|Entrance to the mine
Thanks to Commisioner MIke Washo, Parks Director Bill Davis, as well as Andy and Tom Supey for granting
our request to check out the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour in McDade Park, Scranton, PA.
Soldiers was the first paranormal group to find evidence of a ghost in a mine and help him crossover.
I had been to the mine and gone on the tour with my nephews, Matthew and Liam, and their dad Donald back in 2007
and had gotten two pictures with orbs in them. I was not trying to "find" anything and got these on a regular
digital camera. I was intrigued by the fact that so many people died in mining accidents, that surely this mine must
have seen its share of deaths.
On arriving at the gift shop, I was informed by one of the women working there that "no one died in this mine."
Despite that, I pressed on and after talking for a couple hours with Andy Supey, I explained that I would like to go down
and investigate before committing the entire GHOSTSOLDIERS team to the mine site. After getting the proper clearances,
we were given the go ahead for Wednesday at 2pm. My brother Jerry joined in to record temperature changes and we met
our guide Dave, and I am sure at first he thought, Ok here we go with the "ghost busters". After explaining
why we wanted to investigate the mine and help any spirit that might be trapped down there, we started down the slope and
into the mine entrance.
Lackawanna County's first big disaster was in 1846 in Carbondale, called "the big
squeeze" because of the size of the collapse which was over 1 mile in lenght and a half mile in width!!!!!! It
took the lives of 15 men and injured many others. The mine superintedent, a Mr. Bryden, rushed in while others
rushed out and despite the roof still falling around him, grabbed Hugh Fitzpatrick, who had been thrown violently
against the cars by the force of the collpase. Then he went back in and crawling thru a small crawlspace reached
18 men who were trapped by the rubble including his own son. Then he quickly showed them the way out and continued on
toward some moaning he could hear. The miners had told him they left a man behing them who was injured. He found
Dennis Farrel, alive but badly injured by a large piece of the roof. He then dragged him to safety and went back again. One
man was found alive after two days of wandering around in the dark. John Hosie, came out with torn clothes and bleeding
hands but alive thanks to Alexander Bryden, the mine superintendent who found him and never gave up. Unfortunately,
only 6 of the bodies were recovered of the 13 still trapped below. There is a marker in a cemetery in Carbondale somewhere.
It has 13 stones arranged around it, but no mention of the mine collapse.
|Main gangway, 250 feet below the surface
Once underground I went to work placing a couple digital audio recorders
in a remote location in the mine. As I was doing this we had a focus trigger indicating that someone might be following
us. I stop and ask questions, and as I asked questions, I left long silences between them. When I
played these back, you can hear definite answers and even Dave was a little surprised when the answer to "Do you want
us to leave?" was a very loud distorted "YES".
HERE ARE SOME OF THE EVPS WE GOT SO FAR:
click on each
YES ITS ROBERT...ROBBY...ROBBY
DO YOU WANT US TO LEAVE? YES
After finding out that we were getting answers, and that someone named Robby(Robert)
was following us and the evidence continued to mount supporting a possible spirit in the mine. Dave took us to the place
where he said, "The last guy was killed in a cave-in where the fault is right here." I asked more questions
and when I asked "Do you miss your family?" the lights flickered and even Dave mentioned that it was not normal.
It was the only time in the entire tour that the lights flickered and the answer we got to the question will make the hair
on your neck stand up and bring a tear to your eye. His answer:
CLICK ON THESE EVPS TO LISTEN TO ROBBY
YES IM DOWN HERE, ROBBY IS HERE
WHAT YEAR IS THIS?...1960
DO YOU MISS YOUR FAMILY...FOREVER
We moved on to the end of the mine and passed through the modern day air-lock
where the "nipper" sits and Dave pulled his chucky trick on us when the second door closed...very funny Dave!
Anyway, I had a feeling we had to go and ask questions at the place where I had gotten a very larg orb, so we did. It
was at this place where when you turn out all the lights it is the darkes pitch black that you have ever imagined. When
the lights came back on, we asked more questions and it was our friend Robby who answered them, however he made it very clear
he needed help. I knew right then in my heart that this was a trapped miner and he wanted out. i vowed to return
the entire team and mount a spiritual rescue operation, I had already started digging.
ANYONE HERE??? RIGHT HERE...RIGHT
HELP, HELP...MEEE..ITS VERY HOT
HEAVENS SO CLOSE
The last stop was at the "BOSSES" office. This was the guy who was
responsible for everyone down here. I am not sure if this is Robby answering or someone else, maybe a boss who loved
this job and comes back to visit, but when I asked if I could get a job, you hear a definite "YEP".
CAN I GET A JOB? YEP
|Orb caught near the end of tour
|Photo by Pat McCormack