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Haunts of Old Louisville: Gilded Age Ghosts and Haunted Mansions in America's Spookiest Neighborhood Paperback – August 10, 2009
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Local author David Dominé has outdone himself in the third book in his series on the ghosts of Old Louisville. Digging deep into the neighborhood's history, he's produced a book that's not just entertaining but a serious contribution to local history. Still a grounded skeptic when it comes to all things spectral, Dominé has nevertheless uncovered a few more spooky tales that could change more than a few naysayers' minds. At the very least, they're bound to provide a fun evening as the bewitching season approaches. Take for instance the tale of a house on Old Louisville's famed Millionaire's Row. "At first," says a former tenant, "there were noises, apparently groans and footsteps, but I just assumed it came from the neighbors." Soon he realized his name wasn't the only one on the lease. Footsteps on the stairs and doors opening and slamming eventually led to an appearance by a smoky form that approximated the shape of a man. In his research, Dominé discovered a tragedy that might explain the eerie phenomena. It appears the original owner's wife killed herself in New York City by leaping from a third-floor window. Dominé surmises the suicide disturbed her husband so much he's still moaning about it to this day. Perhaps his most amazing find is the story of Simon Kracht. Kracht was a janitor at the University of Louisville's School of Medicine, but his other job was of more importance to budding doctors of the day. He was a resurrectionist, what we would today call a grave robber. One prominent physician later called him "the rock upon which our anatomical church was founded." After an argument with his wife, Kracht took a lethal dose of morphine, but that might not be the end of his story. Rumors abound that a disheveled specter with a canvas sack over his shoulder can still be seen shuffling around the old building. Haunts of Old Louisville is a treasure of local lore for believers and non-believers alike and will assuredly add a few more fascinating stops on Dominé's popular neighborhood tours. David Williams is a writer and artist who lives in Old Louisville. --The Courier-Journal, September 12, 2009
From the Back Cover
Eerie and enchanting, Old Louisville offers an intriguing mix of bygone splendor and architectural riches where phantoms and legends abound. In HAUNTS OF OLD LOUISVILLE: Gilded Age Ghosts and Haunted Mansions in America's Spookiest Neighborhood, Kentucky author David Dominé draws on this colorful past and invites a multitude of supernatural denizens to tell their stories. Their spectral voices, delicate and ethereal, still whisper in the area's grand mansions, and they only need a friendly ear before their tales spring to life. Sit back and enjoy as David Dominé whisks you back in time for a spine-tingling journey through a distinctive and evocative American neighborhood known as the most haunted neighborhood in the country. Enjoy the ride and make sure the candles don't blow out.
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I grew up in an 1860-1862 house in another KY city and no one ever had an experience with a ghost, but we did have squirrels in the attic stealing walnuts my father had laid out to cure. A few scary nights of strange sounds until the problem was discovered.
I did appreciate the aside information Mr. Domine included on residual haunting and orbs, both of which I've had either heard or seen. As best as I can tell both of these relate to energy fields attached to a place.
All three of these titles make for enlightened reading if you have an interest in the paranormal from a researcher's point of view. Mr. Domine mentions two friends of ours who have been active collecting and writing about KY ghosts for many years.
Thank you for some good ghostly reads.
Nash Black, author of SANDPRINTS OF DEATH.