Between his initial lunch with Simon Rose and his departure for Carey County, Jason had read and skimmed dozens of articles about the Shaman’s Highway. Several of them mentioned a particular section of woods along the route that was more “spiritually active” than the rest of the Shaman’s Highway’s eleven miles. This area was called “The Forest of Lost Souls.”
Supposedly the Satan worshippers of the late 1960s and early 1970s had used this area for the worst of their ceremonies. There were rumors—unsubstantiated, of course—that human sacrifice might have even taken place here. A website that specialized in the supernatural lore of Ohio mentioned the confession of a long-dead felon, one who might have been involved in the performance of grisly rites in the area:
“Between 1969 and 1973, more than ten girls, aged 15 to 19, were kidnapped from suburban neighborhoods in Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus. No suspects were ever named, and no bodies were ever found.