Touring The Academy Theatre Part 3

As we made our way into the costume room, Sandra felt the presence of a curious little girl. She described her as one that loved to play with different costumes, often getting into trouble because she never puts the costumes back where they belonged. Sandra said the girl was peeking at us from behind racks of clothes before disappearing, looking curious and afraid at the same time. She said the girl used to lie in a bed that was too small for her, a cot made with straws, but she never complained.

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We left that room and moved on to the sound booth. It was in this room that Sandra felt that a presence, a man, joined our tour. She said in the sound booth, someone tripped and twisted his foot. Marion said the place used to be the projection room.

As we made our way down the stairs, Marion took us to the balcony. The balcony was overlooking the stage. Sandra said a young woman would often come to the balcony and twirl. The girl has a big hat and some spirits said that the woman is not who she claims to be. The spirits said they didn’t like the woman when dealing with the tour guides. We had no idea which woman the spirits were referring to. Marion, for her part, didn’t expound on that information either.

As we went upstairs, we shut off the lights to take the whole place in. We were still in the balcony area when Sandra heard a voice, asking her to come back to the costume room. But Sandra didn’t heed the call because she didn’t want to stray from the group. Sandra later said that she felt someone touching her from the back that’s why she kept leaning away from her chair.

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The lights were back on and we noticed there was a seat down that has not been there before the lights went off. Sandra pointed to the clock and it read 7 o’clock. She said that the time might have been important in the theatre folks because she feels an almost overwhelming sense of anxiety. We felt it too. Sandra said she kept hearing a man’s voice saying “it’s almost 7 o’clock” over and over again.

Incredibly, Marion explained that the reason the time was important was because 7 o’clock is the time that performances would start in the theatre! Next, we visit the main floor of the theatre.

Touring The Academy Theatre Part 2

As we continued to the next floor, Sandra picked up a strange sound and walked into the room first before any of us had the chance to catch up. Once in the room, Sandra said she is seeing a woman wearing a bonnet and a blue dress with tiny flowers all over it. The apparition was inviting Sandra to watch her play the piano. The woman appeared briefly right beside the piano before disappearing a few minute later. Marion opened the piano and we saw the plaque mounted on it. The plaque was a dedication to a woman from her husband.

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Marion said the piano was donated to the theatre but Sandra thinks the woman she saw was not related to the piano. Sandra also “felt” that the room might’ve been used as an office at some point in time and money was heavily counted inside. She felt that a married man used to frequent the room to gaze up on other women and used the theatre as a front for dirty dealings.

Sandra said the man is around 5’10 in height, a bit on the heavy side and had a huge belly. She said that any person who stays in the room would, for some inexplicable reason, experience pressure in the nasal area and the nose will inevitably bleed. The room had a lot of activity and I felt it myself, like there’s heaviness in the air and we all felt that we were being watched carefully. Sandra said that she was picking up at least 4 different spirits in the room.

We moved o to the old wooden staircase, which gave me the heebie-jeebies. I hate staircases in haunted places because they just weird me out. As expected, Sandra said that someone fell off the stairs and broke her neck. She could hear the screams of the woman and I swear, even Jon who usually seemed far too composed for ghost hunting, broke out in cold sweat. Sandra said the woman tripped on her skirt at the top of the stairs and she came tumbling down, breaking her neck in the process. She said the woman flipped over backwards on the small landing near the opening of the door.

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The woman didn’t die instantly, dying in excruciating pain ten minutes later. Sandra said she could see the tears in the woman’s eyes and the fear in knowing that no one will find her in time.

Marion was stunned by that revelation because she confirmed that indeed, a woman died in that part of the theatre. After we played back our EVP device, each time Brenda utters the name “Mary” (this is what the staff calls the spirit but it is not her real name) a man’s voice would say, “Martha.”

Touring The Academy Theatre Part 1

For the first time in a long time, I got to tour with the whole group (Sandra, Tim, Jon, and I) at Lindsay, Ontario’s Academy Theatre. We heard that the place is the perfect place to do a little paranormal investigation. It took us four hours to get there and we were hoping the trip was worth it (traveling was horrendous).

Because we arrived a little early, we decided to walk a bit on the front of the building until our tour guide shows up. We love the architecture of the building and kinda made me wonder how beautiful it must have been during its prime.

