team investigates paranormal history buried beneath the surface of the Arkansas State Crime Lab | KLRT

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As Halloween approaches, we dive into the world of the paranormal with an investigation of the Little Rock Natural Resource Area.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas State Crime Lab house must have a few lingering minds, but Sweet N Sour Paranormal has uncovered the stories buried beneath the surface.

A full moon shone over the Arkansas State Crime Lab, the headquarters for investigating unexpected deaths across the state, just as Sweet N Sour Paranormal began its investigation into what may be lurking around the corner. .

The Paranormal Hunters were called in by a family who live in a house backing onto the crime lab after experiencing a few things that couldn’t be explained.

“This is where I was when I saw the bottle of cleaner, it was on the counter against the backsplash. I looked up and he’s sitting in the middle of the kitchen floor, ”said the owner, who wished to remain anonymous.

It didn’t take long for spirit seekers to begin experiencing the supernatural for themselves. At first Michelle Martindill said she saw a ghost outside. Inside the house, hunters saw a silhouette of someone on a tool called an SLS device, which they said picks up humans and those who cannot be seen.

Martindill calls herself the clairvoyant of the group and says the spirits just want to share their stories. While some of these stories date back to the crime lab, others were buried underground before buildings ever existed.

Before the crimes were solved there, it was a hotbed for

The property housing the lab has had a somewhat nefarious past, opening in Markham in 1883 as the Arkansas Lunatic Asylum.

“In this mix, you also throw people who were addicted. You had drug addicts, alcoholics, ”state historian David Ware said.

Ware said mental health care was maintained to the same standards as it is today, meaning the asylum is constantly overcrowded.

“When you have hundreds of people confined, you’re going to have deaths,” Ware said. “Of course, they were just buried on the ground.”

As the asylum expanded to become the Arkansas State Hospital for Nervous Diseases, and then the Arkansas State Hospital, these bodies had to relocate.

“At one point in the 20th century, most of the graves were moved to a site further away from Markham Street,” Ware said.

This site is now known as the Natural Resources Zone.

“Something like 4,000 burials have been moved to this area,” Ware said.

In the 1970s it was growing rapidly and the graves had to be moved again.

“But around 1,500 to 2,000 graves have been left in place,” Ware said.

While walking in the grass, a few markers remain.

As Sweet N Sour wrapped up their investigation, they left the family with a better understanding of the souls that lurked in the shadows.

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