Tuesday, February 08, 2011


Work on a new roller-coaster has stirred up some ghostly activity. Hardly surprising since they were digging fifty-foot foundation holes in an area that was well frequented even in the seventh century. There must have been a lot of travellers killed on that road over such a long time.

The park officials called in experts who stated, through their claimed paranormal contacts, that the ride was on the site of an ancient burial ground. The experts went on to say that they captured a lot more orbs at the site than at other nearby spots. For me, that was a major groan time.

Orbs are dust. This has been demonstrated over and over and over. I've demonstrated it myself. They are reflections picked up by digital cameras which can see infrared. You'd expect a lot more dust, and therefore more orbs, at a building site than on undisturbed ground nearby. It's not rocket science and it's not paranormal science either. My faith in these experts was severely shaken as soon as they came out with the O-word.

And yet they correctly identified the burial ground. Ah, but...

The ride's foundations would have been over 15m (49ft) deep in an area of the theme park where stone coffins have previously been excavated.

The burial ground was already documented. Nil points for that one. Identify a previously unidentified burial ground and be proved right, and you're in business. Identify a known burial site and you're going to get laughed at.

The ghosts, however, are likely to be genuine. They were convincing enough for the entire ride to be moved to another site because the builders refused to work there. I can't see what the builders would gain from having to start all over again somewhere else since they've likely been contracted for a fixed price for the job. They wouldn't do it for fun. They can't negotiate a new price since the builders, not the park owners, wanted the thing moved.

What interests me most of all is that if the builders routinely saw ghosts at the site, why did the 'experts' content themselves with blurry dust photos? Where are the names and the faces of these ghosts? Where is, at the least, a sense of whether these ghosts were angry, distressed, or just interested in what was going on?

'Expert' doesn't seem to mean what it used to.

Oh, and headless ghosts are not necessarily ghosts of the beheaded. Close your eyes and imagine yourself. You can picture your body, arms and legs easily because you see them every day. It's harder to picture your head because that's where your eyes are.

Now imagine you had to manifest as a spirit. You can check your arms and legs are in the right place but you have no way to tell if you've manifested your head at all.

'Headless' can mean no more than 'Well, I thought it was there...'


Southern Writer said...

It will be interesting to see what they find if they do excavate some of it.

I used to be in that business. My first husband built amusement rides. We lived in a park that used to be in New Orleans, at Lakeshore Drive & Elysian Fields. There was an old wooden coaster there. Someone has to walk the tracks of those old coasters every day to check all the nuts & bolts of the things to ensure their safety. There's a catwalk that runs the length of the track made for that purpose.

I didn't know this particular coaster guy--he was before my time--but my husband knew him. He was on the catwalk near the steep drop that began the ride, where people are loaded into the carts. For some unknown reason, he decided to jump onto the lead car when it came down the hill. He jumped too soon. It was not pretty. He lost his head and both legs at the knees.

We lived right beside that coaster. One night while I was outside, I saw a column of fog--the only fog around--although on the other side of the park, maybe 75 to 100 yards away was Lake Pontchartrain, which I guess could be an explanation for it--and it moved right along the tracks, never wavering from them. I mentioned it to my husband, who then told me about John Reefer, the old coaster guy.

Romulus Crowe said...

SW - sounds interesting indeed.

It does beg one question - was the column of fog John Reefer, or was it what caused him to jump that day?

He would have known the dangers and how fast that ride was going, so maybe he saw something that made him risk jumping onto the cars?

Unfortunately, we're unlikely to ever know.

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