Wednesday, August 28, 2013

FAQ :: Private Investigations

Do you guys do personal home investigations?

Occasionally, we do get to go out and explore and investigate someone's house.

I am always interested in hearing people's personal stories about hauntings and seeing spirits, so it's even better when we get to investigate those claims. 

Whenever we get a call, the first thing we do is get any and all information on the hauntings and a little background of the people living in the home. 

Then, we try to dig up any information about the land the house is sitting on, to see if that may be a source. 

We then schedule a day to go out and interview the home owner in person and go get baseline readings of the house. This helps us with then deciding what our gameplan should be and what equipment we should bring. 

After a date has been set to come out and investigate, we gear up and spend the night seeing what we get. 

Doing private investigations is always very interesting to me and makes me realize how different spirits can be in form of communication. Other places we go, we may get very little action on the ghost box, but more communication with the EMF detector or pick up things on a video camera, instead. 

It just goes to show you how the energy level of spirits are different and how ours might be more used to "talking" than others.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

FAQ :: Energy Levels

As the person who handles all the calls that come into the Gribble House, I can tell you some funny stories of people and questions that have been asked. My favorite, however, is when people ask me if they will "see a ghost," as if Casper walks right out in front of us each night.

If you didn't already know, which I'm sure you do, but, it doesn't work like that. 

Everything in the spirit world takes energy. 

This is my general understanding and break down of spirits energy when it comes to manifesting, starting from the basic::

-Spirit box communication/EVPs
-EMF/REM pod communication
-Drastic Temperature changes/being touched
-Audible EVPs/noises

Monday, August 19, 2013

FAQ :: Orb Colors

It's pretty common to walk away from the Gribble House with a memory card full of photos, most of which will have orbs inside.

You'll go home, load them onto your computer, and realize some have faces inside, while others are balls of colors. 

Different colors. Some are red and some are green. Some are white and some are blue. 

Why are the different colors?

Well, the colors are thought to reflect the different personalities of the sprits. 

But what could they mean?

Well, here's a pretty comprehensive chart for you that tells what the colors mean in terms of the spirit's personality.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

FAQ :: Savannah

So many people are always curious as to why Savannah is such a haunted city.

I have heard so many different theories and hypotheses on this matter, and I am by means not an expert, but I am an observer and here is my general conclusion. 

Savannah, first off, is a city built on its dead. If you've read any book about the early wars and battles that were fought in the city, you would hear about how mass graves were dug and soldiers' bodies were tossed in, some even still alive when they were put in and just left to die, most likely in serious pain from their critical injuries. 

Also, the yellow fever epidemic in the 1800s left many taken very quickly and violently, with mass graves built and burnt to take care of the bodies. 

The energy of these people is still in the air, the buildings, and the ground. It's no wonder Savannah is just booming with ghosts. 

Now, there's another factor to take into consideration -- slaves. People taken (usually) against their wills and sold like cattle, many separated from their families and forced to work long hours in the hot, Southern sun for no wages and little food. Not to mention the physical abuse many endured. 

Now, these people, came with their own cultures and traditions, a lot of which had to do with some form of voodoo. 

If you've ever read about Gullah traditions, you've probably heard a lot about their beliefs of the spiritual world and how many believed in hexes and curses to punish wrongdoers in their lives. 

Voodoo and witchcraft are two things to never take lightly, and I believe there are still lingering effects of these in Savannah and in the places slaves used to reside or work. 

So, why is Savannah such a haunted city? I would look at its haunting past. For a city as beautiful as this one is, she definitely holds a few dark secrets.

Monday, August 12, 2013

FAQ :: The Lady in White

One of the first stories I'd ever heard about the hauntings in the Gribble House warehouse was the Lady in White.

She is what we call a "residual haunting," meaning she is like a video tape that just plays over and over. She won't communicate with you, but she will make the area around you cooler and take your equipment's energy in order to show herself. 

We have captured her in photographs (like the one above), as well as felt her, heard her footsteps, and seen her. She is most commonly felt, however, over in the north-east corner of the warehouse. 

