SPRINGFIELD - The capital city may be a bustling metropolis by day, but rumor has it, there's paranormal activity at night. Alex Davis has this spooky report.
Springfield is rich in history and politics. "We certainly feel there is some strong energy here" says Dave Roberts of the Capital Area Paranormal Society. The town totes ties to Abraham Lincoln and many of the curious wonder if his spirit still lingers here.
"Everything is made up of energy and it never dies" says Roberts "[It] never goes away so there's what we call residual energy."
But, not everyone is keen on talking about our 16th President and his spirit, especially at the coveted Lincoln Home National Historic Site. "As far as any odd stories, any unique occurrences, there really has been nothing" says Tim Townsend, the historian for the Lincoln Home.
But, some in the paranormal field tell a different tale of Springfield and the house the Lincolns lived in for over two decades. "We give folks all the strange and bizarre stories of Lincoln's life and his death" says Garrett Moffett of Springfieldwalks.com. Moffett hosts "Lincoln's Ghost Walk." He has a tour catered to Lincoln and Mary Todd and their interests in spiritualism in the early 1860s.
"The Lincolns were known for being somewhat involved in spiritualism in Washington during those White House years" says Moffett. "There is some belief that they may have had an interest in that here in Springfield."
But, since we wanted to pay our respects to Lincoln and his home, we took the Capital Area Paranormal Society over to the Statehouse instead. "Spirits like to go to areas where there's a lot of alive people" says Roberts. "Actually, they draw a lot of energy from people coming through here and of course being a political arena, there's going to be a lot of high energy conversations and debates and things like that. So, it'd be a really good source."
Equipped with recorders, K2 meters, and dowsing rods, we attempted to communicate with spirits, asking them if they have an answer to one of the biggest problems facing Illinois lawmakers.
"Do you have a solution Illinois nearly $100 billion pension crisis?"
Unfortunately, the spirits didn't respond to us. At least, not in a way we could understand.