|Jeffrey Doucette at Brookline Public Library|
“You're not going to believe what just happened,” he said, rushing into the Omni Parker House's mezzanine watering hole, Parker's Bar, one Sunday evening after giving a ghost tour to a group of high school kids from Vermont. “As I was telling a story at the site of the hanging elm, I could tell something was up,” he recalled, packing up his lantern and sitting down in a cozy table near the bar's fireplace. “The chaperone is waving at me as if 'Jeff, you need to look at this' and she shows me her camera. I literally couldn't believe what I was seeing. In the photo, it looks like seven nooses hanging from the trees in the area near what was the hanging tree.”
Doucette, featured in the book Ghosts of Boston: Haunts of the Hub, will be at the 7-8 p.m. Thursday, September 27 book-signing event at the Brookline Public Library, 361 Washington St. in Brookline Village. The ghostlore expert was also a guest panelist at the book's spirited launch event at the Old South Meeting House on Tuesday, Sept. 18.
A four-year Haunted Boston veteran and a popular tour guide among out-of-town visitors thanks to his distinct South Boston accent, Doucette said he was a skeptic for years until he had a few close encounters of the paranormal kind while trudging through the tour's haunted sites scattered throughout the Boston Common and Beacon Hill. Now, he's a full-fledged believer.
“I was like, 'what the f***?' Let's get out of here,” he said, referring to the noose photo taken earlier in the evening and creepy pictures of demonic, red-colored orbs shot in the Central Burying Ground. “It literally freaked me out. This year, I've seen a lot of orbs, but nothing like what I just saw. I'm not sure if [the spirits] heard me talking about the interview I'm having with you, but they really showed their colors tonight. The ghosts in the Boston Common were out in full force and they were screaming.”
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