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06-03-03: Ghosts in the neighborhood?
|By TIMOTHY COX
The Daily Standard
The unincorporated town of New Corydon, Ind., about 15 miles west of
Celina, apparently is a hotbed of ghostly activity.
Members of the Fort Wayne Indiana Ghost Trackers descended on the small
town during the past weekend, determined to find out if there is any merit to a number of
reported hauntings in the area. New Corydon has often found itself at the crossroads of
historical events, which made it a prime spot to look for paranormal activity, a member of
the Ghost Trackers told The Daily Standard.
New Corydon was established in 1821. Johnny Appleseed is believed to
have been in the area and Gen. "Mad" Anthony Wayne fought battles against
Indians nearby. A spooky, old schoolhouse also played a central role in the weekend hunt.
The hunt started slowly, but group member Kristyn Bone, of Portland,
Ind., said group members eventually captured digital images of orbs, or balls of light.
Tape recordings also captured electronic voice phenomenon. To capture voices, trackers ask
questions and then replay the tapes to see if they get an apparent answer.
Bone said when she asked how old a suspected spirit was, the recording
reveals a low whisper that says, "ten."
The schoolhouse is where Bone said she felt the strongest paranormal
activity. She claims to be a "sensitive," someone who is in tune with the
paranormal, either through sight, sounds or feeling.
Inside the school, the group detected a cold spot in the air but a
lighted candle showed no evidence of a draft in the room, Bone said.
"The flame didn't move. That ruled out outside air," Bone
Bone then experienced something she said compares with only one other
event during her ghost-chasing experience.
"All of the sudden, I started feeling an anxious feeling, sick to
my stomach, and pictured a tall man standing over a classroom, very sternly. And he was
not happy," Bone said.
Another tracker then verbally described the same scene Bone said she
was picturing in her mind. The "whirlwind of emotions" was too much for Bone,
who then left the schoolhouse.
"It took me a half hour to shake it. It's not a feeling I like at
all," she said.
The group left a tape recorder behind in the school. When they played
the tape back, they heard faint footsteps, an unexplained bang and the sound of chalk
screeching on a chalkboard, even though the schoolhouse no longer has a chalkboard, Bone
Group members will continue to share stories and compare notes from
their experiences at future meetings, Bone said. She said at least one other group of
trackers who spent time in the school over the weekend also reported the chalk noise.
The Ghost Trackers are a non-profit organization dedicated to
researching paranormal activity and to restoration of cemeteries. Calls placed to Jennifer
Zamaites, director of the Fort Wayne chapter, went unanswered Monday and this morning.
Bone also reported some unusual activity during the Ghost Trackers
business meeting they held while in New Corydon. In the middle of the meeting, another
female tracker complained that someone had pulled her hair from behind. No one admitted to
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