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Killer skillet lightning strike prompts paranormal probe in South Glens Falls

Killer skillet lightning strike prompts paranormal probe in South Glens Falls

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SOUTH GLENS FALLS -- Paranormal investigators will present their findings at 1 p.m. Saturday at Parks-Bentley Place from a previous investigation at the historic house.

More than a century ago, the home was witness to a bizarre incident where a teenage girl was struck and killed by lightning inside the house, according to Moreau and South Glens Falls Historical Society President Stan Malecki.

Malecki said a telegram the family sent to an out-of-state relative confirmed the incident, in which Nellie Selleck had walked home across the bridge from Glens Falls and was removing a frying pan from the stove at the request of her aunt, Harriet Bentley.

Malecki said lightning struck a tree outside the house, bounced down the chimney, hit the frying pan the girl was holding and killed her.

In June, the South Glens Falls Paranormal Society conducted an investigation, and found high amounts of electronic voice phenomena, according to the group’s co-founder, Jared Nicholson, a SUNY Adirondack student.

“We had really intelligent voices come through our recorders that were clear answers to questions we asked,” Nicholson said.

Recordings from the investigation will be played back on Saturday. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The museum is located at 53 Ferry Boulevard, and is open by appointment or from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays from April through October.

The paranormal society expects to investigate the Hudson Falls library March 31.


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