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Case File: Gurdon Light
Location: Gurdon, Arkansas
Date: 1931 to present
Description: The Gurdon Light is described as a mysterious glowing light that floats above the railroad tracks in Gurdon, Arkansas.


History: In December 1931, a railroad section forman named Will Mclain fired one of his workers, Louis Mcbride, because he apparently sabatoged a section of a track that caused a freight train derailment. Louis then beat Will and then pick axed him to death. His body was later found by a search party along the side of the tracks. McBride confessed to the murder and was later executed for the crime. Not long after the murder, people began seeing a mysterious phenomenon named the "Gurdon Light", a strange glowing light that floats along the railroad tracks. Many believe that the light is the spirit of Will Mclain, who haunts the tracks, and the light is his lantern which he carried while walking along the tracks. One of the first sightings was of a conducter named John, who saw a light while looking on the back platform, and that the light was following them, and it then shot up in the air. It followed the train for over a mile, and then shot into the cemetery. Since then, thousands of people have gone to the train tracks in hopes of seeing the Gurdon Light. Several eyewitnesses say that the light flashes slowly, floats about one to three feet in the air, and then veers off and vanishes. To this day, there has been no complete explanation for what the Gurdon Light might be.
Background: The town of Gurdon is located in Arkansas and has the population of 2,700. The town's most famous attraction is the Gurdon Light.
Investigations: Dr. Charles Leming investigated several theories as to what the Gurdon Light may be. One theory was that the lights may have come from headlights on the interstate. However, Charles was able to find several eyewitnesses who claimed to have seen the light before the interstate was made. Another theory as to what the Gurdon Light was is swamp gas, which occurs after vegetation decomposes and the spontaneous combustion of that vegetation. However, many eyewitnesses claimed to have seen the light when it was windy, so it could not be swamp gas. Another theory was that the light is the PS electric effect, which is if you squeeze quartz crystals, there is an electric current. Gurdon sits above a large amounts of quartz crystals and a fault line, which supports that theory. Also, many people claimed that the Gurdon Light was seen after the murder of Will Mclain, which was around the same time that a major earthquake occured on the fault. However, what cannot be explained is how the current migrates above the surface and into a ball-like shape.
Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of the December 16, 1994 episode.
Results: Unsolved
Links: None

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