PLYMOUTH — New England has long been known for its supposedly haunted sites, but it’s hardly alone. Around the world and throughout history, people have reported experiences with ghosts, spirits and hauntings.
“Every language across the globe has its own word for ghost,” said Tim Weisberg, a Plymouth native who hosts a radio show called “Spooky Southcoast” and often teams up with author Darcy Lee to try to confirm reported hauntings.
“I’m the ghost verifier,” said Lee, who says she grew up wanting to answer questions about what happens after death. She said that her hometown of Mattapoisett is infamously haunted because of the King Philip Wars.
Lee tries to confirm hauntings by inspecting house deeds and newspaper archives and using old-fashioned research. She said that if she finds out about a death at someone’s home, it gives legitimacy to the haunting report.
“For me, it’s important to connect the past to the present. I want to get to the bottom of hauntings,” Lee said at the Plymouth Public Library, where she and Weisberg held a ghost hunting lecture Sunday.
Weisberg lived in Plymouth until he was in the fifth grade and has always wanted to learn more about supernatural and paranormal worlds, he said. He started his radio show about 13 years and almost 600 episodes ago.
He said he had worked on TV shows including “Ghosthunters” and “Ghost Asylum.”
Over the years, he said, he has collected a large amount of data that indicates paranormal behavior. He played a recording of an electronic voice phenomenon, called an EVP, that is said to be a “Class A,” or words spoken so clearly everyone listening heard the same thing.
One night, while investigating Fearing Tavern in Wareham, Weisberg said he got more Class A EVPs than most investigators get in a lifetime.
“Most researchers will say, ‘It’s rare to get one (Class A) in your entire career.’ The night that we went to (Fearing Tavern) for the first time, we got 137 Class A EVPs,” Weisberg said. He played a recording of the voice talking about how it killed its grandfather because he hurt someone named Ash.
Weisberg said ghost hunting and paranormal research, as well as believing in ghosts, become more common after tragedies. He said the first paranormal research began in the United States after the Civil War. He said it tapered off but spiked again during World War II.
“Now, in the post-9/11 world, we’re going through another paranormal boom, except cable TV has helped keep it going,” Weisberg said.
He said the reason hauntings have become so popular again is because people are looking for a way to be remembered.
“Eventually we’ll die, and everyone we know will die,” he said. “Ghosts are a way for us to never actually die.”