Article in the Gwinnett paper.


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Jonathan Phillips

Staff photo: Jonathan Phillips

Haunted Gwinnett 

Ghost tours tap into county?s spooky legends

By Deanna Allen
Staff Writer

DULUTH – Sherry Ingbritsen had walked into the darkened New Dawn Theater in Duluth alone one night when she felt a slight, cool breeze gently blow past her.

“As soon as I felt that there was just this brush of white light that went in front of me,” she recalled. “It looked like something walking past.”

When Ingbritsen turned to examine the light, there was nothing to see.

“It kind of threw me for a minute because I didn’t know what it was,” she said.

Not having turned on any lights inside the building yet and having closed the door behind her, Ingbritsen, one of the original founding members of New Dawn Theater Company, said the source of the light couldn’t have been a blown light bulb or anything from outside.

That experience and those of other members of the theater company – particularly voices heard in the building when people were alone – prompted a paranormal investigation earlier this year.

Ghosts of Georgia Paranormal Investigations spent a night inside the building recording audio and video in search of answers to the yet unexplainable occurrences in the historic building.

One of the tactics to elicit a potential ghostly response is simply asking questions.

“On several questions, we got a response,” said Ingbritsen, who participated in the investigation.

One voice, she said, kept asking, “Where’s Phillip?”

Larry's talk at the Stauton Library

Article in Oracle 20 20 magazine.

Article that was in Atlanta Cuisine Magazine (



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Atlanta CuisineAround Town

Things go bump

in the night at

one Buford bistro

by Tom Maicon



Buford – “I think we should setup base right here,” says Ed

Laughlin, pointing to a small two-top near the front door of Aqua

Terra Bistro (55 East Main St., Buford Tel: 770.271.3000), a

popular Buford dining destination.

Laughlin, founder of a local group called Ghosts of Georgia

Paranormal Investigations (GOGPI), is a real life ghost hunter.

Think TAPS, minus the tattoos.

“Hey guys, come take a look at this,” Beth Peters, case

investigator and sensitive, gleefully calls out to the rest of the

group, while previewing a series of pics she took moments earlier

with her digital camera.

“I’m usually not fond of orbs,” she explains, “But this one

is pretty impressive.” Her eyes fixated on the camera’s display


The investigation hadn’t officially begun, and she’s already

captured a light-emitting orb hovering over the dining room.

This group is the real deal, arriving with infrared video cameras

feeding into a high-powered DVR. They’re heavily armed with

all sorts of gadgets and gizmos, including an impressive arsenal

of audio recorders, and even electromagnetic detectors (EMF and

K-II meters) to measure any renegade electromagnetic pulses that

might be floating around the walk-in cooler, or elsewhere.

Having joined Laughlin on two other investigations in the past

(with a different group), I was impressed with his professionalism.

Three years ago, we investigated Hot Dog Heaven in Woodstock,

after receiving numerous reports from the employees of buns

flying off the shelf and kitchen equipment turning itself off.

In past years I’ve written these articles based on my experiences

during the investigation. This time around, I thought it might

be interesting to show you the findings of the investigation as

provided by Ed Laughlin and Beth Peters.

by Tom Maicon

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Things go bump in the night at one Buford bistro

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Investigation Report:

September 26, 2009 GOGPI investigated claims

of paranormal activity at Aqua Terra-Bistro in

Buford, GA. Claims of activity included: Uneasy

feelings by different people in the basement,

glasses flying off the shelf hitting the floor at a

distance away, tip money missing from a jar only

to be discovered across the room stacked neatly

at the top of the stairs, and unknown voices being



Investigators & people present at investigation:

Investigators: Ed Laughlin, Beth Peters, Christine

Riley, Corey McHargue

Investigator Trainees: Patrick Riley and Kari

Kesley Investigator Guests from Atlanta Cuisine:

Tom and Melanie Maicon.


Weather conditions: Moon phase- 1Q at 12:49 AM


Condition of Bistro: Currently in operation full

time and in good condition for a building of its

age, built circa 1870’s. All utilities were in good

working order, the structure, including walls, roof,

ceiling, and floors, were sturdy with very little

floor squeak. Windows and outside doors were

well sealed.


Equipment used by Investigators:

Cameras: One Rebel digital camera, Four IR Video

Cameras connected to a J2000 DVR.

EMF Meters: Cell Sensor cellular phone/EMF

detection meter, Electro Sensor EMF Meter, and

K-II Meter.

Audio Recorders: Sony P210 digital voice

recorder, Olympus D-10 digital voice Recorder,

Olympus VN-4100PC.

Thermometers: Cen-Tech mini non-contact

infrared digital thermometer, Omega

HH68K ambient thermometer.


