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Meeting New Ghost Hunters in TN

My husband and I have thoroughly enjoyed researching the paranormal. We have made many friends who have the same passion for wanting to know more about what happens after death; what if anything can spirits do – providing you believe that spirits do exist. Though we are paranormal researchers I am unsure if we are Ghost Hunters, (using the term generically, not as in the tv series) but we have met many interesting people and I guess the best way to describe the groups are active “ghost hunters”! We all have the same goal, to find out if there are spirits here, or if every mysterious encounter with a possible “ghost” can be rationally explained. Everyone I speak with in this field of research plainly states, “We’ve seen things we just can’t explain.”
Hmmmm. Even with the gadgets and tools that “science” accepts as instruments that may verify a paranormal happening, we still can’t explain some of the phenomena.
Join me and my husband and friends as we research Knoxville, TN and the surrounding counties to see if indeed ghosts do exist. Our website is http://www.paranormalspectrum.com
You may find yourself wondering if that bump in the night is your own little Casper.


Just a quick note, I am working on many different things. Researching local haunted locations & legends. Promoting my book. Jazzing up my website http://www.paranormalspectrum.com. I am getting more and more hits on that site and many people have contacted me to share their experience. I am also dedicating a wordpress page to each haunted site we’ve checked out – except private residents who want to stay anonymous.

For years, horrible rumors have circulated about Lakeshore Mental Asylum. The original building burned in the 1920’s. It was here that many atrocities are said to have taken place, including shocking abuse of patients. A newer facility exists today, which is the subject of our photos. However, there are dozens of tales of sadistic workers beating and abusing patients on into the 1960’s. This would have to involve the present day facility in that case. Tales circulate that you can still hear the screams of abused patients as they were beaten, and there are sounds of chains and shackles being thrown around, there is even the legend of an evil entity that resides there today. I am assuming it lives in/around the old building. Like so many abandoned or ruined buildings, the original structure’s burned remains were used for satanic rituals. That is my reasoning as to why it must mean the old structure. We didn’t feel any presence, or sense anything “menacing” the day we looked for the original structure. However, as our pictures depict, there was an ominous thunder cloud that hovered in the atmosphere as we found a location where a building of unknown origin once stood, and it is there that the presence of the approaching storm makes for a very “eerie” picture. The clouds moved away, and it never so much as rained. Most interesting though, of the new mental facility, there is a shape in the lower left corner, a hovering, white shape with some translucency, that I didn’t find until I thoroughly went through our pictures. I don’t have an answer for this shape. *(Until now. This portion of the blog has been updated as an employee informed me the “white shape” is the reflection of a dry erase board on the opposing wall. Thanks for helping us clarify the image. )
I really want to find the burned remains of the old structure. Problem is, so many different reports of the location. A side note: There was an underground movie made about these events entitled Saint Lucifer’s. You can see a video and more pictures on my website http:www.paranormalspectrum.com

Haunted Copper Ridge Rd?

A Final Resting Place. Rumored to be haunted.

One of the most interesting things about East Tennessee may be the legends and folklore that accompany many houses, churches, streets and schools. There are many roads I have traveled, where I have seen glimpses of the “unexplained”, or sensed that there may be more there than just myself.  Without a doubt, some roads are eerie, even in daylight. At night, you better believe I would not want to break down on some of these roads. And it wouldn’t always be humans or wild animals that I would worry about.

Copper Ridge Rd., in Knox County, TN is one of them.  A narrow, winding road, with a lot of “blind” spots. It is a road that deserves respect, of that I am convinced.

Though I didn’t take footage of the road, I did visit the cemetery, which belonged to a church long since gone. If you don’t know the history, I will direct you to some of my favorite sites at the end of this blog, hopefully the links aren’t dead. (Pun intended.)

One thing I can’t determine, and am seeking an answer to; was the church/grounds cursed, blessed, or haunted? Is it possible it was all 3? Maybe that is why the church is gone. After all, there were documented miracles, documented blessings, and documented evil.

 I did experience something “abnormal” at the graveyard. Was it paranormal?  I am unsure. Upon entering the graveyard, I didn’t sense anything “special” right away. Don’t get me wrong. I like older graveyards; I enjoy looking at the stones. But since I wasn’t sure where the church had been, exactly, I wasn’t sure what to expect.

The “video” portion of the cemetery tour is taken from my digital camera. I didn’t intend to do video that day, so I didn’t take a video camera. I only wanted the pictures. Many times I have caught things in pictures I didn’t actually notice in person. However, when I was taking pictures, there was one area of the cemetery that intrigued me. I kept seeing something “white” and misty in the camera, I would look beyond the camera and not see anything. I would snap the photo, but didn’t pick anything up. That is when I elected to use the motion part of the camera. It was a very windy day. (For the sanity of youtube viewers I muted most of that wind.) Suffice it to say; when I focused on this specific area, where I kept catching glimpses of “white”, the wind seemed to intensify. It was quiet spooky. Maybe mother nature was the only thing I captured, because I also noticed that the sun, directly behind me, kept casting diffused light “shadows” and such in that same area. I am not a photographer, I am not saying it was “supernatural”, I am acknowledging that it could have been a play of light.  But it wasn’t just the wind, or the light shadows. I had my family with me, and I firmly believe children sense and accept more than most adults will even willingly comprehend. My family toured the cemetery at their leisure and left me alone. It wasn’t until after we left that my daughter told me she had wanted to visit this one “area” of the graveyard, but she had a bad feeling, and wouldn’t go there. No surprise, that was my favorite area. The area where I thought I saw a “white”, “misty” shape at least a few times, the area where the wind intensified every time I lingered there.

I found charred remains of a building, not sure if it was the church, or another out- building I read so much about, but it saddened me to think it could have been the church. Definitely, there had been vandalism, occult activities on those grounds in the latter days, and  reported animal sacrifices.

 I sensed many things, and not all were “good” feelings. So maybe that is why I awoke around 2:00 am the next morning, with a strong smell of burning wood, and alarming my poor husband, crying out that “something was burning”. He thought I was having a nightmare.  I couldn’t recall a dream. We did check our home, everything was fine. But I definitely continued to smell the distinct aroma of “burning wood” for at least ten minutes after I awoke.

You know, I didn’t fall back to sleep very easily that night. Lately, so many “odd” things have been going on.  And I even thought to myself, “I am never doing this again.” The meaning behind that will surface as I continue to blog about the many other experiences I have had. But do you want to know the most unexplainable part of this story? A couple of days after the visit to Copper Ridge Rd., a day after I awoke to the smell of burning wood, my family and I were awakened by the fire alarms going off. Startled to say the least, we jumped up and checked things out. Our alarms are electrically wired, and the battery back up was recently changed in the Spring. The alarms all went off for just a minute, paused for a moment and did it again. Then they stopped, our house was fine, thank God, and we haven’t had any more alarms since.

Check out my Youtube video for scenes of my visit.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bi4PinLzf6o

A paranormal site to visit for more info on Copper Ridge Rd: http://www.johnnorrisbrown.com/paranormal-tn/copper-ridge-rd/index.htm

For more info on the blessings and miracles visit:  http://miracles.mcn.org/curidge.html