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  • Ghost Activity Caught on Surveillance

    Ghost Activity Caught on Surveillance

    The above video shows ghost activity caught on surveillance by Paul Palmisano while investigating a haunted location in Toronto.  This reoccurring light phenomena moves down the wall opening and closing “windows” to the other side.

  • St. Lawrence Market Halloween Event Recap

    St. Lawrence Market Halloween Event with Bruce Bell

    St Lawrence Market Building
    St Lawrence Market building
    Photo Credit: Kent Armstrong

     

    This past October we were excited to be invited to join Bruce Bell on his annual Halloween tour of the historic St. Lawrence Market in down town Toronto. The team consisted of Paul, Peter, James, Joanna and myself. The guests arrived while we prepared our portable equipment, Paul installing new batteries in the parabolic microphone, James and I prepping the electromagnetic field meter and a frequency counter. Peter, Joanna and Bruce doing a short pre-tour.

    Paul moved through the crowd of guests introducing himself and the team to them as they had snacks.

    In its 156-year history the St. Lawrence Market had been home to a city hall, a fisherman’s wharf, a police station and a jailhouse. It survived the Great Fire of 1849 and has almost been demolished twice.
    Excerpt from “Amazing Tales of St. Lawrence Neighbourhood” By Bruce Bell

    The tour began with introductions and then whisking everyone down to the hall, stopping along the way for Bruce to speak about the history of the land and building, or long enough for the team to look for anomalies. It was strange that we had a hit on the gauss meter near a small puddle of water on the floor on the main level. The meter jumped to 7 miligauss, Joanna and a sensitive in the audience both independently felt a young boy had drowned there. Bruce later explained that where we were standing was at one time under water and was adjacent to the old pier.

    The group moved on as Paul detected a scream coming back from the main stairway, no one else could hear the young man’s scream except through the parabolic microphone. Paul moved back away from the group and checked the stairway to be sure no one was there. He found nothing.

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    Joanna picked up on a man dressed as a butcher, she found that he wasn’t a very pleasant person. She also sense live stock moving through the building, cows she said lots of them. Bruce explained that animals would have been either loaded or off loaded from one of the many ships in the harbour and moved through the building.

    The basement was the domain of Police Station No. 1 and its infamous dungeon-like jails. Before the days of prison reform and common-sense justice, people were thrown into that jail, chained to the wall (where Domino’s coffee grinder is) and later executed, if so deemed, for as little as stealing a piece of candy. (It’s ironic that today, many people sneak a nut or a piece of candy from the tempting open bins at Domino, not realizing how dangerous that would have been in earlier times.) During a storm the waters of Lake Ontario would rise, flood the jail, and the helpless people shackled to the wall would drown or, at the very least, hang knee deep in all the contaminated debris washing up from the open sewer that was Lake Ontario. If those walls could talk, they’d scream.

    Excerpt “Amazing Tales of St. Lawrence Neighbourhood” By Bruce Bell

    The tour winded its way down to the old prison cells in the dungeon, now simply know as the basement. We could see parts of the original wall and post holes where the chains used to hang. It lost most of the creep factor as it was surrounded by freezers and produce boxes. However Bruce provided some of the stories of what happened down here rising the terror factor once again. The group made their way up to the lounge for snacks and spirits of a different kind while the team provided a ghost slide show for their enjoyment.

    The evening ended with a great deal of positive feedback, everyone seemed to have an enjoyable time.

    Anyone looking for an interesting tour please check out Bruce Bell’s website.
    http://www.brucebelltours.ca/
    Photo credits, Kent Armstrong
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  • Tunnel Ghosts of Fort George (Part 2)

    Ghosts of Fort George – Definitive Proof (Part 2)

    Buoyed by the success documenting proof of spectral presences inside the tunnel and Octagonal Blockhouse at Fort George the summer before (please see http://thesearchergroup.ca/ghosts-of-fort-george/ ), I was more eager than ever to return the following summer (2012) to try again.

