Quadrants:  Ghost hunt


10/04/07 - Play Video Quad City Times

Abnormal meets the paranormal

By Times staff

10/04/07 - Quad City Times

In a world driven by numbers and proof, it’s nearly impossible to measure the amount of ghost sightings in a given year. Why? According to About.com’s “Paranormal News” there are three factors to consider.

The first is documentation. Video and photographic images are often blurry, grainy and generally of poor quality. This leaves room for skeptics as well as believers. Second, many sightings or paranormal events go unreported. No one wants to be thought of as a crackpot. And, finally, seeing is believing. Simply put, if you haven’t seen what someone else claims to have witnessed, your first reaction will be that it cannot be true, especially when it comes to ghosts and spirits.

That being said, there are many Quad-City region ghost stories, and October is the month to explore them.

One of the more intriguing tales is that of Cry Baby Bridge on U.S. 67 near Viola, Ill. Legend has it that a mother and her two children crashed on the bridge and drowned in the water below. Now, if a car is stopped on the bridge (and put in neutral), the spirits of the mother and children supposedly will push the car to safety. Also, if you put baby powder on the car’s bumper, you’ll see tiny handprints from the children helping push the car.

Always up for adventure, our Quadrants team went to the bridge and filmed what happened. To see the frightening results, go to qctimes.com/multimedia.

The Web site Shadowlands.com provides these handy tips if you are out on a ghost hunt:

1. Check out the area in daylight so you are familiar with the landscape.

2. Look for “no trespassing” signs. In some areas, you are risking a ticket or getting arrested if you are on private property.

3. Make sure you bring your ID so you can prove who you are if stopped and questioned by police.

4. Never go alone. This is just common sense. If you get hurt, who will go for help?

5. The best times are from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Those are the psychic hours.

6. Find out all you can about the history of the locale. Newspapers, town historians, the Internet and books can be helpful when it comes to finding folklore.

Posted on: October 04, 2007 9:36 AM
Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZTDah1LDAc

Posted on: October 04, 2007 10:41 AM
I went to that bridge about five years ago and had the same experience where we were pushed backwards. The infrared picture is kind of cool though. At first, I was expecting him to point at dust particles and call them orbs, so that was a nice change of pace.

Colleen Winifred
Posted on: October 04, 2007 7:54 AM
Joe that video was awesome. I truly believe someone was there. Now I'm going to have to go there and experience this for myself. Great story.

Posted on: October 04, 2007 2:02 PM
See, ya shoulda put the powder on the *front* bumper.

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