Paranormal Findings Revealed
By: Jessica Wagner
Published: 29 November 2011
After three weeks of compiling hours of audio and reviewing photographs, Southern Paranormal Investigations of Atlanta (SPIA) founder Karen Fon has concluded paranormal activity is present within the Cherokee Ledger-News office building.
“It is not necessarily deemed haunted, even though paranormal activity is present,” she said. “That said, based on our experiences, individually and collectively, and the evidence collected, we do believe the (Ledger-News) and property to be haunted.”
Following a seven-hour investigation on the evening of Oct. 22, Fon said SPIA believes the location has intelligent and residual hauntings.
“Intelligent hauntings are that of a ghostly presence, or presences, attached to a specific locale,” she penned in SPIA’s concluding report on the investigation. “Residual haunting is a psychic imprint of a scene, which is repeatedly played out where the witnesses of such phenomenon essentially are peering into the past.”
Fon and her team of investigators said they personally believe “the ghostly presence” is that of Dr. William Lemuel Dean, son of Dr. W.H. Dean.
(LEFT: Southern Paranormal Investigations of Atlanta team members Karen Fon, founder and lead investigator, as well as investigators Paul Fon and Karen Brown and sensitive Susan Gilbert, stand in front of the Cherokee Ledger-News, located in historic downtown Woodstock. Also joining the team were two investigators-in-training, along with audio specialist Michelle Baker, not pictured. Photo by Jessica Wagner | Ledger-News)
W.L. Dean and his wife, Luella, lived in the home from 1883 to 1945. Their descendants owned the home for nearly a century, according to land deeds.
When drafting a conclusion about the home, located in downtown Woodstock, Fon said the SPIA took many aspects into consideration, such as photographic and audio evidence, as well as personal experiences.
Fon noted that personal experiences alone do not prove paranormal activity at a location and are used only for comparing what a client might have experienced.
Susan Gilbert, the “sensitive” on the SPIA team, documented the sighting of a tall man in suspenders; a strong odor of cherry tobacco; and what she said was the spirit of Luella Dean. Gilbert also recorded the impression of two people she believes to be Dr. W.L. Dean and Dr. George Merritt, who built the house in 1875.
As for the photographs, which were taken outside when no one was inside for 20 minutes, Fon said strange mists, not seen by the naked eye, were captured.
“In these photos, the mist would be seen on the screen of the digital camera immediately after the pictures were taken, and we would take another picture and there would be no mist,” she wrote in the report, documenting that the night was a cool 41 degrees with clear skies.
Audio evidence (Electronic Voice Phenomenon or EVP) collected on the night of the investigation was classified as “Class B,” which is slightly audible and sometimes required headphones to listen. Fon noted in the report that one “Class A” EVP was captured. She said these types of EVPs are rare, as they are very clear and do not need to be amplified.
On Nov. 15, Fon sat down with members of the Ledger-News to review the audio collected. Within the 16 recordings, “Is he dead,” “You’re upset,” “Not in my house,” “I can’t seem to let her go,” and “What’s that?” were reviewed. The names David and Anthony also were faintly spoken.