My Interview On WCIT Radio

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Here it is: My October 2nd, 2015 interview on WCIT (940 AM) out of Lima. I talk about my involvement with the Lima Lantern Tours, my book, Ohio’s Historic Haunts, and some assorted spookiness.

Interview starts right around the 9:35 mark. Just give a click below to start listening.

Enjoy!

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This October, Lima, I’ve Got Something Special For You!

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I may have taken part in a bunch of the Lima Lantern Tours over the years, but nothing compares to what’s going to happen in Lima on October 3rd!

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Let’s be honest: My love for all things Lima goes deeper than Kewpee, the Greely Road Crybaby Bridge, and even that spooky, off-limits building way up in the hills. Lima’s just a weird place, plain and simple. So why wouldn’t a weirdo like me love it? And I’d like to think that over the years, Lima has returned the love. It certainly felt that way on the numerous Lantern Tours I took part in. But something in me felt that this year, I needed to give Lima a little something extra. Something special they wouldn’t soon forget.

You see, I tend to get very animated when I share my own personal ghost stories. I wave my arms and I pace back and forth—two things that can make for some awkward moments when you’re snuggled so close together in the back of a trolley making its way down Main Street in Lima, Ohio.

--From the 2010 Lima Lantern Tour

–From the 2010 Lima Lantern Tour

But more than that, it sometimes became hard to tell my ghost stories because Lima is just so chock full of strange and spooky history that I often felt I was stomping on all the other cool stories. So I would often hold back on my storytelling, especially since many of my stories needed to be seen to be believed in that it’s often hard to explain exactly what our video cameras picked up on an investigation or what the spooky noises really sounded like. To be honest, there’s not much room on a trolley car for a projector and video screen. So by and large, my favorite ghost stories remained untold.

Until now.

On Saturday, October 3rd, I’ll be heading over to Lima’s Encore Theater and giving you something truly unique: A special presentation that will feature the best of the best of my collection of ghost stories. Not only that, but I’ll be bringing along audio, video, and photographs of strange and spooky things I’ve captured over the years. Things I can’t explain.

And since I included Lima’s own Literacy Council in my upcoming book, Ohio’s Historic Haunts, what better time to let everyone in on some behind-the-scenes secrets of my investigations inside that building?

Want to know the different types of equipment I used? Curious as to what “evidence” I walked away with? Want to hear and see the “evidence” for yourselves? Well then, October 3rd will be your chance!

Upstairs Hallway at Literacy Council, showing placement of some of the equipment I used during my overnight investigation

Upstairs Hallway at Literacy Council, showing placement of some of the equipment I used during my overnight investigation

I’ll also be taking your questions and will be hanging around after the presentation to ensure you get all your ghostly questions answered. And since my book, Ohio’s Historic Haunts, is coming out on September 30th, a mere three days before the Lima appearance, I’ll make sure I bring along loads of that book (as well as some of my other titles) for you to purchase and have signed.

Put another way: You might have seen me in Lima before, but you’ve never seen me like this!

Tickets are only $5.00 each with proceeds going to Downtown Lima, Inc., an organization dedicated to creating and maintaining a dynamic, vital, and sustainable downtown. So for just $5.00, you’ll get to hear some great strange and spooky stories and help downtown Lima. It doesn’t get any better than that!

BTW, while this presentation is suitable for all ages, given the subject matter, it is not recommended for children under the age of 10.

So what are you waiting for? Click here to order tickets.

Ohio’s Historic Haunts: Location #5 Revealed!

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Welcome to location #5 from Ohio’s Historic Haunts: The Lima Adult Learning Center/Literacy Council Building on West Spring Street in Lima, Ohio.

This one stumped most of you, which is one of the things that attracted me to the building in the first place. You see, to be honest, the house doesn’t look like anything that spectacular from the outside. The inside, however, is an entirely different story.

Originally, the house on Spring Street served as the opulent home to two of Lima’s movers and shakers, Clair and Lulu Tolan. Clair was a successful businessman who would eventually become the owner of the Tolan Block of buildings near Spring and Main Streets in downtown Lima. Their home on Spring Street reflected that success and it was often home to elaborate parties.

Gorgeous stained glass along the main staircase

Upon Lulu’s death in the 1950s, the building began to be used as a commercial building and several different businesses would take up residence inside the home. And with each new tenant came new changes to the building’s interior. The last business to call the building home was Fred and Doty Accountants, who stayed until approximately 2005. After that, the building was boarded up and abandoned.

Several years later, the Northwest Ohio Literacy Council took control of the building and began attempting to restore the home to its original glory. After having sat abandoned for a few years, perhaps this restoration is what brought the ghosts back around: They wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

Upstairs Hallway at Literacy Council, showing position of multiple sensors we used during our night in the house

It’s hard to say with any certainly who the ghosts are at the house on Spring Street. One thing is for sure, though: They have made their presence known on multiple people on more than a few occasions. Having said that, I’m sure you’re all asking the same question: Did anything happen the night you spent inside the house for Ohio’s Historic Haunts. The short answer is “yes”, something did indeed happen. Several things, in fact. But you’ll just have to wait for the book to come out for more details from me!

