Mansfield Training School, Mansfield

February, 2016 by Ray Bendici
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Courtesy of the National Register of Historic Places

The Damned Story: Although there are thousands of state residents who have attended the University of Connecticut, very few are familiar with the story of the Depot Campus, and how it was formerly the Mansfield Training School. Or how the buildings belonging to the former mental hospital are believed by some to be haunted.

In a demonstration of how political correctness is a 21st-century invention, the Mansfield Training School originally started in 1860 as the "Connecticut School for Imbeciles," and was located in Lakeville. As hard as it is to believe, that name eventually offended someone, and in 1915 it was re-christened the "Connecticut Training School for Feebleminded." (Yeah, that's much better.) In 1917, it was merged with Connecticut Colony for Epileptics in Mansfield, where the new 350-acre campus was opened under the official banner of the Mansfield Training School and Hospital.

With its isolated location and bucolic setting, the Mansfield Training School was an ideal place to treat those afflicted with mental disorders. For the next 60 years it was home to residents who suffered from all sorts of mental afflictions. At the height of its use, it housed over 1,800 residents and featured over 50 buildings, most of which were devoted to patient treatment. It also had a small farm that provided occupational therapy for some of the epileptic patients in addition to food for the facility.

Sadly, like other hospitals that dealt with mental illness, there were allegations of poor conditions and abuse, although many, many more people were helped rather than hurt during their stays. Overall, the facility appeared to have a dedicated, caring staff and a good reputation.

After numerous lawsuits and concerns about the conditions, however, the Mansfield Training School was closed in 1993; patients were sent to more modern facilities and institutions throughout the state. A few of the most dilapidated buildings were demolished while others became part of the University of Connecticut as its Depot Campus. Another part of the original campus was annexed by the Bergin Correctional Center, a level-2 minimum security facility for male offenders.

In 1987, the Mansfield Training School was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Again, despite the mostly positive, caring work that went on here (and at other similar facilities), there seems to be a story or two of negative incidents, any one of which is enough to initiate stories of restless souls and troubled spirits.

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Consequently, there have been reports of spirit mists and orbs here, as well as experiences involving unexplained voices, sounds and shapes. The building of the former Knight Hospital is one place where unexplained phenomena is still allegedly observed.

Courtesy of National Register of Historic Places

Paranormal groups have also investigated a few of the buildings, and claim to have found evidence confirming paranormal activity, for what it's worth.

Our Damned Experience: When we visited UConn's Ballard Institute of Puppetry in 2010, we mentioned that the museum was located in an old, seemingly abandoned area on the Depot Campus, which as it turns out, was part of the Mansfield Training School. So we were there without even realizing it!

As we mentioned when we visited, that area of the campus feels a bit like a forgotten part of the campus. Now we have a reason to go back and explore a bit!

If You Go: The grounds of the former Mansfield Training School are now part of UConn's Depot Campus on Route 44 in Storrs, and thus are open to the public. 

On the other side of Route 44 is the Bergin Correctional Center, which also features some of the former training school campus, although it's not exactly open to the public in the conventional sense.

On the UConn side, some of the old structures remain empty, and have been overgrown by weeds and ivy. Obviously, visitors are vigorously discouraged from entering these buildings.

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Submitted by Nancy (not verified) on
Just saw the show about this place for the first time today, on the Syfy channel. Obviously it intrigued me enough to do a search about it. I don't dwell alot on the paranormal, but I do believe in the spirit world since I have seen them myself a few times. (Not at the show's location.) Just wanted to throw in my 2 cents worth. Very sad story about the things that took place here. Those types of things took place in many institutions of the same kind around the country during that time period also. It especially saddens me because my daughter is schizophrenic. Her condition is fairly well controlled with medication, but she will never lead the same kind of life most of us do. She's in her own little world. It breaks my heart to think that my wonderful daughter would have been placed in this type of institution if she had been born even just 30 years earlier. Thank heaven for the advances that have been made in understanding these conditions, and the progress that has led to the discontinuation of many of the inhumane (sp?) practices. I know this post doesn't have much to do with the story of the Connecticut Training School. Thanks for humoring me and letting me get this off my chest.

