The “Old South Haunting” is a full 12 HOUR investigation that is sure to be amazing. Join the Lead Investigator of Southern Souls Paranormal’s Dalton Jones (AL.com, WVUA-TV), along with Gene Hamil (Travel Channel, ABC Affiliate, NBC Affiliate) and Dawn Duvurger (Ghost Legends, After hours Cinema, Cremains) of Supernatural Research Society. These two talented teams will be investigating one of the newest haunted venues in the south, The Old Southern Funeral Home Built in 1948 In Kosciusko, Mississippi.
This is a 9,000 plus Square foot of investigative exploration. This is sure to raise the hair on the back of your neck. Imagine the ghostly communication in a property where more that 4,200 bodies passed through!!!
Sat Sept 21st at 6PM – 6AM at Old South Funeral Home 406 East Adams ST Kosciusko MS. Tickets are $50 ONLINE, but will be $60 at the door!
No drinking or drugs will be tolerated you will be asked to leave immediately
A&E is getting back into the supernatural world of ghost hunting in just a few weeks. The network greenlit five shows, including a revival of the popular series “Ghost Hunters.” The other supernatural-focused shows include reimagined versions of “Psychic Kids” and “Celebrity Ghost Stories,” and a brand new series currently going by the name “Trey the Texas Medium.” A&E is topping it all off with a two-hour special called “World’s Biggest Ghost Hunt,” which is also a working title.
“A&E has been on the forefront of programming in the paranormal space and with that success, we have been eager to bring the genre back to the network for some time,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP and Head of Programming, A&E Network. “Each of these series has a unique point of view, but will collectively give our audience a window into a world of spellbinding stories that have to be seen to be believed.”
The network confirmed that “Ghost Hunters” returns on August 21st. The series, which ran for 11 seasons, will follow one of the original team leaders, Grant Wilson, and his handpicked group of professional ghost hunters as they use their field experience to investigate hauntings across the country.
The network teased the new season adding, “Engaging forensic experts, historical records and the most innovative technology available, the new squad will help everyday people who are struggling with unexplained supernatural phenomena. The team is committed to discovering the truth to give relief to those plagued by paranormal activity and will follow the evidence they uncover wherever it may lead.”
“Psychic Kids” will immediately follow “Ghost Hunters” after its premiere. In eight all-new episodes, the reboot brings back the children from the show’s run ten years ago. Now adults, the stars are working with a new generation of young psychics alongside trained licensed therapists. The network added, “They will spend time with the children and their families to assist them in not only taking control of their paranormal abilities but also showing them the remarkable power of their immense gifts.”
“Trey the Texas Medium” follows Trey Ganem, who creates one of a kind, custom caskets. The official description for the show reads, “While refining his skills as a master carpenter, Trey cultivated his deeper talent of mediumship. His special gift first manifested as a child, but was not encouraged by his parents. When Trey’s business brought him closer to those grappling with death, he realized his ability to speak to the dead could be put towards a higher purpose.”
The series has been greenlit for 12 episodes set to premiere this Fall.
“Celebrity Ghost Stories” follows Kim Russo of “The Haunting Of” fame. Kim invites celebrity guests back to the sites of their alleged paranormal experiences for a reunion with ghosts of their past. The series has been greenlit for six episodes set to premiere this Fall.
The big special, “World’s Biggest Ghost Hunt,” is the longest continuously filmed paranormal investigation in television history according to the network. Five paranormal investigators are locked inside the legendary Pennhurst Asylum in Pennsylvania for two weeks to document unexplained recent reports of paranormal activity.
The network explains the special adding, “From 1908 to 1987, the 110-acre hospital had more than 10,000 residents, mostly children, confined in the most brutal conditions. Pennhurst is known as one of the most haunted locations in the United States, but recently, workers at the site have reported a sharp uptick in paranormal activity including mysterious noises and voices while others claim they were being physically attacked by spirits.” A&E continues, “Determined to get to the bottom of these claims, the owner has granted the team of investigators unprecedented access to the entire property including areas of the asylum that are closed to the public.”
The two-hour special is set to premiere this Fall.
