There are many paranormal groups out there in North America and in different parts of the world. Some people are part of an investigative team because they want to experience the paranormal and prove its existence. Others want to debunk the paranormal (I don’t get that one – if you don’t believe in it, don’t get involved in it).
And then you have the people who have watched the TV shows that have the jittery, scared, or overly serious paranormal investigative team in an abandoned building with all the top equipment, and now the people watching want to be paranormal investigators because it looks “fun” and scary. But, when these new paranormal groups actually do their own investigation, they are not prepared to deal with actual phenomena or, even lack of it.
Yes, NOTHING HAPPENS, NADA, no ghosts coming up on the EMF meters or camera equipment. Does that mean there is no paranormal activity existing in these people’s home? No. It just means the equipment isn’t picking anything up because the spirit(s) aren’t there at the time or, they don’t want to be picked up on the equipment. Dead people can be buggers and can decide they aren’t playing your game. So do you tell these poor, scared homeowners that they are imagining it and there’s nothing there? Do you?
Let’s say for a moment that you do find spirits……what do you do then? You catalogue the evidence, tell the homeowner: “Yup, you have ghosts here. We’re all going home now. Good luck with the scary stuff in your house.”
So then the homeowner gets in a priest or someone from the religious community and pays them an exorbitant amount of money to exorcise the spirit out from their home. Well, the spirits don’t really like frankincense being flung around or the sage burning. They think it stinks and they temporarily leave only to come back again days later. Yes, they do. Just an F.Y.I.
Many times Ben and I are called because someone had a paranormal group in their house who spent hours doing an investigation (based on the reality shows they watch) with either no results, or, requests to come back again to do a “further” investigation to see if they could find something to record on video or camera. That event ends up creating more angst and paranormal activity. The homeowner is still scared and stressed now. Lots of stuff for the spirits to feed off of and become more active. Nothing is resolved for anyone.
Whether you agree with me or not, paranormal groups who do investigations have an obligation to have a solution to a homeowner going through a disturbing paranormal event. So next time you are going to do an investigation, be serious and compassionate and realize this family has to stay in this house and put up with what is happening there while you are able to leave and go have a good night’s sleep with nothing lurking or peering at you over your bed.
Let’s be compassionate to the people who call us to investigate the place they live in. When you put up on your website or Facebook page that you investigate the paranormal and you advertise that you will solve people’s problems, be 100% sure you can do what you promise.
When I was 17, I saw a 7 foot Man In Black with a black hat standing in the corner of my bedroom at 3 am on a school night. Not understanding the paranormal like I do now, I was extremely fearful and buried my head under the covers hoping he would leave.
He was still there when I lifted my head back out from under. I put my head back under and said to myself that he needed to leave and if there was a higher power, please help it to be gone. Then I came out from under the covers a second time, and he was gone.
I experienced him one other time when I was 17. I think I was trying to determine what he was doing in the corner of my room, waiting and not saying anything. I had seen other figures that were not physical in the past, but they never made me uneasy as much as this one did.
I was going through a shaky adolescence, living without my parents (who were divorced) and my sister, and residing with my grandparents. I wasn’t doing well in high school and my grandfather was not a pleasant man to be around. Somehow I believe that this shadow person was a result of the combination of my depression, teenage angst and uncontrolled psychic abilities. Not saying I manifested him myself, but I gave off some kind of energy that attracted him to me.
That crazy ricocheting, boomeranging, psychokinetic energy. It’s a magnet for certain spirits and they drink in the frenzied vibrations.
This is one of those experiences that is very clear in your head that you never forget. I almost felt he was there to “snatch my soul”, which I now know he couldn’t have done.
After being on countless paranormal and unexplained phenomena blog/web sites, Hat Man is a prevalent being that you spot in many recounted stories from people.
I know if I saw “Hat Man” spirit now, I wouldn’t have any fear of him and would try to find out if he was earthbound or some kind of spiritual phenomena that just forever walks on the earth that doesn’t belong anywhere.
Here are some links to stories that cover the Hat Man phenomena:
I’m interested in hearing about anyone else having a Hat Man encounter. Please send us your story!
Hey Kids!! Just finished an interview with Mr. Darcy Ropchan of NAIT News. NAIT is the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Hoping to get a link to it soon. Interview was shot in the Edmonton Cemetery (St. Joachim Catholic) at dusk on March 29, 2017.
We had a visit from a murder of ravens, two coyotes and a spirit dressed in black. I took some photos on my iPhone 5C (lousy camera on this phone) while waiting for Mr. Ropchan in the cemetery. One photo captured an odd black garbed figure standing by a tree with a strange anomalous bust-like figure near one grave.
