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PETERBOROUGH COUNTY JAIL - Local Landmark
Peterborough, ON
Date: December 1st,2012
Weather: Clear, Temperature -10°
Time: 7:00PM - 2:00AM
Investigators: Brad, Katie, Paul, Michelle and Ben (Videographer)


History

The court house was built in 1840 and the jail in 1842. In 1862, various municipal realignments resulted in the distinguished stone building becoming the headquarters for the County of Peterborough solely. During the mid-1900's, a registry office was added to the south end of the building, and in succeeding years, the present jail was built at the rear of the Court House.

The first floor is where the hardened criminals were locked up, and they had to make do with long narrow cells. Up on the second floor are larger cells where the juvenile offenders were often held. The jail closed in 1998 after a riot damaged the interior of the building.

There were 5 hangings at the Peterborough County Jail between 1873 and 1933.
• December 26th 1873, James Fox (alias William Brenton)
• June 23rd 1910, Robert Henderson (age 17)
• January 14th 1920, Michael Bahri and Thomas Konek
• November 29th 1933, Edward Franklin Jackson

Archaeological excavations in the jail led to the recovery of the skeletons of four of the five murderers hanged there.They had been buried next to the gallows. All four have been genetically identified and have had proper burials.
The fith body, that of Robert Henderson was buried at a local cemetery after the hanging by the request of his family.



Reported Activity

Throughout the cell blocks, most reported activity included hearing footsteps, as well as cell doors have been heard being closed. Voices have been heard both in the cell blocks and outside in the courtyard. Most interestingly is the sight of shadow people throughout the property.



Areas of Interest

The areas of interest were all abandoned cell blocks as well as the courtyard where a mock display of the gallows were.



Investigation Report

1) Introduction

Upon arrival, the DVR system was set up with cameras in all cell block areas. An EMF sweep was conducted for baseline readings.

Kt and Brad began and EVP session in a lower cell block while Paul, Michelle and Ben conducted their investigation upstairs. After which the two teams switched places to in order to corroborate any evidence collected. In one particular cell block, where "orbs" were seen on the DVR system , Ben conducted a solo EVP session.

Afterwards, the entire group proceeded outside to the gallows to attempt a connection with any prisoner that was hung and buried on the property.

To conclude the night, a spirit box session was conducted by Paul, Brad and Ben, followed by a separate one conducted by Kt and Michelle.

2) Personal Experiences

During setup, Paul and Ben were the only ones in the building. When placing cameras, they heard a loud crash that could not be identified.

During our investigation, a camera was unplugged and once plugged in a distinguishable "orb" went across the camera. Upon investigating, there was no explanation for the camera being unplugged except for someone pulling it out.

While Brad and Kt were conducting an EVP sessions, tapping was heard within the cell that had no explanation.

3) Evidence Collected

Video of strange "orb" *
Coming Soon!



* There is a controversy concerning orbs in regards to their authenticity. Although many are believed to be authentic, there are still many showing up as a result of airborne particles (dust) at the time of the flash. This happens in both indoor & outdoor shots. Because of this, it makes it hard to disassociate the false positive orbs from the real ones. We at proo(f) leave the interpretation of the anomalies to you.


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