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Hannawa Falls woman will speak about her haunted house

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MASSENA - A Hannawa Falls woman whose seven-year quest to solve the mystery of unexplained disturbances in her home landed her on The Travel Channel’s “The Dead Files” television show will be the guest speaker during the March 8 “Metaphysically Speaking” meeting at the Massena Public Library.

Donna Wright said that, as part of her 1 p.m. presentation, she will be playing a DVD of the 42-minute television show, which aired in January and details the unexplained disturbances at her home.

“I had seven years of documents that I had to send to ‘The Dead Files’ to even qualify to get on that show. They get 70 submissions a day. We were really lucky that we got chosen so we could get to the bottom of it. They did 900 hours of filming at our home and cut it down to 42 minutes,” said the retired homicide detective sergeant from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department who returned home to the north country “for peace and quiet.”

Ms. Wright was born and raised in Parishville.

“It’s the first time I’m going to be speaking about it,” she said.

Each hour-long episode of “The Dead Files,” a paranormal investigative series, features retired New York City Police Department homicide detective Steve DiSchiavi and physical medium Amy Allan, who explore unexplained paranormal activity. Mr. DiSchiavi uses conventional police investigative methods while Ms. Allan “speaks to the dead.”

Ms. Wright said she, her husband and their son had seen unusual things since moving into the home.

“We’ve seen a lot of apparitions. I’ve been woken up a lot by people who I thought were burglarizing the house. The first time I thought it was a nightmare,” she said, noting she and her family had no idea what was awaiting them when they bought the house.

Since then, she said, she’s talked to several people and “got bits and pieces over the years” that indicated the house was haunted.

The investigators from “The Dead Files” were able to get to the bottom of things.

“They do a huge background on your property. The previous owner of the house died in the garage. There was just so many things going on here,” she said. “You’d like to say that everything that goes wrong in your life, you can attribute to the paranormal. That’s certainly not the case. We got a lot of the answers we needed.”

They had to hire a medium to rid of the house of the spirits, though, according to Ms. Wright. They sought out the assistance of Freda J. Gladle, a clairvoyant from Ogdensburg who also founded the Metaphysically Speaking group.

“I know Freda. She’s the one who helped me take care of the problem I have. The guy was mad that we were in his house,” she said.

“She bought a house on Route 56 in Hannawa Falls in the vicinity of where the restaurant used to be. The house had some pretty active spirits. It was Freda that finally got it out for her. It can be dealt with most of the time,” said Robert J. LeBoeuf, director of Metaphysically Speaking.

Now, Ms. Wright said, “The house is clean and we live here peacefully. We’ve moved that man on. I’m grateful she didn’t tell us we need to move. We’re retired and have every cent in this house. I would never wish this on anybody. Hopefully it’s a once in a lifetime problem.”

Mr. LeBoeuf said Ms. Gladle put him in touch with Ms. Wright to set up the March 8 speaking session.

“Freda sees and communicates with spirits. Freda’s the one that started the group 21 years ago. She ran it for 10 years and I’ve been running it since. We’re always looking for somebody new to speak. People will make recommendations. (Ms. Gladle) recommended this woman. We emailed each other a couple of times. She was real interested in doing it,” he said.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Mr. LeBoeuf at (315) 769-6235.

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