Submitted by bud (not verified) on
let me know thanks! I am a dairy farmer thats why this intrigues even more,I dont know of any farm or for any reason a farm would have a crematorium.....there has to me more to it might be some thing very practical or dual purpose lol..

Submitted by joey (not verified) on
Hey guys not sure if anyone still looks at the website, but two nights ago on the 6th of may(2013) 16 friends and I did go to the Abandoned buildings in Mansfield. We were there from 11pm to 2am going through every single room. It was surprising to see how much they left behind, along with wheel chairs, restraints and records. Around 145am two cop cars came speeding up to us and we all ran away. Throughout the night we did hear noises, slams, footsteps. It was also acknowledged that not one phone that we had could get a clear picture of the hospital, school and the asylum without some type of orb blocking the view, we had 16 differnt phones with the same results, we later tested our phones on other buildings near by that were not abandoned and there were no orbs. I myself am not a believer of ghosts but after this night i may be starting to change my mind. We also found many entrances to the underground pathways that we did not go down all the way, but peeped our heads down and what seemed to be a ten foot by 6 foot(estimate) wide tunnels that went to each building. If you do go, there are very few entrances, that takes time to get into. very small windows ect. Also bring a mask because of breathing hazards. Also be careful of the staircases and floors because they are very unstable.

Submitted by Mar (not verified) on
I am wondering if any one has made contact with the family that was viewed on syfi? I would like to know if she has considered an exersize on the house

Submitted by Turb (not verified) on
@Joey - where did you park when you went? What entry did you use? Any info you could provide on making the quickest entry would help.

Submitted by Luke Ryba (not verified) on
If any former patients knew of a man named Robert Rowley who was a patient at Mansfield Training School, I would love to be in contact with you. Robert was there in the 1970's and was killed by hospital employees who tried to restrain him. Thanks

I will certainly look into it, Luke. Your post has a loaded accusation in it, however, it would be nice to have an official document about this individual before launching accusations. If you have any further information about Mr. Rowley, please send me a message about what you know. It will ease the investigation. Bud, the location of the dead at Mansfield is a bit of a mystery to me, but I've been told by employees that the bodies were buried by the families, town, or State. Many families lived close to MTS to facilitate visits. I will certainly take this into consideration as I conduct further inquiries. P.S. No video of the building you described, but I will be out there this week to work on that.

Submitted by Luke Ryba (not verified) on
MTS Curator - Thank you for such a quick response! I have some paperwork that I can send you photos of if you wish to have them. As far as the document that I found about Robert's death, I'll type it up here. It is written like a newspaper article by "Bea Andrews" who is a Day Staff Writer for Seaside Regional Center. Although it talks about Robert being a patient at Seaside, I found the document in Knight's Hospital along with other paperwork stating that he was a patient at MTS as well. (Article) WATERFORD - A group of employees at Seaside Regional Center have said the center failed to assign the proper number of aides to supervise clients on an outing Tuesday during which one mentally retarded man with a history of violence stopped breathing while being restrained by an aide. The client, 35-year-old Robert Rowley, was dead on arrival at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital a few minutes after he was restrained by an aide in a Seaside van. He and three other clients were being driven across the Gold Star Memorial Bridge, returning from a visit to the McDonald's restaurant on Long Hill Road in Groton. Rowley apparently collapsed as the aide tried to stop him from assaulting another Seaside client during the ride. Feel free to send me an email if you are interested in a scan of the full document, as well as any of the other information that I have. deckflippa95@gmail.com

Submitted by Martin01 (not verified) on
Ok so I doubt anyone is still reading/ commenting on this anymore, but I live in CT, about 20 minutes from the old training school. my step moms best friend lives in the houes that was on SyFy paranormal witness. everything is real. YEARS later, the door to the 3rd floor still wont shut. i was actually there today, still afraid to go in the house. on july 20, 2013 national geographic is coming out with another documentary on the house, and deals are being made to make an actual movie documentary on it. ive been to the training school as well, and ill never go back.

