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The Joplin Spook Light

The Joplin Spook Light

" For many, this is just another story of weird paranormal mumbo jumbo. You'll blow this off like many did the Phoenix Lights. But for some, very few, you're curious like I was and you will start your search as I once did about the truth. "
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So when I was a kid, I remember seeing a show called Unsolved Mysteries. I would always look forward to it every week. Then one night while watching, I saw something that really caught my eye. A rare phenomenon that was happening not too far from the little country town where I lived in Missouri. They called it The Joplin Spook Light.

When I got older and could drive I wanted to see if this was real or just a hoax. They claimed it was a ball of light that would come out and float above the ground. Sometimes it would come near you according to some residents but most say it always kept its distance. I went for this two-hour drive to Joplin and took exit 4 off of I-44. I stopped into a gas station there and asked for directions. I was surprised about how many locals knew of this thing and that had seen it. It was like it was no big deal to them and pretty much everyone in Joplin has either seen it or knows someone who has. I was getting excited and I wrote down the directions and drove. I waited all night long and nothing. What a waste of time, right? Well, next year I went. Same thing. Nothing. So third year I went again and I had told some friends and they thought I was some sort of UFO, ghost, Bigfoot, paranormal hunter wannabe and seriously thought I had lost my mind. But this was Missouri, small town, the road trip sounded like fun to them, so we all went. We waited for hours. I was being mocked and to make matters worse, someone tried freaking us out by slowly carrying a lantern across the road. I could see how slow he was walking and that it was in his right arm by the swaying while he walked. So I decided to yell at him, "We can see you! You can't fool us!" He just kept on walking, the same pace. I started walking toward him, and I was assuming it was a 'him' since I couldn't see anything other than the core of the lantern and the illuminating light that surrounded it, giving it an orb-like appearance as most lanterns would in the distance. He was walking across the road and about to cross a steep ditch, bushes and a barbed wire fence. So I started running towards him so he couldn't get away without us seeing who this was. Then I noticed as he reached the steep, heavily declined ditch that he didn't slow down and as he crossed the ditch, he made it without any sort of wavering, stumbling, or movement of any kind except for the swaying back and forth that stayed at the same pace. I thought, "Wow! This guy is good! He must do this quite often and he has a lot of practice!" That's when this "lantern" went through the bushes without moving any of the leaves and through the barbed wire fence without breaking the pace. I was close enough at this point to see, there was no one there holding anything and that was not a lantern.

For many, this is just another story of weird paranormal mumbo jumbo. You'll blow this off like many did the Phoenix Lights. But for some, very few, you're curious like I was and you will start your search as I once did about the truth.

Google it, YouTube it, watch the news stories on it, read the blogs and hear their testimonies. One thing is certain. If you deny that this thing is real after being presented with all the facts, then you're probably one of them.
So when I was a kid, I remember seeing a show called Unsolved Mysteries. I would always look forward to it every week. Then one night while watching, I saw something that really caught my eye. A rare phenomenon that was happening not too far from the little country town where I lived in Missouri. They called it The Joplin Spook Light.

When I got older and could drive I wanted to see if this was real or just a hoax. They claimed it was a ball of light that would come out and float above the ground. Sometimes it would come near you according to some residents but most say it always kept its distance. I went for this two-hour drive to Joplin and took exit 4 off of I-44. I stopped into a gas station there and asked for directions. I was surprised about how many locals knew of this thing and that had seen it. It was like it was no big deal to them and pretty much everyone in Joplin has either seen it or knows someone who has. I was getting excited and I wrote down the directions and drove. I waited all night long and nothing. What a waste of time, right? Well, next year I went. Same thing. Nothing. So third year I went again and I had told some friends and they thought I was some sort of UFO, ghost, Bigfoot, paranormal hunter wannabe and seriously thought I had lost my mind. But this was Missouri, small town, the road trip sounded like fun to them, so we all went. We waited for hours. I was being mocked and to make matters worse, someone tried freaking us out by slowly carrying a lantern across the road. I could see how slow he was walking and that it was in his right arm by the swaying while he walked. So I decided to yell at him, "We can see you! You can't fool us!" He just kept on walking, the same pace. I started walking toward him, and I was assuming it was a 'him' since I couldn't see anything other than the core of the lantern and the illuminating light that surrounded it, giving it an orb-like appearance as most lanterns would in the distance. He was walking across the road and about to cross a steep ditch, bushes and a barbed wire fence. So I started running towards him so he couldn't get away without us seeing who this was. Then I noticed as he reached the steep, heavily declined ditch that he didn't slow down and as he crossed the ditch, he made it without any sort of wavering, stumbling, or movement of any kind except for the swaying back and forth that stayed at the same pace. I thought, "Wow! This guy is good! He must do this quite often and he has a lot of practice!" That's when this "lantern" went through the bushes without moving any of the leaves and through the barbed wire fence without breaking the pace. I was close enough at this point to see, there was no one there holding anything and that was not a lantern.

For many, this is just another story of weird paranormal mumbo jumbo. You'll blow this off like many did the Phoenix Lights. But for some, very few, you're curious like I was and you will start your search as I once did about the truth.

Google it, YouTube it, watch the news stories on it, read the blogs and hear their testimonies. One thing is certain. If you deny that this thing is real after being presented with all the facts, then you're probably one of them.

© TJ Huntley - 01-22-19



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