I will endlessly doubt anything that I can’t hear, see or touch, and even then I don’t easily believe something is paranormal without asking a million and one questions.
But during a recent investigation in the original Shady Lane Nursing Home in the Shady Lane Complex in Clarksboro, I saw something with my very own eyes that I can not explain.
Nearly every investigator on the Jersey Unique Minds Paranormal Society was present for this huge investigation.
After we broke into groups of three, I accompanied investigators Mellie DeVault and Susan Sacavage to the first-floor common room for the first sweep.
We spent an hour in this area, attempting to make contact with anyone who may be lingering there, but, except for one strange anomaly presented to us via DeVault’s green laser grid – a high-powered laser that emits a grid of green dots used to detect shadows or visual disturbances – the area was quiet.
For the next sweep, the three of us were escorted into the basement by DeVault’s brother, Anthony Grothaus.
Now, let me go back a moment and explain our newest piece of ghost hunting equipment – a skeletal mapping program that utilizes a Kinect video game sensor and laptop to show evidence of spirits and even humans in a certain area.
The Kinect sensor emits billions of tiny laser beams that translate into a stick figure when they pick up a human form – living or dead.
Nothing had appeared on the Kinect yet that evening. However, when we arrived at the basement room containing a dentist’s chair – complete with tools lying around it – and what appeared to be a barber’s chair, we were startled to see a small stick figure on the laptop screen attached to the Kinect.
The figure appeared to be in the back corner of the room, attempting to hide from us.
Grothaus decided to go into the room and, guided by the rest of us watching the two stick figure forms on the monitor, tried to get near the mysterious figure.
After a few minutes, and seeing the two figures moving closer to each other, Grothaus felt something tug on the hem of his shirt. Twice.
When he reacted to the physical touch, the smaller figure disappeared.
While we were continuing to investigate the situation, JUMPS Founder and CEO Doug Hogate Jr. radioed down to tell us our guest investigators for the evening, Sara Lowell and Dawn Gibson from S&D Paranormal Society based in West Deptford, were coming to the basement to grab a piece of equipment. (In strange, dark places, we often scare each other by accident, so we try to warn fellow investigators of impending visitors when we can.)
Not less than a minute after his call, I saw a small figure walk across the opening at the other end of the long hall we were standing in.
It must have been one of the girls coming down like Doug said.
Grothaus yelled, “Hello?”
He walked down to the other end where the figure had crossed.
No one there.
Let me try to describe what I saw: I was standing in a long hall and saw a figure walk from right to left across the opening to my hallway – picture a letter “T.”
I wrote it off to her moving quickly and was already out of earshot when Grothaus called out.
When we completed our crazy active investigation by the barber chair room – with more Kinect activity and physical contact (see next week’s “Paranormal Corner” for more details and evidence) – we walked to the end of the hall where I had seen the S&D investigator pass.
However, when I arrived to the area where she had been walking, I made an unsettling discovery: the hallway was NOT a “T” shaped path.
Image from MorgueFile.