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After a few minutes of waiting, one of our guide, Peter showed up, shook our hands and said that our hostess will arrive shortly. True enough, Marion, our hostess, arrived. She took us first to the side of the theatre and entered the building from there. She motioned the main entrance of the building and told us that it was used for public when attending the theatre. Once we were inside, Sandra sat to sit near the side entrance, away from the group so she would not hear what Marion was saying. As the group talked, Marion told Sandra some of the strange going-ons inside the theatre.

One story, according to Marion, was about a girl named Mary. Mary tripped and fell to her death on the stairs. Marion told Rachel that a couple of other psychics who visited the theatre felt around three or four spirits in the building. Marion then handed out an article about the theater. The writeup includes a quick history of the building. Sandra kept the article in her pocket and joined our group.

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As Sandra joined our group, she said that a woman suddenly appeared on the stairs leading to the basement, According to Sandra, the woman wore a narrow line skirt that fell to the floor and a buttoned blouse with long sleeves. She had brown hair, which was pulled away from her face and swept up at the back.

Her features were soft and she seemed pleasant. Sandra said the spirit smiled at her and looked pleased at the company. Sandra also said that another spirit, a larger woman, was standing by the vending machine. She said that the first spirit she saw don’t care for the second woman spirit as she found her too outspoken for a woman.

Marion then led us to the front foyer to the second floor. We entered the first room at the top of the stairs. This is where the bar and the piano are located.

Touring The MacPherson House PT. 2

We entered the Master’s bedroom next and Sandra felt someone peeking out. She said the woman was spying on the people that lived there. She also felt someone was hiding behind the bed while another spirit was restlessly pacing back and forth in the other room.

We headed to the Staff room after but Sandra felt that the vibe in that room was super uncomfortable. She bolted out even before we could set foot in it.

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The nursery was equally creepy. Sandra felt that there were supposed to be three entities in the room but one is missing in real time.

Our tour guide then invited us to check out the basement, the place in the house that Sandra felt nervous to venture in. The basement was likely used as a distillery. As we entered the basement, Sandra immediately felt a sense of anxiety, then caught glimpses of shadows moving in the dark.

The basement led us to a dark corridor, which to be honest, creeped me out the most. The rest of the group walked wordlessly for a few seconds. Sandra broke the silence by saying she feels a lot of magnetic energy in the basement and there was a lot of movement within the basement.

She said she was inexplicably drawn to the cupboard and feeling cabin fever and anger. “I wanted to throw things.”

The basement leads to a smaller room in the basement but Sandra didn’t feel any paranormal activity in there. After the basement tour, we decided to head back upstairs to take a break and set up our cameras for our session.

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We started setting up cameras in each room, including the Parlor, the Master’s bedroom, the nursery and the creepy small bedroom connected to the Parlor.

As Tim was setting up one of the camera, his voice went through the walkie-talkie saying there was a weird orb-thing roaming around one of the room. I half-screamed that I was in a dark room and he scared the living daylights out of me, hahaah! Sorry, moment of weakness. It was during this time that we were working on our own and I really felt creeped out already.

After setting up all cameras and testing them, we opened up the lights and did our EVP session. The audio is still being analyzed and I will update you guys on the results.

After our session, we unhooked all our equipment and packed them all up. We said our goodbyes and drove home with lots of scary tales to remember!

St.Augustine Tour: Lighthouse Orbs and Restless City Gate Spirits

I went on a paranormal investigation tour with Sandra and Tim that’s why I haven’t been updating this blog for more than a week. We booked a tour at the St. Augustine Lighthouse. We heard that there are incredible sightings in the area and we’re super excited about the trip!

If you don’t know it yet, St. Augustine was a place plagued by serious epidemics in the past. And because of that, a lot of people perished and that’s one explanation as to why there are a lot of paranormal activities in the area. We were looking to interact with a couple of ghosts and Sandra said that nearby the lighthouse, two playful spirits started making their way to us out of curiosity. We heard a faint noise nearby and we started setting up our KII equipment. Sandra said a five-year-old spirit is lingering nearby, curiously peeking at us. We asked the spirits a few questions (including the 5-year-old spirit) and our equipment clearly showed intelligent responses (yes and no).

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Sandra said most of the spirits within the area were buried alive because of a pandemic that almost wiped out whole towns. Tim reported increased activities beyond the woods surrounding the lighthouse. Our KII equipment was definitely buzzing nonstop. Tim believed that the spirits are mostly children. We also saw a lot of dark shadows moving through the trees although we were unsure whether the shadows were from the spirits or from an entirely different entity.