    Over the year leading up to my return, I figured, “If I can get that much proof within a thirteen-minute period, think of the possibilities within a threehour period..!” So I did just that, the night of August 17th. I entered the tunnel and left the same digital recorder on the overturned barrel for just over 2 ½ hours. Unfortunately the session was cut short and interrupted by some thrill-seeking teenage fort volunteers showing up en mass to inhabit the tunnel themselves, looking for a good scare, so I was unable to continue recording without the data being compromised.

    Being fully aware I would not enjoy similar uninterrupted access the following night (Saturday), I decided to try something new – a recording of the tunnel environment early the following morning, instead.

    Analyzing all the files later, I was bewildered that nothing but cricket song was recorded during the first night – no wooden thumps, no footfalls, no knocking. It was a valuable lesson on just how unpredictable the paranormal can truly be.

    So you might imagine it was with very low expectations that I proceeded to listen to the recording made the next morning when some of the most frightening, intriguing sounds startled me to tears (literally) almost 45 minutes into it.

    You see, my eyes tend to water in reaction to something truly frightening, so suddenly hearing a sound that reminded me of a spooky childhood noise jarred me, instantly.

    (The sound I allude to from my childhood was the slow, death rattle-like deep “breathing” of an industrial-sized coffee percolator that operated whenever my parents hosted meetings of our local amateur theatre group. You may laugh, but to me, listening to that from my darkened bedroom at night, it easily conjured images of some unspeakable menacing creature lurking just outside my door.)

    This recording, also made public for the first time, is also up for peer review and any suggestions regarding the source of these sounds are very welcome.

    Whatever made them (and by what method) certainly raises more questions than the dime-a-dozen disembodied footfall-kind of recordings that are out there (including mine), but then, these too may never be truly answered adequately.

  • Tunnel Ghosts of Fort George

    Ghosts of Fort George – Definitive Proof (Part 1)

    For decades, staff and visitors to Fort George (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada) have encountered ghostly phenomena of varying degrees. Paranormally-speaking, this is quite understandable (given the purpose and bloody history of the once-active military fortification), but one particular location on the grounds piques the interest of The Searcher Group.

    A 70-foot long tunnel of stone and wood stretches from inside the walls of the fort to a dual-level Octagonal Blockhouse erected outside the tall, spiked palisades, overlooking the Niagara River. While a similar lookout tower once stood where the present-day structure is, the tunnel itself did not exist until the 1960s, when someone decided the fort would benefit by having one connected to the base of the tower (“Historical accuracy be damned!”).

    Due to numerous reports of unexplainable phenomena originating from inside this tunnel, the age-old theory that the movement of ghosts is limited to revisiting places they were familiar with during their physical lifetimes has been quietly shattered.

    This revelation inspired Richard to formulate and publish his groundbreaking Memory Matrix/Bubble hypothesis in Journeys into the Unknown [Dundurn Press, 2006.

    People from all walks of life have experienced visual, physical, auditory and olfactory paranormal phenomenon inside this claustrophobic passageway, both day (during open hours) and night (while partaking of the renowned Ghost Tours of Niagara), but no-one has successfully captured indisputable visual or audible proof that some sort of presence continues to frequent the tunnel and utilize the Octagonal Blockhouse at the end of it.

    Until now.

    After many years of sitting on this audio evidence (digitally recorded the night of Aug. 13, 2011), I decided to share it in a format designed to appeal to fellow paranormal evidence-seeking investigators and the curious public, alike.

    Rather than extract highlights, the entire uncut, unenhanced 13-minute audio file is presented here, accompanied by photographs of the location and investigator commentary appearing as subtitles, for public consumption and peer review.

    The inclusion of nighttime ambient sound is to aid the listener in differentiating between “natural” and “supernatural” sounds – noise I am confident constitutes evidence of paranormal activity.

