Chad Lewis, a paranormal investigator from Wisconsin, scoured the pages of century-old newspapers for bizarre stories in New York - including Syracuse.

This compilation of strange 19th century news stories includes many from Central New York.

Hidden Headlines Haunt CNY


Posted by Frederic Pierce


11/20/07 - Syracuse Post Standard

Imagine what it would be like if you lived in a place where the newspaper ran headlines like these:

"Ghost In Charge Of Police"

"Band Disturbs Spirit Visit"

"Freak Cat Wanders Away"

Not exactly the normal headline fare in The Post-Standard, right?

Well, all of those headlines ran above stories of bizarre or paranormal happenings that were published in one of Syracuse's newspapers as the 19th century drew to a close and the 20th century began.

Chad Lewis, a paranormal investigator and author from Wisconsin, found about 20 weird stories related to Syracuse published between 1860 and 1910 while he was digging through online archives looking for material for his book,
"Hidden Headlines of New York."

The book, like his similar "Hidden Headline" volumes for Texas and Wisconsin, is a collection of original news stories about topics like UFOs, ghosts, strange creatures and assorted other things that go bump in the night. None of them were easy to compile.

"It'll take years off the life span of your eyes, that's for sure," said Lewis, a former grant writer for non-profit agencies who now investigates things like the Loch Ness Monster and Area 51 for a living. "There's no way to do a search for something like 'half man, half monkey'. You've got to actually read it all."

Lewis, along with his paranormal partner, Terry Fisk, run Unexplained Research.com. The pair have authored several "road guides" to allegedly haunted, mysterious or otherworldly locations, and been involved with documentaries and television shows, most recently an episode of "A Haunting" on The Discovery Channel.

I'm sure it won't be long before Central New York gets a star on their legend-tripping map. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to reading the book and sharing whatever tickles my funky bone with you.

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