I read about Philadelphia Alley, also known as Dueler’s Alley, on the internet. It is another great spot in Charleston, South Carolina. My wife and daughter walked down it in April before I was able to go check it out in June. Supposedly this alley was a notorious spot for duels. Several paranormal groups tout it as a great place for noises, orbs, and figures. You hear a lot about places, but there is no substitute for checking it out yourself. I have to say that I really liked the atmosphere of the alley. It is very quiet and closed in. The video we took did not show anything unusual, but the EVPs we captured were more revealing. In one of those “magic moments”, one EVP had strange whistling after I asked the question “Where were you shot”? I didn’t think much about it. After I was done documenting and pulling out the EVPs, I went online to read up on Dueler’s Alley. I was shocked to discover one story about a Dr. Ladd who was known as the “whistling doctor”. Supposedly he was shot in the Alley and died ten days later. I didn’t take time to authenticate the tale, but I found the series of events fascinating. I also took the time to investigate famous duels in history and I was surprised to discover how many there were. Given the intense emotion surrounding such an event, I wouldn’t be surprised to discover that they resulted in paranormal manifestations. One particular place in St. Louis caught my attention: Bloody Island. It was actually a sandbar on the Mississippi that later became joined with the land. Apparently it was a great place to go and have a duel. In fact, many duels are documented to have occurred there. I bet it would be a wonderful place for a paranormal investigation. Say what you want about dueling, but honor and courage must have meant something more back then. Perhaps that is what the ghosts of Dueler’s Alley are trying to remind us about. I pray that they maintain their honor and pass through that heavenly alley to peace.
"We believe the dead have a voice and we honor them by listening."