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Haunted Bookstores & Libraries/ Open Lines

Date Friday - March 20, 2015
Host George Noory
Guests Mark LeslieOpen Lines

In the first half of the program, George Noory welcomed writer, bookseller and advocate for books, eBooks and digital technology within publishing, Mark Leslie, who shared ghostly tales from haunted bookstores and libraries. Places with books are sacred to book lovers and some of them will not leave these locations even in death, he explained. Some hauntings may not caused by spirits of the deceased but rather impressions on time and space left behind by those still living, he noted. In addition, the source of a haunting can sometimes be traced to a haunted book, Leslie pointed out.

"You're not just taking a book home with you, you're taking the essence of someone else," he continued. Leslie recounted the story of a man who bought a used book on the First World War from Rivendell Books in Barrie, Ontario, and took the ghost of a previous owner home with it. Leslie said the man was awakened on numerous evenings by a ghost paging through this book near his bed. A priest advised the man to return the book and the ghost stopped appearing, he reported.

Leslie detailed his visit to Haslam's Book Store in St. Petersburg, Florida, where the ghost of author Jack Kerouac has been seen roaming the aisles. According to the story, Kerouac used to visit and place his books in more prominent positions around the store. After Kerouac's death his books continued to move to different shelves, Leslie revealed. He also talked about Lord Combermere whose ghost was supposedly photographed sitting in a chair in his library in 1891.

The next 90 minutes of the show was devoted to Open Lines. The final half hour featured a replay of George's 4/14/14 interview with the late UFO researcher Ron Garner.

News segment guests: Catherine Austin Fitts / Richard Hoagland / Peter Davenport

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