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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)

 

 

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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

Do ghost exist?

People are good, and evil simply doesn’t exist. Humans are truly good at heart and the only thing outside of our physical understanding is the endless skies and mysteries thereof. There is no such thing as ghost.
Or is there?

Everything is black and white, and there is no grey area. There is no good, other than good intentions. There is no evil, other than bad decisions. There is no god and there is no devil, no heaven and no hell. There are no angels and demons or ghosts and goblins. None of it exists outside of our own perception. There are no monsters other than the monsters we create inside of our minds. There is no hell other than the one we build around ourselves. There is nothing to be learned except invaluable lessons where the subjects are destined to repeat the same mistakes time and time again. No truths, only subtle undertones. No openness, only emotional masquerades where one hides what is really felt. There are no true heroes, only those who dream of courageous acts and those who have no choice but to act. Both of which are characters in this hopeless tragedy, drowning in a pool of romanticized emptiness.

We spend life thinking how they tell us to, writing our stories according to their standards and believing what they say we must believe in order to obtain salvation. Are they the monsters? Are the ghosts we see anything more than our bottled thoughts and lost desires? Simply misplaced energies searching for an outlet? Searching for a way to be seen, to be heard or to correct those wrong decisions? Are they the demons and the things that goes bump in the night are nothing more than ones broken mind and soul? Have they been misleading us our entire lives, or have we been lying to ourselves? Are we the monsters?

Humanity as a species will take an innocent mans life. We take what isn‘t ours, we rape and we brutalize those weaker than we are then we lie to cover it up. We cross our families for money, we break the hearts of those who love us the most and none of it is justified. We often feel no remorse nor regret for our actions and too many times fail to notice the pain we cause other people. So much pain inflicted upon other souls… That when you truly think about the feelings and energies emitted from such pain you begin to question everything including your very own existence. Upon examination you see that we leave a trail of emptiness, hopelessness and desperation without even batting an eye. You begin to see the sheer destruction caused by the lusts of man, leaving little room for hope inside your heart. We are indeed monsters.

I can attest with the utmost honesty to having seen and heard things which can not be explained. I, Aaron Corey Sprouse bear witness to things unseen and things unknown. I have stood in the scariest places in the southeast and challenged any entity that could respond. I have stood in homes where the most outlandish things were reported to have taken place and I never ran. I spent my time and money on researching these events. Every lead leads to another question and every question leads to another lead. Was I ever doing anything more than challenging myself? When examining the fallacy of man, these are the kinds of questions we musk ask ourselves. No matter what your opinion on the subject is, the same questions beg to be answered. I urge you to share with me your ghost story. Whether it be a thrilling tale of a dark entity that plagues the halls of your home or shattered hopes forever trapped somewhere due to the anguish you felt or caused.

Are ghosts real? Are they anything more than myth or is there any substance at all to the claims? I want to know what you think. Have you seen a ghost? Have you encountered unexplainable phenomena or have you created ghosts? Were you left nothing more than a ghost, a shell of your former self, by someone’s selfishness? Ask yourself was it worth it, the decisions you made? Was the hurt you inflicted upon someone else’s soul worth whatever momentary pleasure you received? Think these things through very carefully and please share with me your ghost story.

All the love in the world,
Aaron Corey Sprouse

Children’s cemetery paranormal investigation, Greenville SC

 

 

First, let’s examine some of the history of this location:”

This location is “Known as the Children’s Graveyard or more formally as the Duncan Chapel Methodist Church cemetery.”