So who is the Lady in White?

We asked the spirits one day if they knew, and we received the name "Carolyn," back. On a few occasions, we have heard that response to the question. However, because she is a residual haunting and not an intelligent haunting, we may never know much about her. 

Why does she haunt the building?

As she is residual, we fully believe she is attached to the land, and not to the building specifically. South-east of the warehouse used to be a common cooking area, and we believe she appears when she is traveling the route to that area. A route, in life, she would have taken numerous times. 

How will I know if she's near?

You'll definitely feel her. She makes the area significantly cooler when she is passing through. Also, your equipment will most likely malfunction for no specific reason. One moment you're at full battery, the next, your equipment has shut off. If you move to the other side of the warehouse, all starts to work again. It's very strange. Finally, you may see or hear her. I was with a group one night, and we were standing in the middle of the warehouse asking questions when we distinctly heard footsteps coming from that area of the warehouse, where no one was. We all got serious goosebumps.

As far as I know, she is the only residual haunting in the warehouse, but her presence definitely contributes to the building.

Lady in White -- Full Image.  Look to the right.

Friday, July 26, 2013

FAQ :: The Murders

The initial reason why we believe the building is haunted stems from the murders that occurred on the property in 1909.

On December 10th, 1909, Ms. Eliza Gribble and Ms. Carrie Ohlander were murdered on the property, with a third woman, Ms. Maggie Hunter, left for dead.  All three women had been hit in the head with a blunt object.  No one saw or heard anything unusual coming from the house; therefor, the police were left clueless and the City of Savannah left in fear.

Maggie Hunter was rushed to the hospital, but had already lost a lot of blood and had traumatic head wounds, which, in 1909, left little they could do for her.  She eventually passed away.

However, before she passed, she supposedly told a Baptist Minister by the name of John Wilder that her estranged husband, Mr. JC Hunter, had attacked her and killed the other women.  Based on his testimony and some very circumstantial evidence, Mr. Hunter was convicted and sentenced to be hanged.

About a year later, the reverend and Mr. Hunter have become friends, and he has converted Mr. Hunter over to Christianity and is set to baptize him in his cell before he is set to be hanged.

Before the baptisms can occur, however, Reverend Wilder tells Mr. Hunter that he needs to confess to his sins and say that he was the one who committed the crime, which up until this point he has kept his innocence.  He still please his innocence, and, apparently, the reverend is so moved, he gets clemency for Mr. Hunter and his sentence is reduced from hanging to life in prison.

That very bit is why we believe the souls of the attacked and murdered still linger in the building.  If their killer was Mr. Hunter, then he got off pretty easy, and if it wasn't, the real killer was never found.

A few years after the murders occurred, a man gave a full confession of them, admitting details he would be the only one to know, but his confession was brushed off as insanity, since they were already "solved."

There was also a serial killer that was riding the railways at the time and attacking people, stealing from them, then catching the next train out of town.

We have, however, been in contact with Maggie and Eliza, both who have said things like, "In the head," when asked how they were killed and, "My husband," when asked who was the attacker.  Also, we do know there is a strong level of dominance in the Gribble House area where the house used to stand, with a gruff, male voice coming over and silencing the women whenever they try to speak.

It leaves a lot of mystery to be thought about and solved -- which is why we are here -- to see what we can uncover.

Monday, July 15, 2013

FAQ :: Why Are the Spirits Here?

Why are the spirits here?  Why do they gravitate towards the building?

This has been a question we've asked ourselves since we've been in the building and why we choose to investigate.

When we first started, we asked a medium to come into the building.  She told us that there was anywhere between 20-30 spirits in the building at any time.  Since, we've had a handful of mediums in the building as guests who have backed up her claim.  It's almost as if the building is a Greyhound Bus Station for spirits, coming and going, some lingering for longer than others.

But why are they here?

Honestly, I think it has to do with Savannah's history and the location of the building itself.

Across the street from us we have the Savannah Visitor's Center which used to be the Central of Georgia Railroad, which was the end of the line for them -- you couldn't go any farther east or south from that point.

