[MA] Tyngsboro – Judith Thompson’s vengeful ghost

This is part two of the story that began with The Haunting of John Alford Tyng

Judith Thompson Tyng’s ghost began haunting her former home a few weeks after her husband murdered her and their children, and buried them beneath the hearth. (In those days, the town was called Dunstable. Today, the home that Judith haunts is in Nashua, NH.)

Meanwhile, around town, John Alford Tyng pretended that his family had gone to visit some relatives in another Boston suburb. John Alford Tyng’s father, Eleazar, invited his son to return home while he was on his own.

Edward Tyng's haunted grave
Edward Tyng’s grave, near the Tyng Mansion ruins.

However, the Mansion was already haunted by the ghost of an Indian whom the Tyngs had cheated of land.

That tragic history is blamed on Edward Tyng. It’s why his nearby grave might be haunted.

Apparently, Judith felt perfectly comfortable joining the ghostly party, and continued to torment her husband in his father’s house.

Soon, Judith Thompson began her murderous revenge.

One night, Dr. Blood was walking alone on a country road not far from Nashua’s haunted Country Tavern restaurant. It was just past dusk, and Blood felt uneasy when he heard footsteps behind him. When he turned, no one was there.

According to lore, Judith Thompson’s running footsteps and her jubilant laughter were heard as far as a mile away, as she shoved Dr. Blood to the ground.

As Dr. Blood fell face forward. His weight crushed the ceramic flask that he always carried, and the liquor formed a puddle.

When Dr. Blood was found the next morning, he’d choked and drowned in the liquor. Judith’s small footprint was still clearly outlined on the back of Dr. Blood’s head.

When John Alford Tyng heard the news, he was terrified. He knew that he was next.

He immediately moved to a third Tyng mansion. This one was also known as “the Haunted House” after ghosts had been seen there from Colonial through Victorian times.

(This home was probably north of the more famous Tyng Mansion, near Middlesex Road — Route 3A — before it meets Westford Road. You can see it marked as “the Haunted House” on old Dunstable and Tyngsborough maps.)

That’s where Judith Thompson killed him.

The stories are consistent about Tyng’s death. After moving into the third house, Tyng became very ill. His servants took care of him for awhile, until Judith Thompson’s ghost drove them out.

John Alford Tyng’s family tried to visit him, but Judith turned them away at the door. Since they didn’t know that she was dead, Tyng’s family didn’t realize how serious the problem was.

After that, they turned to an old family friend and neighbor, Captain Joseph Butterfield. He called on John Alford Tyng and forced his way past Judith’s ghost, upstairs to the dying man’s bedroom.

Tyng tried to lift himself from the bed to greet his friend, but the effort killed Tyng.

As Captain Butterfield watched in horror, Judith Thompson’s ghost materialized and cursed John Alford Tyng. The stories vary, but she swore that Tyng’s name would never remain on a headstone and he’d be forgotten in history.

Next: Tyng Mansion Ghosts. Tyng Mansion may be gone, but its ghosts remain.

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