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Ghost hunter seeks fellow paranormals

Viewpoint by Karen Gavis/se news editor

Well, here it is October, the month of spooky, and I’m still wondering where all the ghost hunters are.

OK, all the nonbelievers go ahead and laugh. Let us pause for a moment until you regain your composure because I know you want to keep reading.

Really, we know ghosts are out there. Y’all just aren’t ready for the idea.

When I first came to TCC, I was hoping to join a paranormal investigating group and get with some like minds. Although there are a few like minds, there are no paranormal clubs on any campus.

When it comes to discussing matters such as ghosts with professors, some are more open-minded than others. One instructor actually encouraged me to send in a video I have from a haunted radio station to be analyzed. He said the first person to provide proof of the paranormal is going to be very rich, which is certainly motivating.

I think what motivates me, though, is curiosity.

Staunch nonbelieving professors are curious, too. While discussing the paranormal, I presented my best photographic evidence to one such professor. After looking over the photographs, he said it made him think.

It doesn’t take much to be a ghost hunter. A sense of adventure and a little curiosity go a long way.

For beginners, a camera with extra batteries (lots of them), a compass, an electromagnetic field detector, audio and video recorders and pen and paper are about all one needs. More in-depth equipment is available, and I would love to get my hands on some of it but am not quite that advanced yet.

Other colleges have ghost hunters. The innkeeper of a Fort Worth bed and breakfast told me a group from TCU frequents that haunt.

Surely, we aren’t scared. Are we?

I will admit I got scared and had to quit hunting for more than a year once. That was after visiting the Winchester House in California when the door to the séance room politely and slowly creaked itself open just as I was about to enter. I think I’m good now, though.

So, if anyone starts a paranormal investigation group, let me know.  Maybe I can tag along.

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