. all right. christiane amanpour, thank you very much. and be sure to join christiane later on "this week" for her sitdown with michele bachmann. lara, over to you. >> all right. thank you, dan. now, an explosive new book about disgraced former wall street financier bernie madoff will be released tomorrow. his son andrew and his wife ruth both cooperated for the book. and in it ruth reveals that she was more hurt by her husband's mistress than by his massive fraud scheme. abc's david kerley has the details. >> reporter: bernie madoff scammed 15,000 investors, some out of their life savings. but madoff's wife, ruth, said it was not the ponzi scheme that caused her the most pain, she was more deeply troubled by her husband's long-running affair with another woman. >> mrs. madoff, how is your husband? >> reporter: according to the new book, ruth madoff says the affair was, quote, the most hurtful thing that ever happened to her. the book says when madoff
revealed his scam, ruth asked, what's a ponzi scheme? she also says on "60 minutes" that she and bernie madoff attempted suicide. >> we had terrible phone calls, hate mail, just beyond anything. and i said, i can't -- i just can't go on anymore. >> reporter: the attempt failed. but she stayed with madoff, infuriating her sons. one of them, mark, took his own life. his wife recently spoke to abc's chris cuomo. >> he couldn't understand how she could continuously stand by this man who ruined so many lives, who ruined his life. >> reporter: the book says ruth madoff confronted her husband during a prison visit about the affair. his response, denial. and in a prison interview with barbara walters, bernie madoff suggested it was the suicide of his son, not an affair, that caused the rift with ruth. >> they are estranged. he says that after his son's suicide, when she said, let me go, he said, yes, and he has not heard from her since. >> reporter: some have suggested
the book, the story of the attempted suicide are ruth madoff's attempt to gain some public sympathy. she does also reveal that her sister and brother-in-law in their 70s, lost money with bernie, and they are now driving airport taxis for a living. david kerley, abc news. >> continues to be an incredible infuriating story. let's check the rest of the morning's headlines now with andrea canning in for ron claiborne this morning. great to have you here. >> good morning, guys. thank you. nice to be here and good morning to you all. we begin with a deadly grain elevator explosion in kansas. three people were killed and three are missing after the blast in the town of atcheson. the explosion was felt miles aw away. it sent a fireball so high in the sky that it was seen in neighboring missouri. authorities plan to bring in equipment today. tensions boiled over between occupy wall street protesters and police in denver. officers fired pepper spray into a crowd and arrested people demonstrating at the steps of the capitol. police in riot gear also moved into a park late saturday to prevent protesters from setting up tents. in all, nearly two dozen people
were arrested. an unusual and ironic high-speed chase in florida. newly released dash cam video shows a state trooper pulling over a miami police officer in his squad car earlier this month. the officer was arrested at gun point after a seven-minute chase reached speeds of 120 miles an hour. the officer said he was late for his off-duty job. and finally, congratulations to penn state football coach joe paterno. paterno now stands alone as the winningest coach in division i college football. after penn state beat illinois, 10-7, saturday, paterno's 409th career victory moving him past former grambling coach eddie robinson. and we not only have one penn state graduate in the room but two. >> yes. >> lara, take it away. >> i can't wipe the smile off my face. this was an ugly win, but such an important one for joepa. i mean it's a huge honor. 409 wins in history. he's been at penn state since --
