The Morrison Center was packed on Friday night as people young and old invaded the building. When the Ghost Hunters team took the stage, the crowd roared with excitement.
Fans from all over were yelling and applauding as the Ghost Hunter’s lead investigators, Jason Hawes and Steve Gonsalves, shared their stories.
Hawes immediately joked about our Idaho crowd as he turned on the big screen and started showing humorous photos of Gonsalves.
“What is this, half the population out there?” asked Hawes as he flipped through photos of their entire team, including a few with blurred out nether regions of Gonsalves, as if to suggest he was naked. The crowd laughed and gasped as more photos of investigations were shown and more funny photos of Gonsalves were shared.
Hawes and Gonsalves explained their hunting techniques and the three types of haunts: intelligent, residual and poltergeist, but never missed the opportunity to poke fun at the other, which made for an entertaining night.
When speaking of Gonsalves’ many tattoos, Hawes joked, “He’s even got my name on his butt.”
Hawes added to this mixture of facts and fun, the (somewhat humorous) breakdown they see of inhuman claims. Eighty percent of claims can be debunked. Thirty percent are seeking attention, 13 percent are very religious, 30 percent are under medicated, 25 percent are over medicated and apparently there’s only two percent which are actual activity, according to Hawes.
Of course the team showed a ton of evidence, but started with a recent clip South Park aired of them, which again had the crowd roaring with laughter.
Afterward, they opened the floor up to Q&A and some very interesting stories were shared. But the highlight of the evening was when a few ticket holders from the audience were invited into the back to meet and greet the team. There were many photos, autographs and stories being shared.
And of course, the Ghost Hunters team couldn’t visit Boise without stirring up Boise State’s own paranormal tales. Kayla King, sophomore elementary education major, hasn’t experienced anything on campus but said she has experienced the paranormal in other locations which have caused her to be a believer.
“In the different houses I’ve lived in I’ve had things move, things randomly fall off the counter that had been in the middle of the counter, things falling off my wall that had been nailed in or pinned in, weird sounds and voices when no one was home,” King said.
King’s stories are not unlike what some have shared about our resident “Dinah.” Students usually hear the undocumented stories floating around about the ghost in the communication building, but Marty Most, communication professor, described a few stories students probably haven’t heard of.
“The first time that I heard the building was haunted was when I was an undergraduate here,” Most said. “The oldest story that I’m aware of is from when this (communication) building was still housing the theater department; there was a theater faculty member who had stayed late one night to work on a set they were building. He was painting a background that was lying flat on the floor when he thought he heard something and went to investigate. When he couldn’t find anything he came back and there were small footprints walking across the set he had been painting in the paint; which would be scary and creepy if I thought for a minute that ghosts left footprints in wet paint.”
Most shared another tale he heard from a fellow coworker sometime before 2003. Marv Cox was a communication department chair at that time and had been working late at his computer when he had a strange sensation rush over him and felt he wasn’t alone, according to Most. Cox then claimed to have seen someone pass behind him in the reflection off his computer screen, but of course nobody was there.
Sharon Brown, administrative assistant II, has been in the communication building since 2002 and knows all about the Dinah story but shared some other interesting tales.
“The campus plumber, Joe, maybe a couple of years ago, used to go up in the attic to check on something and when he went up the stairs and turned the corner, he had this feeling that there was someone else in the room behind him,” Brown said. “But when he turned around there was no one there. He said the hair stood up on the back of his neck. He felt like someone was going to be there and he thought it was going to be a coworker and there was just nobody there.”
Brown is also the operations manager for the communication department and described experiencing everything from the staff kitchen doorknob locking when there was no lock, to name plates going missing and being moved and relocated in various positions.
These all could be the work of students playing pranks, or could it be something else? Maybe, next time Boise State should invite the Ghost Hunters team back for a campus hunt.