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Have you had a ghostly encounter?Posted Thursday, September 13, 2007, at 11:15 PM
Do you believe in ghosts? Have you actually ever seen a ghost, thought you might possibly have seen a ghost or are you uncertain as to whether or not you saw a ghost?
I'll admit I don't believe in ghosts…and for those who believe I suppose I should also admit one or more ghosts could be with me at the moment and I wouldn't realize I had some unusual company.
Many years ago I went with a group of young people who wanted me to see the ghost along the railroad track in Chapel Hill when the Chapel Hill Light was at its peak.
Another time I went with a deputy to rid a Shelbyville home of ghosts.
My third ghostly encounter, if that is a proper term, pertains to something I captured on film while taking a very serious picture.
While with the young people at the Chapel Hill Light, I set up a camera with very large lens attached at their request for the purpose of taking a long time exposure of the ghost along the tracks.
Several people were there, some who had been there many times, all wanting to see the ghost doing his thing.
I saw what they were referring to as the ghost and then, being a non-believer, looked for the source of the light along those shiny tracks. It didn't take long. What I saw was the lights from a car on a road in the vicinity of the tracks, possibly with lights on bright, striking those shiny tracks sometime on one track and then on the other. Nope, I didn't even tell them what I was seeing as opposed to what they were attributing to a ghost with a lantern.
The time I helped the deputy rid the home of ghosts was really pitiful. A poor elderly widow was hallucinating. He explained to me on the way there he was only going to try to help her find some peace and get some rest.
We devised a plan to get rid of the ghosts.
Bless her heart, she pointed out four of them hiding in various places in her living room. I recall one was under a small cushion on her couch and another in a magazine rack and really can't remember now where the others were hiding.
One by one we captured them. After a brief struggle we would take them out to his patrol car and slam the door so she could hear it. We felt almost ashamed of ourselves as she thanked us profusely. But it worked. The dear sweet lady got some rest that night.
I won't mention the particulars of the case for fear of offending a family that has suffered enough. It was routine crime scene pictures of a murder victim. When printing the pictures in the darkroom I noticed something on the wall above the victim, a light area that resembled angel wings.
My first thought was a tiny piece of lint on the negative. I carefully brushed off the negative and printed it again. The wings were still there. I washed that particular negative again. I printed it the third time and the wings remained on the wall. It was eerie, but I still attribute it to a flaw in the negative, bad developing or perhaps glare from the flash on a certain place on the wall.
Have you ever had a ghostly encounter? Tell us about it.
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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.