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Ghost Hunter Maps 187 Bodies In Roseboom Church Graveyard

Ghost Hunter Maps 187 Bodies

In Roseboom Church Graveyard

Local author and ghost hunter Susan Miller presents her findings at the Roseboom Church on Thursday evening. According to Miller, as many as 187 bodies are buried behind the church. (James Cummings/

By JAMES CUMMINGS • Special to

Miller and fellow ghost hunter Linda Leckenbusch pose with their dowsing rods. They use these, along with a pendulum, to determine the relative location of gravesites.

ROSEBOOM – A woman who died in childbirth. Six children, from just hours old to 19. A male cat.

These are some of the 187 bodies Susan Miller, a Cherry Valley ghost hunter, told the Roseboom Historical Association that she found while dowsing the burial site behind the Roseboom Church.

“I grew up seeing ghosts,” said Miller, who has been dowsing since 1971.

Approximately 187 bodies are buried in the plot behind the Roseboom Church according to Susan Miller, a regional author and ghost hunter from Cherry Valley. In her presentation at the church on Thursday evening, Miller discussed the process of dowsing and how she managed to map the burial site.

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