Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Strong Belief

I believe that you do not have to be in the black of night to capture a ghost on film or experience hearing or even seeing a ghost.  The majority of my experiences have all happened in day light hours.  They are very strong and very real.  They say that the best time to really experience paranormal activity is during "The Witching Hour"  which consists of the hours between midnight and three a.m.  It may be so, yet I have never had a problem finding ghosts....Or is it the other way around? The ghosts have no problem finding me?  Food for thought!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Warwick Jail, Warwick Massachuessets

Tucked away, shrouded by trees and overgrowth sits what was once the Warwick Jail.  In it's time it was a minimum security facility, which was in fact what they call a "working prison", meaning that the inmates were put to work in the sawmill located on the property. Those buildings as of right now are still standing.  About two or three years ago I believe the state went in and tore down what remained of the jail and it's out buildings.
As you enter the road/ driveway to your left you would have seen a baseball diamond, to the right stood a whitewashed building that served as a check in station/office/ bunk for the guards on duty.

There was the main building which included a rec area, a cafeteria, offices, bath/showers, and bunk room.  There were no cells from what I have seen, it appears that all the inmates slept in a large open room, they each had a divider between each bunk.

Rumor is that in 1997 or so, a 16 year old girl had joined a party that was being held here. Things soon turned violent and this young girl became the victim of rape, followed by murder.  I do not believe that her murderers were ever found. A few days later her body was found some where on the property.  It is said that her spirit haunts this location.

I have found no sign of a female spirit residing in this location, the only ones that are there for sure are at least to spirits belonging to very large males and one average size man. I say this because on several occasions I was investigating the garage area and as I stood on the second floor landing, I reached for the door handle someone or something very heavy came running up the stairs as it passed me my hair was brushed back. The second time I heard what I happened to be in the jail itself with a friend of mine, we were in the upstairs toward the offices, the last door at the end of the hall was wide open, as we approached that door slammed shut, no breeze or wind had kicked up while we were there, the hall became very dark and "heavy" I moved forward  pushing the door open.  The windows in this particular room had been boarded up, the walls, floors and boards over the windows were covered in dried blood, bloody hand prints smeared the walls. The air became quite cold, I decided that it was time for us to leave and that we do so calmly.  As we came up the hall way toward what would have been the front offices again came the heavy running footsteps. Almost as though it was chasing us out.
The third spirit that I had mentioned before about being an average size male, In a photo that I took of inside the bunk area there is a hole in the wall on the far side, there appears to be a young mans face looking in at us, only he is almost translucent, I am trying to "debunk" it before I say true or false!  The buildings are completely gone now, all that is left is an over grown empty lot, and two stone posts as you turn in the drive.

State school pictures

These are only a few pictures of the Belchertown State School as it is today.  There are many more to follow.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Seven Gates Of Hell/ legend

First and Foremost...Always, always get permission from the land owner before you set foot on someones property.  When you have verbal or even written permission to be on the property, always have respect for the land.  Do not leave trash or disturb the landscape.
    Now, the Seven Gates Of Hell is a local legend.  Towns people will tell you that is doesn't exist.  Rumor has it there is seven iron gates leading in to a clearing. Once inside this gate if you were to scream no one on the outside would ever hear you.  Legend has it that there was a cult many, many years ago that used this clearing for there ceremonies to worship Satan, during which they would commit animal sacrifices and rumor has it that human sacrifices were done.  If you visit this location at night you can hear the animal's cries, and you will see figures hanging from the trees that surround it.  
      I did not visit this location at night fall for the simple fact that it was hard enough locating it during daylight hours.
October of 2011 my fiance and I traveled to Athol Massachusetts in search of the "elusive" gates to hell.  What we did find, after an hour of searching back roads was a lone cast iron gate that had been there for some time, behind that gate was a path. We followed the path, sure enough into a clearing.  Let me note this now, that the day of our visit the temperature was maybe 60 degrees with a light fall breeze, as we entered the clearing the temperature began to rise and it kept getting hotter.  We both broke out in a sweat and started taking off layers of clothing, it felt as though it suddenly became 105 degrees within minutes...there was no breeze here, also, the dog that was barking from across the street we could no longer hear inside the clearing, there was no noise at all, the location was barren of any sound or physical life.  There of course was that heavy energy, bad energy. We decided that I should take the photos and that we should leave, once we stepped out of the clearing all sounds came back to life and the air was very cool.  I plan to investigate this area more.  I will keep you informed of what really lurks within the seven gates of hell.

