On Centre: Around Bellefonte | Specter detector brings open mind to Bellefonte

Do you hear strange sounds in your home at night? Do you feel like you’re being watched when you’re all alone?

Your place may be haunted.

If you think your house is haunted, or are just interested in learning about paranormal activity in your area, you may want to consider getting in contact with Spring Hill Paranormal Investigators, headed by Bellefonte resident Bill Benzie.

“There are so many stories in this town,” he said. “The history of this area is amazing.”

Benzie said he’s been pushed, shoved and swung at during his 10 years of investigation experience. The investigative team now consists of five members.

And Benzie has plenty of stories.

During an investigation in December in Moshannon, he said, the team was investigating a home where the owners had reported hearing footsteps going up the stairs each evening at 8:30 p.m., followed by a thump on the second floor.

The team got there early — most investigations take place overnight — to catch the phenomenon. At 8:33 p.m., he said, the electromagnetic-field detector went off.

“It was cool because no one was near the stairs,” he said. “There was no reason for it to do that.”

During another investigation, in Maryland over the summer, Benzie said, his team received four direct answers to direct questions asked to an alleged entity.

The homeowner asked if the entity was the one moving things around when she wasn’t home. Using a device that scans through FM frequencies, they heard a voice say, “Yes, ma’am.”

Benzie wanted to let the residents of Bellefonte know he and his team are here and willing to investigate homes, buildings and properties.

“It’s free, and absolutely a lot of fun,” he said. “You can learn a lot about your home along the way.”

Benzie also plans to open a school of paranormal investigation, and host an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Bellefonte YMCA. Anyone interested in more information can contact the team at