Kiddy-corner to us there is Battlefield Park, home of one of the bloodiest battles of the American Revolution.

Plus, you have Savannah's rich history.  We didn't get known as one of America's Most Haunted cities for no reason.

Also, I think it has to do with us and our guests coming in each night, using the equipment, and showing a genuine interest in the spirits themselves.  It's like they know we want to communicate with us, so that's why they come to talk to us.

Whichever reason it is, we're glad they're here and that they like to talk to us because we enjoy them!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

FAQ :: The Ghost Box

A lot of people have different questions about the ghost box and how it works, so I will try my best to explain some of the most frequently asked questions about it.

The ghost box, or spirit box, is a device that scans hundreds of radio frequencies very quickly.  It is believed that the white noise from the frequencies can be manipulated by the spirits in order for them to break through and communicate.  The can use the white noise to form words and sounds.

Now, I have met a lot of people who try to explain the ghost box, and I say let them try to dispute it, but I have heard way too many intelligent responses and answers from it to my questions that make me just marvel at what I hear.  Yes, I can understand how you can think a simple "Yes" or "No" that comes through could be a clip of a station, but to get sentence long responses to your questions or to have one answer after another come out and be of perfect relevance is pretty darn amazing.

The most people ask about the ghost box is whether outside noise or frequencies that could alter it.  As in, cell phones or other radio frequencies.  We encourage people to record their sessions with their cell phones if they wish, that way they can take their whole sessions home with them.  The phones sit right by our recorders, which is placed about 6 inches from the ghost box, and I've never noticed a difference in activity between having a phone there and not.  It doesn't make it any more chatty or any less.

CB radios is another question we've had.  From my understanding of them, CB radios work on a limited amount of very low frequencies, frequencies I don't believe our ghost boxes even scan (they scan from 76 MHz to 108 MHz and about 320 frequencies between that), hence why you need a special type of radio to communicate on CB than you do a regular radio.

As for other interference, I'll remind you guys that we're in a 15,000 square foot warehouse.  There's no central AC.  There's one electrical box for the whole place which is located in an area we don't investigate in.  There's overhead lighting, but that's at about 20 feet above us. And, I can think of three electrical outlets in the whole warehouse.  In other words, there's not a lot of EMF to compete with.

Monday, July 8, 2013

FAQ :: Day vs. Night

This month, I'm going to be addressing some of the frequently asked questions we commonly get about our investigations, the building, the history, and the equipment.

The number one question I get asked on investigations is:  Why does it have to be night?

Honestly, it doesn't.  I can walk into the warehouse during the day, set up a ghost box, and get responses.  Quite a few times, Garry has done this during the day, and has gotten some great evidence from it (see the player below to listen to a few).

But why do most ghost investigations happen at night?

Well, for the most part, it's quieter at night.  Especially where our building is, during the day, you have a lot of traffic from pedestrians in the area and car traffic, as we are a block and a half from the end of the I-16 freeway.  If we brought people in there during the day, you would hear all sorts of outside noise that would spoil the investigation.

Also, orbs are better captured in the dark.  The energy from your flash is a big part of what makes them manifest.  During the day, you wouldn't need a flash to take pictures and the sun itself would cause a lot of light abnormalities in your photos due to glares and flares.

Furthermore, think of your senses.  At night, it's dark (sorry to state the obvious), and your sense of sight is weakened, thus heightening your other senses, such as hearing and smell.  This cues you in more to what is going on around you because you can't physically see it.  It's amazing how the body reacts to this.

Some believe in a "Dead Time" or "Witching Hour" which is around 3am, when spirits are most active (supposedly), but we don't necessarily believe that is true.  If the place you are visiting is haunted, you can probably talk to anyone who has ever lived there, worked there, etc., and they will all tell you that the time of day means very little.  

Broad daylight or dead of night, something will happen when the spirits choose to have it happen.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Investigating with an Open Mind

The number one thing to remember when you come to investigate with us or at any place -- Come with an open mind.

Every place you investigate is different.  There's a different history, a different level of activity, and different spirits who are used to showing themselves in different ways.

