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An Excerpt from Chasing Shadows: Investigating the Paranormal in Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa

Chasing Shadows by Larry Wilson is a great book with detailed accounts of paranormal investigations across three states. The chapters on places outside of Illinois are really hair-raising, but it’s the stuff on Graveyard X, Williamsburg Hill, and the bigfoot and UFO sightings at Cumberland Sugar Creek Cemetery that you will definitely want to check out. In this excerpt, the author has a close encounter with a strange object hovering over a rural Illinois cemetery.

“Carl’s directions were very accurate and Chris and I found the cemetery without any problem. However, because we came straight from the college, we did not have our paranormal investigating equipment with us. More importantly, we did not have a flashlight either. The moon that night was a waning crescent, which is only about one sixth of a moon. The sky was clear for the most part but the cemetery was very dark. We arrived a few minutes before 10:00pm. Once we got out of the car and walked a short distance, our eyes seemed to adjust to the darkness and we could make out objects or obstacles such as tombstones that were in our paths without difficulty.

Just a few minutes later, I glanced up towards the sky and noticed an object about the size of a very bright star heading west to east. I pointed out the light to Chris and asked if he thought it may be a satellite. Neither of us was sure as to what it was, but it did not have flashing lights like a normal aircraft would. I turned away for a moment to check out the cemetery because I thought I saw something moving. No sooner had I looked away when, Chris yelled, “Hey, the light vanished!” I looked up and, sure enough, it was gone.

A few moments later, we saw another, similar light coming from the southeast and heading in a northeasterly direction. A few seconds after that, we saw another light coming from the south and heading north. This time, I kept my eyes focused on the light. What I noticed was that both of the lights seemed to be headed on an upwards trajectory. As I watched, the lights became fainter and fainter. Then it hit me: the lights were not extinguishing; they were heading so high into the atmosphere that they were disappearing from sight. I do not know of any military or commercial aircraft that travels that high, so I was completely baffled as to what we were watching.

After the lights disappeared, we scanned the sky for a few more minutes but did not see anything else unusual. Our focus returned to the cemetery and our mission of trying to figure out where the paranormal group from Springfield would have been sitting and where the rocks and dirt clods that they were pelted with may have come from…” From page 175

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