'Paranormal activity' detected at Clay County Historical Museum

CLAY COUNTY, Mo. - A team of ghost hunters says “paranormal activity” was recorded late last year at the Clay County Historical Museum.

The Northland Paranormal Society, which formed in 2011, sent a team in December to stay overnight at the museum. Using tools like infrared cameras and K-II EMF meters, the group says it got video footage and audio clips of ghosts inside the building.

“We bought a new DVR system, so we wanted to try it out in a bigger place," explained Northland Paranormal Society member Bill Moore. “We used 12 DVR cameras and over a mile of wire. With the listening devices and the things we can't see, it brought it all out."

"Impossible for a human to do that"

Moore said the paranormal team sat silently in the museum for hours in the pitch black to do the recordings. Team members would announce any time they were moving in the building so any possible interference could be recorded.

In total, the ghost hunters recorded five videos and about 80 audio clips they say show paranormal activity.

In one video clip, a white transparent figure is seen running by a window in the museum. Moore said the footage was recorded using an infrared camera. “It's unhuman speed,” he said. “It's impossible for a human to do that. There was nobody in there at the time."

In another clip, a white orb appears in the top left corner as a team member records video with a phone. The footage was shot in pitch black, and Moore said the orb could be spotted using only infrared gear. Sound in some of the audio clips refers to people with ties to artifacts inside the museum.

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Scaring up new customers

The building dates back to the 1850s and was once used as an office for Dr. William H. Goodson. A voice can be heard in one audio clip clearly saying, “Goodson. That’s Doc Goodson.” Moore said the voices could not be heard when the team stayed overnight in the museum. Rather, the voices came to light when Moore went back and looked over radio waves recorded from the night.

“Our main thing was to see if we could connect paranormal activity onto the old artifacts," he explained.

Staff at the Clay County Historical Museum hope the ghost findings help bring in curious customers.

“It will be a whole new generation for us that we can let them know we're here," said Chery Holtman, the president of the museum.

Moore said he knows people will doubt the findings. However, that doesn’t mean they’re not true.

“We've heard too much and seen too much to not believe in it," he explained.

The Northland Paranormal Society will formally present its findings during an event on March 18 at Belvoir Winery in Liberty from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

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Tom Dempsey can be reached at tom.dempsey@kshb.com.

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