There was only myself and one other person wandering around the cemetery at the time and I found out it was Darcy in the area where the military graves are. So who is this dark man, the Man In Black; and a weird half-figure? (there are no graves in that area that have a bust statue to account for the half-figure bust)
Before I had known that this was on my iPhone, when Darcy was interviewing me and asked if I would show him some of the equipment we use, he heard some male voice say “Okay” in his ear. At the time he heard it, I was mumbling to myself saying: “Should I take the recorder out first or the infrared? No, I’ll show this one first”. So, I think the disembodied voice was agreeing with my choice.
I have been reading books and articles on Men in Black, usually they are supposed to accompany the sighting of a UFO or some weird Crypto beast. This one in the photo was definitely an apparitional sighting.
I will talk about MEN IN BLACK in more depth very soon.
Have fun on Halloween.
But remember your ancestors
and those who have left us in our lifetime.
South Side Continued
The Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918. 38,000 people became
ill with it; 445 Edmontonians died.
Fires were very common in Edmonton and Strathcona because of the early wooden structures that had coal stoves and fireplaces along with candles.
Fort Edmonton Park
Fort Edmonton Park – Fort Edmonton Park is made up of four sections, each representing an era. The first era is represented by the Fort in the year of 1846, followed by 1885 Street, 1905 Street, and 1920 Street. Most of the buildings are reproductions. The Firkins and the Rutherford are original houses that were moved there.
The Ottewell Homestead at the end of the 1885 Street has a spirit who looks out the windows at people. It’s on the side that faces toward the garden area and direction of the Fort.
On 1920 Street there is an old male Scottish spirit in the Rutherford house and he has taken possession of the master bedroom. He has a love of women with red hair. He tries to touch the hair on women’s heads that have red hair. A young scullery maid is on the floor below him and a male soldier from the first world war is in and out of the house. The soldier likes the maid and comes to visit her.
The Firkins house has some spirits in it, not sure who they are but no one has ever died in the house. One of them is a mischievous spirit, could be a child. However, the house has a lot of residual energy in it as well.
The white church (Church of St. Michael) just down from the Rutherford house has some kind of creepy lurking spirit in it and we have an EVP recording of it saying something to a CBC crew member who was with us on one investigation for the 2005 CBC “Nerve” show.
The Henderson farm house has some negative energy surrounding it and some negative spirit that visits it from time to time.
That concludes the Haunted Places of Edmonton. There are many, many more places we didn’t list here. If you’ve had a paranormal experience in any home or building in Edmonton, please contact us and let us know!!! Maybe it will be included in another collection of haunted places.
Through the 1800s, Wood Cree and Prairie Blackfoot battled in what is now southside Edmonton, asserting dominance in the
long-standing “grey zone” between the two nations.
John Walter left Fort Edmonton, moved across the river to
the southside and started a ferry going across,
transporting various goods.
Edmonton mines in Old Strathcona – In June of 1907 a brush fire started up the hillside and caught the wooden ladder which was descending into the Strathcona coal mine. The fire killed one man who was on the ladder and the smoke killed 7 other men who were in the mine itself. The mines were located as you drive down Kinsmen Drive going to north side.
In 1919 there was a huge fire
that destroyed part of Strathcona.
The Walterdale Playhouse
The Walterdale Playhouse – built in 1905, was originally Strathcona’s first firehall. Actors have said that they can often hear the sounds of an emergency bell and hear the sounds of horses hoofs clip-clopping along the cement floor like the horses taking their places getting ready to work.
A firemen by the name of Walter, died in this building in 1909 in the second story bunk house which today is the makeup room and dressing room for all the actors. He enjoys watching shows and also hides and moves actors costumes, props and belongings.
Underneath the pavement below ground beside the playhouse, was a jail where people were thrown in for various crimes and over the years, some died in a cell overnight from beatings, choking on vomit, etc.
The Strathcona Hotel
The Strathcona Hotel – One of the oldest wood framed buildings here on the south side, built in 1891. The hotel has a lot of stories of murders and mysteries Back in the early 1980’s a man in room 16 decided pick up female prostitute. They returned to the room and a heated argument began and he strangled the women here in room 16. He didn’t know what to do with the body so for 3 days he stayed in his hotel room with this women’s decomposing body….on the third day he chopped the woman up, placed her body parts into several suit cases, dragged the bags down to the North Saskatchewan river and just threw the bags into the river. He was caught and convicted of this crime. They recovered all of her body except the head.
