Book Review: Ghost Under Foot: The Spirit of Mary Bell by Kenneth W. Harmon (Llewellyn Worldwide: 2012. $15.95 Paperback)
How far would you go if you suspected you shared your new home with a spirit of unknown origin? Retired police officer Kenneth W. Harmon follows protocol befitting an unsolved crime to document the strange happenings after he and his family move into their Fort Collins, CO home in the summer of 2007. His personal accounting of their experiences fills the pages of Ghost Under Foot: The Spirit of Mary Bell in riveting detail.
Dubbed as one of the most thoroughly documented haunting cases, Mr. Harmon draws on his police experience to probe the strange occurrences. Utilizing a digital camera, a Kodak snapshot camera, a video camera and later dowsing rods, he records several different anomalies in several rooms of their home. Though using police report-like detail, this book reads like anything but. The documentation is complete, yet reads in fast paced and simple language that should allow any reader to follow the increasing progression of contact with a spirit he determines to be Mary Bell Wilson, who died in Fort Collins in 1886.
Interspersed in the narrative is correspondence with several specialists from the fields of after-life communication, near-death experiences, local historians and other experts. Utilizing their suggestions, the author is able to communicate with the spirit of Mary Bell via telepathy, dowsing rods, religious music and at times, his own daughters, whose presence seems to draw Mary Bell from the other side.
Though Mr. Harmon draws several of his own conclusions, he allows the reader leeway to make their own final conclusions. This work is not written as a definitive piece to convince anyone of the existence of spirit communication, but rather to authenticate his efforts and relate their subsequent findings. At the end of the book, an interesting question and answer dialogue with the spirit relays some interesting historical perspectives from the ghost of Mary Bell.
If a reader has just a passing interest in the after-life and the possibility of haunting, he should enjoy this true-to-life spirit encounter, enough so that he might just start to wonder who lives in his house.