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does. The paranormal investigator has
made a career out of listening to and
investigating people's stories about
creepy curiosities, macabre mysteries
and things that go bump in the night.
author of half a dozen books on the
haunting history of the Upper Midwest,
will share the results of his
investigations in talks at a handful of
metro-area locations over the next
couple of weeks.
"A lot of
people come to hear stories, but they
want to tell their story, too," he said.
"A lot of the time they've had their
stories for 10 years, but didn't think
anyone would believe them. My favorite
part of the presentation is hearing
other people's stories."
interest in the paranormal was piqued by
stories of UFOs not far from his
hometown of Eau Claire, Wis., that
surfaced when he was a teenager. He
interviewed some of the people who
claimed to have seen objects in the
remember the feeling and the curiosity
of not knowing what these people were
seeing, but also being fascinated by the
people themselves," he said this week.
psychology degrees have helped make him
a better listener who can sometimes read
truth or hoax in a person's body
Some of the
phenomena he's investigated turn out to
be more mundane than metaphysical,
despite people's most fervent wishes.
reported the sound of children's
footsteps running across their attic at
night; when Lewis investigated, he found
that they were hearing the rumblings of
a far-off train passing.
years of studying the weird and
unexplained, Lewis has never had a
paranormal experience himself. Still,
he's seen things for which he can't
account. Such as the photographs he took
at the direction of a psychic, at the
scene of a brutal homicide. The photos
were marked by mysterious fog patches
that weren't visible when he took the
photos; neither Kodak nor Fujifilm could
explain what happened.
something happens," he said. "When
people ask, point-blank, 'Do you believe
in ghosts?' I say yes. I believe people
are experiencing something, but I don't
know what that is ... After 14 years of
doing this, I'm left with more questions
he hasn't a wisp of psychic ability.
That, he says, helps him to take a more
balanced view of the stories he hears.
up on feelings or spirits or energies,
that leaves you a little more in the
middle, and I think it allows you to let
the evidence bring you one way or the
other," he said. "I don't go out to
convince anyone one way or another about
these things; what I'm trying to do is
to present the best information we've
collected and then let the reader or
listener make up their own mind."
not immune to the creepy.
in several situations where I've been
pretty spooked," he said. "But it was a
psychological scare, just the
surroundings or the atmosphere, along
with some of the stories or the
conditions that were in place at the
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