Whenever we go investigate somewhere else, we just try to keep a level-headed way of talking and speaking.  We're used to the spirits in our building being very chatty, but we know the spirits in other places may not be so.

Ours are used to communicating through the ghost box, and we've always noticed that when we introduce new equipment to the warehouse, it generally takes a bit of coaxing and a few times using it to ever get a reaction from them.

The same goes when we go to a new place.  We've noticed that sometimes, the ghost boxes are too high-tec for them, and opt more for EMF light communication or that we end up capturing straight EVPs more often.

The history of the place is always important, too.  Remember key names of those who died in the place or are believed to haunt it.  History can also help you determine what pieces of equipment might be the best to bring with you to help you communicate, as well.

We always try to research the history of a place heavily, as well as get as many details from owners of the property and what has occurred on it.  Having newspaper or eye-witness accounts really helps, as well.

Basically, whenever you investigate, know the history of the property and have a basic idea of what to expect, but don't expect exactly that to happen.

Even if a place reports seeing a woman in white walking around all the time, don't expect you're going to immediately walk in and see her.  The reason being is that she is probably more comfortable with the people who live on the property and they feed into her, so she is willing to show herself.  When you come in, she will have to come in and feel you out.  Just because you're there for the night doesn't mean she will immediately show herself to you.  She might be shy or not trust you.  If you really think about it, it makes sense, right?

There's many factors that go into a haunting of a place, and you, as the investigator, have to remember to take all the facts, all the history, all the stories, and put them to your use to have the best investigation possible.

Chances are, if you're open-minded, the spirits will be more willing, too.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Your Energy

Just like we have energy and sometimes feel tired or incredibly hyper, I think spirits have reactions like this, too, which explains why some nights they're more active than others.  It, also, comes down to the investigator's energy and how excited they are to be doing what they're doing.

Think about it this way -- Would you want to go to a party and talk to the kid sitting alone in the corner or talk to the person who is laughing and cheerful?

Spirits have the same reaction.  If you're not into asking questions or aren't taking it seriously, they probably won't talk to you because there's probably another group in the warehouse who is incredibly interested and energetic, asking questions and getting excited over the responses.

I tell everyone who comes in to not be afraid to ask whatever they think of.  You'd be surprised how sometimes the most off-the-wall questions get the best responses.  Or how corny jokes get laughter.  It's interesting to see, but, in the end, you're entertaining the spirits as much as they want to be entertained.

The best way to come to an investigation, either ours or another place, is to come with an open mind full of questions and curiosity.  Come well rested, sober, and ready to go!

Just always remember the party trick -- be the life of the party and you'll be the favorite.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Spirit Energy

In the spirit world, everything comes down to energy.  It takes energy for spirits to manifest, communicate, move.

Personally, I believe there is a rank when it comes to how they can communicate and show themselves.

It seems, to me, that forming themselves into an orb seems to be the easiest, most basic way to physically show themselves.  Obviously, temperature shifts, eerie feelings, and chills would be their most basic form, but I'm talking about something a bit more physical and tangible.

From there, I believe that communicating through the ghost box is the next best for them, then straight EVPs.  Audible EVPs are probably the toughest, and come close to the manifestation phase, which takes the absolute most energy.

In between voice communication and manifestation, I believe is when the visuals begin in terms of EMF monitors blinking and the REM pods going off.  This is them coming forward and almost being able to take on a physical mass, but not quite there yet.  Again, they don't have enough energy to do this.

Now, manifestation does not have to mean just white mists or black shadows; it can also mean physical noises, knocks, and the movement of things.  Basically, think of it as a spirit taking on an almost human form again.  This takes a strong spirit with lots of energy to be able to do anything like that.

That's why we try to explain to our guests and any ghost hunter, really, that this is a rare occurrence in the world of ghost hunting.  Think of the last time you watched your favorite ghost show on TV, and they actually captured a physical being or something flying on camera.  Chances are, it doesn't happen in every episode.

