On March 15, 2014 GOGPI investigated claims of paranormal activity at a Old Jail/Museum in Ashburn GA. The activity reported at the Jail/Museum is as follows: Unusual sounds, voices, shadows, unusual odors, brick being thrown, people being touched.
Investigators & people present at investigation: Gretchen Mann, Christie Bradley, Chris Bradley, Larry Conley, Ed Laughlin
Date Moonrise Moonset Time Altitude Distance Illuminated Phase
Mar 15, 2014 –
7:04 PM 6:58 AM
– 12:36 AM 60.4° 248,684 97.6%
Weather Conditions at March 15, 2014 – 8:53 EDT
8:53 24 Hour Max 24 Hour Min
Temperature 46.0° F 68.0 at 16:53 43.0 at 5:53
Dew Point 42.1° F 42.1 at 8:53 24.1 at 12:53
Relative Humidity 86% 86 at 8:53 21 at 17:53
Wind Speed 0 mph 9 at 11:53 0 at 12:53
Pressure 29.97 in 30.14 at 11:53 29.94 at 3:53
Sea level pressure 30.18 in 30.36 at 11:53 30.14 at 3:53
Altimeter 30.18 in 30.36 at 11:53 30.15 at 3:53
Weather conditions clear – –
Visibility 8.00 miles 10.00 at 9:53 8.00 at 15:53
Equipment used by Investigators:
Cameras: Two Canon Rebel digital cameras and Four IR Video Cameras connected to a J2000 DVR
EMF Meters: Electro Sensor EMF Meter, Cell Sensor, Digital EMF Detectors, Mel-8704R-KII and K-II Meter.
Audio Recorders: Sony P210 digital voice recorder and an Olympus D-10 digital voice recorder and Olympus VN-4100PC.
Thermometers: Cen-Tech mini non-contact infrared digital thermometer and an Omega HH68K ambient thermometer.
Other: Spirit box, Ovilus, Thermal Camera
Condition of the building:
The jail was operational from 1906 to 1994. The old jail has been restored as a museum and is in good condition. A leak developed and caused the ceiling to fall in the old court room in the living area on the main floor, it is currently under repair. All utilities were in good working order.
Originally built in 1906, this brick building in Ashburn, Georgia was used as a prison until 1994. The sheriff lived with his family on the ground floor with prisoners upstairs.
Investigation began 18:15- Ended Investigation 23:30
Parlor- Temp 64°, EMF 0,0
Foyer- Temp 64°, EMF 0.0
Dining room- Temp 64°, EMF 0.0
Kitchen- Temp 63.5°, EMF 0.0, Microwave .6
Court Room- Temp 64°, EMF 0.0
Booking- Temp 63.5°, EMF 0.0
Staircase- Temp 62.5°, EMF 0.0
Death Row- Temp 61.5°
Upstairs Common Area- Temp 65°, EMF 0.0
General Population- Temp 63°, EMF 0.0
Women’s Common Area- Temp 67°, EMF 0.0
Women’s Cell 1- Temp 69°, EMF 0.0
Women’s Cell 2- Temp 69°, EMF 0.0
Team 1- Gretchen, Christie, Ed
1. 6:15 pm- Basement
a. 6:25 pm- 6:35 pm- EVP session
2. 6:42 pm- Women’s Section
a. 6:49 pm- 7:02 pm- EVP session
3. 7:04 pm- Main cell block
a. 7:17 pm- 7:27 pm- EVP session
4. 7:29 pm- End sweep
Team 2- Larry and Chris
1. 7:43 pm- Start sweep
2. 7:47 pm- Women’s section
a. 7:49 pm- 7:58 pm- EVP session
3. 7:59 pm- Main cell block
a. 8:05 pm- 8:13 pm- EVP session
4. 8:14 pm- Death row
a. 8:16 pm- 8:24 pm- EVP session
5. 8:28 pm- Basement
a. 8:34 pm- 8:50 pm- EVP session
Team 1- Gretchen, Christie, and Ed- Second Sweep
1. 9:18 pm- Death Row
a. 9:22 pm- 9:47 pm- EVP session
2. 9:53 pm- Women’s cells
a. 9:57 pm- 10:21 pm- EVP session, had some flashlight communication but was inconclusive.
3. 10:26 pm- Parlor
a. 10:34 pm- 10:42pm- EVP session
4. 10:59 pm- Basement
a. 11:00 pm- 11:20 pm- EVP session with Ovilus
5. 11:30 pm- End Investigation
We would like to thank Ben Baker for his hospitality and assistance with the investigation!
GOGPI went to the Crime and Punishment Museum ( the Old Jail) in Ashburn Ga. to investigate claims of paranormal activity. Base reading in the museum were within normal limits, temperature normal for conditions, EMF were within normal reading, except around the electrical equipment and electrical panels where they were higher, as expected.
We did not capture anything in our pictures or video but did record numerous EVP’s from the location. We did have some personal experiences, see below.
With all the stories of activity from many different people, our EVP’s, and personal experiences from the investigators we feel that the Museum has paranormal activity and is haunted. We do not feel that anything negative is there but spirits from the past willing to communicate with the living. This was our second investigation at this location and we were not disappointed. We recommend that if you get a chance to go to the museum either for an investigation or just to go through the museum please do so, it is a very interesting place!
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Personal Experience summaries from investigators on the investigation:
While in the basement I heard noises above us on the main floor of the jail sounded like someone moving around and sliding something on the floor, no one was moving around.
While in the death row section I heard several disembodied voices and what sounded like cloth rubbing against itself, no one there was moving at the time. Also witnessed a flashlight communication.
My only personal experience was while we were in the cells upstairs before setting up heard a whistle , everyone upstairs said they did not whistle.
When Christie , Gretchen, and Ed were investigating in the parlor and I was at base I heard something that sounded like a child’s giggle, I marked it on the voice recorder and was able to find it during review.
Experienced the exact same things as Ed. I also believe there was possible flashlight communication in the woman’s section. I also heard two whistles upstairs while setting up. Felt unnerved in the basement on our second sweep like we were not well received there. I smelled cigarette smoke in the general population area. I also got the name “Shaggy” come to mind when I asked for a nickname on EVP.