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Building renovations and hauntings
Posted Friday, November 25, at 5:14 PM
This week it was reported that the Harrison-Huhn house near the River Campus has finally been sold and is likely to be renovated for use as a coffee shop and apartment. Repairs on the 106-year-old Queen Anne house have already begun. The Ghost Hunting 101 class of 2010 explored the house and experienced battery drains and other small signs there might be something paranormal going on there...

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Good times with the GH101 class of '11!
Posted Thursday, October 27, at 8:56 PM

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to Ghost Hunting 101 this year! You all asked some interesting questions and made some great observations. For those of you who weren't able to make it, here's a little recap. On Friday night, Oct. 21, the class met at Dempster Hall for a presentation and question/answer time. It was very interesting to hear people's stories of their paranormal encounters and answer their questions...

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Did you miss Ghost Hunting 101 last year? You're in luck!
Posted Friday, September 16, at 2:01 PM

Southeast Missouri State University has asked my group and me to return next month for another round of Ghost Hunting 101! The class will be Oct. 21 and 22 and promises to be a good time. Just in time for Halloween, you can see the equipment we use, learn things to look for during evidence review, and even do some investigating of your own. I don't have all the details on our locations for Saturday night's hunts, but last year we had a pretty diverse group of spots to explore...

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Paranormal potpourri
Posted Tuesday, June 7, at 8:35 PM

Several members of my group went out to do a mini investigation last night. Mini investigations happen on the spur of the moment when one of us gets an itch to investigate, but we don't have anything planned. Frankly, none of us has had the time or opportunity lately, so it had been quite a while...

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9. Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Posted Saturday, May 14, at 8:17 PM

Looking back, I realized I had gotten away from my countdown of the top 10 places I'd like to investigate. Back to it, I decided. I've only visited Hollywood once, and haven't been much inclined to go back. But I would make a return trip if given the opportunity to investigate No. 9 on my list, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. I love movies and old Hollywood anyway, so combining that with paranormal investigation seems like a natural fit...

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Reporters Seek Tryst With 'Tapper'
Posted Wednesday, April 27, at 11:15 PM

Apparently the tale of the man who felt the seven mysterious tappings while walking through Old Lorimier Cemetery was too much for a couple of Missourian reporters, who naturally had to go and see if they could feel the taps themselves. Notably absent is the byline, or any mention at all of who the reporters were...

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Suddenly there came a tapping, as of someone gently rapping
Posted Saturday, April 23, at 9:44 PM

Today I bring you another tale from the Missourian's archives, this one dated Jan. 26, 1938. Given prominent play among other headlines such as as "James A. Kinder Not In Mayoral Race" and "Asbestos Heiress Gives Up Citizenship" is the story "7 Mysterious Taps Alarm Man On Walk Through Cemetery," and it reads as follows. (As always, all language, errors, and typos remain preserved as originally published.)...

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Ghosts on the water
Posted Thursday, April 21, at 11:13 PM

One of the participants in the Ghost Hunting 101 class my group and I led at Southeast Missouri State University last fall recently contacted me with an interesting question. During the class I mentioned that it's a common theory in paranormal research that activity can often be found near water. He wrote me asking if anyone had ever put together a map that tracked hauntings near waterways...

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"Exciting race of man and ghost"
Posted Friday, February 25, at 1:36 PM

Southeast Missourian librarian Sharon Sanders slipped me an article with this headline from Feb. 8, 1911. She comes across the most interesting things in her search for Out of the Past items! Here is the story (typos have been left in to reflect the original article):...

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Learning the hard way
Posted Friday, February 25, at 1:01 PM

Paranormal investigation is one of those fields where you never quit learning. Sometimes the hard way. I recently went to listen to some audio on one of my recorders. Unfortunately, sometime between the last time I listened and now, the recorder stopped working. ...

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Investigating for a cause
Posted Tuesday, January 11, at 9:45 PM

In looking at stories today for Wednesday's paper, I ran across this one. There wasn't room for it to run in print, unfortunately, but I wanted to call attention to it. Paranormal Science Lab boosts historic house The group Paranormal Science Lab has been doing more than just investigating. It is helping keep an antebellum home open to tourists...

