Updated: Thursday, 06 Nov 2008, 11:31 AM CST
Published : Friday, 31 Oct 2008, 11:25 PM CDT
In the heart of rural Baldwin County is a staple of late 1800's
architecture. From its wooden beams to its decorative yard, the
Swift-Coles house is an unmistakable beauty by day. But when the
sun goes down rumor has it things start popping up.
"We've had some reports of paranormal activity inside this house and outside this house as well," said Richard Johnson.
Richard Johnson and his his wife Evelyn are the Co-Directors of Bon Secour Paranormal Investigations. Their team moved in for one night to see for themselves. "We're just here to prove or disprove that there's paranormal activity in this house," Richard said.
And Johnson knows exactly what he's looking for, "I've seen apparitions, full body apparitions. I've heard voices. I've been touched a few times."
Johnson and his team hoped to reach out and touch someone, or something inside this Bon Secour home. "Yes, we've heard that there is a servant lady that comes down the front stairway and disappears at the bottom," said Evelyn. "Civil war soldiers out in the front," added Richard, "People looking out the windows. So, there's been several reports of activity."
The question is, are they real? And if so are they still here? "If they're ready to cross, they might very well still be here," said Evelyn.
These ghost hunters use a number of gadgets and gizmos to get their results. "We've got a K2 meter. It's a hard drive camera no tape. We use digital voice recorders. We've got several different EMF readers that read electro-magnetic fields."
These EMF readers are what the group commonly uses to track down and pinpoint possible paranormal activity. "Spirits put out a higher electromagnetic field than what would be considered an average rate. So we measure that." But measuring is the easy part, it's the proving that's hard. "A lot of times, yes. Most of the time, by the time you've heard it or seen it, it's gone," explained Richard.
As the night grows so does the investigative team and after a quick setup, it's time for the walk through of each room. And it's lights out.
The first bump in the night was enough to put the ghost hunters on notice but when an old remote control started to glow off and on they got suspicious, "See, if there's any read out on that? Dead, the battery is dead. This was blinking and it shouldn't blink."
Field Investigators start snapping pictures around the remote control and they say they captured something. They took a before picture of the remote and an after picture. The ghost hunters say the blue dot could be an orb. Paranormal believers say orbs are energy patterns of ghostly entities. Often forming as glowing circles of gold, green, red, or in this case blue.
Around the corner the K2 meter starts to light up as well. "Whoa, whoa. Did you see that? This thing just maxed out (K2 meter) red lights. Are you trying to stop me from going upstairs?" Richard said. Johnson searched the area to make sure there was no electrical interference, but none can be found. "It was picking up a large magnetic field, but there's nothing electrical. No wires or anything I can see," said Richard.
The small, but strange phenomena continued to happen throughout the night. But what do they mean? Are they the creaks and groans of an old house, dust particles or moisture captured by a camera flash? Maybe it's power outlets hiding in the dark? Or are they something more?
"You're going to believe what you're going to believe. We think there are ghosts and spirits that roam all around us" Richard told FOX10 News.
But what about the Swift-Coles house? "I think so," he said. The question is do you?
To be fair, paranormal investigators often take weeks to pour over all of the images and recordings. The Bon Secour paranormal investigative team said its goal is to debunk first and they still haven't done that at the Swift-Coles estate.