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Hans Holzer: America’s First Ghost H
23-10-2019, 06:48 AM
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Hans Holzer: America’s First Ghost H
He was born in Vienna, Austria; he married a countess; he investigated the Amityville Horror house and wrote more than 140 books about ghosts and the occult world. His name was Hans Holzer, and he was one of America’s first ghost hunters—in fact, if you asked him, he may have even invented the term!

Yet for all that, Hans Holzer was never scared of ghosts—at least, not to hear him tell it. Appearing on a 1977 episode of In Search Of hosted by Leonard Nimoy—a show on which Holzer himself served as a consultant—he said, “In all my years of ghost hunting I have never been afraid. After all, a ghost is only a fellow human being in trouble.”

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As comfortable as Holzer may have been around the dearly departed, he had plenty to say about them. His interest in what he called “the other side” began with ghost and fairy stories told to him as a boy by his uncle Henry. Born in 1920, Holzer studied archaeology and ancient history at the University of Vienna before his family emigrated from Austria to New York in 1938.

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