Books, cameras … and ghosts?


173820After hours, the usually quiet Books ‘N’ More was a hubbub of activity during a recent Saturday night. Six OOPS (Ohio Organization of Paranormal Studies) were busy setting up digital voice recorders, infrared camcorders, magnetic meters and heat recorders for the evening’s investigation of “things that go bump in the night.”

This was one of several investigations of the paranormal scheduled for Wilmington this year. The owners, Dan and Marla Stewart, were contacted by OOPS with a request to investigate the 98-year-old building.

Among the investigators were Steven Powell, Tom Babb, Vickie Morgan, all of Wilmington; Jennifer Swackhamer of Hillsboro; and Andrea Tidd of Jamestown.

Hoping for some evidence of the paranormal, OOPS conducted a 13-hour investigation. Several incidents were recorded and all of the results of the investigation will be posted on the group’s Web site,, in couple of weeks.

Powell is OOPS founder.

“Do I believe in ghosts? Most definitions of ‘ghost’ refer to a spirit or soul of man, something in which I most definitely believe,” he said. “Secondary definitions mention a disembodied soul or spirit of the deceased manifesting itself in a human-like form, something I would like to see, photograph, or videotape.

“To date, as a member of OOPS, I have videotaped an unknown light source that has motion, recorded disembodied voices that speak clearly in complete sentences, and have videotaped an inanimate object moving on its own,” he said. “Without concrete proof, none of these experiences qualify as being a ‘ghost’ so I cannot say that I have seen one, but neither can I say that there is no such thing as a ‘ghost’ without the same concrete evidence. So I guess I am open to the distinct possibility of the existence of ‘ghosts.’”

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Local Ghost Hunter Talk to Kids


genthumbKids got spooked at the Bangor Library Friday. The Bangor Ghost Hunters talked to a group of children and parents Friday. They explained how they investigate different places for paranormal activity. Kids got to see all the cool ghost hunter gadgets, like electromagnetic field meters and night vision cameras.

Bangor Ghost Hunters Founder and Director Harold Murray also used magic tricks to show the kids that some paranormal activities have a logical explanation.

“I put magic into it so I leave something unexplained for them, but yet I give them another one I explained,” Murray said. “So you have an explanation for one thing and not for another.”

The Bangor Ghost Hunters will be back at the Bangor Library Saturday for a presentation geared toward adults. The group will talk about experiences they’ve had on ghost hunts and bring some of the items they’ve taken from places they’ve investigated.

Paranormal Research Team in El Paso


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“We’re investigating paranormal activity throughout the city, but we’re also trying to uncover historical proof of hauntings” said Henry Flores, Director of Fantasmas.

Flores remembers the exact moment when he became interested in the paranormal. At age seven he had an experience he still carries with him everyday and that memory is the reason he keeps on investigating the unknown.

“I would see a lady just walk by…later on it became dark. I couldn’t see until I looked up at her face, it was black, she had no sockets. I guess i’m just still looking for that face” said Flores.

The Fantasmas have experienced many different encounters. Flores says after all of his investigations little scares him now a days but that wasn’t always the case.

“We were chasing something it went into this old building. We went after it to see if we could find documented proof…i heard it laugh at me. It wasn’t a human laugh. There were bats in the building. It smelled like flesh and rotten blood. Those are the signs that a demon was in an area” said Flores.

Flores is part of the concordia heritage association. For those that cannot handle the idea of investigating and being part of a paranormal team, the cemetery does offer tours. He says the tours always attract the spirits. For more information you can contact Flores at

The Fantasmas are recording all of their investigations. They want El Paso to have its very own version of ghosthunters.