Also, I feel like this is why some nights we have a lot of ghost box chatter and not a lot of EMF/REM pod action because they are focusing their energy in the most useful way.  It seems like the nights we just have a lot of ghost box action that we also get the same voices coming back again and again to talk, whereas the nights we have ghost box, REM pod, and EMF action, we seem to communicate with a lot more spirits, but none of them seem to stick around for long.

Honestly, though, I'm just happy with whatever happens each night.  I love communicating with our spirits and when the REM pods starting blinking, I still just stop and stare at them because they immediately get my attention.  I'll take what I can get because I love every aspect of it.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Breaking Amish :: Facing Demons

The Gribble House was featured on the TLC show Breaking Amish this past week in the third episode of season two entitled, "Facing Demons."

 The show follows five individuals as they break free from the Amish/Mennonite faith and customs and try to adapt to the world outside the covent.

 In the episode we were featured in, the group was in Savannah discussing spirits and demons, something the Amish do not believe in. They believe that when you die, you either go to heaven or hell, and you're not roaming the earth. To them, "ghost hunting" is essentially calling the devil.

 Two of the girls, Sabrina and Kate, chose not to participate in the investigation with us because of the beliefs, while Jeremiah, Abe, and Rebecca did.

 Garry played them EVPs and gave them a breakdown of what was about to happen, and then we set off into the warehouse.

 Everyone was split up at first, investigating different areas of the warehouse, then reunited in the Slave Quarters for the finale.

 It was a great experience for us to work with. The crew of Hot Snakes Media and the cast of Breaking Amish were fantastic and absolutely lovely to talk to. It was incredibly interesting to learn about the Amish culture and get the behind-the-scenes insight on how the shows are made.

 If you missed the episode, you can watch it on Amazon or iTunes.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Orb Colors

In every evidence packet we send out, I include our "Orb Colors Explained" .pdf to help you decipher what your orb colors mean.

We always encourage people to take photos while in the warehouse, and every night, we capture some orb on the radar, which is exciting and great to take home and show family and friends when you return from Savannah.

Below is a copy of that .pdf for anyone who is trying to uncover the meaning of the different colors of orbs in their photographs.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

What to Ask?

The first obstacle that has to be overcome when you get the equipment in your hands is, "What do I ask?"  And we have found this to be the hardest part of any investigation to get over, the first few minutes of silence from the group before they get comfortable enough to ask questions.

So, to save you from having to listen to my nasal-y, Northern accent all night, here's a list of some general questions to start off your investigation:

  • What's your name?
  • How many are in here?
  • Are there any women here?
  • How did you die?
  • How old are you?
  • Why are you still here?

When you start getting answers, try these:
  • Were you married?
  • Did you have any kids?
  • What did you do for a living?
  • Where are you from?
  • Why do you stay here?
  • How old were you when you died?

If you're brave, start asking them to play with the equipment:
  • Can I take a picture of you?
  • Can you come towards the green light and make it blink (the EMF detector)?
  • Can you make the red light blink (the REM pod)?
  • Can you touch the doll?
  • Can you touch me?
  • Can you make a noise?

If you're not getting anything, try talking amongst yourselves, and they'll generally respond to you or ask them about food (seriously):
  • Do you like pie/cake?
  • Do you like beer/wine?
  • What's your favorite food?
  • Do you miss food?

The most important thing to remember is -- ask whatever you want!  It's your investigation, make the most of it!  Don't think you're going to ask something stupid, you won't!  Participate and see what you get.

Trust me, I listen to all the recorders weekly, and I've heard it all.  You'll entertain me if you ask something off-the-wall.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Running Man

Lately, we've reported seeing a "running man" in the front corner of the warehouse.  He is essentially a dark grey to black shadow figure that will run from one side of the warehouse into the briefing room.

Everyone on our crew has reported seeing him at various times, and, lately, we've even gotten some weird things happening in the briefing room, which we generally refer to as a "safe area."  REM pods will go off by themselves, the doll will start blinking, or we will have weird random blurps in EMF.  In the past, nothing has ever happened in that room.

