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commack, New York
October 10, 2008
September 23, 2004
The next day we began our quest of the best ghost tour in Salem. I collected brochures. The one brochure that caught our attention was Spellbound Tours. It was not the slickest brochure, but it said all the right things. It mentioned vampire hunting, which got Patrick going; its motto was "Alternative Tours for the Intelligent Traveler," which got my interest; it claimed the tour leader was a licensed ghost hunter and a certified parapsychologist, which made it legit for Chris; and Breana loved the photos of the pretty blonde lady in spooky capes. We had found our tour.
We stopped by the office to buy tickets. We were promised a night like no other. We would see real ghost photos. We would do a real ghost and vampire hunt. We couldn't wait!
We all met in front of the Visitor Center at 8pm. Mollie Stewart, the owner, gives the tours. She was a middle-aged woman, dressed all in black.
The tour took us around a graveyard, where she claimed that if we snapped photos, we might capture ghosts in our photos. Everyone went in and snapped away. She sat at the gate and waited for us.
We saw the old jail, the site where the older jail had stood years ago - here was where the witches were held (it's now an office building). We saw another office building where she claimed a ghost lived, but we were not allowed to go inside any building. There wasn't a whole lot of information given, and Ms. Stewart did not like questions. One lady asked where "boo" comes from, and she just rolled her eyes and answered, "I don't know."
No vampire or ghost hunting. The only vampire information came at the end of the tour when she told us there were "no real vampires."
I was waiting for those "real" ghost photos. At the end of the tour, she pulled out a small photo album of 4X6 photos and stood on a bench, at least 13 feet away from the audience, and then flipped through her book very quickly. You couldn't see a thing. She showed us orbs, which we in the photo business call light spots. We try to avoid them; she claimed they were ghosts on film. She showed us photos of smoke and claimed they were ghosts. I was not convinced.
I tried to take a photo for IGOUGO of her holding up her small book of photos, and she went wild. She put down her book and told me that if I wanted ghost photos, I needed to get my own. She seemed very protective that nobody would examine her book of light spots and smoke!
I think we picked the wrong brochure.
From journal Salem - More than just witches.