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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Wichita society studies local hauntings

  • Sherrie Curry’s ghost hunting team might not have a TV show, but they’re just as interested in and dedicated to investigating ghost stories as the “Ghost Hunters” on the SyFy channel.
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  • Sherrie Curry’s ghost hunting team might not have a TV show, but they’re just as interested in and dedicated to investigating ghost stories as the “Ghost Hunters” on the SyFy channel.
    Curry is the case manager for the Wichita Paranormal Research Society. She and a few of her fellow investigators gave a presentation Saturday at the McPherson library to answer questions about the supernatural and talk about real-life ghost hunting.
    The team answered questions about ghost hunting and discussed local haunting rumors, including the Sallie House in Atchison and McPherson Middle School.
    The team consists of 10 members who investigate supernatural activities every Saturday. People can report potential supernatural phenomena to the society, and team members do their best to explain what might be causing it.
    Curry said about 80 to 85 percent of the time, there’s nothing supernatural. She said many reports turn out to have natural explanations, and some are intentional frauds.
    “Some people want there to be ghosts,” Curry said. “They like the attention that comes with it.”
    Curry and her team have a variety of tools to help them in their investigations. These tools are used to detect natural causes for phenomena or verify that something unusual is really going on.
    Some of these tools include barometers, cameras, compasses, digital recorders and night vision equipment.
    Another tool, called an electromagnetic field meter, is used to detect electromagnetic fields emitted by household electronics or electric currents. Curry said electromagnetic fields can cause people to feel like they’re being watched or think there’s a ghost present.
    “We have to think about logical causes,” Curry said.
    Curry said once the team identifies the cause of the reported activity, they help people find solutions. This could be a simple as moving electronics to a different part of the house or room or having the wiring fixed.
    The society has investigated the Sallie House, rumored to be haunted by several spirits, and McPherson Middle School. Curry said the society’s investigation of the Sallie House didn’t turn up anything, and their investigation of the school turned up some interesting but explainable phenomena with the exception of a few voices and noises.
    “Every town has a legend. They have a place they say is haunted,” Curry said.
    The society can be found online at www.wichitaparanormal.com. There, people can learn more about the society and its members and request an investigation of anything they believe is paranormal.
    Because of the number of requests, Curry said the wait list can be months long, and the team will not investigate outdoors because environmental factors get in the way. However, cases involving children will be given priority.
    Page 2 of 2 - The group also is affiliated with the Atlantic Paranormal Society, which is featured in the TV show “Ghost Hunters.”
    Contact Josh Arnett by email at jarnett@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @ArnettSentinel.

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