Ghost Written by Katherine Webster en-us Building renovations and hauntings 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... Fri, 25 Nov 2011 17:14:41 -0600 Good times with the GH101 class of '11! 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. The real fun, of course, came on Saturday night. We only had... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 20:56:10 -0500 Did you miss Ghost Hunting 101 last year? You're in luck! 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. For more... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 14:01:10 -0500 Paranormal potpourri ***Investigation, but not really 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. Because we don't trespass to investigate, our destinations at 10 p.m. on a Monday are fairly limited. Not knowing how it would work exactly, I suggested a section... Tue, 07 Jun 2011 20:35:46 -0500 9. Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel 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. **History The Roosevelt opened May 15, 1927, (which... Sat, 14 May 2011 20:17:02 -0500 Reporters Seek Tryst With 'Tapper' 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 The headline on Jan. 27, 1938, reads "Reporters Seek Tryst With 'Tapper'" -- "Pay Early Morning Visit to Cemetery to Keep... Wed, 27 Apr 2011 23:15:34 -0500 Suddenly there came a tapping, as of someone gently rapping 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.) "Seven mysterious ghost-like taps on his arm as he walked through historic Old... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 21:44:34 -0500 Ghosts on the water 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 { Thu, 21 Apr 2011 23:13:53 -0500 "Exciting race of man and ghost" 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): **Exciting race of man and ghost: Thrilling Experience of Cape Pool Room Keeper Who Lives to Tell Tale. "There is a pool room keeper in the Cape who does not believe in spooks an ghosts, and has no creepy feelings when it... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 13:36:09 -0600 Learning the hard way **What not to do 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. It won't even power up. I normally transfer files to a hard drive and listen to them on the computer, but this time, for some reason, I didn't. And I have been kicking myself ever since. Luckily we had other recorders... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 13:01:00 -0600 Investigating for a cause 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. Kendrick Place is one of only a few structures in... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 21:45:36 -0600 With a little puck... 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. The students then all converged on Lorimier Cemetery for a little bit of late-night creepiness. The only location that seemed to have anything going on was... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 22:53:39 -0500 Ghost Hunting 101 and a thank you 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. Friday night, the class will meet for the instruction portion. We're going to go over equipment used in investigating, safety precautions, evidence collection and review, and will probably even have time for... Wed, 20 Oct 2010 15:44:06 -0500 Do you know the Hat Man? 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. Last weekend, however, an entity was brought to my attention that is so widely seen there are online groups and message boards... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 20:46:03 -0500 Lasers and their practical application in paranormal investigation; or, my triumphant return to blogging 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. This is no ordinary laser pointer, however. It's a little larger than an ink... Wed, 29 Sep 2010 15:37:43 -0500 Lest you think I've simply been neglecting my blog... 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. Thanks for your patience, Katherine P.S. Isn't... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 15:55:16 -0500 UPDATE: Pulaski County UFO debunked! 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: "It was actually a flower pot that was superimposed on the digital... Thu, 15 Jul 2010 21:54:00 -0500 One ghost debunked at Sherwood-Minton House 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. But the interesting thing is that about 2/3 of the way through the article is a... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 07:30:00 -0500 10. Crescent Hotel 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. This was fine for Mom, for a while. But if... Tue, 22 Jun 2010 19:43:59 -0500 Habitat store surveillance camera in N.C. catches possible apparition 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. The video below was taken by a security system at a Habitat... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 15:27:41 -0500