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Port City Paranormal®
The Asylum

In September of 2008 ,with the  permission of the N.Y.S.D.O.C.
we began our investigation.
The first day was cool, foggy and threatened rain. We drove toward
a group of buildings that were decayed and abandoned, to take few
background pictures....
Sony DCR-DVD 305 Handycam,
Sony Digital Audio Recorders, KII
EMF Meter, Digital EMF Meter,
Stanley Magnetic/Electrical
Detector with alarm, Nikon Digital
Still Camera, Olympus Digital Still
With cameras, digital sound recorders and EMF meters we covered the
perimeter of one of the oldest buildings. The Maples  was in such disrepair
we could not enter, but that did not deter the Spirits from attempting to gain
our attention.    The crumbling walls of hand made brick had been slowly
disintegrating since the  asylum closed its doors in 1995. Somehow, the aura
of pain, fear and suffering still permeates the grounds.  Due to the dangerous
condition of the buildings we began our research in  daylight.
With recorders running, we used video and still photos to document the
exterior. Although there was no power coming to the building, we took
baseline EMF readings as we finished our  first circuit of the building.
On the second pass we used the KII meter and began our first EVP session.

During this second sweep, we noted several intense spikes on the KII
meters. At one point, a sequence of KII readings seemed to be in
response to some questions. Both Jane and I became extremely
lightheaded and we decided to end our session. At dusk, we packed up
and decided to return that evening to continue our coverage of  the
Later at the cottage, we checked the photos and video, but found no
anomalies. As we listened we were surprised at the unusual number of
very clear EVP we had captured. As we compared the KII spikes on
video, they were found to coincide with many EVP responses we
received  in answer to our questions. We were shocked to find we had
only spent two  hours time at the site.

We began the second day researching the history of the
asylum in the local village archives.  Dating back to the
1860's,  this little hamlet grew to support the asylum and it's
Since 1869 the asylum was considered to be "a blessing to
thousands of unfortunate - a refuge for the chronic insane
and better care of the insane poor".  For over 100 years the
asylum provided care for the inmates, not all of whom were
Session II investigation started in the early evening and
continued past dark. Once again our results were exciting.
We had recorded more very striking EVP, one of them was
the same voice recorded the first day. Once again, the voices
were active responses or comments on things we said or
questions asked.
With the number of clear EVP responses, supported by EMF
readings, we would have to say there is definitely paranormal
phenomena occurring in and around the Maples building of
the Asylum. We felt there was much more research to be
done here as the grounds are expansive.
We  received permission and continued our investigation in
the Spring of 2009. Port City Paranormal then spent the better
part of a year researching the asylum campus and it's many
buildings. The history of this facility is well documented but
there are many gaps and missing pieces. We will continue our
research, to learn all we can before our next investigation.
Grandview Basement
The Willard  Act (1865) authorised the creation of the Willard Asylum for the Insane that would provide a safe
permanent home for the pauper chronic insane ( incurable) and to remove these unfortunates from the squalor and
wretchedness of county poor houses.
I grew up not far from Willard. The asylum was open, but only
whispered about.  It was said; "Once you went to Willard, you never left.
If you did leave, you left in a box."  I grew up hearing the horror stories
about the crazies, lobotomys and straight-jackets.

As investigators involved with parapsychology we were curious what this
site could reveal about the past.
We heard the voices of people who were lost, alone and confused.
People who begged to "go with us". People from the past who have never
What began as research into the continuation of consciousness, became  
a passion for the history Willard, the inmates and the care of the insane.
As our understanding of the past increases,the humanity of the voices
becomes more apparent. It has changed out lives....

Respectfully, Jc.Anderson 2012
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