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Last Friday. I spent an evening with A.G.H.O.S.T. -- the Amateur Ghost Hunters Of Seattle/Tacoma. You can read my report at The Morning News.

A big thanks to Mr. Ross Allison and all the A.G.H.O.S.T. members I met -- they were a great group of folks, and I had a fun time. More information about the Amateur Ghost Hunters Of Seattle / Tacoma -- including investigation reports, photographs, and membership information -- is at http://www.theresaghost.com.

Posted on October 30, 2003 to Elsewhere


Nice article -- you had me there at the end! :)

Posted by: Stacey on October 30, 2003 7:25 AM

That story gave me chills. Not about the ghosts, but all the "sensitives" wandering around out there among us!

Did you notice the date on the tombstone?
Happy Birthday Baby Monster.

Posted by: Duane on October 30, 2003 8:14 AM

I used to love roaming around grave yards, not because i believe in ghosts, but mostly because they are quiet and peaceful and they do have a certain since of history. One winter, (about 14 years ago) i was roaming around a cemetery with one of the creepier girlfriends Iíve gone out with (she was most likely like one of the sensetives you mention in your article).Just as it starts to lightly snow, she swears she hears a voice call her name so she grabs my hand and we go running after it. Well after about 15mins of trying to follow this "voice" we decide its a lost cause and decide to start the long walk back. as we are walking i notice that my keys aren't in my pockets. To top it off, the snow started to come down pretty heavy. After a bunch of choice words i decide to retrace our steps in the hope that the snow has not yet hidden my fallen keys, after about 30 mins of searching we are cold, wet, and very worried (mind you this was well before cell phones were common). Dejected we again start the long walk back to the car, with the hopes some one will drive by this deserted part of town. But as we pass the place stella thought she first heard the voice calling her, we notice my keys, on top of a 5 foot tombstone, not covered in snow after at least 45 minutes of steady snow.
It's 14 years later and I still visit the cemetery once a year to say thanks.

Posted by: chris on October 30, 2003 9:22 AM

I've always been struck by how readily ghost hunters will accept the information provided by psychics. A.G.H.O.S.T. seems to rely more on technology, but others like Hans Holzer will visit a supposedly haunted location with a psychic, and present her claims of "a strong presence in this room" etc. as irrefutable proof of ghosts. If they're trying to convince people like me who are disbelievers in both ghosts and psychics, staying a scientific course would be a good idea.

Posted by: Scott Hardie on October 30, 2003 11:53 AM

"Sensitives" huh? That's a pretty interesting term for psychics. I wonder how long it will take for that term to be used in movies?

Great article by the way, as always.

Posted by: Todd on October 30, 2003 11:54 AM

did you hear about these guys from Jake's story at the last show?

Posted by: Jeannie on October 30, 2003 1:12 PM

I'm glad you're letting us comment again, it's been a sad time without it.

Posted by: Jason on October 30, 2003 5:22 PM

That was a great article. I've always been really interested when reading stories such as yours, yet thoroughly creeped out at the same time. Then again, I'm guessing that's probably the appeal for most people.

It seems that everyone either has personally experienced something like what happened to chris, or knows someone who has -- true or not, I love hearing them. As for me, I don't have on myself, but the building I live in now was originally owned by the head of my city's School of Psychiatric Medicine. He would occasionally have patients staying in the rooms of the building, and what's more, he used the basement as a makeshift morgue for when they died (all of this is true, it's been properly documented as he apparently made some medically significant psychiatric findings and was thus important enough to document!) -- it seems like only a matter of time before I have a story of my own!

Posted by: Tim on October 31, 2003 8:30 AM

Why would you go through all that trouble if you don't believe in the possibility of ghosts? Novelty-mongering?

Posted by: Lucas on October 31, 2003 11:17 PM

I loved this article, but "clamber" and "clamor" are two different verbs entirely. Sorry. I'm always the one pointing out the crooked tooth on the supermodel.

Posted by: Nitpicking Yeti-lover on November 2, 2003 6:42 PM