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Paranormal Investigators probe newly-abandoned jail for haunted history

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According to ghost hunters from the Philadelphia area, when the Gloucester County Jail was closed down and its prisoners relocated eight months ago, a few residents refused to leave. Namely, the dead ones.

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After budget cuts hit the county and the decision was made to close the doors of the Gloucester County Jail, slashing the staff and sending some 300 prisoners to different facilities, the Jersey Unique Minds Paranormal Society saw an opportunity for a rather unique investigation.

"There have been several incidents in the jail that could cause activity," Hogate told the South Jersey Times. "As in any jail, there are things that happen that can stir up activity."

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JUMPS spent the weekend investigating the jail and seeking evidence of the afterlife still lingering within it's bars. The investigation was actually suggested after a former jail guard told the team that he'd experienced some rather strange events while working his shifts.

"What makes this case different is that the amount of claims is not high," Hogate said. "The building has been completely occupied since it was built. It's never been empty, so there could have been a lot more activity going on then was even reported."

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So what kind of evidence did the investigation yield? Their initial reports included phantom voices, strange shadows, and mysterious sounds, but the icing on the supernatural cake was an incredibly loud slam, "as if a metal trash can or broom hit the concrete floor and bounced two or three times before the silence." Upon further inspection, nothing appeared out of place.

Spooky.

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The team still has hundreds of hours of video and audio footage to sift through before their investigation is complete, an investigation they hope will offer up more evidence of the unknown.

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"I'm open-minded," a JUMPS member, said. "There's probably a lot of residual energy."

[Images via South Jersey Times and JUMPS]

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