‘Ghosts’ found at Fryeburg Public Library | Local News
FRYEBURG, Maine – The ghosts of author Clarence Mulford and an African slave who was buried in a small cemetery next to the library apparently contacted two paranormal researchers and about half a dozen raffle winners ghost hunting, including a reporter from the Sun.
The Luna Paranormal Research team – Kelly Rogers of North Conway and Linda Merritt of Effingham – led the expedition to the library.
As a fundraiser for the library, the couple raffled off a chance to go on a ghost hunt Thursday night at the library for two tickets at $ 5 or five at $ 10. Rogers explained that the library wants to install plaques near the graves of people of historical significance who are buried near the library, which was built in 1832. The library on Facebook reported that $ 460 was raised through this business. .
The raffle winners were Sheila Drinkwater, from the Conway Center Jaime Gustafson in Fryeburg, Renee Ricker from the Conway Center, Nancy Shappell from Brownfield, Hannah-Jo Weisberg from North Conway, Kristen Kennedy from Tamworth.
At 7 p.m., the group gathered at the library and Rogers and Merritt reviewed the equipment they use to communicate with the dead. After that, the group used their devices in the children’s room and the Mulford room, then outside to the cemetery. The event lasted until approximately 9:30 p.m.
“I would say it was a pretty good investigation,” Rogers said late in the evening. “There are nights when you just sit in one place and get nothing for hours.”
Merritt added that their “worst fear” would be having participants standing in the cemetery in the cold air with nothing to show.
At first, librarian Jennifer Spofford said there appeared to be “attendance” at the library. Her husband, Dan, was also present.
“I will hear as if there is a bunch of people in the main part of the library looking through books and talking,” Spofford said. “So when I go out there, there’s no one there.”
While there were many highlights, perhaps the most entertaining was when Rogers and Merritt claimed to be talking with Clarence Mulford’s ghost using a “ghost box”.
Mulford (1883-1956), author of the “Hopalong Cassidy” novels, lived in Fryeburg the latter part of his life. Mulford has a room in the library dedicated to him and his work.
The phantom box is a device similar to a radio scanner. It scours radio signals quickly and the idea is for the ghost to communicate by manipulating frequencies to choose the words they want people to hear or the white noise to sound like words.
Merritt was asking questions and Rogers, who was blindfolded and wearing headphones connected to the phantom box, interpreted “Mulford” responses. She sat on a bench in front of the Mulford Model Ship and Railcar exhibit.
The famous author said he was ready to answer “a few questions,” but then seemed to clear up over time. The conversation lasted about 15 minutes.
According to Rogers, Mulford misses his Fryeburg house and says it was “pretty”. At the invitation of The Sun, Merritt repeatedly asked Mulford how things were on the other side and if it was nicer.
“There are problems,” he answered cryptically.
Informed that participants in the “ghost hunt” donated to the library, Mulford replied, “That’s good.”
At one point, Rogers blurted out, “he thinks he’s boring.”
This immediately sparked excitement from Spofford who confessed that westerns “just aren’t my cup of tea.”
Merritt tried to console Mulford by saying that she remembers Hop-along Cassidy and thinks he’s “so cool” and she also asked Mulford for a response from Spofford.
“You can laugh,” Mulford said. “It sounds weird.”
When asked what he thought of the world today and if he was glad he was not in his physical form, he reportedly replied, “This is crap.”
Later everyone walked out where Merritt and Rogers set up an SLS camera in front of the grave of Limbo, an African slave who was apparently well regarded in his day and buried with white people.
The pair may have captured Limbo’s image with a Structured Light Sensor (SLS) camera pointed at his grave. The camera, originally intended for gaming, captures humanoid figures and depicts them as stick figures. There appeared to be a stick figure near the grave. At one point, Merritt asked to shake his hand. The spirit appeared to wane but it touched his knee, according to Rogers’ camera reading. More strangely, when the women asked “Limbo” to get out of the frame, he quickly rushed to the right and then came back.
The women also parked their equipment in front of a few other graves, but the spirits barely communicated there. A reporter suggested that the women may have put off morale when they said they were taking the group on a “ghost hunt,” which might sound derogatory.
The first stop in the ghost hunt was the children’s room. There they used an electromagnetic field detector built into a toy puppy named “Chester”. The nose lights up if a ghost answers a question. Chester’s nose would light up periodically after questions were asked, but there didn’t seem to be much rhyme or reason for the “answers.” They also put glowing cat balls on the floor. At one point, a ball ignited for no reason.
Could women really have interacted with spirits? The truth is out there.