Butler County Times Gazette
  • Spookiness creeps into museum

  • What was revealed at the paranormal investigation at the Kansas Museum of Military History?
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  • Jennifer Kirkpatrick probably wasn't expecting the answer she got when she asked if there were any ghosts in the corner room with her.
    "I felt fingers on my neck sitting in the little office," she said. "It gave me chills. It let me know it was there. It answered me."
    She wasn't the only one in the group of six ghost hunters who thought something unexplainable was with them as they tried talking with ghosts...who talked back through radio waves.
    "We were in there and we had the door shut, but a shadow kept getting in my face," Julia said.
    Indeed, there were some bizarre occurrences going on at the Augusta Military Museum Saturday night. Darin Peterson and Moonlit Ghost Hunts, an affiliate with the TV show Ghost Adventures on Travel channel, brought equipment for people to test exactly what was going on.
    "I'm not going to go tell people this place is haunted or there's ghosts there. I'm going to tell them, 'Here's my equipment, use it and decide for yourself. I'm not going to make up people's minds for them. I'm just going to show them how use equipment."
    Cold air randomly blowing, whispers, smells and voices heard on the transistor radio all played a part in the spooky night.
    "It was just a lot of weird stuff that I don't know if it's true or not," Kriston said.
    Some people agreed that, while the museum may not be jump-out-loud haunted, there definitely seemed to be some unseen things going on, even if it was more residual in nature.
    Several different types of detectors picked up on what perhaps was paranormal activity. Detectors that measure seismic changes were placed all around the floor, and people would witness spikes in the decimal readings despite no visible activity. Picking up on the fact that there was movement, Peterson start asking questions aloud to a spirit endearingly named Sissy, a little girl, it's been deemed, who peeks through windows from time to time.
    Another detector used, the Ovilus, attempted to translate electromagnetic energy into words. It has a White Noise mode, an EMF pump and a huge word bank that the computer could cycle through and speak.
    "The ghost box thing was pretty neat," said Samantha, referring to the Ovilus. "It sounded like a robot. It was creepy."
    Another weird moment for Julia was looking at a picture taken that showed something that wasn't visible to the naked eye. As if someone was standing near the vehicle in the museum she was next to.
    Lisa Lazareva, the museum's executive director, knew the place was haunted soon after taking over in April of 2011. She was cleaning the uniform room upstairs one day, and she later discovered three inexplicable scratches on her arm. At that point, she was a believer.
    Page 2 of 2 - Bob Gilmer was walking through an open space by himself with his recorder running, but when he played it back, he heard a raspy voice say "Thank you." He admitted he freaked a little when he realized a ghost may have walked right by him.
    After all was said and done, some people remained skeptics. Some admitted they just came for the thrill and adrenaline rush. But others? They felt there was more in the museum than meets the eye.
    "I'm not going to rule out the fact that if something happened or a life-changing event happened, or a life-taking event happened, that it couldn't leave a form of energy there," Peterson said.
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