The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Wyoming Report

October 23, 2008

Ghost hunter visits local haunts

College professor joins storyteller for investigation

“Ghost hunting” can be tantamount to watching grass grow, a painstaking search, usually completed in the dark, that requires an uncanny ability to search out minute details, enough passion to comb through dozens of photos, the patience to listen to hours of audio recordings and watch video surveillance of the scene.

When that search, however, reveals tangible evidence in the form of “other worldly” voice recordings or photos of spirits, the hours of investigation are well worth it — at least for Dr. Alvin C. Proffit, a psychical researcher. Most people would call him a ghost hunter, now very much in vogue due to well-known psychics and popular television shows.

Proffit is a professor at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, teaching educational leadership.

His story, along with an accompanying article focusing on hauntings in Wyoming County, are featured in the October-November issue of West Virginia South, now on newsstands across southern West Virginia, including The Wyoming County Report office in Pineville.

Proffit is earning a solid reputation and winning respect in the paranormal industry. Several of his investigations have been carried live simultaneously on radio stations around the world. He has been invited to discuss his work, lecture, and investigate around the globe.

He has taken photographs that are fast becoming some of the most well known in the paranormal industry.

He has conducted investigations in theaters, numerous college and university buildings, both private and public schools, homes, among other locations.

“My favorite school was one in Hawaii,” he said. “It has all kinds of occurrences and the paranormal is accepted as fact there. This school has poltergeist drills along with regular fire drills. A poltergeist situation is one where objects move by themselves, sometimes as if they were violently thrown. Poltergeists have also been blamed for starting fires, and creating large amounts of water from thin air.”

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