Factory of Terror Investigation

Investigation #05ORQ70092

The Ohio Exploration Society conducted multiple paranormal investigations at the Factory of Terror, formerly the Hercules Engine Factory, in Canton, Ohio. The dates of the investigations were September 30, 2005; October 24, 2005; and October 29, 2005. The start and end times varied for each date.

General Information

This series of paranormal investigations was conducted as a partnership between the Ohio Exploration Society, Q92 Radio and Cleveland’s Psychic Sonya. Formerly known as the Hercules Engine Factory, the Factory of Terror is known to have several ghosts. Visitors and workers have been grabbed or pushed in the stairwell that led to what used to be an Army training facility during the World Wars. Strange, smoky figures have been seen in those same buildings. Part of the factory was built in 1845. The basement in this section is frequented by orbs of energy and a strange haze that travels through the rooms. Voices are often heard when no one else is around and cold spots move around the factory.

Thanks to DeLuca and Charlotte of Q92 and the owners of the Factory of Terror for giving us the opportunity to investigate this location!

Investigators Attending

  • Jason Robinson – Ohio Exploration Society Founder
  • Jay Maynard – OES Co-Founder
  • Jason Colwell – Director of Paranormal Investigations
  • Matt Stilwell – Vice President
  • Chris Carpenter – Investigator
  • Jennifer Carpenter – Investigator
  • Partnered with Cleveland’s Psychic Sonya

Equipment Used

  • 1 Sony MiniDV Camcorder
  • 2 Sony Hi8mm Camcorders
  • 1 Sony NightVision Extender
  • 4 Digital Cameras
  • 1 35mm Film Camera
  • 4 Digital Audio Recorders
  • 2 Microcassette Recorders
  • 2 External Microphones
  • 1 TriField Natural EM Meter
  • 1 Thermocouple Thermometer
  • 1 Room Thermometer
  • 1 Laptop Computer
  • 4 FRS Radios

Paranormal / Unusual Activity

During the all-night investigation on October 29, Robinson was leading a group of Q92 listeners through an office area when a chair was suddenly pushed about three feet across the room. Several of the listeners screamed, stating they had seen the chair move by itself. Robinson examined the chair to ensure no strings were attached and could find no explanation as to how the chair could have moved without assistance. The team investigated in the area for a while longer, but nothing else of paranormal significance occurred.

While touring an old maintenance area, Stilwell recorded electronic voice phenomenon (EVP) that loudly stated, “BANG,” and then whispered, “you’re dead.” Just days earlier, Stilwell had been seemingly punched in the stomach by something unseen during an investigation at the Warehouse On The Canal and recorded an EVP that contained explicit language. There were areas of high electromagnetic fields in various sections of the factory, including the basement area where energy orbs and a strange haze have been reported. The OES also documented several cold spots through the use of thermocouple thermometers.

Evidence – EVP Recording

Bang, You’re Dead: Recorded in a maintenance area, this voice loudly says, “BANG,” and then whispers, “you’re dead.”


Site Information

Factory of Terror
1036 Market Avenue South
Canton, Ohio 44707
(330) 455-3327

NOTE: The Factory of Terror moved their haunted attraction operations to a new facility a few years after our visit. The former Hercules Engine Factory featured here is no longer used as the Factory of Terror.