October is right around the corner and before you know it it'll be Halloween. A typical time of year for people to get involved in frightful things. Speaking of which, Black Hills Paranormal Investigators headed to Sanford's in Rapid City to solve a mystery, is Sandford's haunted?
"We've been in the basement and we've heard clunks down there," say Mason Moir and Derek Rhodes who work at Sanford's.
The Sanford's employees have been noticing a lot of creepy things lately.
"Our printers would print french toast, and we don't have a button for french toast, we always hear our names but when we look up no one is around us," say the employees. "My sister was in the back and said a tray flew across the room and hit the wall."
First off, why? What event or tragedy occurred that might have caused a ghost to end up here?
Sanford's started off a freight house for the railroad more than 100 years ago, but it wasn't until the Flood of 1972 that urban legends were born.
"There are rumors that people died here or were stored here. Used as a repository for bodies during the Flood of 1972," says Co-lead Investigator Maurice Miller.
Their research team found those rumors false.
"The creepy thing is, is that pieces of bodies and parts have washed up against the building," says Miller.
The history and the present events in Sanford's are why they're here. But they don't just come and listen, they use technology.
"IR cameras, EMF detectors, K2 audio," says Miller.
IR meaning night vision, and thermal cameras that show body heat, or the cooler temperatures often displayed by spirits.
Once set up, it was time to ask, listen, and wait.
We investigated the kitchen, where a majority of the activity was described.
But we also went to the basement, and bar.
Some surreal things occurred including flashlights being turned on and off, as well as not only answers to the their questions, but questions to the investigators!
We'll have more once the results are presented to Sanford's.