3rd 2012, Emerald Coast Paranormal Concepts conducted a paranormal
investigation of the Russ House.
The Russ house, which is now the home of the
Marianna Chamber of Commerce, was built in 1895 by J.W. Russ, Jr. as a
residence for him and his mother. Better known by locals as "The Big
House" was home to 5 generations of Russ family members. The Russ House
certainly has seen its share of tragedy over the years. There were scandals
over marriages, a fortune lost in the great crash of 1929 and its builder,
Joseph W. Russ, Jr., committed suicide in 1930, evidently despondent over the
loss of the family fortune in the Great Depression. Former residents described
mysterious sounds and unexplained sights in the house. One, in fact,
recommended that Chamber of Commerce employees think twice about working alone
in the house after dark!
arrived a little after 7 pm, we set up all the gear and started to investigate.
During the evenings investigation there were some personal experiences, our K
II Meters and MEL meters would light up like a Christmas tree. Over all it was
a good night. After reviewing the evidence we captured on video the upstairs
bathroom door opening up by itself, and we may have captured what seems like 2
shadows going down the stairs. We captured on a night vision camcorder the
sound of footsteps. No one was in the house at this time. We also captured on
the camcorder the lights blinking on and off and a voice that said
"help" there were 3 of us that also heard this. We were able to capture
on our digital recorders 10 solid EVP. There were actually quite a few more
than that but after reviewing them again these 10 are the most explainable.
the investigation I was overcome by the feeling of having to go into this one
room. The room is now the large meeting room they have upstairs. Every time I
would leave the room to go investigate another area of the house, I would feel
like I had to go back into the meeting room. It was almost like the sense you
get when you know that you left something somewhere. We did catch a couple of
good EVP in the room. One that sounds like a growl. Even after we had left the
house for the evening I still had this feeling that I needed to go back to that
room. I felt that way all day Sunday-Tuesday. When I got up on Wednesday the
feeling was gone. I really don't know what to make of that.
the Russ House haunted? and by whom?
point I would say that the house is not haunted, but I think is being occupied
by a female and a male. We were unable to decipher from our evidence any sort
of name. I think the male that is here could possibly be a soldier. I say this
because of a response we got during and EVP session. There is one thing about
this though. The battle of Marianna happened in Sept. 1864. That was 31 years
before the house was built. Could this spirit have died during the battle and
was stirred up while the house was being built? That is a question I would also
like to know.
The female spirit would not
give us any information but we heard her speaking on one of our recorders. I
don't think anything in the house is evil. I believe that whoever is there is
comfortable with their surroundings and does not mind visitors who come in to
the house late at night to chat and ask questions. It was our honor to
investigate the Russ house, and it was a privilege to sit down and talk to with
the spirits that reside in the Russ House. I am so looking forward to the
chance to sit with them again. ~Tracy
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