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Ghost hunting society offers insight into the paranormal


Find out more about what goes bump in the night and how to investigate its source during a Duke City Paranormal Research Society Talk.

The presentation on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Cherry Hills Library will detail how the group investigates paranormal activity, describe the equipment it uses in investigations and provide insight on what qualifies as a haunting. The audience also will have a chance to participate and give their input on phenomenon captured by the society. There also will also be a question and answer session following the presentation.

Duke City Paranormal Research Society, which has been in existence for five years, has investigated private residences, hotels, museums and more throughout New Mexico. As part of Saturday’s presentation, the group will share photo evidence, electronic voice phenomena (EVP), and more that it has captured during its analysis of the paranormal including an EVP from a visit to the St. James Hotel in Cimarron.

“The manager related a story about his 1 1/2 old granddaughter playing in the kitchen outside his office,” said Ed Sather, lead investigator and tech supervisor for the Duke City Paranormal Research Society. “It sounded like she was playing with someone. She said she was playing with a friend and he looked around and there was nobody there and he asked if the friend had a name and couldn’t understand because she was learning to talk and said either Timmy or Jimmy. Later that night, I was doing an EVP session in the kitchen not far from where the granddaughter was playing and asked the usual questions and one of the questions was asking can you knock a pot or pan off the shelf and after asking that I heard a little boy’s voice and he said ‘It’s Timothy.’ He wanted to let us know it was Timothy not Tim or Jim.”

The group will also share a photo of a full apparition it captured when it visited the Shaffer Hotel in Mountainair.

“The Shaffer Hotel was our first investigation,” said Sara Sather, director and lead investigator for the Duke City Paranormal Research Society. “We went down to check out if they allowed investigations. They said there is a team here tonight and asked if we wanted to stay and investigate. It’s the time we caught a full body apparition in the courtyard. We only had been doing it for four months. It was very exciting.”

The team will explain how sometimes investigations do not always turn up evidence of hauntings.

“One thing people need to realize is ghosts are not at our beckon call,” Ed Sather said. “Yes we got a full apparition and a purple mist that night (at the Shaffer Hotel) and we have gone out there other times and got absolutely nothing. It’s mostly timing and luck.”