OKC Zoo Haunted by ghost?

 It seems that popular paranormal search sites continue to report that the Oklahoma City Zoo is haunted. Well, there really is no reason for it to be haunted. We have asked GHOULI members to submit stories new or from the past that they feel should be shared once again. We can all agree that it is intriguing to think that the OKC Zoo could be haunted, but we do ask you to read more about this topic.... Oh, don't believe everything you read on those "find a haunted place in your state" types of websites. Most of it is just made up for website hits.

 Enjoy this article from GHOULI affiliate and member Cullan Hudson. Author of Strange State books and blogs.

OKC's Mysterious Zoo Ghost May Prove Hoax

One popular (if sketchy) go-to website for ghostly information is www.shadowlands.net. While many people rely upon the site for details concerning local hauntings across the country, it is also filled with erroneous and fabricated tales that have no basis in fact--or even legend.

As I have posted before, HERE, sites like these can be troublesome for researchers. While it might be a fine place to start when looking for local haunts, you will probably wish to follow up your interest with a visit to a library, bookstore, or more reputable websites.

The following is an example of particular interest to those in Oklahoma who are looking forward to famed psychic Chip Coffey's (Paranormal State, Psychic Kids) forthcoming visit to the Oklahoma City Zoo. In promotions for Coffey's upcoming appearance, he has stated he will talk about the woman that haunts the place. Here's what Shadowlands has to say:

"In the behind-the-scenes area of the Aquatics [sic] building, a ghost of a woman with long hair has been seen at various times, usually at night, by several different people. No one has any idea of who she is or where she came from, much less why she is there."
Ghost Girl at the OKC Zoo

Myself and others questioned this story when we first caught wind of it. I exhaustively researched legends from across the state in compiling my book. Not once did I come across even the most oblique reference to any spirit haunting the Oklahoma City Zoo. Puzzled by this, I inquired further. What I learned from the zoo's marketing and public relations manager, Candice Rennels, was that "the rumors are just that--rumors."

While not an outright dismissal, Rennels does intimate that the story doesn't exist within the zoo walls. This makes sense. In researching nearly a century of newspaper accounts concerning the zoo, not once did anything ghostly crop up. True, the zoo holds a Halloween trick or treat romp for kids each year, but this event is more awwww than awful. 

It makes a kind of sense, really. Both Ghosts of America and Shadowlands (particularly the former) are replete with less-than-factual accounts submitted by completely anonymous persons. Some tales, in the case of the Choctaw Library, are completely made up:

"Some people say if you go there at night the books will fly off their shelves at you."

My paranormal-loving mother has a Masters of Library and Information Studies from the University of Oklahoma and did undergraduate work in History. She knows her way around a library and a good story. More importantly, she worked at this and other libraries in the Oklahoma City area for years. She has been in the library countless times after hours without a single experience to report.  She has also spoken with other librarians, staff members, and security guards--some of whom had called the Choctaw Library home for decades. Not a single one of them claimed to have experienced anything bizarre, unexplainable, or supernatural. The story is entirely fictitious.

I think the same may be going on with the ghost at the Oklahoma City Zoo. I am fairly certain the tale can't be supported by fact, but I've got a good feeling that it won't be corroborated by legend either. Whatever you may hear in the future regarding the zoo ghost, I urge you to take it with a grain of salt.

However, if you have further information concerning the alleged haunting, I would be interested in learning more. I am especially keen to talk with any current or former employees.
- Cullan Hudson

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Art Sunday and Underground Horror Fest presents...
This is an old school carnival themed convention with prizes, costume contest, B-movie-style film room, haunted room, special Coney Island style exibits, vendors, fun workshops, music and much much more..!
For the collector in everyone the show will be filled with vendors selling sci-fi, fantasy, horror, steampunk, and low-brow arts and crafts,  as well as comics, books, movies, and apparel.
What kind of event would this be if we didn't encourage EVERYONE to get dressed up! We want to see monsters, super heroes, movie/tv characters, scary creatures from beyond, sexy pin-ups and rockabilly greasers, steampunk, anime/cosplay, and of course we LOVE anyone who gets creative and creates something new! Why dress up you ask? Well, wouldn't you like to win a great prize from one of our fabulous sponsors? Of course you would everyone loves to win!!!

