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.