October 16, 2008
By: Brandy Stark
Pre-note: I was attending a conference at which one of my research papers had been accepted for presentation. I had not been to Gainesville, the conference location, for a number of years. I did some research on “Gainesville” and “ghosts” and came up with the following websites:
Of these locations, I was able to attend three. The first was the haunted Crispers, as listed on “Haunted Florida.com”:
The current building was a former record studio and before that housed Goodwill. Rumor has it that someone died in the building when it was Goodwill. Employees have reported hearing a female calling out to them after closing and all doors are locked. Shadows have been seen on the walls. Knocking has been heard at the rear loading dock doorway early in the morning only to have no one at the door.
I opted to have dinner at the restaurant. I arrived around 8 p.m. and left at 9: 15. Here is the real-time report of my experience there (I had my laptop and sent an email over dinner):
Here I am in one of the haunted locations in Gainesville. I came in and two of the employees, college students, didn't know that it was haunted. So, I showed them the page that I printed up from the Internet with the Crispers story. The story, in summary, is that this building used to house a record studio, and before that a Goodwill. Rumor has it that someone died in the building when it was a Goodwill. Some employees have reported hearing a female voice call to them and some have seen a shadow figure on the walls. Some knocking has been heard at the rear loading dock doorway early in the morning and when employees check the area, they find no one at the door.
They young men got their manager and we talked for about 15 minutes. I, again, presented the story – which she found a bit unsettling because just prior to my arrival she had just finished telling another employee about an experience that she had here a week or two ago. She said that she was locking up to leave when she could have sworn that she passed someone (a shadowy figure, from what I gathered). She came back in and checked again and there was no one here.
The EMF meter (Trifield) that I placed on the table has been bouncing some but it's hard to say that there isn't a natural cause. I hear microwaves going off, my computer is here, but much of the time the meter is pretty stead. I have tried to ask the entity – physically, mentally, and via typed question with the Puck -- to move the needle. Response is sporadic.
I did a quiet (non-vocal) Paranormal Puck session. Using Jeanne’s earphones, I would ask questions, this time NOT repeating them aloud as I typed them, and the response was not filtered through external speakers but into the headphones. Here it the actual session. I find it interesting that there SEEMS to be a love story here. I also loved that the first time I was getting ready to go I got the response "jerk" -- but then that showed up 4 other times tonight. Still, the timing was quite funny. See what you think of this. I am “User” and the entity is the line after me (no title). Any time “User” appears with no words in between means that there was no response. EMF on the Puck did fluctuation slightly from .8 mG to 1.2 mG.
User: Is there anyone there?
User: are you the woman that they say haunts this building?
User: Are you testing my equipment?
User: Do you understand how this works?
User: Yes, I will write questions here and you can manipulate the EMF to select words to answer me.
User: Do you understand?
User: Do you seek to be happy?
anything ass yours
User: Really? I have to say that this is the first time that I have been so addressed.
User: Were you here as a singer?
User: Did you associate with this when it was a Goodwill?
position Robert else
User: You were here when it was a Goodwill?
User: Did you die in this building when it was still a Goodwill?
User: Were you murdered here?
User: Did you die of natural causes?
User: How did you die?
User: I don't understand the answer.
User: Do you still manifest here?
User: Did the manager see you?
User: She thought that you were a bird?
User: Did you show up as a shadow figure for her?
User: Did you try to scare her?
User: Did she scare you>
User: Is there a message that you want to pass on to the living?
User: Are you happy?
User: Are you sad?
User: Why do you stay here?
User: Are you too weak to leave?
User: OK. So, are you trapped here?
User: Where are you from?
User: Were you a drifter?
User: were you homeless?
User: Did you work here?
User: The waitress is banging bowls. Do you not like the sound?
User: Were you attracted here by the sound?
User: Were you here when this was a sound studio?
User: Did you try to create a video here?
User: Did you have a musical career?
User: Is that why you are still here? Is it because you never got that career?
User: Is that how you died? Did you die in a fall in the building?
coast jerk east
User: Is that a "yes"?
User: Can you make the EMF needle spike on the trifield meter next to my computer?
User: No response?
User: Well, yeah, no response (zero response).
Sandra relax built
User: Who is Sandra?
User: who is Robert?
User: Did he push you?
User: Did you decide to break up with him?
User: Did he decide to break up with you?
User: So, did he upset you?
User: Did he distract you?
User: Did he push you?
User: Did you commit suicide?
User: Did you go to investigate a sound when you fell?
User: So, you wanted to break up with the boyfriend.
User: OK. I understand. Breaking up is never easy.
repeated would toward
User: Did you keep getting back together with him?
User: Is there anything else that you want to add to this conversation? I have to leave shortly.
User: I hope that you feel better. I hope that you find the happiness that you seek.
User: Who is Sandra?
User: Are you Sandra?
User: Am I Sandra?
User: Who is Sandra
User: Did your boyfriend cheat with Sandra?
User: Behind the building?
User: Did you find them here?
User: Did you hear them and go out to find them here?
User: Did they distract you, and that is why you fell and died?
User: Am I wrong on this?
User: Their affair went on for months?
User: erase what?
User: I don't understand.
User: You know a lot of jerks!
User: Wow, I'm starting to feel very tired. Is that you doing this?
User: OK. I need to wrap it up and get going.
User: Represent who?
User: Your faith has fallen/
User: It makes no sense?
User: Are you frustrated?
User: I wanted to thank you for talking to me. I'm feeling a bit dizzy. I see that the needle is spiking on my meter, but I'm not sure if you are doing that.
User: Well, I am going to go ahead and wrap this up.
User: Oh, so now I am a jerk?
User: I'm sorry that you feel that way.
User: No one here knows about you, do they?
User: This was built later. College students come and gol
User: Yeah, I understand.
User: I wish that I could. I have a lot to do.
User: But, please, I hope that you find your rest.
User: Be well.