PANAMA CITY BEACH -- A team of paranormal investigators are looking to turn skeptics into believers with evidence they claim to have captured during an investigation at the Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum earlier this year.
David Weatherly of Two Crows Paranormal said his team was called to the museum in March by management to look into reports of everything from strange sounds and disembodied footsteps to full apparitions witnessed by guests. They recently finished reviewing what they collected and while they recorded a number of unexplained experiences, one clip in particular, Weatherly said, stands out.
Captured on a Structured Light Sensor (SLS) camera, which is essentially a modified Xbox Kinect camera that maps movement and energy, the clip reportedly shows a figure manifesting in front of a tribal African executioner’s table. In the space of a few seconds, Weatherly said the figure kneels down onto the table and its head disappears.
“It was mind-boggling,” said Weatherly, who was holding the camera at the time. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at it.”
Because of the high number of artifacts in the museum, many of which have a gruesome past, Weatherly and his partner Dave Spinks expected a lot of activity during the two nights they spent investigating.
“With artifacts like that, there can be energies attached to them,” Weatherly explained. “Personally, when we were there, we had some pretty crazy things happen.”
The executioner’s table, Spinks recalled, had a dent where an ax had made its mark and was even stained with what looked like blood. Both investigators agree that the figure, whoever it was, was likely a manifestation of residual energy living out the last moments of the executioner’s victims.
“That energy is stained on that table forever,” Spinks said. “All those people’s last moments of life are stained upon that table.”
Weatherly said the team also had an unsettling encounter using a voice box -- a device that quickly scans radio frequencies to pick up supposedly otherworldly voices -- near a statue of an African god. Weatherly said his partner set the box down by the statute and they both heard the phrase “get ready Spinks” and “behold.”
“As soon as it said that, the box stopped operating,” Weatherly said. “Dave couldn’t get that box to operate for weeks.”
The team also had encounters near the shrunken head exhibit, and a statue of an ancient snake god.
When asked if they’re ever scared during an investigation, both Spinks and Weatherly characterized themselves as the guys who keep on investigating “even when other ghost hunters run out of the building.” They’re both experienced in the field and while there may be some unnerving moments, Weatherly said the investigations don’t frighten him.
“The things that human beings do to other human beings are more frightening,” he said.