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Muntz said the St. James property was never known to house monks.“There have been no monks on the property,” Muntz said. “I have no idea why (the ghosts) are here.”John Wilkinson is a deacon at St. James Church. He says the ghost stories and folklore surrounding the property aren’t real.“I have been around 15 years and I have never seen anything,” Wilkinson said.However, that doesn’t deter people from trying to come in and look for ghosts, he said.“We will have extra security for (Halloween) weekend. You have to guard the property because of the stigma that’s on it,” Wilkinson said.Wilkinson reminded that the church property is private property.“People know this isn’t a state park, this is consecrated ground where we bury our dead,” Wilkinson said. “These are memorials for their loved ones here.”While Muntz said she has yet to witness the monks or the carriage on one of her many visit to the cemetery, she does claim to be in contact with a spirit in the cemetery.She said a man buried in the back of the cemetery, Daniel Sullivan, spoke with her at various times, and would tell her he has had a hard time “crossing over.”“He said he is afraid of what he had done in this life and the judgment he would receive if he crossed over,” Muntz said.After years of visiting, one day Muntz said she was greeted by the spirit of Sullivan’s wife, Mary. She came to let Muntz know Daniel had finally crossed over.Even as St. James Cemetery is rumored to be one of the most haunted place in Lemont, cemeteries in general aren’t known among ghost hunters to be haunted, Muntz said. A cemetery has no connection to relatives or past possessions for spirits, which is where spirits normally like to haunt, she said.Muntz said most spirits are considered good, but she insists evil does exist in the spirit world. Muntz warned that dabbling in witchcraft and even using a Ouija board can be dangerous.“To have good you have to have bad,” Muntz said. “To see evil is far worse than anything you would encounter in the movies.”
“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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Air Date / Length: 11/2/2010 at 10:00pm
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Local Ghost Hunter has Regional Appeal
Bolingbrook medium and ghost hunter Cindi Muntz shares what it's like to be clairvoyant.
Cindi Muntz sees the world a bit differently than the average person.
She's been clairvoyant since she was a kid—it's not something that she can turn off and on, and it's not something she asked for.
But her sixth sense is something she embraces.
Muntz is the owner and founder of Researchers Investigating the Paranormal, a Bolingbrook team that investigates haunted locations both in Bolingbrook and throughout the Midwest.
"Essentially all ghost hunting is, is taking tools that can evaluate the environment for changes," she said. "Spirits have the ability to change the environment while they're there."
The R.I.P. team uses electromagnetic-field meters, night scopes, thermometers, cameras, and voice recorders to determine first, if there is a ghost problem at a given location and second, to gauge its severity.
Muntz has hundreds of "other-worldly" recordings on her computer.
She sees spirits everywhere, similar to the boy in the Sixth Sense, just not as gory, she said.
In fact, she brought her husband to see the movie when they were dating to warm him up before breaking the news.
She said spirits are not usually dangerous and referred to some she's encountered in the past with words like, "cute" and "sweet."
But they can also be melancholy.
She described one experience with a ghost who'd been hanging around our earthly existence since 1832, unable to "cross-over."
"It's kind of sad, isn't it?" she said. "Sometimes they (the spirits) are cranky. We all get that way when we're not in a good mood."
She explained that everyone has at least one spirit guide—she even has her own named "Sam."
She uses dowsing rods to communicate with Sam, and said anyone can talk with their own spirit guide if they want to—the rods don't even have to be made of any special material; plastic pens that cover the bent ends of wire hangers will work just fine.
But there isn't any crossing of the streams or anything like that. In fact, the word "extermination," makes Muntz cringe.
It's more about teaching both the spirits and the humans who live with them how to coexist peacefully, she said. She's not interested in banishing them or trapping them—but when she can, she will help them get wherever it is they are trying to go.
She cited one instance in which a client was being poked an prodded by a ghost incessantly; flicking his earlobes and tousling his hair. By the time Muntz got the call, his friends had diagnosed him with Tourette's Syndrome.
With a little rapport, she was able to help the spirit on his way.
"Our bodies are just a vehicle," she said. "When we die, our spirits live on. Some just haven't made it to the 'other side' quite yet."
