Long Island Paranormal Investigators: Investigation May 2007
Long Island Paranormal Investigators:
Investigation January 2008
Front views of prison building.
Rear view of prison building from prison court yard.
Prolog: In May 2007 Long Island Paranormal
Investigators performed our first investigation of this historic prison
museum in Mount Holly, NJ. We performed a
out investigation using digital
analog audio recorders,
systems, EMF and other electronic sensors.
Lead investigator Michael Cardinuto (standing) discusses
with tech crew specialist DiGangi at LIPI headquarters before the investigation.
Tech crew specialist Justin DiGangi carefully coils
extension cords that will be needed
for the DVR cameras during the investigation.
Historical Background: Burlington prison
was constructed in 1811 based on designs by Robert Mills, one of America's
first native-born trained architects. The design of the prison was a model of
innovative thinking in terms of interior planning, fire proofing, heat and
ventilation systems. The prison's operation was also unique in that it
represented the first prison to attempt reform of criminals as well as
punishment. The prison remained in steady use through 1965. The building is 154 years old!
During it's operation prisoner executions were
conducted on the prison grounds.
A re-construction of the type of gallows used for
This gallows is constructed on the same spot in the prison yard where the
original gallows stood
and where the prisoners were executed.
The list of executions held on the prison grounds.
Picture of the front of the prison, circa early 1900's.
Various artifacts of prison life.
Also, prisoners executed else where in the area
often spent their final days at Burlington Prison.
Additionally, during the over 150 year operation
the prison also saw break outs, riots, and even murders occurred behind it's
walls. Prison museum operators confirmed that at least one person is buried
in the prison's court yard in an unmarked grave. There may be more persons
buried there but records of such burials are lacking.
A person is known have been buried by the tree
(circled) in the prison yard.
Additional burials may also be present but records are poor.
Examples of the personal items prisoners were allowed
to have behind bars.
The Investigation Team: Eight
members of Long Island Paranormal Investigators
took part in this investigation. This investigation was lead by LIPI lead
investigator Michael Cardinuto. Additional team members were investigators
Michael Bainbridge, Craig Sordyl, Justin DiGangi, Peter Ferraro, Cheryl
Wittmann, and Thelma D'Amico.
The Equipment Setup: Long Island Paranormal
Investigators prepared for a lights out
Lead investigator Michael Cardinuto (left rear)
discusses the placement
of the DVR cameras and other equipment with the LIPI Tech Crew during setup.
We set up two DVR
IR cameras in the basement level, one
pointing down the side hallway where it is said a prisoner killed a guard,
and the other pointed down the main basement hallway. A third
DVR camera and
one of our digital thermometers was placed in the hallway of the woman's
prisoner wing on the first (main) floor. A fourth
DVR camera was placed
looking down the second floor (top floor) side hall way along with our
wireless motion sensor and
digital thermometer. This hall way is said to be
where the museum's light's motion sensors often activate without anyone
A pair of DVR cameras placed in the basement where
activity has been reported.
We also placed a Hi-8 camera in the second floor
"dungeon room" a long with a digital recorder.
Our Hi-8 video camera in the second floor Dungeon
Note the plaster figure of a prisoner as an example of how prisoners were
held in this room.
Also note the prisoner graffiti on the back wall of the room.
Lead investigator Michael Cardinuto distributes
equipment to LIPI investigators.
The Investigation: Long Island Paranormal Investigators performed
a three and a half hour investigation of the prison. Our group was divided into three investigation teams
and took turns investigating each of the three floors of the prison museum.
Additionally, a LIPI investigator remained at the command center to monitor the
system. Teams would rotate assigned areas during the night to give everyone a
chance to investigate each location. Teams remained in contact via
Motorola-class walkie-talkie radios.
Investigating the basement floor:
Craig Sordyl measures EMF levels in the basement kitchen room.
Investigators Craig Sordyl and Thelma D'Amico in the
center junction of the basement hallway.
Basement backdoor to prison court yard.
Prisoners would go through this door for outdoor activities and be lead this way
Basement side hallway were a guard was killed by a
Museum works say they have seen a man standing in this hallway.
Basement prisoner workshop area.
Basement hallway outside the workshop area.
Investigating the first floor (main floor):
The hallway along the woman's section on the first
Note the DVR camera on the right and the digital thermometer on the left wall.
Thelma D'Amico watches for paranormal activity in the
woman's hallway area.
Note the orb in the middle is just dust.
Inside a cell in the woman's prisoners area on
the first floor.
Hallway outside the Warden's office on the first floor.
Very little activity has been reported in this room.
Investigating the second floor:
The second floor
hallway outside the dungeon room.
LIPI Investigator Thelma D'Amico checks Geiger
counter readings in the dungeon room.
Side hallway on second floor where museum
motion sensors often activate without anyone being there.
Another example of prisoner graffiti on the
The detail level of some of the prisoner's
graffiti is admirable.
Much of the graffiti is still readable after all
Craig Sordyl asks EVP questions in the second
floor prisoner's common room.
The walkway behind the second floor prison
cells connecting the cells to the prisoner's bathroom.
Investigating the prison court yard: We had planned to go out to
the court yard after dark for EVP and photography. Unfortunately, it began
to rain heavily during our investigation and continued steadily so it was
not possible to investigate the yard or gallows area after dark.
Findings: The investigations of this location have revealed the following evidence and
on Site - May 2007
- A number of orbs were collect on
both digital and 35mm film. Most likely dust. None appeared to be
- EMF readings remained very low (under .5 on the
digital EMF meter).
- While temperature ranged widely throughout the prison no noticeable
cold spots were detected. Temperature
variations were probably due to the weather (it began to rain heavily
during our investigation) as well as the construction of the building
- An unusual mist was seen on the DVR camera facing down the woman's
prisoner hallway on the first floor. The mist formed and moved across the
hallway near the ceiling and then disappeared. However, when reviewing the
DVR recording the observed mist was not seen. It's believed the "mist" was
actually a dust orb of unusual size and density that moved in such a way
that it appeared to be misty rather than more solid as a typical dust orb
- The wireless motion sensor on the second floor did go off once during
the investigation without anyone being in the hallway. No other evidence
from that section was captured.
- Digital audio recorded a number of loud "bangs" and other unusual
noises that were not heard or noticed during the investigation.
- Several members of the LIPI investigation team reported hearing
unusual sounds in the basement level. Sounds of things moving. Although
none of these sounds were recorded on audio.
- Several LIPI investigators also reported strong feelings of dread and
foreboding on the basement floor and the woman's prisoners hallway.
Additionally, group sensitive Peter Ferraro reported strong feelings in
both the woman's section and dungeon room.
EVPs Recorded at Site
(Note: May require headphones to properly hear and review)
(full recording - 534kb)
EVP 2 (enhanced
Date: May 2007
Description: This is a Class
B EVP recorded in the basement level by EVP Specialist Jaiem
Fleischmann. It was recorded in the main hallway just outside the
prisoner workshop. It has been confirmed not to be the voice of any of
the female investigators present (only one female investigator was in
the area at the time and she was halfway down the hallway away from
this location). Opinion differs as to what is being said. Some think
it is a female voice saying "Please help" while others think is a
woman saying "So hungry". It is because of this uncertainty the EVP is
classified as B.
Conclusion: At this time Long Island
Paranormal Investigators is unable to confirm or debunk whether the prison
is haunted. We do believe some kind of activity is present there. Another
investigation will be planned for the near future. This page will be updated
with the results.
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