Ghosts in Alameda? Maybe

Dear Editor,

I read with amusement Kathleen L. Orosco’s account of the alleged Ghost of Twin Towers Church, in the October 29 edition of the Alameda Sun.

But I couldn’t help but recognize the clothing style that she describes, it matches exactly what my boyfriend wears during the winter months when the weather turns nippy. And my boyfriend is no ghost, he is a member of a cowboy re-enactment group, but because he likes the western style of clothing and since it suits him he stays with it.

I showed him the story and he reminded me of a funny incident that happened to him some years ago when the movie “Van Helsing” came out, for a while where ever we went people asked him if he was in “Van Helsing”, well no he had been dressing like that long before the movie was released.

But evidently the movie must have made an impression on some young people’s minds because one October evening some years ago when he came to pick me up at work long after the sun went down, he got out of his vehicle and walked down the block, at Historic Alameda High School there were some young boys between 14 to 15 years old, and they were playing and goofing around.

They saw him walking towards them fully dressed in a black duster, black cowboy hat, black cowboy clothing and boots. There was a slight breeze that flapped his duster in a slightly dramatic way. The boys stopped what they were doing started at him as he slowly walked towards them the breeze picking up the hem of his duster and settling it down.

The boys broke out of their trance, screamed “It’s the Grim Reaper!” and ran away.

My boyfriend stopped, watched them run away as they yelled out in fear and thought to himself “Those kids are some really scared hombres and are going to have an interesting story to tell their Grandchildren someday.”

He still to this day dresses in the old-fashion cowboy style and you might see him from time to time here and there in Alameda, and if you are interested in dressing in that style the best place to find such clothing is at Golden Gate Western Wear in Richmond.

About a Ghost at Twin Towers Church?? Well I do know that back in the 1960’s author Hans Holzer did an investigation of a Ghostly Sailor in Alameda that was first printed in his book “Ghosts of the Golden West” and has been re-printed in some of his collections of Ghost investigations, so who is to say that Twin Towers isn’t haunted, after all we do have a haunted air craft carrier the USS Hornet.

Claire Coustier