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Ghosts in time for Christmas.  These are mostly the ghosts of Christmas Past.  Wisconsin paranormal investigators Chad Lewis and Terry Fisk, who investigated stories of haunted places in Spooner last summer, have recently published their findings in a new book, The Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted Locations.  Spooner is included in the book, which offers detailed information on where to go in the state for possible paranormal encounters.

Lewis and Fisk publish 'Haunted Locations'

By Bill Thornley

12/23/04 - Spooner Advocate

SPOONER -- Las summer paranormal investigators Chad Lewis and Terry Fisk visited the Spooner area in hopes of tracking down some local legends.

They hoped that some of the ghost stories told around area campfires might have some basis in fact, and according to the pair, they gathered what they felt were some solid leads.

Some of the information Lewis and Fisk got in Spooner, as well as at supposedly haunted places all around Wisconsin, have been included in their new book, The Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted Locations.

While some might greet the idea of ghosts and other supernatural activity with a chuckle, Lewis and Fisk attack the subject with scientific seriousness.

Lewis  is a paranormal investigator with a master's degree in applied psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  He works as a research specialist for the Mutual UFO Network, is a former member of the American Ghost Society, and works with BLT Crop Circle Investigations.

He has organized and presented numerous professional conferences, been featured in several video documentaries, and hosted "The Unexplained" paranormal radio talk show and television series.

Lewis is a published author whose search for paranormal activity has taken him all over the world, including places like Area 51 in Nevada, Loch Ness in Scotland, and haunted castles and tunnels in London.

Fisk is a paranormal investigator for the American Ghost Society.  He co-hosted "The Unexplained" radio show and is the director for "The Unexplained" TV series.

"Often people inquire about why I fly around the world and travel much of the U.S. in search of paranormal phenomena," said Lewis.  "The answer is simple: curiosity.  The world is full of events that stretch the boundaries of scientific beliefs."

"You need something rousing, something to rearrange your brain," said Richard Hendricks, who operates the Internet web site "Weird Wisconsin."

"You need somewhere to go.  A destination.  That's why you need this book," he said.

The book itself is an interesting read, even if you aren't holding it like a road map as you make your way from haunted place to haunted place.  If you have that interest and the time, however, this book can lead you all over the state.

The Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted Locations divides the state into nine separate areas: Central, Chippewa Valley, Coulee Region, Fox Valley, Indianhead, Northeastern, Peninsula, South Central, and Southeastern.

Chapter 5, the Indianhead Country Chapter, features stories of hauntings from Amery, Canton, Hayward, Ladysmith, Siren, Spooner, and Superior.

Each description offers a photograph, location and directions on how to get there.  Following is how the Spooner location, Little Valley Road, is laid out in the book.

Ghost Lore

Little Valley Road is rumored to be haunted.

The Dare

If you park on the road, a phantom hearse will pull up behind you and follow you back to town.

Investigation

The story has been well known in Spooner for several years.  It's not known if there was ever a death on this stretch of road of what the significance of the phantom hearse would be.

Simple, to the point, and brief.  It's up to the reader.  Go to Little Valley Road and see if anything happens.

Lewis and Fisk have done their homework and off no "ghost story" propaganda for any of the sites.  They simply off the legends, tell you what they found when they investigated that legend, and point the read in the right direction so they can go there and decide for themselves.

They even seem to debunk several of the legends, a rarity in a world where most rry to influence the reader to believe.

For example, of the Glenbeulah Graveyard near Sheboygan, they write:

This secluded, and difficult to find, cemetery is one of the most talked about in Wisconsin.  It was never featured on "Unsolved Mysteries," and it was never ranked as the third most-haunted place in the world.  We found no evidence that anybody hanged themselves in the cemetery.

However, if a location does seem to have something strange going on, Lewis and Fisk point that out as well.

Consider the Dungeon of Horrors in Wisconsin Dells, a former Ford garage which is said to be haunted by a former owner who killed himself there.  They write of the building:

We spoke with the owner, Bill Nehring, who confirmed that in the late 1950s or early 1960s the owner of the Ford garage killed himself one morning with a shot gun just as the employees were coming in the front door.

Mr. Nehring confirmed that the haunting activity has been going on for some time and that he has had a difficult time keeping employees because of the activity.  According to him the activity seems to peak during the month of August every year; also during rainy, overcast days.  He estimates that over the past 24 years that he has owned the place, about 80 percent of his employees have had some kind of paranormal experience.

With the book, one can learn where to go to possibly be chased by hellhounds; see statues come to life; go camping with ghosts; pick up a vanishing hitchhiker; sleep in a haunted bed and breakfast; or worship with a phantom congregation.

The Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted Locations is both thought-provoking and a lot of fun.

Do you believe in ghosts?  Here's a chance to decide for yourself and have some interesting reading as well.


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