A few weekends ago, we were sold out, and I put a group in that front corner where the running man is generally seen.  In this area, the camera captured multiple black shadows the whole night on film.  In the corner of the photo, in the middle of it, in all areas of it.  It was very strange, and the other pictures they took during the night did not have the same problem, save for two that were taken in the opposite corner of the warehouse, but still in the warehouse itself.

The craziest part about it was, the group was sitting down.  The warehouse is pitch black.  And the photos were taken with nothing and no one standing in front of the camera to cause a shadow with the flash.  Also, it was the camera that we use on our investigations nightly, so thinking it was a problem with the camera is not really true since we used it the other night, in the same area, and got nothing.

We've captured some black shadows before in the Slave Quarters, but to get multiple ones in the same night in the vast area of the warehouse really peaked our interest.

Have a look.  What do you think?

Monday, April 1, 2013

The Gribble House in the Savannah Morning News

Last November, just as we were starting to do tours at the Gribble House, the murders and our crew were featured in a front page article of the Sunday paper in the Savannah Morning News.

It was pretty amazing.  And, as you read from our story about the hat on Friday, some good things came from it.

The past Thursday, we were featured, yet again, in the Savannah Morning News in a follow up, two-page article about what people can expect when they visit the Gribble House to tour and a little about what we've been capturing and seeing within its walls.

A big thank you to Linda Sickler at the Savannah Morning News for featuring us and writing two amazing articles for us!

Friday, March 29, 2013

The Hat

I need to start this story back in November when we were featured in a front page, five page, article in the Savannah Morning News all about the murders and our investigations in the warehouse.  We got a lot of calls and publicity from the article, which really launched us in our first few months of investigations.

Fast forward to a month ago when I received a phone call from a woman, telling us she had seen the article in the paper and wondering about Mr Hunter, specifically.  She asked a question that really raised my interest -- "Do you think Mr Hunter is still in the warehouse?"  I replied in the affirmative, and she told me she had something for us.

After taking her call, I got Garry into contact with her, and he went out one day to visit her.  He came back with this:

A top hat in a beautiful leather box that the woman's grandfather had, then the father had, and now she had.

This is where our story ties in:

When Mr Hunter was accused of the murders and put on trial, his residence was cleared out of its belongings by the woman's father.  The grandfather actually owned the property Mr Hunter was staying in at the time of the murders, and he sent the woman's father to the house to clear it out.  He found the hat amongst his belongings, and, instead of getting rid of it like everything else, he took it with him home.  The grandfather wasn't too please, so he stored the hat in the attic, away from sight, especially when Mr Hunter was eventually convicted.

Years passed, and the hat remained.  The grandfather passed, then the father passed, and the woman eventually came into possession of the hat.  Her father had told her the story of the man who was accused of murdering his wife and two other women, and she had always had an eerie, yet curious, feeling about it whenever she came in contact with it.

The hat had remained, for years, in her attic, untouched for so long she nearly forgot about it, until the Sunday morning she picked up the paper and read our story.  It reminded her of what was tucked away upstairs, and she decided she would see about giving it to us.

However, shortly after our story was in the paper, the woman fell ill and was in and out of the hospital for months, having little time to worry about the hat or our article.  Finally back at home, she decided to finally finish the thought she had months earlier -- to get into contact with us and see about Mr Hunter's hat.

Garry came to her house, met with her, and left with the hat.

Now, we're using it as a trigger object to connect with Mr Hunter and the ladies who were murdered in the house.  We hope that it can help us with our questions about the murders and whether or not Mr Hunter was the one who did it or if he's just the one who got stuck with the blame.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Making the Headlines

When the Gribble House murders happened in December of 1909, the City of Savannah was stunned, and so was the nation.  Dubbed as "the most diabolical crime" to every hit Savannah by the Savannah Morning News, stories of the murders quickly blew through the country, ending up as far away as a paper in Colorado.

While researching the history of the house, Garry and I spent many hours in the Live Oak Public Library as well as the Georgia Historical Society panning through slides of old newspapers in order to make sure we got the story just right.

