Ghostbusted: haunted places in Jonesboro give creepy vibes
Published: Thursday, October 31, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013 11:10
Two white candles burn bright on the floor beside the homemade, cardboard ouija board, circled by four unlikely hunters. Holding hands, they close their eyes and listen as one member recites the Lord’s prayer, asking for protection from evil spirits. With her “amen,” they take a breath, clear their minds and put two fingers on the edge of the clear shot glass.
“Are there any spirits here who want to talk to us,” a girl asks. With fingers lightly placed along the edge of the glass, the four look at each other in silence as the glass stays still.
“Maybe the glass is too heavy,” someone in the group asks and an eerie response follows, “If she can pick up a person, she can move a shot glass.”
Elizabeth Gifford, a server at Brickhouse Bar and Grill told the group her own chilling encounter with the young girl who haunts the popular hang out. She claimed the ghost, who many workers said is a girl between eight and 10 years old and plays upstairs after it’s closed, shoved her into a cooler after trash talking the ghost’s existence.
“I remember standing there and then all of a sudden, something slammed me into the cooler behind me,” Gifford said. “It knocked the breath out of me and my managers wouldn’t let me leave after. They saw it happen too and wanted me to sit down to make sure I was OK.”
After 30 minutes, the four hunters, Dennen Cuthbertson, Olivier Debeurme, Sara Midkiff and I packed up the equipment and headed to our next venue, the Forum, formerly known as the State Theater.
Legend has it Charlie, the charismatic projectionist from its days as the State Theater, still lingers in the building he loved. Charlie isn’t an apparition one can see through, and is described as wearing dark dress pants, black dress shoes and a long-sleeved medium blue dress shirt with a striped tie that had been loosened around the neck ever so slightly.
Other than finding Charlie in the projection room and balcony, it is said he can be seen looking out the top right window from outside the Forum.
We then headed for the creepiest bridge I have ever seen. Where it is exactly I couldn’t tell you, but if you want to venture out on your own, take Parker Road towards Woodsprings Road. At the end of Woodsprings turn left.
“The bridge was the scariest to me,” Debeurme, a junior public relations major of Cotonou, Benin in Africa said. “Maybe it was because it was so quiet, but I just felt like something was watching us the whole time.”
Midkiff said the bridge freaked her out, too.
“Keller’s Chapel [Cemetery] was the scariest, but the bridge was my favorite because of the strange noises we heard in the woods around us,” she said.
Everywhere we went, we took our white candles in hopes of connecting with spirits. With each question, the flame flickered more than before and sounds came from behind the trees. At one point Cuthbertson and I looked at each other and asked if the other heard “that.” We agreed it sounded like a woman was screaming. We got an eerie feeling and went back to the car.
On to the next spooky place: Keller’s Chapel Cemetery. Legend says nine babies died within a few days of each other and were buried there, and then there was talk of an exorcism performed in the chapel with the demon still locked inside. Those who claim to experience paranormal activity say they can hear chimes and children inside the chapel. True or not, we heard something in there.
One by one, we took turns placing our ears against the door. We all looked around wide eyed as something from the other side made itself known.
“Something was interacting with us,” Midkiff said.
I can’t tell you if these places are haunted or not, we don’t think they aren’t. We heard a woman at the bridge and something was in that chapel, but I’ll let you be the judge if you dare to tour haunted Jonesboro this Halloween.