TIFTON -- Ever wondered what that sound that went bump in the night was? A local team may be able to help you out.
Southern Ghost Hunters, or SGH Paranormal Investigations, brings people the chance to get a glimpse of the other side. The nine-person team has been looking into possible hauntings since March.
The team was formed by horror author Holly Catanzarita. She also works as an interpreter at the Georgia Agrirama historic site. She had heard rumors about hauntings at many of the buildings at the site and it afforded her and others the opportunity to look into areas few have the interest or courage to research.
"Since I've been working there, there's been rumors and stories about being haunted," she said.
The stories led her to form SGH and she soon found startling evidence. The team has made many Electronic Voice Phenomenon recordings at several buildings and even captured some spooky images of shadowy movements and light anomalies on video.
The investigations led to the Agrirama starting after-hours ghost and hauntings tours hosted by Catanzarita throughout October, the month of Halloween.
"I've got the evidence to back it up," she said. "I wouldn't have done it if I hadn't."
The team has captured strange lights moving on camera, shadows moving where there are no people and even a haunting face in a window pane. Some of the recordings are especially eerie, including voices calling for help, voices saying "I love you" and other creepy sounds, all caught on tape. Perhaps strangest of all, Catanzarita believes she may have a ghostly stalker that follows her at many of the sites at the Agrirama. At several places, the team has recorded a voice calling "Holly" to her.
"The best thing is if we can capture it on video," she said. "If we ask questions and receive answers, that sort of tips the scales toward the positive."
She plays both the video and audio recordings before the tours. She said that at least one person has experienced some touch of the supernatural on every tour.
But the tours and the Agrirama investigations were just the beginning of the group. They have since branched out to "ghost hunts" and home investigations.
"There are several places around in Georgia," Catanzarita said. "There are a lot of places that people don't want me to talk about."
One of the types of investigations that the team performs is a ghost hunt. A ghost hunt is when they go to a possible haunted area and try to find the spirits of the deceased. One of the team's first ghost hunts was at a cemetery in Waverly Hall that dates back to1835. The graveyard had been reported haunted by townspeople and other groups.
"They're right," Catanzarita said. "It is."
The other type is a home investigation in which the team is called in by a homeowner to determine if the house is haunted. In one case, two women from Brunswick have been calling Catanzarita to help them either get rid of or understand an unwelcome visitor in their home.
"The one in Brunswick, (they) have experienced stuff that scared them to death," she said. "Two women live there and will call anytime they get scared."
Although the SGH team does not have futuristic packs on their back that can trap ghosts like the characters from the 1980s movie "Ghostbusters," they hope that they can give people peace of mind.
"People like to know that they're not crazy," Catanzarita said. "If we go in and do find that they do have some activity, it makes them feel better."
She said that the team always acts under the assumption that a "haunting" can be explained by conventional means and even try to debunk any claims first. If no other explanation can be found, then they confirm to the owner that they must have an infestation from the spirit world.
She said that the team never fakes evidence or fabricates a hoax.
To find out more information on SGH, see its Web site at www.southern-ghosthunters.com.
To call reporter Dusty Vassey, call 382-4321, ext. 208.
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