CORUNNA — It felt as though a chill was in the air at City Hall Monday when the Society of Paranormal Investigators, Research & Information Team (S.P.I.R.I.T.) presented the evidence of paranormal activity from the team’s investigation of Corunna’s Historical Village in May.
“We got activity in almost every building,” S.P.I.R.I.T. founder Greg Berry said.
The highest activity was in the schoolhouse though, he noted.
The S.P.I.R.I.T. group is made up of people from the Shiawassee area. They received permission to investigate in the historical village from the village committee.
Berry said the team detected more than 150 electronic voice phenomenon (EVP) incidents through the night during its May investigation. An EVP is a recording that purports to capture sounds outside the human range that may be from spirits or other paranormal phenomenon.
One EVP that was played during the team’s presentation was from the schoolhouse. Team members Alisa Peters, the public relations leader, and Chrystle Evanson, a “sensitive,” asked the question ‘How old are you?’ When the EVP was played back, it sounded like a young girl saying “Nine.”
Peters and Evanson also had someone play the piano in the schoolhouse then asked “Do you know that song?” An EVP that sounded like a male’s voice asked “Why don’t you play it?”
Team member Dan Evanson, who is part of the technology crew, and Charity Hudson, who is one of the research people on the team, also visited the schoolhouse to investigate. In a recording, Hudson asked “Do you have a girl teacher or a boy teacher?” On the recording, a voice says, “She’s standing behind you.”
One of the most chilling recordings, according to Berry, came from the church in the village. In the recording Peters is heard reciting a prayer when a male voice on the recording says “Please make her stop.”
The S.P.I.R.I.T. team also got EVP from the log cabin and the funeral home, Berry said. The team only brought its best evidence to present to the council, he said.
The team also got pictures with unexplained mist in them from the log cabin and a video — which was not shown in the presentation — with unexplained happenings captured from the funeral home, Berry said.
“With evidence, when in doubt throw it out,” Berry said.
“Any evidence we have, we try to prove it,” said John Bucholz, who is part of the technology crew.
The S.P.I.R.I.T. group formed in April 2009 and currently has 12 active members. The team has performed 15 investigations so far.
Investigations are free of charge to anyone that wants to have unexplained activity investigated, Berry said.
The team has several investigations scheduled in the future.
For more information about S.P.I.R.I.T. or to check out the evidence that has been collected from the team’s investigations, go to the team’s website www.spiritmi.org.