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Couple set to re-open “The Bell Mansion” with a haunted twist

Published: Dec. 9, 2021 at 6:40 PM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - The Bell Mansion in Fort Wayne is under new leadership as the historic downtown building is set to be repurposed as a wedding venue, but newlyweds might get more than just a normal ceremony.

“They turned this into a funeral home and the main part of the building until 1935 is when they added in the section on the west end of the building the ball rooms for viewings,” Manager Nick Carboni said.

Carboni runs the mansion with his girlfriend Angie Sturm. We got a look inside Thursday morning at the building’s history and what they hope to do with it.

The mansion has three floors, several rooms and a balcony. The decor is unique while other parts of the building are still under constructions.

Carboni and Strum say you won’t be alone if you decide to come visit.

“I know it’s haunted,” Carboni said. “I have evidence of it.”

The mansion’s new managers showed a video with what they say is clear evidence that ghosts live inside The Bell Mansion.

“The device she has in her hand it sweeps through radio frequencies rather quickly,” Carboni said. “We run it on two channels, one goes forward and one goes back and they can use those radio waves to enhance their voices to come through.”

The couple began dating last year. Nick has been interested in paranormal activity for years. Angie on the other hand, had her doubts at first. However, when she came along on an investigation, she knew something was up.

“I can honestly say I was a skeptic a year ago,” Sturm said. “I’m like ‘what are you talking about?’ but then you hear voices,you hear names. How do you explain that?”

The couple will allow people to rent the space for weddings, ghost tours and company events. They know some are critical of the concept, but hope people will come in with an open mind.

If you want to book an event, you can visit their website to sign up.

The venue is not open yet, but they hope to be open soon.

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