Before we began the investigation, Beth, Corey,

and Christine did a sensitive walk through and

base temperature/EMF readings at 11:00 pm.

No unusual readings were noted, however, some

unidentified noises were heard, and a couple areas

in the basement seemed to have peaked the interest

of the sensitives. While Beth was standing in the

serving area of the basement (an area of interest),

the overhead light turned off for no reason. Corey

had to reach up and move the light around to get it

to come back on.


Investigation began at 11:40 pm:

Team 1 – Beth, Ed, Kari & guests from Atlanta


11:40 pm – Basement 1 – Average temp, EMF

readings .0-.4

* Sensitive report – Benign feelings

11:46 pm – Storage Area off Basement 1 – All

investigators heard a loud thud sound, and went

to investigate. Average temps – EMF readings

2.0-3.0 (normal for kitchen/storage area with lots

of electrical boxes) – Never found source of thud


11:50 pm – In Freezer of Storage Area off

Basement 1 – EMF 1.5

* Sensitive report – Benign feelings

11:56 pm – Ed heard a man’s voice in storage area

– source not found

11:57 pm – Kari heard a growl/scraping sound

coming back into Basement 1 area from the

storage area. Ed heard the same sound, and was

walking behind her. EMF readings still .0-.4 – Did

not find source of sound. Recorded voice on audio


12:05 am – Storage Area – EVP Session 1

12:06 am – Beth heard running footsteps upstairs,

like a kid running (verified, nobody was running


12:10 am – Compressor from drink machine

released while asking EVP questions (strange


12:11 am – Cold breeze came from around water

heater room and around Ed. Tom heard lots of

whispering sounds around pipes and such at the

same time.

12:12 am – Beth and Melanie heard clinking

sound upstairs (sounded like 2 wine glasses

clinked together) – went upstairs and verified

nobody was moving around glass or was in the

kitchen. The kitchen was above the team and while

investigating to find cause of noise, we tried to

reproduce it by tapping glasses together along with

other utensils in the kitchen, unable to reproduce

the sound.

12:13 am – End of EVP Session 1

* Sensitive Report – Benign feelings.

Prior to leaving the area we had the other team

walk and run above us to try and reproduce the

running sound heard, could not reproduce the


12:31 am – Basement 1 – average temp and

EMF readings. Conversational EVP captured.

Session 2. Kari explains how she feels sadness/

glooming during some parts of investigations

like in Basement 1. Claims she had the same

feeling when she investigated the second floor of a

previous investigation at another location.

12:36 am – Tom and Melanie hear a clicking

sound by the back wall door – Ed checked it out

and feels it may be the vent. The A/C was running

and an occasional ticking sound could be heard

from the vent.

12:37 am – EMF spike all the way to red on the

K2 while sitting on the table in the middle of the

dining room during EVP session.

12:44 am – K2 started spiking and moving

lights like crazy sitting on the table during EVP

session. Base readings in the area registered .01-

02 Miligause. The K2 seems to be responding to

questions and communicating with the team.

12:45 am – Beth started asking questions. The

unexplained would respond by moving the lights

on the K2 to yes and no questions. Through a

series of questions we have concluded that it is a

man over 50 that was scared.

12:48 am – Ed asked yes and no questions as well,

the K2 responded with lights to his questions, but

stopped suddenly. End of EVP session

*Sensitive Report – Beth felt like we were

communicating with a spirit.

1:05 am – Upstairs Bar Area, – started

investigating again after small break.

K2 started going off again, and communicating

with the lights to yes and no questions again.

We stayed in one spot to let the spirit continue

talking to us until it stopped. Average temps

and EMF readings other than the spikes during


*Sensitive Report – Beth felt like spirit is walking

around with us and continuing to communicate

with the team.

1:06 – 1:08 am – walked through 2nd dining area,

and down to Basement 2.

1:11 am – K2 started communication again and

was letting us know he was walking with us

through yes and no answers we were getting.

Average temps, and EMF .1-.3 when not spiking to

red during communication.

1:13 am – Room in Basement 2 with stairs to

nowhere EMF went to 1.0

1:19 am – Room in Basement with loading dock –

Ed got a sick feeling, nauseated, and Tom hit cold

spot. K2 started spiking again while they stood in

one spot and Beth was holding K2. Also picked up

EVP’s at the same time.

1:23 am – Ed asked the spirit that was moving

the lights on the K2 to drop the temperature on his

thermometer and it seemed to respond by dropping

temp from 72.5 to 71.0 in almost 3

minutes standing in the same position and

area of the room.

