2 Northeast Ohio locations among ‘America’s most haunted’

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CLEVELAND -- You don't need Halloween to have a paranormal encounter, you just need Northeast Ohio.

Two of the most haunted places in America are right in our backyard, according to a book released Tuesday.

Theresa Argie and Eric Olsen, co-authors of "America's Most Haunted: The Secrets of Famous Paranormal Places" talked with Fox 8 News about their personal experiences.

“A couple things that happened when I was a child did spook me, but only enough to get me more excited to go further into it,” Argie, a professional ghost hunter, said of her interest.

(The Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio/Courtesy: Michelle Murphy via America's Most Haunted)

(The Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio/Courtesy: Michelle Murphy via America's Most Haunted)

America's Most Haunted

Argie said the first place she was touched by a ghost was at The Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield.  It is listed in the book as the most haunted place in America.

She and Olsen, a journalist, talked about other incidents reported there, such as full body apparitions, lots of electronic voice phenomenons, and unexplained shadows.  The team believes energy from prisoners is trapped at the facility.

(Willoughby Coal and Garden Center in Willoughby, Ohio/Courtesy: Michelle Murphy via America's Most Haunted)

(Willoughby Coal and Garden Center in Willoughby, Ohio/Courtesy: Michelle Murphy via America's Most Haunted)

The other Northeast Ohio location profiled in the book is Willoughby Coal and Garden Center in Willoughby.

The building is a functioning hardware store with a long history including unusual deaths and strange happenings.

That's where a book launch and signing will be held Tuesday beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Anyone interested in attending should RSVP by emailing t.argie@yahoo.com.
The book is also available on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble outlets.

More: Check out FOX8.com's Haunted House guide!

Haunted children

In an extended behind-the-scenes interview with Argie and Olsen, the two said it is not uncommon for children to have paranormal experiences that could include seeing ghosts or dead relatives.

"My advice is don't worry about it," Argie offered.  "Most of the time they grow out of it (by the time they're 9 years old)."

But if they don't, she said there are two options.

"If it does become a problem, contact a reputable psychic medium who can teach your child to block themselves or open themselves up to accept it, to teach them to be comfortable with what's happening," Argie said.

Ouija Boards

The conversation also touched on Ouija Boards.

"There's nothing magical about the Ouija Board specifically," Olsen said.  "But it really is important to remember that any door, any tool, any portal has all kinds of potential danger involved."

He explained when you open that "door" and invite something in, you never know what you're going to get.

"So the danger is that openness," Olsen said.

Believe it or not

Argie said most people don't realize there are ghosts around all of the time, not just in "haunted locations."

She also said ghosts aren't out to get you and there doesn't have to be a death associated with a haunted place.  Even brand new homes or condominiums could be haunted.

So should you be afraid of ghosts?

"I don't think you should be afraid, but you definitely should be aware of things that could happen," Argie said.

"The bottom line is if you open yourself up, there are things that could happen," Olsen added.

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