Category Archives: Paranormal investigation

Investigating the Paranormal: A Brief overview of the SCSI.

Hi, Max here. I have been asked in the past why I formed the South Carolina Supernatural Investigations; what were my motivations and why I eventually decided to found a paranormal investigations group? I have always been a skeptic when it comes to anything dealing with the realm of the supernatural. I like to use hard evidence to prove paranormal occurrences rather than senses or feelings. I have never been what some might call a medium, or a sensitive. However, I have always had a knack for analytics and critical thinking. It is by using those skills that I approach all analysis of findings and evidence throughout an investigation.

The first time I encountered anything paranormal was when I was 7 years old. My family had given me a Polaroid camera that I absolutely loved taking pictures with. I had been spending some time at a childhood friend’s house one day when I snapped a picture of the garage in his backyard. Now, this was a large garage; big enough to hold a boat and a couple of cars. On the side of the garage was an awning held up by some support pillars. When the picture I had taken finished developing I saw an image that has stuck with me my entire life. From behind one of the pillars was a completely dark figure leaning out waving at my friend and me. This was long before the idea of shadow people had become prevalent in pop culture. My 7-year-old self didn’t think much of it at the time. I sit here almost two decades later searching for evidence as clear as what I caught on that day with that little camera of mine that has long since been lost to the depths of time.

It wasn’t till 2004 when the show Ghost Hunters first aired on the Syfy channel that I realized what I had found in that picture taken 7 years prior. I started watching that show every week as it aired and always thought to myself, “this is what I want to do.” So I set out to learn as much as I could about the supernatural realms. Reading and researching everything from Bigfoot to the Bermuda Triangle; with every question answered only leading to more questions. Later in 2008, I watched the show Ghost Adventures for the first time and still felt the same drive towards paranormal investigating that I had felt 4 years earlier. I felt what some would describe as a calling. I would think to myself that this in not only what I want to do, but, what I need to do.

Let’s jump to the year 2014, I was working for a company who has long since gone out of business. But, it was here at this place I met my partner and good friend, Aaron Sprouse. Aaron and I both had an curiosity in the supernatural realms. It was at this point in time that Aaron and I decided to found the SCSI and pursue the paranormal ourselves. We started investigating places all across the Upstate of South Carolina as well parts of Georgia and lower North Carolina. Our investigating persisted for nearly a year. But, in mid 2015, personal responsibilities got in the way of us being able to dedicate time to  the SCSI. Aaron has since gotten married and had a beautiful baby boy. He is currently the Chairman of The Cherokee County Libertarian Party as well as working full-time job. While, Aaron does not have the time to pursue the paranormal unknown anymore, he still shares our passion and is always supportive of any endeavors the SCSI may take part in.

For a long time it looked like the SCSI would be lost to infinite depths of the internet, given up on and abandoned. But, in August, 2016 I was contacted by Craig Whyde. Craig and his partner Mike Feria were looking to perform investigations under the organizations umbrella. I welcomed Craig and Mike into the SCSI shortly after being contacted and have been completely impressed by their professionalism and dedication. Thanks to Craig and Mike the SCSI is now back in full swing and will be performing investigations of paranormal claims on a regular basis. Now that Aaron lacks the time to investigate for the SCSI, the core members of the SCSI are Craig, Mike, and I.

If you are reading this and feel any sort of interest in joining feel free to contact me. Also, if you feel like the things that go bump can be attributed to paranormal causes we are always available to investigate to try and bring you piece of mind. I look forward to a bright future with the SCSI and will strive to find answers to life’s most unexplained questions. Until the next time,

Maxwell Alexander    Founder/SCSI

 

Do Aliens Exist?

Aliens, UFO’s, Extraterrestrial beings, these are just a few of the terms that have been given to describe other worldly beings. This next article will be the first of its kind on this site. I strive for knowledge of the unknown in whatever form it may take. In the past we have solely focused our writing and investigations on the paranormal ideas of ghosts and spirits. I look now to delve deeper into the unknown and discuss the questions regarding extraterrestrial beings. Are extraterrestrial beings real, do UFO’s really exist, and what solid evidence is out there at this moment in time to credit these beliefs and ideas?

Let’s start this new topic on the site with the first question mentioned. What are extraterrestrial beings? Extraterrestrial, by definition means, from outside the earth or its atmosphere, and can also be used to describe a being from outer space, especially an intelligent one.