“Duncan Chapel Methodist Church was built sometime back in the 1850s on land owned by P. E. Duncan and later sold by Duncan to the church. The first Duncan Chapel School was built on a quarter acre in the late 1870s on land sold by the church. The church ceased to function sometime in the 1920s and was sold off in 1939 according to the deed selling off the church land. A second, larger Duncan Chapel School was built a small distance away in the 1910s and so the first school was abandoned. No ruins of the church or the school exist anymore. The church cemetery is still around, although it is not exactly in anything resembling good condition.” information provided by, “outdoors in the upstate”, here’s their blog : http://markemark4.blogspot.com/

Tombstones range from the late 1700’s to late 1800’s. Some may be older than that, cause you can’t read what is on them. Reports say that you can see lights, hear running and laughter. Its a great little place to go and explore.” quote, (straneusa.com)

OUR INVESTIGATION:

the crew consisted of: (Maxwell Alexander, Aaron Sprouse, Sarah Freyta, and Hunter Kirby)

We set out to explore and investigate this known site, keeping in mind that all of the stories are not evidence. We only brought a digital voice recorder, EMF detector’s, and an experimental phone app (just to see what it’s about). The location is near a gas station and a busy road, so background noise was a bit of an issue. The site is in ruins. The reports that state some graves have been dug up and desecrated are true. There has been a complete lack of respect to the graveyard. We made sure that we were very careful and respectful of the grave plot’s. We started a recording session, asking several questions.We also took several photograph’s hoping to capture some interesting data. An overwhelming sadness came over us, probably because of the desecration of the graves. You get a strong sense of hopelessness, of lost children, forgotten children.

We recorded for quite some time, asking a series of questions in relation to the forgotten spirit’s pain. The sadness was overwhelming, but tolerable. The air was frigid and thick but not scary. The location was sad, yet energetic. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, and did not feel the slightest bit uneasy despite the sadness. We explored this historic location through and through, taking several several pictures along the way. After several EVP sessions we finally got the urge to leave when a truck full of locals kept circling the location, we collected a little more data and headed out to analyze our findings.

We did not capture anything in picture’s, however we did get some very interesting EVP’S. Some of our evp’s are understandable, some actually sound like children trying to form a sentence. The data does seem to indicate paranormal activity, and i will provide the evp’s for you guys to preview it for yourselves.


Make of it what you will. Investigate for yourself, but please be respectful of the grave’s

case status: closed

Case conclusion: Spiritually active

Herdklotz park investigation, Greenville SC

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“This beautiful park that offers panoramic views of the downtown Greenville skyline and nearby Paris Mt. has a rich history. The site was once the home to the Hopewell Sanitarium, a nationally recognized hospital for patients with tuberculosis. Remains from the root cellar were saved during park construction and historic signage offers visitors interesting insight into an era that spanned the early 1900′s. The hospital eventually burned down and the County decided to construct a park on the site.” From Greenvillerec

     We entered Herdklotz park after dark, hoping to capture great evidence of paranormal activity! The location of the old TB hospital, One of the most famous haunted places in the upstate. The eerie, dark, disturbing history echoes in the irony of the park’s location. Several Investigations have taken place here and the SCSI wanted to take a stab at it, after dark. Simply armed with a digital recorder and an EMF detector the SCSI set out to investigate, and investigate we did.

     Of all the spiritual activity i have felt and experienced this place takes the cake, by feeling alone. This park at night generates a feeling of sheer terror, a skin crawling vibe that is sure to make the most veteran investigator take note. Feelings and experiences can be signs of spiritual activity and make for awesome stories, however this is not evidence and evidence is what the SCSI is about. Maxwell and I recorded, we talked, we asked questions and sat for a long period of time trying to generate a response from spirits. We heard several noises, yet nothing out of the ordinary for a park in the night. We did not experience EMF readings that would raise suspicion and we did not have any visual or audible responses from a spirit. We eventually called the rest of the crew to come pick us up (the park is closed and off limits at night, oops!) and we set out to examine the evidence. We had one unexplained section of audio that some would deem to be an EVP. It actually seemed to be an entire sentence at about fourteen minutes into the recording session. We examined the audio wave over and over, yet could not make out any words. Other than this, we did not capture any data out of the ordinary, much less something that would suggest that this park is haunted.
We do intend to go back in the daytime and conduct a follow up investigation, so we will not close the case. There just isn’t any data that suggest this place is haunted. Until we are able to further investigate we will not close the case.
Current case status: Open
Current case conclusion: Not haunted
(This park is beautiful and in a very beautiful area, if you have the chance do check it out)

