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More than a half-dozen hauntings detected in Syracuse

The ghostly model was supposed to be the only specter in Cathryn Lahm’s Landmark Theatre photo shoot in May 2008. But Lahm claims the theater’s best-known apparition, Clarissa, was also captured in at least one of the images included in Lahm’s book, “Clarissa’s Ghostly Debut: Out of the Shadows and Into the Light.”

The ghostly model was supposed to be the only specter in Cathryn Lahm’s Landmark Theatre photo shoot in May 2008. But Lahm claims the theater’s best-known apparition, Clarissa, was also captured in at least one of the images included in Lahm’s book, “Clarissa’s Ghostly Debut: Out of the Shadows and Into the Light.” Catherine Lahm

— Sheila was scared

“On a couple of occasions when I was working late,” remembers former Landmark Director Frank Malfitano, “I definitely heard her on the stairs that led to the balcony just outside my office on the mezzanine. Never saw her though.

“Actress Sheila McCrae said she saw her when we were up in the balcony looking over the projection booth, when we inducted Gordon McRae for the first Syracuse Walk of Stars back in 1991. It scared the heck out of her.”

Lahm’s slightly defocused color image of Clarissa isn’t at all scary. It shows a golden-brown-haired 30-something lady in white standing behind a similarly-attired woman who was posing for Lahm on the stairs. As documented in her recent book of photos, “Clarissa’s Ghostly Debut: Out of the Shadows and Into the Light,” Lahm also captured images of green “orbs” in both the main auditorium and the balcony.

In fact, Lahm’s Landmark experience adds three more forms to Falso’s four.

While the top Truth Hunter has detected mists, shadows, sounds and apparitions (recognizable individuals such as Clarissa), Lahm reports that she sensed a presence — “I felt like somebody was watching me” — when she shot a green orb hovering in the glass of a center-aisle door. Later, she distinctly smelled lilacs, a flower often linked to Clarissa.

So, a phantom might also manifest as an unseen presence, an orb or an aroma.

Translucent apparitions

Nineteenth-century children playing on the sidewalks outside the Erie Canal Museum are among the other oft-sighted specters in Syracuse.

“People have seen various apparitions around here,” says Dan Ward, curator of the museum at 318 Erie Blvd. East, Downtown. “A number of people have seen children playing in front of the museum and there’s also the ghost of woman who fell off a canal boat and drowned as the vessel entered the weigh chamber.”

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