ANDERSON — Perched center stage at the Paramount Theatre, the group looks over the rows of seats and up into the balcony. There’s no spotlight, no audience, just darkness.
Kelly Schuck, her husband Jim and Michael Gerholdt sat and waited.
The group notes they’re getting light through the glass doors from cars outside. It’s important for the team to tag any proven interference for their evidence, even if skeptics may doubt its validity.
The three are part of the Paranormal Answers Research Team (PART), a group of investigators who travel to alleged haunting sites, mainly in Indiana.
Lead investigator Kelly Schuck and six others visited the Paramount on March 22 to see if the building filled with history is also filled with ghosts.
“My gut feeling is we probably caught something (on recordings),” Schuck said after the investigation but before she went over the evidence.
PART got to roam the Paramount in total darkness. They started setting up at 8 p.m. and ended the investigation at 1 a.m.
Just like in popular television shows “Ghost Hunters” and “Ghost Adventures,” the team set up night vision cameras throughout the building with a live feed to a computer monitor set up at their command post backstage.
Armed with video cameras, audio recorders and K-2 meters, devices that measure electromagnetic fields and ghost investigators believe can detect spirits’ energy, the team split into two groups.
PART investigated various areas of the Paramount, including the stage, Hardacre Ballroom, basement and women’s dressing room.
Gayle Jones Burris, Paramount executive director, said some legends have been documented, including in the Encyclopedia of Haunted Indiana. Throughout the years there have been reports of a woman in the dressing room mirror in full stage makeup, children running and throwing things off the balcony and people seeing apparitions.