Byline: Jerrad Moore/Assignment Editor, Braden Harper/Reporter
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma – Mary Vann Franklin is a Muscogee (Creek) Citizen that has over 50 years of experience in the paranormal. She has been involved with thousands of investigations. Recently she sat down with Mvskoke Media on a Halloween-themed episode of Live Wire, dubbed “Dead Wire.” She shared her paranormal experiences and discussed her new book, “The Murder-Suicide House.”
Franklin’s interest in the paranormal links back to her childhood. Growing up, she was surrounded by ghost-hunting stories. She described her parents as ghost hunters. Her career path did not come initially from a fascination with the dead, as she was skeptical of her parent’s work.
“I heard all kinds of ghost stories coming up, and I told them, ‘you know you’ve got to be a little bit crazy; when I get big enough, I’m going to prove you wrong,” Franklin said. “I ended up eating my words.”
Franklin’s parents would take her along paranormal investigations she described as terrifying. According to Franklin, they would go to family cemeteries and talk to the dead. One experience that stands out in her memory is staying in the home where her sister was born. She said she could hear money being thrown in the house at night.
“I slept with my mom in the bedroom, and a woman sat at the table. All at once, the bicycle we kept inside started rolling and rolling around. There wasn’t enough mattress for me to get under when that happened!” Franklin said while laughing.
Franklin investigated the book’s residential location for nine years. According to Franklin, hauntings are rare. Paranormal investigators may explore one area they will study for the rest of the year.
Franklin gained a clearer picture of what she was up against as time passed. She said the demonic haunting became more and more terrifying and real. Her team experienced a significant amount of paranormal activity during the investigation.
“Every time I went in, it was something different. Every year it was different with the photos in the house,” Franklin said.
While she does not perform exorcisms, Franklin is a documentarian that records and photographs paranormal activity. Over the years, Franklin said she has physically experienced paranormal phenomena that can not be explained. Her advice to those working in the field is to be careful.
“Don’t play where you shouldn’t. There is a price to pay,” Franklin said.
These paranormal investigations have taken Franklin around the world. She has investigated paranormal activity in Gutherie, Konawaw, Waverly Hills, and Auschwitz, Germany. She was also part of the Oklahoma City Ghost Club.
Of all the places around the world that Franklin has visited, the place that takes the top spot for most haunted might surprise most people.
“Oklahoma, Oklahoma is haunted; I kid you not. I have traveled the world doing this,” Franklin said. “I have found more paranormal in Oklahoma.”
Franklin’s investigation can be found in her book, “The Murder-Suicide House,” which will be released worldwide in December. It will be available on Amazon and local bookstores. A second book will be released next year.