Fort Mifflin (Ghost Hunters) - Grant Wilson and Jason Hawes excitedly tell the team they
are invited to visit Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia. Among the many
places recommended by fans, this was towards the top of the list and now
that a new section has been recently discovered, they have the chance
to be the first team to investigate.
Upon arrival, they meet
caretaker Wayne Irby, who shows Grant, Jason and Steve Gonsalves around
the fort and tells them of apparitions and other experiences that have
been reported. After that, the team sets up their equipment and begin
Jason and Grant start in the Officer's
Quarters, seeking the spirit of Elizabeth who committed suicide after
her daughter's death. As they do their electronic-voice-phenomena (EVP)
work, Jason thinks he hears a girl's voice ask for "mommy."
the blacksmith shop, Steve and Dave Tango also do EVP work but feel a
sense of dread. Jason and Grant head down to Casemate 5 and see a hot
cot that should be dead cold. While stopping at the latrine, Dave is
spooked when he sees a shadowy figure in the doorway to the women's
Heading into the newly discovered Casemate 11, Jason and
Grant begin looking around. The tight confines begin to affect Jason who
is slightly claustrophobic. He thought he saw a figure crouching in the
shadows, but could find nothing. Both men hear footsteps nearby, but
again the source eludes them.
Jason asks Kris Williams to check
out Casemate 11 by herself, as part of her training. They want her to
build her confidence as an investigator-in-training. She goes down but
immediately feels uncomfortable in the confined space. When the
flashlight begins to go "funky" she climbs back up the ladder. Jason
consoles her, noting that "when in doubt, get the hell out."
meanwhile, offers Dave $60 to crawl beneath the commandant's quarters.
Despite his dislike of insects in general and spiders in particular,
Dave does, but finds nothing paranormal.
Jason and Grant re-enter
Casemate 11 and feel the thick air and sense the closeness. They both
hear a whisper or breathing, then footsteps and maybe something
scratching on the other side of the wall. Grant senses a cold spot and
then is shocked when he looks through a window and sees a bearded face
on the other side. It was solid with a scraggly beard and blond hair.
second look and the face was gone but Grant is convinced the face was
there. Finally, Dave enters Casemate 11 to see for himself, and
immediately feels easy as he does EVP work. He gets chills, and not
feeling wanted in the space, scrambles up the ladder after 10 minutes.
the next few days, Steve, Dave and Kris review the hours of video and
audio recordings, sharing their findings with one another. Dave finds
something moving on one thermal image while the hot spot on the cot is
also very clear. Everyone agrees the audio clip of "mommy" is very
Jason and Grant review the team's work and are surprised
to hear "mommy" twice on the tape when they only heard it once. Another
sound, from Casemate 11, sounds like "the boss wants it deeper" while
another clip captures, "Can I get some water?"
surprise, the thermal scan captures a figure down the hall when no
footprints were found. There's also warmth captured on the nearby stove.
and Grant meet with Wayne and review how they did their work and what
they experienced. Then they play the clips that are considered
significant. Wayne confirms that the figure in the tunnel is where
prisoner William H. Howe escaped before his recapture and hanging.
also agrees with the audio clips about asking for water and the boss'
request. Wayne explains that in 1861 Casemate 11 was refurbished to
become solitary confinement and was made deeper. He's absolutely amazed
by the thermal images displayed on the monitor.
The TAPS team confirms
their belief that Fort Mifflin is subject to "residual haunting", that
is, the echoes of people who experienced events at the fort have been
imprinted and can be experienced today.