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Green Park Paranormal Conference Report:
The conference that inspired the novel Speed Dating with the Dead
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About 100 people drifted into the Green Park
Inn in Blowing Rock over the weekend, hoping to catch a
glimpse of the unseen during the first-ever Green Park
The conference brought ghost hunters out of the woodwork
from across the South, featuring panels on equipment and
techniques used by those seeking out the supernatural.
Joe Clemmer, an Appalachian State University student from
Boone, had a casual interest in the paranormal, mostly
due to television shows on the subject. He ended up
renting Room 318, one of the most legendary haunted rooms
at the inn.
We just wanted to give it a shot and see what would
happen this weekend, Clemmer said.
Rippy of Paranormal Scene Investigators looks at
video footage taken by Zach Toler that reportedly
shows the image of a young boy near a window.
by Scott Nicholson
When we first started hunting, nothing much
happened. We had an anonymous call from nowhere.
In the early-morning hours, Clemmer and his group had
simultaneous experiences that they believe added up to a
supernatural encounter with a young child.
At the end of the night, around two-thirty or three
oclock, we had responses on a thermal-imaging
camera, and the group before us had a medium who said
there was definitely something in there. There were two
people who heard a voice say Daddy. We got a
response by starting to ask questions like Is there
a little girl here? and How old are
Clemmer said the group began recording
electromagnetic-field fluctuations, and the group
politely asked the entity to jump on the bed. About 10
seconds later, a thermal-imaging device showed a cool
spot in the bed. One man, who couldnt see the
imaging device, felt a vibration and said
A couple of minutes later, the cool thermal image
reportedly dissipated over a five-second period, and the
man said, Shes gone. Several of the
group members also reported ringing of the ears just
before the entity made its appearance.
After seeing the recording of the thermal image and
discussing the experience with the others in the group,
Clemmer said, You cant say theres
nothing there. I believe theres something out
Shannon Marie Krasel, who was with the group in 318 at
the time, said the ringing in her ears were of a
frequency she had never heard before.
The little girl started communicating with us, and
I said, Could you touch me? and I got a
tingling running up one arm. Tears were just coming out
of my eyes and I wanted to feel the vibrations, so I sat
on the floor. I asked if she would touch me and I felt
like hands were touching my face, Krasel said.
Three people took
photographs at the same time, and as the flashes went
off, Krasel saw the see-through,
light-colored image of a girl with long hair
looking at her. Krasel had the impression of a girl
between the ages of 4 and 5 about three feet in front of
her. We were excited, Krasel said. The
energy around all of us was incredible. Shed come
back and Id say Hi, sweetheart.
One group who hunted 318 had an audio recording of what
sounded like a young girls cry or laugh, though no
young children were in the hotel at the time. According
to the inns ghost register where guests
record their experiences, laughing and running children
are one of the most common phenomena experienced in the
Olivia Church of Boone, a member of Ghostly Appalachian
Paranormal Society, made her fifth visit to the inn. She
has been interested in the paranormal since she was 12
and though she found little new evidence, she enjoyed the
opportunity to explore the metaphysical frontiers with
Its wonderful having this many people want to
study the paranormal here, because it (paranormal
activity) is here, Church said, noting she believed
the inn had supernatural activity. She didnt
discover anything she would consider
evidence, but she planned to review her video
footage, digital information on three audio recorders,
and images on two digital cameras and a 35 mm camera. She
expects it will take about four days to review all the
Im looking for shadowy figures, Church
said. Ill just be looking for something out
of the ordinary.
Sarah T. Harrison, the founder and lead investigator of
Asheville Paranormal Society, said her group attends many
paranormal conferences. Ive just always been
interested in it, she said. I was raised in
South Carolina and I grew up on ghost stories. There are
a lot of ghost stories in Asheville.
Its a new place and a chance to learn new
stories and maybe get some great photographs,
Harrison said. She rated the inn at about
medium on the scale of supernatural activity,
based on other supposedly haunted locations she has
Tina McSwain, founder of the Charlotte Area Paranormal
Society, said it was her first conference.
We actually got a good bit of paranormal evidence
and well definitely be back next year, She
said. She considers electromagnetic levels, thermometer
readings, images and other material to be corroborating
evidence of the supernatural.
McSwain said her roommate had the bed covers yanked off
in the night, so they decided to investigate their room
as well as the more notorious rooms at the inn. She said
the dining room was where her group experienced the most
phenomena, with visual and personal experiences as well
as impressions of an entity the group dubbed The
Waiter, though she felt there was another, smaller
shadow present as well.
She said her camera turned on and off by itself twice
while in Room 318, and she also experienced unusual
electromagnetic readings in the room. I cant
wait to come back, she said.
Joe Wright, head of Paranormal Scene
Investigators, had 16 video cameras recording non-stop
during the conference and scheduled the hunting groups.
PSI brought nine people to serve as crew, organizing the
attendees into different hunting groups. He said it
wasnt an ideal hunting environment because of too
much foot traffic and noise, but said solid evidence
could appear in any situation.
Wright said it would be takes his crew weeks to sift
through all of the video footage for anomalies or
mysterious lights. Class A evidence always stands
out, he said.
Like many investigators, hes not necessarily
seeking proof of spirits or the afterlife. Rather, he
tries to scientifically explain the phenomena that some
people may consider unusual.
Its more pieces to the puzzle, Wright
said. Not that the puzzle will ever be complete,
but the puzzle keeps getting bigger. Its like
working from the inside of a puzzle and you work out from
the middle, but it never gets finished, Wright
Chris Meeks, who drove from Gainesville, Fla. To attend
the conference, said hed conducted numerous
investigations and was part of the Room 318 experiment.
I love ghost-hunting, obviously, he said.
The inns definitely active, at least from the
stuff Ive captured. A couple of rooms, for
Meeks said he looked for any type of encounter, seeking
out unusual places and pursuing the supernatural as a
pastime and passion.
I consider myself a skeptic, but Im an
open-minded skeptic, he said. If I never see
it, how can I believe it? If I do see it, then I believe
EVP File from the
Reported EVP file recorded at
approximately 2 a.m. in Room 201 on the Saturday night of
the conference. According to Michael La Chiana of Raleigh
Paranormal Society, who
recorded the file, he, Mikey and the female were the only
ones present in the room when the fourth (female) voice
apparently says "That's a no, Scott":
Gehri (of Paranormal Scene Investigators) was talking
about the last group in that room seeing tissues in a box
being moved by unseen hands....then a girl in our group
asked a question...The last voice is the evp...That's a
no Scott...pretty interesting stuff..."
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