G H O S T B U S T I N G 12/05/2013
Hello everybody, hands up if you believe in ghosts! well if you're not sure, worry no more because last week i met a group of people who can really help you if you need to find out if you have a ghost or not.
I currently live in a huge house in France, and they call such things over here 'chateaux', you can gain an intriguing night-time glimpse of it in the picture above. The chateau is very big and very old and is famous for many things, but it is perhaps most renowned for its ghost.
The ghost is called Lucie and people tell many different stories about her and why she became a ghost, but here is a version that i was told....
Many many years ago there lived a brave but fallible Baron at the castle, he married very young and for many years was happily in love with his wife, the Baroness, but over the years, and for reasons that nobody really knows, they became estranged and began to live different lives, under the same rooves, but separate. The baron's eye began to wander and he fell under the spell of a pretty young maid. The maid certainly had no wish to attract the attentions of the Baron knowing what trouble this might cause, but even though there was no wish before too long the young maid found herself, some might say entrapped, in amourous relations with the Baron. The maid was called Lucie.
It wasn't too long before the Baroness made the discovery of their relationship and she was filled with an insane jealousy, but she felt helpless to act, however, when the Baron was called away to war she saw her opportunity and she took it.
As soon as the Baron had left she instructed her guards to take this young Lucie and lock her up in one of the towers, and in this tower she met her end, some say she was stabbed, others say she starved to death, but meet her end she most certainly did.
When the Baron returned many many months later, he sought out his pretty maid, but only heard rumours and rumours of rumours about what had happened. It is said that he never raised the issue with his wife, and never made any open display of anger, but that he simply never said another word to her again.
On reflection it could well be the injustice of her death and her longing for life which has left Lucie's disembodied spirit to wander the corridors and towers of the chateau until this very day, where her soul is still crying out to be heard...
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So that's the story, or one of the stories of the ghost called Lucie. If you're wondering whether or not to believe it, I would point out that most people don't, and having lived here on and off for a while now, i haven't ever seen a ghost or experienced anything expressly supernatural. From time to time though, I have had experiences which i would describe as ranging from mild eeriness to intense fear, but it is a big old place and when the wind blows there are many strange noises, I could write much more about all this, but i would be wandering off the topic.
Anyhow, the ghostbusters, as i call them, are actually a film crew from near Geneva and were in filming an episode for season four of a TV show called "RIP" which can be seen next year on french telly. There were ten of them in total, and it was a real pleasure to meet them all. They didn't actually stay at the chateau but were here deep into the night looking for ghosts - not just Lucie - but any others they might come across.
They have been here before and in the past they had found some unexplained things, but to be fair to them they explained to me that it wasn't that simple. I was told that in the past they suspected some members of their crew had been slightly unscrupulous and had 'rigged' certain events to appear ghostly, but which, in reality, was some hidden hand closing a door, and not in the least bit unexplainable, i'm sure you'll hear the full story when you tune in to their show.
Looking for ghosts is quite a big operation and seems to combine elements of high-technology and more traditional ways of looking for ghosts. They had many infra-red cameras wired up all over the chateau, and what i called a 'nerve-centre' where all the wires went back to.
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