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I'll start out by saying that I don't live in USA, nor am I American, so I have no idea of the history behind the Virginia State Capitol Building, nor do I even know what it is really. :D However, that doesn't matter with this book. If you're interested in true ghost tales, this one is an absolute ripper. Some of these tales sent shivers down my spine, because as fascinated as I am by ghost stories, I really really don't want to be standing in a dark room with only a flashlight and hear or see anything. *grin* And the fact that these police officers do it night after night, patrolling the area in the dark, despite having had "experiences" before, has me taking my hat off to them. Cos I'm pretty sure I'd be running out of the place screaming my head off like a girly girl the very first time I heard an unexplained noise or saw a ghostly figure.
I just love reading true ghost tales. But that's not to say that I always believe every one of them 100%. I always look for a natural explanation; however as Sherlock Holmes says "[ ]..when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth". There are times when there simply is no natural scientific explanation.
Paul Hope was a police officer with the Virginia Division of the Capitol Police, and he worked the graveyard shift. Meaning he patrolled the grounds and building at night, in the dark! Braver person than I am, that's for sure. In his book, he details not only his own experiences, but those of other police officers. From unexplained noises and voices, footsteps, and full body apparitions, he writes in an extremely polished manner of his fellow officers explaining things they cannot explain.
Let's face it - these are police officers. These are law enforcement agents. They are trained to observe and look for explanations. So when you have a bunch of them talking about what they saw and felt and heard, and they can only put it down to a paranormal experience, you start to think. These aren't a bunch of giggly teenagers walking through a dark cemetery for a dare, where they are just waiting for something to happen. These are trained officers who are on the look out for intruders and security issues in very important buildings, where when they hear/see something, they investigate immediately. When they hear a bunch of voices coming from a room, their first thought is "intruders" and they move immediately to the area, expecting to find people where they should not be. And when they get in the room and the voices instantly stop and no-one is there and they search for exits where the people could have got out and they don't find any and there is no physical evidence someone was in the room....well, you gotta wonder. :D
Just don't do what I did, and read it in bed at night. My lamp was on till morning.