ERIN, Wisc.--When investigators from Washington County Paranormal investigated alleged ghostly activity at the Tally Ho tavern about 30 minutes northwest of Milwaukee, they took along a collection of consumer gadgets to record the possible ghostly evidence.
A primary target for the ghost hunters' investigations was the main dining room at the Tally Ho. The lights were dimmed for the night vigil conducted by this group of average, working folks who share an interest in the paranormal.
Motion sensor cameras like this one snap a brightly lit photo of whatever trips the invisible laser beam it projects. Unfortunately, it had the night off during the vigil I joined at the Tally Ho tavern.
This unit is set to look up the stairs toward the pub's upper living quarters, where the ghost of Emily--supposedly an ill-fated young lady who died under suspicious circumstances on the property during its days as a brothel and boarding house--is said to reside.
Some of the most common ghost-hunting tools include consumer-grade digital cameras; remote digital thermometers (to detect supernatural cold patches); digital voice recorders (to record electronic voice phenomena); and electromagnetic field detectors. On the night of the Tally Ho vigil, none of these gadgets captured proof of spirits.
There is no uniformity in brand name or technical specifications. The selection is what the members manage to cobble together, which limits some of the group's scientific capabilities.
Note: The glow in the bottom right is not a spirit orb. It's a result of taking photographs in absolute darkness while trying to suppress the flash.