Here’s my preliminary report:
What a great event! All of the panels, workshops and lectures were fascinating. I especially enjoyed the talks by two demonologists: the late Father Andrew Calder, and John Zaffis (from the “Haunted Collector” TV series), since they delve into realms that I generally avoid.
I presented information about my research into paranormal patterns, including my discovery of the Salem “Judges’ Line.”
U.K. psychic/entertainer Gavin Cromwell and I talked about fact and fiction in ghost hunting. We offered opinions on how legends and preconceived ideas affects our results — and our reputations — as paranormal investigators. Then, we took questions from the audience.
Since Gavin is involved in entertainment and I’m from the research side of paranormal studies, we were able to share different (but sometimes complementary) views on ghosts and haunted places.
THE SALEM INN
On Friday night, Gavin and I led a team of investigators as we explored the magnificent Salem Inn. Not only is it a great place to stay, it has some colorful ghost stories… and it’s very active. It’s also on the “Judges’ Line” that I’m researching.
(Note: We checked with the staff and the Inn’s ghosts do not disturb the guests. We feel that, since we were eager to contact the ghosts, they responded to us as researchers.)
In Room 17, we encountered measurable activity with the K-II meter as well as the Ovilus.
This was my first chance to use the Ovilus, and I was very impressed when it said my full name, plus the full name of another researcher as well as the full name of someone who — according to my later research — had lived in the house in the 19th century. (That early Ovilus was not programmed with names, just random words.)
Note: We were confused — and amused — by how frequently the Ovilus seemed to shout, “Dick!” Following just a few outbursts, this became embarrassing. After the investigation, we learned that the Salem Inn’s owners are Diane and Dick (Richard) Pabich.
While the Ovilus’ performance somewhat overshadowed the use of the K-II meter, both tools work well together to comfirm results.
When we were joined by members of Mass. Paranormal, we saw that the K-II meter readings spiked each time, just a split-second before the Ovilus “talked” to us. (Yes, they checked the K-II with the Ovilus next to it. The EMF surges were not from the Ovilus’ activity.)
It was a great investigation during a fun event weekend.