Chad Lewis knows scary when he sees
it, and as a paranormal
investigator, he's seen plenty of
The author of a dozen books,
including 2005's "The Minnesota Road
Guide to Haunted Locations" and the
recently published "Haunted St.
Paul," Lewis is in his element this
time of year. After all, Halloween
is the Super Bowl of ghostbusting.
But that doesn't mean that he wants
to scare people out of their wits.
While he finds it fascinating to
explore reports of ghosts, he
doesn't want to tell people what
they should believe. "I let them
decide for themselves," he said.
Lewis believes, and he knows a lot
of other people who do, too.
"In the 15 years I've been doing
this, I've talked to too many
credible and rational people" who
have reported ghost sightings, he
When he started assembling his
guides to haunted spots, he ran the
information past the owners of the
locations to make sure they didn't
object to being included on a list
that might draw snoopy members of
Places like Landmark Center in St.
Paul "didn't care because they
figured no one was going to read my
book, anyway. Now they like it
because it attracts curious people
and they see that as a good way to
teach the people about history.
Whether you're there to learn about
the gangsters or the ghosts, you're
He asks his readers to keep an open
mind when it comes to exploring his
ghost stories. If you don't learn
anything about ghosts, you could end
up learning something about
"You might discover that you're a
little stranger than you thought you
were," he said.
his five top haunted places in the
Calvary Cemetery in St.
Paul: The vengeful spirit
of a woman put to death continues to
wander her final (un)resting place.
Landmark Center in St. Paul:
Visitors to this historic site
report that it is plagued by the
ghost of an old gangster who still
walks the building and makes himself
known during weddings.
First Avenue nightclub in
Minneapolis: Visitors to
this landmark building report seeing
the ghost of a young woman who likes
to frequent the women's bathroom.
Wabasha Street Caves in St.
Paul: Haunted by several
victims of a card game gone awry.
Others see the ghostly image off an
old flapper girl roaming the caves.
Forepaugh's restaurant in
St. Paul: The spirit of
Joseph Forepaugh roams his former
residence along with his former
mistress, Molly, who met her fate in
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