Submitted by bud (not verified) on
Hi, i noticed there was not much talk about the "spring manor farm" It was part of the MTS and right across from the house being discussed. My main question is does any one have any info on the incinerator-crematorium building on the farm. The farm is pretty creepy too...at one time it must have been beautiful,as I am a farmer and think its a shame the way it is now. The building I am inquiring about is past the farm building and across the rail tracks to the left past the big corn fields and down in the woods. If you look for it you can actually see it driving down the rd the farm is on right when you turn off 32 straight out in the woods it has a big smoke stack with vines on it now. It is very creepy inside with a table in the middle 2 man holes that open up and go to the "giant" incinerator in the basement with a very weird and dangerous pitched cement stair case..idk its very weird and what was it used for for the MTS and why so hidden and inconvenient access? And what else was burned there,,,,any info on the farm or this building would be cool thanks.

Submitted by Bill (not verified) on
The farm was part of the self-sustained colony for epileptics and higher order developmentally disabled. It was even believed that effects of epilepsy could be marginalized by steady labor. Initially, spring manor farm was used to allow the facility to be self-sufficient but, over time, the number of patients and the high percentage of lower grade clients made this noble goal unreachable. Slowly, this was abandoned all together. I have heard about the NatGeo program. It has already aired abroad. Not sure why not here. I have heard NO information about a film documentary. It seems a little fishy that there are reports of 'deals' leaking out. Perhaps this is the paranormal group itself trying to stir up interest.

Submitted by bud (not verified) on
thanks,any idea what the incinerator-crematorium building in the woods was?...

Submitted by Bill (not verified) on
It was a dairy farm as well. Most of that area is completely overrun by vegetation and is caving in on itself. There are areas in Knight Hospital that have been burned by looters. I'll take a look the next time I am there. MTS Curator, do you have any thoughts?

Submitted by bud (not verified) on
thanks its to bad about the conditions of the campus and farm, I am a dairy farmer so I did realize that,its a shame to see it now. ya check out the building its way out behind the farm and corn fields in the woods with a huge brick smoke stack. It just gives weird feeling would like to hear the stories and history. The burner down stairs is just huge!

Submitted by Bill (not verified) on
The problems though weren't out at the Farm. The abuse allegations primarily took place at the area now owned by the NE Correctional Facility although they were not limited to that area. Keep in mind that the facility housed almost 1800 patients at its peak. The vast overwhelming majority of clients were cared for in a humane and appropriate way. However, the system itself did not lend itself to propagating good behavior. Neither has the ICFs for that matter. The problems at Mansfield were not limited to Mansfield either. The whole institutionalization system across the country came crashing down in the 1970s. If you want to look for murders, check out Rhode Island for some of the most ghastly examples of abuse.

Submitted by bud (not verified) on
no,Thats not what I was meaning, I meant the current conditions of the buildings is a shame..As far as this building with the incinerator im not sure. But im sure people died at this place for many reasons over the years with that many there and operations happened and just thought that this building might be where they were disposed of. If ya go in it ya will see why one would think.. there is a "prep" table right in front of the "man hole lids" in the concrete floor that drop down in to the burning chamber and all,idk just a possibility it could be way off thats why I am asking. The location so far off the beatin path too is strange. Thanks for all the info Bill

Submitted by Bill (not verified) on
I don't think that is possible. The State of Connecticut kept meticulous records on every patient there. I've seen so many records from MTS. Even during the years where the abuse allegations were in full force. For someone to enter that facility and disappear....well....there was enough oversight from DMR, patient families, patient advocates to question everything from bed sores to arm injuries. It would be much easier to fabricate some accidental death than construct some Nazi crematorium. And, no, for anyone considering this, there was no unlawful experimentation done on patients at MTS. The facility was well respected throughout the US from inception until the DoJ report.

Submitted by bud (not verified) on
I was not really thinking as some "Nazi" type deal. More or less maybe they used it when people did pass(naturally,untimely or otherwise) in general as a cheap, easy and sterile way to handle the body's. Not necessary in a evil or dark way. Like I said it could be for incinerating something else. I know there was a morgue on sit of the MTS too. Where did the body's go from there? When ya first go in this building and look and go down the "stairs",you see where it could make sense with they way things where handled long ago. It would not be so frowned upon 50-75 years ago. I have read that many residents were "abandoned" there by the family's especially during the depression,WWII and right threw the latter years. Also some were kinda of "wards of the state" so when these people died I wonder how the state dealt with them. I would doubt long ago they would pay for a burial and if so then where were they all laid to rest? I would think it would be the same spot and have records. I really have no idea just questions that's why I'm here not trying to start some conspiracy theory for say. Now yes this would be frowned upon but remember in a different era these places did many things that at the time seemed right or acceptable but now would cause an up roar. I am in no way trying to talk bad about the MTS and about something I dont know much about. I just really curious about this building and the MTS.

