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What Ghost Busters Are Doing in Boulder


Oddly compelling organ music and singing may seep out from Macky Auditorium in Boulder late at night when the building is empty. There are reports of a woman’s eerie shadow in a window and of blood that appears and disappears on the wall and floor of a tower room, the place where Elaura Jaquette was murdered in 1966. To find out if this is simply local lore or perhaps more, Jack Hanley, a European historian working on his doctorate at the University of Colorado, has assembled a team of skeptics, including himself, a psychologist, and an investigative journalist, and joined forces with a team of ghost busters, writes the Daily Camera. The result is a series of five episodes in collaboration with the Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society called “Colorado X: Case Files of the Paranormal,” which explores several local unexplained mysteries.

I ran into the research society in 2006, while working as a reporter for the Colorado Springs Independent, in the newspaper’s office, an old church that was converted into a maze of modern cubicles. The researchers spent a long night wearing headphones, listening to amplified sounds, watching video, and eating M&Ms in hopes of recording an apparition. Everyone got a little creeped out when someone heard distant, somehow blissful voices—perhaps singing—that turned menacing. Even if you’re a hardcore doubter, it’s hard to deny that ghost legends can be great for tourism, as Texas’ Austin American-Statesman discovered in Estes Park.


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