well, for 62 years. you do the math. >> 62 years. that's an incredible run. >> just beloved. he is such a class act, and we are -- stephanie, come on, give it to me, stephanie. we are -- penn state! >> let's hear it, steph. she's up on the roof covering the weather for us. can you cheer for us? >> give us the cheer, steph. we are -- >> penn state! >> that's the cheer we always did. that's right. go, lions. >> such a convincing lion. >> all right. what's the forecast up there, steph? >> good morning, yes, it's very chilly in new york this morning. but it's a beautiful morning. after a historic october snowstorm, 2.9 inches of snow yesterday in central park obliterating the prior october record. now, this storm is still punishing new england. winds recorded upwards of 70 miles per hour out on the cape. snow will diminish in boston as we go throughout the day, but on the back side of the storm the cold air continues to move in, temperatures 10 to 15 degrees below normal today all of
all in all, 60 million people affected by the early season snowstorm. dan? >> thank you, stephanie. i'm tempted to ask you for another roar but i won't. i'll leave you alone. thank you again for the forecast. we'll come to you in the next half hour. a huge landmark for the planet tomorrow, a baby born somewhere on earth tomorrow is going to tip the planet's population over to 7 billion. that's a guess, of course. the best estimate from the u.n. but check this out. there are 250 people born every minute. that means that by the time
"gma" has been on the air this morning, 4,500 babies have been born already. can the planet handle all of us though? here's abc's chris bury. >> reporter: so just how scary is it that sometime on halloween, our planet will welcome its 7 billionth mortal soul? >> very scary. not enough water, not enough food. >> reporter: 7 billionth, scary? >> no, not all. exciting. >> reporter: really? >> yeah. >> reporter: why? >> the more the merrier. >> reporter: baby 7 billion will most likely be born in india. every minute there, 51 bundles of the joy. that newcomer joining a rapidly growing global population. china still boasts the most people, 1.35 billion, but india growing faster will be bigger in only 14 years. mind blowing to think that just 12 years ago, the u.n. leader welcomed baby 6 billion, a boy born in sarajevo.
turn back the clock to the '60s. half that number. just 3 billion people. go back to jefferson and napoleon to mark the first billion. not so long ago, in ancient egypt, this whole planet held only 15 million ever since the population explosion. >> i don't think growth of the human race should ever be scary. >> reporter: the inevitable question with one in seven going hungry now, how can the world feed even more? >> we need to do a better job of taking care of those people who can't take care of themselves. >> reporter: but it's not as if the world is busting at the seams. in theory all 7 billion of us could fit in texas. >> it would be very interesting and very crowded too. >> reporter: and though we will keep growing, another billion by 2025, the birth rate is slowing remarkably, only half its peak of the 1960s. so when baby 7 billionth arrives on halloween, it may not be so scary after all. for "good morning america," i'm chris bury, abc news, chicago. >> i love that chris just walked up to a woman on her wedding day
and started asking her what do you think about global population? >> are you scared? are you scared about the planet? have a nice wedding. coming up here on "good morning america" -- this is an incredible story. a great survival story. this is the latest victim in this really deadly season of the shark. he managed to get away though after he was bitten by a shark. we'll talk to him in just a minute. >> he got lucky. these guys did too. falling stars, actors leaving a movie premiere, get on an elevator and have the ride of their lives. it plunges. and we'll talk to one of the people on that elevator. we'll talk to one of those people on that elevator. morning! big day, huh? thank you. ♪ oh that mountain grown taste, ♪ ♪ just what you need ♪ for the big race. daughter: morning mom! are you excited? ♪ as you finish every mile... ♪ how rewarding are those smiles... ♪ [ cheers from the crowd ] ♪ the best part of wakin' up... ♪ mommy, you did it! ♪ is folgers in your cup.