Let’s move on to the next question. Are aliens real? So by knowing exactly what the word extraterrestrial means we can sum up that it would be preposterous to believe that we truly are the only beings in the universe. Let’s first start with the statistical analysis of our known universe. There is at this point in time an estimated 10 billion galaxies, with each galaxy containing an estimated 100 billion stars. So in the observable universe we estimate that there are 1 Billion Trillion Stars, which is 1 with 21 zeros following it, or, 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. That in itself is an unfathomable amount of stars. Let’s assume that most of these stars formed the same way ours did, and that most of these stars have a planetary solar system like ours. Which, most scientists would agree that they do. Let’s also assume that we are not an anomaly, what has happened here on earth is a relatively common thing. I mean, why would it not be? There is nothing scientifically special about our solar system other than the fact that we inhabit it. So with 1 billion trillion stars, most of which having a planetary solar system similar to ours, we can make a relatively educated guess as to whether or not we are alone in the universe. Do you know what the answer to that guess would be? The answer would be no, we are not alone.

This sparks a different question though. While yes, we are probably not alone in the universe. That does not mean that extraterrestrials are necessarily here on earth as we speak. As a matter of fact, modern physics would say the odds of life from other planets traveling to us here on earth right now are astronomically low. This is due to Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Most of us are familiar with equation E=MC2. But, very few actually understand what that equation denotes. It explains that matter traveling at the speed of light becomes energy. With this line of thinking the possibilities of life from other solar systems and galaxies ever reaching us is extremely low. Because, Einstein’s theory exclaims that no matter can travel faster than the speed of light; and even measured in light years (the amount of distance light cant travel in one year) the distant stars and galaxies are extremely far away. But, that leads to another thought. What if our belief of physics and space time is wrong? It’s not a question proposed by many due to the belief that what we know to be fact must in fact, be fact. But, that is a conversation for another time.

So, let’s assume that what Einstein believed is without any doubt, true. That would mean that the most logical possibility of alien life being here on earth with us today stems from the idea that it must have formed here in our solar system right next to us. The most commonly thought planet to have supported life in our solar system outside of Earth, is Mars. Which, recent scientific discovery has led us to believe that there were oceans on Mars up to 450ft deep as recently as 200,000 years ago; which, in astronomical terms might as well have been yesterday. If there was life on Mars 200,000 years ago that means that life there on Mars, and life here on Earth existed at the same points in time. Let’s say for argument’s sake that there was life on Mars, and that it did exist as recently as 200,000 years ago. Where did it go? What happened to destroy it? Why don’t we see remnants of it on our photographs of the planet? Only further investigation of the planets compound structures and geology will lead us to the answers to those questions. Although, if there was life on Mars, and if it was intelligent enough to have mastered inter-planetary travel then surely it was intelligent enough to realize there was another planet right next door capable of supporting life. So with that possibility, it isn’t completely farfetched to believe that alien life might really be here on Earth as we speak.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading this article. I hope to add a whole new line of conversation into the SCSI and will be writing much more on this subject in the future. I look forward to investigating aliens, UFO’s, and Ancient Astronaut theories in the future. As always, if you share my fascination with the unknown feel free to contact me, comment, or investigate it for yourself.

Maxwell Alexander           Founder/SCSI

What are Ghosts?

ghostly_path_premade_1_by_i_am_jenius-d4ddh0pWhat are ghosts? No other question in the paranormal field has sparked as much speculation and controversy as the question, what are ghosts. You could ask 10 different people that question and get just as many different answers. In this article we’ll discuss, ponder, and speculate the age old question; what are ghosts?

Many believe that ghosts are the lost souls of those who have come before us. They believe that when a person dies their consciousness is left to wander the world til the end of time. While I try to keep an open mind in all things, the point that bothers me the most about this line of thinking is the fact that their have been billions of people who have lived and died in this world. If the human spirit carries on and wanders the earth after death then why do we not see more evidence of the paranormal in our everyday lives all around us. By using this line of thought, ghosts would seem to be involved in an overly crowded afterlife with much more evidence to their existence then we have at this current juncture in time.

Others would speculate that ghosts, are in effect, inter-dimensional beings who have harnessed the ability to travel across and within the very planes of reality. While, I myself tend to lean toward this belief system more so then the aforementioned ideology. I still hold my own doubts with this line of thinking. If the idea that ghosts really do stem from the actions of inter-dimensional beings is right then why have they not tried to make contact with us. Do they lack the ability? Surely not. Have they already interacted with us and continue to do so in a subtle manner? No one that I know of can really answer that in an educated manner backed up by solid evidence. So, while an interesting and completely plausible theory, there is no evidence at this moment to support this ideology.

Some believe that spiritual activity is nothing more than environmentally harnessed energy playing itself out on repeat til the source of that energy runs out. A common term associated with this ideology is the term, residual haunting; where the same paranormal activity is experienced over and over; usually occurring at the same time of day or year. The problem with this idea is that it does not account for the intelligence we often experience when dealing with the paranormal. Too often to discredit, investigators will ask a question and get an intelligent response. How could that be evidence of a residual type haunting? Could it be a coincidence? Possibly, but, I personally believe it happens far too often to be completely attributed to sheer happenstance. So while this may exist and account for some claims of paranormal activity, I find it hard to believe that this is the only cause for the paranormal things that go bump in the night.

