Is the ghost of Henry Debosnys looking to retrieve his remains from the museum?
The Adirondack History Center Museum in Elizabethtown is haunted.
That is the opinion of professional paranormal investigator Jim Thatcher, co-founder of the Champlain/Adirondack Paranormal Investigations (ChAPI) team, which conducted a July 1 investigation at the site.
“We came away from this investigation saying that there is paranormal activity here,” Thatcher said to those assembled at an Oct. 29 event at the center.
Thatcher said that potential proof of paranormal activity should not lead people to think of the movie with a like name.
“A haunting doesn’t mean anything except the existence of paranormal activity,” Thatcher said. “It does not mean that it is a bad thing, and I never had a feeling that there was a negative thing happening here. Whoever is here, they may just be here because they are, but they might want people to know that they are here.”
Thatcher said that there could be a number of people who have spent the afterlife at the museum as a way to stay close to a personal object or memorabilia. However, the number one suspect of the Adirondack History Center Museum is the man whose skull is located on the upper floor — Henry Debosnys.
“Henry was the last person to be hung in Essex County,” Thatcher said. “Somehow, his skull made it here and is in a case up on the upper floor.”
Thatcher said that there was evidence collected that made him believe that Debosnys could be one of the specters in question, because while they were using an audio tape, the sound of breathing could be heard when the recorder was placed on the display case holding the skull.
“There was no one in the room, and with floors as old as these, you would have heard if someone had tried to walk in there,” Thatcher said. “Since that is where we caught the EVP (Electric Voice Phenomenon) right there, it would tend to make you think it may have been Henry.”
Thatcher said that there were a couple of other experiences caught on tape, including an “orb” of light and a knock that would happen after a question was asked to whoever may have been in the downstairs room other than the ChAPI investigators.
“We were actually surprised at the amount of evidence we had on tape to add to several personal experiences,” Thatcher said.
Thatcher said that the team of seven investigators spent the night in the Adirondack History Center Museum on July 1. They filed a report and gave it to Director Margaret Gibbs.
“I’m on the fence on this one,” Gibbs said. “I have not had a lot of the direct experiences that others have had, but there are some days that I know that I am in here alone so I could kind of believe what people were saying.”
Gibbs said that she was “curious” to see what the results of the investigation were.
“He did give us a written report a few weeks later, and we felt this would be a nice event to bring people in over Halloween weekend and talk about the results.”
Along with the presentation, people had the chance to visit the upper floor and the skull of Debosnys, but only after passing through a hall filled with ghosts, goblins and other “frightening” sights.