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♪ ♪ have a good time and we gonna make you lose your mind ♪ have you seen this video, lara spencer? this is a youtube sensation. this is one man in california who is very dedicated. he's been working since march to outfit his house with all these lights. and people are going crazy for it. thousands show up every night. >> it's a youtube sensation, and we can't stop watching it. it just makes you smile. >> kevin judd and his family are going to be with us live this morning. we're going to talk to them about how and why they did it. good morning, america, i'm dan harris. >> and i'm lara spencer. it is sunday, october 30th. welcome to "good morning america." coming up, two stories that really tap into our most basic fears. first this is eric tarantino, he was out surfing in california. he got bitten by a shark right in the neck. he managed to get away, though. we'll talk to somebody who was in the water can him coming up in just a few seconds. >> if that doesn't stress you out enough, a claustrophobic's
worst nightmare. an elevator suddenly drops eight floors, the door is open, so you're seeing yourself whiz down the shaft. this one was packed with stars and partygoers attending a movie premiere here in new york. and we'll hear from one of the people who made it through that truly terrifying ordeal. now, though, now that we're in the halloween spirit, we are going to take a look at the spirits haunting the viewers of one of our homes. we put out a call to ask people if they feel like their homes are haunted. one guy said yes. we sent a paranormal expert over to check it out. we'll give you the results in just a few seconds. but we're going to start with the latest on this massive pre-halloween nor'easter where lara makes sound effects in my ear. at least three victims of this storm, more than 2.4 million people without power. some areas got 2 feet of snow. abc's t.j. winick is in windsor, connecticut, which got really slammed this morning. hey, t.j., good morning to you. >> reporter: dan, good morning. the snow is actually quite picturesque. but looks can be deceiving.
this stuff is heavy, wet and hard to walk in, and down here on the road, you can see why it's such a problem. power lines and trees down. hundreds in each town. last half hour we showed you the top of that power line sheared clean off. the problem with a storm this early in the season is that there are still leaves on many of the trees. they catch that heavy, wet snow, it snaps the branches. it then traches down the power lines and anything else in its way. the latest report we have is about 750,000 people here in connecticut alone without power. if tropical storm irene is any guide, it could be about three to five days before everyone gets their power back. and i did ask one public safety official for a silver lining in all of this. he told me so far -- so far ice has not been a problem. dan and lara. >> incredible scene behind you, t.j. we're supposed to be raking leaving at this time of the year. >> right. >> you had a lot at your house apparently. >> and that's the problem. the leaves are still on the
trees, and that's what's making what them heavy. our lights flickered on and off three times. we all crossed our fingers. the good side of this was that my daughter kate and i were able to make a snowman, which she named creatively, frosty. today, i had to break it to her, his name will be soggy. and then here's dandy. we rescued him in l.a. and this is his first foray into snow. and stephanie is now going to tell us -- she's on the roof, and it doesn't look too shabby. not a lot of snow left, right, steph? >> things are going to melt quickly today with the sunshine. good morning, everybody. you know, we've been mentioning that the leaves are still on the trees. they haven't even changed colors in central park but yet we'll be shoveling snow. the snow totals are definitely impressive. a storm of this size, historic this early in the season, look at the 19 inches in west milford. upwards of two feet western mass. a foot in snowshoe. and again, a record 3 inches in central park. the cold now extends all the way down through the south. that's what's happening acc
>> this weather has been brought >> this weather has been brought to you by hunterglas. >> this weather has been brought to you by hunter douglas. be careful shoveling that heavy, wet snow. >> all right, stephanie, we thank you. and now we turn to an amazing survival story on the california coast. a young man manages to swim away from a shark after suffering multiple bites. abc's dan kloeffler has the latest. >> reporter: in yet another clash between sharks and surfers, a california man was within a few feet of a shark attacking his friend. >> it came down on the top of the wave. i saw him just start scream iing shark, shark, shark, and at that point i didn't know what was going on. >> reporter: brandon was surfing
