In the summer of 2005 Audrey Farol stayed with relatives in Arizona. Her mother had taken ill there, and the relatives lived near the hospital and were happy to put up a dutiful daughter.
One day while freshening up before leaving to visit her mother, Audrey felt a jolt in her side as if someone had grabbed her. Once the shock subsided, Audrey inspected her abdomen to find long, red scratch marks.
Audrey was shaken but still polite – a true North Dakotan never loses their cool, after all. She casually asked her relatives the next day if they had ever noticed anything out of the ordinary in their home. “Oh yes,” one answered. “The shadow people. Sometimes they’re a swirling mist going from one room to another. Sometimes you can make out one of their faces. Did they bother you?”
Other relatives of Audrey’s laughed at her story, calling it the stuff of a worried mind in the desert heat. They stopped making fun after they too spent a night at the house.
“I have a degree in photojournalism,” said Audrey. “I’m trained to ask questions. But that house is what opened my eyes. There are other things in this world.”
As Audrey began talking about her ghastly encounter, she met more and more people who shared similar experiences. A man who once faced his grandfather’s full body apparition. Another who awoke in their bedroom to see a WWI soldier, complete with putties and insignia, before his specter dissolved into the darkness.
In 2007 Audrey and her fellow believers banded together to form the Fargo Ghost Chasers. Together they will go anywhere they suspect might be haunted to seek real, observable evidence of ghosts. With their array of gadgets including video cameras, K-II meters that detect electromagnetic fields, and microphones sensitive enough to record electronic voice phenomena, they may very well become the team to definitively prove the existence of ghosts one day.
“You would be surprised by how many people reach out to us,” said Audrey. “The sensitive nature of our work means we must keep our clients confidential, but I can promise you hauntings are not uncommon.
“When we’re called for help, we first interview the client to get a better understanding of their situation. We want to make sure they aren’t suffering from mental illness, because in that case our investigation could only make things worse for them. We also want to make sure they don’t believe the spirit is evil. We won’t put our team members at risk – demons are solely the work of the church. But if we do investigate, and we do detect the presence of spirits, we can help you come up with a plan of action.
“During our investigations we have witnessed objects moving on their own, shadow people, even the sounds of distant drums and voices echoing out of old, abandoned battlefields. One of our most remarkable investigations took us to a home in Grand Forks. The family that lived there had heard glasses clinking, voices speaking, and faint big band music. One night the mother saw black mist swirling around the bathroom after she finished taking a shower. Finally something so horrifying happened that the family evacuated their home immediately – they didn’t even pack their bags.
“We came in and did our thing. Our cameras detected black shadows moving from one end of the room to another. One of the still photos I took revealed a human face floating against a wall. It was a very haunted place.
“We later discovered that the home had once been a dance hall. No one in the family knew this, and to my knowledge the owner of the property hasn’t rented the property since.”
Shop.Dine.Live. has no official stance on the existence of supernatural phenomena. This is the safest stance for a magazine to take. But if you believe the Fargo Ghost Chasers may be able to help you, then you may learn more about them and reach out at fargoghostchasers.com.
By David Scheller