When I go away to historic towns, I always try to make time to go on one of the town’s ghost tours. Okay I admit it is a bit of a guilty pleasure, but I love them, stories of murder and lost souls that seem so far removed from reality they become entertainment.
So far I’ve done York, Lincoln, Brighton, Chester and several in Edinburgh. (There may be more, I forget now.) All of which have been entertaining and educational to a point. But I’ve noticed that when someone is telling a ghost story the ghosts tend to be Tudor, Victorian or from other poignant periods in time. Never 20th or 21st century.
Now I live in a fairly young town, it’s around forty years old. I’ve Googled ghost stories for this town and there don’t seem to be any, although the newspaper regularly tells of murders, suicides etc. So what happens to them. Is there a specific period of time that must pass before a victim begins haunting the place of their untimely death?
Okay so I guess a ghost tour of this town telling the atmospheric tales of stoned teenagers stabbing each other to death outside nightclubs, drunks falling into canals and drowning, or murderous boyfriends strangling their girlfriends over their domino’s pizza just aren’t the stories we are looking for, but the outcome should be the same right?