Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Number One Rule In Ghost Hunting

This is the old County Home. To a lot of people this would be an eye sore, as some one called the Smith Auto Parts Store in East Liverpool. But to a ghost hunter, this place looks perfect. Here stands an old haunted mansion waiting to be explored.
But, despite how inviting these buildings looks to any would be ghost hunter, there is one thing that keeps my crew and I from investigating them. We can not get permission to go on this property. We have asked and we were very politely told no. The owners do not have the necessary insurance to cover any one getting hurt. I totally understand that. If you look closely at these buildings, they are in serious decay. Floors and stairs are no doubt weak and who knows what kind of animals live in them. Going in them, especially in the dark is asking to be hurt or worse.
I took all my pictures from the road. The reason I went here was because I talked to some one who said they were in the buildings looking for ghosts and got arrested. That is the last thing you want to have happen. The number one rule when you investigate an area is to get permission from the owners. Even Beaver Creek State Park has that rule if you are going to be in the park after dark. Often people are curious about ghosts and will be happy to allow you access to their property for some thing like that as long as it is done with serious intent. But if the property owner says no, then you must abide by their decision. And there may come a time when the owner changes his mind and calls you back about it. I have had that happen.
Believe me, there are plenty of haunted places in Columbiana County to investigate. While there is no such thing as experts in the field of ghost hunting, there are ghost hunters who act in a professional manner. As long as you do that you build respect for your crew and ghost hunters every where. It only takes one bad apple to spoil it for everyone else.