All the investigators have full time jobs, so the money spent on ghost hunting is out of pocket and during their free time. They have at least $4,000 worth of equipment, and footage from each investigation takes more than 40 hours to review.
Schuck said she’s only about a third through reviewing video footage from the Paramount and so far hasn’t found any visual evidence, but the team picked up good audio from each room. Among the audio was a male voice singing a “jazzy riff” 24 minutes into the investigation, she said.
PART case manager Rick Hodge said he investigated the Paramount in 2013 with a different paranormal research team. Although he thinks he got more EVPs in the basement by himself in the last year, he thinks this investigation went better.
Hodge said he got responses through EVP and his ghost box, a device that continually scans radio frequencies and investigators believe spirits can use to communicate.
“I asked if they used to perform at the theater and I got an EVP that said ‘maybe,’” he said.
At one point, Hodge said he asked if the spirits wanted him to turn off the ghost box and he got the response, “Do it.”
Most of PART’s investigations take place at homes throughout the state. People contact them when supernatural events occur and they don’t know what to do, especially when children are involved.
Schuck said a lot of people don’t believe in the paranormal until they experience it, and that’s when PART gets calls.
All she can do is get her evidence out there, she said.
“Paranormal is just what you can’t explain through natural explanations,” Schuck said. “Paranormal just means out of the normal.”
Jones Burris said the staff at the Paramount believes there are likely spirits protecting the theater.
“Saying the Paramount is haunted is kind of like the Santa Claus discussion,” she said. “You don’t want to say there’s no such thing because what if there is?”
To learn more about PART and its investigations, go to paranormalanswersresearchteam.com.
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