Who would pay these guys to drink beer and do a “paranormal investigation”? (Updated: Too many loose ends)

The Dixie Ghostbusters: NY Times

Grady, 66, is the winner of three purple hearts in Vietnam; his son, Chris, 41, is a former long-haul trucker; and Andy, 46, is a former bodyguard. Now all three Carter men are Twisted Dixie, a team of paranormal investigators — or, to use their less preferred term, ghostbusters. For fees upward of $2,000 per demonic possession, they camp out at night in clients’ houses, barns, businesses or woods and “document paranormal activity,” Andy explains, referring to “ghosts, demons, poltergeists.” Twisted Dixie grosses a little more than $50,000 a year, sometimes charging fees for long investigations and sometimes working on spec at famous sites like Fort Sumter and the Burt-Stark Mansion in Abbe­ville, S.C. — often called the birthplace and the deathbed of the Confederacy, and the home of Twisted Dixie. No matter the job, they always work at night because, they say, that’s when ghosts tend to whisper.

Source: NY Times

I found this story utterly appalling on many levels. There are two big ones. First, the hubris of charging fees to investigate something that has not been established to EVEN EXIST! Almost NO paranormal investigators charge for their services. I checked.

Two… this:

At that point, the investigation officially began: Chris opened a cooler and passed out 24-ounce cans of beer; everyone lighted cigarettes; Andy unfolded aluminum deck chairs. Then we all stood around in a circle, heads bowed, while Chris recited a prayer to St. Michael the archangel, “to deliver us in battle from malice and the snares of the devil.”

SERIOUSLY? You pay them to drink, smoke and pray? If you pay for these good ole boys to investigate your place for demons, you just might deserve to lose your money. Somehow, I get the impression that the NYT did this story to show you just that.

UPDATE

Something didn’t sit right for me with this story. Their behaviors were unusual for ghosts hunters in that they sounded astoudingly unprofessional and they charged for services. And, where is their web site? Their facebook page? Their twitter account? I posted this comment on the story but my second comment has yet to appear. It takes an awful long time…

The first thing I did was google the group to look at their web page. It was not mentioned in the article. I couldn’t find it. I searched state indices for paranormal societies and investigation groups. Nothing. I searched their names. All I found was some You Tube videos from a few years ago when they attempted to produce a “TV show” or facsimile. But no links to contact them.

So, I followed up with the NY Times writer Pat Jordan, a sports writer. I found his email via his own page that contains no mention of ghosts. I asked how he found them since I can’t find them online at all. How do they market their services? Pat replied with only an email and phone number. I emailed them to ask them directly how they obtained clients and a few other general questions that might be answered if they could point me to their website. The email immediately bounced. It didn’t exist. After informing Mr. Jordan of this, he said they had a website too. I had to ask again for the URL but he didn’t know it. Hmm.

I was disappointed in such a shoddy story. Why should I have to dig to find the answers to simple questions such as “are these guys even for real?” That should have been provided in the article and was not. Since Twisted Dixie is not your average ghost hunters, it also gave a really poor impression of paranormal groups in general and those more legitimate groups ought to be outraged. I don’t know what this story is all about but it smacks of filler. Because I can’t verify a darn thing so far, I consider it worthless. If YOU have any details on this group, or have your own paranormal investigation group that has additional info, feel free to share.

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  5 comments for “Who would pay these guys to drink beer and do a “paranormal investigation”? (Updated: Too many loose ends)

  1. spookyparadigm
    December 9, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    BS posing as expertise, inappropriate and twisted religiosity, substance drenched “work,” and suckers willing to pay for their entertainment and identity reification?

    Welcome to 21st century America.

    The playing at being a slaveowner, that’s the cherry on top.

  2. December 13, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    I agree with you on this. I have also Googled them – only to find the same videos, and a bunch of peoples responses to the article published by the NYT Magazine. However, I may have found something, so let’s see where that leads. I’m interested to see if they would appear on an internet radio show to talk about the article, etc. Hmmmmmmmm.

  3. idoubtit
    December 13, 2011 at 9:17 PM

    Sounds very interesting Audrey. We’d love to update this post with new info. Please keep in touch.

    • December 13, 2011 at 9:22 PM

      I did infact find a working contact number for the team. They may be on an internet radio show on Christmas eve, so I will keep you posted about that. Hoping people would come out and give their opinions during the show if they do decide to come on though. ;) :D

  4. January 3, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Sorry for not posting this sooner, as I did want to publicize the event greatly. However, here is the archive of a show done with Andy Carter of Twisted Dixie.
    http://insider.malliard.com/2011/12/andy-carter-of-twisted-dixie-joined-us.html

    Paramania Radio is also looking to have Twisted Dixie on a show in the very near future as well. http://www.paramaniaradio.com

    On a side note, Twisted Dixie finally has a “website” up. http://www.twisteddixie.org and Andy also gives out his personal cell phone number during the interview. There is also a number listed on the website.

    Enjoy!

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