Well it’s Halloween, so this week on #LocalGovMatters, Gwyn interviews Haunted Wisconsin author Michael Norman.
Norman said the first book started being researched and put together in the 1970s in collaboration with Beth Scott. The first edition of the book was published in 1980. The second edition of the book was published in 2001. The third edition was published in 2011.
Gwyn and Norman discuss the use of media to share the stories, and how some stories attracted national media attention.
Gwyn and Norman talked about the story “Do Not Disturb” and how it made Gwyn think of the movie “Poltergeist” because the story starts with a man digging up his mother’s grave because the cemetery was being moved to make way for a new road in St. Croix County. The two also discuss the “Ridgeway Ghost” and the headless horseman ghost who was actually a man killed at a pub along the Ridgeway between Madison and Dodgeville.
Yes, Gwyn was even able to find a political connection – find out about a haunted house that was built by a Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor and later owned by the son of a Wisconsin Assemblyman.
The back cover says:
“Grab a cozy blanket, light a few flickering candles, and enjoy the unnerving tales of Haunted Wisconsin. Gathered from personal interviews with credible eyewitnesses, on-site explorations, historical archives, newspaper reports, and other sources, these scores of reports date from Wisconsin’s early settlement days to recent inexplicable events.
You’ll read about Wisconsin’s most famous haunted house, Summerwind; three Milwaukee men who encountered the beautiful ghost of National Avenue; a phantom basketball player; a spectral horse that signaled death in the pioneer era of the Wisconsin Dells; a poltergeist in St. Croix County who attracted a crowd of more than three hundred spectators; the Ridgeway Ghost who haunts the driftless valleys of southwestern Wisconsin; a swinging railroad lantern held by unseen hands; the Ghost Island of the Chippewa Flowage; and many others. Are ghosts real? That’s for you to decide!
Now available in a Third Edition with updates and several new accounts, Haunted Wisconsin remains a favorite collection of unexplained midwestern tales, enjoyed by readers of all ages.”
You can purchase the book at any bookstore, or online, or visit your local library.