Laura Brown had no idea that an experience in a house during her late teens would be a contributing factor later on in life when she made the plunge to become part of a paranormal investigative group.
The house on Temple Avenue in the inner city stretch of north Indianapolis had been in the family for many years, yet there had always been something “peculiar” about it. Houses, much like people, can give off uncomfortable vibes. While the interior was painted bright and cheery—portraying a sense of positivity—that sense could change in a moments notice to an overwhelming feeling of heaviness and darkness. It was like flipping a switch.
Family members wouldn’t openly admit to the strange goings-on in the house (at least not to outsiders), but conversations would suddenly pause as what sounded like a bowling ball rolling across the ceiling would emit from the empty upstairs apartment. There was unexplainable light play, voices, and shadow movement caught out of the corner of the eye. There was the occasional sound of breaking glass, yet when investigated everything in the house was intact.
A former upstairs apartment tenant witnessed a full-bodied apparition walk in through the ground floor front door, bend over a baby’s crib that was situated on the living room floor, mutter “Boo” to the child inside, then stroll casually through the house and out the back door.
Renters of the upstairs apartment had many stories and didn’t seem to stay long through the years….
There was a bed upstairs that Laura’s mother claimed moved on its own volition…not swaying back and forth, but bouncing up and down. And with her in it!
There are admissions that séance and Ouija board sessions were conducted on a regular basis for entertainment. It was all in good clean fun!
When Laura’s grandmother opened the oven door in the upstairs apartment kitchen she heard shrieking and screaming from the inside. She shut the door and never opened it again.
When Laura moved into the upstairs apartment things had relatively quieted down from the events of the earlier years. But all was still not quite right within the house. There was still the quiet talk from the family members downstairs…talk that was not shared openly with the outside world. There was that sense of intuition that all of us possess, but most choose to ignore. Laura was in a situation where she needed a place to live. It was probably not her first choice, but it was after all “family.” She moved in and immediately felt darkness…a sense of oppression as if someone was constantly watching her. The bathroom seemed the worse, yet the bedroom was not much better. Working an overnight shift at her job for the most part kept her out of the house during the “witching hour”, but then the weekend would roll around. When she did sleep it wasn’t in the upstairs bed. The couch did just fine for that purpose, thank you.
Even though she was only in that situation for a short span of her life, it made an impression; and impressions always bring about questions: What’s up with this other realm of existence? What are the nuts and bolts, and how does it all fit together? And, the question that all of us interested in the exploration of the paranormal have—Just how is this happening and why?
Throughout the years, accompanied by other scattered experiences, Laura never lost track of these questions, and thus began a general acceptance that there are circumstances that were never explained in science class at school. You can choose to sit idle and watch the ghost shows on television, or engage yourself in answering these questions for yourself.
Laura chose the latter.
When North Central Paranormal (NCP) made the decision to spin off affiliate groups to more thoroughly cover the state of Indiana it was a wise move, eliminating the taxing of resources and personnel. As a result South Central Paranormal (SCP) was formed to cover the central and southern regions of the state.
The formation of a new group, especially when tied to the apron strings of an existing veteran team, is an exciting prospect and brings about opportunities for those whose interests lie in the resolution of their own questions concerning the paranormal.
Judy Fowler Smith, a veteran investigator, has taken the reigns of Lead Investigator for SCP, with Laura Brown as one of two Investigators in Training. It will start her on her own personal journey and give the opportunity for not only validation, but possibly answers to questions that gave birth so many years ago in that house framed with the Indianapolis skyline just a short distance away.
SCP will conduct their first “official” investigation as a team Saturday, July 27, 2013 at a southern Indiana location. A private investigation along the Ohio River is already in the works. Reports will be forthcoming in future articles as SCP comes into their own.
Laura’s grandmother passed away, followed closely by her aunt who resided in the downstairs section of the house on Temple Avenue. For the first time in years the house sat empty. One can only consider…does a house stay haunted when there are no human occupants? To reconcile the estate, the house was offered to various family members for a very reasonable price. While all concerned agreed that it would be “nice” to keep it in the family, none stepped up to the plate to purchase it—including Laura. It was sold privately and became a strange remnant of family history. Just what is going on within its walls today? A knock on the front door might answer that question.
Laura is excited to be part of a group whose mission is to explain the unknown; or at least work hard in trying. It is a sobering thought to be setting foot into the paranormal realm, regardless of your intentions. Laura realizes this. And…a little scary.
A favorite quote of mine is from Betty Bender. It says…Anything I’ve ever done that ultimately was worthwhile initially scared me to death!
I’ve been scared a few times in my life.
The “terrifying” personal journey of Laura Brown begins.