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Unexplained Cases | Pennhurst Asylum

Written by: Rick Garner
Case Filed: 08/18/19 - Spring City, Pennsylvania
Executive Producer: Rick Garner



Pennhurst Asylum. Spring City, Pennsylvania. Officailly known as Pennhurst State School and Hospital, this property was originally named the Eastern Pennsylvania State Institution for the Feeble-Minded and Epileptic. For 79 years, its buildings housed thousands of mentally and physically disabled. It would seem many remain here. 

On November 23, 1908, the first patient was admitted. By 1912, the facility was overcrowded. At the time, the mentally ill were considered a blight on society - to be feared and not allowed to associated with the general population. A Pennhurst Chief Physician, Dr. Henry H. Goddard, even said, "Every feeble-minded person is a potential criminal."

Spciety's view on those “feeble minded” essentially excused unspeakable horrors to be exercised in the halls and rooms of Pennhurst. in 1968, reporter Bill Baldini exposed conditions at the facility in a …

Field Reports from Vicksburg National Military Park - Vicksburg, Mississippi

Written by: Rick Garner
Case Filed: 11/11/00 - Vicksburg, Mississippi
Executive Producer: Rick Garner



5pm - We all meet at the Texas Monument on Monday evening to examine what Janis has confirmed to be a very active area. This monument marks an area where Union troops stormed up a steep embankment, only to be shot by Confederate soldiers waiting at the top. Janis placed a small cassette recorder on the monument and the tape contains what seems to be voices and light bumps to the microphone. This was before we arrived on scene and when Janis was not near to the monument.

6pm - Rob notices "smoke" coming from the cannon of the bronze structure in his camera's viewfinder as he's rolling footage. He thinks he's imaging things or that someone has placed a cigarette in the cannon. There isn't one. I see the same stream of heat, which seems to come from an object that is cool to the touch. This cannon has been a focal point for activity in some of Janis' previous pictures.


6:30pm - Orbs began to appear in single numbers as dusk and night fell. A bicycle strobe light was placed on the monument and orbs began to be drawn to the monument. Rob used his camera's speed light to flash on and off the statue and left it on a few times.

Conclusions: By 7pm, we had numerous orb shots, some with many...others with singles. Although the area was mysterious while dark, I never was frightened - just cautious. Battlefields are known for activity and we all walked away with proof.


These images were taken Monday evening, October 16, between 6 and 7:30 p.m. at the Texas Monument in the park.

The first image is of the night's first orb. The light source was not in the trees and nothing present was reflective.

The next image was taken in total darkness and shows a large orb. The picture was taken due to a cold chill in the air.

The final three are were taken in order by Janis Raley as orbs began to populate the area. A bicycle strobe light was placed in the cannon and extra flashes of light were used. More orbs seems to appear in between our light flashes.


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