In yet another story of ghost hunters being denied access to a location, The Republic in Columbus, Indiana reports that county commissioners have denied a request by local paranormal investigators to investigate a supposedly haunted house.
The Indiana Society for Paranormal Investigations asked permission this week to come in at night and search the dilapidated brick structure for traces of ghosts.
But commissioners in the southern Indiana county say there’s already been enough research done at the former home for the old, infirm and mentally ill that was built in 1878 and abandoned in 2002.
Another group visited the home last year with equipment such as electromagnetic field detectors, voice recorders and laser beam motion detectors. The Herald-Times of Bloomington reports the group told commissioners they detected no ghosts but did encounter a number of low-flying bats.
The interesting thing here is the question of why the request was denied. It’s obviously not a “respect for the dead” or a “respect for the mentally ill” issue, as they’ve already allowed paranormal investigators in. It’s quite possible that they believe there’s been enough research done, as they claim, but this article only mentions one other group. Maybe they’re afraid of another group coming in and possibly finding some evidence, which would then create a buzz about the place, and naturally lead to more teams requesting investigations, as well as the token trespassers. We goof a lot on businesses who want to be haunted for better business here at The Occult Section, but this is the other side of the coin. Some places would rather that the stories die away. This might be one of those cases.