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The Carthage Press
  • Local author's new book, PSL's enhancements

  • There's a new kind of history book for Carthage – with a haunted twist.
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  • There's a new kind of history book for Carthage – with a haunted twist.
    Lisa Livingston-Martin's fourth book, “Haunted Carthage, Missouri,” hit the shelves September 2013. She says the book resembles the style of “Haunted Joplin” in which readers learn local history while having the fun of unexplained phenomenons.
    “It explains why there are so many ghost stories here in town,” Martin said. “It touches on the different areas, private homes and interesting buildings … and all the ghost stories that go along with it.”
    One such story tells of how John McCrillis murdered his business neighbor, William Gilfillan, on the Square in 1899 for sleeping with his wife. Reports claim McCrillis was tried but his peers expressed understanding to his response to the adultery. However, Mrs. Gilfillan sued McCrillis for the financial burden, and won.
    On top of the research for her books, Martin embraces the area's rich history as a co-team leader with Paranormal Science Lab (PSL), a group that leads Haunted History Ghost Tours and Paranormal Investigations. The group rotates tours between the Kendrick House, the Opera House (above McBride's Antiques on the Square), John Wise in Joplin and will soon add the Webb City Library.
    The next tour is slated 8 p.m. Saturday at John Wise, 504 S. Byers. The next tour at the Opera House will be 8 p.m. Saturday, March 29.
    Another new addition to the PSL is the weekly Internet live interview show. The show may be viewed every Sunday at 6 p.m., through www.paraencounters.com. Martin said she was excited how well the show has taken off, with more than 4,000 Likes, featuring some nationally-known investigators. On Sunday, the show will feature Chip Reichental.
    Previous episodes may be viewed on the PSL's website under the Paranormal TV tab.
    Also, the Weather Channel will air “Believers” during Tornado Week at the end of April, featuring PSL and The Carthage Press' John Hacker on the topic of the Joplin tornado and the unexplained that occurred that day.
    Martin said her next book will be on Fort Scott, Kan., estimating its availability in September this year. Her other books are: “Civil War Ghosts of Southwest Missouri,” “Haunted Joplin,” and “Missouri's Wicked Route 66.”
    Those interested in PSL may go online to the website or Facebook.
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