Seven Gates of Hell

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Belchertown state school

The energy here is not all negative, but the strongest energy that presents itself is in the building located in the far back corner of the lot.  It seems as though it was at one time the auditorium. I stood in front of that building wanting to take photos but for the life of me I could not move, my feet felt heavy and firmly planted in one spot.  I wanted to get away from this building, turn and run as fast as I could, yet even though I was consumed with the negative energy pouring out of this building the hair on my arms and on the back of my neck was standing on end, there was something deeper pulling me in.  It made me want to closer, I could feel the "tug" on my sleeve whatever it was that was there.

This "bad" energy I believe still lingers on this property because of what really went on there behind closed doors.  For one, the hospital wards were over populated with patients, they were understaffed and there for most of the time the patients who were unable to take care of themselves, let alone feed themselves were left in bed for days, at times laying in their own excrement. They were brutally force fed choking on their food for the simple fact that the "nurse" needed to move on to the next patient.  They were overlooked and uncared for.  I understand that times were hard back then, but these were human beings who were treated like animals or even worse, less that existent.  

The first frontal lobotomy was practiced at Fernald and Wrentham. Belchertown soon followed this "test" procedure in hopes of "curing" the feeble minded. If the patient didn't come through this procedure cured, they were either worse off then they started or they died due to bleeding internally. Shock treatment was introduced and used on a regular basis. Students were had learning disabilities, yet were NOT mentally handicapped were placed at Belchertown.  These kids were used as guinea pigs, test subjects.  They were promised by the staff that if they joined the new "Science group" that they would be giving extra dessert at dinner time, extra food at each meal time, and were promised to be taking to a Red Sox baseball game.  So being children they eagerly joined.  What they did not know was that the staff, MIT and Quaker Oats had put together oatmeal and milk that was radioactive, they fed this to their unsuspecting "science students" to see what they effects would be.  The staff never informed the parents or the students of what they were doing.  Later in life the students that survived have suffered many health issues.  
I believe this property to possess so much negative energy for the simple fact that the patients who lived and died here were so horribly mistreated that even after death they still relive every minute of pain and loneliness that they endured while living.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

state school/belchertown

Lawsuits started in early 1971 and continued until the late 1980's.  It was closed in 1992.  It has been said that the living conditions were barbaric.  It is a place filled with despair. 

My first visit was in September of 2011.  It is an eerie place. The energy that consumes the old wards and the grounds is overwhelming.  As I was taking photographs of one of the old wards I heard a loud growling from behind me.  I turned slowly thinking that it was a dog, for many of the locals walk their dogs there.  As I turned around I found that I was still very much alone. There was nothing there and no one around.  I moved on to the next set of buildings and continued photographing everything, I heard loud moaning as if someone was in pain. It was coming from the boarded up build in front of me.  During my visit I experienced the strong feeling of being followed, there were doors slamming in another one of the wards, as well as crying and giggling.  
One of the out buildings was not sealed so being brave I slowly opened the door, standing behind it I waited a few minutes, I then propped the door open allowing the afternoon light to shine into the room.  I stepped inside the doorway to take my photo, in front of me was a long very dark hallway. As I brought my camera up there was a sudden movement in the hallway, when I looked there was a tall black figured standing there, when it moved into the room off the hallway it moved very fast, I did not find anything in the photo but it was there! This location is filled with negative energy that consumes you.  The feeling of despair is a heavy weight upon you the minute you step foot on the grounds of the Belchertown State School.

State Hospital/ Belchertown

As I sit here shifting through a pile of research and history on this particular location, I still get an icy chill down my spine. I will give you a quick history of the Belchertown State School for the "Feeble minded"  It may shed some light on why so many people, including myself believe this place to be haunted.
The state school was built in 1915,  it sits on exactly 876 acres.  It opened its doors to residents in 1922.  On November 15, 1922 the school held its opening ceremony during which 65 boys were brought in from Fernald.  Fernald was the "sister" school to Belchertown.  On November 24, 1922 128 boys were placed in the care of the Belchertown State school, they too came from Fernald.
At its maximum Belchertown housed 743 patients by 1926.  All of which were young boys, girls to women and men of all ages.  Its appears that this was a facility closer to a prison then a "school"
There was not much education that was provided to these patients.  It was an place for people who were mentally ill and unable to care for themselves.  Besides being over crowded, it had a reputation for sexual and physical abuse.  It also suffered a vermin infestation. Conditions were rapidly crumbling.  All of which was over looked by staff.  It was a time where jobs were scarce and people took what they could get. Yet the patients who filled the wards of Belchertown State School were the ones who suffered.