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Haunted Memphis shares chilling investigations of haunted places

The urban legend goes that a little girl named Mary haunts the theater and that she has a favorite seat during performances. (Source: Tennessee Ghost Tours from tnvacation.com) The urban legend goes that a little girl named Mary haunts the theater and that she has a favorite seat during performances. (Source: Tennessee Ghost Tours from tnvacation.com)

(WMC-TV) - It's the time of year when many eerie urban legends and chilling stories are shared at lunch or over the phone. So which ones are more credible than others?

Owner Mike Einspanjer of Memphis Paranormal Investigations, Haunted Memphis runs a serious group designed to help homeowners and property owners or renters. Here are a few haunted places in Memphis that Einspanjer has investigated, some a little spookier than others.

The Orpheum Memphis

"The theatre is haunted, but all of my years in this - there is no viable proof of Mary," said Einspanjer.

The urban legend goes that a little girl named Mary haunts the theater and that she has a favorite seat during performances. One story is that she is the ghost of a girl who died in a fire when the Orpheum burned in the early 1900s, and another is that she fell off the balcony to her death.

"There is no proof that I can attest to other than that Mary is an urban legend made up to sell T-shirts," said Einspanjer.

However, Einspanjer has confirmed that the theater is haunted with other ghosts.

Einspanjer brings in neutral witnesses to investigations. He said at The Orpheum his witness experienced cold chills in warm areas. There is also a photo of an orb in front of one witness, see it on the website.

Ernestine and Hazel's

"That is one of the most haunted places in Memphis," said Einspanjer.

A full apparition was captured on video according to Einspanjer, you can see it here.

He said one night he sat at a table with a group of witnesses and talked about nothing in particular. After what seemed like a casual evening, they went home and watched the tape.

Einspanjer described that in the video an African-American male is carrying a white pillar candle across the screen. You can see the transparency when he stands by the window.

He's tried to duplicate this event but has had no luck.

Back in the 1930's Ernestine and Hazel's was a Sundry store turned bar with the upstairs being a noisy brothel.

"I know one of the prostitutes died in the upstairs bathroom. Part of credibility is that over the years I had three or four hundred phone calls that when people walked up the stairs and got to the same exact spot and had overwhelming sadness come over them," said Einspanjer.

He gathered a group from Little Rock for one of his investigation. One group member was a blind man who had never been to Memphis, he arrived at the top of the staircase and started crying.

Metal Museum

"10,000 yellow fever victims were processed [during the yellow fever outbreak], brutal dying on that spot and pieces of land don't forget, won't let go of the haunting, did not to give up ," said Einspanjer.

Einspanjer said this area is another one of Memphis' most haunted, his investigation of the Metal Museum's land was featured on Weird Travels on the Travel Channel.

Mollie Fountaine Lounge

"There is one certain location you can hear someone behind you, sounds like high heel shoes - a couple of taps," said Einspanjer.

Einspanjer did not confirm that the Woodruff house across the street in Victorian Village was haunted, but that Mollie Fountaine's lounge was haunted instead.

This haunting is also associated with the yellow fever outbreak as the woman who once lived there, Mollie, fell ill to it and died, according to Einspanjer.

However, others said that Mollie haunts the Woodruff house, where she was married.

Like all of his investigations, Einspanjer went to the establishment after hours when there was the least amount of energy.

Theatre Memphis

"We walked into a wall of women's perfume, this was at 2 a.m. when the theatre was closed," said Einspanjer.

According to Einspanjer, one of the actresses at Theatre Memphis died after a performance. Many patrons and employees claim to have seen the ghost.

Find out more about Haunted Memphis on Facebook here.

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