For those that follow me on twitter …. and really, all of you should be by now, you are aware that I am something on an amateur paranormal investigation fan. So far, I have investigated St. Augustine and Savannah. This past weekend took me to Green Cove Springs right outside Jacksonville, Florida and their old jail (pictured above). It takes a special breed to undertake a late night excursion amongst the unknown and possibly find some type of “evidence” that keeps you coming back.
I have been on enough investigations to know that is is not all like “Ghost Adventures”. It looks like the ghosts are popping and willing to talk and be seen on TV, but that is not the case. Keep in mind that the average “Ghost Adventures” show consists of a 10-12 hour shoot boiled down to an hour episode. Of that hour, 15 minutes or so are commercials and another 15 or so are back-story and general info. If the remaining half hour, you get maybe 18 minutes of “activity”.
From that 10-12 hours of shooting. Sometimes Zack and the boys do an investigation and don’t even have enough to do a show, so that site is scrapped.
Paranormal investigation is all about spending six hours in a sweltering hot Florida jailhouse with sweat dripping in your eyes and mosquitos biting away at every inch of exposed skin. Don’t mention the dust. Dust and dirt is everywhere. You inhale it and you generally emerge covered in soot and who knows what. All this time you try to maintain ninja like stealth mode in the pitch black and just listen. For anything.
A disembodied voice. A jail cell closing. And if you are lucky, you are rewarded. With an EVP caught on tape. A cloudy mist on film. It’s the ultimate leap of faith and generally you can find enough to reward your faith and keep you coming back. To the next abandoned jail. Dilapidated courthouse. Or closed hospital.
This weekend was somewhat of a disappointment after all the hype this location was given. But I got enough to reward my time. I got a couple of jail cell doors slamming and disembodied voices caught on tape. Had a couple of pictures that make you wonder what you are seeing. And that was enough to keep me hooked and excited about the next investigation.
And that is exactly what Joker Phillips and his Kentucky Wildcat football team need to provide this weekend. They need to reward the leap of faith Wildcat fans are giving and give us that paranormal investigation experience.