“We will be in both places that Saturday doing an investigation,” said Elissa Lehnardt who works with the group. “It should be great fun.”
According to Lehnardt, neither place as far as she knows has a reputation for being haunted. However, due to the age of both buildings and their histories both are considered very promising places where ghosts would reside.
“I personally haven’t heard anything about activity in either place but any place where something emotional has happened or where music is part of a building’s history is where most of the activity we encounter takes place,” she said. “For example, prisons and hospitals are very emotional places and we’ve found plenty of activity there.”
While the Rice Theatre is obviously an old building where plenty of music has been played, some people may not realize that Crowley’s City Hall building was formerly the music studio of renowned local music producer J.D. Miller.
When Lehnardt speaks of ‘activity,’ she isn’t necessarily referring to what most people think about when they think of ghosts. However, there are pictures on the La Spirit website (www.laspirit.com) that have apparitions that could shoot a chill down one’s spine. However, these types of hauntings are somewhat rare.
“Some of the things I have encountered include shadows but most of what we get are voices recorded on audio equipment,” she said.
While many people may be understandably skeptical, it is obvious when speaking with Lehnardt that the people with La. Spirits are very serious with their investigations.
The group, which has equipment including a thermal imaging camera (referred to as ‘every paranormal investigator’s dream’) and three different types of recording devices, They used to have a television show on Acadiana Open Channel. However, they are now focused mainly on investigations. They are often called up by average citizens who just want to see if their house is haunted.
“We had a woman that recently called us about some of the dust in her home being moved about in a strange way,” she said. “We went to the house and didn’t find anything. When we told her about our findings she told us ‘at least I can sleep tonight’.”
When asked about the possibility of the ghosts found in any location having a threatening demeanor, Lehnardt responded with a laugh.
“You can tell the people in Crowley that they have nothing to be scared of,” she said. “We mainly encounter friendly ghosts.”
Charlotte Jeffers, Crowley Tourism Director, who will be spending the evening with the group is looking forward to that night.
“Well I’d like to see if we have some other people in the building (City Hall) and make sure they are friendly,” she laughed. “It is going to be a very exciting experience.”
The Crowley Post-Signal will have a reporter with the crew when they visit both locations and will do a story on their findings.