Is the Big Bend Haunted?

By: Bryan Anderson Email
By: Bryan Anderson Email

MARIANNA, FL 3/2/2012 -- Could the Russ House in Jackson County be haunted?

Paranormal expert Tracy Todd said he hopes to soon answer that question.

"I'm going to try to find out if there is something there, why it's there, what it wants, and if we can help it," said Todd.

Todd and his fellow ghost busters at Emerald Coast Paranormal Concepts plan to converge on the building near downtown Marianna Saturday night.

"What we'll do is we'll go in as teams. Everybody will be quiet and we'll start asking questions," said Todd.

One of the group's biggest interests is the building's original owner Joseph Russ Junior. History has it that he committed suicide in his upstairs bedroom in 1930 following the stock market crash in 1929.

So is it the ghost of Russ causing the rucus, or could it be the ghosts of kids?

"We're going to bring some toys, some children's books because there are some reports of some children still wandering around the house," said Todd.

Whoever, or should we say whatever is to blame for the ghost-like activity, Todd and his team said they hope to catch it on camera this weekend.

"We are there to help the living with the dead," said Todd.

The Russ House is also located on part of the land where the Battle of Marianna took place during the Civil War. Todd said the strange sounds may also be coming from the ghosts of soldiers.

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  • by DaffyDillyO on Mar 9, 2012 at 09:42 AM
    I believe in ghosts and do enjoy watching tv about this stuff, but I would question the validity of anything they find at that house because they are going in there with the mission of finding a ghost. That means they are more likely to interpret many things as a ghost when there is probably a more realistic reason for it, other than a ghost. They should go in there with the mission to debunk.
  • by believe on Mar 5, 2012 at 05:39 AM
    If you believe in God, then surely you must believe in "The Holy Ghost/Spirit" so now tell me ghosts/spirits are not real. Also, I had experiences with my grandfather and one of my cousins visiting me after they had died. I freaked out the first couple of times it happened but then I realized how lucky I was to have the ability to have a connection with them. It's just something that people don't understand and probably never will. Just because you have never seen something with your eyes doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
  • by Brandon Location: Tally on Mar 3, 2012 at 09:13 PM
    Jim, the only reason you don't believe in spirits is because you've never encountered one. Don't speak out of ignorance but with an open mind. Are there not things that we as humans have trouble understanding. Just think of spirits that have not left the earth as spirits in purgatory. that have not traveled to heaven or hell for whatever reason. Through personal experiences when i was young to knowing that my grandmother is still around. I believe because i have experienced them. Don't hop on the hate speech out of ignorance lest you question your own religious beliefs even.
  • by Jim Location: Tallahassee on Mar 3, 2012 at 02:09 PM
    The whole paranormal ghost hunter thing is a bunch of garbage. These dorks graduated from Star Trek uniforms and having the Enterpise in mom's basement to chasing ghosts and scaring each other in abandoned buildings. Why aren't hospitals haunted? Thousands of people, every day, die in hospitals all over the country, but you don't hear about hospitals being haunted. Ghost hunters counter with, "well, that's not abandoned. The lights are on, and uh, well, the ghosts need abandoned places." So, on the 11-7 shift, when there's hardly anybody there, why aren't there ghosts? BECAUSE GHOSTS DONT EXIST, DOOFUSES!!!!
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