For several years now, I have been writing about haunted places in the Hudson Valley region of New York and New Jersey. On occasion, I’ve had to stretch that regional envelope as opportunities for investigations came up in other locations. Although there are still a few stories from the Hudson Valley in Ghost Investigator, Volume 2: Gettysburg, PA to Lizzie Borden, AX, the title makes it clear that I’ve officially expanded my territory.
There are just too many ghosts out there to be limited to any one area. In fact, I’m still amazed by the sheer number and scope of haunted houses, cemeteries, businesses, ships, roads, and just about anything else you can name. In the future, I plan to seek out the hauntings offering the most compelling evidence, regardless of where they may be.
The stories in this book are indeed compelling—from terrified babysitters in a private home, to a vast battlefield, and from a prison that held murderers, to the house where two of the most famous unsolved murders were committed. This is also the first book in which I have personally investigated every location. As always, I present an honest account of what did, or did not, happen there. Evidence is always open for different interpretations, and readers are encouraged to form their own opinions based upon that evidence, as well as their own common sense.
One question I am asked on a regular basis is, “Where can I go to see a ghost?”
Well, if it were that simple, I wouldn’t need to keep searching for proof of the existence of ghosts. Actual apparitions are one of the rarest manifestations of a haunting, so you may want to decrease your expectation level to something like cold spots, footsteps or psychic impressions. That being said, I regularly hear eyewitness accounts of phantom figures appearing to skeptics who weren’t even looking for them. So then, where do you go to see a ghost?
This book contains stories about two prime locations—Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Lizzie Borden’s house in Fall River, Massachusetts. If you are unable to travel that far, check your area’s newspapers around Halloween, when stories of local hauntings often appear. There are also books and many Internet sites that list haunted places by state. Local historical societies and libraries may also be able to help. If you do find information on a potentially haunted site, just make sure you don’t trespass, and please respect the privacy of home and land owners.