When my child began in a new soccer club a couple years ago, we practiced & played at a new field, Braly Park in Paulding Co., Georgia. The route from our house in the exurbs of Atlanta takes us through a location that's seen multiple historic events, which led me to revisit a terrible news event from my high school years (1977) as well as something I discovered last evening that has me wondering if I had a paranormal experience or if I'm just imagining.
On the way to soccer, we pass New Hope Church, just one of the many Civil War battlefields & skirmish sites that mark the area around the northwest ATL suburbs & exurbs. New Hope was a heavily wooded area where 16, 000 Union troops engaged 4,000 Confederates on May 25, 1864. Just over 2000 men died there, with the Union losing 1,665 of them. It was a rebel victory that day in spite of the Yankee's huge advantage in numbers.
Presently, there is a Civil War-era cemetery across from the church with gas stations, drug store & a typical Publix (grocery store) strip shopping center very nearby. The church is standing and operational, very pretty, but despite my awareness of the battle in NAME, I never realized I was passing through the actual battle site on my way to soccer practice until I'd been doing it for many months. About that time, my daughter got her learner's license, so I was able to sit in the passenger seat. That meant when she stopped at the traffic light by the cemetery I now had time to study it a bit. It was and is quite foreboding to me. The thought of walking around in it is not positive... However I did take some pictures out the car window, and the very first time got some obvious orbs. The feeling that this location carries a lot of spiritual energy has grown stronger for me with time, but I can't put my finger on why.
Initially, my interest was completely on the battle site. One day I was researching what happened there online and hit on a HUGE discovery: New Hope is ALSO where a terrible and historic passenger jet crash happened back in 1977 -- a tragedy I remembered vividly from my high school days! Almost exactly in the same place, just north of the cemetery & church, a Southern Airways dc-9 that had come through a terrible storm lost both engines and tried to land on the then-rural two lane road. Seventy two people were killed! How could I be driving there 3-4 days a week and not have known! But then, the information seemed to validate the strangeness of the area.
Then last fall, Sept. 11, sitting at a soccer game, I kept thinking about the crash for some strange reason. I was compelled to look it up on my phone, which I never do while watching the games. I Googled the crash and the first story that came up said... The wreckage of the plane was eventually taken to the local dump... Which was now -- 40 years later -- filled in & converted to a SOCCER PARK! Our park! The plane's fuselage was under our playing fields!
That was a surprise.
So last week, while waiting for practice, I walked around the perimeter of the park for a little exercise the way I have in the past and kept thinking about that plane or what was left of it. I took some video of a particularly intriguing pathway. The sun was going down. I also accidentally pushed the video button while walking, but never realized until last evening when I sat down to review. I'm pretty sure there are no visual signs of spirits in any of the images, but I spent a lot of time looking last night. Two things sort of freaked me out. First, on the short video where I'm walking and didn't realize I hit "video start" you can hear sounds but my hand is over the camera. There comes a point that sounds a lot like an airplane getting VERY loud with voices, which then stops & goes back to normal sounds. I KNOW that was NOT among the sounds I heard while walking. I could hear the soccer sounds softly in the distance but up close noises were the frogs in a drainage ditch and one or two cars driving by in the parking lot (that sound NOTHING like airplane sounds). Listening last night with my earphones in, the loud sounds gave me chills on my entire body when I realized what they might be.
In the second short clip, there is a visual of a path, nothing unusual. Soccer sounds as I pan my phone around. But then there is a woman's whisper, quite close, saying, "It's this way, THIS way." As if she knew I was wondering about the location of what lies beneath.
I've just listened to it another 20 times and it's unmistakable. It's not my first EVP...
My questions to you all: do you think an I-phone can pick up the sounds of a plane that crashed 40 years ago if I was perhaps walking above where it was buried? I tried to be careful and noted all the sounds around me as I recorded. Almost positive there weren't any airplane sounds though, it was a very quiet evening. Also, can a spirit know what you are thinking? Why was she saying, "This way..."? I'm 100 percent certain no live person was there whispering to me.
Quick note: I've submitted some stories under the name Mrs. Ramsay previously. Computer changes caused me to have to choose a new name and rejoin the site. Will appreciate your thoughts.
Hope everyone is having a nice, long weekend!