Many Astoria houses and buildings are believed to be rife with the restless spirits of the dead. A while ago, Portlander ROGER CLOOTEN (formerly of Seaside) of NW GHOST RECON (www.facebook.com/nwghostrecon), paranormal investigators, went searching for ASTORIAS GHOSTS in the tunnels under the city.
A little background: Rogers group investigates hauntings and electronic voice phenomena, quite a few of them for CLYDE LEWIS of the GROUND ZERO radio show on KXL in Portland, using video, sound and full spectrum photography equipment to document their findings. A psychic is on staff, and they consult with a paranormal scientist and an electronic engineer, as well.
I do this because I want people to know the paranormal is real, Roger asserted. Its not a joke. He would like people to look at the paranormal scientifically.
Rogers first reaction to Astorias underground, not surprisingly, was its disgusting down there. He took a camera, and went in from the basement at GODFATHERS BOOKS, at the intersection of 11th and Commercial streets, and headed south, to 11th and Exchange streets.
And yes, he believes its haunted. He sat there under the street looking up and down each tunnel, and something caught his eye. It looked like a woman standing there, a shadow person, he said. He told the Ear he saw other apparitions, too. One photo is pictured, and more are here: http://tinyurl.com/tunnelast
Are there ghosts in the tunnels? Since its commonly believed that several houses and buildings around town are haunted, why not?