Employee claims Chester County Jail is haunted

Published: Oct. 31, 2014 at 9:47 PM EDT|Updated: Dec. 1, 2014 at 12:10 AM EST
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CHESTER COUNTY, SC (WBTV) - The Chester County Jail has been an imposing presence since 1914.

It is one of the most historic buildings in our area. And, according to those that work there, also one of the most haunted.

"This hallway is where I saw my first entity - someone crossing the hallway," says Liz Anderson, of the Chester County Historical Society Museum and Archives.

There are times when Anderson gets freaked out, spending so much time in the building alone.

"Once, the curator was coming through the front door and he said, 'Man you look like you've seen a ghost,' and I said – 'Uh, I think I did,'" she recalls.

But she can't tear herself away from the place either. "There's a lot of good people here, both embodied and not embodied," she says, smiling.

Anderson says she's gotten to know some ghosts, such as an entity she calls The Trustee, and that she's not the only one to claim to see him - a visitor recently asked her about an old man.

"And I said, 'Tall, sort of burly-looking old man? Big shouldered?' And he said 'Yeah that's him. Who is he?' And I said, 'Well, he's a ghost,'" she says.

In one of the jail cells, there's a spirit called Billy. His voice, she says, has been recorded by paranormal researchers.

"One of the investigators said 'What's your name?' and he said 'Billy,'" Anderson says. "And believe it or not, Billy is written very small on the wall in there somewhere."

There's also a ghost she named Doc. Anderson thinks he saved her once when a stool crumbled beneath her.

"As I was falling down, I felt two hands push my head forward… I just missed the corner of the table," she says. "If I'd hit the table, I could have died."

Some of the ghosts are protective, she says. Some are sad. Others are just extremely attached to the place, kind of like Anderson.

"They were human beings who are in another dimension from us," she says.

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