Is there a ghost in the Lincoln County courthouse?

6:29 PM, Oct 28, 2011   |    comments
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WISCASSET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Is there a ghost in the historic Lincoln County Courthouse? Skeptics laugh and shake their heads. But a number of county employees aren't ready to dismiss the talk as nonsense just yet.

That's because of the image captured on a security camera in a courthouse hallway in late September.

The courthouse was closed and locked at the time. The cameras are trigger by motion sensors - and something made that hallway camera come on in time to record a soft, fuzzy round object seem to come out of a wall, move down the hall, back again and then pass out of view through a closed door.

Courthouse workers say it was daylight at the time so it could not have been a flashlight. And they say if anyone had been in the building the alarm would have sounded. County Commissioner Sheridan Bond says he used a magnifying glass to examine a still frame of the image, and believes he can see a face in the fuzzy object. Others aren't so sure about the face --but they say the camera clearly shows something, and no one has been able to offer a logical explanation of what it might be.

Newspaper reporter Greg Latimer of The Lincoln County News is also something of a ghost hunter. Latimer and his wife operate a business that takes clients on ghost tours in area houses. He used some electronic test equipment in the halfway to hunt for signs of "paranormal activity" but says the results were inconclusive.

However, he says that was during the daytime, and he hopes to get back into the building at night to test again. Commissioner Bond says workers in the District Attorney's office have reported sometimes seeing the shape of a man in the office in late afternoon or early evening.

Courthouse veterans point out that if there are ghosts or spirits in buildings, the Lincoln County Courthouse would be a logical place for them. The main part of the building was built in 1824.

The jail was in the basement for years, and at one time prisoners were hanged just outside the old jail. Commissioner Bond says he asked some historians to do research on courthouse history, to help them find ideas of what spirit might be lurking there.

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