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Ghosts on the water

Posted Thursday, April 21, 2011, at 11:13 PM

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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.

I found a few maps, like this one. Looking at it, you can see there are alleged hauntings throughout the country, but the majority appear to be in Florida, New England, the Pacific Northwest, and in the lower Mississippi River valley. I would have expected more in the Carolinas and in the Great Lakes region. Conspicuously absent are reports of hauntings in the Great Plains and in the deserts of the Southwest. But, like most online resources, but I'm sure the information presented here isn't complete.

Unfortunately, none of the maps I was able to find specifically tracked the correlation between the location of hauntings and waterways.

If any of you have any information or links regarding this, please post! I'm always interested in finding new sources of information.


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Dan Terry aka Spookstalker has written many books about local haunts. His latest (which I'm not sure has been published yet) is called River Shadows and discusses hauntings along the Mississippi River. New Madrid, MO and a couple of our haunted locations are featured in the book.

-- Posted by cmcwaters on Wed, Apr 27, 2011, at 1:23 PM


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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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