Haunted Ohio: Restless Spirits


Haunted Ohio IV: Restless Spirits, includes list of haunted places open to the public, bibliography, indexes, 224 pp

Over 100 Ohio ghost tales including the spirits of "Mistress Suzanne," a murdered bride who showed a honeymoon couple to their room, the "pasta-geist" who craved raw macaroni, "Bernie," the ghost with an attitude problem, and a phantom train still rushing to its fiery doom. You'll discover a haunted mirror, a phantom house, a ...

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Haunted Ohio IV: Restless Spirits, includes list of haunted places open to the public, bibliography, indexes, 224 pp

Over 100 Ohio ghost tales including the spirits of "Mistress Suzanne," a murdered bride who showed a honeymoon couple to their room, the "pasta-geist" who craved raw macaroni, "Bernie," the ghost with an attitude problem, and a phantom train still rushing to its fiery doom. You'll discover a haunted mirror, a phantom house, a skeletal ghost. Visit the Hotel Fort Piqua, a haunted orphanage in Lebanon, and a stately Masonic temple in Dayton (with a ghost as a guide.)

Stories from the following Ohio counties: Adams, Allen, Ashland, Ashtabula, Athens, Auglaize, Belmont, Brown, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Columbiana, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Darke, Delaware, Erie, Franklin, Fulton, Gallia, Geauga, Greene, Guernsey, Hamilton, Hancock, Harrison, Henry, Highland, Hocking, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Lake, Licking, Logan, Madison, Marion, Medina, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Monroe, Ottawa, Pickaway, Pike, Preble, Putnam, Ross, Sandusky, Scioto, Seneca, Shelby, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Van Wert, Vinton, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Williams, Wood.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780962847257
  • Publisher: Kestrel Publications
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Series: Haunted Ohio Series
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 633,276

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Excerpt from Haunted Ohio IV: Restless Spirits
Copyright © 1997 Chris Woodyard


It was three a.m. Things were pretty quiet around Urbana: all the fights were over and there were few cars on the streets. As they drove their police cruiser by Urbana High School, Officer Brian Cordial and his partner Dave Reese noticed a car parked on the east side of the school. There didn't seem to be anyone in the car, but they pulled up behind it. Brian told Dave to radio dispatch their location and run a stolen-vehicle check.

"As I was talking to Dave, I could see in the passenger's side mirror, a young teenage girl with long, straight light-colored hair and a thing build ducking down as if attempting to hide from the cruiser. I knew she was looking at me because the two of us made direct eye contact.

"I told Dave there was a girl in the car and that I would go check the girl and send her on her way."

Brian got out of the cruiser slowly. Police officers know that routine traffic stops are one of the most dangerous parts of their job. Brian assumed the worst he was going to find was an entangled teenaged couple, but he walked carefully as he approached the passenger side of the car. "I figured the girl was just a local kid out with her boyfriend, ducking down in the driver's seat."

A few more steps and Brian shone his flashlight into the car. He couldn't believe what he saw: the car was empty.

"I did a double take. I knew I had seen somebody in that mirror. There wasn't anyone at all in the car. I stepped back, confused. I walked slowly around the back of the car and back to the passenger side. I still didn't see anyone in the car. But I could still see her in the mirror, looking right at me! Her expression was like, 'Oh, gosh, here come the police!' I shined my light in the car again. Nothing. It spooked me."

Dave radioed in the out-of-county license plate. There was no problem, the car wasn't stolen; there were no warrants out for the owner. Dave saw Brian walking slowly around the car and back to the passenger side and he wondered why Brian was acting so funny, why he wasn't talking to the girl.

Dave got out of the cruiser. "What are you doing, man?" he asked Brian who seemed extremely jittery.

"Stand right there," Brian told Dave. "Just tell me what you see in that car. Look at the passenger-side mirror." Brian could still see the girl in the mirror, looking at them. He wondered if Dave saw her too or were his eyes playing tricks on him?

Dave looked. "Brian, there's a girl in there! Go back to the car and tell her to get on her way."

"What does she look like?" Brian wanted to confirm that Dave was seeing what he was seeing.

"Thing, long blonde hair, just a kid."

"I see her too, but, man, there is nobody in that car," Brian said.

They went back to the cruiser. "There she was again," Dave recalled, "looking at us. It knocked me for a loop. She was young and had blonde hair. There was nothing real distinguished about her. All I could make out was a face."

Later Brian told me, "We got back in our cruiser and got out of there. Knowing that there was no one in the car, we sped away from the school and we never went back that night. The next day the car was gone."

Dave said, "I've often thought about it. We checked so many cars on that shift that it would be hard to find that particular one. But it wasn't stolen. There was nothing strange about it in the computer. "After that we went straight to my house and sat there for a long time. It spooked both of us. Brian said he thought we saw a ghost. It was real plain. I don't know what it was. I looked in there. The car was locked, but there were no blankets or anything that people could have been hiding under."

Traditional ghostlore says that ghosts are often visible in mirrors. Was the blonde girl a murdered runaway? An accident victim? Or, possibly, a phantom hitchhiker, just along for the ride.

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Table of Contents

Prelude: Dead Man Walking
1. Houses of Horror: Places you wouldn't want to live
2. Haunted Highways: Highway and transport ghosts
3. You Always Haunt the One You Love: Ghostly relatives
4. The Can-Do Spirit: Helpful ghosts
5. Ghosts that Would Crack a Mirror: Ugly apparitions and hostile hauntings
6. Lions and Tigers and Scares, Oh My!: Strange and ghostly animals
7. Possessed Possessions: Objects with something extra
8. They're Baaaaack: Return to Haunted Ohio
9. A Ghostly Miscellany: A potpourri of poltergeists
10. Doom at the Inn: More haunted inns and taverns
11. A Séance of Spooks: Multiple hauntings
12. Ghosts of the Living: Doppelgangers and Vardogers
13. Murder Most Phantom: Ghostly murder victims
14. Working-Class Stiffs: More ghosts in the workplace
15. "You Can Call Me George": The ghost at the Masonic Temple
Appendix 1: Fright Bites: More mini-tales of the macabre
Appendix 2: Haunted Places: Sites open to the public
More Ghostly Tales
Index, general and by location

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2002

    Haunted Ohio books are the greatest!

    I have read all of the Haunted Ohio books, being from Ohio myself and growing up in an old historic town, where many of the citizens have ghost stories of their own,and loving stories about ghosts myself. I just couldn't put these books down! I would go to the library and borrow whatever ones I could get and read one after another! Chris even talks about a well known Haunted hill in my own town! I think anybody that lives in Ohio and interested in the paranormal can really enjoy these books because there is always a haunted place not far from where they live. Even people that don't live in Ohio can enjoy and appreciate this very spooky well written book of true life accounts of ghost stories! I highly recommend any of the Haunted Ohio books to anyone who wants to be scared out of their wits.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 1999

    Chris Woodyard is an excellent storyteller

    I have always been fascinated by ghost tales and upon moving to Ohio I naturally became curious about ghost tales in Ohio. From beginning to end Chris relates the stories as she was told or experienced herself. Her accounts of ghosts are accurate. For example I have always loved going to The Air Force Museum at Wright-Patt Air Force Base. But I always felt uneasy being there and would not go near some exhibits. Now I know why after reading her wonderful books. I highly recommend this book to all ghost seekers.

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