Montana Ghost Hunter

Rankin Hall Investigation

by on Oct.09, 2009, under Evidence, Investigations

So I was able to attend a interesting event here in Missoula. 107.5FM are having a ‘ghost hunt’ every Thursday for the month of October. Apparently, the first week was a ghost hunt ‘simulation’, I wasn’t aware of this.. or what was involved, but the public was invited and were participating in a contest to attend a ‘real’ ghost hunt the following Thursday(s).

I was contacted by my group (Tortured Souls Investigation – TSI) to see if I would be able to attend the upcoming ghost hunt. 107.5 was planning to have two paranormal investigation teams (TSI and GIG – Girls Investigation Ghosts) take the winners from last weeks simulation. The crowd consisted of about 20 people (which is large for a investigation in my opinion). Going into this I was VERY weary of participating. I was worried it was going to be too much of a media circus and I was also unsure if the people involved would take this seriously, or mock our efforts.

There was media and there was a lot of hype involved, but I was really impressed with the participants. Quickly it was obvious that the people who were there were into it.. with respect and seriousness.

Rankin Hall consists of three floors and is one of the oldest buildings on the University of Montana campus. The first team had the main floor and the upper floor. The second team (TSI) started in the basement. After a hour and half or so, the teams swapped locations. KPAX, one of the local news stations, also attended and stayed for the majority of the hunt as well.

I was particularly excited to use a few pieces of new equipment. It was a great opportunity to use the GeoPhone, but we had no interesting results from it. I also used the Moultry game camera in hand-held mode. Normally, I use the game camera with stationed on a tri-pod, but wanted to give this a shot. I feel like I need to work on my aim a bit, and be just touch more still. I was also able to use my digital camera converted to IR during low light. I had to use my flashlight IR illuminators to light the room prior to shooting any photos.

I noticed that my flashlights are too focused, and I need to figure out how to disperse the light a bit and create a more wash/flood. If anyone has any suggestions on how to do this.. please let me know.

I was hoping to use the ShackHack ghost box, but the opportunity did not present itself during this investigation, but it could be possible for next week’s hunt.

Overall, the Rankin Hall investigation provided low activity. There seems to have been a few personal experiences, but no real ‘hard’ evidence, but it was great to make some new local friends interested in the paranormal.

You can see photos from the Moultry game camera and the digital still IR shots in my Flickr Gallery.

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3 Comments for this entry

  • Karen Stevens

    Hi, I’m the author of “Haunted Montana” and the forthcoming “More Haunted Montana.” I plan to include stories from Brantly Hall and University Theater in the new book. I see that TSI has investigated both but have not yet posted results on their website. Can you tell me whether anything evidential was gotten at either building? I did email them but have not received a reply.

    Thanks!

  • admin

    Hello Karen

    Thanks for commenting. Brantly Hall had some unusual personal experiences, but were unable to capture any evidence. The University Theatre also had some interesting personal experiences, but we did have unusual EMF results as well a interesting ‘shadow’ that was captured using a night vision camcorder.

    I’m surprised that TSI did not reply to you. I would try again, depending on when you sent the message, we were in the process of transferring hosting companies, and your message may have been lost during that transition.

    Thanks!
    h

  • Karen Stevens

    Thanks, I will try TSI again.
    One of the faculty members of the theater told me that he had personally witnessed a ghostly figure crossing the stage. When it passed in front of the (aptly named) ghost light, he realized the figure was transparent, and also visible only down to the knees. It’s possible that it was walking on a different floor level since the stage had not been in that location originally.

    Karen

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