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Residential investigation, little hope road

The SCSI was asked to perform an investigation at a Blacksburg home on February 7th 2014. The house is located on little hope road behind Kelly’s Steakhouse right off of HWY 29. Surrounded by woods, the small brick home does have a dark feeling. The surrounding trees generate an automatically eerie feeling that leaves one wondering.  The home was previously owned by a schizophrenic (believed to be possessed) elderly woman who spray painted her windows so she could no longer see ghost and demonic entities. This story is verified, the current resident inherited the house from the woman and has since wondered whether she was insane or there was more to the story. The SCSI set up shop with standard EMF detectors, and two digital recorders. We asked several generic investigatory questions and received no audible responses. When prompting a spirit to make a noise, we received no response. The house did have an unusually high EMF baseline for a place so secluded and technologically limited. This investigation lasted quite a while and did not feel eerie or dark like we did at first glance of the location. We felt at ease, light and cheerful. When we set out to review the data we were surprised to find twenty one unexplained sounds, but upon further review were able to determine that they were mostly sounds made by the crew or resident. Actually, there was not a single EVP or sound that suggested that the place was haunted.

The Evidence that this place is not haunted is overwhelming. We are still lightly reviewing the data and running the sounds through pro voice software but so far we conclude that this place is not haunted and have closed the case.

BILLY GOAT BRIDGE ROAD (GAFFNEY’S MOST BLATANT HAUNTING)

HERE YOU WILL WITNESS:

THE MOST BLATANT, IN YOUR FACE HAUNTING THAT GAFFNEY, SOUTH CAROLINA HAS EVER SEEN

BILLY GOAT BRIDGE (REVISED)

Ghost admitting their existence! Provoking investigators! answering several

11/17/14

ME: @AARONSPROUSE


  DAY 1.   February 2, 2014 The SCSI (South Carolina supernatural investigations) conducted an investigation on Billy goat Bridge Road in Gaffney, South Carolina. The first trip to this location resulted in some of the most startling GRADE A EVP’S that I have ever heard. Maxwell Alexander, along with Sarah Freyta and Michael Guyton (both former investigators) held a recording session here for day one. I had never seen them so excited. It was as if the guys had stumbled directly onto a gold mine; they did!


  I knew this was the real deal. I COULDN’T HAVE BEEN MORE READY.  I LISTENED TO THE STUNNING EVP from the night before, over and over again.

^Just as they said, a clear male voice asking “why is my face burned?”.^


HAVING THAT EVP ALONE IS GOOD ENOUGH HUH?

       DAY 2.   Maxwell, Mikey and I were set to take on the investigation of a lifetime. Oh the dark, eerie, feeling of being watched. heightened senses; extreme paranoia; visual and auditory matrxcing. This location packs it all in the first punch. Sarah was not able to come on investigation number two. Which is really interesting considering what we found next. An even clearer EVP STATING: “this F****** burning” in a female voice. (yes i am serious)


DAY 3-5.

We captured two evp’s saying Mikey (one of our team members) BUT THAT WAS NOTHING. WE HAVE CAPTURED ANOTHER GRADE A EVP, SAYING “I EXIST”


              A few of these EVP‘s were captured while in the vehicle, others on the bridge. On the bridge we had EXTREMELY high EMF readings, and an extremely dark feeling. The entire place has an ominous vibe. It is  dark, it is cold and it’s downright frightening. We ALL sensed a presence and in direct response to asking for a manifestation Manifest we had knocking on the bridge. Constant rumbling under the bridge and direct responses to questions asked. Out of several recording sessions we captured qute a few EVP’s that I would conclude to be spirits.

          As a group of logical thinkers we attribute the rest to natural sounds and recording disturbances that happen as a group of people walk around. As an investigatory protocol We note every sound that the crew makes, eliminating the possibility of these evp’s being us. I, Aaron Sprouse would professionally conclude that this place is indeed haunted.  Not just by one spirit, but two. One spirit being a male who was not aggressive and the second spirit being a female which I deemed to be malevolent.

By: Aaron Sprouse