Deep South Paranormal

Deep South Paranormal – Dead on the Bayou – S01E06 – Season Finale

Keith and the rest of the Deep South Paranormal team investigate the Southdown Plantation in Houma Louisiana which is reputed to have a sketchy past. It was previously a 10,000 acre plantation stolen from the Houma Indians. It’s believed the original owners weren’t too kind anyone and not only did they steal from and exile the Houma Indians they abused and perhaps murdered their own slaves. The spirit activity includes the apparition of a little girl, footsteps and a voice saying "get out". Considering the time period and the fact that both Indians and Slaves were mistreated to forge this plantation, the reports of the paranormal seems oddly few and vague. This doesn’t really seem like enough events to warrant bringing someone out.

The investigation is relatively quiet, with very little tangible evidence. Even in the slave quarters the activity is rather light and they only walk away with "Houma" on an EVP. You have to ask yourself, why would the slaves say, "Houma"?

Jonathan and Keith both think they see something crossing the grounds, but the investigation yields pretty much nothing and they abandon the house and start looking to the Bayou Sale area where the Indians would have retreated to. They are brought out to investigate the house, but there doesn’t to be activity in it. Instead of digging deeper or letting the caretaker know everything is quiet, they ditch the place and start looking somewhere else.

There are some events during this period, notably the figure that seems to be walking along the road. It does appear to be a figure, but it mysteriously flies off the screen as Benny wanders down to try and find it.It’s quite literally there one second, then whisking off the screen.

Randy and Hart happen to be in a swamp boat doing their own investigation and capture something long and thin jumping up into a tree. Randy states no animal could be long and thin like that. The first thing that comes to mind is a squirrel jumping into a tree to get away from the noise. At first glance it looks quite mysterious, but I think there are plenty of normal explanations for it.

Out of the very few pieces of evidence they got the figure on the road is pretty noteworthy. What the heck is that? Is that really a figure? And I’ll be damned if it didn’t fly off into the woods. That is actually pretty bizarre.

Putting that once piece of evidence aside I don’t think this place contains any paranormal activity and the stories and legends of the place conjure up images for people. Maybe more time is needed to find this little girl, but none of the original claims that brought them out there were substantiated.

This happens to be the end of the season for Deep South Paranormal and to be honest, I’m glad. This has not been an impressive show and it’s this sort of tomfoolery and lunacy that prevents anyone from taking paranormal investigations seriously. They aren’t elevating the spirit world to something socially acceptable. If anything, their behavior and mannerisms make me cringe. I’m not keen on the idea of a second season for this show.

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Deep South Paranormal – The Good the Bad and the Ghostly – S01E05

The Deep South Paranormal team heads out to Old Cahawba Alabama to investigate an Civil War Ghostown where two feuding families gunned each other down. Story goes that the Troy family accused the slave "Ples" of stealing. The Bell family defended him, but a shootout took place and the Bells were gunned down. Ples fled for his life but was caught and killed at the nearby St. James Hotel. What prompted all these accusations remains a mystery, but it didn’t end well.

The Old Cahawba has the main house, slave quarters, family cemetery and slave cemetery. Sadly, there is a harsh reminder of those times in the form of a hanging tree.

The investigation starts off with Benny, Keith and Jonathan in the slave quarters. They hear scratching against the walls and the sound of chains rattling. They are in the woods so this could be nothing more than just the wind rustling the trees and the chains, but it sounds incredibly ominous.

Keith heads out to the hanging tree to see if he can capture any EVPs. As he’s out there alone he becomes light headed and disoriented. He has to call for help to get out there. He attributes this to the dark spot he captured in a photo. While that makes an interesting story, the "blob" looks like a regular shadow cast from the flash. His finger could have been in the way for all we know.

Hart and Randy are lead over to the slave cemetery by some mysterious light. Kali claims she sees a figure cross their reflection in the water and Hart gets flashes on his K2 meter.

For the next night, Hart has a pretty hairbrained scheme for raising the dead. He wants to make a coffin and have Randy speak some sort of incantation. Out of nowhere power tools appear and the coffin is made. Keith, Benny and Jonathan go to the hotel to speak with Ples. Ironically, a massive storm kicks up. Keith goes so far as to say the cracks of thunder coincide with his questions to Ples. However, they do get an odd thermal hit on the bed that actually does look like the outline of someone sitting on it.

After admitting he’s claustrophobic, Randy climbs into the coffin and tries to conjure the spirits. He feels pressure on his chest and can’t open the lid to get out. Hart says he sees something glowing on top of the coffin that looks reminiscent of fog. It is the South on a stormy night you know. A bit of panic ensues before Kevin and Hart pop the lid and get him out. Randy again admits he had a panic attack.

