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An Old Town restaurant and its past involving murder and mystery are part of ‘The Dead Files’

Steve DiSchiavi and Amy Allan are in the cast of “The Dead Files,” which filmed in Albuquerque. (Courtesy of the Travel Channel)

Steve DiSchiavi and Amy Allan are in the cast of “The Dead Files,” which filmed in Albuquerque. (Courtesy of the Travel Channel)

Steve DiSchiavi and Amy Allan enjoy investigations. Especially creepy ones. That is why the duo is behind The Travel Channel’s “The Dead Files.”

The TV show is a paranormal series that features psychic medium Allan and former NYPD homicide detective DiSchiavi as they investigate locations that are reported to be haunted.

This time around, they found themselves at the High Noon Restaurant & Saloon in Old Town. The episode will air at 8 p.m. on July 25 on The Travel Channel.

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Allan and DiSchiavi arrive in Old Town at the request of Carla Villa, who has been living in terror after inheriting the family business from her parents.

She had hoped to pass the restaurant down to her children, but the recent wave of frightening paranormal activity has left serious doubts.

DiSchiavi finds evidence that five people died on the property and that a local lawman with blood on his hands was hanged nearby.

Villa and her family thought they were seeing illusions, which is why she called the TV show.

“I’m super relieved,” she says. “This is what remains of my family’s legacy and this is the part that I honor and it will move on.”

Meanwhile, Allan clashes with several dead people, including a murderer and the victim of a deadly assault.

“I would say that I am noticing that there are entities that we’ll say are demons or devils. They seem to be becoming more prevalent,” Allan says. “And I call them that because that’s something linguistically that the public can relate to, those types of names, demons and devils, equating to something that’s evil and has never been human. And, poltergeist is actually a living person and extends from a living agent. It’s someone who has psychokinetic abilities and can affect their environment. So those are a couple of the different types of entities that I encounter.”

Crews spent nearly a week in Old Town and researched the history surrounding High Noon, even talking to a historian based out of Santa Fe.

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Allan says there are plenty of states that are hotbeds for paranormal activity. She says the worst states for it are Kansas, Arizona and Michigan.

DiSchiavi chimes in, “Yes. Pennsylvania seems to be another hotbed.”

Allan admits that New Mexico is pretty “insane” when it comes to paranormal activity.

“And I’m just talking as far as actually seeing the dead like wandering the streets. Those are the top places I’m referring to have consistent onslaught of dead and entities that are just everywhere all the time,” she says. “So I mean that’s kind of what I’m referring to.”

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