with his friend eric when a shark snuck up and attacked eric. bleeding and still in harm's way, eric feverishly paddled for shore. brandon swam ahead to get help. >> i looked over. at that point i saw quite a bit of blood come out of his arm and go into the water around him. >> reporter: amazingly, eric managed to get himself out of the water. other surfers forced him to the ground and tried to stop the bleeding with towels. he had gashes in his arm and his neck. with a narrow miss to his jugular artery. still conscious, eric was starting to slip into shock. >> there was a lot of people around just trying to keep him calm and telling him it was going to be okay. >> reporter: paramedics arrived and air-lifted him to san jose medical center. his friends stunned and his board left with a 19-inch chunk removed. >> i have been surfing there, marina, for probably 15 years. i do have a friend who was attacked there four years ago. >> reporter: it's been a bad year for sharks with sightings up and down the west coast
putting beachgoers on edge. in oregon, one man was thrown from his board after a shark took a huge bite. and last week george wainwright lost his life to a ten-foot-long great white in australia. it's these attacks that leave surfers wondering, could it happen to them? >> it very easily could have been me or could have been any one of our other friends. >> eric tarantino's injuries were considered not life threatening. he is expected to make a full recovery, but park rangers at marina state park there are urging people to stay away from the water, although they have not closed down the beach altogether. >> it's really a horrifying story. >> it is. what's most surprising about this, they don't shut down the beach because they said the ocean is so big that at this point, it's probably gone away to somewhere else. >> dan, thank you. appreciate it. another scary story coming up next. an elevator that plunged. it took a terrifying free fall. all the passengers were stars and partygoers at a hollywood
premiere. one of the partygoers talks to us about it. and then on theme, we're going to a real-life haunted house. we'll meet a family who claims they live with ghosts year round, not just the ones out trick-or-treating on halloween. we're sending our ghostbuster to get the spooky truth, and it is spooky. and the youtube sensation, the party rock house america cannot get enough of it, but how do the neighbors feel? are they sick of this song yet? we're going to talk to the family live. keep it here. >> or not. >> or not.
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like in "die hard" or "inception." the irony -- most everyone onboard works in hollywood, including josh charles, one of the stars of "the good wife." >> i'm happy where i am. >> reporter: it happened here at the gramercy park hotel in new york city right after the premier of the new movie "janie jones" on thursday night. charles, the movie's director and several other actors piled into the elevator. comedian seth herzog was there. >> a bunch of us got into the elevator, and as you know those elevators are not huge. they're very small. >> reporter: it was then that the elevator suddenly, shockingly began to plunge. of everyone could see the floors just flying by. >> what's more fear inducing, all of a sudden you know you're going to fall. you don't know when it's going to stop. >> reporter: finally it came to a hard stop. the elevator ground to a halt thanks to those emergency brakes. the group was left waiting for help. >> we're like waiting for a long time and people started getting angry that they're not saying anything to us. >> reporter: gramercy park hotel and their general manager later
released a statement later saying "although this is an incredibly unusual incident, moving forward, we will have staff assist with the flow of departures from high-volume events to help ease any potential crowding." elevators are behind many people's most nagging fears, that fear of a sudden drop or getting stuck, but experts say those fears are irrational. >> they're safer than riding in an airplane. they're safer than driving your car or being in a bus. >> reporter: but tell that to seth herzog. >> my biggest fear was that i was going die with people more famous than me, so then i wouldn't get top billing. >> well, herzog tried to keep the mood light by cracking jokes like, who are we going to eat first and we should decide how we're going to repopulate? apparently they went to get some stiff drinks after the experience. can i just say tv would not be the same without josh charles "good wife." so glad he was okay. >> the research said he was very upset by it. he wasn't making the jokes and i'm feeling the claustrophobia. andrea canning, thank you so much, i think. coming up on "good morning america" -- how can you be sure your house is or isn't haunted?
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if you ever suspected that have you ever suspected that your house was haunted? we asked viewers that question, and we got tons of replies, so we picked one out and we sent in a paranormal expert for a checkup. >> i wouldn't hurt you. >> reporter: in "the amityville horror," blood oozed from the walls. in "poltergeist," it was a hand reaching out of the television. >> they're here! >> reporter: in the gambrell home, the signs of a haunting are everywhere. shadows moving through the house.