Joe Weigant explains how he can tune into the paranormal MaCabe Brown, Courier & Press
The dead woman: part 1
When Joe Weigant gets to the house, the dead woman is already pacing across the back deck.
“She’s frantic,” Joe says. “Very frantic.”
He sensed her as soon as he walked in. And if he opens himself up – tunes himself into one of the millions of channels humming through the universe – he can almost see her.
He’s not alone. His wife Katha, who has accompanied him on more than 100 paranormal investigations in the Evansville area over the last nine years, can sense her too. As can homeowner Shaunda Lynch. She feels the woman’s presence when she sits at the kitchen table of her North Side home.
It’s not like the woman manifests herself in full “Ghostbusters” glory. It’s more complicated than that. They just feel her energy. And when they close their eyes, they can see snippets of her.
Late 30s or early 40s. Dark hair. A long dress with poofy sleeves.
According to a New York physic Shaunda contacted, the woman’s husband was a prominent Evansville lawyer. He killed her decades ago and got away with it. Now she roams invisibly through this affluent neighborhood, searching for anyone sensitive enough to hear her story.
That’s how she found Shaunda. Like Joe and Katha and probably countless others across the world, Shaunda attracts this kind of thing, like an open can of Coke near a wasp nest.
Once, on vacation, she came back to her hotel room to find all the drawers flung open. Sometimes bouncy balls roll across her wooden floors independently. In extreme circumstances, even her husband Chad Schmidt, who’s a bit of a skeptic, has heard a disembodied footstep or two.
“I’m sympathetic, but (the woman) causes me a lot of anxiety,” says Shaunda, a prominent Evansville lawyer herself. “All I do is help people, so she thinks I can help her. But I can’t. I can’t change anything.”
That’s why she called Joe. He came to the home two years ago, but more problems have been occurring lately – such as the presence of this dead woman. So he’s going to “bring down the light” and convince the poor woman to move on to the next plane of existence.
“She just came in,” he says.
He senses her as a white ball of energy. She floats through the sliding glass door and settles in the middle of the kitchen.
Standing across the room, I can’t see a floating spirit. But the room does feel … different. Maybe that’s the power of suggestion. Maybe it’s not.
I’m more focused on the gas stove burners that have pulled a few paranormal tricks of their own – they ignite by themselves.
“I’m just going to be sitting here really quiet for awhile,” Joe says. “It’s going to be boring. But I’ll be doing all kinds of stuff you can’t see.”
A lot of children are like that, Joe said. Especially when they’re toddlers. He gets calls from parents who say their children point and laugh at empty spaces or talk to people who aren’t there.
“I’ve had people tell me all the time, ‘she keeps saying Nana, Nana, but Nana died three years before she was born.’ And I say ‘yeah, and you think (Nana’s) not here?’
“Kids will see spirits all the time, and they don’t think anything of it,” he said. “It’s just part of being in this world. We teach them to stop doing that.”
As he got older, Joe shied away from it himself. After all, you have to “get pragmatic to pay the bills,” he said.
But when he got interested in Reiki a few years ago – a technique in which practitioners channel energy through their patients to promote healing – he realized he could crack open his mind and tap into things others couldn’t.
He wanted to use that power as much as possible, so he created Tri-State Holistic Wellness on Washington Avenue, where he helps patients deal with a variety of maladies. Sometimes cancer sufferers come through to supplement the care they receive from their doctors. Other patients just want ways to alleviate the stress feasting on their guts.
He also reads Tarot cards and instructs Tai Chi. And of course there’s the ghost business – Evansville Paranormal Investigations & Consulting, or EPIC. “Business” may be the wrong word, though. He does the work for free.
All these sensitivities helped him bond with his wife Katha, who shares some of Joe’s talents.
“We’ve been together for 30 years,” she said. “This is something that I knew was in my family. And he knew when he was little. But it didn’t get defined until he started to go through it.”
It’s like a radio, Joe said. Countless frequencies float through space. We can only hear one station at a time, but that doesn’t mean others aren’t out there. And there are a few people in this world, Joe included, who know how to turn the dial.
“I probably wake up two or three nights a week to go take a leak and there’s someone standing in my kitchen,” he said. “I’m like ‘hey, how are you doing? Shut off the light when you leave, dude.’”
