The Case – Sloss Furnace – Birmingham, Alabama
Before I dive into describing the locale in all its paranormal glory, I want to share something with my readers. I was excited about this episode because Alabama is my home. Birmingham isn’t all that far from me and I’ve actually been inside Sloss Furnace on more than one occasion. Because of its history, there have been Halloween events there (which I’ve also attended a few times) which makes Sloss Furnace even more creepy. I can say, though, that I’ve never experienced anything paranormal there, unless that man who chased me with a chain saw wasn’t really a warm flesh and blood man at all. Who knows, right?
In any case, this whole episode has been dedicated to Sloss Furnace in my own sweet home, Alabama.
Sloss Furnace was built in the 1880’s and was a successful business in Birmingham, Alabama. The success of the business came with a dark cloud, though. Before safety standards for workplaces became the norm, Sloss Furnace was rife with accidents. Reports of people being incinerated and steamed to death are just some of the tragic stories of its past. But accidents aren’t the only suspected reasons for death. One foreman who allegedly treated his workers terribly, fell into a furnace and was killed. This accident might not have been an accident at all.
With a history such as that, with needless lives taken, paranormal activity is rich. People have seen shadows and heard footsteps, unexplainable noises, and voices. People say they are being grabbed and pushed. There are also reports of a male apparition who people believe to be the foreman who was killed under suspicious circumstances.
According to lead ghost hunter Jason Hawes, Sloss Furnace has been one of the top places on the list of “must investigate”. And music legend, Meat Loaf, returned to help the TAPS team out. Meat Loaf has joined them before so this wasn’t exactly new even though the excitement Meatloaf exhibited upon meeting Jason and Grant Wilson would suggest otherwise. Interestingly enough, Adam Berry, the new ghost hunter trainee from the Ghost Hunters Academy, used to live around here.
And in a “Ghost Hunter” rarity, they have been granted access for more than one night.
Almost immediately into the investigation, activity began and it continued throughout their time there.
After all the personal experiences throughout the investigation, it came down to what the evidence revealed.
First, there were two very clear audio recordings. One was of a shuffle of feet as if someone were running away when everyone on and behind the camera was standing still. Another bit of audio was clearly a disembodied voice of what sounded like a young girl. Both were pretty good pieces of evidence but not nearly as good as the next piece they revealed.
In a happen chance of one of the investigators panning a camera around, a humanoid shadow figure was caught on video. There was no explanation for the position of it or for the stance it appeared to take, as if it were sitting in the floor with its knees to its chest. Another convincing trait is that everyone around the camera was moving, lights and all, while it stayed completely still.
It makes me want to head back to Sloss Furnace really soon.
And I want to go ahead and suggest they do their next “Ghost Hunters Live” Halloween show from Sloss Furnace… if Sloss Furnace can bypass their Halloween events for one night.
Source: “Ghost Hunters”, aired November 18, 2010 on SyFy