Tonight’s episode of Syfy’s series “Paranormal Witness” takes hauntings to the next level. It is an intense episode as “Paranormal Witness” takes on The Mansfield Mansion for Syfy’s 31 Days of Halloween. The episode this week is intense. The series dives head first into the extreme paranormal. The show covers everything from possession to poltergeist.
The people who have lived through the experiences tell the stories first hand, and then reenactments are provided for added affect. Tonight there are quite a few moments where you want to cover your eyes and peek through your fingers while watching. I was informed of this information, but being a lifelong horror, science-fiction mystery fan, I love it, and the scarier the better. This show also provides survival instinct. If human beings can accept that there may be more out there than just us, Syfy has made a big accomplishment.
From 1994 to 2011, The Mansfield Mansion, located in Connecticut, was abandoned. Amy Moore and her daughter Alyssa had discovered the old dilapidated home, which wasn’t being taken care of. Amy fell in love with the house, but her daughter was immediately hesitant. They finally moved in after Amy won it in an auction. She did a walkthrough and the house was a mess, with dead animals on the land and a sign that said Mansfield Training Board School. Amy asked the property manager about it, but he said all of the records were lost. How convenient. She had so much excitement, and there was so much potential for the house. Amy called her it her future Picasso. She had so many possibilities and wanted to make it a place of her own.
Amy was working during the day and doing renovations at night. She heard strange sounds and did not even bother to investigate, but ran out of the house and got in her car and took off like a bat out of hell. She returned the next morning in search of anything out of the ordinary and to check to make sure no one was in the house. She dismissed it as a freak accident and had no clue what it was. Fast forward to three months later, the day Amy and Alyssa moved in. Amy was just ecstatic and so excited. Alyssa’s gut feeling was that they should not have moved in the house. She felt a negative experience right away.
She finally got the courage to explore the large home and headed to the attic, of course, where everyone goes when exploring a creepy old house. She opened the old latch and was hit with a gust of wind, but wanted to explore the attic. She had some kind of urge and took her video camera with her to look around and see if she could find anything. She took one step at a time and each step got worse.
Alyssa became paralyzed for several seconds, and something or someone was standing behind her breathing. She felt it was evil. Alyssa continued to explore the attic and in a frenzy she took off and ran down the stairs and burst through the door like her life was at stake. She told her mom, who suggested she might be just imagining it.
Amy and Alyssa began to cook dinner, and suddenly began to hear loud, heavy footsteps. Amy went off to check what it was, with Alyssa following and holding onto her Mom’s shirt. Amy started to go upstairs, and Alyssa ran out the front door. Amy had a hammer in her hand and made it upstairs, then turned and looked down the hall.
Amy ventured down the hall and checked the bedrooms one by one. She never felt terror like this in her life. She slowly walked down the hallway exploring each room, and finally opened the last door, but there was nothing there. Alyssa was disturbed and wanted to move out, but she had no say. Amy continued working on the house with the noises escalating and getting progressively worse. She noticed the door going to the third floor was open each time she walked by.
Amy took a metal rod and wedged it to the door so it would stay shut, then heard the rod fall. She did not believe it could be supernatural and did not want to believe it. Alyssa knew her mom was keeping things from her, but Alyssa could see and feel the stress. She was waiting for something horrific to happen.
During the night Alyssa began to hear explicit moaning as if her mom was having sex. Alyssa walked to her door and began knocking and said, “Mom, I can hear you.” Alyssa felt nauseous and heard the door behind her click, then took off running. This house has a rather stifling darkness about it; I feel like I can’t breathe and I am not even in the house.
Alyssa was still home alone and realized her mom was not even home, so there was no way the moaning sounds she heard were from her mother. As Alyssa was tearing out the front door, she ran right into her Mother’s arms. Alyssa decided to move in with her boyfriend. She was not ready, but needed to leave. The stress of the house was getting to her. She was concerned about her mother living by herself, but it was an opportunity for her to move.