1:30 am – Basement 2 – heard footsteps

upstairs, believe it to be one of the

members of the other team that had

checked on a noise that they heard while

in Basement 1, – Begin EVP session 3

1:37 am – Basement 2 – end EVP session

3 – no communication on the K2 with the


1:45 am – 2nd Dining Room – Begin


1:44-1:50 am – K2 started

communicating again to yes and no

questions while sitting at table, he says he

is scared again. He responded that he was

sitting next to Melanie. Melanie started

asking questions and he responded to her

with the K2 as well.

1:45 am – heard a loud pop in the kitchen

area during EVP session

1:54 am – End of EVP 4

1:55 am – Tom saw something block the

light on the wall in the 1st Dining room.

We went to investigate sounds in kitchen and

shadow Tom saw – no explanation found. EMF

– 2-3 (normal for kitchen area with equipment)

1:58 am – Near the Kitchen area in 1st Dining

room and bar area, K2 started going off at various

times with lots of communication to yes and no

questions, then stopped. Team 2 borrowed the

K2 to take down to Basement 1. They had no

communication with the K2 like Team 1 did.

Melanie felt a cold chill while standing near the

bar, temp and EMF readings were normal around

her, the feeling then subsided.

2:20 am – Team 2 brought K2 back to us sitting at

Bar area – K2 stared taking to us again, responding

to yes and no questions very clearly

*Sensitive Report – Beth feels a spirit joined us

at the start of the investigation, liked our team, and

stayed with us throughout the investigation.

2:30 am – End of Investigation


Investigation began at 11:41 am:

Team 2 – Christine, Corey, & Patrick

11:41 pm – Basement 2 – EMF .0-.1, temp 73

11:47 pm – Basement 2 – Christine asked, “can

you make a noise?” A man made an audible

answer “no” in a whisper.

11:50 pm – Basement 2 – Christine hears a “tink”


12:02 am – Private room upstairs from Basement

2 – EMF .0-.1, temp 69

12:10 am – 2nd Dining room – EMF .0-.1, temp 73

12:25 am – 1st Dining room – computer and

DVR was unplugged, Team 2 plugged it back

  1. (someone may have kicked it leaving the bar


12:40 am – 2nd Dining Room – Team 2 reports

hearing clicking sounds coming from private

room/restroom area.

1:06 am – Started investigation again after small

break – Basement 1

1:09 am – Basement 1 – Christine heard a man

singing when the team was singing.

1:11 am – Mechanic room off from Basement 1

Storage Room – EMF .0-.1, temp 74

1:14 am – Basement 1 – Corey saw a round

ball that made her heart jump. Heard enormous

amounts of noise upstairs, team quickly went to

investigate, discovered it was a giant icemaker.

1:22 am – Basement 1 – Patrick saw a white light

in far right hand corner of the basement.

1:33 am – Basement 1 – Christine feels cold chill

on right arm, wrapped around arm – temp change

to 72 in room

1:41 am – Basement 1 – Patrick, Corey, Christine

heard what sounded like a cough

1:43 am – Basement 1 – Corey saw a light at top

of stairs. 5-10 min. prior, Christine saw a shadow

cross the top of stairs. Corey and Patrick saw

movement in far right corner of basement right

after Christine saw shadow.

2:18 am – Team 2 left Basement 1



We were asked to investigate claims of

paranormal activity at Aqua Terra Bristo. While

we were unable to debunk or confirm claims

of the glasses flying off the shelf and objects

disappearing and reappearing at a different

location in the restaurant, the investigators had

some personal experiences of their own that were


Some of the personal experiences included, but

not limited to the following, while in the basement

areas there were sounds of some one running,

chairs being moved, and conversations going on

in the rooms above. Upon investigating the noises

we found no one in those rooms. We also tried to

recreate the noises, but were unsuccessful.

Two investigators felt unexplained cold spots

and one got nauseated as he enter one of the

rooms, the nausea feeling left when he exited the


Two investigators heard the clank of glasses but

we were unable to find the source. Audible

disembodied voices were heard and recorded with

our audio digital recorders. Numerous EVP’s

were recorded, some were in response to the

investigators questions and others seem random.

One team received responses to their questions

via the K-II meter in three separate locations.

The EMF reading in the same areas were within

normal range. Nothing Paranormal showed up on

our still pictures but all the video data has not been

reviewed at this time. What has been reviewed has

not yielded anything Paranormal.

With the stories of paranormal activity from

several different people, the personal experiences

of the investigators, and the EVP’s, along with

the K-II activity, we feel that Aqua Terra Bristo

is haunted. We also feel that there is nothing

malicious at the location and that the activity

includes both residual and intelligent activity.

We feel that follow up investigations are

warranted to find out more answers to questions

that were raised on this investigation.

Below is our investigation of the historic Morton Theater for Athens Ga. department of Public Relations. Their video won a national award and GOGPI is very happy to have been part of the video.

We are on the Bert Show on Q100 radio talking about our investigation of their producer’s home. Here is the show.