Ghosts are everywhere.
They watch you as you eat a Big Mac at McDonald’s; they trudge beside you in the park. Some living people even have spirits following them everywhere they go, Joe said.
I once asked him if I had someone hanging out with me.
“You know a bib overall guy with a straw hat?” he said. “Might be chewing on a piece of leaf?”
No, I said.
“It may be someone from a couple generations ago,” he said. “It might be a great, great grandfather.”
Shadow people are common, too – those little buggers who wash across the wall at night or linger, just for a moment, in your bedroom doorway.
The horrifying 2015 documentary “The Nightmare” collected stories of shadow people terrorizing folks who suffered from sleep paralysis. But according to Joe, they’re nothing to be afraid of.
They’re just spirits who lack the energy to manifest to their full form. This is where the radio analogy comes in handy again. Shadow people are like those times when the dial sticks between stations, and you pick up nothing but weak signals and static.
“I get calls all the time. ‘Oh my God, I saw a shadow in the hallway,’” Joe said. “Yeah, it’s probably a dead person. It’s Uncle Ned. Leave him alone.”
Spirits linger on Earth for several reasons, he said. They become attached to their house and refuse to leave it. Maybe they’re scared of hell or they died in a car wreck and were yanked out of their body so suddenly they don’t even realize they’re dead.
Love is a big culprit as well. A husband or wife will die and refuse to leave their longtime spouse alone. Problem is, those living spouses will die years later and walk into the light, leaving the disembodied love of their life stranded on Earth.
That’s where Joe comes in. He helps them move along. Businesses or homeowners report their problems and he does his best to solve them.
The issues don’t always stem from wayward spirits knocking paintings off the walls. Sometimes a building is just infested with negative energy that needs to be cleaned out.
And the process doesn’t unfold like it does on TV. A jacked bro doesn’t threaten to fist-fight a ghost, and the very utterance of a spectral voice doesn’t send Joe sprinting through the home in a mad, night-visioned panic.
“I think if you ask a ghost to say something to you, and it does, you shouldn’t act like London Bridge fell on you,” he said.
All that drama is juiced up for television. Joe’s process wouldn’t work as well on TV – even though he did recently appear on an episode of “Paranormal 911.”
He just gets quiet. Focuses. Tries to tap into the energy swirling around him.
“That’s just some of the crazy, whacked-out things that I do,” he said. “And I do it because it helps people.”
Clients remain anonymous unless they submit reviews on EPIC’s Facebook page or, in the case of Shaunda and Chad, invite newspaper crews into their home.
Not every job is a slam dunk, of course. Once, some people in Dale called EPIC with a pressing problem: a witch had cursed them. But when Joe saw 38 empty beer cans strewn around their yard, he realized their problems may not be supernatural.
Of course there are the skeptics who giggle and dismiss the whole operation as a fantasy. But here’s the thing: the world is a weird, weird place. The New York Times just basically proved aliens exist.
In a 2005 Gallup poll, about 37 percent of Americans said they believe in ghosts. By the time a Huffington Post / YouGov survey rolled around in 2013, that number had climbed to 45 percent. You can’t swing a short stick through most families without thwacking someone who has seen a spirit stomp through their home.
Joe believes in what he’s doing, and his clients do, too.
“I don’t do it because it makes me a great name or something. Because I’m just some dude in this town that does this weird stuff,” he said. “I do this weird stuff because when I’m done doing it, people feel better about who they are.
“If I can empower people and bring them peace, I’m going to keep doing it.”
The dead woman: part 2
“I feel resistance,” someone says.
“Oh yeah!” Joe says. “I’ve been arguing with her this whole time.”
“Why doesn’t she want to go?”
“She’s afraid she’s going to see her husband when she goes there.”
Joe gets quiet for several seconds. Eventually he sighs, brushes his forearms and looks relieved.
“OK,” he says. “That was the end of it.”
He explains that the woman was distraught, terrified she would meet her husband again and relive the trauma and pain she suffered on Earth. It took him a long time to convince her that her husband is long gone – transformed into a wholly different person.
“Once a person goes into that light and crosses that veil, there’s a point at which you lose the personality you embodied here in this realm,” he says. “The spirit then begins to take on a different flavor or a different texture. Because it’s lost all the frailties of our human existence. She doesn’t know all that from this side.”
