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A paranormal research group said it encountered two “spooky” experiences and recorded several others the night before Halloween in the Fulton County Museum in Gloversville.
Merrill McKee, leader of the Northern New York Paranormal Research Society, declined to classify the experiences as paranormal just yet, however.
“I am not ready to say that. I can say for sure we experienced some things that were unexplained,” he said. “We would like to go back in the future and try to debunk those things and find possible explanations, and if not, we would look for paranormal explanations.”
McKee said the investigation Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning by the society, a nonprofit organization
formed in 2001, recorded an EVP, or electronic voice phenomena, containing the distinct sound of high heels walking on wood or concrete in the museum’s attic. Research teams also snapped a picture of what they termed an apparition. The Facebook site of “Fulton County and Beyond” has posted the foot steps’ audio and a screen shot of the alleged apparition.
The team investigated the attic and found the flooring consisted of a soft material incapable of creating the clicking sounds. They have no explanation of the apparition.
“We have seven or eight EVPs we could not explain, including the high heels,” McKee said. An electronic voice phenomena is defined as a sound that has been recorded on an electronic device that has not been heard by the unaided ear. Team members said 80 percent of their findings are through digital recordings of EVPs.
The team also witnessed, but did not record, an incident in the sports memorabilia room, where members had established their base of operations. The incident involved a sealed display case shaking unexpectedly and causing three baseball cards to drop from their perches. “The other cards did not fall,” McKee said. “We tested the case and pushed on wall. We have no explanation why the cards fell.” He said a video camera in the room was “naturally” facing the wrong way.
The society took up the challenge as part of FLY92.3 radio’s seventh annual haunted house broadcast and to promote the museum, which is struggling to attract an audience.
The society has worked with the radio station the last four years on the event. The event was supposed to involve 15 guests spending the night with most of the 14-member society team and live broadcasts. These were canceled due to Hurricane Sandy.
The society conducted its investigation and still presented preliminary findings Wednesday morning on the radio station.
The society’s goal is to debunk alleged paranormal activity, using scientific methods and equipment. Its motto is “Seek Truth.”
Brian Leighton, a team leader, said, “You have a better chance of winning the lottery than seeing a ghost.”
McKee said “certain paranormal activities can be explained naturally, using physics.”
And some cannot be explained. One theory is that spirits exist but humanity does not yet have the technology to detect them, said Carmon Rust, lead historic researcher for the group.