So when all is said and done, they have a mysterious thermal image on the bed where Ples is said to have died. Now, there is no confirmation this is the exact location, just that it was the St. James Hotel. As for the rest of it, the wind would easily make the scratching sounds and the sounds of the chains. Randy got himself worked up by being in a small, enclosed space. The reflection could be interesting, but whenever you have water and cameras, especially IR, things can look different than what they really are. And the photo Keith took is a black mass, but that could be from a finger, leaf, branch or something else in the way of the camera. Because of the blob-like shape, it’s hard to say that’s evidence of something.

The thermal image on the bad is interesting, not only because of the shape, but because it’s cold. Too bad there weren’t any voices or something else to go along with it. At first glance it looks compelling, but needs a lot more investigation and analysis put into it.

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Deep South Paranormal – Old Soldiers Never Die – S01E04

The team heads down to Florida to investigate a home with some unusual activity such as shadow figures, the feeling of being touched and even a sense of being held down in bed. The entire family says they’ve had experiences and seen things, with the son Cameron getting the worst of it. He’s the one that was held down in bed. He doesn’t like being in the house alone. In fact, he usually won’t go in by himself.

The investigation starts with checking out the various rooms with Jonathan feeling some pressure on his chest while lying in Cameron’s bed. It feels like something is holding him down and he gets a massive headache from the experience. Normally, this sort of thing can be attributed to sleep paralysis, but Jonathan was awake the entire time. Is there something else causing this like fumes from the wood in the house or some form of gas leak? Just putting the paranormal aside for the moment, it seems like that room needs to be checked for pollutants.

Footsteps are heard throughout the house, but that really doesn’t come as too big a surprise since the entire house is made of wood. It’s a massive log cabin and as the house settles for the night it will expand and contract making sounds like footsteps.

The investigation of the house comes to a bit of an abrupt end as Kali and Kevin hear noises in the growth as they watch the monitors. Since they’re outside you would expect noises to come from animals walking in the scrub, but the entire team assembles to search the grounds. The area surrounding the property is part of a Civil War battle and they believe the spirits are at work here.

By happenstance there is a war re-enactment going on so they borrow a trigger object of a powder bag. Keith, Randy and Jonathan try shooting the gun, giving out a Rebel Yell (Billy Idol nowhere to be found, FYI) and enacting a wounded solider. The wind picks up in the area, but that really doesn’t come across as all that odd.

What is odd is that one of the IR cameras gives out right after a dark figure appears in the woods. They capture perhaps or or two frames of something, but it has them convinced of supernatural entities.

In the end, they feel the family will have to live with the spirits and that being so close to the battleground is fueling the activity. But seriously, what evidence?

In my estimation I don’t think they were able to document any real activity. The footsteps can easily be the house itself creaking. Cameron’s room does seem to have something odd with it, but that could be a chemical reaction to the paint or other building materials. I’m sure the entire house is coated in some sort of wood protectant. Before we jump to conclusions how about you get a hazmat style team over there to make sure there’s nothing alien in the air that would be causing those feelings. Maybe their is a presence there, but I think plenty of other things need to be eliminated first.

What about that shadow in the woods? Is that something paranormal or was that the shadow of the animal they may have been chasing around the woods all night. Let’s face it, it’s the woods. There are animals out there. That is certainly more likely than the presence of a Civial War soldier.

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Deep South Paranormal – Got Them Lady In Black Blues – S01E03

The team heads out to Prattville, Alabama to investigate the Pratt Cotton Gin which claims to have reports of the Lady in Black and the spirit of a young boy who died when he fell down the elevator shaft. Obviously this is an old mill and both child labor and worker deaths would have been common. OCSA didn’t get much play back in the day.

As the team talks with locals including the police, retired workers of the mill and the mayor, they discover the boy who died was most likely named Willy Youngblood and the Lady in Black may be his mother. After his passing she became so distraught that she drowned herself in the river by the dam.

It’s a massive structure covering some 400,000 square feet so the team spends the next couple of days going to different locations. They culminate their investigation by having Hart try to summon her energy as he takes a boat out to the location where she drowned. The rest of the team investigates the other buildings and tries for EVPs.

As Hart and Randy continue their ceremony on the water, it appears a figure is caught moving across the dam. It’s looks to be a small shadow figure. From the distance and the grainy quality, it’s hard to tell what they have. Did they actually capture something or is this a shadow being cast from some other means? At first glance it appears to be a figure, but it’s very hard to tell.

Over the course of their investigation they really didn’t capture much else. They feel they got an EVP of "Mama" and Keith felt as though things were being tossed at him from the top of the building, but as with all old buildings, who’s to say that’s not an animal scurrying around?

So what do you think, did they capture the Lady in Black? Is that truly an apparition walking around by the dam? Did Hart really have the mojo to make her appear?

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