Playing hide-and-seek as a youth at his grandparents' home, Eric Singleton caught a glimpse of a figure moving near the bushes. He ventured out to investigate.
He expected to find one of his cousins. Reaching the foliage, Singleton pulled aside the leaves and branches.
Nothing. Certain he witnessed a figure dashing into the bushes, a perplexed 7-year-old Singleton soon learned all of his cousins were inside the house. He made one of the most profound discoveries of his life.
"No one was in the bushes," said Singleton, 28, and now the founder and lead investigator of the North American Paranormal Society (NAPS), based in Cary. "It changed my life."
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That moment, Singleton said, ignited a life-long interest in paranormal activities, eventually experiencing 20 to 25 encounters he considers "legit." When it does happen, "it gets your adrenalin flowing," he said.
On April 16-17, Singleton will conduct an overnight "paranormal investigation" at Latta Plantation in Huntersville. Singleton stresses it will be a scientific event.
What participants will get, Singleton said, is a detailed presentation of "hauntings" and of other information NAPS has compiled.
"We will then break off into groups and begin investigating" the grounds of Latta Plantation, a circa 1800 cotton plantation, Singleton said.
One of the devices Singleton uses is an electromagnetic field detector to find disruptions in the magnetic field, Singleton said.
"There is no telling what to expect," Singleton said, but "chances are, something good will happen."