The Unexplained

By: Phil Dinges Email
By: Phil Dinges Email

We've all been home alone, and thought we heard something strange, but some people say they've seen things that can't be explained. As children we heard stories of spooks, specters and ghosts. Most of us grow up and dismiss the things that go bump in the night. Others though, cling to those stories, and spend their time investigating the unexplained.

It's an age old question. Do ghosts exist? We talked to a long-time paranormal investigator and a Lutheran pastor and they have differing views on the subject of ghosts, but both agree there are things in this world, neither science nor religion can fully explain.

Teresa smith owns the Anderson House in Wabasha, Minnesota. She says she believes ghosts haunt her historic home.

"I did have a couple come down and go 'I can’t do it'. Sorry, you got a really beautiful place, but I just can’t do it'" Smith said.

The 150-year old bed and breakfast sits near the Mississippi River. Some say when the sun goes down, it can be an eerie and sometimes uncomfortable setting.

Chad Lewis asks the questions "are we alone in the universe? What happens when we die?

Lewis is a paranormal researcher and author has been studying the paranormal for years, with an open mind.

"I don't know if we're trying to prove or disprove anything. I think what we are doing is trying to experience something" Lewis said.

Legend says a woman named Sarah was staying in the motel with her husband, a fisherman. One night, he never returned from a day on the river.

Lewis says "she was said to be so distraught over his departure that she took her own life in the building and she eternally waits for his return every night."

One local historian believes she may have jumped from the window of room 25 of the hotel. Two psychics say they believe Sarah’s spirit is still very much alive. During our stay, one guest was so overwhelmed by Sarah’s presence that she broke into tears.

Hypnotherapist Tamara Gleason, tried to console the woman and explain what she was experiencing. "It's not yours ok? It's not yours. You're just feeling her energy ok? She's very very sad but she's moved on ok? This is an empathic impression."

Gleason says "she was picking up on the woman's feelings. They weren't feelings of her own."

Nick Wilson a hotel guest and participant of the ghost hunt said "I think I kind of felt something in one of the rooms up there and it was just kind of like just tingly on the back of my neck and didn't really want to go in there."

Chad Lewis says it’s hard to classify ghosts or even tell how many types there are because there is no concrete evidence they even exist. After looking over our video we shot the night of the ghost hunt we saw a bright ball of light come shooting past the camera. Was this a type of spirit called an orb? Or was it something simpler like a bird, a bug, or a bat? Lewis says that's part of the problem when it comes to paranormal investigations.

Lewis says "this leads us to the old question does seeing equal believing or does believing equal seeing?"

"I need to see something. I need to see an U.F.O. or have some kind of physical connection" said Wilson.

When asked if she believed if ghosts resided on her hotel, Smith answered "I do believe there are spirits here and I do believe they are at peace."

If there even is such a thing as a human spirit, there is no telling for sure what happens to it when we die. Does everything go black? Do we go to heaven or hell? Or do we wander the earth without our physical self?

Pastor Nestingen says "the church's traditional belief about death is that it's not the end of life."

Rolf Nestingen is a pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. He says organized religion would be foolish to not support the idea of ghosts since Christianity includes the Holy Spirit and is based on faith.

“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for. The conviction of things...not seen. Do I believe in ghosts? Yes. Do I believe in eternal life? Yes. Do I believe in heaven and hell? Yes" Pastor Nestingen told us.

But Lewis’s answer was a little different. “Simple answer, I don’t know, but I think that's what keeps me going.”

Lewis says there are some ghost stories that have even been acknowledged by the state and federal government.

The Paulding Light in Michigan is so popular the National Parks Service put up a sign so people can get to the spot, and decide for themselves.

If you are interested in doing your own ghost hunts, there is a long list of gear available to help get you started from, thermal imaging cameras, electromagnetic field or E.M.F. readers, to radiation, sound and light meters. Just open up your favorite web search engine and search for ghost hunting gear. Before you do any ghost hunting, make sure you get permission to be on the property first. Chad Lewis says all you really need is a sense of curiosity and to just go out and have fun.

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  • by Fallon Location: Elk Mound, Wisconsin on Jun 18, 2007 at 09:10 PM
    This article was fabulous!!! Props to the writer!!! I was wondering if there is any video footage available.
  • by Robert Location: Irvine Ca. on May 19, 2007 at 01:36 AM
    Great story thanks for giving both sides of this topic..Bob
  • by Lisa, aka SpiderMeema Location: Michigan on May 14, 2007 at 12:31 PM
    I know, from my personal experiences that there are indeed "ghosts" (spirits, whatever you want to call them)I have done a large amount of taping for EVP's (Electronic Voice Phenomena)in my own home, and it cannot be "debunked"...that is these are actual voices from where I do not know, but they are interactive with me, as they have answered my questions that I have asked, given me their names, made observations of what had been going on at time of the session I was doing. This is REAL, not interference from radios, TV's, baby monitors, computers, etc......They are intelligent, as they answer specific questions I had asked. I have had others listen to what I have recorded, and agree with what is heard! So yes there is "something" to this thing we call Ghosts. How and why it is possible, I don't know, but I will challenge anyone who feels this is "fakery" is what it is, and I will continue to explore and investigate this particular phenomena.
  • by Steve Location: Rome on May 10, 2007 at 01:30 PM
    A very interesting set of posts on ghosts and the paranormal. It's a subject i ahve a great deal of interest in. Please come and visit me at if you want more info on topics like this
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