In the heart of rural Baldwin County is a staple of late 1800'sarchitecture. From its wooden beams to its decorative yard, theSwift-Coles house is an unmistakable beauty by day. But when thesun goes down rumor has it things start popping up.
"We've had some reports of paranormal activity inside thishouse and outside this house as well," said Richard Johnson.
Richard Johnson and his his wife Evelyn are the Co-Directorsof Bon Secour Paranormal Investigations. Their team moved in forone night to see for themselves. "We're just here to prove ordisprove that there's paranormal activity in this house," Richardsaid.
And Johnson knows exactly what he's looking for, "I've seenapparitions, full body apparitions. I've heard voices. I've beentouched a few times."
Johnson and his team hoped to reach out and touch someone, orsomething inside this Bon Secour home. "Yes, we've heard that thereis a servant lady that comes down the front stairway and disappearsat the bottom," said Evelyn. "Civil war soldiers out in the front,"added Richard, "People looking out the windows. So, there'sbeen several reports of activity."
The question is, are they real? And if so are they stillhere? "If they're ready to cross, they might very well still behere," said Evelyn.
These ghost hunters use a number of gadgets and gizmos to gettheir results. "We've got a K2 meter. It's a hard drive camera notape. We use digital voice recorders. We've got several differentEMF readers that read electro-magnetic fields."
These EMF readers are what the group commonly uses to trackdown and pinpoint possible paranormal activity. "Spirits put out ahigher electromagnetic field than what would be considered anaverage 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 thetime, by the time you've heard it or seen it, it's gone," explainedRichard.
As the night grows so does the investigative team and after aquick setup, it's time for the walk through of each room. And it'slights out.
The first bump in the night was enough to put the ghosthunters on notice but when an old remote control started to glowoff and on they got suspicious, "See, if there's any read out onthat? Dead, the battery is dead. This was blinking and it shouldn'tblink."
Field Investigators start snapping pictures around the remotecontrol and they say they captured something. They took a beforepicture of the remote and an after picture. The ghost hunters saythe blue dot could be an orb. Paranormal believers say orbs areenergy patterns of ghostly entities. Often forming as glowingcircles 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?" Richardsaid. Johnson searched the area to make sure there was noelectrical interference, but none can be found. "It was picking upa large magnetic field, but there's nothing electrical. Nowires or anything I can see," said Richard.
The small, but strange phenomena continued to happenthroughout the night. But what do they mean? Are they the creaksand groans of an old house, dust particles or moisture captured bya camera flash? Maybe it's power outlets hiding in the dark? Or arethey something more?
"You're going to believe what you're going to believe. Wethink there are ghosts and spirits that roam all around us" Richardtold 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 pourover all of the images and recordings. The Bon Secour paranormalinvestigative team said its goal is to debunk first and they stillhaven't done that at the Swift-Coles estate.
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