Author seeks accounts of local ghosts, hauntings

06/16/07 - The Journal

What: Free presentation on Haunted Locations in Your Own Backyard

Who: Paranormal researcher and author Chad Lewis, of Minneapolis

When: 6:30 p.m., Monday, June 18

Where: New Ulm Public Library, 17 N. Broadway

NEW ULM — People of the New Ulm area will have an opportunity Monday evening to hear some real live ghost stories and even have a chance to tell a few of their own when Chad Lewis, paranormal researcher, speaker and author comes to the New Ulm Public Library.

Lewis will give a free presentation to the public at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 18, at the New Ulm Public Library.

“It’s going to be a really fun night,” said Lewis, “It’s open for the whole family.”

Lewis will focus his presentation on giving an overview of some of the scariest ghosts and places in Minnesota such as the St. Paul gangster ghost, northwoods ghost, the historic Palmer House Hotel and various graveyards.

Specifically about New Ulm, he will talk about Turner Hall, a B & B and also a restaurant. “You’d be surprised to see how many places are haunted,” said Lewis, “This is just the tip of the iceberg, because everywhere I go people are telling me stories. People are reporting them (their stories) to friends and family because they don’t know who to report them to.”

When Lewis visits a town, he likes to spend some time there to get a feel of the place.

“I like to spend the whole day there ... explore the downtown, look at the buildings and get a feel for it,” he said.

He has seen big city life, small town rural life and many foreign places. He has traveled across the world — tracking vampires in Transylvania, searching for the Loch Ness monster and looking for ghosts in Ireland’s castles.

Lewis, who is a native of Eau Claire, Wis., now makes his home in Minneapolis.

He began his study into the paranormal as an undergraduate psychology student. He wondered what was it about people’s belief systems that either made them believe in the paranormal or not believe in it, he said.

Soon he began giving presentations at college research symposiums he said.

He has been doing this type of work for 14 years.

“I’ve never had a personal experience,” said Lewis.

But he has heard thousands of other people’s ghost stories, not to mention other paranormal stories.

“It is amazing how many people have these stories,” said Lewis.

He keeps busy working full-time and traveling around the world he said. He works as a paranormal researcher for Unexplained Research.

“You’ll never run out of cases in this field,” said Lewis.

Every week he receives about 200 e-mails from people who tell him about their ghost stories or paranormal happenings. He hears everything from ghost stories and haunted places to ESP, UFOs and telepathy to crop circles.

He said he never gets burned out from hearing the stories.

Last year’s research took him to four different countries and about 10 different states in the United States. On average he travels from 45,000 to 50,000 miles every year within the U.S. doing paranormal research and speaking engagements.

“This year looks to be more demanding,” said Lewis.

The research he does varies on the type of case he is working on he said.

Usually it involves doing some background research by checking local newspapers. He then visits the place to get a feel for it. He interviews the local people to hear their stories, he said. He also brings equipment along to test for paranormal activity.

“It’s a lot of time doing research,” said Lewis, “It’s a lot like fishing ... a lot of it is sitting there waiting for a bite.”

Lewis has also co-authored books in the “Road Guide to Haunted Locations” series. One of the books he co-authored is called “The Minnesota Road Guide to Haunted Locations.”

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