Illinois' capitol may be a bustling metropolis by day, but
rumor has it there's paranormal activity in Springfield at night.
Springfield is rich in history and politics.
"We certainly feel there is some strong energy here,"
said Dave Roberts of the Capitol Area Paranormal Society.
The town totes ties to Abraham Lincoln, and many of the
curious wonder if his spirit still lingers here.
"Everything is made up of energy and it never dies,
never goes away so there's what we call residual energy," said Roberts.
But not everyone is keen on talking about our 16th president
and his spirit.
Especially at the coveted Lincoln home national historic
"As far as any odd stories any unique occurrences there
really has been nothing," said Tim Townsend, a Lincoln Home Historian.
But some in the paranormal field tell a different tale of
Springfield and the house the Lincoln's lived in for over two decades.
"We give folks all the strange and bizarre stories of Lincoln's
life and his death," said Garrett Moffett of Lincoln's Ghost Walk.
He has a tour catered to Lincoln and MaryTodd and their
interests in spiritualism in the early 1860's.
"The Lincoln's were known for being somewhat involved
in spiritualism in Washington during those White House years, and there is some
belief that they may have had an interest in that here in Springfield,"
But since we wanted to pay our respects to Lincoln and his
home, we took the capitol area paranormal society over to the statehouse
"Spirits like to go to areas where there's a lot of
alive people. Actually they draw a lot of energy from people coming through here
and of course being a political arena, there's going to be a lot of high energy
conversations and debates and things like that, so it'd be a really good
source," said Roberts.
Equipped with recorders, K–2 meters, and dowsing rods we
attempted to communicate with spirits, asking them if they have an answer to
one of the biggest problems facing Illinois lawmakers.
"Do you have a solution to Illinois' nearly 100–Billion
dollar pension crisis?"
And with yes or no answers we couldn't get much of a plan
from them after that.
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