Below are some scans from newspapers all around the country that you can read and piece the story together yourself.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


In Savannah, there are a lot of tour offerings in the city you can choose.  Having once worked as a concierge in hotels and a sales rep for a tour company on the streets, I used to always get asked about ghost tours, then, "We want to see a ghost!"

I love working at the Gribble House because I feel like I'm letting people experience that emotion that they're asking for.  When people say, "We want to see a ghost!" they don't necessarily mean they want to physically "see" a ghost, but they want to experience what they "see" on television.

Putting equipment in someone's hands is letting them be Zak Baggins for the night.  It's letting them explore a life they would normally not be able to experience.  They can be that TV star.  They can connect with ghosts.  They can have chills, hear voices, capture spirits.  

They can, essentially, "see" a ghost.

And that's all they wanted to begin with.

Monday, March 11, 2013


This past Wednesday, we had a crew meeting to go over some of the new equipment we've gotten over the past month and just to make sure everyone is comfortable using it.

However, as we got to talking, we realized that we all have started to see the same thing in the warehouse --


Shadow movement.

And, apparently, we've all been seeing the same thing.

In the front corner of the warehouse, by where the Segways are stored, we've all started to see a shadow man moving quickly, like a sprinter, running from the warehouse into the wall where the briefing room is.

We've also have all seen something slinking around the staircase that leads up into the loft.

And it's all started in the last month or so.

Which leads us to wonder, what is the cause for the sudden activity?  Could it be connected to the new equipment?  Could it be that words gotten out that we're here talking to spirits, and they want the attention?

I guess we will find out, but I promise to keep you all posted.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Visuals

As we are in March, we are in season.  Season in Savannah means when tourists start coming into town, starting about the first week of March when kids go on Spring Break and ending just after Halloween.  Basically, a good six months of heavy traffic into the city.

At the Gribble House, we are preparing for what this will bring for us.  Going into our first year of business, we don't know exactly what to expect, but we do know the city and we have all worked in the tourist industry for quite sometime, so we have a pretty good idea of what is going to happen.

To prepare, we are making sure we're stocked in the best and innovative equipment there is out there.

Garry has made equipment, ordered equipment, and customized equipment for our needs and the needs of our guests.

Lately, we've been realizing a lot of people really want to "see" something, though I'm pretty sure they're not completely sure what they'd like to "see," but we know the prospect of seeing Casper jump out is always on peoples' minds when they come into the building, regardless of if that is a realistic expectation or not.

Though we can't make anything manifest at the drop of a hat, we have introduced a few new pieces of equipment that give our guests something to look at while they're on their investigations.

REM Pods have been used in all the show and generally cause a stir when they go off.  The REM stands for Radiating Electro Magnetic, and the whole device detects energy disturbances and fluctiations around the antenna of the device.  In plain terms, if you get close to it, it lights up and makes noise.  Though, I should mention, the device has a range of about six inches around it (about the size of the base of it), so you really need to be close to it in order for it to go off.  Also, the lights that are on the base will flash ad sound depending on how close something is to it.

So far, in the warehouse, we have had great success with the device, but not patterned success that would lead us to believe it's something we are doing to set it off.  By this, I mean, it doesn't go off all night every night, and when it does, it's usually in response to us asking about it.

For example, the other night in the warehouse, we were doing an investigation, and our guest was asking if there was a soldier in the room.  He got a positive response from the ghost box, and mentioned something about a friend who was a soldier and passed away.  At this moment, the REM Pod started going off with a high-pitch whine and the lights were flashing.  A couple seconds later, the ghost box loudly said the name, "Bennet," which was the friend who had passed away.  The man kept asking questions, and the REM pod kept up it's beeping and singing, until finally there were no more responses about the soldier.

Another new device we have been using is the Ghost Meter Pro.  We actually had a guest who investigates up in North Carolina bring this in, and I liked it so much I asked Garry to order one.

The device has multiple settings, but we use it for the "Yes/No" communication option.  If a spirit is near, the tip of the meter lights up orange, and you can ask yes/no questions to is and ask it to blink once for yes and two for no in response.

