Haunted NW Ohio; A ghost hunt with Meteorologist Kimberly Newman

Photo of the 1960 California Polytechnic University Football Team; 16 players died in a plane crash two days before Halloween at Toledo Express Airport. (Special Collections and Archives, California Polytechnic State University)

A Rem-pod, a K2 meter, and an EM pump. These aren’t forecasting tools, they’re ghost hunting devices. As Meteorologist Kimberly Newman tells you; it’s not a game for the faint of heart.

“Irving, Irving!”

Paranormal communicator, Chris bores says, “All of a sudden two words popped on this thing. Paranormal enemy!”

I was on a mission to find some of the spookiest locations in Northwest Ohio.
Heading out, first, on my own, I went to a site surrounded by urban legend and folklore; Gibbs Bridge. Legend has it that the bridge is haunted by the victims of a fatal car crash.
People have reportedly felt a strong presence on Gibbs bridge, even alleged being chased off the single-lane embankment by a shadowy figure. Since ‘I ain’t afraid of no ghosts’, I was sure I’d be able to bring proof of the supernatural back to the newsroom.

But, while it’s tough to capture paranormal activity on camera, regardless of whether you’re a professional or an amateur ghost hunter, the real challenge is deciding if what you saw was real or if your mind is playing tricks on you.
The combination of the steady rain, cool temperatures and my general uneasiness led me away from Gibbs Bridge, for good.

It was then, that I knew; I needed help.

I sought advice from a local ghost hunter, touting the use of his own brand of discarnate psychology.
Paranormal communicator, Chris Bores says, “Some of the best ghost hunters will tell you, just don’t research ghost hunting. Research psychology, research ancient history because it all comes together at some point.”

Chris Bores is a pioneer in the local paranormal communication community.
He says, “We find that these spirits are human, they have the same emotions as we do. They laugh, they joke around, they get angry.”
He showed me how the professionals approach a conversation with ghostly beings, saying, “You want to get this thing to blink on command. And when it blinks on command, once or twice or three times, you know you’re actually talking to something.”
Another tool used, the Ovilus, “takes an energy in an area and associates a word to it,” according to Bores.

Using these tools, Bores tested his skills in December of 2015, when he attempted to tap into a local hot-bed of paranormal activity— the site of two significant crashes since the 1960s; Toledo Express Airport.

Our local airport houses several employees who’d reported experiencing odd things for the past several years.

Most notably, in 1960, two days before Halloween, a twin-engine vintage world war two aircraft crashed on takeoff. An investigation determined that the plane was 2,000 pounds overweight. It broke in two—catching on fire on impact after taking off in incredibly foggy conditions. Twenty-two of the forty-eight people on board were killed, including sixteen players from the California Polytechnic football team.

It’s because of this crash that the FAA prohibited takeoff for commercial aircrafts when visibility was below ¼ mile.

A second, lesser-known crash, in 1992 killed all passengers aboard a McDonnell Douglas DC-8 military flight.

During a ghost hunt at Toledo Express Airport, Chris Bores asks, “Did you work for the military?” The K2 meter spiked.
It’s a victim of this second crash that Chris Bores believes to have connected with in the spiritual world.

Retelling the story to me later, Bores says, “Everyone in the room felt this electrical surge. In my ten years of doing this, I’ve never felt anything like this.”
Perhaps stuck between worlds, Bores tells me the ghost finally felt resolve after making her presence and identity known.

Finally, it was time for my own paranormal encounter. All I had to do was pick the place.
Through research and advice, we decided to come to one of the most notoriously haunted locations in Northewest Ohio, Ravine Cemetery in Sylvania. I was a little nervous.

We were joined by the founders of the Toledo Ohio Ghost Hunters Society, Butch Leon and Harold St. John.
Their enthusiasm frightened me a bit.
Harold St. John exclaimed, “We’re in a cemetery that’s allegedly haunted. Where else would I be on a Friday night?”

Using theories of quantum physics the Toledo Ohio Ghost Hunters Society bases their practice on scientific evidence.
Harold St. John adds, “I think science can play a big role in this, especially when it comes to the theory of energy. What Einstein proved with the theory of energy; it cannot be created, cannot be destroyed. No beginning, no end to it. So that’s what I think we’re trying to do is capture the energy or the essence of something.”

While a suspected haunting can often be blamed on a drafty window or a malfunctioning furnace, Harold doesn’t waiver in his belief.
He says, “They’re rare, but yes. They’re very real. There’s something out there that exists that we can’t explain.”

Once we were set up at Ravine Cemetery, we began by hunting down the headstone of one—Irving Stow.
According to Harold, “Irving Stow was the caretaker [of Ravine Cemetery] he passed away in 1962 at 82 years old.”
It’s assumed that he’s one of the only people who knows the origin of the story of Ravine Cemetery’s ghost bride. I set my sights on learning more about this long-forgotten romantic tragedy.

Harold tells me, “They called her a virtuous woman in her late teens.”

In the 1800s, a woman was widowed three times over, each of her husbands meeting an untimely death. Desperate for a family, after her first husband died, she sought out love a second time. She was grief stricken, but she waited a year, the mourning process back then, and got married to a second husband. Once again, shortly after this marriage, he passed away as well! Her third husband had ultimately the same fate.

Members of the Toledo Ohio Ghost Hunters Society believe all three husbands are buried with our ‘virtuous woman’ at Ravine.

After spending the final 30 years of her life a single widow, surviving family members couldn’t decide which of her three husbands to bury her with. So she was laid to rest in a plot all by herself.

We tried to contact Irving Stow to find out more.

Our EVP session lasted less than 10 minutes, but it was all my weak heart could take. Even the guys were beginning to spook one another.

After our ghost hunt, Butch Leon tells me, “When we do an [Electronic Voice Phenomenon] session like that, we try to do it as respectfully as we can. What we try to do is ask [the ghost] what they’re trying to do or what they’re trying to get across or see if they’re trying to cross over.”

After an EVP session, Harold told me that analyzing the material may take up to 80 hours! Before wrapping, they always attempt to show their appreciation to the dead.

Harold sends his regards, “Thank you, Mr. Stow. We don’t mean you any disrespect. We want to thank you for allowing us to have a conversation with you.”

So what was the final verdict?

Butch says it’s uncertain, “Its up in the air.”

Ghosts of over 20 different varieties may have any number of reasons for sticking around. Harold and butch do their best to figure out what that is.

Harold adds, “Why they’re mischievous or why they’re bothering the people or if they have a message to give us.”

And as for the ghost bride?

Butch says, “Maybe someday hopefully she’ll find all three of them!”

But Harold adds, “The mystery continues.”

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