Photo Gallery | Paranormal investigators certify Memphis places as haunted
"I had things happen around me, looking for a scientific explanation of why physical things, objects were being moved around me," said Steve, explaining why he started investigations into paranormal activity in Memphis and surrounding areas.
Throughout October conversations about ghosts and hauntings may be more frequent compared to the rest of the year, but for Steve and his co-director at Memphis - Midsouth Ghost Hunters the research and investigations continue as normal—just as they have been doing for hundreds of cases studied in more than a decade.
Steve says his skepticism skewed after delving into an investigation at the Ruffin Theater in Covington where employees and patrons shared stories about a little girl in a white, victorian dress roaming the halls.
"I found some children's soundtracks from the early 1900s off the Internet and played music [in the theater]. She spoke out loud plain as day. Since then I've been a believer; there's no explanation," said Steve, who used to doubt paranormal activity.
The investigation team certified that the skating rink turned theater as haunted after recording the voice and saving it to their paranormal audio evidence archive. And it is not the only theater deemed haunted by the ghost hunters.
A couple of years ago the team and a local radio station teamed up to investigate the Orpheum Theater. According to legends, a ghost, also described as a little girl, named Mary, haunts the extravagant theater.
According to stories, a streetcar on Beale Street reportedly struck and killed her decades ago.
"[The ghost] told the medium something like she liked the theater, like the excitement of the theater. She didn't remember what happened to her, but liked being [in the theater]," said Steve.
Steve and his co-director, Eddie, certified the historic Woodruff-Fontaine house as haunted. Many have testified Mollie Woodruff, who died of yellow fever shortly after having a child, haunts her bedroom and wanders through the house frequently leaving impressions in bed covers. Many witnesses also say they smelled cigar smoke coming from an unidentified visitor.
Similarly in Covington, guests and paranormal investigators say they have experienced paranormal activity at Magnolia Manor Bed and Breakfast. The home served as a headquarters for the Union Army during the Civil War and is believed to be the home where four generals planned the battle of Shiloh. Also certified as haunted, the year-round establishment's spirits are said to be friendly. According to the Memphis Ghost hunters, they often move things around or touch guests to reveal their presence.
But since the Memphis - Midsouth Ghost Hunters began operating in 2002, many people called the team to investigate private residences. Steve and Eddie use a variety of equipment while in the field including EMF meters for detecting and interacting with sentient electromagnetic energy fields.
The team does not charge for their service, and when people insist on payment, the team asks them to donate the sum to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
"There are homeowners [who experience] disturbance ... The homeowner gets fearful," said Steve. "We help with the earth-bound transition to a spiritual journey."
You can read more about Memphis - Midsouth Ghost Hunter's services and investigations here.
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