A skeptic at first, Kirchoff claims to have seen firsthand some of the home’s weirder “residents” such as orbs that set off motion detectors and mists, as well as feeling temperature drops when such phenomena appear. He has also heard footsteps that sound off regularly at 4 a.m. each day and a couple fighting upstairs where no one is staying.
More than 50 ghost research teams have come to the house and each team has confirmed the house is haunted, he said.
If haunted homes aren’t enough to make you phobic of Friday the 13th and the number itself, the day and the number do seem to have strange and perhaps malevolent histories.
Triskaidekaphobia may have its origins in spiritual matters: in Norse mythology, when Odin and 11 other Norse gods gathered for a feast, the party became a bit ungodly when the trickster god Loki showed up and created turmoil, which included having the party end with the god Balder getting stabbed to death with a spear of mistletoe. Christians know that 13 people were at the Last Supper and Jesus was crucified on Friday – lore says it was the 13th day of the month.
Texans also have been haunted by the number 13. The Alamo fell after 13 days, and the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission was launched at 13:13 hours (Central Standard) and was aborted on April 13 – a Monday.
Whatever the day brings, it might be best to end it with a movie – Friday the 13th perhaps? – and hope daybreak on Saturday the 14th portends to a less haunted outcome.
Haunted Texas Paranormal Society ghost tours
• $20 for Mineral Wells downtown walk that includes the Baker and Crazy Water hotels.
• $30 for the overnight stay at the Hill House.
• $40 for the combined tour and overnight stay.
• More information is available at 682-622-6249 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hauntedtx.
• More information is available for the Haunted Hill House at www.hauntedhillhouse.com.