For more information visit CindiMuntz.com.
Paranormal researchers on the hunt for local spirits
In the HERALD-News Oct 7, 2010 01:39PM
BY JANET LUNDQUIST
A chance of a ghost
In the BolingbrookSun Oct 21, 2010 09:55PM
By Janet Lundquist
The members of Researchers Investigating the Paranormal Midwest (RIP Midwest) spend hours on visits and by phone investigating commercial and residential buildings that owners suspect are haunted.
Unlike the Ghostbusters of the silver screen, they don’t want to trap or fight ghosts.
They will conduct a free investigation of an allegedly haunted place, however, and will travel across the Midwest to help provide answers for people freaked out by unexplained occurrences.
The group was founded by lead investigator Cindi Muntz of Bolingbrook, who works as a medium.
This month the members of RIP Midwest decided to offer a chance for folks to get up close and personal with spirits. They planned several field trips to outdoor haunted locations in Bolingbrook and Naperville, where they would attempt to show visitors evidence of an otherworldly presence through electronic equipment and other implements.
“We’re still trying to understand why these spirits are accumulating in this location,” Muntz told one group recently before they headed out into the chilly night air.
She asked her visitors to respect the place they were going and told them they would participate in some activities that would allow them to interact with ghosts there.
The right equipment for the job
Once at the site, which Muntz wants to keep private to discourage trespassers, she explained how some of the group’s equipment works and how to use it.
Meters would show electromagnetic fields, digital thermometers would monitor the air for sudden temperature drops and spirits would communicate by moving thin metal dowsing rods, she said.
The group broke into two smaller groups and used the equipment to attempt to detect responses from the other side. And they weren’t disappointed. Many people in the groups interpreted movement in the rods and changes in the meters as messages and information from the spirits dwelling there.
Muntz described one spirit she spotted as a man with thinning hair, wearing dark, baggy pants and worn shoes anxiously pacing near the ghost-hunting group.
Muntz runs into a number of skeptics, many of whom are eventually clients that contact RIP Midwest.
“There are people who don’t really believe, who say, ‘I don’t believe that someone can communicate from the afterlife, but I keep hearing someone calling my name,’” Muntz said. “They’ll say, ‘I know I’m alone in my house, but I hear someone walking up the stairs. What’s that about?’ If it happens more than once, it’s worth taking a look at.”
Q&A with the spirit worlds
The groups eventually rejoined and gathered around a spirit communication table, which resembled a Ouija board.
The table is constructed from layers of natural materials, with each layer prayed over and blessed before the next layer was added, Muntz said.
The table was painted with letters, numbers, words and symbols. Everyone around the table leaned in to rest a finger on a small glass dome, which slid around the table in response to questions from the group.
One spirit Muntz said she knew paid a visit, the ghost of a man named Jack Veranda. The group watched the dome slide over to cover the word “happy.”
Muntz held up a digital recorder and spoke into the air around her, asking Jack to yell into the recorder.
The dome centered over a question mark symbol, and Muntz verbally explained what the recorder was for.
Everyone around the table took turns asking questions into the night air as Muntz held the voice-activated recorder. Then they listened to the recordings as Muntz played them back on her laptop.
Muntz interpreted some ghostly voices in the white noise of the recording as saying “My name is Pat,” “help me,” and “thank you.”
“I’m surprised that (the voice) was clear like that,” guest Gary Shrimpling, who is from England, said about one of the recordings. “Most of it, I’ll be honest, just sounded like noise.”
Muntz and the members of RIP Midwest say they don’t pressure anyone into believing what they’re doing is real.
“My job isn’t to convince anybody of anything,” Muntz said. “That’s everybody’s individual journey. Everybody has to come to it in their own time.”
RIP Midwest will host another ghost hunt from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10. Call 630-697-0286 for more information or to join the hunt. For more information about RIP Midwest, visit www.ripmidwest.com.
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Joan Smith uses dowsing rods to attempt to speak to a spirit during a ghost hunt held by Researchers Investigating the Paranormal Midwest on Friday in Bolingbrook. | Ryan Thompson~For Sun-Times Media
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