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Monday, October 28, 2013

Haunted Vancouver: Do ghosts walk the halls of Hycroft Manor?

Check out as NPI hits the screen on Global BC evening news:
NPI members Darryl, Connie and Nikki joined Jay Durant (and his cameraman) from Global BC for an investigation at Vancouver's well known Hycroft Manor, reputed to be haunted.

Hycroft Manor is an early 20th century mansion located at the University Women’s Club of Vancouver in Shaughnessy.
It’s a popular spot for parties and weddings, but it has also long been rumoured to be haunted.
There has been countless reported encounters over the years, and employees say they have felt ‘something different’ recently.
“When I walk into certain rooms, you get that cold chill right up your spine that stands your hairs up on end,” says Robert Giardino, Hycroft staff. “And it’s not the kind that you feel ‘oh it’s cold’, it’s the kind that you feel there’s something there that gives you that little fright.”
For Giardino, it all started a few months ago when a movie crew opened the door to what used to be a makeshift morgue. The mansion served as a veterans hospital just after World War II and many of the wounded soldiers died there.
The team from Northern Paranormal Investigations came out to look at Hycroft Manor, but did not turn up anything out of the ordinary. However, that was not for lack of trying. They brought a full arsenal to try and prove, or disprove, the stories of one of Vancouver’s most famous haunted locations.
Among others, there’s a rumour that a woman walks along the hallways of the third floor and one of the guests a few weeks ago says they heard a child crying on the second floor.
Is Hycroft Manor haunted? Maybe. But it doesn’t seem to be a bad place to spend eternity.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Friday Night 96.9 JACK FM's Halloween Investigation

Jack FM's morning glory crew had a contest on, winner would receive an investigation with NPI and the morning crew.  So last night we headed into East Vancouver to a beautiful house built in 1957 and owned an amazingly wonderful generous couple.  Our hosts/clients were a special gem of a surprise, and we are lucky to have gotten a chance to meet them. The Jack FM crew were pretty amazingly awesome too, such a treat to have them with us for the night.
Once we had all arrived at the house, we got to talking about things paranormal, about activity that had happened in the house, personal experiences, and then we set to work doing a run through with our cameras and EMF meters, for photos and baseline readings. After we completed that, we headed downstairs for our first EVP Session. And WOW!
I have a stuffed puppy dog named Fluffy, who is actually an EMF trigger device. Fluffy was a hit!  I have rarely experienced such reactions from an EMF meter (and REM pod) while doing an EVP session, it was pretty neat and I am sure the crew from Jack FM were a little stunned at what happened.  Gosh I love Fluffy.  He is coming on ALL our investigations.  LOL 
Sadly, after that initial EVP session, things got VERY quiet and the rest of the night passed by very...dry, although we did have some wonderful ghostly conversations. Sometimes (or often) that is how it goes when investigating, but we still love it. Of course, just because it was quiet and felt quiet, doesn't mean we didn't pick up anything on audio or video or photo.  I'll post what I can once all video and audio is reviewed.  On that note...I am off to listen to some EVP sessions.
Happy Almost Halloween!
*Photos courtesy of Tara Jean from Jack FM

Monday, October 21, 2013

Is your house....HAUNTED? - 96.9 JACK FM

This Halloween, Kiah & Tara Jean have teamed up with "Northern Paranormal Investigations" to provide someone with a personal exploration into the potentially paranormal activities happening in their home! To enter, post your story, pictures, and/or videos on our Facebook page...we will qualify someone everyday this week at 7:10a on JACK.