He finally convinced her to move on.
But his job isn’t done. For the next two hours, he and Katha scour the house. It’s riddled with stressful, dark energy – but there are positive vibes as well. Shaunda’s father died in 2015, and she’s felt his warm presence ever sense.
The positive energy can stay. The rest has to go.
So Joe and Katha “smudge” the house. They light black tea candles and a giant wad of sage that looks like a joint rolled for Paul Bunyan. They walk through each room, moving clockwise to break up negative energy.
They do so deliberately. Joe compares it to running a push broom across a basketball court. You want to keep everything in front of you, or else it doesn’t get clean.
The smoke does, however, set off the fire alarm. “Evacuate!” a computerized voice screams. “Evacuate!”
Finally, they move into the backyard and release the energy into the Sunday evening air.
Katha gestures toward the back fence. She feels the presence of something. Joe nods.
“You’ve got two guardians out there in your yard,” he says to Shaunda and Chad. “They’re OK. They’re here for you.”
Ghost Adventures opens Season 19, Episode 2 with a lockdown in St. Ignatius Hospital. There, the daring team challenges numerous spirits and possibly a demon as well.
For the Ghost Adventures’ crew, their latest adventure to investigate paranormal incidents took them to St. Ignatius Hospital. What’s interesting is the storied history of St. Ignatius.
The building itself was first erected in 1893 by the three sisters of charity as a hospital to administer much-needed healthcare to people in the local region. Later, a nursing school was added as a new addition for the purpose of training new staff.
Unfortunately, the hospital closed its’ doors in 1964 due to there being little use of it. The lack of patients combined with the lack of funding forced the hospital to close in 1964. It reopened as an assisted living facility but was forced to close in 2000.
The hospital had been used for tours by the Colfax Chamber of Commerce off and off since 2015 for the curious about the hospital’s long sordid history, but the tours stopped in 2018.
Bagans’ begins his narrative interviewing a representative from the Colfax Chamber of Commerce who said that the tours were halted because “a dark entity has taken resident in the building.”
According to a newspaper article from the Spokane Historical Society, tours had stopped because the Chamber of Commerce no longer had a lease to use the building and have been unable to contact the present owner to continue with the tours.
To continue with this episode’s fear factor, the Chamber of Commerce representative being interviewed by Bagans states she refuses to go back inside the building because she was too afraid of the supposed spirits.
Of course, a little fear doesn’t stop the fearless Ghost Adventures team. They enlist the help of the docent who bravely unlocks the door and enters the building to begin their investigation.
While walking through the eerie halls of the hospital the crew discusses some of the hospital’s sad history. One tidbit that was mentioned revealed that thousands died in the hospital – victims of the 1918 Influenza outbreak. It is believed by many historians that World War I was the starting point or entry of the deadly 1918 Influenza pandemic. When over, this deadly strain had killed an estimated 3%-5% of the world’s population.
Washington state fared better than many other of the states with a total death tally of 5,000. Seattle the largest city in Washington state suffered more than 1600 deaths from this flu strain.
The 1950 census has the population of Colfax, Washington at being a little over three thousand people. Being that this was an extremely infectious disease, transporting sick people to this hospital would have been, extremely dangerous to both the patients and the transporters.
Logic would dictate that thousands of people actually dying from influenza in Colfax is slightly exaggerated. Even in 2019, the population for Colfax was only about 2800 people, so thousands dying in the hospital whether by sickness or old age also seems a little on the high side.
Now back to the actual investigation. Given this hospital’s notorious haunted reputation, the crew is smart by stating that they will not split up to do this investigation. However, that decision didn’t last very long.
A couple of dead patients reportedly have aggressive personalities and can be found haunting the hospital. In room 312 we have Michael. He was a wheel bound patient who apparently had anger issues and was abusive to his caretakers.
There have been numerous reports of Michael scratching people reports of hundreds of flies being in his old room. Bagans also interviewed Jeff Gadley, paranormal investigator who believes Michael may have attached himself to the Gadley. The investigator will not go back to the hospital because of Michael’s presence in the building.
