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Is the old Chatham County jail haunted?

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

The old Chatham County jail on Montgomery Street is four floors of ghosts, zombies, and other creepy characters for Halloween.

But is it haunted for real?

A paranormal team spent one night in the jail and they say they were surprised with what they found.

It hasn't housed inmates since 1989, when the jail moved. However, up until 2010, it did temporarily keep inmates waiting for court. 

Jail employees have reported a lot of strange happenings there over the years like phantom footsteps. Some even claim the elevators would operate by themselves.

Ryan Dunn and his team from Savannah Ghost Research Society spent the night in the jail to see if they could capture any evidence of paranormal activity. They captured about 50 recordings, some clear, and some not-so-clear.

"We have these recorders and we don't hear anything and then we play it back and we're getting voices, getting direct responses and communicating with us,” said Dunn.

Dunn said he asked the spirits to knock three times.

The faintest of knocks can be heard in the recording.

A notification went off, and they say the ghost asked if it was an alarm.

“Bleep! Hey, where you guys at? Was that an alarm,” can be heard being asked in one recording.

Dunn said the craziest thing they witnessed though wasn't what they heard, it's what they saw.

"We caught on a thermal camera this shadow figure that was walking back and forth in the halls and Corey actually got a photo of it on thermal so we even saw it come into one of the cells, crouch down, stand up and walk right back out. So that was a little unsettling,” said Dunn.

Unsettling, sure. But haunted for real?

You decide.

Brave enough to go in there yourself? You're invited to walk through the haunted house, it's called “Panic in the Pen”.

The haunted house is open Oct. 23rd, 24th, 29th, 30th and 31st from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

This may be your last chance to see the jail. It's scheduled to be demolished next year.

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