her come to a more solid conclusion.
It completely changed my beliefs in a
way I was not expecting,” she said. “I
believe in the power of the human mind
now, not ghouls and ghosts.”
As Basham wandered around the
Mythical Creatures exhibit at the
Frazier History Museum in Louisville,
she was presented with creatures like
dragons, unicorns,
Bigfoot, and
mermaids. From
her standpoint, it’s
easier to think that
spirits exist than that
fantasy creatures
once roamed the
Earth. But the exhibit
tied perfectly into
what she took from
the class.
I think it speaks
more for human
culture and how
the unknown was
interpreted,” she
Other students in the class, like Sara
Nieves, a senior psychology major
from Seymour, Ind., came away with
a different interpretation. Nieves had
quite a few unexplained phenomena
occur during the field trips.
At Waverly Hills we heard a little boy
talk to us; he said ‘Hi,’” she said. “Later
in the trip, Lucinda’s car started all
by itself. And we heard a ghost dog at
Myrtles Plantation. We all heard it.”
Other class members believe they
caught a ghostly figure on camera
during a visit to Waverly Hills
Sanatorium in Louisville.
For Nieves, the empirical evidence they
found at each tour stop was more than
just hearsay or ghost stories.
I think it
speaks more
for human
culture and
how the
unknown was
Amy Basham
Students from IU Southeast’s paranormal psychology class reflected in a mirror during a
tour of the Myrtles Plantation, which claims to be one of the most haunted locations in the
country. Photo by Amy Basham.