Passing room 311, it was discussed that Rose who was an elderly woman with dementia still haunts that room. Like Michael, she is rumored to have a terrible temper as well.
Bagans also captured an “EVP” that appeared to call him by name. Soon after, however, the episode disintegrates into theatrics. A dark presence supposedly exerted influence over the crew causing disorientation and physical ailments. No actual physical evidence captured, but a lot of vocalization about personal experiences and wanting to leave the build immediately.
During the second day, the team did a scientific investigation using actual equipment to record any paranormal activity. They captured what appears to be a child trying to manifest. They also captured loud noises, personal experiences and a picture of what appears to be a full body apparition.
The Ghost Adventures team captured very interesting physical evidence of the paranormal at the St. Ignatius Hospital that supports the numerous reports issued by the Chamber of Commerce.
Then ruins the physical evidence with the ensuing dramatics that took place afterward. The octopus spirit wrapping its freezing arms around Bagans which causes him to make angry outbursts. Supposedly, the spirit leaves him and enters Billy, while exerting a dark suppression on the entire team.
After all of that, the team rescinds earlier decision not to split up and Aaron investigates the operating room alone. Of course, Aaron begins to experience physical sickness but bravely tries to continue with the investigation. Soon after, Billy wants to remain alone even after supposedly, the dark entity that attacked Bagan entered him.
St. Ignatius hospital is genuinely haunted with quite a bit of evidence collected. It has a history that reflects the growth and evolution of the community it was built in. The building is a physical monument representing that history, and because of that, the hospital doesn’t need any theatrics to make it appear haunted. It is haunted.
Do you think the Ghost Adventures crew overdid their personal experiences at St. Ignatius? Let us know in the comments section below.
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Haunting of Hill House was a bit of a sleeper hit last Halloween season, quietly making a name for itself through ten distressingly scary episodes of television. The show received near-universal acclaim, making it a tough act to follow for the recently-announced second season, titled Haunting of Bly Manor.
Instead of following up with the first season’s Crain family, the second season will introduce viewers to an entirely new story and cast of characters, based on the 1898 novella, “The Turn of the Screw”. Aside from what little we know about the cast and production, the source material alone gives plenty of clues as to what to expect from season 2 of Haunting of Hill House. To that end, here are 8 key details about Haunting of Bly Manor.
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8 It’s another haunted house story
Everyone loves a good haunted house story, and like season 1 of Haunting of Hill House, season 2 will almost definitely center around a haunted house. It’s actually somewhat surprising how similar in setting and tone the two stories are, at least based on their source material.
Both involve a large estate haunted by the spirits of past occupants, and both feature a family at the center of the plot. Contrast that with another popular anthology horror series, American Horror Story, where the seasons bear almost zero resemblance to each other.
7 It’s largely made by the same people who made the first season
One clear indicator that Haunting of Bly Manor will tell a well-crafted, nightmare-inducing story is the fact that it’s being headed by the same people that brought us Haunting of Hill House. Creator and director Mike Flannagan will once again team up with executive producer Trevor Macy to adapt “The Turn of the Screw” novella into a Netflix television series.
This, combined with what we know from the source material, is a near-guarantee that Haunting of Bly Manor will deliver a chilling, tragic tale of paranormal circumstance to horror-hungry Netflix fans. What we can also deduce from this detail is that Bly Manor will almost definitely be tonally similar to Hill House, striking a balance between family drama and pure horror that leans a little closer to pure horror.
6 It’s likely to feature haunted children
There’s almost nothing scarier than possessed kids, and we’re anxious to speculate that Haunting of Bly Manor will probably feature children being haunted by the paranormal.
The story it’s based on, “The Turn of the Screw” is told from the perspective of a governess of a large estate, who feared that the children in her care were communicating with, and being haunted by, the spirits of those who had once occupied the estate. While we were entirely sympathetic to the children of Haunting of Hill House, it’s likely we’ll be equally terrified by the children of Bly Manor. We can already feel the hairs on the back of our necks standing up.
5 There’s a good chance it will borrow some of the cast from Haunting of Hill House
While one might suspect a successful horror anthology show like Haunting of Hill House would bring back its starring cast for the second season, details about the cast of Haunting of Bly Manor have been suspiciously sparse.