Submitted by bud (not verified) on
This I found on a site "Hello all, I have a question I'm hoping someone would answer. I have been recently tring to research my family tree. I came across this website when looking for information about MTS. I'm looking to find out what happened to my grandfather. I guess from what I'm told he was someone who suffered from eplepsy and was a heavy drinker. He was my paternal grandfather and my father had not seen him since he was 10 years old. The only information I have about him was due to his drinking and eplepsy he was sent to live at MTS. Well he died in the late 60's early 70's (Still don't know the exact date) and no one knows much besides that. My father got a letter around this time in the mail stateing he was dead and a social security check for a few hundred dollars. The problem is, is that he was buried by the state of connecticut and to this day, no one knows where that was. My father was kept out of the loop, and my grandmother has been dead as well for many years. One strange thing about all this is that I cannot for the life of me find out anything as to where he is buried and when he died. I've gotten his birth certificate and marrage licence from the city he was born, but his death is still a big mystery. I've tried Ancestry.com the SSN# death index and I've even tried calling the state (What a big waste of time that was) So if anyone has any information that would be helpful please drop me a line at Brian31276@yahoo.com Thanks 99.146.113.168 Like Dislike Comment# 52279 ReplyTo# 31830 5/21/2010 3:50:00 PM Edit AnonymousVisiter ** US Hello Brian , I know this is over a year since you have posted that inquiry. I can tell you a little bit . I am in the same boat . I have a Aunt who was taken there by the State. Both my father and his brother were taken in by family members. However my Aunt was "mentally challenged" to what degree I do not know but she was in Mansfield. Odd seeing that is where I wound up living and have been for the last 32 years. All I've been able to find out is this , and its NOT pleasant . There are to date 88 people missing , meaning not accounted for. If you died there chances were you were cremated. If you were a "ward" of the state as she was, then the state was under no obligation to bury them or mark a grave for them. I am sorry for your loss but it appears we are not alone. I don't think the state counted on years later folks doing ancestry infor. If you ask me the State need to answer for this. I think its a disgrace and dis respectful regardless of how ill they were . You have my condolences you can try record digging in town hall in Mansfield. - See more at: http://www.strangeusa.com/Viewlocation.aspx?id=1923#sthash.ZgSlP2Zk.dpuf interseting...here is the site http://www.strangeusa.com/Viewlocation.aspx?id=1923#sthash.ZgSlP2Zk.dpbs

Submitted by MTS Curator (not verified) on
To answer your question, there is no official MTS cemetery. Unlike other institutions, bodies were returned to the families or buried in the town of birth/death as other deceased individuals. There were stories that some bodies were buried near Conservation Pond and dug up following the passing of an epidemic. But other than that, the dead were handled by the State as expeditiously as they could be, considering that the School in its early years was very isolated and often snowed in. The crematorium is just part of the dairy farm. It looks sinister now, but years and trespassers have not been kind to MTS. I will look around and see if I have video of the building in question. I have photographed and videoed every inch of the school, but I am not sure I have this one in my collection.

Submitted by Reggie (not verified) on
My name is Reggie, and I am entering back into the work force after being in the ministry for several years. I have a history in working with the MR population, and while adding my info on the application, I called information for the number (phone) for Mansfield Training School, and found out that it no longer was there. So here I am today trying to find out just what had happened to this place where I once had worked. I'm just amazed! I wonder if anyone has mentioned that the late John F. Kennedy's late sister was housed there? I was there when several rapes had taken placed! As a matter of fact, one actually resulted in a pregnantcy.

Submitted by Delvin Thoma (not verified) on
While watching the Paranormal witness show, I decided to pause for a while so I could do a little fact finding research on this, It turned out that the story was true.............so hard to believe, why some people could even think of abusing the helpless.

