Most of you know that I helped a group
of paranormal people investigate homes in the Garden District this week, A.G.H.O.S.T. amateur ghost hunters of Seattle Tacoma.
I am a bit of a skeptic, but I was intrigued at how thorough these guys are, using magnetic meters, infrared cameras and psychics
to form a comprehensive investigation. I participated in 2 investigations.
1. Lonsdale Mansion also known as out Mother of Perpetual Help owner Buzz Harper built in 1852 architect Henry Howard. The scientific
crew came in first looking for fluctuations in static electricity and cold spots. Then they bring in psychics who know
NO HISTORY of the building. Charlotte was phenominal. I watched what she did and followed her like a hawk. At
one point she says I see nuns walking up the stairs to the third floor. She didn't know it used to be a church nor did
she know the nuns lived on the third floor. She saw an old woman in a red dress sitting on the balcony. Mrs. Harper
passed last summer and she frequently wore red and sat on the porch. She continually referred to the spirits as benevolent.
Mansion 1857 owner Charles Zambito architect Lewis Reynolds. It is 24,000 square feet
with 48 fluted columns. 16 foot ceiling on the bottom and 14 foot ceiling on the second floor. Gabrielle said,
"Mama, someone just told me to sit down and don't touch anything." I LOVE this ghost. I was chatting with the
owner Mr. Zambito when I became fixated on the chandilier which has a counterweight system. Mr. Zambito looked up and
the counterweights were swaying. Keep in mind each counterweight weighs 15 pounds, noone touched the light fixture and
the air was off. Darren got out his meter and tested all 3 light fixtures. The 2 that weren't moving tested 0,
the one that was moving tested at a 6. The counterweights swayed for over an hour. The crew of 14 people came
in and all split into groups. Going throughout the house collecting data to compare at a later time. I went with
Charlotte, Jill, Andy, Mrs. Zambito and her friend. We get to the slave quarters and Charlotte asks the ghost to give us a sign she is present and the light came on. NOONE touched the switch and my hair
stood up on the back of my neck. Charlotte also said the woman had more freedom than a slave. Until Saturday I thought
Josephine was freed in 1865 but I found out she came to the house as a free woman and was in charge of the other slaves.
I also found out Josephine was called the witch woman because she would do healing and delivered babies for free. Many
women and babies died giving birth. In Josephine's room, Charlotte began to cry saying innocent
lives were lost in the room and she heard women praying. It was amazing how accurate she was without "knowing" the history.
Whether you believe in ghosts is no longer
an issue for me, I now know spirits go on. There was no scientific reason for the events that occurred at the investigations.
I believe, I believe, I BELIEVE. Carla
A.G.H.O.S.T. has come to my home twice for an in depth investigation of
the unexplained and sometimes frightening
phenomena occurring. I have
found them to be extremely professional, thorough and detailed, as well as
respectful to my home and family.
They are professional in the way of calling before they come to designate
when they will be arriving, how many will be accompanying them,
and how long they wish to stay. When they all arrive,
on time, they do
introductions, answer any questions, set up equipment and conduct their
preliminary work. They
document everything said, felt, seen, etc. by
way of video, paper, computer, and readings, whether by technical equipment
or viably sensitive staff. They, then, interview each staff member as
well as the family. Finally more
in depth investigation is conducted. When
they are finished, they speak with the family in detail about anything
significant they may have witnessed, what they will be doing in regards
to the case, and when they will be in touch.
A.G.H.O.S.T. does what they
say they will do as far as follow-up.
A.G.H.O.S.T members are all so respectful to
my home by taking care to
place their equipment out of the way so nobody falls over it! They
leave my home in
the same condition they found it. My family and I live
where the investigations have been conducted.
Yet, no one makes us feel as
though we are in the way. We, as a family, are encouraged to take
all, we are most aware of the phenomenon.
A.G.H.O.S.T is always welcome to come back. My family and I trust the
team so much and we will be leaving our home to their care for an
uninterrupted investigation in the near future.
I believe A.G.H.O.S.T to be
extremely credible and very objective in their search for the truth.
Candy M. (Noisy
More To Come