If there's somethin' strange in your neighborhood, who ya gonna call? How about Blackfoot's own ghost busters - Michelle and Tanner Morgan? The mother/son team, otherwise known as "paranormal investigators" have been investigating strange happenings and conjuring up spirits in neighborhoods throughout the region for about six years now.
Michelle, a Blackfoot native, said her fascination with the paranormal and spooky houses started when she was a child. "I loved playing in old houses with my family when I was kid. We'd go camping and go inside old, abandoned houses and scare each other," she said.
When she was 14, Michelle's brother was mangled and killed in horrific car wreck when he was only 18 years old. Michelle said her mother struggled to come to grips with his death until his apparition began to appear to her [Michelle's mother]. offering comfort and assurance that "he was O.K."
Years later - now a mother herself - Michelle's youngest son, Tanner, began showing signs of being a gifted psychic medium - one who can see animals and people who have passed away.
"When he was a toddler, he kept talking about playing with a pet cat that had died. I thought, 'What? That cat died.' But he [Tanner] insisted that the cat was there and he had been petting it," Michelle said.
Tanner said that around the age of 8 or 9 he began seeing visions of people. At the age of 15, he realized that he was "actually seeing people who have died."
"Sometimes I couldn't tell the difference between who was real and who wasn't," he said.
Now 21 years old, Tanner is learning to work with his gift but says that at times "it's very annoying," adding, "I see them [dead people] and sometimes they transfer their emotions on to me which is physically draining."
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