Local ghosthunters on the Bio channel's My Ghost Story Saturday
Spirit Realm Investigative Project, an all-female ghost-hunting crew, spends much of their time in the dark, seeking out spirits. But at 8 p.m. tomorrow, March 30, they'll be in the spotlight on episode sixty of the Bio Channel's My Ghost Story , sharing spooky experiences at Colorado's Gilpin County Jail. We caught up with SRIP's leader, LeeAnna Jonas, and talked with her about ghosts in the jail and telling her story on national television.
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Westword: What experience do you talk about on My Ghost Story?
LeeAnna Jonas: Well, it took place at the Gilpin County Courthouse and Jail, which is an 1800s building. It's no longer used as a jail, but back in the day it was. When we ran into our angel reader, Kelly, she had warned us not to go into the courthouse because there was a dark entity in the basement. She was there for training one day and she actually saw the apparition of a man and because of what she does he didn't like her. She was good and he was bad. He was probably a murderer at some point that was housed there, and she warned us not to go in there. But of course we were curious.
Did you take precautions before you went into the building?
We do protection before we ever go into any location; we use metaphysical oils and stones and do a white light of protection as a group. We thought we had ourselves covered. We went in there and right away during the walk-through my one gal Tawni saw a dark shadow man in the back of the jail who scared the heck out of her. She told me at that point she had spotted him, so she was already a little on edge and then as we went we kept trying to get them to respond to our equipment. We were in one cell and I'm just like, come on guys, let's communicate. So we walked from one cell to the other and as we did that something jumped off the top bunk at Tawni and freaked her out. She started swearing and freaking out and she was really keyed up after that. Later that night we went back to make one more attempt with our ovilus and I said, what happened to you? Who are you? And it said, "will die murder and blood."
What does the ovilus do?
An ovilus is a piece of equipment that generates energy and puts it into words. It has different modes. There's a dictionary mode to where the unit has I think 2,500 to 3,000 words built into the database, and then it also has a phonetic mode so if the spirit wants to talk it comes out the words that they wanna say instead of the database. So basically what it does is it transforms the energy that the spirits are putting out and assists them in putting out the words.
What happened after the ovilus said, "will die murder and blood?"
My medium, Allie, my other teammate, we had a code word that if anything tried to enter her, because they can do that, especially nasty entities, that she needed to tell me and we would get out of there. And at that point after all those words came out she said, LeeAnna it's trying to get in me right now, we gotta go. And I told it, you didn't play right, you didn't play fair, now we're leaving. I could feel him on the back of my neck; I was the last one to come out of the jail.