By Mark Wolf
Why should we be surprised that state capitols are haunted? Grand old buildings whose histories overflow with tales of heartbreak, passion, dastardly and sometimes deadly deeds would seem the perfect repository for those caught between worlds -- and we don't just mean undecided voters.
Footsteps in the hall, a shiny figure of a man in a 1970s-style leisure suit (now THAT is scary) and other purported paranomal activity is recounted in a new video produced by Oregon Legislative Media.
Nebraska lore has it that an invisible man can be heard sobbing atop the State Capitol Building in Lincoln. No proof that the sobbing correlates with a Cornhuskers football loss.
Louisiana's Old State Capitol has long been suspected of harboring a number of very active ghosts, including this report of a Ghostbusters-style investigation:
Many tests and machines were used during the visit of the paranormal team including a recorder that records what it hears. As they were all sitting in the dark kitchen they started to hear words coming out of the recorder. Sylvest states “ As we were sitting around listening, we started to hear something or someone apologizing saying sorry over and over. We also heard words and phrases like homicide and hospital, sickness and injuries. During the battle of the war when the North captured Baton Rouge, the basement of the Capitol was used as a hospital and a prison for soldiers.”