Well, that’s not entirely true. I will be in Lima on Saturday, October 3rd for the Lima Lantern Tours. Rumor has it I’ll be giving away all sorts of secrets about what happened inside the house on Spring Street while I was conducting research for my book. So stay tuned!

Chimes that are said to ring on their own, even when there’s no one around them

Can’t wait to find out what happened inside the Literacy Council building? Grab yourself a copy of Ohio’s Historic Haunts right here.

Just want to catch up on all the other locations that I’ve revealed so far? click here!

Greely Chapel Road Added To Ohio Crybaby Bridge Project

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Long before my personal addiction to Kewpee hamburgers, my love affair with Lima, Ohio, began with the bridge on Greely Chapel Road. During my first trip out there around 2001, it was just another Crybaby Bridge. Of course, the more I dug, the stranger the stories surrounding this bridge got.

Several years later, I got involved with the annual Lima Lantern Tours and that’s when the stories really took off! Seems like everyone I spoke with during the Lantern Tours had a weird story to tell me about the bridge on Greely Chapel Bridge. There were so many stories that when the idea to create a database of all reported Crybaby Bridges in Ohio popped into my head, Greely Chapel Road was the first bridge I wrote down on my list of “must-haves”.

OK, enough reminiscing! Click here and enjoy a virtual visit to the latest edition to the Ohio Crybaby Bridge Project: Greely Chapel Road Crybaby Bridge.

If this is the first time you’ve stumbled upon my little Crybaby Project, swing on over to the Ohio Crybaby Bridge Project home page first to get caught up on what this whole thing’s about!

Blast From The Past: 2009 Lima Lantern Tours

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Flyer for the event

Flyer for the event

While 2009 was technically the second year of the Lima Lantern Tours, it was the first one for me. Not only that, the Lantern Tours represent the first (and so far, only) event I’ve participated in where I attempted to tell ghost stories while riding around in the back of a horse-driven carriage. Oh yeah, and all while trying real hard not to fall out of the back of said horse-driven carriage as it cruised down the streets of downtown Lima.

My involvement began with an e-mail from the two women who were organizing the event, Cara and Aubree. I was intrigued enough with what they were describing in terms of what they were planning, although I will admit that I was a bit nervous when I asked what they wanted me to do and they responded “we don’t know. You can do whatever you want.” Of course, when they followed it up with “but we do know we want to put you on the back of a carriage and have you tell ghost stories while horses pull you around downtown Lima” I was sold. How could I not be?

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Prepping For The Lima Lantern Tours

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Well, it’s that time of year again; the weather turns colder, the leaves start falling, and everyone’s thoughts turn to things that go bump in the night. That can only mean one thing–I’m getting ready to take part in the annual Lima Lantern Tours!

Every October, I am usually asked to participate in several walking/ghost tours. And while some of them mark return visits for me and others are first time endeavors, the one that I always look forward to the most is the Lima Lantern Tours. Most people think that’s because of the tour’s truly unique way of dragging guests down the main streets of Lima in a horse-drawn carriage. And while I’ll be the first to admit that the horses are a huge part of it, for me, the best thing about these tours is it allows me to help create a special moment in time for some of the guests, all because of something I did on a whim.

Back in 2009, while I was attending my first Lantern Tour, I was just hanging out in the back of the carriage with the guests. Since it was my first time on the Tour, I wasn’t actually sure what was expected of me. When we arrived at the Ohio Theatre, the carriage stopped and we were all allowed to go inside. As we were standing in the lobby and the tour guide was talking about the reported hauntings, I instinctively reached into my bag and pulled out an EMF meter. I saw some of the guests look at me kind of strange, so I began explaining to everyone why ghost researchers use EMFs on investigations. Off to my right, there was a young girl, no older than 9 or 10, who just kept staring at the EMF in my hand. Without thinking, I handed it to her and said “here, give it a try.” And boy, did her face light up! She grabbed the device and immediately started scanning the walls, the floor, and, of course, her family and friends! Others in the group looked on, with perhaps a hint of jealousy in their eyes. Before long, I was digging into my bag, dispensing EMFs, ELFs, and IR thermometers to the crowd.

I allowed everyone to keep the devices for the remainder of the evening. Provided, of course, they shared them with the group. At the end of the tour, everyone thanked me and said that they had been dying to use “ghost” equipment ever since they had seen them on television. Even the young girl admitted to me that once she saw her first episode of Ghost Hunters, she wanted to try out an EMF for herself. She said that I made her night. And in saying that, she made mine.

Every year since then, I make sure to pack plenty of handheld devices to take on the Lantern Tours. Recently, I bring so much that I must have a member of The Ghosts of Ohio, usually Darrin or Steph, drag along a big ol’ duffel bag full of stuff to hand out. As far as I’m concerned, I don’t think I will ever get tired of seeing the look on someone’s face, young or old, when I had them a piece of ghost-hunting equipment and they hold it in their hands for the first time. It’s priceless.

Tickets for the Lima Lantern Tours sell out quickly every year, but you can purchase them here.  Hope to see you all out there! I’ll be the one hanging on the back of the carriage with a big duffel bag!

Note the big bag of equipment Ghosts of Ohio member, Darrin Boop, has draped across his chest!