Investigation reveals paranormal activity at NHT's Larimer Mansion
By Michael DiVittorio
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011,
Guests at the Larimer Mansion Bed & Breakfast can enjoy a relaxing stay with a cozy atmosphere and friendly ghosts.
Hauntings Research investigators have determined that the Larimer Mansion -- which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as the McFarlane House from when it was owned by the Andrew Lewis McFarlane family -- contains an above-average amount of paranormal activity.
Nearly a dozen investigators from the Pittsburgh-based group came to the 221-year-old North Huntingdon Township bed and breakfast last month.
They collected numerous forms of information on Sept. 13 through the use of cameras; EMF meters, which are used to detect electromagnetic fields of power sources; and digital voice recorders to catch EVP or electric voice phenomenon.
Hauntings Research founder Ed Ozosky unveiled their findings to owners Larry and Lynne Moisey, along with other family members and media, Tuesday afternoon.
"Evidence reveals that there is no unfriendly, threatening or dangerous presence within this mansion," Ozosky said. "I think that's important. Collected evidence reveals an abnormal amount of unexplainable events and unnatural occurrences within the Larimer Mansion.
"Collected evidence supports the existence of paranormal energy. Larimer Mansion appears to have active haunting as well as residual haunting."
Ozosky likened residual haunting to an emotional or traumatic moment captured in time, and active haunting being an apparition able to interact more freely with the living world.
He used a laptop to show two DVDs, one with pictures and the other with EVPs. He attempted to use a DVD player hooked up to a TV, but the discs would not read.
Ozosky jokingly blamed the technical difficulty on a "grumpy spirit."
"They're really making me wait it out, aren't they?" Lynne Moisey said.
"Maybe he just doesn't want to see it," Ozosky said.
Ozosky cautioned the Moisey family prior to showing the findings.
"When we talk about the other side, the next dimension, whatever term you want to use, we're talking about a situation where our physical rules as we know them don't always apply," he said. "Trying to reason through things like this do not work. They just don't work. It's a whole set of different rules that you have to go by."
The pictures on the DVD showed orbs throughout the mansion including two on a rocking chair, some in the attic crawl-space, and what appeared to be an image of a very young girl in a Victorian dress near a "Gone With the Wind" poster in the attic.
"There's some interesting things back there," Ozosky said.
"I was told that there was a child about 5 years old that died in the house," Lynne Moisey said. "I was never told the gender. I just assumed it was a boy. What I just saw there was a child about that age."
The owner also talked about other possible paranormal activity and what they did to counteract it.
"Things used to go missing in the house, and then I had the house blessed (by a priest in early 1989) and that stopped for a while," she said. "That kind of cooled it a little bit. I obviously got good stories of things that went missing, and it would show up two months later or 15 minutes later in that spot that you touched and said, 'I don't know where it went.' You walked away, 15 minutes it was back."
Other pictures showed unusual images captured through a full spectrum camera in the basement as well as what Ozosky described as ectoplasm energy around a picture in the bathroom.
The second DVD featured investigators asking questions in what they thought were empty rooms.
Among the paranormal responses were voices saying "Me not die," "Whooo," "I'm Maggie," "We all know it" and "How old are you?"
Investigators asked the alleged spirits, "Do you call Lynne, Lynnette?"
The response was "Nobody does," according to the presentation.
Ozosky also showed some of the raw data gathered during the investigation, most of it being EVPs where voices and words could not be identified.
He said what sets Hauntings Research apart from other paranormal investigative groups is attention to detail when it comes to analyzing all the evidence.
"While Hauntings Research was able to find natural explanations for some abnormalities, there remains instances in which applied logic, common sense and experimentation does not provide answers," Ozosky said. "Additional audio research was included in order to provide additional answers."
Other audio research picked up by the Haunting's Research equipment included what sounded like the hammering of a nail into wood in the attic crawl-space, the rocking of a rocking chair and other whispers.
The group conducts tours through a location and listens to stories of reported paranormal activity before conducting an investigation.
They investigated the former Homestead police station along Ninth Avenue in May 2010 and released its findings in September of that year.
Ozosky said the jail cells contained a vortex for souls and spirits crossing into and out of the living world.
Lynne Moisey said Hauntings Research was the first investigative group to conduct experiments in the mansion, and she withheld information from them in order to see if their findings would confirm some of her and other people's experiences.
She noted the findings prove what she thought for some time now.
"I hope it makes other people aware that there's more to life after death," she said. "If people would realize that your mom, your dad, your beloved grandma is watching you, maybe there would be a lot less crime."
The Moisey family have decided to turn their newfound discoveries into fortune with Ghosts of Larimer Mansion Tours on Oct. 21-23 and 28-31. Cost is $10 per person and registration is required.
A member of Hauntings Research will be on hand each night to show tour attendees their findings. For reservations, call 724-863-9150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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