In the children’s bedroom in the Makens Bemont House, Chris Burgess sat with his Ovilus X, a cell-phone-sized device that paranormal investigators say can pick up voices from spirits that humans cannot hear. On the other side of the room, Margaurite Carter and Donna St. Jean took turns asking questions, hoping that any ghosts in the room would answer on the device.
“Could you tell us your name?” “Can you make a noise or move an object?” “Do you want us to leave?”
Every once in a while, the Ovilus would say a word or two in its electronic voice. Some seem to suggest an illness, including “paralysis” and “quarantine.” Others suggested death, like “salvation” and even “priest.” A couple of times words like “get out” and “leave” could be heard.
Burgess, Carter and St. Jean, along with Mike Cahill, are members of CT Skull & Spirit, a group of paranormal investigators. They visited the house, along with two other buildings in Martin Park, on Oct. 11 to see if they could contact the ghosts that are rumored to haunt the area. Another team visited on Oct. 4. Both investigations were opened to the public, but publicity was limited.
Although the East Hartford Historical Society has had paranormal investigators in the home before, these events were the first time the public was invited. It was also the first time CT Skull & Spirit had a public audience. The group did not charge the historical society.
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