Ghost Guide George was the longest standing tour guide in Ghost Walks history. I’ve personally worked with this talented storyteller for almost 15 years. Sadly he retired last year but we get our George fix when he hosts the Halloween Gala at the Scottish Rite each year.
Over the years it became a running joke. For someone accomplished at telling ghost stories to never have an experience of his own. We thought George didn’t believe in ghosts!
Then 5 years back it happened during a Custom House tour.
In the infamous basement vault about 25 people stood between George and the door. He looked over the crowd and noticed the open door. Something told him to worry, “what if the door closed, locked us in”, not knowing the lock was on the inside.
To calm down, he asked a young lady to hold the door open. She agreed, putting her back against the frame with outstretched arms on the cold steel.
George continued, a story about homeless men coming off a train… “they crawled into the old tunnel, all 15 men, through the darkness when one noticed…”
A woman screams! George stops to see it’s the woman at the door as others screamed and George watched the steel door closing them in.
A man jumps and grabs the door and George gets the group out.
Standing in the hallway, he asks the young lady what happened.
“I was holding the door and there was a pressure on my arms. Like someone put their forearm on my arm and forced them down. I couldn’t move! The door closed towards my face. Thankfully that man… I’m so happy he stopped it.”
After that experience, Ghost Guide George contemplated leaving the Ghost Walks. We’re glad his didn’t, entertaining so many more people for another 5 years.