While there are many other schools of thought when regarding the idea of ghosts, I am currently running out of time and will touch on more ideologies at a later time. I, as always, approach the paranormal field with the mind of a skeptic. I look for solid evidence, and do not believe feelings or sensations to be valid proof of the unknown. If you have any thoughts or ideas on the afterlife or the paranormal I am always open to new discussions and ideas. Until the next time,

– Maxwell Alexander    (Founder/SCSI)

 

 

The Time Has Come

Hi, Maxwell Alexander here. I want to start by saying sorry to any of the people who have been visiting the site and following our group. We have been busy with our day to day lives and have not had much free time to delve into the realm of the paranormal unknown. That being said, I have big plans for our groups future. I will be updating our blog with new content regularly now. We have a plethora of data and stories that we have yet to share, and I will try my hardest to bring all of that to you.
We are also in the middle of reforming and are looking for like minded individuals to join the group and contribute to the hunt for knowledge and answers to the unknown. If the thought of finding answers to the questions of existentialism and life after death interest you then feel free to contact us. If you ever sit there and wonder what comes next or what the underlying meaning to life itself is then our group may be just what your looking for.
If you are experiencing anything that you believe to be derived from paranormal causes and would like an investigation that could lead to some answers you may contact us at anytime. If we are unable to perform an investigation due to travel concerns or scheduling issues then we will gladly redirect you to a caring and professional team that will meet your needs. We conduct all of our investigations using the scientific method; we work in a concise and professional manner and will not ask for any monetary compensation…although donations are accepted to help with travel costs.
I hope to hear from all of you soon, and look forward to a bright future for the S.C.S.I. You can find all of our contact info on our contacts page or you can directly email me at Maxwell29340@yahoo.com. We are here for all of your needs when it comes to haunted places in South Carolina and I look forward to getting this show back on the road.

-Maxwell Alexander- Founder/Lead Investigator

Revisiting Booger Jim Bridge Pt. 1

Nothing there huh? Her words resonated through my mind over and over again as i walked away from the local resident of Cherokee falls community of Blacksburg, S.C. The legend, the mystery, the dying cumminity deserved another visit. I had to give it to them. To all of you, our fans, you deserved another look at the legendary tale of “Booger Jim.”

On December 6th 2014 I walked across the bridge frustrated by the sounds and movements in the busy woods of cherokee falls. The air was bitterly cold and I was limited to the amount of equipment i had with me. I recorded for 45 minutes and snapped several pictures. There was nothing unusual about the photographs but something very strange did occur. My entire 45 minute recording was nothing but white noise. I immediately tested my recorder and everything worked fine. Paranormal? Probably not!
Extremely weird? Absolutely.

The entire SCSI will conduct a second full length investigation here. Stay tuned for the story.

Case status: Reopened
-Aaron Sprouse

SEVEN DEVILS BRIDGE (HAUNTED IN SOUTH CAROLINA)

We all know the legend, we all know the story. The remains of the original bridge can still be seen, and locals say the legend still works.
I, Aaron Sprouse and my esteemed partner Maxwell Alexander took to the famous bridge to conduct a thorough SCSI paranormal investigation.

From: http://smalltownssc.com/ghosts/

“Located in the town of Woodruff, there is a bridge that crosses over Little Ferguson Creek. The legend says that at midnight, you will start crying and screaming for no reason. (Mr. Johnson) went to the bridge one night at midnight, and says in his book “that he had no strange encounters with a ghost.” He also mentions that no one really knows why they call it Seven Devils Bridge, they just always have.”

Short and sweet. Maxwell and I agree with you “Mr. Johnson” this place is not haunted. The legend is wrong and downright funny.
Take it as you will, believe it if you want.
All my love,
Aaron Corey Sprouse(SCSI Co-founder/ Lead Investigator)
Case status: closed
Case conclusion: NOT HAUNTED

The T- Bridge- (Gaffney, SC)

The T- Bridge– (Gaffney, SC) “It is said that if you run across the t-bridge with out stopping a car will come behind you with no one in it. it is also been said that if you stand there for 10 minutes you will see an old lady carrying a basket, and that if you walk up to her as you getting there she will disappear ” YES, WE FINALLY INVESTIGATED THE -T- BRIDGE

If you’re expecting an in depth, in your face story like the others; then you can forget it. The T-Bridge is nothing more than an urban legend. It is purely myth. All data collected was negative. There was no apparition. There was nothing paranormal.
Bridges, bridges, bridges. Is it just me, or does it seem that every bridge is allegedly haunted? They sure have a bad reputation and a lot of mystery surrounding them but nine times out of ten; They’re not haunted. When this myth faced scientific method, it could not stand.

case status: closed
case conclusion: NOT HAUNTED

-Aaron Sprouse, South Carolina supernatural investigations