This Thursday the Logan County Library will be hosting an event to help get the community in the mood for Halloween.
Jeff Yeckering, a paranormal investigator, will be presenting an seminar about what he does when he investigates “ghosts” and other paranormal activities.
“I’ll be talking a lot about the science that’s behind paranormal, because there is a huge science behind it,” Yeckering said. “There is so much more to it than the TV shows you see.”
Yeckering is the founder of OpenDoorz Paranormal Research and lives in Warren County. He and his group will be featured next month on the television show “My Ghost Story Caught on Camera” on the Biography channel.
The program will focus on his investigation of Octagon Hall in Franklin.
“The show will feature video evidence that I videotaped of something that is an electrical process,” Yeckering said. “That’s about as much as I can tell you about it because I’ve signed a contract not to talk about it until it airs.”
Yeckering said Octagon Hall, which was built in 1859, has lots of paranormal activity.
One of the stories that goes along with the house is that its original owner, Andrew Jackson Caldwell, had a brother who was an officer in the Confederate officer during the Civil War.
According to Yeckering, the tale is that Caldwell would always open his home to any Confederate Soldier who needed help.
One time, a wounded soldier came to stay with him who had been shot in the leg. The leg had to be amputated and the soldier was then hidden from the Union army in an upstairs attic. The soldier died there and the attic was closed up for over 100 years. When it was finally opened by a later owner, an old boot with part of a leg bone was found inside the attic.
The soldier was buried on the grounds of Octagon Hall and the boot and leg bone was then laid to rest with him, Yeckering said.
Yeckering has never conducted an investigation in Russellville, but he is well aware of the town’s popular ghost story that revolved around the Sexton House.
“I have tried and tried and tried to get in that house (for an investigation),” he said. “But they turned us down.”
Yeckering said that with the number of old historic homes in Russellville, most of them probably have some kind of paranormal activity associated with them.
“There sure is,” he said. “A lot of those old homes so much history, there have been so many generations that have come and passed that there’s bound to be something there.”
The seminar on Thursday at the library will last about an hour and half and the public is invited to attend.