Actor Oliver Jackson-Cohen, who played grown-up Luke Crain in Haunting of Hill House, told The Wrap he’d be “shot” if he revealed anything about Haunting of Bly Manor‘s cast, and Carla Gugino, who played Crain matriarch Olivia Crain, said she had been in talks with creator Matt Flanagan. One can only suspect that they’re being so tight-lipped so as to conceal an eventual reveal. Then again, we might just be overthinking things.
4 The source material is a story-within-a-story
Not terribly different from Haunting of Hill House, Haunting of Bly Manor‘s source material reads like a story-within-a-story. In Hill House, the story is told through two separate timelines, one involving the Crain family as a young family, and another featuring the same family many years down the road.
Bly Manor is based on a story that’s told through a narrator, who recounts the story told through a manuscript written by a former governess. Though, it wouldn’t be unheard of for the creators to omit the narrator element and tell the story through a first-person perspective. After all, Haunting of Hill House isn’t exactly a carbon copy of its source material.
3 It centers around a family
Haunting of Hill House is celebrated mostly for its ability to leave viewers shaking in fear reaching for the nearest night light, but it’s also a tragic tale of a family torn apart by its haunted past. If the first season is anything to go by, season 2 will once again tear at its audience’s heartstrings.
After all, the story deals with a tormented family struggling to maintain control in a home haunted by its own history. It’s this family element at the center of Hill House that adds emotional weight to an otherwise unadulterated horror experience.
2 It will feature plenty of hidden ghosts
Some of the scariest moments of Haunting of Hill House were the ones you didn’t catch the first time around. The show very cleverly manages to hide a good number of ghosts in the background and out of focus to reward eagle-eyed viewers with a chilling surprise.
Creator Mike Flanagan responded to a Twitter post hoping for more hidden ghosts in season 2, saying “We are already discussing how to up our hidden ghost game.” As if there weren’t enough reasons to re-watch Haunting of Hill House, Bly Manor sounds like it’ll give us even more.
1 It won’t release until next year
Haunting of Hill House was the perfect show to binge during the last Halloween season, but unfortunately, it’s been confirmed that Halloween 2019 won’t be graced with a new season.
It was revealed in the announcement that Haunting of Bly Manor will release at some point in 2020. Whether it’ll drop around Halloween to keep in theme with the spookiest time of year is unknown, but it’s likely they’ll aim for that timeframe. At least that means we have one more year to find all the hidden ghosts in Haunting of Hill House.
In 2004 a paranormal reality series calledGhost Huntersdebuted on the SyFy Channel. The series centered around two plumbers who traveled the world investigating paranormal claims on their spare time. They created TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society), and they produced a great show! I watched it all the time, and it was one the first shows of its kind. Now there are a ton of paranormal investigation shows that you can watch.
Well, 15 years after its debut, Ghost Hunters is coming back with original star Grant Wilson and an all-new group of investigators. Here are some additional details:
Fifteen years after introducing the world to the field of authentic paranormal investigation, Ghost Hunters returns to television. The series that terrified and captivated fans for 11 seasons will follow one of the original team leaders, Grant Wilson, and his handpicked group of professional ghost hunters as they use their decades of field experience to investigate hauntings across the country. Engaging forensic experts, historical records and the most innovative technology available, the new squad will help everyday people who are struggling with unexplained supernatural phenomena.”
“The team is committed to discovering the truth to give relief to those plagued by paranormal activity and will follow the evidence they uncover wherever it may lead. The new crew working alongside Grant includes paranormal investigators Daryl Marston, Kristen Luman, Brandon Alvis, Mustafa Gatollari, Brian Murray and Richel Stratton.
The series reboot has been given a 20 episode first season, and it’s set to premiere on August 21st on A&E. Watch the trailer below and let us know if you enjoy watch these kids of shows!
Late in the book, Shapton makes the point explicit, reminding us, “Remember what you don’t get to see.” This is in a piece called “Chrysanthemum, Carnation, Anemone, Foxglove,” and it’s no coincidence they are all perennials — a category of living ghost, if we want to think of them that way. “It is there in the dark,” Shapton insists. “It was there. It is still there.”
