Personal Experience

Capitol Theatre

Salt Lake City, Utah

Personal Experience at Capitol Theatre

Submitted by Dave Murphy
September 15, 2013

This experience was reported by one of Ghostly World’s readers. It is based entirely on eyewitness testimony.

So let me begin: what was shown on Paranormal Witness did happen, but they added encounters, one upon another. When my sergeant said, “That place is haunted,” I laughed him; then, on the first day on the job, I knew he wasn’t kidding, in a bad way, as well.


The story they created about a boy dying in the theatre was true, but not as portrayed. Let me explain. The night Greg showed up, we had no clue that the young man’s name was Patrick Duffy; we learned that years later. Greg knew because he spoke to the spirt that night. I will say Patrick isn’t the the evil spirit that haunts the theatre. He told us himself. There are many spirits in that building, some you do not want to be around. I found out myself.


As I worked there for four and a half months, I had multiple encounters. Most weren’t good. I was physically attacked and saw apparitions. No, I never ran out of the building as they portrayed me doing; that was BS.


Yes, there was something caught on camera. It wasn’t a picture of a burnt boy – it was a demonic face seen by many officers. Since it is the property of the county, no one could make a copy, so no one has proof, but it was seen by at least three officers that day.


I myself had many encounters with the paranormal. Over the years, I collected stories and I’m in the process of having the book finished. The stories will be told as they unfolded, the way the officers saw and encountered the paranormal, not the way Hollywood sees it. It’s not to say they lied, but they didn’t do justice to what really lurks in that building.


When you have things happen to you that happens to officers years before, something haunts that building and has for decades.