I believe somethings should not be invocked or played with, although it is interesting to hear the history and what has occured there. its rather discusting what individuals did to their pacients with in the time frame it was open, and why it got pushed under the carpet leaves me wanting to know why even more??? i love history so when i heard the story i felt the need to know the history that was once pushed under the carpet. after reading what i have on the place and looking up many article it stunned me but then again when i looked up other asylums you would be amazed by their storys as well. i wouldnt blame the spirits for being mad. and to harm another individual for there own pleasure is what now gives them a reason to stay more. its like when no one lived there it died out but when she started fixing the structure of the place is what probably set it off, most paranormal things get invocked more with the changes. so.. this is what i would personally say with everything, i dont clame to expose things about asylums im just read the past on them.

Submitted by TR (not verified) on
@MTS CURATOR How is the online museum coming along? what is the link. I am very interested in these old buildings and the stories behind them seeing as I work in the healthcare industry myself. @Amy Moore I would like to visit your house and go for a tour if possible. @everyone else If anyone has any old pictures of the building (when it was up and running) I would like to see them. I have been inside a few times and always wondered what it was like back in the day. There are some really cool things in there and we like to go and just see all the old equiptment and the layouts of the building. I was shocked at how many records and all the equiptment left behind because of HIPPA but he I guess the state can do what ever they want. I think we are going to be planning another trip in the future to explore the other buildings besides the main hospital. Anyone have any input on good buildings to view?

TR, the museum is coming along quite well. We have had a wealth of new materials to sort through, read through, and put together. Coming very soon I will open the photographic and video content. If you want to know about each building, then you will love what we have for you. Watch this space for new information.

Submitted by Donald William Gram (not verified) on
Are you still able to view this place? Is it still owned privately? Are you allowed to walk through this home? I just saw this show and am absolutely going crazy with questions and curiosity. Friend of mine is a paranormal enthusiest and I would love to opportunity to walk through this home, if not even stay that night, please reply soon.

The home is privately owned. If you are talking about the SyFy special, there are so many disturbing inaccuracies and innuendo tossed around, they are simply not worth even commenting on.

Submitted by Dawn (not verified) on
Devin J - "a friend and I decided to chip off pieces of her 120 year old-yet-perfectly-white headstone and make necklaces from each piece for ourselves. ill explain the logic another day." Are you really publicly admitting you damaged/disrespected a headstone? Explain the logic??? There is none. As far as the multiple comments about the Lutz's making a killing on books & movies...I don't believe they did. The author made money on the book...& if I recall correctly he died before he could spend much of it. The filmmakers made money on the movies. I'm not saying they didn't make anything...just not a killing. If they'd made a killing they probably wouldn't have gotten divorced & she probably wouldn't have suffered from illness in her later years & died @ the age of only 58ish. @Tina - Did you know typing in all caps is considered yelling? Otherwise I believe you should read & also watch the show before commenting. I don't recall anybody saying this was a place for the insane. I recall hearing the word retarded in the show. I also don't recall anybody saying the underground tunnel system leads to the superintendent's house. Most if not all institutions had underground tunnels. Partly so the public wouldn't have to see mentally ill/retarded, partly so those housed there wouldn't see the dead carried out & partly so employees could get from building to building even in the winter. So the last superintendent lived there from about the 1960's to the late 1980's (actually early 90's). And when did it open - 1890 something? Did your family work there for generations & leave journals about their experiences there? If not then that's about 60 years you can't account for. Yet you act like some kind of authority??? As far as money being a motivating factor...I'm sure it is. How many poor/middle income families can afford to throw their down payments down the toilet & walk away? And no my dear...states didn't fade institutions out in favor of group homes. They didn't even shut them down when people like Geraldo Rivera slipped in & got vids of all the abuse/neglect going on. Rivera's vid came out when JFK was still alive cuz he commented on it. Yet some institutions were still open as late as the 90's. The states shut 'em down because of all the lawsuits.

Submitted by Paula Harvey Sp... (not verified) on
Urban Explorer: None of the links that you've previously shared are working. Could you possibly email me new links to pspangler.ps@gmail.com? If so, I would greatly appreciate it. My father and I took a self-guided tour of some of the grounds' buildings today. We saw nothing out of the ordinary, but it was spooky and interesting to see the buildings. We took photos, etc. It was a nice little outing. Thanks!

