Things Do Go Bump in the Night Featured

By Tori Linville

Local paranormal expert says leave ghost hunting to the experts

 

Halloween is right around the corner and there’s costumes to wear, candy to be passed out and fun times to be had.

 

If part of your plan happens to be trying to communicate with the other side, however, you might want to rethink things. David Higdon, founder and lead investigator for the Tuscaloosa Paranormal Research Group, has plenty of reasons why ghosts should be left to the professionals.

 

DavidHigdononTV.png: David Higdon and his group’s investigation of the

Tallassee Community Library was featured on the Biography Channel’s “My Ghost Story.”

 

Higdon has investigated his fair share of sites around Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and other areas with his team, including places such as The Jemison- Van De Graaff Mansion, Sloss Furnace and other locations both private and public. Though unexplained things do occur, the gig isn’t as exciting as people would like to think, Higdon said.

 

“I’ve heard voices, footsteps, seen people get scratched, that kind of stuff,” he said. “But doing what I’m doing, 95 percent of the time, nothing happens. You spend the night in the dark at two and three o’clock in the morning, ready to go home. Then you get that five percent that makes you keep wanting to do what we’re doing.”

 

The Tuscaloosa Paranormal Research Group is one of three members in Alabama of The Atlantic Paranormal Society, known as TAPS. TAPS appears on SyFy in a self-titled show and the TPRG matches TAPS with most of the equipment used during investigations, from motion sensors to digital infrared cameras, Higdon said.

 

Higdon has also been featured in A&E’s “My Ghost Story” after he and his team investigated the Tallassee Community Library in Tallassee, Alabama. Higdon said the unnerving investigation led to one of the few times he had to walk out of a room in order to gather himself.

 

“They’d [the client] been seeing ghost kids walking around. It [the library] used to be an old boys’ club and before that the foundation used to be a civil war hospital. They kept seeing a civil war soldier walking around also,” he said. “One particular spot where I had to back out of the room was when I heard two knocks in the kids’ library part. I went in there alone to try and get some kind of response. I had to back out to calm myself down and I went back in there and got someone to come back in with me. If I have someone with me, we have two people that heard the same thing, so it’s more validated.”

 

Higdon then said a piece of plywood over a fireplace came crashing down by itself, followed by motion sensors being set off by rocking horses moving on their own.

 

And for those interested people who are thinking about having some Halloween fun with ghosts, Higdon said it simply isn’t a good idea.

 

“Don’t play with a Ouija board, don’t get a tape recorder and stay in your house thinking you’re going to get something. If someone does whip out a Ouija board, walk away,” he said. “Don’t do it at your house – that’s one of the main things I wish someone had told me.”

 

Oiji Board is not a toy

 

“And don’t go into Old Bryce.” “Old Bryce” refers to the abandoned, antebellum-style building located in Northport that has long been thought to be haunted.

 

OldBryceHospitalOutside.png: Higdon does not recommend that anyone

attempt to visit “Old Bryce,” which is supposedly haunted.

 

 

 OldBryceHospitalGraffiti.png: The Old Bryce asylum’s walls are now covered in graffiti.

 

Stressful environments in the home or heightened emotions can create unwanted and unintentional activity, Higdon said.

 

For more information on the areas around Tuscaloosa and Alabama, Higdon has co-written two books, “Haunted Tuscaloosa” and “Haunted Alabama Blackbelt” with Brett Talley. To see more about TPRG’s investigations and equipment, visit tuscaloosaparanormal.com. TPRG can also be contacted at (205)-563-3850. The group doesn’t charge for investigations.

 

HauntedTuscaloosaBook.png: Higdon has co-written

two books with Brett Talley, including “Haunted Tuscaloosa.”

 

 

Photos: David Higdon

OUIJA photo: Wiki Commons images

 

 

 

 

 

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