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Manes: Man’s tales include quite a few ghostly encounters

Emil Beeg | Jeff Manes~for Sun-Times Media

Emil Beeg | Jeff Manes~for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 20, 2014 6:08AM



“In all my years of ghost hunting, I have never been afraid, after all, a ghost is only a fellow human being in trouble.”

— Hans Holzer

Emil Beeg is a Green Bay Packers fan, an 11-year military man, and a former gunsmith who works as an ad-lister and photographer for Auction Bay Online in Chesterton. He’s also a member of the Ghost Paranormal Society of Illiana.

Beeg, 47, is a graduate of Valparaiso High School and also lives in Valpo with his wife, Tracie, and their two children, ages 9 and 6.

Our interview took place in the basement of Auction Bay Online.

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Did you have thoughts of being a lifer in the military?

“Yes, but I was injured in Korea when I fell down a hill,” he said. “That brought everything to an end.”

Was it then that you became a gunsmith?

“Yes, I went to school for it in Pittsburgh. About seven years ago, the gun shop down the street was closing and this place was just opening up. I had a bunch of stuff sitting around that I didn’t need anymore. I brought it here to sell on eBay while looking for work. Vince Kasala, the owner, asked me if I wanted a job and I took it.”

Do you miss working as a gunsmith?

“Yes, but this job is fun. When you’re miserable going to work that’s not good. This place is anything but.”

When did you get into ghost hunting?

“About 12 years ago. Before that, I really didn’t have any interest. But then things started happening that I couldn’t explain.”

Please, tell me more.

“I started seeing shadows and light anomalies in my house. There were feelings like I was being touched. Soon after my father passed away those types of things occurred even more so.

“I started researching. One thing built upon another. Facebook and the Internet helped as far as getting in touch with people who are really on the ball with this stuff.”

Did your father live in the house where you live now?

“No.”

What is a ghost?

“There is no scientific definition. Your popular hypothesis is that a ghost is a deceased person’s spirit. Those beliefs predate the Bible. But there is no significant proof. No one has an EVP recording yet that says: ‘Hi, I’m Bob, this is my Social Security number and this is my date of birth and date of death.”

EVP?

“Electronic voice phenomenon. There are theories like multi-dimensions. But most people, when you say ghost, think of dead Uncle Bob. I’ll be using Uncle Bob as a catchall a lot. Uncle Bob haunts everybody. Everybody has a dead Uncle Bob.”

Is this a sideline for you, financially speaking?

“The group I work with never charge money. People have offered to reimburse me for gas money and I won’t accept it. Facebook is the way to contact us. There are five people on my particular team.

“Jeff, when orbs are seen in photographs or the temperature of a room is fluctuating, a lot of people will say that Uncle Bob is doing that. It seems it’s really not Uncle Bob the ghost who’s doing that, it’s more Uncle Bob’s presence or spirit is having that effect on the environment. I’ve had EMFs drain the batteries on my tape recorder when in the presence of a ghost.”

EMF?

“Electromagnetic field. Wormhole theories are probably best suited to explain what I’m referring to. Paranormal researchers are getting closer and closer to proving that wormhole formations do indeed exist. Metaphysicists and scientists need to get on the same page.”

Wormhole formations?

“Wormhole formations are punched in time and space. An Einstein-Rosen bridge is basically a wormhole. Mathematically, Albert Einstein pretty much proved it. Now, it’s a matter of physically proving it.”

OK, Emil, enough of this scientific malarkey. Tell me some bonafide ghost stories.

“Right where we’re sitting is where dead bodies were prepared. This place was originally a funeral parlor built in 1894. Uncle Bob visits me down here in the basement from time to time. Almost every employee here has had tingles go up and down their spines and the hair on their arms stand up.”

Now we’re talkin’. Have you ever taken part in a seance?

“No, because of my religious beliefs there are some conflicts. I don’t believe in contacting or talking to the dead in that nature. I’d rather listen to them by monitoring the environment with my equipment.”

Name an investigation where your equipment was going topsy turvy.

“The Roads Hotel in Atlanta, Ind. We had a ton of audio EVP and shadows going on. Here’s a recording from the Roads Hotel. We were playing blackjack because during Prohibition it was supposedly a speakeasy where prostitution and gambling went on. A name is spoken in this particular recording. A rarity for me. What do you hear?

It sounds like: “This is me, Michelle.”

“You got it.”

Emil, I don’t know if Uncle Bob is in this creepy basement at this particular time, but the hair on my arms is standing up.

“Several years ago, our services were requested by a person living in Valparaiso. A lot of activity was going on in the house. Here, listen to this one ... What did you hear?”

It sounds like a child’s voice, probably female, saying quite jubilantly: “Woo hoo, I feel it.”

“Yes. We did our research, as did the homeowner, and found there was a death in the house during the 1940s. The people living in the house at the time were Christian Scientists. If one of them got sick, they wouldn’t go to the doctor. They would pray instead. Well, the prayers weren’t enough to save their adolescent daughter.”

I wonder what it was the girl felt. Your team’s presence, perhaps?

“We’re not sure. Jeff, I’d love to spend an entire week ghost hunting on the Kankakee River. I know of several people who claim they’ve seen an American Indian paddling down the river. Would you care to serve as guide?”

Mr. Beeg, not a ghost of a chance.

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From gunsmith to ghost hunter. Emil Beeg not only has an interesting name, he’s an interesting guy.



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