The Express-Star's office building has a long and sordid history. For the last 100 years, the structure has stood the test of time housing a newspaper, a cotton gin and a railroad depot. Like any place with historical significance stories of things that go bump in the night are prevalent.
The Chickasha Paranormal Research Society set out to discover the validity of these ghost stories and Founder Max Wagner said there's no doubt about it, our newspaper office is haunted.
"There is definitely some evidence of an intelligent haunting here," Wagner said.
There have been multiple accounts of hearing footsteps on the main stairwell when no was in the area. One of the paper's employees said the upstairs bathroom locked, trapping her for 10 minutes one day, and CPRS Lead Investigator and Public Relations Officer Lisa Hatchett said her there was an instance where her daughter, who worked in the office at the time, felt like she was pushed down the stairs when no one was behind her.
With this in mind, Wagner and his cohorts took to the staircase with a thirst for knowledge and a device utilized to communicate with spirits known as a Geophone.
"We had the Geophone set up on an iPad, and basically we would ask it (the paranormal entity) questions and it would respond by making the device light up," said Wagner. "We mainly asked it questions about whether it wanted us here, and I feel like it was talking to us."
The CPRS searched for evidence of paranormal activity in The Express-Star's office in October of 2011. Wagner said he experienced the same sort of interaction then as he did with the most recent investigation.
In addition to the potential intelligent haunting floating about the main stairwell, Hatchett said evidence of a residual haunting - a past event playing out in present time - was also apparent.
"We did hear things while sitting on the stairs like tapping and foot steps," she said.
At one point the door to the basement of the building actually opened on its own, according to Wagner.
A conclusive answer is linked to persistence, and the CPRS is ready and willing to continue investigating the paper's home.
"People think that ghost hunters go to a place once and they are done, but what they don't realize is the stuff they see on TV is filmed over two or three dates," said Wagner. "It's a process and you have to keep going."
As for those who work in The Express-Star's building, Hatchett said they have nothing to fear.
"Sometimes when it's a residual haunting, people may just end up in the path of the action and it could hit you, but it's not intentional," she said.
Details from the investigation of The Express-Star's building and other CPRS investigations can be found on their website, at chickashaprs.com.