Commentary by Stacey Manning
The Kentucky Standard


I’ve said many times fall is my favorite time of the year. When the temperatures drop and the leaves change colors and fall to the ground, I can’t help but get excited about Halloween and all the ghostly occurrences people associate with the season.


For me lately, October means time for a ghost hunt.


Three years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Patti (Acord) Starr.


Patti is a former manager of the Old Talbott Tavern. I didn’t know Patti when she worked at the Tavern, but I heard about her here at work.


As a person who has always been fascinated with the paranormal and supernatural I was intrigued when I heard someone tell me about the photo Patti had taken the day of the Tavern fire.


That photo, I was told, had what Patti called ghost orbs all over it. It was enough to spark my interest and in October 1999 I tracked her down in Lexington and did my first interview with her.


At the time, Patti had recently completed courses to become a certified ghost hunter. Our first interview was on the telephone and she told me about supernatural experiences she had growing up and we focused on her encounters at the Talbott Tavern.


Last year in October, I contacted Patti again and was lucky enough to go along as a spectator in an investigation.


We went to Ernie and Susan Powell’s home on South Third Street in Bardstown.


Using laser pointers, cameras, reorders and dowsing rods, Patti spent several hours in the evening making contact with the spirits in the house.


I had a couple of hair raising experiences while I was there, but it wasn’t until the next day when I got my film developed that I got a real shock.


One of my photos, while one of Patti’s friends was using dowsing rods in the backyard of the Powell home, two bright red objects appear around the ghost hunter. A green mist comes from her hands and face.


I have asked numerous people to tell me what they think might have caused the images on the picture. No one can explain it.


I thought I had seen it all after that picture. That was until I contacted Patti again and asked her if she wanted to get together this year and do another investigation.


Last week Patti and I joined Ed and Phyllis O’Daniel in their historic Bloomfield home for an investigation.


My afternoon with Patti and the O’Daniels will be featured in a two-part story in The Standard.


The first part of the story – an inside look at some unexplainable occurrences in the house – will be in Monday’s Standard on the People & Places page.


The second part of the story – what happened during our ghost hunt – will appear in Wednesday’s Halloween edition.


Trust me, whether you are a believer or not, this is a story you are not going to want to miss.


From ghost orbs circling my head in photos to unexplainable voices captured on tape, I will take readers through a four-hour ghost hunt that confirms some of the suspicions the O’Daniels have had since they bought the house.


Look for photos and stories next week in The Standard.

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