In 1991, Walt Bauer, a Philadelphia man, fell headfirst into heavy machinery, knocking free his hardhat and leaving him with a concussion. Since that time, Bauer claims to be able to see ghosts.
His earliest experience came when the ghost of a young man spoke to him moments prior to an episode of "Unsolved Mysteries". The ghost, whom he could not see, told Bauer that in 1987 he and his girlfriend had been murdered while camping near Seattle. Their story, the ghost said, would be told during this episode of the program. Bauer was astonished to see the story unfold just as the spirit said it did.
Was he going crazy? Had he become psychic? Bauer was frightened and confused. And what purpose did the spectral visitation of a Seattle spirit have in telling a Philadelphia man about the forthcoming broadcast?
A few nights later, Bauer witnessed an amorphous shadow standing near a friend of his wife. The vaguely human-shaped presence gave Bauer the impression that this was somehow the woman's grandfather. He then approached the woman, describing to her how she had nearly died only days before when she nearly pulled in front of a truck running a red-light. Somehow, however, she couldn't release the break to pull forward. If it hadn't gotten stuck, she might have died.
The woman was shocked. She and her husband had told no one of the near miss.
Bauer told her that her grandfather's spirit was watching over her. It was he who prevented the brake from releasing.
Everyone was flabbergasted that this blue-collar Joe was now the medium through which the spirit world could communicate.
Bauer continued to have more spectral visions, seeing spirits of the dead en masse even. He spoke to many. They would give him messages to pass on to those still living. He even saw more famous ghosts such as Civil War general and former President, Ulysses S. Grant while touring a historic location.
While he routinely saw apparitions and heard ghostly voices, they have tapered off since his accident in 1991. This begs the question, was his sudden psychic ability brought on by trauma received in his fall? This would explain its sudden appearance after his accident as well as its gradual lessening as time passes.
Would this mean we all might possess latent psychic faculties that need only be triggered? If so, I'll keep my hardhat on for the time being.