Amy watched tearfully as her daughter left, as she was now alone in the house. Amy needed a dishwasher, and the man installing it walked down stairs and took a few steps in, then turned around and panicked. He was so scared that would not even come back into the house.
Amy found it so disturbing knowing that something happened at the house. Shortly after, Detective Dave was going through a divorce and needed a place to live, so Amy offered him a place to stay. All Dave had was his television, nightstand and a bed, and that is all he needed. He was a police officer for over twenty years and does not scare easily. He said he thought it was Amy’s imagination. Dave was home alone one night and heard the floorboard’s creaking. He was nervous because he knew Amy was not home.
Dave picked up his gun and unlatched his door and could not see anything. He had his gun and walked down the hallway doing a routine check of the rooms. There was no one there but those strange sounds. He had dismissed it, as maybe he was tired and needed more sleep.
Dave gathered the plates and dishes and headed for the kitchen. He heard a loud noise, and something stepped in front of him. He saw it, but Dave could not verify what it was. Dave is in law enforcement and the unseen was scaring the life out of him. It was yet another cover your eyes and peak through your fingers moment, but this time some goosebumps were added on as well. The show adds that extra scare tactic. It is not just paranormal but the fear that these people felt and still feel.
All of these noises and occurrences were bothering Amy. She heard noises and then heard a growl; she looked around and nothing was there. Dave was in his room watching television and heard the water bottle hit the floor. He picked it up and put it back on his bed, then suddenly the water bottle flew across the room (Umm, Get out and Move pronto!). Dave believes there is something in the house that he does not understand and it bothers him to this day.
Dave could not handle it anymore so he had to leave. Amy’s son was laid off, so he and his fiancé decided to move in. Amy felt more comfortable moving in. Her son’s fiancé remembers walking in the first time and the finding the house “enchanting.” Soon after they moved in, they put their son Bubba down for a nap, and Casey went downstairs with Amy’s son. Through the baby monitor they heard “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”
Casey knew there was no way the song could have been playing anywhere because their baby owned no toys that played that song. They heard this growling horrible voice say “Bubba,” and Casey and Amy’s son took off running to check on their screaming baby. The baby was terrified. You would think they would want to get out of the house. It’s straight out of a horror film. Casey and Bill checked on the baby who had fallen asleep.
Casey frantically began searching for religious charms to place around the baby’s crib. Bill began having horrible dreams, and Casey was becoming the victim of them as she woke up screaming for Bill to stop. Amy had a horrific dream where she was a little girl panicking, and there were dolls all around her. She was terrified, and the next thing she knew, there was a voice telling her to wash her hands. She felt the pain as the child died.
Amy knew the house had secrets. At the American Eagle Saloon, a friend asked her what she was looking at. It turned out to be photos of her house that was once the Mansfield Training School, a mental asylum where the patients were abused horrible, with some of those patients being children. Amy did further research. The house was previously called “The House of Imbeciles.” They considered disabled people to be useless and would perform lobotomies. Horrific stuff was taking place.
Amy was horrified with what she found in her research: abuse, rape, death and further horrors than she could even fathom. Amy believes the source was in the basement. From his strange concrete structure located in the basement, Amy called for help. They used a crow bar to open the concrete slab. Amy looked at it and even picked some of it up. It was cremated body parts. Amy was very upset. The remains are currently in the hands of the State Pathologists. Amy, Bill and Casey still live in this house. (Remind me not to visit them!)
There will be times where the house is peaceful and fine, and then the tormented fear starts to happen again. Amy is determined to stay in her home. She said for the skeptics who do not believe her, she invites them to come and stay in her home. Most likely you will run in the opposite direction. It was a great episode; the fear factor was incredible. I can’t wait for next week’s episode. Make sure to watch next week’s haunted episode of “Paranormal Witness,” Wednesday on Syfy at 10/9c. Happy Hauntings.