Break-in at abandoned mental hospital because it was “haunted”

More “ghost hunter” criminal stupidity. Recall this story about a break-in at a Minnesota church. The goofballs were caught. Now another case of trespassing because a location is supposedly haunted.

Source: Two arrested for Abbe Center break-in; suspects heard the shuttered building was haunted

According to criminal complaints, two men — later identified as 19-year-old Dalton J. Lillie of Toddville and 20-year-old Ross Gardner of Central City — fled the building, but were quickly apprehended. The men told deputies they entered the building because they heard it was haunted, according to criminal complaints.

Lillie had keys to the place which was a mental hospital, set to be demolished. A local paranormal group had previously gained access with permission.

There appeared no foundation for any haunted claims but, as typical, the ghost team looks for any anomaly:

Reisner and his team of five others began their five-hour hunt for unusual feelings, sounds, movements, smells and heat and energy changes with a thought that the phenomenon of ghost hunting can get out of hand.

The members carried still cameras, video equipment, audio recorders and thermal meters. There also was a “ghost box,” which quickly scans radio frequencies in case spirits talk through the different channels; a KII device used by paranormal investigators to identify unusual electromagnetic fields; and an Ovilus, another paranormal specialty that purports to turn energy in the air into specific words.

They reportedly felt “sadness” in the dark and heard singing and laughing. They got the usual EVP or “ghost voice”. None of this is worthwhile evidence of spirits but popular paranormal culture has made it trendy to look for such things (and subsequently misinterpret them).

It’s an abandoned building and the investigators have expectations. They are having an experience fueled by culture and anticipation rather than spirits. The investigation is meaningless but stories like this, covered by the press, does encourage others to think it’s really haunted or worthy of an experience. Therefore, you have people breaking in to so called “haunted” places.

This type of incident (and the many others like it) should be a warning to owners of such locations to NOT let self-described investigators in and allow them to publicize their unsupported ideas of remnant spirits. There can be real-world ramifications.

  2 comments for “Break-in at abandoned mental hospital because it was “haunted”

  1. Steve Chaput
    August 13, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    Part of what I find amusing is how many of these “ghost hunters” will film or otherwise promote their trespassing on social media. They seem to believe their “work” gives them some sort of right to behave in this fashion. I love to see them prosecuted.

  2. Rook
    August 14, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    But for many of these ghost hunters, the danger of getting caught is part of the thrill. Typically, they are adventure-seeking teenagers and early-20-somethings, not middle-aged folks with family responsibilities or bored senior citizens trying to prove ghosts exist.

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