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Ghost detectives left without a spook of evidence

By Staff
BOOLESS' The F.W. Williams house, one of the settings for a scare fest held by local radio station WOKK 97.1, failed to turn up any ghosts this week. The WOKK crew and others spent Wednesday night in the house and also toured other sites supposedly haunted in Meridian. Photo by Paula Merritt / The Meridian Star
By Georgia E. Frye / staff writer
Oct. 30, 2004
After spending the night on the floor of the F.W. Williams home, local radio personality Scotty Ray Boyd believes the home is definitely not haunted.
Boyd and Debbie Alexander, who do the morning show on local radio station WOKK 97.1, spent the night in the F.W. Williams home Wednesday. The home is at 905 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive behind Merrehope.
Both the F.W. Williams home and Merrehope are historic houses built during the 1800s in Meridian.
The event was part of the radio station's annual scare fest designed to get people excited about Halloween.
Joining Boyd and Alexander was local ghost enthusiast Alan Brown. A professor at the University of West Alabama, he recently wrote the book, "Stories from the Haunted South."
Brown spent most of the night walking the home's many rooms with a device that reads electromagnetic fields. Ghosts, Brown said, radiate electricity.
Brown said the most significant readings in Merrehope came from an upstairs bedroom known as the Bride's Room, and he picked up a lot of activity next to an old phonograph.
In addition to Merrehope and F.W. Williams, the scare fest took a tour of downtown Meridian, to many sites that are supposedly haunted.
The tour included Peavey Melody Music, The Meridian Star, the Pigford Building, City Hall, and the Grand Opera House. They also went to Stuckey Bridge near Meehan and Rose Hill Cemetery on Eighth Street.
Alexander said she is skeptical about whether or not ghosts exist, but she said the tour and the ghost stories were interesting and fun.
Boyd agreed.
DON'T FORGET
i Residents of Meridian and Lauderdale County are reminded to trick-or-treat tonight instead of Sunday night.
HAUNTED PLACES
i For more on haunted places in East Mississippi and West Alabama read Sunday's Connections in The Meridian Star.

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