Vampires in Transylvania, the Loch
Ness Monster and the Ghosts of
Ireland's Castles are tales that
will be told Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. in the
Chad Lewis, paranormal researcher
and author of "Unexplained Research
L.L.C.," will share photos,
directions and eyewitness accounts
of spooky locations around
Lewis brings more than 15 years of
research to his presentations, along
with a degree in psychology. His
research started after an interest
sparked of wanting to understand why
some people believe in paranormal
activity and others do not.
"I started presenting my research,
and people in the audience would ask
for my help," Lewis said.
"They thought their homes
were haunted or they saw something
in the sky they couldn't explain, so
I really started from there."
Lewis feels his background in
psychology plays a role in the way
he researches a case.
"It is especially helpful when
interviewing witnesses, as it allows
me to avoid leading questions, watch
body language for signs of stress,
deceit or excitement," Lewis said.
"A large part of the stories I
receive are based on folklore and
history, so being able to look at
those topics with a critical eye is
Whether a student fits the category
of a believer or non-believer, this
presentation can explore the answers
to questions had by many.
"People who don't believe should
definitely go with an open mind,"
Kristie Walker, a sophomore
psychology and human development
major, said. "You shouldn't go in
with a negative attitude."
Lewis said part of the mystery is
wondering what is real or fictional.
Part of his research is presenting
the facts and the myths, making the
option to believe easier for many
"Being a non-believer is healthy,"
Lewis said. "I never try to tell
people whether they should believe
in the paranormal or not. What I try
to do is present the best
information on the case as I can.
"I sort fact from fiction and dig up
the real history of the place,
interview and set up our
investigation. Then, I let the
audience make up their own mind. I
really encourage people to not take
my word for things, but to go see
these places for themselves and have
their own experiences."
Pa Houa Yang, the lively arts and
issues coordinator for Good Times
Programming, said students are
excited for Lewis to come to campus
for the first time.
Students will have the opportunity
to listen, speak and get books
signed by Lewis for free. There will
be copies of his books at the event
that will be available to purchase.
"This is perfect timing for students
to come, because Halloween is coming
up," Yang said. "It's also a good
idea to come because you can get
ideas on how to dress up for
Halloween and learn things that you
didn't know before."
Lewis agrees and said, "If you don't
believe in the paranormal, there is
something about October and the
approaching Halloween that makes
this fun and exciting. It is the
time and year where looking into the
possibility of the strange and
bizarre is simply a blast."
Lewis will tell students where to
find possessed statues come to life,
where to pick up a phantom
hitchhiker, where to have a car
pushed by spirits and where to
encounter phantom hell hounds.
"I believe Wisconsin makes the
perfect place for legends of the
strange and unusual to occur," Lewis
said. "We have a wonderful
combination of rural and urban
locations where tales of mystery
"We also have a long history of
bizarre people living in our state,
people like Ed Gein and Jeffrey
Dahmer. Most importantly, Wisconsin
is a place where honest hard-working
people reside. When they tell others
of their strange encounters, people
tend to believe them."
The combination of the paranormal,
the month of October and Halloween
may provide a spooky Wednesday night
for many students.
"I think it's important for students
to learn the history of the place
they live," Lewis said. "Green Bay
and Wisconsin have a lot of great
stories attached to them, and the
adventure is just waiting to be
discovered. I truly believe that
when you go searching for the weird,
you will see parts of the state you
have never seen, come across some
odd things, meet some bizarre people
and perhaps even discover that you
are a little stranger than you