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Mackinac’s chilling ghost stories

October 31, 2012
Associated Press

MACKINAC ISLAND (AP) - Northern Michigan has its share of chilling ghost stories, but Mackinac Island is famous for its bloody history, old buildings and along with that, more than a few ghost stories.

Todd Clements leads haunted history tours on the island.

The ghosts move around. People see them in different buildings around the island, said Clements. Mackinac Island is very active when it comes to paranormal activity.

The history as well as geology, he said, lends to the numerous ghost sightings there.

The island is full of limestone and that transmits electrical charges and electricity, he believes, is used by ghosts to reveal themselves to the living.

One stop along his tour, said Clements, is a ghost hot spot.

Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island is known to draw paranormal enthusiasts for the stories that visitors tell after staying there and was featured recently on SyFy Channels popular Ghost Hunters television show.

The resort was built in the 1950s by the Moral Re-Armament movement. The building housed the world headquarters of the international moral and spiritual movement that strived to cultivate world peace.

In 1966, the building was donated to be used as Mackinac College, a four-year school that graduated only one class in 1970. It has been used as a hotel since the 1970s.

"Our most famous ghost was a student at the school," said Clements.

The tour leaders named the ghost Harvey, although that is not the student's real name.

"That ghost is one we come across a lot," he said. "He's a flirt with women and a practical joker with men."

The history behind the ghost story, according to Clements, is that the young man had a girlfriend at the college who he was in love with and wanted to marry.

But when he proposed to her, she turned him down, said Clements. Legend goes, he went into the woods and committed suicide.

The student went missing from campus in February and was not found until July. "They ruled it a suicide at the time," said Clements. "But, we believe there was another guy involved in his death."

Clements says he spoke with a state police officer who reviewed the case and learned that the student had died from two gunshot wounds to the head and the gun was not found by the body.

"We get the word shotgun a lot on electronic voice phenomenon recording devices," he said. "The funny thing is, the shotgun wasn't found but we hear shotgun."

"We also hear soundstage," he said, which led him to believe the gun may have been hidden in the soundstage at the resort. But, the stage is very large, the second largest in the world when it was built, and he has not found anything.

Clements also reports having heard the disembodied voice of a woman humming a song at the resort, which he says he has recorded with audio equipment.

"We don't know her entire story," said Clements. But, he says she sets off electrical meters, tools he believes pick up on the presence of ghosts.

Mission Point is not the only location on Mackinac Island where reports of ghosts have been made.

Clements estimates there have been about 100 individual ghosts reported on Mackinac Island including soldiers, Native Americans, summer workers and tourists.

Several staff members of Loon Feather gift shop have reported to Clements that they saw a person standing at the back of the store when it was closed and heard the name Josh called out when they were alone there.

"An ax flew off the wall and almost hit someone in the head at the store," said Clements.

The Wawashkamo Golf Club on the island is in the vicinity of a battlefield during the War of 1812.

"American soldiers were buried where they died during the battle," he said. People have reported seeing soldiers standing out on the golf course.

He enjoys leading the tours because when people think they've sensed ghosts it changes everything they think about life and death and everything they think is real, said Clements.

 
 

 

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