'Paranormal Witness' recap: Mansfield Mansion


Paranormal Witness is a reenactment program airing on Syfy at 10 p.m. on Weds and highlights stories taken from everyday people's encounters with the paranormal. Using a mixture of intimate first-hand testimony, actual home video and gritty realistic drama, Paranormal Witness transports viewers into a world turned upside-down by extraordinary, terrifying and sometimes life-threatening paranormal events. To read more about life after the eyewitness accounts, visit Syfy's follow-up interview segments.

Instead of telling two stories, this installment of Paranormal Witness focused on one family and the terror they experienced after purchasing a Connecticut home in 1994.

Amy Moore and her daughter Alyssa were in search for new house to call home when she found a beautiful old house up for auction. It was slightly falling apart, but Amy saw a lot of potential. She toured the house with the property manager, and as they went into the basement, noticed a concrete slab in the middle of the floor, with no reason on why it should be there. They then went inside of the house. The house was dirty and pretty messy, with a lot of old beds, wheelchairs and unusual equipment, but she could picture the possibilities. She also saw an old sign: "Mansfield Training School."

Amy placed her bid and was overjoyed when she received the call that the house was hers, but Alyssa wasn’t as thrilled. From the start she didn’t like the house and the unpleasant feeling it was gave her. Amy began renovations right away, and as time went on she would hear the sounds of footsteps, or doors opening and slamming. But she continued with her work. A few months later they moved into the house. Alyssa was terrified and felt as if an evil presence was standing behind her. She would also hear loud footsteps, and one night heard moans. It terrified her enough to cause her to move in with her boyfriend.

Shortly after, Amy’s friend Dave McGann, a police detective, moved in and it wasn’t long until he also started experiencing strange things. One night he was walking to the kitchen when something stepped in front of him. As quickly as it was there, it was gone. Dave then decided it was time to leave and moved out. Amy’s son Bill and fiancee Casey moved in along with their baby, "Bubba."

They laid Bubba down in his crib with the baby monitor on. Bill and Casey were in the kitchen when they heard the tune of "Twinkle Little Star" over the monitor. They didn’t really worry too much, until they heard a voice saying "Bubba" and the baby began to cry. They accepted there was something in the house - something evil. They put religious charms in the baby’s room in hopes to ward off any demonic spirits.

That’s when the nightmares began.

Amy would dream she was a little girl, being yelled at and harassed by adults, and then killed. To get away from the house a bit after this, she went to a local bar and was looking at pictures she took of the house when a local walked over and noticed the pictures. He explained to her that the house used to be a mental asylum, and Amy remembered the sign "Mansfield Training School."

She was horrified and began to do research on the house to find that it use to be "The House of Imbeciles" - a place for the unwanted of society. They performed horrible procedures such as lobotomies, electric shock and there were reports of abuse to the patients. There was even an account of a little girl's death, similar to the one in Amy's dream. Amy remembered the cement slab in the basement, and decided it was time to find out what was under it. They pried it open to discover human remains of bones and ash, which was sent to a pathologist for examination.

To this day, Amy still lives in the house with Casey and Bill, all determined they will not be run out. Some people say she’s making this up, but she invites anyone who doubts her to come stay the night, and if you last the whole night, then you will see for yourself.