The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Local Scene

February 13, 2012

GHOST HUNTERS: Paranormal team visits Palestine, checks out locations

PALESTINE — EDITOR’S NOTE: Do you believe in ghosts? That’s one of those questions that people will answer “yes” or “no” to almost immediately.

The way you answer that question probably has a lot to do with your religious beliefs as many have very strong opinions one way or the other.

Others may be open to the idea of ghosts or the paranormal — because of an experience in the past or of stories that they have heard over the years. Or because they choose to believe.

Regardless, to believe or not to believe in the paranormal is your choice to make as much of the paranormal “proof” is subjective — only you can decide what is true, what is not true and what is imagined.


Many have heard ghost stories in Palestine of old houses and buildings — the old jail, the old Carnegie Library, Bowers Mansion and probably more famously today — the old Palestine Memorial Hospital,  which is closed and fenced to keep trespassers out on the corner of Sycamore and Angelina streets.

For the past several years, teenagers found it a “rite of passage” to tour the old hospital and tell ghost stories. Today, a no-trespassers-allowed tour will cost you a trip to jail as the police and community have cracked down on unwanted guests since 2010.

Just ask the Sonshine Paranormal Investigators of Fort Worth — they spent the night in jail last year after getting caught at the old hospital.

While they didn’t enjoy their night in jail, the Sonshine Paranormal Investigators came back to Palestine last weekend to discuss the results of their paranormal investigation at the old hospital along with the results from a requested investigation of the Museum for East Texas Culture, which previously served as a school from 1916 to 1976.

About the Team

The Sonshine Paranormal Investigators  — whose small team includes Clay and Barbara Henderson and Kirk and Eva Jones along with a few others — started doing investigations in 2009 after their 11-year-old son was killed in a jet ski accident.

“We wanted to know that we would see our son again some day. What we found turned our world upside down. Now we try to help others understand the paranormal and prove or disprove whether they have paranormal activity in their homes or businesses,” Clay Henderson said. “We try to use the latest in technology as well as inventing our own techniques and equipment. The results have been amazing.”

What started out as curiosity has led to an interesting hobby that has lead them down many paths — investigating a haunted bed and breakfast in Arkansas and walking through cemeteries late at night. They’ve felt chills, reported being “touched” by spirits in various locations and in general, have felt presences that were paranormal.

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