When: March 3, 2012 2pm-10pm
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The Good Old days of Ghost Hunting

A lot of us remember the good old days of ghost hunting. Where it was actual research and not gimmicks to get website hits or to be famous. It was a different time, energy and process back then. Before all the fluff and hype came about, I will be the first to admit that we wasted a lot of time investigating but I wouldn't take it back for anything. The memories of brainstorming, making friends, trying new things that were not designed to impress TV viewers. Testing, testing and more testing. Looking back I laugh at the lack of knowledge most of us had. But then, it was new territory. We were the first. We were one of the few  pioneers of "ghost hunting." We all had our hand in setting the bar, unfortunately that bar has been beaten to death, dipped in acid and crammed up many a persons... well, you know. The field is not the same. Competition in a field that has yet to be "scientifically proven" is just silly. Oh how I yearn for the good old days of ghost hunting.


Do you remember?
  • TAPS- Grant Wilson and Jason Hawes. Believe it or not, there are a lot of us that remember when these guys and their team popped up on the scene. In fact, they would visit a very popular message board called "Ghost Safari" and ask questions about orbs and using goofy stuff like baby powder on the floor. 
  • Crappy EVP's-  The standards were set so high back then that if your peers heard the junk that is claimed to be EVP these days you would be educated. Ghost Adventures should go back in time and learn a thing or two from real pioneers of EVP research since they think they are invincible and providing "real" paranormal evidence. Back in the day we did not need subtitles to hear words or phrases. We actually recorded hours upon hours on magnetic tape. 
  • Gimmicks- Nobody was thinking about gimmicks or bullcrap stunts to get noticed.
  • Events- Small conferences were held for education. Not rubbing elbows with reality TV people.
  • Photographs- We all started out using film cameras. We evolved with the rest of the world into digital. Guess what, those of us that once used film and evolved into digital can and will prove to anyone with half a brain that orbs are not ghosts. Oh, orbs are not ghosts or anything related to a ghost. 
  • Locations!!!  Before our historical properties were respected and treated with dignity. These days they are being pimped out like a two-bit hooker on a street corner. Before all the hype historical locations were kept a secret and so was our research.
  • Jacket tugging- Not a single person back in the day would have ever considered faking evidence. They would be black listed within the community as a researcher. These days, they are bashed then they build "fan pages" on Facebook because of the attention they got. 
  • Peer review- Yes, we would actually send away evidence to other teams to review it. The thought of that taking place today is highly unlikely. Too much competition and arrogance!
  • The "T-shirt" epidemic. Do you remember how it all started?  So I vaguely recall one team from Texas got T-Shirts to wear on an investigation. I do believe they simply stated "Paranormal Investigator" on the back. It seems that the t-shirt epidemic created some viral need for people to build co-ed softball teams just to have the privileged to wear a t-shirt. The paranormal field has been plagued with t-shirts for the past 13 years because of this.It's amazing how powerful t-shirts are!  GHOULI team members have never and never will wear matching t-shirts. We are a team but we are not "playing" any kind of sport. 
  • Paranormal based TV shows- before TAPS most of us veterans actually filmed TV pilots. We were not plumbers nor did we have a gimmick. The world was not yet ready for our boring little hobby. Most of us are proud to not have been involved in the demise of paranormal research. Sure it was fun, even GHOULI participated in some pilots. But we are proud to say because our shows didn't get aired we are not responsible for a lot of nonsense taking place these days.

Be aware of those that state they have been ghost hunting for 30 years and they are maybe 35 years old. Nobody was ghost hunting at the age of 5. Growing up in a haunted house does not make you an expert. Having a family member that played with Ouija Boards in the 70's does not make you an expert either. That strange creepy uncle of yours could have possibly been standing in your doorway in the middle of the night, not a ghost. It has been scientifically proven that some people suffer from night terrors, hot flashes and random goosebumps. We witness local teams that have been around for many years and they still believe in a lot of nonsense and untruths. They exploit people that are afraid because they need a place to "investigate" on the weekends instead of being at home with their families. Teams use people and their homes to train "newbies" and they do not care about the property owners feelings, fears or well being. I have seen a lot of horrible things take place in this field. Not paranormal things, but really crappy things that these kind, compassionate and caring teams do to people, their children and properties. Oh, how I yearn for the good old days.


Eastern State Pennitentiary- Old School Video

Back in the day before "TAPS" and Scyfy GHOULI members Tonya & Tanmmy teamed up with some of America's Ghost Hunters at Eastern State Penitentiary.

Americas Ghost Hunters at Eastern State... by algizdk