Where are the real haunted places in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area?
By that, of course, we were looking for organized "haunted attractions" like Ann Arbor's Brandywine Cemetery and Night Terrors at Wiard's Orchards in Ypsilanti Township. But today, statewide entertainment reporter John "Gonzo" Gonzalez is asking a different question: What about real haunts?
The full text of Gonzo's post appears below. At the end of this post, leave a comment if you have a story of a real-life haunted location or experience. And if you want to read the comments from elsewhere around the state, check out Gonzo's original post.
GRAND RAPIDS — It's about this time every year when someone asks me, "Have you ever seen a ghost?" Or, "Have you ever been to a REAL haunted house?"
Well, coming off our recent project, searching for Michigan's Best Haunted House Attractions, where I ranked my Top 10, I thought I would throw it out there:
Have you ever been to a real haunted house? Place?
Or maybe seen or head something that can't be explained? Paranormal?
Two years ago I went out to Oakwood Cemetery on Cannonsburg Road, north of Grand Rapids, where a woman has been reportedly seen on the corner. She has always been seen in cold rains or wet snows.
I went there because my friend, Ed "Uncle Buck" Buchanan of WLAV-FM, said it was indeed a haunted place that everyone knows about. He also believes in the Ada Witch and the unexplained noises at the former Michigan Bell Telephone Company Building.
I don't know if you would call my visit to the Oakwood Cemetery as true ghost-hunting. I went along with comedians Tim Cusack and Dave Dyer.
You can check out the video below.
I know there are books, websites and other resources that chronicle paranormal experiences and sightings.
Even Pure Michigan has asked the question: What is haunted in Michigan? They hosted a live chat with Kat Tedsen and Bev Rydel, authors of “Haunted Travels of Michigan.” The book chronicled their adventures exploring haunted places across the state.
Some of their locations (full list):
â€¢ Fort Holmes, Back Trails, Cemeteries, Mission Point Resort, Mackinac Island
â€¢ The Whitney Restaurant, Detroit
â€¢ Terrace Inn, Petoskey
â€¢ Doherty Hotel, Clare
â€¢ Michigan's First State Prison, Jackson
But what about you? Tell me your stories. Use the "comments" below so we all know where NOT to go.