Posted: Sun 20th Mar 2016

What Lurks Behind The Door Of The Haunted Cell? /
This article is old - Published: Sunday, Mar 20th, 2016

Eight members of Gwynedd Council’s Legal Services Department will be shivering in their nightshirts tonight (Friday) as they sleepover by the haunted cells of the old Caernarfon gaol. The ghost-hunter style event is all in aid of the national charity, Sports Relief. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

All eight will re-live the scary stories about the ghostly goings on around the old cells which are sure to raise the hairs on the backs of necks and send a shiver down the spine, to raise money for the worthy cause of Sport Relief. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Karen Duggan, Legal Clerk for Gwynedd Council said: “There are many stories of spooky and unusual things happening around the building over the years. People who have been alone here have heard the unexplained opening and closing of doors, laughing noises behind closed doors and eerie sounds of an old fairground. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Once, two officers spent an afternoon in the attic sorting and tidying box files, only to return to find they had all been moved and jumbled up.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

It is believed that the spirit of one individual in particular is still around – the last prisoner to be hanged at Caernarfon prison, Mr William Murphy who was executed on 15 February 1910 for murdering a young woman in Holyhead on Christmas Day 1909. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Erin Wyn, one of the Council’s solicitors said: “We decided to see for ourselves if there’s any truth behind these ghostly stories by sharing the experience of sleeping by the cells overnight. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Although I’m sure there will be frightening moments during the night, I think it will be a fun way of raising money for this worthy cause.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The other members of staff taking part are: Gwenan Thomas, Eleri Lovell Jones, Susan Thomas, Bethan Jones, Nia Williams and Sarah Riley. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Councillor Elwyn Edwards who is known for his ability to contact the spirit world will also be present for part of the event. He will join the courageous eight to sense any possible spiritual events which will add to the frightening experience. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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