2013’s ATTRACTION (and past attractions)
LOCATION: Salem Community Courthouse – 58 East Broadway – Salem, NY
DIRECTIONS: Go to the “where are we” page for a map of the area.
This is an indoor event, rain is not a problem. Handicap accessible. Refreshments and snacks available.
To benefit the non-profit Salem Community Courthouse. $10 for Adults, $5 for childern 13 and under, $5 for Volunteer fire or rescue personnel w/ID, $25 for families
DAYS OF OPERATION:
October: Friday 11, Saturday 12
Friday 18, Saturday 19
Friday 25, Saturday 26
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Tours run between 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm (lasting 20 to 30 minutes)
THIS YEAR’S ATTRACTION: 2013
Times are tough, we all know that and in an effort to make ends meet the courthouse has been leasing out space to various individuals offering a variety of services. There was talk that a magician was putting on shows and a farmer was using some of the space. I think even the jail was being used to store some things and I’m not sure if the health department will be happy with the room being used as a county morgue. But that isn’t what bothers me, what concerns me is that the individuals leasing the rooms are an unsavery bunch. There is just something funny, something not right about them that gives me the creeps. I think if enough of us go down there and investigate into what is actually going on, we can put an end to this strange use of one of our historic landmarks.
LAST YEAR’S ATTRACTION: 2012
A decision set down from the Courthouse has offered prisoners the ability to shorten their sentence by performing community services. While this may seem like a noble idea, the problem lies in the fact that the screening process for who can be exposed to the community has been non existent. This has allowed for some very dangerous individuals to be in direct contact with vulnerable citizens. The whole program is a mess and some horrible things are taking place at the Courthouse.
Please come down to the Courthouse and judge for yourself, but be careful. Also, the prisoners have designed and built a wing on the building. A poor design indeed! It seems more like a maze with seemingly no way out. Perhaps you can figure it out, but I wouldn’t be caught DEAD in there…..or maybe that is exactly what would happen!
2011’s attraction: <a href=”http://“> The Courthouse is aMAZINGly scary
It is the same Courthouse that has always been there, almost a 150 years of punishing the wrong doing of others, but this year it is different. Things have become confused and disoriented. Who is really in charge inside the jail? There are mazes and labyrinths inside the building and out. But where are the guards? The souls of past prisoners, the criminally insane and beasts long since locked away have taken over the premisses. What kind of rough justice is being meaded out now. Beware, once inside, you may find it hard to escape, but escape you must ………….or become one of them.
2010’s attraction: <a href=”http://“>There is something seriously wrong at the Salem Courthouse
There really is something very disturbing at the Salem courthouse and jail (click on previous highlighted writing to see short video). Why would the state reactivate the historic 1867 building to serve as court and jail as it did so many years ago? Is it the state wide financial cutbacks or someone’s idea of a sick joke? Clearly the jail is in rough shape and not the type of modern facility that should be used to house such heinous inmates. If no other prison wants these monsters why should the small town of Salem have to take them. The situation is terrifying to myself and the towns people, plus, the school is right across the street- what were they thinking?! Petitions are currently being circulated and the town has forced the state to open the facility up to the public for tours on selected weekend nights. The public can see for themselves what those horrifying noises are coming out of the courthouse and prison. I believe in justice, but I have never heard it served up so gruesomely. Come and help us get to the bottom of this situation, your screams, rather, voices shall be heard!!
The folks at FEAR THIS promise, if you are not scared to death by the end…..they will KILL you (of course they are just kidding).
GLEN CRUZE AND I (RIK SASSA), WITH THE HELP OF MANY WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS PUT ON A SPECTACULAR SHOW THIS YEAR. WE HAD A GREAT TIME SCARING THE B-JESUS OUT OF FOLKS AND HELPED OUT THE SALEM COMMUNITY COURTHOUSE WHICH IS A WONDERFUL ORGANIZATION AND GREAT HISTORIC BUILDING. IF YOU MISSED US THIS YEAR, COME SEE US NEXT YEAR……..DON’T MAKE US COME LOOK FOR YOU!
2009’s attraction: <a href=”http://“>Even sleepy rural towns can have NIGHTMARES
In 2009 we found that The Sturns barn is haunted (click on previous highlight to see short movie). With milk prices at historic lows, we all wondered how long the local farmers could hold out. Farmers work hard all day, spend money on the necessary feeds, supplies and fuel to keep the farm going, and then at the end of the day to realize that they ran at a loss even with every thing going smoothly, is tough to handle.
A situation like that is enough to drive anyone crazy, and enough to drive someone who is already a little unstable, insane.
Tolvenck Sturn and his wife moved to West Pawlet, Vermont for a variety of reasons but the main one was to dairy farm. Land was cheap and Tolvenck was optimistic. Soon his wife bore him a son Victor and not long after another who’s chances of survival seemed to hang upon a thread. To this, straight spoken Tolvenck named his frail son, Grim. Contrary to the fears of friends and neighbors, Grim Sturn gained vigor to the point where he surpassed his older brother’s sturdy constitution. The brothers in constant work partnership from childhood on grew into adults that thought with one mind.
The two sons assumed the responsibilities of the farm as Tolvenck gradually loosened his grip on affairs. Grim and Victor weathered many farm difficulties and held their own as dairy farmers. Friends and neighbors respected the brothers hard work ethics even if they had some concerns about the rumors of strange farm animal experiments that circulated around town.
The rumors were not false, as the town came to realize in hindsight. Grim often played with dead animals about the farm as a young boy, but as he grew older his harmless interest in animal physiology became distorted. He involved his brother and was sure that they could alter life forms at a core level. Soon he and his brother were spending entirely too much time in the pursuit of their experiments at the cost of their farm responsibilities. When milk prices dropped and dropped again through several difficult years, it seemed to pull on Grim’s demeanor. He became more reclusive and easily agitated. The farm showed signs of obvious disrepair and his father Tolvenck seemed embarrassed and unwilling to talk about his sons.
Then came the repeated reports of local dogs missing. People started commenting on peculiar electrical flashes late at night in the Sturn’s barn. Then the most chilling discovery made by a local boy while hunting, of a dead cow that was not like any cow seen before, a pathetic half cow, half dog abomination.
It was not until the unexplained disappearance of a young couple that the authorities were brought in. Two investigators were seen at the Sturn farm on two separate occasions and then were never heard from again. The town thought the case was settled until there were three more disappearances and word that the two investigators that had been sent were also missing.
The investigation continues, though the locals around West Pawlet know that full moons are to be watched from inside the house and the strange noises that might wake them on certain nights are not coyote or wild dogs, and keeping a loaded gun in the house is not such a bad idea.
Perhaps the only way to know for sure is for you to visit the Sturn farm this October and decide for yourself.