It's only makes sense that, if Richmond is crawling with stories of spirits and poltergeists, the city would have its fair share of ghost hunters. Last year, I wrote a cover feature for Style Weekly, "Night Vision," that documented River City's many intrepid paranormal investigators. For the story, Style photographer Scott Elmquist and I accompanied the RIP / Ghost Raps group as they embarked on a nighttime investigation of Weston Plantation:
BETTY WEBB'S HAD her hair pulled here in Weston Plantation. She's watched light bulbs flicker and heard phantoms cleaning the fireplace.
Once, the former Weston tour guide thought she was alone in the historic Hopewell house — until she heard someone walking in the front passageway. It was "almost like they were pacing," she says. "I remember turning around and holding my breath, and it was then that I felt something go right up my back."
Built in 1789, Weston is one of the last remaining plantation homes on the Appomattox River. Standing as dusk approaches on a pleasant Saturday evening, the stately white house has just played host to an afternoon wedding. But five minutes after the happy bride and groom drive away to new beginnings, dark clouds approach. The search for the dead now begins.
RIP's main spirit busters, Big Ray Rucker and Ken "KB" Ballos will be among our guests on today's special Halloween edition of "Open Source RVA" (hear it at 4PM on WRIR 97.3 and wrir.org). At the time of the feature article, Big Ray and KB could be heard on radio station WLEE, but the duo now host their weekly Friday night radio show, "Ghost Raps," on WHAN. For more on them, click here.
Insert spooky EVP here. (Photo by the mighty Elmquist)