Editor's note: The road to revealing the truth of the incredible haunting activity at the Willard Carpenter mansion in downtown Evansville has taken many turns. Rather than simply offering a legend or anecdotal evidence, we have compiled the results of a paranormal investigation, recent eyewitness accounts, images of paranormal activity and scientific research that may explain the unusual happenings at the Carpenter Home. Please check all the information as you form your own opinion. With that in mind, enjoy the spooky possibilities outlined in the following account.
But there are some intriguing possibilities.
The clues lie in Willard Carpenter's own life story.
"One tenement owned by Willard Carpenter, located near the present intersection of Indiana and Second Avenue, was torched by a mob of men who claimed their act was justified because the building was supposedly a brothel."
Fact: The recent apparition sightings were of women wearing long dresses or clothing from the 1800's.
Question: Are former residents of some of Willard Carpenter's real estate holdings choosing to spend the after life in their landlord's posh surroundings?
Clue: Willard Carpenter was an outspoken opponent of slavery. There are credible reports that he used his own home as a stop on the Underground Railroad, and that there were hidden rooms and underground tunnels used for this purpose.
Fact: While one of the recent apparition sightings was clearly of a Caucasian woman, the other is of undetermined race or ethnicity. Also, the origin of the baby crying heard by several employees could not be determined.
Question: Is the haunting activity a grim reminder of that dark time in our country's past?
"In 1865 through Mr. Carpenter's donations, the Christian Home was founded. It consisted of grounds and a large new house of twelve rooms. This act of charity was for the reform of homeless girls who had gone astray. His donations in this behalf amounted to about $10,000."
Fact: In both of the recent eyewitness apparition sightings, the WNIN employees say their perception is that they saw young women. Another recent incident witnessed by a number of workers there involved clearly hearing a baby's cry, despite the fact that no infant was in the building.
Question: Are spirits of the residents and their offspring from the home for wayward girls the source of the Carpenter Home haunting activity?