Many times when I write a blog post I'll pick a subject or incident that is relatively well known and try and dig up some information that most people haven't found. For this blog I wanted to concentrate on a local (to me) paranormal urban legend that there simply isn't a lot of information on and dissect it.
In Colchester, Connecticut deep in the woods off of a lonely dirt road is a place called Camp Connecticut. It has become somewhat of a destination for ghost hunters and I wanted to find out why. When I started to research the camp I came across many accounts of people hearing strange noises (children laughing or whispers), ghostly lights and many photographs of orbs.
Usually an area with a paranormal reputation comes some lurid story of death or tragedy linked to the haunting. When it comes to Camp Connecticut, however the history is very murky and the more I looked into the camp the stranger the history became. The camp was once a very popular summer destination for kids from all over Connecticut and neighboring states. The place seemed to be a thriving, happy business, but something happened that changed all of that....
At some point during the late seventies or early eighties something occurred and the camp quickly and quietly closed down. I have heard a couple of differing opinions of specific incidents that caused the owners to shut the camp's doors forever. The first revolves around a story where two camp counselors go crazy and kill everyone at the camp including and up to sixty children. The problem with this story is that a tragedy like that would have been all over the news, not only locally, but also in the national media. The second story also includes two psychotic counselors, but this time they lock all of the children on a bus. While the children are locked on the bus they take a young girl into the woods and torture an rape her.
So now the property lies abandoned, which has created a creepy environment of dilapidated cars and a bus, as well as cabins and some kind of shrine-like church area. Many local, amateur paranormal investigators have journeyed to the camp and have reported strange feelings of unease, a ghost truck that makes no sound, but drives up and down the dirt road and the sounds of children playing. There has also been reports of white ghostly apparitions that wander the grounds. The area is now owned by a local group called "The Oddfellows." This is from the website paranormaCT.com:
" A wide variety of phenomena have been reported by explorers. Screaming or laughing children have been reportedly recorded on EVP’s, pain in the midsection, orbs, and various apparitions have all been reported. Many people believe that there are cult rituals or satanic activity happening on the grounds, maybe by the Oddfellows themselves, but again this is just speculation. Much of the phenomena is concentrated on the front gate, by the road entrance on Old Hebron Road."
In my opinion this is the prime example of an urban legend made up to keep drunken teenagers away from an area where they could hang out and cause trouble. If anyone has any experiences from the camp or knows some of the actual history, please post it in the comments section below