The downtown Naperville Metra stop is one of the busiest commuter stops in the Chicago-land area, but what many people don’t know is that it’s also the site of a horrific train crash. In 1946 between 70 and 90 people lost their lives in the tragedy, but some believe the spirits of those people lives on. The group Researchers Investigating the Paranormal, or R.I.P, has conducted several ghost hunts at the site of the train crash, but as a medium, only Cindy Muntz can communicate with the spirits.
“We have various names that come up,” said Muntz. “The name Rose has come up in the past. There’s a lady prominently that shows up with a young child, but says she’s not the child’s mother she’s the child’s aunt.”
One figure that appeared during a recent investigation was a man named Tomas.
“It’s funny because he’s not standing on the ground. He is actually standing up, like kind of levitating off the ground,” said Muntz.
While the movies and TV shows we watch today make it sound like these ghosts are something that wants to haunt or harm us, Muntz says 98% of the time that’s not the case.
“They tease us about the most mundane things sometimes,” said Muntz. “You think ‘why would they care how we drive, or why would they care about the fight we just had with our spouse,’ and it’s about letting us know that they are here and they are interacting and see what’s going on in our daily lives.”
Muntz didn’t have the answer for why she can communicate with the spirits while others can’t, but she said with the right equipment, sometimes you can get a feel of how she interacts.
The paranormal investigators use tools such as a Theremin, which detects energy from humans and spirits.
Perhaps the most useful tool is the voice recorder. Muntz says the cheaper recorders are the best because they capture the background noise ,also know as white noise.
“The spirits are able to attach their voices onto the white noise,” said Muntz. “On an average investigation we are able to get over 270 recordings in an eight-hour period.”
Researchers Investigating the Paranormal are conducting ghost hunts for residents to take part in through the first week of November at undisclosed locations.
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