The Princess Theatre
The Princess Theatre – was built in 1914, and apparently has a woman in white seen walking around the center lobby, up and down the grand staircase and around the projection room. The upper floors were originally rented rooms used by transients, fur traders, new settlers and visitors. (We were hoping to do an investigation in the theatre, but the person who works there that was going to arrange it with the theatre owner will not get back to us. Disappointing.)
The Old Hub Cigar Building
The Old Hub Cigar Building – The old Hub Cigar was built in 1894. In the 1930’s the front section of the building was the shop and the back portion of the building was a billiards room where there was gambling, etc. Out back was a well, you can see a spot in the back alley of a remnant of where it used to be.
The Strathcona town people used water from the wells to drink and the one at Hub Cigar was used for making drinks for the bar and billiards patrons. The drinks began to taste a little off and they figured something was happening with the water. Then one day a horrible smell began to come up from the well, so the owners sent someone down into the well to investigate. It was discovered of course that there was a dead body of a man, a patron of the billiard room, that his dead body was found floating down in the well water. Now why this man was murdered and why his body was place down in the well water is a mystery that still remains unsolved to this day.
The Guilty Martini
(Formerly) The Guilty Martini – Now known as Mix Karaoke Lounge and Meiningful Restaurant at 10338-81 Avenue beside Sense of Serenity, was W.J. Scott and Son horse and buggy manufacturer. They made the wagons on the main floor and the family lived above. When we did our investigation in the building, there was a male spirit called Dapper Dan and 2 other female spirits. They had been involved in a love triangle. Dan used to move liquor bottles and glasses around and freak out the staff. In the staircase that went up to the rooftop, there was a non-human spirit residing there and it made some pretty horrifying sounds on tape.
Old Scona High School
Old Scona High School – Strathcona High School otherwise know as the Old Scona. This building was built in 1908, which makes it one of the oldest active secondary schools in Edmonton, and the University of Alberta was actually housed here on the top floor from 1909 to 1911. During the original construction of this school in 1908 there lived in the area a homeless man. At that time the construction workers were just building this school, actually they had just laid its very cement foundation. After a long day on the job the workers went home for the day without properly securing the work site, only to return the next morning to find the lifeless body of the homeless man lying face down in the cement –DEAD. The workers didn’t know what to do and they panicked. Fearing that they would be blamed for the mans death, so they decide to cover up his untimely death by burying him-entombing him in the cement foundation.
Activity that has happened are classroom doors opening and closing by themselves, lights going off and only themselves. However one of the strangest stories surrounding this historic school seems to happen only in certain rooms where there are old manual typewriter. In the past, these typewriters have been know to being typing pages of random letter and numbers. Some teachers found this experience quite disturbing and have had that removed from the classroom and placed in the basement.
In the mid 1980’s, they had structural problems on the corner of the building where the man fell into the cement and unearthed a skeleton purported to be his.
Edmonton “Pet Cemetery”
In the field adjacent to the Old Scona High School, something is buried under the ground. There are bodies of animals that were awful science experiments perpetrated by a young man who wanted to get into the U of A medical program back in the 1940’s. He was rejected 3 times which made him decide to show them that he could be a surgeon so he started stealing people’s pets and doing horrible medical experiments on them. He lived in the small house that is directly across from Scona and so at night he would creep over and bury his failed experiments until his neighbour next door to him saw him sneaking over to the field in the middle of the night and burying things wrapped in sheets. She reported it to the North West Mounted Police the next day and they did a stake out at the school and caught him. The NWMP decided not to dig the animals up.
The Dominion Hotel Building
The Dominion Hotel Building – It was built in 1903 by Robert McKernan, whose son, John W. McKernan, built the Princess Theatre across the street in 1914. Originally functioning as a hotel with the ground floor containing the lobby, dining facilities and a beer parlour; the hotel business ended with prohibition, when the upper floors were converted to apartments and sleeping rooms. It has had many restaurants over the years.
There was a restaurant named Two Rooms in the building and we had a couple of Ghost Dinners in it and captured tons of paranormal activity on camera while people were trying to eat their dinners.
Duncan Block and Baalim Block
Duncan Block and Baalim Block – In 2003 fire entirely destroyed the historic blocks, housing Albert’s family restaurant, Scales and Tails pet store, Isis Metaphysical Book Store and a one-storey wooden building constructed early in the 20th century. The fire provided a harrowing glimpse of what life was like in Strathcona in the days before an ordinance was passed in 1902 requiring that buildings be constructed using fireproof materials.
It has all been re-built from the ground up, with eating places, spa and retail. There was a hat place on the top floor, and when you went up there you could feel something watching you. The one clerk in the hat store said she experienced lots of little paranormal events that would happen at various times of the day.