Legend Tripping & Haunted Spots

Paranormal researcher Chad Lewis spoke about the popularity of 'Legend Tripping' where young people seek out locations of paranormal activity as a rite of passage. Legend tripping often involves undertaking some type of dare associated with the haunted nature of a site, in a kind of "nervous bravery," he explained. Lewis described a number of his favorite trips:

  • Dartford Cemetery (Green Lake, Wisconsin): For those who dare to sit on top of a haunted mausoleum, the spirits of those buried inside are said to push the person off.
  • Robert the Enchanted Doll (Key West, Florida): Bad luck is said to follow if you take the 100-year-old doll's photo without asking (see below for more).
  • Spirit Mound (Vermillion, SD): Legend states that if you try to climb the mound, you may encounter "little devils" armed with arrows.
  • The Black Angel of Oakland Cemetery (Iowa City, Iowa): It's said if you stare directly at the angel you will be cursed with bad luck, if you kiss in front of it you will die within a week, and that the statue blackens each year from the souls it harvests (click on the above photo, to view this image and others).

He also detailed his investigations at a recent crop circle in Minnesota, and his trip to Transylvania. He found many in Transylvania still believe in vampires and they suggested taking precautions such as driving a stake through a deceased person's heart so they don't come back to haunt you.

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View photos of Robert the Haunted Doll, posted at Haunted America Tours.