Submitted by Lachlan (not verified) on
whatching paranormal wittness on Syfy of mansfeild training school from 2 years after documentation August 2011 creepy :) is there documentation of names who had lived there and has backed up evidence cheers peeps ;D

Submitted by Bill (not verified) on
There was no body recovered. The house was lived in by many superintendents of the school. There is also no tunnel from the house to the school. So basically the show made up a fiction and sold it as fact. The 'investigators' have admitted as much.

Submitted by U.E. (not verified) on
So just how much money is being made by Amy Moore and "Proof" on this whole pimping of the Mansfield Mansion horsehockey anyway? Derp.

Doubt they will cop to it, but the opportunities are there for them to go full blown Lutz on this house.

Submitted by Greylock (not verified) on
i was surfing the net and came across this site. i just wanted to comment that I worked there in the early 80's and never felt or experienced paranormal stuff there, but it sure was a crazy experience none the less.

If you would like to talk about your experiences working at Mansfield, Greylock, I'd love to speak with you.

Submitted by Mike (not verified) on
This is all a hoax. It's a fun hobby, but let's all stop treating this stuff like its real.

Submitted by Tom (not verified) on
There are a number of posts; didn't have time to read too many. I worked there in the 1970s and saw more than my share of questionable acts on the part of the staff. Forget all the stuff about paranormal activity at Mansfield; it's the things we witnessed that stay with you forever.

Submitted by Delee (not verified) on
I didnt read all the posts, most seemed to say "Is this place for real" " are these things true" I went there today expecting the usual .. You know, this is just another building no big deal. Take a few ics and have fun scaring my friend... I didnt expect to feel that 2 out of the 6 buildings made me feel like I better step back... and NOW.. cant say I saw anything specific. but when you get close and then suddenly you stop in your steps and thing.. SHIT dont go ... then you listen to that inner voice... I had gone up the fire escapes and tried a few doors. But when i got to the mail building... I wouldnt go on that porch for anything. Like I said, I dont have any kind of proof. But I know how I felt . and it wasn't a safe or friendly feeling at 2 of those buildings.

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Submitted by James (not verified) on
After I've sat reading all the post on here, I, myself, have came to realize, that everyone started discussing this topic from the time the place was made into a hospital in the early 1900's. Has anyone looked at this, other than myself? When was the mansion built? I have read so much on here, but from what I can find, the earliest dates go back to 1860. Was there any other dates known? Records weren't kept like they are now. Maybe there could have been a murdered child before 1900 on the property? I seriously doubt if anyone will ever know the true answers. I believe in ghost myself, but one can't base judgments against the living without cold, hard proof. Though the remains mentions are not human, doesn't dismiss a death there. It just proves that it wasn't that ghosts' remains. All the fighting on here seems pointless, since no proof, either way, has been shown by either side. To all, it's better to believe there are things out there, explainable or not, that will always have people guessing. To all, have a great day, and keep on doing what makes you happy.

Submitted by Dylan (not verified) on
Hello. I tried to email some of the members of P.R.O.O.F. as per their email addresses in the comment section, but it appears they have vanished from the internet. They have a Facebook but I don't use Facebook on a personal level. I am a private investigator and digital forensic examiner often called to testify as an expert witness in civil cases I work with. I am CEH, CHFI, and ACE certified, and while I am not personally an expert in "paranormal" evidence, I understand the nature of the forensic process and evidence itself and work with it on a daily basis. With that being said, I am not usually a big believer in the supernatural but I always keep an open mind in anything that I deal with. I watched an episode of the SyFy show "Paranormal Witness" this evening with my father on Netflix and my curiosity was piqued about the allegedly haunted superintendent's house of the Mansfield Training School featured in that episode. I attempted to email some members of P.R.O.O.F. but the emails bounced back and teamproof.com is down, so I'm just putting this out here as an open query. I know this is from a few years ago so I was wondering if there has been any update on the case yet. Specifically, I am curious about the unknown material in the stone structure in the basement. Was this substance actually confirmed as human remains by the state pathologist? Also, I am curious if the house was tested for toxic mold or excess carbon monoxide levels. This was never brought up on the show. I have personally dealt with cases involving hallucinations caused by toxic mold; I noted that, at least according to the testimony on the show, the victims all appeared to spend an extended amount of time in the house before experiencing a paranormal incident. I believe that in the closing remarks, the homeowner commented that she extended an open invitation to anybody willing to spend "twelve hours" in the house and she guaranteed they'd either be "touched, hear something, or have a nightmare" (I'm paraphrasing). My first suspicion was substance poisoning - especially considering the condition of the house - and this was never addressed. Anyway, thank you for indulging my curiosity. Sincerely, Dylan

