Ever think it was possible
that a 12-year-old boy would find his way back
to his grandparents' room at the Bullock Hotel
in Deadwood with the aid of deceased owner Seth
That spirits of Native Americans and Alex
Johnson haunt the historic Hotel Alex Johnson in
Or demons have been spotted at Devil's Gulch in
Garretson where outlaw Jesse James made his
Or that the ghosts
of workers who built state parks, roads and
bridges are being seen at Black Hills Playhouse
in Custer, which had been a camp for unemployed
men in the early 1900s?
"A lot of the activity seems to take place
inside the playhouse where many people will be
greeted by somebody who looks as though they're
from the early 1900s," author Chad Lewis said.
"At first glance, they think it's somebody on
the tour guide that's dressed in period costume.
They soon find out that there's nobody working
in period costume."
Lewis, who has
co-written books on road guides to haunted
places in South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and
Wisconsin, was among the speakers at a
conference where tales of phantom spirits, crop
circles and the afterlife were heard Friday
night at Holiday Inn City Centre.
Lewis' co-author, Terry Fisk, shared ancient
beliefs about the afterlife with the audience.
University of Arizona professor Gary Schwartz's
"The Afterlife Experiments" involving mediums
found that they were up to 80 percent correct
with the information they received.
Fisk noted that study participant Allison DuBois,
on whom the TV show, "Medium," starring Patricia
Arquette is based, is considered by Schwartz to
be the Michael Jordan of mediums.
"She was one of the
most accurate he had ever met," Fisk said of
In the hallway, Noah Voss and Kevin Nelson sold
gear to track paranormal activity as part of
GetGhostGear.com Enterprises. Items included
a remote weather probe and 35-millimeter motion
Nicole Thode of
Sioux Falls took her daughter, Shai-Lyn, 8, to
the event because they like ghosts, haunted
houses and paranormal activity.
"I thought it would be a good experience for her
to come here and get firsthand knowledge of what
they've done, what they've seen, where they've
been," Thode said.
Reach reporter Melanie Brandert at 977-3926.