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Wednesday October 16, 2013

NPI is participating in a small project right now and will tell you all about it as soon as we can, in the next week or two.  We are excited for this amazing opportunity.
Last night, three members of our team got to investigate a well known historic location in Vancouver.  We are so honored to have been there, I am almost speechless.  This location was amazing, and I fell in love with this building and everything inside.  As soon as you walk through the front doors, it is like you are instantly transported back in time...what I wouldn't give to be back there in time for a night, although being at location for the night was amazing.  I have been immersed in research on the location, and some of the people involved, the past few days while battling a migraine, and even through all the pain, the excited and fondness for this place is epic.  Everything about the whole night last night was EPIC.  While we did not have too many personal experiences, and it was quite quiet, we are so excited to see what all we might have picked up on any audio/video/photo. 
I shall update you all soon! 
Love and light,

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Spooky things to do in Vancouver this October!


Murders, Mysteries & Mayhem 13 – Vancouver Walking Tour!murders-mysteries--mayhem/crz8
Oct 4 – Nov 1
6PM & 8PM, arrive half an hour before hand.
$26.00 each

Dunbar Haunted House - Vancouver
Oct 15 – 31
7PM – 10PM (Sun-Thurs), 7PM-12PM (Fri-Sat)
$10.00 each

Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour - Vancouver
Oct 18 – 31
6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30
$40.00 each

Fright Nights at PNE - Vancouver
Oct 11 – Nov 2
7PM – 11PM (Oct 11, 12, 13), 7PM-12AM (Sun-Thurs &  Nov 1-2), 7PM-1AM (Fri-Sat)
Prices varied, check website
Chinatown Haunted House - Vancouver
Oct 24-31
$12.00 each

Potters House of Horrors - Surrey
Oct 11 – 31
7PM-10PM (Family hour starts at 6PM)
Prices varied, check website

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Vancouver Residential Investigation

Vancouver Residential Investigation:

I have been on quite a few residential investigations over the years and I must say, this one was a little unique in how it made me feel.  Maybe it was the people involved, maybe it was the neighborhood, the building perhaps, or maybe it was the apartment itself.  I do not know, maybe one day I will.
Let me back up a little bit, to the day I received a call from a friend of a past client. She told me about a friend of hers who had been experiencing quite a bit of activity in her apartment and that I needed to contact her. From the tone of her voice, I was quite intrigued!  I called our soon-to-be new client and right off the bat I could tell this was going to be a rewarding one, not just in a paranormal way, but in a way where you get to meet wonderful positive people who will remain in your life.
As we got to talking, I got to hear some neat stories of some of the activity that was going on.  One thing that really intrigued me was hearing about the small shadows that were running around the place. Little did I know at the time, I’d be seeing them myself soon enough!  The client has a few cats, at first I thought that maybe it would turn out to be the cats that were mistaken as shadows; as it turns out, if it was the cats, it wasn’t them physically, but perhaps it was their residual energy?  In the end, we weren’t able to determine what exactly they were shadows of, just that there was nothing visible to cast those shadows.
Well, due to the feelings I had gotten while talking to the client on the phone, it was with excitement that we entered into this investigation.  When the time came to do the investigation at the apartment, we were just thrilled at the things we might experience and hopefully catch on video/photo or audio. 
I must say, we had such a magnificent warm welcome from our hosts/clients and a bond was definitely formed.  We set out and had quite a few personal experiences throughout the night.  While we did capture quite a few EVP, I can share a few of the “louder” ones here with you.   This is one place I would LOVE to go back to, now that we have better and more varied equipment. 
 I will forever have those feelings in me that I experienced while there.  They will never go away.  They confuse me, are so strong…but that’s ok.  It’s all a part of life.  Now grab your headphones, crank up the volume and enjoy!
1. Hello
2. Knocks
As it says, no one was in the room at the time this was recording, nothing to have made those knocking sounds.
3. Connie Go Home
One of our team members name is Connie.
4. I Don't Know
5. No
6. No
7. No

