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April 16, 2014

Kelly Dickey: Ghost hunting leads to more skepticism and a fun story

Ghosts have never been something I’ve 100 percent believed in. I’ve had weird experiences happen to me that I couldn’t explain, but I’m also a bit of a skeptic, constantly looking for a logical explanation.

The thought of spirits terrified me as a kid, intrigued me as a teen and added to the various questions I have about life as an adult.

But mainly they’ve been entertaining. I’ve spent countless hours watching horror films, reality shows or just hearing friends talk about weird experiences in their childhood homes.

So when I got invited to tag along with a paranormal team during an investigation at Paramount Theatre, I pounced on the opportunity.

Shortly after 8 p.m. March 22, I watched the Paranormal Answers Research Team set up equipment I had only seen on shows like “Ghost Adventures” (fun fact: ghost boxes aren’t as loud and annoying in person as they are on TV).

Lead investigator Kelly Schuck went over the rules before we began: talk in a normal voice instead of whispering, if I make a noise I should tag it for the audio recording and if I feel tingling, nauseated or like something’s touching me, let her know.

I agreed to the rules, but in the back of my mind I was already questioning if I would announce if I felt funny. Not necessarily because I didn’t believe, but more because discovering phantom ailments is almost a hobby at this point; I spend way too much time on WebMD.com trying to pinpoint my disease of the week.

So when Schuck announced to the empty, dark room that it was my first investigation and the spirits could touch me, I silently prayed they wouldn’t so I didn’t have to determine if I was imagining it.

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