Hoosiers create spirit detecting app
A Greenwood, IN couple says they've developed technology that allows you to talk to spirits.
Saturday, August 17th 2013, 9:52 AM EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jill Beitz and Roger Pingleton are engaged, and have a lot of love for one another. It's a love of another kind though, the paranormal, that seems to have them talking more about the unknown than their impending nuptials.
"I think it benefits all of us to realize that there's more to this world than we can sometimes see," Beitz said.
Beitz and Pingleton are just two of the many who go ghost hunting on the regular. And, with a new app called "Spirit Story Box" that they designed, even more people may be searching for spirits than ever before. This time, with the use of their phone.
"Our app speaks several words. It can actually speak short phrases," Beitz explained.
How's it work? Each word that shows up on the app is a form of communication from a spirit detected in the room about something or someone.
"It looks for order in chaos. It looks for a signal of data and it finds non-randomness, and we believe it's that signal of data that the spirits can actually manipulate," Pingleton said.
We decided to put the app to the test, firing it up at one of Louisville's most haunted places, the Conrad-Caldwell House and Museum. Everyone seems to have a story about this spooky place.
"I know I had a couple stop a couple weeks ago. They had been walking by late at night, and they thought they saw flames in the window," Margaret Young, Volunteer coordinator, explained.
Beitz has stories too. Last time she was here, she even got weirded out.
"I saw a black shadow figure move down the stairs with my own eyes, and around the same time we heard a disembodied moan coming out of the second floor," Beitz said.
We revisited that staircase seeing if perhaps the spirits would return once again. Right away the app brought up several words and phrases.
"Son explorers?" Beitz questioned as she looked at her iPhone.
The eeriest of what we experienced happened back downstairs when Beitz's phone seemed to take on a mind of its own.
"Oh my gosh, my phone is freaking out! This has never happened before. I'm on the history. It's tapping words. It just pressed clerk!" Beitz said.
That happened where a clerk in the home used to spend a lot of time.
We sat down with the great granddaughter of the Caldwells to ask about that potential encounter and the results the app came up with. One by one, each word seemed to have an explanation or story from the house. The word "dog" popped up throughout the trip and it just so happens the people who lived here were dog lovers. "Hate" and other similar words popped up at that main staircase, an area that the family loved. It's worth noting someone who lived here died on a staircase in the home.
"This person is extremely protective of the museum and its belongings and wants to make sure things are taken care of," Young explained,
If you're a skeptic, perhaps a trip to this house alone, in the dark, with the app, just might make a believer out of you.
"There's too many experiences for there not to be some truth in it," Young said.
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