TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - All Hallow's Eve. It's the day of the dead and it stirs up the question: do you believe in ghosts?
"I want to believe that it exists, but I haven't seen anything that makes me believe there is anything paranormal out there," said Shauna McClure, a ghost hunter in Lafayette.
"I've been to more haunted places than anybody you probably know," explained Haunted Indiana author Mark Meriman. "I've never seen anything or heard anything."
Both Meriman and McClure have seen their fair share of haunted places. They both step foot in places most would run away from. Meriman goes to those places for his books and McClure to simply pursue the paranormal, even though she is skeptical it exists.
"We are asking a question to thin air. Occasionally, we will get something talking back to us," McClure said about ghost hunts she and members of the Lafayette Chapter of Indiana Ghost Trackers go on.
McClure and the Lafayette Chapter of Ghost Trackers use voice recorders while on hunts.
"Someone was talking about there being a red light on on our equipment. Then there is this really creepy laugh. Then it says 'Ooh, Ooh, Ooh red'," McClure said, recalling a ghost hunt where a voice was caught on a recorder.
The group also uses instruments to measure electromagnetic fields. A while back on a ghost hunt near Battle Ground, the group found some mysterious activity.
"We would get a spike in one and just a couple seconds later a spike in the other," McClure said. "Then it would keep going back and forth. It didn't make any sense. No one was moving. There wasn't anything out there."
McClure took News Channel 18 on a ghost hunt. The first stop is at St. Mary's Cemetery in Lafayette, but no supernatural happenings. Then a trip to the Tippecanoe Battlefield showed possible paranormal activity.
"We heard some shuffling while we were walking. It could easily be the wind, an animal or any other rational explanation," McClure explained after the hunt.
So, unfortunately, or fortunately depending on who you are, the Ghost Trackers determined neither site is haunted.
You can try ghost hunting yourself - several smartphone applications are available. News Channel 18 tried it out at the Tippecanoe Battlefield and found some paranormal activity... that is, according to the app.
Benton County residents don't need an app or even ghost hunters to tell them the Fowler Theater is haunted.
Meriman wrote about the haunted Fowler Theater in his book Haunted Travels of Indiana.
"They report sightings of man in a trench coat and fedora, vintage costume for the 1940s, basically where I am standing right now (in the theater), but also out in the lobby, up in the projection booth. The doors are set to shut and open by themselves. The sound of footsteps," Meriman said.
So, do ghosts of soldiers and native americans come back to the battlefield to continue the Battle of Tippecanoe? Or do spirits continue to haunt places that were important during their mortal lives?
"I've talked to some very rational, sane people, who have absolutely no reason to lie or exaggerate," Meriman said. "They told me some very believable stories."
It all comes back to the question: do you believe?
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