Over the weekend, Fort Knox in Maine was in the spotlight on the Travel Channel.
More TV time for the haunted Fort Knox in Prospect, Maine. The travel channel show, Destination Fear, filmed in the Haunted Fort in January. Over the weekend, the show aired, finally showing enthusiastic fans what the team found during their nighttime investigation.
Interviews with the Fort Knox episode included Amanda Curry and Paul Wolfe (this author) from Bangor-based paranormal investigation group 207 Paranormal. Our group runs the seasonal ghost tours at the fort every year. Prior to filming the show, we helped provide the show’s producers with the history of Fort Knox and our years of paranormal research there.
I will break down some evidence that the Destination Fear crew captured at Fort Knox. The first piece of evidence was a large EVP (electronic voice phenomenon) saying “You are transgressing”. It is a regular event at the fort. We believe that one of the keepers of the fort, Staff Sergeant Leopold Hegyi, is still haunting the premises. It would have been his job to make sure no one was on the grounds of the fort, as it was owned by the US government at the time. Every now and then during investigations, we hear the sound of his black cavalry boots walking down a two-step alley, where Destination Fear caught the EVP. He also told us similar words via a Spirit Box SB7.
Hegyi is one of the documented deaths at the fort. On July 17, 1900, a fisherman noticed that the fort’s flag had not been hoisted, a regular duty of Hegyi. After investigation, Leopold was found very ill in his little cottage on the parade ground inside the fort. Before a doctor could arrive, Hegyi passed away. He is buried in The Narrows Cemetery in Stockton Springs.
Another piece of evidence captured was a strange thermal imaging signature. We told the crew that a rare but interesting event at the fort is inexplicable hotspots, captured by our thermal cameras. It is believed that spirits can manifest as a mass of cold air, which we can see on a thermal imager. Sometimes we see “hot spots” appear on camera, before suddenly disappearing.
Destination Fear found a “hot spot” in Battery B. It appeared on a wall for a few moments before suddenly disappearing. At first, we thought maybe the hot spot was the waste heat from the sun shining through a window. However, the place was on a wall between two windows where the sun would not shine directly. It’s also worth noting that the day the team filmed it, it was cloudy. In addition, the fort’s granite construction keeps the fort at a relatively uniform temperature.
You can watch the Destination Fear Episode of Fort Knox on Travel Channel and streaming on Discovery +.
If you want to investigate Fort Knox on your own, there are plenty of ghost tours planned for the coming months. During our tours, we will guide participants to the fort’s ghostly hotspots and provide all ghost hunting gear. Tickets can be purchased online through the Facebook event pages or at FortKnoxMaine.com. Tours are limited to only 30 people. Tickets must be purchased in advance. All the money from ticket sales goes directly to Fort Knox.