The planned presentation of paranormal investigators’ data from the Osawatomie Public Library and the Old Stone Church set for a Saturday night teen event at the library was abruptly canceled Saturday morning.
Those teenagers who had signed up for the event were called and told, librarian Elizabeth Trigg said.
“I regret to inform you that our paranormal investigation scheduled for tonight has been canceled,” the library’s Facebook page stated Saturday morning.
Children and teen librarian Heather Poage, who had planned the program, said in an email to the Graphic on Monday that, “Unfortunately, circumstances arose that were beyond my control, and we had to cancel.”
Trigg said there had been some concern about parts of the program, and that Mid-Continent Paranormal Investigators out of Johnson County told them they had an opportunity that night to investigate an Indian burial ground.
“It was completely a mutual decision (to cancel),” she said.
Jason Kupzyk from the paranormal company had a different version of the story.
“We were told earlier last week that the City Council was not happy that we went to the church and that they might cancel the presentation altogether,” Kupzyk said.
Mayor Phil Dudley disputed that.
“I hadn’t heard anything about that,” he said, “When I read about it in the paper, I thought it sounded interesting.”
Kupzyk said his company had worked for two weeks on the presentation, then last-minute changes, including not talking about the church and the opening of the event to the general public, threw off their plans.
They were being asked to say that part of their investigation had been at the library and another part at an undisclosed location, he said, but the slide presentation was prepared and adjustments would have been too difficult.
He said he was also concerned that more than 15 people, which was the original agreement, were going to be allowed to attend the program.
The mixed messages he was receiving, he said, led him to decide he did not want his team getting in the middle of a conflict.
“It was us that canceled it,” Kupzyk said. “Ultimately it was my decision since I am the leader and founder of MCPRS, but I feel I have just cause for doing so.”