We took a lot of photos to share. Some of the photos captured a strange mist despite the dry, clear weather. We may have also snapped apparitions next to the trees. Some of the spirits perished due to an accident in the lighthouse. A grainy figure was also seen near the city gate.

Although we did expect a lot of paranormal activity in the area, we were terrifyingly excited that we got great pictures and even better experience at St. Augustine. After we’re done taking the pictures and trying to reach several spirits, we packed our bags, said a little prayer and drove off.

Touring The MacPherson House PT. 1

From the Napanee river is a house popular for its paranormal activity. The MacPherson house used to be a decaying, barely unrecognizable structure that was restored to look as it would have in the early 1800s. We made the long trip towards the MacPherson house together with the entire team (Jon, Tim, Sandra and I). Sandra said she always wanted to check out the MacPherson house and after hearing all the stories, we were more than excited to finally book a tour!

The two-storey structure is quite impressive with its rich colors, heritage façade and the matching period furnishings. It felt like the whole place was frozen in time. We gathered our equipment then headed towards the house. Once inside, I asked Tim which room we should enter first and we decided to head to the summer kitchen. Sandra says she felt a guild of some sort. She felt two babies was with her and picked up an older gentleman, a soldier or military man of sorts.

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Next room was the Dining area. Sandra remarked that compared to the first rooms we went into, the dining room is the quietest of them all. But she felt like the room used to be bigger. She said she was picking up a lot of dancing, bright lights and soft music.

It was off to the Parlor room which was set up to look like a girl’s room. Sandra says that this room was not always a girl’s room. Rather, it has been used as a guest room. It was also very creepy and Sandra exclaimed that two deaths have occurred in this room.

The rooms on the second floor took on a more menacing vibe. My heart was pounding so fast, it’s ridiculous! I’m not sensitive to spirits but I felt like we were being watched by hundreds of eyes! I got the chills and found the air heavy.

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One of the first rooms we entered from the second floor is a large open room with a lot of artifacts on display. Sandra said she gets a feeling that two separate families lived in this room at the same time. She said one of the tenants is still in the room, a decorated military man who was showing her his uniform. I felt goose bumps all over as she motioned where the spirit was showing his uniform.

Ecto Mist at Gravel Pit Road

Gravel Pit Road is one place that I have always been curious to explore. The road is in Mineral Springs Road at just went of the Mineral Springs is an old abandoned gravel pit opened by John Reinhardt in the early 19th century. But around mid-40s, the town took over the gravel pit where it was in full operation until the late 50s. The gravel pit was the major source of gravel for Ancaster Township roads.

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The Gravel Pit Road is called the Skunks Misery by locals. The area is popular for bad odor coming from the skunk cabbages that were located within the road. And according to stories, two men were actually killed on the road when a TH&B train crashed through a burned-out bridge that ran over Gravel Pit Road. And because the bridge that crosses the road is part of the rail trail, it’s the perfect spot to investigate the area for paranormal activity.

I went there one weekend with Jon. Typically, I’d rather come with Sandra as she is the most sensitive one among all of us. But she was away for her brother’s wedding. Jon and I arrived there around 5 in the afternoon. As soon as we got off the car, I can already feel a very creepy, heavy feeling, like someone was watching us from a distance.

After several shots, we walked under the bridge and caught an orb just at the top of the bridge.

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Jon took pictures of the path that leads to the rail trail as well as over the bridge facing south. From the picture you can see an ecto mist forming just south of the bridge. I took a couple of pictures on the north part of the bridge and an ecto mist actually formed in front of me! Surreal!

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Strange Highways

We travelled to California to investigate one of the state’s most haunted highways, Highway 152. According to stories, many people have met their deaths on two highways, 152 and 156. In fact, we’ve heard of stories where people would leave flowers on the side of the road in memory of the lives lost on the highway.

Because these are such busy roads, we couldn’t get near the area during the daytime. So we decided to hangout from the afternoon right down to early evening to take pictures.

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Sandra felt a severe headache as the night starts to fall. Tim and Jon were surveying the area and chatting about the next trip as they went along. I, on the other hand, was simply taking in the view as I don’t go to California often and the highways, though ridden with traffic and dust, was impressive nonetheless. I went to Sandra where she told me that someone died on the very same spot we were standing on. This literally made the hairs on my nape stand up.

