Things that go bump in the night

We couldn’t have picked a better night for The Evening Sun’s annual ghost hunting excursion. The moon, just shy of full, shone brightly through the broken cloud cover which blanketed the night sky. The only thing missing was the howling of some fanged beast to make it truly spooky.

This year, we selected the sleepy little village of Oxford for our foray into the paranormal. Graciously agreeing to join us on our investigation were two mediums: Audrey Aitken, who has served as our spirit guide on more than one prior occasion, and her friend, Marie, whose full identity we were asked not to reveal.

Our lineup included three stops, the first of which was the Oxford Memorial Library. Situated in one of the village’s most historical structures, the public library is one of the most distinctive edifices in Oxford. And we included it on our list at the behest of our esteemed editor, Jeff Genung. Not only did Jeff’s mother work at the library for many years, but he himself clocked more than a few hours there as a teen. His own experiences there, coupled with tales his mother had told him over the years, intrigued the rest of us as well.

Library Director Nancy Wilcox was gracious enough to give us access to the building, and even provided us a guide: Library Trustee Matt Voce.

We had quite the crew with us this year, in addition to our mediums and ES staffers - myself, Jeff, Melissa deCordova, Brian Golden and Tyler Murphy - a few significant others tagged along. Steve and Sherry Behe joined us at this first stop as well. (Extending the invitation to them as well was the least we could do, really, since their establishment was to be our second stop.) In all, there were 12 of us, plus Matt, tromping around the library after hours, searching for signs of spirit activity.

After a thorough exploration of both the main and second floors of the structure, we headed down the block to our second location, which as previously alluded to, was Behe Funeral Home.

The funeral home also had a tie to Jeff’s family, as Steve’s father purchased the business from our editor’s grandfather, Linn Seymour. Our paranormal investigation and the accompanying history lesson took us through much of the house, including the deepest darkest reaches of the cellar.

We said good-bye to both the Behes and the deCordovas as we departed the funeral home, and walked through the chilly night to our final destination, a private residence which backs up to Riverview Cemetery. The family which owns the home had told us there was a lot of “activity,” and were eager for the mediums to confirm their belief that they weren’t the only beings occupying the house. The stories they told - of visions of a skulking man in the middle of the night, the specter of a young girl running up and down the stairs, the almost constant sound of footsteps overhead, and a third-floor apartment which seemed to repel prospective tenants – made the opportunity too good to pass up.

The home’s proximity to Oxford’s city of the dead, led us to end our excursion with a stroll along the outskirts of the moonlit graveyard.

Read of our individual experiences on this year’s Ghost Hunt below.

If you dare...

Jeff Genung

I was always right there with Fox Mulder ... I soooo wanted to believe. And that’s how I’ve approached each of our Evening Sun ghost hunts – with an open mind and a willingness, an eagerness, to believe.

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