We've had pretty good results for it, and, if anything, it's a fun game to play.  The other night I had a couple in the Slave Quarters with me, and we were using the device.  Right after we heard the name "Michelle," come through the ghost box, the light on the Ghost Meter Pro lit up, so we began asking questions.  It replied in the affirmative that we were talking to a lady named Michelle, then, when we asked if she was married, it again said, "Yes," and the ghost box loudly said the name, "Clifford," in a man's voice, as if he was there, as well, and letting us know his name.

Finally, our last new visual device is Raggedy Ann.  I think everyone on here by now knows that I don't like dolls at all, so this one is really one I don't like to deal with, especially when I'm working on my own--I always pack it up when they guests are there with me.

Raggedy Ann is fitted with EMF detectors in her head and hands and will blink if there is any shift in the electromagnetic fields.

Unfortunately, we have captured EVPs of children in the building, so we thought this would be a great trigger object to get them to communicate with us, and it has proven to be.  No matter where it sits in the warehouse, we will usually get some sort of response from it, and, let me tell you, it's pretty creepy when its hands start to blink.

And who knows what the future might bring.  We are always looking for new equipment to use, and we find that sometimes our guests have something interesting to bring in to us, as well.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Orbs vs Dust

One thing any paranormal investigator will run into when investigating is the whole "Orb vs. Dust" debacle.

Because ghost hunting isn't an exact science, the debate will continue to rage on and on, with neither side backing down.

However, if you're familiar with basic photography and weather elements, you can at least use these to your advantage when debunking photographs.

Dust is not your friend in photography.  It leaves little specks all over your photos and basically ruins them.  Also, dust can catch the light and create "orbs" in your photos.  Dust is in the air.  It's everywhere.  When you walk through a room, even after you've just cleaned it, you will kick up dust.  Dust is, also, mainly just skin cells.  So, dust is you and everyone you have passed on the street.  And you're breathing it in.  Just to put that note in there (this post isn't scary, so I had to put some fear in you).

Ask yourself this when you see an orb in your photo:  "Is my lens clean?" and "Did someone just walk through the area where I shot the picture?" or "Did a breeze just blow through?"

If you answered the first with a positive, then the next two with negatives, you're probably on to something.

Remember, dust is small.  If you capture something large in your photos, it's probably not dust.

We always recommend people to take multiple pictures in a row.  Chances are, if dust was blown up from the wind or someone walking, you would capture it in numerous photos, not just suddenly in one and not others.

Some say multiple orbs inside a picture means it's most likely dust.  I agree and disagree with this statement.  I believe that if it's multiple orbs overlapping each other and they are mainly transparent (like the photo above left), then yes, but multiple orbs all acting around each other, none touching and with a more solid color (like the above right), then no.

Now, how's the weather?  Is it very humid?  Is it raining?  Moisture in the air can create what looks like orbs in photos, as can a flash hitting a raindrop (like the above left photo).

Don't use your camera phone.  I can't stress this enough.  When we ask people if they have a camera and they reply, "On my phone," we will generally give them one of our spares to use for the night.  Camera phones have very little range on them and the flash is incredibly bright and harsh.  Though the brightness may help in the dark, and to give you premature blindness, it's not formulated like a digital camera's flash to adapt to the surroundings.  Therefore, it's like someone suddenly lit up a floodlight for a second while the shutter snapped.  Because of this, the light reflects off of everything and leaves mists and orbs from anything in the small radius it hit.

What's inside your orb?  That might sound like a silly question, but a lot of time, true orbs will have faces in them.  Think this sounds weird?  Well, think about it, an orb is a person's spirit manifesting.  Doesn't it make sense you might be able to actually see their face?

Does your orb have color?  If you're in the middle of an empty warehouse, and all of a sudden you capture a red orb, doesn't that seem a bit strange when there's nothing red around you to reflect from?  Brighter orbs are generally thought to be "spirits" more than lighter ones.

Again, these are just guidelines and again, this isn't an exact science, and one person may say one thing while another something different.  In the end, you decide.  It's your photo, your investigation, and your experience.