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Is Kings Island haunted?

Paranormal investigators Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson of the Syfy Channel?s ?Ghost Hunters? show spent the week of Nov. 14 at Kings Island investigating reports of supernatural sightings for the season opener, which aired Wednesday.

Hawes and Wilson are co-founders of the Atlantic Paranormal Society, or TAPS. The society, based in Warwick, R.I., responds to domestic disturbances where supernatural activity is suspected.

Park guests and employees have reported all kinds of spooky happenings since Kings Island opened in 1972 ? sightings of a ghostly girl in a blue dress; pots and pans rattling in an unoccupied kitchen at the International Restaurant; unexplained footsteps after the lights go down; and strange noises and voices in the dark.

Park supervisor Jim Wilson related his chilling account of working in tower two of the White Water Canyon ride and finding himself locked in after hearing the voice of a girl giggling below.

?It was freaking me out. I could hear her outside the door,? he said. ?All of a sudden the door opened right up. There was no one there.?

Kings Island spokesperson Don Helbig says he?s never seen a ghost himself, but has long heard stories of haunted happenings at the park. Local paranormal investigators have investigated the claims through years without much validation, but still the stories persist, he said.

?There?s enough people who have spoken with conviction about what they have seen, so we wanted to invited TAPS out to see if there is any validity to these stories that have been reoccurring over the past 40 years,? said Helbig.

Investigators were left on their own overnight to investigate paranormal activity at the park, including claims of hauntings arising from the 1890 explosion at the nearby King Powder Co., which killed 11 men, women and children.

Most prevalent among Kings Island?s urban legends is that of ?the girl in the blue dress.? According to Helbig, most accounts describe her as a young girl, dressed in a period blue dress that appears to be from the 19th century, and that she roams the park?s parking lot, front gate, admissions and International Restaurant areas.

Other popular tales not mentioned in the show are that of ?Tower Johnny,? a teenage boy reportedly seen near the Eiffel Tower, and ?Racer Boy,? a boy dressed in white who reportedly haunts the Racers roller coasters.

For the first hour, the crew interviewed Helbig and employees about their strange encounters and visited a cemetery on park property at the north parking lot off Columbia Road.

The historic site, known as the Dog Street Cemetery, dates back to the early 1800s. The ghostly girl is believed to be that of a girl known as ?Missouri Jane? Galeenor, who died in 1846 at the age of five years and is buried in the cemetery.

Crew members then spent the next several hours roaming the park grounds near the front entrance, Planet Snoopy and the International Restaurant with high-tech night-vision cameras and sophisticated sound recording devices.

TAPS debunks about 80 percent of supernatural activity claims and many of Kings Island?s spooky happenings have a reasonable explanation, said Hawes.

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Gutierrez    19

:laugh: this must be on the jokes section

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Geoffrey B.    1,415

these shows are all freaking stupid, i cannot believe that people even watch that crap.

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Travelar    35

these shows are all freaking stupid, i cannot believe that people even watch that crap.

That. And I can't believe they have about 10 different versions of this show....

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Hum    6,934

these shows are all freaking stupid, i cannot believe that people even watch that crap.

Just wait until you are a ghost, and they are pointing the meters and cameras at YOU. :shifty:

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Jason S.    1,547

these shows are all freaking stupid, i cannot believe that people even watch that crap.

most television shows are crap... people watch reality shows and theyre all terrible. millions of people watch American Idol. it's all crap. you just have to choose what crap to watch.

from a strictly entertaining POV, i find Ghost Hunters to be fun. it's completely stupid, but fun.

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TCA    120

it's all far fetched imo

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MtnDewCodeRedFreak    257

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Cool story, bro.

I've been there at KI many times before. I've never seen a ghost - even at night.

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The_Fox    9

it's all far fetched imo

I was waiting for some one to post that lol, I love that show its quality entertainment. Its does make you think thow. Makes quality telly

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Hum    6,934

I've been there at KI many times before. I've never seen a ghost - even at night.

I've been to Gettysburg many times -- I have never felt ghosts around -- but maybe I wasn't there at night, or in the right spot. :laugh:

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Tekkerson    65

I don't believe in ghosts, but I do believe that we use that word for things that we don't know what they are at times. It is arrogant in my opinion, to say what is true when we don't know the answers.

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ThisSiteHasLostItsCharm    263

meh, i'd watch ghost hunters over some talent show anyday.

i have an interest in the paranormal, so i watch it purely out of interest. they never find anything...

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