Lao Ghost Story From My Memory - by Nye Noona

What follows is a personal story written by Nye Noona, posted April 18, 2007 online:
I’ve translated many Thai ghost story, but none of Lao ghost; not that we don’t have any, and if I have to say so, Lao ghost story is as scary as Thai ghost story. Unfortunately, I haven’t come across any Lao ghost story in reading, but I do have one story that I remember when I was little living in Laos. The story was very vague, since I was only 5 years old, but my sisters and I were talking about our adventures in Laos not too long ago, so everything is a lot clearer to me now.
I didn’t have that many friends while living in Laos, probably about 3-4, I’m not sure where they are now, it’s sad that the war in Laos has separated all of us, all living in different part of the world now, but the internet manages to bring some of us a lot closer. One of my friends was Thong, and she was my age at the time. She became very ill, and at that time, the majority of Lao people believed in the medicine man; where he would blow some water of medicine at you, or worse, think that you were processed by ghost spirits or demons, and would throw sacred rice, sacred water, or worse, I’ve heard of the whipping part, but never have seen it myself. My sister said that it was so sad to see her before her death; it seemed that she was in a lot of pain, and her cry were very distinctive, and very haunting to those that heard and saw her. The medicine man treated her, unfortunately; she didn’t make it. Sadly many are still being treated this way in Laos, some of us might question if they are sound-minded.
Thong was ill for 3 days, and passed away, I couldn’t remember if I grieved a lot, I was only 5, and her funeral was simple. We lived in Mueng Kao at the time, right next to Wat Sone Suk Sith (temple), and rumor has it that ghost frequently travel on the road next to our house because it lead right to the cemetery. It was common for us to hear ‘ma horn’ (dogs howling) at night, as in comparison to those that live in big city and hear sirens, and forget about using the bathroom in the middle of the night, we had an outhouse, which was quite a distance from the house, none of us would take that chance.
They cremated her body at the temple after the 3rd day, and that night, we all heard (the whole town) her cry. It was chilling to hear, the same haunting sound right before her death, my sister said it was like ‘haw, ha w, h a w l…’, which the sound seemed to travel on the road next to our house, headed toward the direction of her house. As she was crying, the dogs were howling, almost in some sort of musical rhythm (definitely not the types of third earsmusic for your ), the dogs paraded after her. When she got to her house, she stood there for a long time, cried with her haunting voice; I couldn’t imagine the feelings of her parents at the time, must be mixed emotions. She couldn’t go inside because her house was protected by ‘sye sin’ (sacred white rope blessed by monk), so she traveled back the same path toward the direction of our house. You can imagine how we all felt when her voice drawn near, our house was not protected by ‘sye sin’, what happen if she decided to come in and play with me, just the thought gives me goose bumps. We hid underneath our covers, as if the blankets were going to protect us somehow, but that was all we knew to do at the time.
One of our neighbors was not as fortunate; she was outside, taking care of personal business when Thong passed by. My neighbor was in a squatting position, froze in midair, as she suddenly heard ‘ma horn’ (dogs howling), then followed by Thong’s chillingly cry, every hairs in her body rose. She didn’t know what to do, was too scared to get up and run back inside her house. She gathered enough courage and told Thong to go elsewhere, which did work, it was such a relief for my neighbor, or otherwise I’m not sure what she would have done. I’ve heard in the past that some people actually got ill from such encounter, Lao people called it ‘Jup kaih houw goan’, and that their hairs turned gray or white. My neighbor was frightened, totally forgot about her personal business, got up, and ran back inside her house. Thong walked back and forth several times that night until morning; we didn’t get any sleep.
People were talking about it at the morning market, and morning alms (tuk badt). It was worst for those that saw her before her death because not only did they heard her voice, but saw her image as well. To think back now, she must felt lost and lonely, brand new to the ghostly world, probably didn’t know where to go, or had no one to comfort her, and she was just a baby ghost. I guess the thought of her being a ghost made all of us fearful, hair-raising just the thought of comforting her. That was not the only night that we heard her chillingly cry. Since we lived right next to the road travel by ghost, Lao people called it ‘tung pei teal’, there were many chilling incidents that we heard and saw.
Nye Noona