Debe Branning of the Arizona paranormal team MVD Ghostchasers was asked to be a guest of the Tucson based paranormal team, SAGAPS (Southern Arizona Ghosts and Paranormal Society) and join them for an investigation of the historic Gadsden Hotel in Douglas, Arizona. SAGAPS suggested she bring along another ghost hunter, so Cindy Lee—who investigates with the MVD Ghostchasers several times a year—also made the journey to the border town.
SAGAPS is a team of investigators based out of Tucson, Arizona and led by Hector Barragan Jr. With over four years of service, they are ready to assist all of your paranormal concerns. Their team is there to assess and study the occurrences of paranormal activity through a process of logical observation and reasonable explanations. They attempt to debunk haunted claims first and foremost, however they also collect data to support any evidence gathered. Their goal is correlate different sources of evidence to provide a clear opinion on claimed paranormal activity
The MVD Ghostchasers have been researching and investigating the Gadsden Hotel since 1994 and have experienced a lot of spirit activity in the “treasure house of ghosts” throughout the years. Branning has documented several personal encounters with the hotel ghosts that match stories the guests, owners and employees have also experienced in the four-story hotel building.
The two teams worked well together combining old school techniques with the current ghost hunting methods. Each team was adequately supplied with night vision cameras, various EMF meters, temp gauges, and recording devices. After unloading the equipment, the teams did a sweep of the Gadsden Hotel looking for known hot spots of sightings along with new surprises.
During dinner the teams discussed their objectives for filming and recording throughout the weekend. SAGAPS hoped to produce an informative webisode for their website to give viewers a look at some of the reported sightings of ghosts in the old hotel. Debe Branning, along with hotel manager, Robin Brekhus would be on hand to relate their experiences with the Gadsden ghosts.
A brief preliminary investigation took place Friday night to get a feel for the place—and hopefully grab the interest of the resident ghosts. Together, the group explored some of the deepest secrets of the massive building late into the night.
Saturday morning the teams were joined by Tucson reporter, Elsa Watson Cook with Paranormal Old Pueblo. Elsa bravely came along for a first-hand ghost experience with the teams while gathering material for her story. The day was filled with interviews with employees, ghost hunters, and an exclusive tour of the building with Robin Brekhus.
That evening the group geared up for a full night of investigating. Dividing up in smaller groups, the ghost hunters planned to visit every haunted location of the building. The first EVP (Electronic voice phenomena) session was held in Room 104 on the mezzanine. Debe, Cindy and Elsa sat down and focused their attention on a rocking chair that reportedly moves on its own. As cameras filmed, Debe and Cindy asked questions to the identity of the ghost and hoped for a rocking sensation from the wooden rocker.
The entire group began another sweep upwards to each floor. EMF (Electronic Magnetic Field) data was recorded in every hallway and in every open room with a haunted history. Due to loud outside traffic and normal hotel noises, a good amount of the EVP data was contaminated. There were several EMF surges throughout the hotel—but we had to keep in mind that the construction materials in the grand hotel are over 80 years old and can produce higher than normal readings.
Part of the group kept a vigil in the hallway of the 4th floor in the area where Debe and the MVD Ghostchasers had experienced a strange light moving down the corridor several years prior. A protective spirit seems to wander the top floor of the hotel. SAGAPS Tech Manager, Jim Rundel kept the group and the equipment rolling on a non stop mission through the evening.
Down on the 3rd floor, team members sat in Room 333—the room with the most entries in the ghost diary of the hotel. It was also the room assigned to SAGAPS member, Laura Ziegler, the entire weekend. A group EVP session was held in Room 333 while the remaining investigators documented the rest of the third floor.
With special permission, we were able to briefly walk the catacombs of the cavernous basement searching for the gentleman ghost that startled Robin in the dark in her quest to gather candles during a hotel black out—or to perhaps get a glimpse of the headless man “black suit, shiny shoes, no head” that a long time elevator operator witnessed just outside the elevator doors in the underground walkway.
Results of the investigation are pending as SAGAPS and the MVD Ghostchasers review their evidence. It is always great to have an opportunity to work with paranormal teams throughout Arizona (and across the country) and I want to thank SAGAPS for the investigation invitation. Look for the exciting webisode of the Gadsden Hotel in the near future on the SAGAPS website.
Keep an eye out for SAGAPS, September 16th on the Travel Channel’s Paranormal Challenge!
To reach Douglas, AZ take I 10 East—take exit 303 and travel south on Hwy 80 to Douglas.
1046 G Avenue
Douglas, AZ 85607 www.hotelgadsden.com
MVD GHOSTCHASERS OF MESA/BISBEE www.mvdghostchasers.com
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