Ghosts, paranormal in Kentucky? Haunted Discoveries investigation
A team consisting of Mustafa Gatollari and Brandon Alvis of the “Ghost Hunters” brought their cameras and ghost detection equipment to south-central Kentucky.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Unseen visitors, highlighted by ghostly shadows and otherworldly voices, are part of the legend of Franklin’s Old Stone Jail dating back to the 1830s.
These unseen visitors have recently had company in the form of living guests who have fallen into the fortress-like prison and other historic sites in south-central Kentucky.
A team of Mustafa Gatollari and Brandon Alvis from the TV show “Ghost Hunters” brought their cameras and ghost detection equipment to the jail and two other local sites: the Grand Victorian Inn in Park City and Hall Place Bed & Breakfast in Glasgow. .
It’s all part of an eight-episode television series produced by Haunted Discoveries LLC, a single-purpose corporation working with Stargazer Films of Louisville.
“We delve into the history and alleged hauntings of these places,” said Kevin Otte, production manager for Stargazer. “We try to hit places that aren’t as well-known.”
The Ancient Stone Prison may not have the highest visibility, but members of the Haunted Discoveries team suggest its reputation could grow based on its discoveries.
“Franklin has been our most successful investigation so far,” Gatollari said March 1 as he and other members of the Haunted Discoveries team toured the Grand Victorian Inn. “We found some intriguing things that are hard to explain.”
Malia Miglino, a researcher who is part of the TV show’s team, was equally impressed.
“I’ve never been involved in paranormal investigations before,” Miglino said. “It’s exciting to see something inexplicable. It’s more of a rush than a fear. »
But finding stunning sights and sounds is not the main goal of this production, insists Alvis.
A paranormal investigator for 17 years, Alvis said he and his teammates were as interested in history and scientific discovery as they were in encountering poltergeists.
“We want to stay away from urban legends and rumours,” said Alvis, who will serve with Gatollari as the show’s host.
As they chose sites that would be haunted, the Haunted Discoveries team found places throughout Kentucky with rich stories. Otte said the team toured Louisville, Elizabethtown and Bardstown before coming to south-central Kentucky.
“We started in Old Louisville because a lot of people think it’s the most haunted neighborhood in America,” Otte said. Gatollari said all of their stops were at places of historical significance.
“Kentucky has a lot to offer,” he said. “We specifically sought out Jesse James at Talbott’s Tavern in Bardstown. Many people say they saw the ghost of Jesse James there.
Such historical and paranormal connections are also evident at local sites. For example, Hall Place in Glasgow is a pre-war structure famous for having ghostly guests.
“Sometimes things happen that bother me a bit,” said Sharla Emmers, current owner of Hall Place. “The lights are flashing or something. Customers tell me they hear someone walking around at odd hours like 4:30 in the morning.
Such occurrences are also common at Old Stone Jail, said Billy Wilkerson of the Simpson County Historical Society.
“A lot of teams came in to do surveys,” Wilkerson said. “It’s a very active paranormal site. People feel like they are being touched or hearing voices.
This scary has its benefits for a tourist attraction, Wilkerson said. “It draws people in and it gives us a chance to show the history of this place,” he said.
Bringing both paranormal evidence and historical significance to light is the goal of the series produced by Haunted Discoveries.
The company was approved in January by the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority for tax incentives totaling $290,326 for a project that KEDFA records show will have a total production crew of 41 people.
Otte said he expects the eight-episode television series to air this fall, although he said he could not yet divulge information about which network will air it.
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