Lewis has traveled the globe investigating
reportedly haunted places, but sometimes the most
intriguing sites are in a person's own community, he
On May 19, the paranormal investigator will give a
presentation at the Beloit Historical Society on
reported haunted places in Beloit and other
locations in the state.
Lewis also is the co-author of “Wisconsin Road Guide
to Haunted Locations”, along with Terry Fisk. Lewis
will have copies of his book available at the
evening presentation which is the society's spring
program and includes a buffet dinner.
recent telephone interview, Lewis, who resides in
Eau Claire, talked about his background and answered
questions about paranormal sightings.
He has a master's degree in applied psychology from
the University of Wisconsin-Stout, but his research
concerning unexplained mysteries began when he was
still an undergraduate student, he said.
“I was an undergraduate at UW-Stout about 10 years
ago when UFOs were very popular. I started
researching this and alien abductors,” he said.
About the same time, people also started telling
Lewis about what they believed to be haunted houses,
crop circles and other mysterious happenings, he
His research into the paranormal spawned from there,
Since then, he's been to hundreds of places to
investigate reports of ghosts, spirits, things that
go bump in the night and much more.
But when asked if he has experienced any unusual
sights he believes to be paranormal, himself, he
However, that doesn't discount that they exist, he
“Certain people have the ability to pick up on this,
some don't” is what it may mean.
The question is, “Does believing equal seeing or
does seeing equal believing?”
And, perhaps more people are coming forward today
and telling of their experiences, he said.
“A lot of people don't come forward until they've
been to a presentation.”
The media has a lot to do with that, with more and
more television and radio programs aired on
mysterious and unexplained incidents, he said.
His presentation in Beloit will include a talk on
ghosts and ghost lore as well as a slide
presentation on some of the places he has
investigated. It also will include places like
McNeel Middle School, Turner High School and The
Manor in Beloit and a few more surprise locations,
The former Manor restaurant, above, has long been
rumored to be haunted by a woman looking through a
window and perhaps a little girl.
“When I give my presentations, I tend to focus some
stuff on what is in people's own backyards,” he
While his book tells of many investigations in the
state, there also is a disclaimer stated in the
front of the work.
It states: The places in the book have neither been
proved nor disproved to be haunted. Their inclusion
in the book is based on the anecdotal reports we
have received from numerous individuals. This book
is for reference purposes only.
“I put out the evidence and let people make up their
own minds. I encourage people to use the book as an
adventure guide,” Lewis said.
People can see parts of Wisconsin they've never seen
before and have fun, he added.
“And don't be disappointed if you don't see
anything,” he said.
Lewis also pointed out that many people interested
in ghosts also are interested in history which is
why he often makes his presentations at historical
Lewis also has hosted “The Unexplained” paranormal
radio talk show and television series. He is the
author of “Eerie Eau Claire and Unexplained: From
Angels to UFOs” and also has co-authored books on
haunted sites in Minnesota, South Dakota and Iowa.
He has traveled to Area 51 in Nevada, Loch Ness in
Scotland, Transylvania in Romania, Lough Ree in
Ireland and haunted castles and tunnels in London.
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
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