  • BRTV Documentary – The Meeting Place

    The Meeting Place | BRTV Documentary – Humber College

    Produced and Directed by Melissa DeSousa

    Please have a look at a documentary on the story produced and directed by Melissa DeSousa student at Humber College.

    It was a beautiful country setting steeped in history. The building was originally a church built almost 200 years ago and over time was used as a private residence, farm, rental property and business.

    We started our investigation like any other, the house was warm and inviting, however looking back this may have been part of the trap. Almost immediately we were capturing spirit voices on our recording equipment. Over time the investigation started to change, the team started to experience unexplainable injuries, warnings from our mediums about an entity on the property trying to look like a child. Then the visitations of something following us from the property to our homes. The signs of something dark, possibly even evil started to emerge. We discovered in the long history of this property that abuse had taken place here, because it was once a church these activities might be seen as a desecration and possibly inviting to negative energies. We understood this however we proceeded with our investigation anyways. It wasn’t until the deliberate physical attack by the spirits upon a team member that caused us to do something we never thought we would do, walk away from an investigation.


  • Meeting Place of The Dead

    Meeting Place of The Dead: A True Haunting – Available September 2014

    Meeting Place of The Dead : A True Haunting book coverCome with us as we investigate a place that has so many spirits it is impossible to even hazard a count. A place that seems warm and inviting, but this is only an illusion — a ghostly trap to lure you in. On this journey we discover hidden secrets, violent ghosts who find enjoyment in attacking the living, and entities that disguise themselves as children.

    Discover why a paranormal investigation group with more than thirty years of experience had to shut down its investigations and walk away from an incredibly haunted property.

    To order Meeting Place of The Dead visit amazon.ca by clicking here.


  • Ghosts of The Canadian National Exhibition

    Ghosts of the Canadian National Exhibition Book coverWhen one thinks of Toronto’s Canadian National Exhibition, memories of bright lights, cotton candy, the rush of people, and the excitement of rides spring to mind. But when the lights go down and the people head home, the fairground takes on a life of its own. The grounds and buildings of the CNE are so richly steeped in history that they are a magnificent storehouse of energy.

    This area has been in continuous use since before the 18th century, starting with Fort Rouille in 1750 and Fort York in 1793. From murders to accidents, it is no surprise that Exhibition Place is haunted. There are many reasons for spirits to dwell in that site, but it may be the joy and excitement that tempts them to linger. That’s the true spirit of the Canadian National Exhibition.

    To order Ghosts of The Canadian National Exhibition visit amazon.ca by clicking here.


  • Journeys Into The Unknown

    Journeys into the Unknown book coverJourneys takes the reader through a collection of amazing ghost stories & paranormal investigations across Ontario that have never before been reported. The circumstances behind fifteen unusual cases of hauntings & ghostly manifestations are explored together with the detailed sagas of full-scale investigations into six further spooky inexplicables occurring in or near Toronto. The book concludes with a look into a complete investigation of a haunting, including a guide that explains the techniques used to conduct a paranormal investigation. The final section of Journeys explains theories behind what a ghost is, how they manifest & where they hide – challenging the classic theories of life-after-death research. So turn on all the lights, keep your back to the wall & be prepared to take a journey into the reality of the unexplained.

    To order Journeys Into the Unknown visit amazon.ca by clicking here.


  • Overshadows – An Investigation Into a Terrifying Modern Canadian Haunting

    Overshadows Book CoverIn 1995, a young girl living with her abusive mother commits suicide. Shortly afterwards, her spirit returns to the house, only to find her mother gone and strangers moving in. She also finds the older spirits who dwell there, beginning a powerful battle for control of the house – and trapping its new residents in the middle. Overshadows chronicles the events of this terrifying multiple haunting, but more importantly, it shares the incredible discoveries made during the course of a six-year investigation. This book will challenge and disprove classic theories, and create upheaval in the circle of life-after-death research.

    To order Overshadows please visit amazon.ca by clicking here.