Tunneling for ghosts


Fun rerun (May 11, 2012): Many Astoria houses and buildings are believed to be rife with the restless spirits of the dead, so Portlander Roger Clooten (formerly of Seaside) of NW Ghost Recon (www.facebook.com/nwghostrecon) went searching for Astoria’s Ghosts in the tunnels under the city.

The paranormal investigators use electronic voice phenomena, 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. “It’s not a joke.” He would like people to look at the paranormal scientifically.

Roger’s first reaction to Astoria’s underground, not surprisingly, was “it’s disgusting down there.” He took a camera, and went in from the basement at Godfather’s Books and headed south, to 11th and Exchange streets.

And yes, he believes it’s haunted. He looked up and down each tunnel, and something caught his eye. It looked like a woman standing there, “a shadow person,” he said. He saw other apparitions, too. One of his photos is shown.

Are there really ghosts in the tunnels? Since it’s commonly believed that several houses and buildings around town are haunted, why not?

Elleda Wilson is an editorial assistant for The Astorian and author of the award-winning In One Ear community column. Contact her at 971-704-1718 or ewilson@dailyastorian.com.