‘There’s something out there’
During the dark and chilly wee hours of Sunday morning, the Indiana Ghost Trackers and their guests huddled around the fire, and several remarked they weren’t going anywhere near where the psychic had described a spectral crew.
The Ghost Trackers made an overnight visit to Battle of Corydon Memorial Park in search of paranormal activity and engaged in activities that some might describe as paranormal.
Shaun Burris begs to differ. He’s the director of the Ghost Trackers’ Terre Haute chapter and speaks matter-of-factly about his pursuit of the supernatural.
‘Ghosts are real,’ Burris, 28, said.
‘I can scientifically prove the existence of them.’
And with Geiger counter, EMF detector, thermal scanner and various other data-gathering apparatus in his possession, Burris came to Corydon last weekend to do just that.
One of Burris’ more memorable expeditions was to the site of the Battle of Gettysburg and, as the only other recognized Civil War battle fought north of the Mason-Dixon line, the Battle of Corydon was judged to be a fitting follow-up.
While the slumberless party set up camp, Bill Brockman, president of the Battle of Corydon Park Advisory Board, paid them a visit and tendered a history lesson.
On July 9, 1863, the local home guard, about 450 strong, met Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s Raiders on the south hill. Lined up for nearly a mile, the guard held off Morgan’s 2,400 calvary units for about a half hour, Brockman said.
The home guard surrendered, with 11 wounded and five killed. Morgan’s force had 11 men slain and 40 wounded. While in Corydon, Morgan was notified that the South had been defeated at Gettysburg the previous week, Brockman said.
History lesson imparted, Brockman departed more skeptical than scared.
‘I can’t say (ghosts) don’t exist, but I can’t say they do either,’ he offered diplomatically during an interview yesterday.
But it was professional psychic Linda Lee who most captivated the battle park audience with her account of phantasmagoric phenomena.
Lee, 54, has an office in the Natural Touch Spa in Corydon and had read of the Ghost Chasers’ impending visit in The Corydon Democrat.
Lee attended an information meeting at the Harrison County Public Library on Saturday afternoon and curiosity drew her to the battle park that evening.
‘I kept feeling, ‘Turn around. Look behind you,’ ‘ Lee said.
‘I saw four men standing there’ as Brockman was finishing his presentation, she said. ‘Shaun said if we felt or saw anything to let them know. I said, ‘Sean, there are some people standing there in the woods.’ ‘
She described a black man, a young boy and two other men who all appeared to be farmers and skirmishers. She said they all had guns but no military dress other than what appeared to be some sort of military hats.
She said she could tell they weren’t ‘real’ because their appearance had a translucent quality.
Burris directed the infrared thermal scanner to the area indicated by Lee and the temperature readings began to jump, they said.
‘When one of the men got close to it, it jumped extremely high and quit working altogether,’ Lee said.
‘We had some equipment malfunctions that were kind of unusual,’ said Burris, who wasn’t privy to the ethereal visions.
Complaining of being cold and dizzy, Lee sat down. She said the apparitions faded. After an hour, she had collected herself and, she said, the specters returned. It was again time for business unusual.
‘Shaun was asking questions, and I was writing down answers. One of the answers, when (Burris) asked about (a ghost’s) wife, was her name was Emma,’ Lee said.
The trackers played back recordings from a computer which generates static or ‘white noise’ ‘ a medium used by Electronic Voice Phenomenon software to relay audio transmissions from, hypothetically, the dead.
A name was discernible among the static. The sound appeared to take the shape of ‘Emma.’
‘I would have to say that, in the opinion of the Indiana Ghost Trackers, there is something out there,’ Burris said on Monday.
‘We got a lot of activity for one night. Nothing came flying at us, but I have to say the psychic was on to something,’ he said.
Burris plans to compile and analyze all his data and make a complete report on his findings. And he hopes to start a Corydon chapter of the Indiana Ghost Trackers.
‘The people out in Corydon were so cooperative and nice and interested in ghostly phenomenon,’ he said.
Burris also has his sights set on some other area haunting hot spots, including New Albany’s Culbertson Mansion, where, he said, he has yet to be granted access as an investigator of the paranormal.
The Indiana Ghost Trackers is a not-for-profit organization that specializes in home and business investigations. The group is scheduled to appear on the Sci-Fi Channel’s Proof Positive program in August.
The ghost trackers are online at www.indianaghosts.org and are searching for new members.