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Behind Every Cloud is a Kindred Spirit (BECKS)I lost my grandfather when I was 17. I had a VERY difficult time getting over it. How could I still communicate with him? I loved him so much I didn't think I could live without him. I read everything I could get my hands on to do with the "afterlife" and that started it all...the love of Ghost Hunting and the Paranormal. I have been researching the paranormal for over 37 years!! It is my way of staying in touch with my grandfather. Being a Ghost Hunter is not always as exciting as it seems on TV. Many nights I have sat in the dark and not a thing happened. BUT it is those times you DO get that one voice, that one explainable picture or have an experience that sends chills down your back that makes it sooo worth it all!!! My purpose of this blog is not to make people believe in ghosts but maybe to open their minds just a little bit... I LOVE this crazy thing called Ghost Hunting. It is as much a part of me as breathing. I am just a girl that refuses to accept we can't still contact our loved ones after they die. My grandfather won't let me.


Alton, IL

The Unitarian Church, Alton IL

Inside the Unitarian Church, Alton, IL

Alton, IL where slaves were kept.

This is a great place to investigate.  A friend of mine and I went to Alton, IL in 2006 and spent the night in this great old Church. This Church has had its share of bad luck.  It has burned twice, and their Rev. committed suicide. We did the Alton, Ghost tours and got to see a lot of cool places.  Like in the second picture, this was underground of an apartment building where they used to keep slaves in the dark and just barely enough food and water to stay alive.  It was very cold and creepy.  Got to love it!!!  If you get the chance, take a quick trip to Alton, there is soooo much to do and see if you like the paranormal.  http://www.prairieghosts.com/alton.html

The body of Rev. Phillip Mercer, 48, a suicide, was found at 5:15 Tuesday afternoon in the First Unitarian Church of which he had been minister for the last six years and in which his study was located. The church is located at 110 East Third Street.
A piece of sash cord about the neck, his body was found suspended from the transom of a door leading from the Sunday School room at the rear of the church edifice into a hallway from which there is a door leading into the yard of the church.
It is the belief of Deputy Coroner Klunk that the minister had been dead at least 24 hours when his body was found. His neck had apparently been broken, and a chair, standing near the body, indicated that he had stepped from the chair after the sash cord had been affixed.  To this day, his body has never been claimed. 

Reports of ghostly footsteps; mysterious odors; a strange sensation in the basement; feelings of pressure on the back and/or shoulders; doors being unlocked and locked on their own; sensation of a spirit in the sanctuary; sounds of a crowd of people, but no one is in the church.

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