Morgan City, Louisiana would appear to be your typical small town. Located in St. Mary Parish, it boasted just under 12,500 residents after the census of 2010. Situated on the banks of the Atchafalaya River, which has long been considered the life-force of the town. Morgan City has a rich history, some of which can either draw more people or drive them away. Recently, the Travel Channel, which aired Ghosts of Shepherdstown, announced that they would also air what would be considered a sequel of sorts in June of 2019. The Morgan City project will have a mostly refurbished cast, including Sarah Lemos, Ben Hansen, and Jereme Leonard (sans Bill Hartley, Elizabeth Saint, and Nick Groff), the program will include Chief King from Ghosts of Shepherdstown, for those of you familiar with the prior series.
Those of you familiar with the Travel Channel’s paranormal programming have a pretty good idea what to expect, but nobody knows everything. Until now, most haven’t even heard of Morgan City; now we have become aware of several new and unusual reports of eerie happenings and perceived hauntings reported by the locals. Because of these reports, received by Chief James ‘Bo’ Blair himself, The Travel Channel decided to investigate, sending in new, fresh eyes and ears to see if there is any credence to the issues the locals are discussing with both each other and authorities, as well as those from The Travel Channel.
So, while you may have done some research yourself, or perhaps have witnessed some of the spooky occurrences because you live in Morgan City yourself, there is likely some information you simply aren’t aware of. That’s why we have provided the following list for you: To further your knowledge of the ghosts of Morgan City, which will enlighten you a bit more if and when you decide to view The Travel Channel’s upcoming program, which airs June 21 at 9 pm ET/PT. Below you will find ten things you likely didn’t know about the Ghosts of Morgan City, either as a program or simply Morgan City, its history, and its current ‘ghost’ issue. Read on and discover information that may plant doubt, but it also may make you a believer.
‘Ghosts of Morgan City’: 10 Unknown Facts
1. There Will Be Eight One-Hour Episodes in the Series
The episodes, which will document the investigation into the paranormal occurrences of Morgan City, will be led by Louisiana native Jereme Leonard, Ben Hansen, who is a former agent for the FBI, and Sarah Lemos, who is a psychic (technically a psychic medium). They are investigating in response to complaints issued by Morgan City’s Chief of Police James Blair. The three investigators, along with Chief Blair, will explore not only Morgan City but its locale, St. Mary Parish, as well.
2. While the Morgan City ‘Tales’ Have Been Ongoing, the Team is Finally Investigating Due to an Unexpected Increase in Calls Regarding the Ghostly Activity
Chief Mike King, from the Shepherdstown series, suggested that Chief Blair get in touch with and hire a paranormal expert team to do the investigating after the occurrences in his town. Because the team, other than Jereme Leonard, was unfamiliar with the history of Morgan City, area historian Diane Wiltz was recruited to assist with digging up the town’s history to aid in the investigation. Thanks to Wiltz’s research, the first series episode will focus on the first female to be executed in the town, a situation which is believed to be directly linked to the activity that has been taking place there.
3. The Focus Isn’t So Much On the Occurrences Themselves As It Is on the Recent Cascade of Reports
The growth in the frequency of reports Chief Blair has received is the main cause for concern. It seems that the town has endured odd paranormal-type activities for a while, but as of late, these incidents have grown. This has incited alarm among the town’s residents, which in turn has motivated the chief to take some kind of action toward figuring the situation out and discovering what, if anything, can be done about it. Keep in mind that now the sightings are not just limited to Morgan City, but are being witnessed throughout the whole of St. Mary Parish.
4. The First Call Received By the Team is About the Sighting of a ‘Shapeshifting Mist’ in the General Parish Area
When the team initially goes to investigate the situation, one of the first things they become aware of is that the mist somehow is tied in with the first execution of the woman mentioned above, which was the result of a conviction to a 1927 murder case. Ada LaBoeuf was executed by hanging in 1929, and the case was unusual for the times for several reasons, including the fact that it made national headlines during an era when limited state-to-state news sharing was a difficult task to accomplish. The murder, which was related to a suspected extra-marital affair and involved a trapper, a physician, and a hunter resulted in LaBoeuf being the seventh white woman, and only the twenty-fifth woman overall, to be executed in the USA. Though the public pled with Governor Huey Long to spare her life, the execution took place anyway.
