IOWA CITY, Iowa - County officials have given their informal OK for ghost hunters to check out a one-time Iowa insane asylum to see if any spirits are lurking about.
The Johnson County Board of Supervisors took the initial action on the request from the Johnson County Historical Society, which gives tours of the 153-year-old building.
Brandon Cochran, museum operations assistant for the historical society, said there have never been reports of ghosts or bizarre happenings at the building and bringing in a paranormal team is "kind of taking the pre-emptive approach."
He wants an Iowa-based paranormal investigative team to come in for one night. Cochran said he hopes they don't find any paranormal activity and the investigation can put to rest any speculation.
A four-person Carroll Area Paranormal Team will use thermal imaging equipment and voice-recording systems, Cochran said.
A date for an investigation wasn't set and an agreement will have to be drafted releasing the county of any liability before the supervisors formally approve the request, Cochran said.
The remaining wing was built in 1855 and housed mentally ill patients who were deemed insane. It was a self-sufficient 65-hectare site with residents growing corn, potatoes, wheat, hay and tobacco.
The building is now called Chatham Oaks and houses people with physical and mental disabilities. Chatham Oaks officials said there wouldn't be a problem with the paranormal team coming in as long as it didn't disturb residents.
Que gasto de dinero innecesario. Da pena que los políticos estén usando el dinero del pueblo en "estudios" pseudocientíficos sin base. Al igual que la religión, no existe prueba absoluta de la existencia de fantasmas. No son mas que explicaciones inventadas por el hombre para intentar explicar lo que no entiende. La creencia de que tenemos un espíritu que puede persistir después de nuestra muerte, promovido por la religión y probablemente creado para contrarrestar nuestra ineptitud de creer que nuestra muerte es el fin de nuestras vidas, es lo que promueve estas creencias absurdas.