I rounded up the guys in hopes of making contact with the spirits. Tim and Jon hurriedly went to the spot and hovered our electromagnetic tracker excitedly looking at the meter that went totally crazy. There was a high pitched sound that came from the tracker, confirming our suspicions that this spot is high on the list of paranormal activities.

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Sandra said that there are at least two spirits who came near us and they knew what we were looking for. She saw a flash of light, glass shattering to millions of pieces and felt as if she was spinning around wildly. Then darkness. Sandra was so pale, we really felt scared for the first time since we arrived. We asked her what’s wrong and she said she thinks one of the spirits showed her his last memory.

We lit a couple of candles and prayed. Sandra asked one of the spirits if he wants to help her cross over and he said yes. We all closed our eyes and Sandra was quite for a full two minutes. And then the heaviness in the air seemed to lift for just a bit. She asked the other if she wanted to cross over too but she declined, saying that she needed has to “right a wrong first,” before crossing over. We held hands and prayed for her soul. Then quietly drove off after.

Touring The Whitby Centennial Building

Tim and Sandra chose our next outing and they picked the Whitby Centennial building. It was a bit hard to get a booking but we managed to schedule a tour last Monday. We were greeted by the theatre’s custodian, Paul and curator, D’Andrea. After exchanging pleasantries, we were whisked to the theatre itself where the courthouse was originally located when it was built.

According to stories, the courthouse is not only a place where high profile criminals were convicted, one boy murderer who tripped off its balcony died and continues to haunt the place.

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As soon as we entered the theatre, Sandra started “feeling” an unhappy spirit wandering the stage area. As we walked pass the second floor, Tim started taking videos of the tour and it was only after the playback at our HQ did we see a glimpse of a ghost within the shadows.

Sandra could actually feel the Jack, boy murderer’s spirit roaming the area. According to Sandra, the ghost of Jack was not angry, rather, he was uncooperative because he kept wondering why people started caring for his story now when no one tried to find out what happened before.

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After much prodding, Jack showed Brenda what his old vehicle used to look like and how he landed when he fell off the balcony. According to Jack, he was not able to cross over because he had a “debt to pay,” which he did not elaborate on. When Sandra told Jack that she’s going to help him cross over, Jack refused to talk any further and so we left him alone.

As we moved on to the Regal Room and down to the basement, we saw a lot of old tunnels that creeped me out. But Sandra said there is less pressure here, meaning, there is less ghostly activities down there compared to the courtroom. After the basement the tour was over. It was such an exhilarating experience and I wish we could’ve stayed much longer. Tim and Sandra are planning on going back sometime next month.

Paranormal Tour: St. Thomas School For Girls

Tim had us booked for an afternoon tour at the St. Thomas School For Girls, an old abandoned school rumored to be hot spot for paranormal activities. We got there around 4 in the afternoon and met up with our tour guide, Mena.

During his research, Jon has said that the school’s façade is impressive but strangely menacing and that’s basically the adjectives I would use to describe the old school. The façade sure looks majestic and historic but there’s a subtle air of malevolence that I cannot ignore especially at night when the school is illuminated with garden light.

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According to Mena, a girl was killed at the St. Thomas School’s third floor in the north side tower. And it was the north side of the St. Thomas school where most paranormal activities were active. Tim is the most familiar with the school because he has been inside it before it closed down when he attended a dance. Tim described the interior of the school as “palatial” with plush red drapes and antique chandeliers.

Mena said the school closed down in the early 80s and was used as an administration building until 1989. The once magnificent school became a shell of its former self, slowly deteriorating from the inside and out. The structure is set to be the subject of a heated debate between restoration and demolition.

As the fate of the school remained undecided, the St. Thomas School remained abandoned, sitting vacantly into a sprawling property that has seen better days.

Once the darkness came, the school took on a different look; it’s like a structure straight out of a horror movie with its high steeples raised into the night sky. Perhaps, the abandoned school looked so imposing to scare timid souls into venturing any closer.

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From the building’s rear, I started snapping away. A small church sits between overgrown weeds right beside the school. We caught several orbs in the tower. We got a sense that someone or something was watching while we took the tour. Mena must’ve been so used to touring people at nighttime because she didn’t look the least bit scared.

The silence was deafening and we had a bit of playtime on the grounds. I continued to snap away, hoping to catch a wary soul wandering between the overgrown weeds but aside from the orbs, I wasn’t successful in finding what I was looking for. The tour ended around 7 in the evening.