Nov 1, 2011 12:01 AM by John Romero

Ghost hunting at Briarhurst Manor

You've likely heard the stories about Briarhurst Manor in Manitou Springs. Built in 1876, it burned to the ground 10 years later and was then rebuilt.

Many believe the grounds are haunted by ghosts from a bygone era. "We have little things that we just can't explain. We don't know how they happen or where they come from." explains Briarhurst Manor President Ken Healy. He says the occurrences are just too obvious to ignore. "From salt and pepper shakers being turned over in the middle of the night, to water being turned off in a locked room in the basement, to a picture frame flying across the room and vases jumping off a table top." says Healy.

We wanted to find out for ourselves if the legends are true so we went along with Colorado Springs based P.U.R.E. Paranormal for an overnight investigation. We were warned that on many of these investigations, nothing happens. "It's a lot of patience." explains Lead Investigator Masandra Gray, "It's a lot of time. But when you do get the activity it's well worth the wait."

But we didn't have to wait long. Within minutes of our first room investigation P.U.R.E.'s equipment used to measure electromagnetic energy and fields get active as we ask questions. Suddenly a flashlight that was turned off switches on when another investigator starts asking questions. I personally checked the flash light. There's no reason it should have turned on.

But the unexplained activity wasn't through. "One of the most interesting things was the glass that you heard shatter. Then we find broken glass that wasn't there before hand." says Gray. While taking a break we and the team heard a glass break in a room nobody was in. When we went in there was broken glass on the bar, but none of the wine glasses were actually broken. At the time we were the only people in the building.

I went with two team members to conduct an investigation in the adjoining room. One member thought he saw a hand near the bar. As that happened, my camera, which had a fully charged battery, went dead. P.U.R.E. tells us that batteries will quickly die as spirits gather energy. Those shards of glass that were separate were somehow pushed back together. We were the only people in the room and nobody had been near the broken glass pieces since we filmed it.

It's fair to say that we didn't see any actual ghosts and that the meter readings could have been due to a number of things. But in a house with this much history, it makes you think. "For a hundred and thirty some years there's been people coming and going." says Healy. And maybe, just maybe there's a few who've never left.



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