Gettysburg ghost hunters mistakenly detained in after dark tour

Because it is NOT natural to be prowling around an old closed business at night. You look suspicious (not to mention ridiculous).

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The Gettysburg Times reports that the Thanksgiving night ghost tour ended with two tourists and their guide being detained at gunpoint.

A patrolman passing a closed store in Gettysburg says he saw flashlights inside, so he went in and handcuffed and searched the three ghost hunters.

The original story is here in the Gettysburg Times but requires subscription.

At 10:08 p.m., Patrolman Thomas Knaper reported that he was passing Servant’s Old Tyme Photos, 237 Steinwehr Ave., when he saw the front door of the business closing and then “a flashlight being used inside” when no other lights were on.

The people did have permission. The location is where a Union general was brought, fatally wounded, during the Battle of Gettysburg. He died.

Gettysburg is overrun with ghost stories and ghost tours to the point where it nearly obscures the historical aspect. I have a bit of a problem with that. It cheapens the memory when ghost hunters are in a historic building requesting by name that the spirits show they are there by doing stupid trick with flashlights and electrical fields.

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  4 comments for “Gettysburg ghost hunters mistakenly detained in after dark tour

  1. spookyparadigm
    December 3, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Potentially overzealous detention vs. ghost hunters.

    It’s impossible to choose a 2-minute hate side here.

  2. December 3, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    . I heard of a case locally where the ghost hunters were given permission to look at for ghosts while family was on vacation… sort of “hey why not check things out while we’re in the Bahamas”. Neighbor, who was not informed, confronted the ghost hunters with a gun. He mistook their bringing out their equipment in the morning for them stealing the contents of the house. Phone call to vacationing home owner cleared things up, but I imagine if you do want to start a theft ring… claiming to be ghost hunters would be a pretty sweet way to go about it.

  3. Andy
    December 4, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Have you ever been to Gettysburg Sharon?
    I visit frequently and aside from the Ghost Walk advertisements on one of the main thoroughfares, you don’t hear much about the paranormal. Its almost ALL about history. Historic tours abound. And only licensed tour guides are allowed to take groups onto the battlefield. In the evening, the town all but locks down. The only thing available to a visiting tourist to do at night is a Ghost Walk/Tour. Because of the emphasis on history there, most of the ghost walk guides are pretty good at keeping the story straight.

    As for this incident. Big deal. Patrolman Thomas Knaper was just doing his job and a couple of tourists were just enjoying Gettysburg – no foul. Guess the tour guide should have locked the door.

    Many of the Ghost Walk Tour Guides are long term residents. At least one of them was even a park ranger there for several years.
    Whether you think the tourists are silly or not is your prerogative. However, remember, the people of Gettysburg have a right to make a living.

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