Founded in June 6th, 2005 by Johnny Rushing. We are a non- profit organization that helps anyone who feels they have activity they cannot explain. CAPI is a Christian faith based organization. We give God all the glory for the abilities he gives us to help others with the unexplained activity in their lives. We do not use spirit boards, black magic, wicka, seanes, or any dark negative means. We do not judge others for their believes in any way. We have respect for the presence of God, the clients, the spirits, and all historic sites and persons. Central Alabama Paranormal Investigations never accept payments for our services.
We are professionals that have all had some type of personal experiences and/or college classes to further our field. CAPI has a passion for the paranormal field and to preserve any and all historical sites and people.
By Stefanie Hicks
Story Created: Oct 31, 2012 at 5:49 PM CDT
Story Updated: Oct 31, 2012 at 10:50 PM CDT
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Dallas county is one of the most haunted counties in all of the country. And we are bringing you the chilling stories from a place that's always on top of the most haunted lists, Old Cahawba State Park.
CBS 8's Stefanie Hicks has more in the CBS 8 News Extra Haunted History.
You can visit Old Cahawba online at www.cahawba.com.
If you know of a place that you would like checked out by paranormal investigators, call Central Alabama Paranormal Investigation at (334) 587-9254 or send them an email to [email protected] You can also go to their web page, www.centralalabamaparanormalinvestigations.webs.com.
Friday was a frightfully fun night for folks on the Haunted History Tour at Old Cahawba. Guests from Dallas County to Starkville, Miss., came to Old Cahawba to embark on one of five 90-minute investigations under the stars, where belief in ghosts was not necessary to hear the past speak. Upon arrival on the grounds, guests were transported to two locations on Old Cahawba. The young and old alike were eager to hear ghost stories from the past and learn how to ghost hunt with the Central Alabama Paranormal Investigations.
“This is the one night of the year you can be here at Old Cahawba,” Linda Derry, site director of Old Cahawba said, which is one of the reasons she finds the Haunted History Tour so special. Old Cahawba closes its gates at 5 p.m. each day, but Friday they opened their gates after dark for a limited number of guests.The first stop on the tour took guests to the "new" cemetery, as it was called during the 1800s. The only lights in the cemetery were luminaries lighting the path deemed safe for guests to walk on, and the light of thousands of stars overhead, setting the mood for an eerie start to the tour .."Stay inside the light," Derry urged those touring the grounds. "There are,lots of things, like sunken graves where you could break an ankle."The sound of crickets, the crunch of the grass as the tour group explored and the panting of breaths, were the only sounds that could be heard' in between ghost stories."Ghost stories are linked to specific' places in Cahawba. Stories that have been told for generations, some of them as old as 150 years," Derry said. "We're also going to tell you some personal experiences because working here, we've all skeptics and believers alike we've all experienced something that we can't explain.", The stories in the cemetery included chilling tales of the laughing-children that never seem to be found, a panther-like creature that lives in the cemetery known as the wampum cat and a personal experience of the lost keys of maintenance supervisor Don Harvell. Harvell lost his keys in the park one day, and they were found by some horsemen on the other end Of town in the slave cemetery, "where the key-stealing slave' was. buried," Derry said. Derry said it's hard to keep maintenance workers."I've lost a few maintenance people, because they don't like to work down here by themselves," she said. And after hearing story after story, the guests soon understood why, Derry had a theory about the ghosts in the new cemetery. "They made these beautiful family plots and they expected their children and grandchildren to be buried with them. They never expected the town to die," she said. "Then their family moved away, so they weren't buried with them. And then later they didn't even maintain the cemetery; it had grown up, and we had to clear' it and open it again.', So they're probably a little cranky about that. "The second stop on the tour took guests to the old slave quarters, for a much larger house that burned down, where the Central Alabama Paranormal Investigations (CAPI)demonstrated how they use electronic voice phenomenon and electromagnetic field equipment to detect paranormal activity. "Whenever we came to Cahawba for the very first time, we got so much evidence that it was the second most haunted place in Dallas County, as far as CAPI was concerned," Johnny Rushing lead investigator and founder of CAP!."It's very, very active. This in particular is the slave quarters, we've never done in investigation here, or had this event and not gotten something. "At the end of the tour, guests gathered' near a bonfire near the welcome center, sipping on hot apple cider and shared ghost stories of their own."It's a place where history in the past meets the present, and as a historian and archeologist that's kind of my job to bring the past alive,", Jonathan Matthews Old Cahawba's assistant director said. "And in a ,way, that's what ghosts are all about. Ghosts are part of the past that influence the present."