Gale Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained: 003 by Brad Steiger, Sherry Hansen Steiger

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Beyond Belief. New York: Scholastic, 1991. Famous Haunted Houses and Places n a Gallup Poll conducted in May 2001, 42 percent of the respondents said that they believed that houses could be haunted by ghosts or spirits of the dead. Psychoanalyst Dr. Nandor Fodor theorized that genuinely haunted houses were those that had soaked up emotional unpleasantness from former occupants. Years, or even centuries, later, the emotional energy may become reactivated when later occupants of the house undergo a similar emotional disturbance.

Some of the spookiest lights on record are the ones linked popularly to ghosts and their haunting grounds. In the little town of Silver Cliff, Colorado, ghost lights have plagued the local cemetery since 1880. Silver Cliff is itself almost a ghost town: In 1880 it boasted a population of 5,087; by the 1950s it had only 217 inhabitants. The ghost lights reached the mass media in the spring of 1956 in the Wet Mountain Tribune, and on August 20, 1967, in the New York Times. Local folklore has it that the lights were first seen in 1880 by a group of miners passing by the cemetery.

The sticks did not strike the boys with much force, and, with a great deal of laughter, the boys scooped the sticks up and hurled them back into the thicket. Once again, the sticks came flying back out. The observer cut notches in several of the sticks with his knife before the boys once again returned the witch’s volley. He was able to identify his markings when the playful entity once again flung the sticks from the thicket. The witch was not so gentle with the scoffers who came to the Bell home to expose the manifestations as trickery.

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