New Brunswick

Paranormal group hunts for Saint John hauntings

A group of amateur paranormal investigators is on the hunt for ghosts in Saint John.

A group of amateur paranormal investigators is on the hunt for ghosts in Saint John.

The Loyalist City Paranormal group, which formed in January, has been stockpiling ghost tracking devices, such as night vision cameras and recorders.

Now, the group is ready to investigate haunted homes and help people by validating the unexplainable, said Diana McGrath-Grant, the group’s founder.

She started the group after she witnessed some strange happenings at her old apartment on the city's lower west side.

It "just had a really bad vibe when you walked in, and you heard knocking all through the night. You'd be scared to death to get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom," she said.

"And my husband would get strange scratches on his arms, one in the shape of a cross. Kind of scary.

"Needless to say we didn't stay long. We were out within the year."

Saint John has some notoriously haunted locations. For example, Francoise Marie Jacquelin, who died in 1645 after leading a valiant defence of Fort La Tour against attack by a rival French lord during her husband's absence, is said to haunt the west side and north end.

Loyalist City Paranormal recently went on a ghost walk with David Goss at Fern Hill Cemetery and McGrath-Grant says their equipment picked up faint audio of a voice saying "Just keep walking."

But the group is most interested in finding the "every day stories - the families or residents affected by a haunting on a regular basis."

"We have … recording devices, which will help us find evps, which are electronic voice phenomena," she said. "And also we use emf detectors because they say when a ghost manifests, it gives off electronic magnetic fields, so we use that to try to detect that."

McGrath-Grant has advertised her group on Kijiji, has a Facebook group and a website, but hasn't had many responses so far.

She says she's willing to start off slow by just listening to people's stories about their ghostly encounters.

Corrections

  • An earlier version of this story referred to the paranormal group's previous name.
    Oct 06, 2013 1:11 AM AT