Excerpt: READ WITH THE LIGHTS ON
From: THE POLICE STATION
At one point, my husband and I were working together on ghost investigations with a medium from a neighboring town, and he wanted to investigate a haunted police station. The police chief had told this medium that he had been getting complaints from his officers at how creepy it was to work in the building after dark, or overnight. Weird sounds, shadows, flickering lights, and barely audible voices were some of the officers' comments.
The chief was mostly skeptical, himself, but he didn't want a mutiny of his officers, so he invited us down to check it out. The investigation team included 3 mediums, myself included, my husband, and about 5-6 other paranormal investigators, armed with usual ghosthunting tools-meters, audio recorders, video cameras, etc.
We split up into two groups, one going to the jail cells in the back of the building, and one staying in the office area and the evidence lockers/room. Immediately, one male spirit was detected by the evidence lockers (like high school hall lockers) because he was guarding "his stuff", he didn't want it to get stolen.
One of the other investigators got evidence from a mangled bicycle that the owner had died when a car hit him, and he was staying by his bike, waiting for help.
It started getting exciting when the one team at the cells started getting good evidence-photos of light rods, orbs, a spirit of a jailer and a restaurant worker who used to bring food to the prisoners in the 1940s. (Back then, there was a restaurant next door which had a contract to feed the prisoners).
At some point, I wandered away from that group (I wasn't really attached to either group, I was floating between the two, so that each group only had one medium.) I had consistently been drawn to a locked door in the back that had no signage on it. I kept getting the feeling of intense heat, like from a house fire, and stark terror. I wanted to ask the chief, but he was by the cells with everyone else, so I waited.
When the investigation was over, and everyone was discussing their findings, and looking at the evidence, the chief was either verifying them or saying he didn't know. When one of the other mediums asked me, kind of in a challenging way (we don't get along, at all, and she always tries to debunk other mediums) what I had found, if anything, I directed my answer to the chief.
The chief asked me, "I saw you kept going back to that door in the back of the offices, what's so interesting back there?" So, I started telling him what I had sensed, the intense heat and smoke, and the abject terror. The snarky medium laughed at me, but the male medium walked over to the door and stood there a minute, seeing what he could sense. After I was finished, the chief said "I find it very interesting that out of all of you, Kathy was the only one to sense anything in that room. I am impressed. What she is talking about, is a case from awhile back, and that's our most violent case, to date. We had a series of crimes against homeless people, mostly just robbery or assault, but this one was worse. A homeless drunk had broken into a vacant building to get warm one winter night and he fell asleep on the floor. A gang of teenagers saw him, and decided to have some fun, so they took some gasoline and matches and set the guy on fire. He didn't survive. We had to cut a large square of the rug that the homeless man was burned on, as evidence, and it's in that room. You can actually see the imprint of his body in the carpeting. That's why she is getting that information."
Title: READ WITH THE LIGHTS ON, True Ghost Stories
Amazon ebook ASIN: B01KKWKVBK
Release Date: August 16, 2016
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Ghost Stories/Anthology
Print ISBN: 978-1537187914
Born in NY, as the oldest of three siblings, Kathleen was always the responsible one. She did her homework, helped with her younger sister and brother, and to escape from the responsibilities, she read. Lots and lots of books. She has been reading since age 3, and has always paid attention to how words go together. Her careers have always involved writing somehow, either as scripts for TV shows, commercials or other productions, as president of a video production company that she and her husband owned in Florida, or as an editor and proofreader, which is her current career. Kathleen is a member of the Florida Writers Association and the International Association of Professional Writers and Editors.