doors opening on their own, footsteps in the hallway and then the lights. >> so we unplug the lamp, and we had all of the lights were off in the neighborhood. and all of a sudden, the lamp came on. >> reporter: so when "gma" asked viewers for a haunted house, sid gambrell jumped at the opportunity to get his family home in talladega, alabama, checked out. he used to share it with his parents before they passed away. and now he is sure that mom and dad still stop by. >> it was a way of their communication to tell me i wasn't alone here, that someone is still watching out for me. >> reporter: but is his house really haunted? >> hey, nice to meet you. >> reporter: we asked chip coffey, world renown medium and investigator for a&e's "paranormal state" to come visit. he walked through the house looking for signs. >> your mother had something with abdominal because i'm getting hit in the abdomen in this room. >> he said he can feel the
presence of sid's parents. >> and i just got touched on the back like right here on the part of my back like right there. >> reporter: and a lot more. >> this room feels like it could be very active. i think these spirits, they're drawn to your goodness. >> reporter: then a mysterious hit. >> who is the woman with the "m"? it feels like it's the beginning of her name like a millie or a mildred. >> reporter: was that a miss? chip says not every message is not about the present or the past. sometimes it's about people you haven't met yet. >> this room feels like it could be very active. >> reporter: chip felt that his house was full of more spirits than just his parents. >> it all feels very calm. >> reporter: you could say sid, a hospice worker, is bringing his work home with im. >> lots of times you're one of the last people they have contact with on the face of the earth. so naturally they're going to feel a kinship to you before they move on. >> reporter: just to be on the safe side, chip sweeps the rest
of the house for ghosts. >> still no flashlights. >> reporter: the living room and kids' bedrooms are clean, but it's sid who comes back with a spooky message. >> i got a patient that they just called me about that they want to admit and her name starts with "m." >> really? what's her name? >> mildred. >> and i said mildred. >> oh, my. >> are you convinced now? >> yes, i'm convinced. this show is making me very nervous. coming up next, something to calm lara down. a completely different kind of halloween house. the party rock house. it's been burning up youtube. we're going to meet the guy who spent hours, months programming that house. he's live with his family after the break. hours, months programming that house. live after the break.
♪ check out this house. ♪ everybody just have a good time ♪ check out this house. it is major early tricked out for halloween. this is the home of kevin and amber judd along with their kids sailey and cody. when they put this clip on youtube, the thing took off. >> to say the least. the clip has topped 4.5 million views and counting. and,000s of people are flocking to their house for their nightly light show. in an halloween exclusive, the judds are joining us live from their home in riverside, california. i imagine the neighbors are awake, as well. good morning to you all. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> kevin, i want to start with you. tell us about this light show.
how does it work? take us through your inspiration. >> well, i was looking for something to do for christmas. actually i came across a video called lights gone wild, and it was amazing, and i didn't think it was possible to do it and come to find out there's a company that makes controllers that can control lights. >> and why this song? because, boy, have you nailed it. >> well, my wife picked that song. >> it was a song that was very popular during this time. and it just seemed to fit very well for the music show that he does. >> are you not tired of the song one tiny little bit? >> not at all. we still listen to it even in the car. >> judd family, i want know what your electricity bill is like. >> i've played it about 600 times. >> what is your electricity bill like?
>> it probably would be about $50 more a month because i switched to l.e.d.s. >> oh, cool. >> we have to ask the big question. lara raised this earlier. what do your neighbors think about this because not only do you have the lights in the middle of the night but also the music. >> the neighbors are very supportive. they're out here every night, and they help us with the crowd control so it's really great neighbors. yes. >> it's very crowded. >> very crowded. >> everybody will be shufflin', shufflin' to your house for trick-or-treating. >> the most popular house on the block. >> in the state, i dare say. >> thank you, judds. >> i know kids love it, as well. as we go off the air on this sunday morning, i want to say thank you to the judds, thank you to lara spencer and andrea canning for joining us this weekend. >> thank you. >> and we're going to be played off the air by the judds' crazy family house. check it out. >> happy halloween! ♪ or zeppelin ♪ party rock is in the house tonight ♪ ♪ everybody just have a good