Submitted by Tim (not verified) on
@Gallant Actually, this is a forum for discussing the Mansfield Training School and IS NOT limited to your 'haunting'. @Amy I have not seen any convincing evidence from your side. If you want others to believe, something more than anecdotal evidence is required. Notions of murder and illegal cremations in the house of the superintendent are really terrible rumors to put out there. Gallant and his people have said the tests were inconclusive, meaning there is no evidence of human remains. I suspect the state police would go even further than this if they ever announced. So I am calling shenanigans on this whole 'haunting' story until something tangible is produced. And, I'm sure there are plans to profit off of this haunted house story as there always are.

Submitted by Amy Moore (not verified) on
I haven't been on this site is a year & was rather surprised at the comments. First of all I want to thank Joseph Gallant for defending me. Second, I will address a few comments. Members of my family have come to live here when going through hard times off & on over the years. We pray to keep everyone safe in this house. I know what's here & it's not pleasant. Next, the Connecticut State Police have come to my house & taken samples from the basement of what we found. I spoke with one a few months ago to see if he knew what were the results of the pathology tests? I was told by him "state police, state house & state pathologist do you really think you will ever know if all that was found in your basement are remains of people?" I went out & bought a new wheelbarrow because my other is still in the basement & still filled with what I believe are cremated bodies. As far as the question of how much I make from all of this the answer is NOTHING! I still work a 60 hour week, pay my bills & try to go about my life. As I've said before, THIS IS MY HOME & I WILL NOT LEAVE! One day I will have completed the renovations & allow people to come see & feel for themselves. I hope I have answered some of your questions. BTW there are tunnels running from building to building - some closed off & some with shock tubs & old bicycles in them along with other kinds of things.

@Barney...I am not sure who you are or what if any relation you have to the family or the story behind the haunting? Regardless, your assumptions are far from accurate and furthermore, insulting. Mrs. Moore been through hell and back and the last thing she should have to endure is outlandish comments and backlash from the general public. Allow Mrs. Moore and her loved ones to live freely without judgement or any further harassment! The family has endured enough and deserves to be left alone. If you or anyone on this forum would like to discuss the "haunting" or truths behind the Moore story, I would be more then happy to oblige. This is a forum for the discussion on "the haunting" not a free space for bashing and defacing peoples reputation! J. Gallant PROOF, Inc.,

Submitted by Barney Fife (not verified) on
The owner of this house is so selfish. She will welcome her family into her personal hell, tell them she loves them, and cares nothing about the fact that they are in league with demons. Enjoy your house, you deserve living alone.

A few years ago, one of our local residents, Mac Vorce, who is also a bicycle enthusiast petitioned for the development of bicycle paths and trails. It is an industry norm that you offer a hotel room for the comedian at the same time. Wouldn't it be nice if we could take a magic pill and have a perfect relationship.

A few years ago, one of our local residents, Mac Vorce, who is also a bicycle enthusiast petitioned for the development of bicycle paths and trails. It is an industry norm that you offer a hotel room for the comedian at the same time. He hosted Comedy Central's'The Man Show' as well as the ubiquitous pseudo-porn for the sexually crippled, 'Girls Gone Wild', both solely and shamelessly for financial gain.

True, there are comedians that cuss a lot, but you got to earn that right before you do that. If I knew how to bake cookies, I would do that and send over a care package but Im much better at telling jokes so I go there and entertain, shake hands and thank the men and women who serve our country. After you do all this, you are ready to start performing in front of people for money.

Submitted by Richard (not verified) on
AMY, I haven't been on this site in almost a year either and I am also surprised by some of the comments here. Not going to give up on you. Hang in there.

If you've done office parties or corporate work, make sure to mention that as well. It is an industry norm that you offer a hotel room for the comedian at the same time. Brad Garret is a stand-up comedian but also well known for his acting career.

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