A Whitman family will make an appearance on the Travel Channel’s show “Ghost Brothers: Haunted Houseguests” on Friday, Sept. 13 as the show’s paranormal investigative trio looks into the family’s reports of spirits in their home.
WHITMAN — After a plea for help from a Whitman family, the Ghost Brothers traveled to the South Coast to investigate a haunted home in the midst of the Bridgewater Triangle.
The Atlanta-based trio – consisting of friends Dalen Spratt, Juwan Mass and Marcus Harvey – investigate paranormal experiences across the country as the first African-American ghost hunters on TV with their show, “Ghost Brothers: Haunted Houseguests,” on the Travel Channel.
“We’re like the Jackie Robinsons of ghost hunting,” Spratt said. “People write us and let us know that their home is haunted or … they’re having some sort of unexplained occurrence. They call us to figure it out.”
Mike and Lynette Feeney of Whitman contacted the group after reporting ghost sightings in their home, where they’ve lived for almost a decade. Lynette reported a ghost of an elderly man reaching out to grab her while she was sleeping, Mass said, while Mike reported experiences in the living room with a shadow or presence standing over his shoulder, whispering to him.
But the Feeneys’ main concern was the effect on their eight-year-old daughter, Lillian.
“They were having claims of their daughter struggling to breathe while sleeping in her room due to this heavy spirit that was clouding her room,” Mass said. “The family just didn’t know what to do, but the problem was that the mother was extremely terrified.”
During their investigation, the Ghost Brothers looked into the history of the Bridgewater Triangle, a roughly 200-square mile area in Southeastern Massachusetts outlined and named by paranormal researcher Loren Coleman in the 1970s. With the towns of Abington, Freetown and Rehoboth serving as the tips of the triangle, the area has been host to a number of supernatural reports over the years.
The trio had not heard of the famed Bridgewater Triangle before traveling to Whitman for the episode, they said, and had a guest experience from local paranormal researcher Chris Pittman.
“This was in one of the most haunted areas in the Northeast,” Mass said. “This home is actually set in the midst of the Bridgewater Triangle. So this case was particularly interesting due to other paranormal phenomenon that was just around the area.”
During their investigations, Spratt said they utilize equipment such as a phone recorder, an electronic voice phenomenon recorder, structure lights that outline anomalies and thermal cameras to detect heat. The best barometer though,he said, is their bodies, such as the hairs standing up on the back of their necks, which Lynette was especially in-tune with.
“She was extremely courageous for her family, but I think she just needed to hone in on the fact that she was able to identify these spirits being in her home and she was able to kind of move them along, if you will.” Mass said. “At the time, she just didn’t believe that in her self and we just kind of came just to boost that confidence a little bit.”
“(Lynette) actually has a sensitivity (to spirits) so we kind of gave her some power to push through that. … She’s one of those people that are undeveloped and didn’t know it really,” Harvey said.
Harvey noted that this case allowed them to bring their personal experiences into the investigation, such as his own breathing problems due to having asthma, and Spratt said the show also gives viewers a glimpse into their individual personalities.
“This case itself is really interesting and intriguing for us,” Mass said. “You see Marcus’s ability to navigate the children, Dalen embrace his courage, always taking the lead on a lot of the important investigative things and then I’m just offering compassion for the family to know they’re not alone. Whereas others may feel crazy, they shouldn’t.”
The Whitman episode, “Suffocated By Spirits,” will air on the Travel Channel Friday, Sept. 13 at 9 p.m. EST. The Feeney family could not be reached for comment.
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