By Zane Thomas – News Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Rowe compares ghost chasing to fishing. Sometimes, they catch something. Sometimes, they don’t.
The Wagoner native has always been interested in the paranormal and in June of 2010, he formed The Oklahoma Ghost Chasers, with his wife, Kathi, and several other local residents and Wagoner natives.
They have all been fans themselves of the paranormal and some of their research is on a famous building here in town – The Pink House.
Kathy Moore, owner of the building, which is now a restaurant, said there were incidents happening that at first frightened people.
Rowe said when he went into the building to investigate, he felt pressure when he entered the room which used to be that of Kate Leonard’s, whose spirit is believed to still be in the building.
Kate Leonard never allowed men in her room, according to Heather Cameron, the historical research manager of the group.
People have spotted her on the stairway. During one incident, a worker at the Pink House put a customer on hold while talking to them on the phone, and Kate Leonard reportedly got on the line.
Cameron said that Kate and Nestor Virgil Leonard were the second owners of the building. Nestor Leonard died in 1966 and Kate Leonard passed away in 1977.
Moore said at first there were some incidents that made them rethink whether her family should have bought the building.
Rowe said a glass window imploded and mold is growing on the siding outside, but mold isn’t supposed to form on this type of siding.
However, Moore said now that the building is a restaurant, Kate Leonard or any other spirits seem pleased with what they’ve done.
It still doesn’t mean people haven’t been told by a voice to “Get out!”
The Ghost Chasers said they have heard that.
On the conclusion of their first investigation of the building, Rowe said the Ghost Chasers went to leave only to find that a chair had been placed in front of the door.
They also heard on the EVP (electronic voice phenomenon), a voice saying, “Please, don’t leave.”
The team is presenting A Haunted Evening at The Pink House Saturday, Oct. 20. Tickets have been selling fast, according to Chris Cameron, Search Engine Optimization Manager.
The 8 p.m. event has sold out, even though there may still be tickets available for the 5 p.m. event.
Tickets are $35 per person and include dinner, evidence revealed and a guided tour of the building.
Moore said at first they were reluctant to let people know about the activity at the building, out of fear of vandalisim.
Heather Cameron said a lot of people already know about the activity and are interested in it.
For most of them, they say the incidents are not at all disturbing.
Rowe said there has never been any incidents in which they’ve been scratched.
Ryan Peace, a paranormal investigator with the group, said he was at a motel room doing a hunt, and heard a voice say, “Go to sleep.” Soon after, he said he was asleep.
Peace is a Wagoner native who is new to the group.
“I want to see if this is real of not,” he said.
Serai Davis, case manager for the group, said at one time, she saw the ghost of a man, wearing an old-fashioned suit, for a few seconds.
“For me, that’s the best thing in the world to see,” she said. “It startled me, but the adrenaline rush when I saw that was just amazing.”
One time on an investigation, they were playing old-time music.
Heather Cameron said there was tapping heard on the EVPs to the music. Then, they had a voice saying, “Bring it back” when they turned off the music.
Mike Davis, tech manager for the group, said there are EVPs of spirits answering questions. He said there was one time he was asking Serai Davis a question from another room, and another voice answered.
Chris Cameron said they know what each other’s voices sound like and it’s easy to distinguish them.
However, Rowe said sometimes, there are some practical jokes.
He was doing a ghost hunt with another group at the Camelot Hotel in Tulsa and people could hear a door slamming, which was later revealed to be homeless people inside the building playing a joke.
Rowe said they do run into skeptics, from time to time, especially with all the ghost hunter reality TV shows.
And the group is skeptical of orbs and particles which appear in still photography that some people might claim are spirits.
Chris Cameron said there are dust particles in the air and if you look at video, you can see the particles rise up as people move and slowly dissipate.
Rowe said they have to remain professional, which means they have to be both open-minded and skeptical.
Chris Cameron said there are a lot of people coming to them wanting answers because sometimes the noises they hear may just be the foundation settling in their homes.
He said they were contacted by one man who wanted to see if they saw what his wife was seeing.
Heather Cameron said people are looking for validation.
And many of them don’t want the activity getting out to the public. Rowe said they are always confidential in their hunts.
He feels their clientele are just like them, they’re all just looking for some answers, but Rowe said he feels they are educating themselves.
Along the way, they are communicating with other ghost hunting groups in the area and helping each other out.