As the first cool breeze arrives – usually in August – I’m in Halloween mood and spend my free hours watching haunted house documentaries and reading about haunted places in the world. For those of you who are interested in Hungary, I have a mini-series of three haunting stories.

Black Mansion, Balatonederics

In 1864, Jenő Nedeczky bought the property from his brother who had been sentenced to death.

Jenő married his cousin, Emma in 1881, but the woman passed away in 1883.

A series of tragedies began in the 20th century: in 1912, a local herdsman killed a female cook working in the mansion out of jealousy. Two years later, in 1914, Jenő, the owner of the mansion committed suicide on his 74th birthday.


After his death, the castle changed hands several times, until it fell into the hands of a lawyer. He also committed suicide after catching his wife cheating. The widow’s later fiancé also killed himself when he learned she was already in love with someone else. Eventually, the widow, who had consumed several men, was overwhelmed by the trouble: a man, who was wanted for 13 counts of bigamy, began courting her. He used up much of the woman’s wealth and then disappeared.


Several visitors of the mansion have seen paranormal activities. A black carriage always comes from behind, completely silent, with an icy breeze. The hooves of the black horses and the wheels of the carriage did not touch the ground, they just slid in the air. Even in the seventies, a traffic accident in Balatonederics was attributed to this nightmarish phenomenon. The ghostly carriage that shows up at night is always driven by a man wearing a black tuxedo and a black top hat, and a skull lights up where his face is supposed to be. According to the legend, the black rider was the restless ghost of Jenő Nedeczky.