Paranormal Investigations

Paranormal Investigator Profile: Gretchen Mann

Gretchen at Fellowship Rd. Cemetery in Tucker, GA.

You never know where you’re going to run into a paranormal investigator. Today’s featured investigator is Gretchen Mann, who I met through our shared love of hockey. Gretchen and I were both avid Atlanta Thrashers fans. Hockey and ghosts…what could be better? Also, check out all of the links Gretchen provided to haunted locations where she has investigated!

Where do you live?
Born in GA grew up in Stone Mountain, GA.  Reside in Tucker, GA with my husband Greg.

To what investigation teams do you belong?
GOGPI (Ghosts of Georgia Paranormal Investigators), but I have hunted with SPARS, PSI, Georgia Paranormal Research Society, and CAIPRS as a guest (Cape and Islands Paranormal Research Society- Cape Cod)

What made you want to be a paranormal investigator? 
Loved the paranormal since I was very young.  Never had experiences as a child but loved hearing my grandmother’s stories when she was a child on Cape Cod.  My fourth grade science project was on paranormal investigations and I was a child in the 70s 🙂 and  in the Bible belt town of Redan.   I am also personally very interested in life after death….

Gretchen and team members at OMER Cemetery north of Lawrenceville, GA.

When was your first investigation, and what was it like?
Besides running around graveyards all my life.  I think it was 2007? It was FUN….if it wasn’t I would not being doing it :).  My first investigation was in Lawrenceville in the old cemetery there, and then we went back to The Singing Bean in Lawrenceville Square and investigated there.  It’s a coffee karaoke restaurant.  Captured a Class A EVP of a child saying, “I’m happy!”  in the cemetery.  I was hooked and Joined the PSI network the next day.

 What is your most memorable investigation so far?
Wow…at first glance these questions seemed easy.  This one is almost absolutely impossible to answer.

Gretchen says Hales Bar Marina was amazing. Her team was there a week after Ghost Adventures filmed there.

I like different places so far for different reasons.  I love client homes, just because they are so interesting.  but the most memorable?  1.  For disembodied voices- PORT COLUMBUS in Columbus GA (Civil War Naval Museum).    2.   For Appartions (an undisclosed hotel in Rome GA ). 3. My flashlight was in my tool pouch in my lap, and it is a push button LED. I was supine on a bed where a man died in Trenton, GA. My flashlight went on and off on demand as I was touched (like the itsy bitsy spider movement up my arm).  4.   I had a doppelganger experience at Old South Pittsburgh Hospital in Tennessee. 5.  Hales Bar Marina…..EMF detectors, flashlight interactions and EVPS to die for… die for.

 **I guess my favorite place was Andersonville, GA (Civil War POW Camp/ POW museum).  My great great grandfather was a prisoner there and survived along with his brother. The Park consists of a Cemetery where the thousands that died there are buried, the open field where the prison was located, and the POW Museum.  I experienced a light like a spotlight originating from the middle of the field (there are no spotlights per the ranger who was with us, it was like someone turned on a lightswitch) it lasted 10 seconds  and shone on where the dead hut was where they stacked up the dead bodies to load on the wagons to the cemetery ….and then it was gone.  I thought it was a car, but you are way away from the road and the highway and there are no cars in the middle of the field.  The light never changed or moved, it was there and then it wasn’t.  It was the most incredible experience I have ever had, even beats the apparition I saw recently, although…not by much.

What is your dream investigation?

My dream investigation would have to be Gettysburg.  I love any cemetery or battlefield, but if I could investigate Gettysburg, I could die happy.  I would also like to investigate the Manse house/ school in Dennis, MA.  It is a very old homestead turned museum in Dennis, MA Cape Cod.  Maybe someday 🙂

What is your favorite method of investigating (i.e. EVP sessions, dowsing rods, etc.)?
Wow I like using my five senses best.  I am a strong believer that the best equipment on an investigation is the investigator.  And I am working on my Sixth sense 🙂 I do love EVPs and when they accompanied by personal experiences they are best.  I think they are tangible, and I like the reaction my husband gets when he hears a really good one.

Who do you look up to in the paranormal community?
All my team members of course…but I’ll mention Derek Bartlett, Founder of CAIPRS on Cape Cod.  His group has different departments.  From ghost hunting to Cryptozoology to graveyard specialists.  He holds monthly classes and talks at the community college in Barnstable.  He also runs a ghost tour, that he only charges new attendees.  It is interactive.  He has keys to some of the establishments in town and you get to go in them where claims have happened.  I think their group is very professional, and do a lot to raise awareness of the field.  He has also held seminars with famous pioneers in the field, vendors, and hunts. He has taught at colleges.  If I I ever live on the Cape I will try to be a member of CAIPRS.

What is your advice to people who want to get involved in paranormal investigation?
Do it!  🙂  It’s fun and interesting.  Protect yourself and join a group you trust and you get along with.  My team trains new people.

Gretchen experienced a lot of cold spots at the Gatlinburg town cemetery.Do it! 🙂 It's fun and interesting. Protect yourself and join a group you trust and you get along with. My team trains new people.

What do you do outside of investigating (family, hobbies, job, etc.)?
I am a cardiology nurse.  I used to be an Atlanta Hockey Fan 🙁  and in this category there is NO life after death 🙁 .  I have a second degree blackbelt in Tang Soo Do, I love to crochet, and I play the flute. Mostly I investigate now since there is no hockey season.

Let readers know where to find you and/or your team! Post links, Twitter accounts, etc.,here: ( we are also on facebook), – my team :)- great group of people check them out.
my favorite famous haunted places I have investigated: 1. (ANDERSONVILLE)
2. (Singing Bean)
3. (Port Columbus Museum)
4. (Hales Bar/ Marina)

Are you a paranormal investigator who would like to be featured in a future Paranormal Investigator Profile? E-mail me and let me know!

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