“Psychic Sisters” return to Bayne Library

The Psychic Vincent Sisters demonstrate how dowsing rods can be used to communicate with spirits during their visit to Bellevue’s Bayne Library on Monday. They visit the library -- believed by many to be haunted -- each year. Photo by Nancy Whyte for The Citizen

By NANCY WHYTE

The Psychic Vincent Sisters returned to Bellevue last Monday night for what has become an annual autumn visit to the former home of Amanda Bayne, now the Andrew Bayne Library, at the corner of Teece and North Balph avenues. Many individuals believe the building is haunted by the friendly ghost of Amanda, whose husband James Balph, an architect, designed and constructed the Victorian brick mansion in 1875. James died in 1899, and Amanda died in her bedroom in August, 1912.

Neither Amanda nor her sister, Jane Teece, had any children. After the sisters died, their properties were given to the borough with instructions to turn Amanda’s house into a library and the surrounding land to become a park. The library bears their father’s name.

Over the years, numerous library employees have heard footsteps when the library was empty, noticed lights turning on or off seemingly by themselves, and Amanda has been credited with conducting occasional mischief on computers or with books. At times during the middle of the night, people glancing at the library have reported seeing the silhouette of a woman wearing a bonnet peering out an upstairs window.

In past pre-Halloween visits to the library, Suzanne and Jean, the “Psychic Sisters,” along with community residents who gathered for the sisters’ presentation, have shared experiences that leave little doubt to believers that Amanda was communicating with them. Further evidence was observed last Monday night.

Suzanne and Jean Vincent are psychic mediums who use psychic profiling and intuitive readings to assist authorities with criminal and missing persons investigations. They also conduct medical and other readings for individuals, lead ghost huntings and perform ghost removals.

They can be seen in a number of on-line videos and have appeared in many television shows including the Biography channel’s Psychic Investigators show, Netflix, the “Fatal Extraction” episode about the murder of Blairsville dentist John Yelenic, the Travel Channel’s “Dead Files Revisited” episode, the Discovery Channel’s Investigation Discovery crime series, Pittsburgh Live Today and on WPXI. The May 5, 2009 edition of the National Enquirer ran a two-page spread discussing the Vincent sisters’ contribution to the case of missing Caylee Anthony.

Monday night Suzanne and Jean demonstrated the use of various ghost or spirit detector devices including an EMF (electromagnetic force) that detects changes in electrical current, a voice recorder to obtain any words spoken by a spirit, and they showed how even a simple flashlight or two can be useful. Sometimes a spirit will turn the light on or off to show its presence; with two flashlights, “yes” and “no” questions may be answered depending on which flashlight the spirit illuminates. Another indicator the sisters showed were dousing rods. The coat-hanger-like devices are hand-held in outstretched arms (to protect the holder in case the answering spirit rapidly spins the rods), and the rods move in various directions in response to questions. Last Monday, the rods spun at various speeds, seeming to indicate the spirit’s increasing enthusiasm. As everyone was assembled in what had been Amanda's bedroom, it was assumed that she was the respondent. (A couple of years ago at a similar gathering, Amanda was credited with slamming open the completely closed shutter of the room's side window.)

Jean Vincent explained that she and her sister didn't need to rely on devices because, having grown up in a haunted house, as children they learned how to feel and recognize the presence of ghosts and spirits.

While Amanda is benign and seems to enjoy participating in the sisters' presentations, not all spirits feel and behave so nicely. Suzanne and Jean told about their experiences at the Riverside Inn in Cambridge Spring, Crawford County, PA. The 132- year-old building was said to be haunted, and some of the spirits were malicious, if not downright evil. The Sisters performed various blessings and cleansing acts and encountered a number of spirits who made noise, played music and misplaced personal items. But more ominous were the three claw-like scratches that appeared on Jean's leg during their stay. After leaving the inn, Jean began feeling ill, and shortly thereafter she developed a very high temperature and became delirious. She recovered only after medical treatment during a six-day stay at Passavant Hospital. Similarly, during that same excursion to the inn, Suzanne acquired what felt like a bite on her chest, and within several days the red area had increased significantly in size and discomfort. She was soon diagnosed with Lyme Disease and began a lengthy regimen of antibiotics.

Prior to leaving the Riverside Inn, the Sisters told the owner that cleansing acts and saging (the ritualistic use of sage to cleanse a place of negative energy and influence) needed to be continued on a regular basis. But the building was sold, and the new owner did not continue those measures. The structure was completely destroyed by fire on May 2, 2017. Some of the witnesses to the blaze described seeing demons dancing in the flames.

No matter the location of their presentation, the Vincent sisters always explain about orbs. Paranormal believers describe orbs as bright, glowing-from-within spheres that are very difficult to see with the naked eye but that often show up in photographs or on video. Orbs can appear in a variety of different colors and are thought to represent spirits of either people or animals. (Yes, passed-on pets can remain connected to you!) Each year during the Bayne Library visit, the sisters lead groups of people up the steep narrow steps to the library's third floor, which is used for storage and not generally accessible to the public. Amanda seems to prefer one particular attic room. Visitors experience cold spots, sometimes observe books moved to odd locations or positions, and many visitors have captured photographs of orbs on their cell phones. Last Monday night, one woman captured not only an orb, but what also looked like a hand forming from or holding an orb.

The sisters view their abilities as a gift that they have been given to use to help others. They view themselves as healers. They use their psychic tools and donate their time to provide information to help solve crimes and to locate missing persons. When working on a case, the sisters do not discuss with each other what they feel or hear or see in their minds’ eyes. The sisters explained that they do not solve the cases they work on. Their role is in providing profile information to the authorities to use in combination with physical evidence and police investigations to assist in determining what happened and who was involved.

The sisters said that they have provided a lot of details to the police concerning the 1985 disappearance of 8-year-old Cherri Mahan who was last seen getting off a school bus in Winfield Township, Butler County, but who never made it up the 200-foot driveway to her home. They believe the police have a very good idea who committed the crime (Cherri’s body has never been found) and that the police are gathering evidence necessary for an eventual prosecution.

The sisters' presentations are interesting. They speak rapidly and often finish each other’s sentences. Toward the conclusion of their visits, they generally do a “reading” of one or two members of the audience to whom spirits have drawn them. The details the sisters provide are uncanny.

People who believe are fascinated by the Psychic Vincent Sisters' presentations, and skeptics will most likely be intrigued as well. More information is available on-line at www.psychicvincentsisters.com, www.facebook.com/Psychic-Vincent-Sisters and on You-Tube.