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June 13, 2014

Ghost hunt will test Friday the 13th fears

By TODD GLASSCOCK

The day haunts people’s minds.

Today – Friday the 13th – may conjure Hollywood-contrived nightmares of a machete-wielding, hockey-masked slasher.

But, beyond silver-screen induced terror, triskaidekaphobia – the fear of the number 13 – may keep you home today, haunted by the possibility of all sorts of dire portents and ill omens.

If you can manage your fears of the dreaded number, and day, you might find yourself haunted in another way – by going on a ghost tour of downtown Mineral Wells with the Fort Worth-based ghost-hunter team of Haunted Texas Paranormal Society, said Amanda Eagleton, founder of the group.

Each Friday the group serves as host to a ghost tour, often through downtown Mineral Wells, she said. They take souls brave enough on tours of the Baker Hotel, the Crazy Water Hotel and other sites that have long lore of ghosts, spirits and other otherworldly phenomena. The tour is from 8-10:30 p.m.

The Baker, for instance, lore says, purports to have a ghost of a woman on the seventh floor – the alleged mistress of a hotel manager – who jumped to her death from the top of the hotel. The Crazy Water, sources say, is at the very least haunted by a little girl in a frilly pink dress.

Perhaps, though, it’s a small white wood-frame home – the Hill House – at  501 N.E. 1st St. that could be Mineral Wells’ most haunted.

In addition to the ghost tour, Haunted Texas will serve as host to an overnight ghost hunt from 8 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday, Eagleton said. The hunt is open to anyone 12 and over, as long as they are not afraid of the dark. They meet at the First United Methodist Church parking lot to go over to the house.

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