The ghosts who reportedly haunt the 137-year-old town hall lured more paranormal investigators Saturday night and they did not welcome them with open arms.
As the investigation began with a 10-minute “quiet time” in which the investigators stand silent, the sound of a door slamming echoed throughout the town hall, according to Charlene Quimby of the Bay State Paranormal Society – the third paranormal group to visit town hall in two years.
“I heard the door slam,” said selectwoman Marsha Brunelle and thought “what was that?”
She checked the three doors to Town Hall and found the door on the Nickerson side was ajar. That entranceway is closest to the two winding staircases that lead to the ballroom where investigators claim the majority of paranormal activities occur.
“There was no one else in the building,” said Brunelle, who had no explanation for what they heard.
Michael Markowicz, an electronic voice phenomenon specialist also heard an unfriendly greeting as he adjusted the headphones on his highly sensitive equipment which picks up sounds not audible to the human ear.
“Get out!” the voice stated clearly, said Markowicz.
“It’s fun, this kind of thing fascinates me,” said Brunelle who ignores critics who feel selectmen are wasting their time studying the town hall hauntings.
“Some people pooh-pooh it,” said Brunelle.
“We know we already have evidence,” said Quimby gathered from their high tech equipment that measures sound, temperature, and energy fields along with their observations.
A report will be submitted to selectmen after they review their findings which can take up to two months.
Quimby said they have arranged for the film group Scared! to film a paranormal investigation at town hall this fall which will be available for viewing on local cable stations.
The group also filmed a paranormal investigation into the East Bridgewater town hall which is available on the Internet.
The seven-hour town hall investigation began at 7 p.m. Saturday and ended at 2 a.m. Sunday. The group of nine split into four groups and rotated throughout the town hall gathering evidence.
Medium Paula Markowicz in a room behind the stage in the ballroom got a reading of a man of lower intelligence who worked at town hall and “they would take advantage of him,” according to Quimby.
Markowicz also saw the name Bradford Whittenhouse spelled out in the ballroom.
Quimby, who prefers the name ‘spirit entity’ rather than ghosts, said she is not afraid of them. “The dead don’t hurt you,” she said.
Those seeking additional information on the group may visit itsr Web site at www.baystateparanormalsociety.com.
Information on Scared! may be obtained on their website www.SCAREDonline.com.