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Timothy CoffeySan Diego County, with its wealthy charm and friendly grace, doesn't seem like the place that the ghostly dead would inhabit, but they do, according to a local author and 15-year police veteran.
Retired Oceanside police detective John Lamb insists in his new book "San Diego Specters," that the frights of the night are real and that the San Diego area is one of their most popular spooking grounds.
Even though 15 percent of the American population reported ghost sightings an the oldest ghost story can be traced back to 500 B.C., not everyone believes in their existence.
"Most of us live in a mundane world and ghosts are something we can't control," he said.
They most often appear as transparent beings and rarely stay in one spot -vanishing slowly or quickly dissapearing and reappearing in another location. Unknown sounds, displaced items only to be found in unusual places and sudden cold spots are all part of the phenomenon. A change in temperature can range from a seven to 10 degree difference al the way to 23 degrees, according to a University of Illinois study.
The most unheralded part of the ghost phenomena, Lamb said, is that unlike the movies they are very unlikely to attack or purposely scare you. We might well scare them," he said.
Ghosts stories should be nothing new to an area rich in historical gore, Lamb said.
Battles between early settlers and pirates and Native Americans resulted in bloody slaughters on both sides. And in the early days of San Diego, a hungman's noose was the preferred form of capital punishment in Old Town. Therefore it should not surprise anyone that one of the few U.S. Department of Commerce "authenticated" haunted houses in American-the Whaley House-is built upon the site of Old Town's public gallows.... ( Daily Californian)