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With a little puck...
Posted Sunday, October 31, at 10:53 PM

I'm going to call 2010's Ghost Hunting 101 a success! We had a group of about 30 students, which I understand is fairly small, but I thought it worked out well for the investigation portion of the class Saturday night. We rotated three groups through Rose Theater, Johnson Faculty Center, and the Huhn-Harrison house by the River Campus. ...

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Ghost Hunting 101 and a thank you
Posted Wednesday, October 20, at 3:44 PM

I mentioned this in an earlier blog, but I figured I'd throw this out there as a reminder since there's still time to sign up. My group and I will be instructors for Ghost Hunting 101 this year at Southeast Missouri State University. It's a two-night class that should be a lot of fun...

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Do you know the Hat Man?
Posted Saturday, October 16, at 8:46 PM

As you all can probably guess, I've heard of all kinds of strange beings and stories and phenomena. I've watched my share "X-Files," listened to more Art Bell than is probably healthy, and read more books on paranormal subjects than I can count. I've even gotten some odd phone calls and e-mails here at the office. I consider myself pretty well-versed in the unusual...

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Lasers and their practical application in paranormal investigation; or, my triumphant return to blogging
Posted Wednesday, September 29, at 3:37 PM

Well, I moved my mouse back to my right hand this week, so I thought it was time I picked this thing back up. Thank you all for your patience while I let myself heal. Now, on to business. I have a tendency to ask for investigation tools for birthdays and other gift-giving occasions. For my birthday earlier this month, I received a shiny new instrument that many of us played with even as kids: a laser pointer...

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Lest you think I've simply been neglecting my blog...
Posted Tuesday, August 24, at 3:55 PM

Dear loyal readers, and those just passing through, Ghost Written unfortunately is on hiatus for a while as I have recently broken my wrist. It was a pretty complex fracture, and I'm now the proud owner of a plate in my right arm. I am, not surprisingly, right-handed, therefore all my typing is being done with my left hand. Frankly, it's pretty tiring. If all goes according to plan, I hope to make my triumphant return in five or six weeks...

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UPDATE: Pulaski County UFO debunked!
Posted Thursday, July 15, at 9:54 PM

Well, looks like I have a little update for you all on what turned out to be probably my most popular blog entry to date: The Pulaski County UFO photo. I was contacted Thursday night by Heather Frayer, a member of Lorin Beach's group Society of the Unknown Paranormal Investigations. She says the group took and has now debunked the photo. This is what she had to say:...

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One ghost debunked at Sherwood-Minton House
Posted Tuesday, June 29, at 7:30 AM

Southeast Missourian librarian Sharon Sanders came to my desk recently with three sheets of paper printed from her microfilm machine. I knew this was going to be good. It was an article titled "Historic walls fall to ground" from front page of the Wednesday, June 29, 1910, Republican. The night before the story ran, the north walls of the the Sherwood house collapsed; several people narrowly escaped harm...

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10. Crescent Hotel
Posted Tuesday, June 22, at 7:43 PM

My mom worked at a school in the area, and when class was out for whatever reason -- spring break, fall break, summer, a three-day weekend -- she and some of her colleagues would hit the road for girls' weekends. Usually the trips involved a long drive away from their everyday lives to a cabin -- the destination always changed -- where they would relax away their stress by soaking in a jacuzzi and indulging in junk food and chick flicks for a few days. ...

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Habitat store surveillance camera in N.C. catches possible apparition
Posted Thursday, June 17, at 3:27 PM

So once again, a piece of evidence was put in front of me and I couldn't just ignore it, so I don't have No. 9 of my Top 10 list ready yet. BUT you will like this. You may remember a while back there was a video going around of a "ghost" on some surveillance video at a local bar. After examining that video, I was convinced it was a moth or some other insect with semitransparent wings actually walking around on the camera lens...

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Katherine is a former copy editor at the Southeast Missourian who has had a lifelong interest in the paranormal and enjoys going with her small group to investigate allegedly haunted places. She lives in Cape Girardeau with her husband (who investigates with her) and two dogs (who don't).
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