So this is a bit off the beaten path, but so interesting to me that I had to share. I am a seeker of paranormal experiences; all things Alien, scary and paranormal intrigue me.
I recently caught a replay of the Season 3 Episode 5 viewing of Ghost Adventures which airs on The Travel Channel. It was the episode on the notoriously “haunted” Remington Arms Factory in Bridgeport, Connecticut where this particular factory was once the largest munitions factory in the world. In the episode, the Factory delivers, decades after its closure.
Rumors of deaths from all sorts of methods: Espionage from the Nazis leading to powder explosions killing 7 workers; workers falling into molten pots of lead not knowing they were dead yet, their bodies completely disintegrated, but their brains still intact not yet consumed by the molten liquid. Then there was the buried alive Hungarian woman; several homeless vagrants who died habituating in the derelict factory and of course the gun grabber explanation for all the haunting activity: the restless millions of souls killed by Remington ammunition. Surely all those millions of dead soldiers and civilians all knew they were being shot with Remington UMC ammunition, and then made the afterlife trek from Norway and Croatia and Virginia and Stuttgart to the factory in Bridgeport to haunt the 25 people a year who go there. Anyway, enough of a rant; such storylines make for interesting television.
The point is: the paranormal experiences at the Remington factory are without question, interesting, and borderline provable. There certainly was a lot for a skeptic to see (I’m not a skeptic, but I was shocked at the information they gathered, with EVP and other methods for audio and other stuff) in the Ghost Adventures episode.
So what’s the reason for all these paranormal experiences?
As mentioned above, there was a Hungarian woman buried alive, in the cemetery next to the factory that could certainly be enough to convince a disembodied spirit to stick around and try to communicate or scare somebody.
The paranormal experiences being caused by “millions of dead souls” idea doesn’t hold any water for me, if anything; they might be haunting a trench somewhere in the Alsace Lorraine Region of France, or an old bunker in London or Berlin. Maybe there would be some disembodied spirits somewhere in a leafy forest in Viet Nam, but probably not back in Quiet little Bridgeport, Maine. If that was the case, there would be so much activity we’d probably be talking about a real life Ghostbusters 4 movie. Remember that at times this factory was making typewriters and other items; it was only during the height of the Second World War that this Remington UMC factory ever really hit peak production. But it was certainly the stage for many awkward and tragic deaths.
During a factory strike, a Portuguese man was beaten to death by a Remington factory security guard wielding an iron billyclub.
There are even rumors that the underground tunnels and gun ranges played host to some gruesome deaths.
The paranormal experiences that the crew on the show had would probably make even the most hardened individual slightly uncomfortable.
Gunshots could be heard inside on different floors, there were a very eerie couple of moments when they said they felt surrounded by a group of spirits and where things were said and two of them; the type of paranormal experiences any ghost hunter simultaneously wishes for and avoids.
I was creeped-out a couple of times, and THIS was the show that got me to watch the series. After seeing this one, I watched several more, and it is clear that these guys are having genuine paranormal experiences.
If you like this kind of thing:
You can watch teasers and trailers on Youtube and the Travel Channel website;
Reruns show on the Travel Channel often; I watch on weekend nights where I’m forced to stay in.
This particular episode was very interesting for the Gun historian, or anyone interested in Early Remington information, it certainly seems scary enough to have the mind playing tricks on visitors. I even learned a thing or two about the factor and the production capabilities of the location. For instance, at the time the factory was built to be able to withstand a direct bomb attack, using a combination of stacked 2×4’s stood on end to increased the torsional stability of the roof joists and the flats on the roof. The 250foot tall Gun Tower is an interesting piece of architecture giving a cool view of the surrounding areas. This was as much a history lesson as it was a silent attack on guns and ammunition as it was a ghost hunting trip; yet it still satisfied the inner investigator in me.
Paranormal experiences are just cool, Remington factory or not.