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Winnipeg’s friendly Masonic Temple ghost

The Story

Employees at a Winnipeg restaurant converted from an old Masonic Temple believe the place is haunted. Some refuse to be in the building alone because lights flicker on and off and objects move by themselves. But the ghost doesn't seem to mean any harm. In fact, when wait staff return to work in the morning, it's as though he's had a party in the restaurant overnight. Salt and pepper shakers have been moved and napkins used. One manager who has heard footsteps in the attic says, "It really only leaves you one conclusion, that there is some type of spirit in the building."

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Aug. 28, 1979
Guests: Greg Chapiel, Bryn Phillips, Tom Sacco
Host: Knowlton Nash
Reporter: Terry Matte
Duration: 2:24

Did You know?

• Parapsychologists say ghosts rarely appear during hauntings. When one does, it most often reveals itself to a person who's alone.

• Apparitions vary in appearance. Some look like humans, others are transparent, hazy or white. Often, ghosts wear what they would have during the time they lived and reappear in the same outfit.

• Hauntings can also be horrific, where a ghost appears with a missing head or limb, or re-enacts a violent death.

• A ghastly presence can also manifest as an "elemental haunting," in which there is a strange smell, noise, sensation or change in temperature.

• Some people believe pest invasions or wild plant overgrowth are forms of elemental hauntings.




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