5. The Trial Was Considered ‘Unconventional’
According to the Terrebonne Parish newspaper, ‘Houma Today’, a librarian and local historian have worked together to preserve the true story behind the murder and the trial. Librarian Fran Middleton has invested more than two years of her time on research, determined to publish a book on the actual trial, and she says that she has unearthed much fascinating information regarding the case and the trial itself. Historian Pam Heffner has also been extremely busy igniting a movement to put a book about the case into re-release. ‘Ada and the Doc: An Account of the Ada LaBoeuf, Thomas Dreher Murder Case’, the book she has been backing, has already had 750 reprints sold, and surely there will be more to come after the airing of The Travel Channel’s program. Charles M. Hargroder originally authored the book in 2000, after retiring from the Times-Picayune in 1986. His interest in the case grew from the fact that he was born only one block from the courthouse where LaBoeuf’s trial was held, and stories ran rampant throughout his childhood. You can view a photo of LaBoeuf and find more information on NOLA.
6. Jereme Leonard is a Demonologist and Heads a Team Called ‘GhostQuest Paranormal of Louisiana
Leonard considers his team to be a ‘small, elite group’ and states that each member specializes in the paranormal. They have fifteen years of combined experience and are considered professionals in their field, not simply ‘ghost-hunters’, as some like to call them. The team specializes in exorcism and ‘house-cleaning’, demonology, and the occult. (Information courtesy of Paranormal).
7. This is Not Ben Hansen’s First Paranormal Gig
While Hansen is a former member of the FBI, his interest seems to fall exclusively in the paranormal. He was also a cast member on ‘Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files’, which was eventually canceled. Since 2012 he appeared not only on ‘Ghosts of Shepherdstown’ but also on ‘Paranormal Lockdown’. With a briefcase full of skills suited to investigative tactics and his history in paranormal programming, he seems to be a good fit for the series’ he has participated in for The Travel Channel.
8. Sarah Lemos’ is a Psychic Medium
There is not a lot of information on Sarah out there, but she does have experience in television as a guest on ‘Ghost Hunter Cruise’ by Banner Travel. Originally from Salem, Oregon, Sarah has an e-book available entitled ‘Saging Your Home with Psychic Medium Sarah Lemos’, and interested parties are welcome to follow her on her Facebook page.
9. Ghostly Encounters and Scenes on the Program are Not Authentic
Any contact made with ghosts or spirits on the program has been re-created. The purpose of this is to build suspense for the viewer. This tends to get them in the proper mood for the program, and it gives the team a chance to add any information they feel is pertinent according to their areas of expertise. This makes things much more understandable for those tuning in who don’t have experience with the paranormal and/or what the team may be doing or going through. The format itself is much like that of a mystery program and includes information on Cajun culture and some of the town’s older history. These points make it much easier to provide watchers with a ‘cliff hanger’ ending to each episode, motivating them to tune into the next one.
10. As in Any Good Story, the End Provides Some Nice Factual Twists
No spoiler alert needed here, but prepare yourself for the uncovering of new information regarding the conviction of Ada LaBoeuf which provides an interesting twist to the hauntings. Also, the investigation manages to give Ada’s family a bit of closure regarding the ghostly, or spiritual, sightings that have long been cause for alarm and fear in Morgan City. While there aren’t many paranormal gadgets or machines used to detect ghosts, except for one used by self-proclaimed ‘fringe’ scientist KD Stafford, which is said to detect the ghost of Ada LaBoeuf.
Being a person who enjoys being spooked and is a bit interested in the paranormal and the truth behind it, I find this to be one of the more interesting stories I have heard in a long time. While unable to watch the original first episode, I will be working to catch up and get the story from the perspective of the cast and crew. However, I believe I would most likely benefit from reading up on Ada LaBoeuf and what she endured during the late years of the 1920s. With this in mind, start tuning into this series for even more information. We hope you enjoyed learning about the ‘Ghosts of Morgan City’ and some of the facts you weren’t aware of. After all, knowledge is power, particularly when it comes to the paranormal and the unseen.